From Amsterdam to the Alps Spirit of the Rhine River Cruise
After cruising the Rhine, see the highlights of Switzerland on a four-night tour including time in Lucerne and hotel stays in Basel and Davos
Travel to Amsterdam and transfer to the port to embark Spirit of the Rhine, which remains moored here overnight.
The Dutch capital is rightly popular for its friendly welcome, picturesque canals, world-class museums and galleries and laid-back cafes and bars. This morning you can join one of our Unique Experiences which are designed to give you the chance to get under the skin of a destination by enjoying the local food and culture. After disembarking your ship and meeting your guide, take a tram to Central Station from where you will begin a walking tour of the Dutch capital. Along the way look forward to tasting local delicacies including herring, cheese and croquettes and rounding it off with a sweet treat from a bakery.
Alternatively you could join an included tour of Amsterdam by coach and see the Royal Palace on Dam Square, the floating flower market, the Central Railway Station, which is built on thousands of wooden piles, and the grand 19th-century Rijksmuseum. Afterwards, enjoy a canal cruise to see the city centre with its pretty bridges and attractive gabled houses up close and view such treasures as the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter.
Spirit of the Rhine sets sail at lunchtime and you will spend the rest of the day and night cruising towards Cologne.
Included Excursions: Amsterdam city tour & canal cruise OR
Included Unique Experience: Amsterdam culinary tour
Arrive at lunchtime in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital.
Enjoy an afternoon of exploring using our state-of-the-art interactive map – 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 overnight 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, which you might choose to visit on an optional excursion this morning. 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 or another which features a wine tasting.
Your ship remains moored here overnight.
Optional Excursions: Koblenz & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music and Rudesheim wine tasting
Before sunrise your ship will sail to Mainz.
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'. 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. 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!
Sail overnight for Strasbourg, pausing briefly in Mannheim this evening.
Included Excursion: Heidelberg & Castle visit
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.
Included Excursion: Strasbourg tour & canal cruise
Optional Excursion: Obernai, an undiscovered treasures of Alsace
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.
Optional Excursions: Colmar & the Alsace and Lake Titisee
Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast and transfer by coach to the capital, Bern, where you can join an included two-hour walking tour of the beautifully preserved historic city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy lunch at your own expense and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure before transferring back to Basel to check-in for a two night stay at Hotel Gaia (3Q), with breakfasts included and dinners at a local restaurant the next two nights.
When you check in you will receive a Basel Card which will allow you free use of public transport, Wi-Fi at 26 hotspots and 50% discount on admission to museums for the duration of your stay.
Disembark Spirit of the Rhine and transfer to your 4* hotel for a 2 night stay.
Included Excursion: Walking tour of Bern
Basel is located at the meeting point of Switzerland, Germany and France and today is yours to explore its many attractions at your leisure. Basel Minster is one of the most famous buildings in the country – construction of the red sandstone cathedral with its iconic twin slim towers, began in 1019. The city is known for its museums, not least the Kunstmuseum, which housed Europe’s first art collection open to the public in 1661 and is the largest art museum in Switzerland. The University dates from 1460 and is regarded among the top-100 institutions in the world.
Dinner is at a local restaurant tonight.
After breakfast begin your journey to Davos, the final stop on your tour, taking in the delights of lovely Lucerne on the way.
Enjoy free time at leisure to explore this picturesque Swiss city situated at the end of the lake and backed by snow-capped mountains. Don't miss the 14th-century water tower or the chance to walk across the world's oldest wooden footbridge to the charming old town. Here you'll find the oldest baroque church in Switzerland as you explore the narrow streets. Keep an eye out for somewhere to have lunch, at your own expense.
After lunch glide across Lake Lucerne to Brunnen as you continue your journey to Davos, the highest town in Europe, for a two-night stay on a half-board basis at Hotel Grischa Davos (4Q), where you will enjoy dinner for the next two nights.
Check out of your hotel in Basel and head to Davos for your 2 night stay
Included Excursion: Lake Lucerne Cruise
Breathe deep, enjoy the crystal clear air – at 1,560m Davos is the highest town in the Alps.
The day is yours to either make the most of the superb wellness facilities at your hotel or to get out and about at altitude. Perhaps take the chance to ride a cable car to sample the stunning views from Jakobshorn or see the sights of the town, including the Botanical Garden Alpinum Schatzalp and the The Kirchner Museum, which offers visitors the unique experience of viewing the art of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in the place it was created.
After breakfast check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport in Zurich for your return flight to the UK.
|Date||Price from (pp)|
|4 October 2021||£1,999|
|18 October 2021||£1,899|
- Low deposit of only £99pp
- Saga's VIP Door to Door Travel Service
- Optional travel insurance or a discount of £54 if not required†
- A selection of return transport including UK flights, Eurostar or coach travel (subject to availability and some may carry a supplement)
- 7 nights on board Spirit of the Rhine
- 2 nights 4* hotel stays in Basel and in Davos
- 28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners
- All gratuities on board
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Saga cruise director & Saga cruise escort on board
- 5 included excursions & experiences