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Special interest - Photography

The Rhine in Focus

The Rhine and her Tributaries

  • VIP travel service included on selected European tours VIP on selected river cruises
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  • Full Board Plus Full board plus

Have your camera at the ready on this photography holiday

From picturesque Amsterdam to the UNESCO-listed middle Rhine, the old university city of Heidelberg to Strasbourg, this holiday is packed with photo opportunities which you’ll be able to capture under the expert guidance of your photography host, professional photographer Jason Dodd. During your river cruise look forward to a warm welcome from your expert host and the chance to meet your fellow passengers. 

There will be three informative talks from Jason, plus six included excursions during your cruise including a visit to Heidelberg and its romantic ruined castle perched above the town, and the picturesque old quarter of Strasbourg – great venues for capturing memorable images. There will also be an evening or night time walk in Strasbourg with your host, who will share useful tips and information on photographing in the fading light or after dark, plus a group walk in Cologne whose towering Gothic Cathedral is bound to be a popular subject for your camera. 

On your final evening, look forward to an on board showcase and fun competition, when you can share some of the photographs you’ve taken during the holiday. Jason will be on hand throughout to help you get the most out of the your holiday and to offer advice and guidance, his knowledge, skill and professionalism adding an extra dimension to your holiday. 


20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner 
  • Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
  • Saga Cruise Host
  • Saga Cruise Assistant on board
  • Expert photography host
  • Three photography talks from your host
  • Photo showcase on your last evening
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship


  • Photography walk in Cologne
  • Night photography walk 
  • Heidelberg walking tour and castle visit
  • Tour and canal cruise in Strasbourg
  • Visit to Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein
  • Visit Colmar and Alsace

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27/07/2020 UK-Amsterdam


Fly to Amsterdam and embark your ship Dutch Melody, which remains moored here overnight. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. 

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

28/07/2020 Amsterdam

Montelbaanstoren tower in Amsterdam

The Dutch capital is known for its picturesque canals, world-class museums and galleries, and laid-back cafes and bars. Explore the city independently this morning perhaps capturing some images of the tall canalside houses and sublime canals Amsterdam is so famous for. Alternatively, perhaps take an optional excursion to explore the city on a combined coach tour and canal cruise. 

Depart at lunchtime and cruise through the afternoon and overnight to Cologne. Later today look forward to a welcome and introductory meeting with your host and fellow photographers. 

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

29/07/2020 Cologne

Cologne cathedral and city skyline

As you sail to Cologne this morning, enjoy the first photography talk from your host, Jason Dodds. You’ll arrive in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital, early afternoon, when you can look forward to setting off with your camera in the company of Jason and fellow photographers for a group walk in Cologne. From the vast Gothic cathedral housing the relics of the three Magi, to the cobbled streets of the Old Town, have your camera at the ready to capture some of the city’s highlights. Depart later this evening and cruise towards Koblenz.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

30/07/2020 Koblenz to Rüdesheim


Having arrived before breakfast, look forward to spending the morning in Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. With its attractive riverside promenade, several historic churches and impressive citadel, there’s lots to see here. Look forward to an included morning excursion to the city and the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress perched on a hill overlooking the point where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet. 

Afterwards, your cruise continues through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, passing the fabled Lorelei Rock en route. This evening, perhaps visit one of the 'olde-worlde' taverns in the famed Drosselgasse for a glass of local beer or wine. Alternatively, join an optional excursion that visits the extraordinary Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music. Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

31/07/2020 Rüdesheim-Mainz-Mannheim

Heidelberg Castle

Early this morning your ship will sail to Mainz. Look forward to a second photography talk from Jason during the morning, as well as the opportunity to explore at leisure the atmospheric Old Town of Mainz 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'. This afternoon, an included excursion visits 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. This romantic ruin, which acts as a spectacular backdrop to the old town, is home to Renaissance architecture, beautiful views and elegant gardens offering some exciting photo opportunities. After your visit, rejoin your ship in Mannheim, from where you will sail overnight for Strasbourg.

Mannheim Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

01/08/2020 Strasbourg

Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace

You'll arrive this morning in the beautiful capital of Alsace, with its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and magnificent cathedral. This morning an included city tour of the Old Quarter and canal cruise will help you get your bearings. This afternoon join your expert host for a final photography talk. This evening enjoy a group walk with Jason, when you can capture images of the city by night before your ship departs for Breisach.

Strasbourg Alsace France Europe

02/08/2020 Breisach


Arrive in the early hours at 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 and is also known as the 'gateway to the Black Forest' . This morning enjoy an included excursion to picturesque Colmar, founded in the 9th century and renowned for its well-preserved old town area. After a ride on a Tourist Train taking in some of the town’s highlights, enjoy some time to explore independently before continuing to nearby Riquewihr, a beautiful Alsace wine town, overlooked by an impressive castle and surrounded by medieval fortifications including city walls – perfect for perhaps capturing that special photograph? Later today, perhaps choose some of your favourite or best photographs for an onboard photo showcase and competition!  Your ship departs later tonight and cruises to Basel.

Breisach Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

03/08/2020 Basel-UK

Disembark Dutch Melody after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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