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The Glacier Express and Sounds of the 60s and 70s

The Glacier Express and Sounds of the 60s and 70s

The Rhine and her Tributaries

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Experience the rhythms of the Rhine

Marvel at the beauty of Lake Geneva and the majesty of the Alps as your holiday begins with two hotel stays in Switzerland.

Explore the exquisite Chillon Castle and enjoy some local wine before you’ve even checked-in at your first hotel in Montreux and look forward to an included visit to the Olympic city of Lausanne with its fascinating museum. Your next two-night hotel stay is in St Moritz, and there is no better way to get there than an eight-hour journey through the Alps aboard the Glacier Express - the slowest express train in the world, which means you have ample time to savour the views while navigating nearly 100 tunnels and 300 bridges! Enjoy a cable-car trip into the peaks to drink in stunning views from the Diavolezza Glacier on the final day at your hotel before heading to Basel the following morning to step aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine for a cruise themed around the music of the 1960s and 70s delivered by legendary BBC DJ Johnnie Walker.

Cruise into Germany and moor in Breisach, from where you might wish to explore the Black Forest, before crossing into France to explore Strasbourg’s cobbled streets and half-timbered houses on an included guided tour and canal cruise. Another included excursion visits Heidelberg before you reach the beautiful Middle Rhine where you can raise a glass in the wine town of Rudesheim. See historic Koblenz and explore the sights of Cologne before your cruise concludes in Düsseldorf, where you can see the highlights on an included city tour.


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Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed7 nights Full Board aboard the ship, 4 nights Half Board in hotels

Dinner plate28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board the ship

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  • Expert Host
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry

MapIncluded excursions

  • Chillon Castle visit and wine tasting
  • Lausanne tour and Olympic Museum
  • Excursion to Bernina Diavolezza
  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise
  • Heidelberg and Castle visit
  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise or Unique Experience: Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration
*Return flights or direct Eurostar train to Amsterdam for a supplement

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Day 1 UK to Geneva to Montreux

Montreux city with Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Fly to Geneva and transfer by coach to the beautiful Chillon Castle, a water castle nestled on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva and one of Switzerland’s most beloved historic buildings. 

After your included visit, transfer to Montreux where you will spend the next two nights at a locally rated 5-star Hotel Royal Plaza. The Montreux Riviera has long inspired the artists, writers and travellers who flock there in search of beauty and tranquility.

Day 2 Montreux

City of Lausanne, Switzerland

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the station to board a train bound for Lausanne.

The second-largest city on Lake Geneva is officially known as the Olympic Capital as it was the original home of the International Olympic Committee and houses the unique and interesting Olympic Museum, as well as the headquarters of many global sporting bodies. Explore the city before boarding a funicular down to the lakeside to visit the iconic Olympic Museum itself.

After your visit cruise back to Montreux, enjoying coffee and cake en route, before dinner back at the hotel tonight.

Day 3 Montreux to St Moritz

The Glacier Express crossing a viaduct in Filisur

After breakfast enjoy a morning at leisure in Montreux.

After checking out, board a coach and transfer to Brig, where you will board the Glacier Express for its journey to St Moritz. Dubbed the world’s slowest express train, the journey across the Alps takes around eight hours and passes through 91 tunnels and crosses 291 bridges. After drinking in the breathtaking scenery, look forward to a sumptuous three-course dinner on board.

When you arrive in St Moritz this evening you will be transferred to the locally rated 4-star Hotel San Gian, where you will stay for the next two nights.

Day 4 St Moritz

St Moritz has a stunning backdrop

After breakfast at the hotel this morning make the short journey into the city centre for some time to explore at your leisure.

Late morning board a train for the short ride to Bernina Diavolezza from where you can travel by cable car up Mt Diavolezza to a vantage point almost 3,000 metres high, from where you can enjoy the stunning view of Dialezza Glacier.

After admiring the breathtaking views return by cable car to Bernina Diavolezza and then transfer back to St Moritz and your hotel, where dinner is served tonight.

Day 5 St Moritz to Basel

Basel, Switzerland

Following breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the port in Basel where you will embark your ship, Spirit of the Rhine.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening as you spend the night cruising towards Breisach.

