Best of the Rhine 2019 Saga River Cruise
Look forward to a week's cruise on the famous Rhine, from Amsterdam to Basel in Switzerland, while discovering historic landmarks on the way.
Fly to Amsterdam and embark MS Carmen which remains moored here overnight. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.
The Dutch capital is rightly popular for its friendly welcome, picturesque canals, world-class museums and galleries and laid-back cafes and bars. 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.
Arrive at lunchtime in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital. Enjoy an afternoon of exploring – don't miss 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 magnificent shrine to Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar – now among the patron saints of Cologne – behind the high altar. Depart later this evening and cruise towards Koblenz.
Having arrived before breakfast, you can spend the morning in Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. Discover the attractive riverside promenade and several historic churches, all set beneath the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel on top of the hill. Later this morning 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.
Early this morning your ship will sail to Mainz. Here you can 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'. 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. It's 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!
If you prefer, you can stay on board relaxing as you sail to Mannheim where excursion participants will rejoin the ship before she sets off again overnight for Strasbourg.
You'll arrive this morning 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 Breisach this evening.
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 Basel.
Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
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- Complimentary Return UK Travel Service
- Return flights transfers
- 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Saga cruise director & Saga cruise escort on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Excursions & visits: Heidelberg walking tour and castle visit, Tour and canal cruise in Strasbourg