Across Europe 2021 Saga River Cruise

Explore some of Europe's most vibrant cities on this exciting cruise. A succession of enchanting waterside towns and cities will be revealed as you follow the historic lifelines of Continental Europe – The Rhine, Main and Danube rivers – on this exclusive Saga river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Marvel at such cultural treasures as the wine town of Würzburg, medieval Regensburg and the stunning Wachau Valley, plus enjoy included city tours of Nuremberg, Vienna and Budapest.

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Amsterdam

Itinerary

Travel to Holland’s capital, Amsterdam, where you embark your ship. Enjoy a welcome drink reception and dinner on board as your ship remains moored here overnight.

Admire Amsterdam's famous network of historic canals and pretty bridges, see the house where Anne Frank and her family hid, and take in the bustling cafe culture of this colourful capital city. Alternatively, join an optional morning tour which includes a canal cruise and coach tour, or a culinary-themed walking tour of the city. You sail from Amsterdam around midday and cruise south along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal, through the flat polder landscape – reclaimed land – of South Holland, reaching the Rhine overnight en route for Cologne.

Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure in Cologne. Perhaps explore the oldest part of the city including the cathedral, built in the High Gothic style, and home to relics of the Three Magi of the Nativity. Your cruise continues south from Cologne later tonight along the Rhine towards Koblenz.

Spend a couple of hours in the pretty wine town of Koblenz, set beneath the enormous Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, before sailing along what is probably the most scenic stretch of the Rhine Valley. Late this afternoon you will arrive in the old wine town of Rüdesheim, which has a long street, the Drosselgasse, which is lined on both sides with wine taverns. An optional excursion is available to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music, or you can join an optional wine tasting. Sail overnight towards Miltenberg.

The ancient town of Miltenberg occupies an attractive location on the banks of the Main. Discover the old town with its 13th-century castle, timber-framed houses and old taverns, perhaps treating yourself to an optional excursion to the city’s only remaining independent brewery – the Brauhaus Faust. You leave here this evening and spend the night cruising through the thickly wooded region of Baden-Württemberg.

Spend the afternoon in Würzburg, the centre of Franconia's wine industry. An optional guided tour uncovers the impressive Residenz Palace. Depart again early this evening.

Arrive in Bamberg after lunch. This UNESCO World Heritage city is characterised by quaint streets full of delightful old buildings. Take in the town's well-preserved medieval treasures on an optional tour, including the breathtaking cathedral and the quirky historic town hall, set in the centre of a bridge. Depart again this evening and cruise towards Nuremberg.

Arrive in Nuremberg early this morning. An included sightseeing tour reveals the elegant architecture and major sights of this historic Bavarian city, from its medieval beginnings to the present. Once famous for the manufacture of toys, it achieved infamy in the 20th century as the setting for the notorious Nazi rallies, and later for the war crimes trials of 1945-46. You sail from Nuremberg late afternoon and continue towards Regensburg.

Amadeus Royal will pause briefly in Kelheim to allow passengers to disembark for an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey, overlooking the Danube Gorge. Alternatively, remain aboard the ship as she continues to Regensburg, and enjoy the afternoon exploring the lovely old town on an optional walking tour. Excursion participants will rejoin the ship in Regensburg. Set off again this evening for Passau.

Spend the early morning cruising east along the Danube, arriving early in elegant Passau with its cobbled streets and arcades, set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers. Spend the day here, and discover Passau’s history and fine buildings. Alternatively, join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg.

Melk is best known for its great baroque abbey, which has a magnificent church and a famous library with over 70,000 books. An optional tour of Melk Abbey will be available this morning. Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, one of the most picturesque towns on the Danube River. Its ruined Kuenringer Castle is where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. Set sail again during lunch.

Having arrived in the early hours, you get to spend a full day in Vienna. This morning you can join an included sightseeing tour of the highlights, including the Ringstrasse and Opera House. After lunch, you may like to go exploring the capital of Austria independently, or join an optional excursion to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. You also have the option to tour the city on a culinary-themed walk or alternatively attend a concert on an excursion this evening before setting sail again late tonight.

Continue your cruise to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city; the old town is easily explored on foot too. See the Gothic-style cathedral, where eleven Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their capital. Or take an optional guided tour of the city. Cruise overnight to Budapest.

An included excursion this morning shows you the capital's highlights which include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. After lunch you may like to visit Godollo Palace or Lazar Equestrian Park Horse Farm on half-day optional excursions. Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Disembark after breakfast and return to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
1 April 2021 £2,229
28 June 2021^ £4,129
12 July 2021 £3,029
22 October 2021^ £3,199

What's Included

  • Low deposit of only £99pp
  • Savings of up to £500pp on selected cabin grades and departures
  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Optional travel insurance or a discount of £20 if not required†
  • Return flights or rail from the UK
  • 14 Nights on board Amadeus Royal
  • All meals on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Saga cruise director & Saga cruise escort on board