Basel Port Switzerland Europe

Day 6 Breisach 🎧

The Rhine and Breisach, Germany

Arrive in the early hours with a day to explore Breisach, an important medieval town of the Holy Roman Empire during the 16th century. It's overlooked by a 12th-century cathedral – St Stephansmünster – set high on a hilltop above. It's also known as the 'gateway to the Black Forest' and you'll have the chance to join an optional excursion to picturesque Colmar with its well-preserved old town, and the wine town of Riquewhir. Another optional tour visits Lake Titisee, in the Black Forest for a short cruise and lunch.

Depart later tonight and cruise to Strasbourg.

Breisach Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Day 7 Strasbourg 🎧


You'll arrive before breakfast in the beautiful capital of Alsace, with the whole day to discover its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and magnificent cathedral. This morning an included city tour and canal cruise will help you get your bearings, then this afternoon you can explore further independently. Alternatively, you might like to join an excursion to the pretty walled city of Obernai, where you can stroll along the ramparts and admire attractive 13th-century buildings with flower-filled balconies.

Your ship departs for Mannheim this evening.

Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

Day 8 Mannheim to Mainz to Rüdesheim 🎧

Heidelberg Castle

Pause awhile in Mannheim this morning allowing you to join an included visit the home of Germany's oldest university, the city of Heidelberg.

Highlights include the Old Bridge across the River Neckar and the ruined castle high above the city. Its rather random appearance is due to it having been added to through different periods of German architectural styles. Virtually destroyed by lightning in 1764 it was cannibalised by locals who used stones from it in their own houses! Rejoin the ship in Mainz where you spend the afternoon. Here you can use your interactive map to explore the atmospheric Old Town and famous Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg. Born in the city he was the inventor of the 'moveable type' printing press, and is known as the 'father of modern printing'. Later, cruise to charming Rüdesheim, where you will moor for the night. This evening you can take a stroll down the cobbled Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined with taverns, to enjoy a flagon of ale or perhaps join an optional excursion to a wine tasting session or an alternative visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 9 Rüdesheim to Koblenz 🎧

Cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Koblenz

Cruise a scenic stretch of the Rhine this morning past a collection of fairy-tale castles and villages, and the impressive Lorelei Rock, before arriving for an afternoon in Koblenz.

The city sits at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is an important centre for the wine industry. Stroll along the pretty riverside promenade, overlooked by the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel, which sits on a hill across the river. Perhaps join an optional tour which also visits the fortress.

Depart later tonight and cruise overnight to Cologne.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 10 Cologne to Dusseldorf 🎧

Cologne Cathedral, Germany

A morning in Cologne, considered Germany’s cultural capital, provides the opportunity to enjoy exploring independently – don't miss one of Germany’s most popular attractions, the vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 to house the relics of the three Magi but not finally completed until 1880! You can see the shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar. Around lunchtime your ship sets sail for the final time and will arrive in Düsseldorf mid afternoon. Look forward to a fun evening mixing the dounds of the 60s and 70s with the music of pioneers of Rock & Roll, such as Elvis, Bill Haley & The Comets, Little Richard and Fats Domino.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 11 Dusseldorf 🎧

St Lambertus Church and Schlossturm tower, Düsseldorf

Enjoy a full day in Düsseldorf where you can compare the city’s modern, avant-garde architecture with the more traditional appeal of the altstadt – Old Town. An included tour this morning reveals the highlights and this afternoon is at leisure. Remain moored here overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe Dusseldorf North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany

Day 12 Dusseldorf to UK

Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport (a journey of approximately 25 minutes) for your return flight to the UK.

BBC Radio legend Johnnie Walker MBE will join your cruise

He made his name on the pirate ship Radio Caroline in the 1960s but went on to present several shows on Radio 1 and the popular daily drivetime show on Radio 2 which he hosted until 2006. He now presents Sounds of the 70s, Radio 2 in Concert and Johnnie Walker’s Long Players on Radio 2.

Johnnie Walker MBE

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Breisach, Strasbourg, Mainz, Rüdesheim Koblenz, Cologne and Amsterdam.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

The Glacier Express and Sounds of the 60s and 70s

The Rhine and her Tributaries