Castles & Vineyards of the Rhine Spirit of the Rhine River Cruise

Your cruise begins in Amsterdam where you can look forward to an included city tour and canal cruise to see the highlights, or alternatively enjoy a walking tour themed around delightful Dutch food. Set off bound for Germany where you can explore historic cities like Cologne and Koblenz and raise a glass in the pretty wine town of Rudesheim. Another included excursion visits stately Heidelberg before you cruise into France to explore Strasbourg’s delightful cobbled streets and picturesque half-timbered houses on an included guided tour and canal cruise. Return to Germany to spend the day in Breisach before your journey concludes in Basel…

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Itinerary

Travel to Amsterdam and transfer to the port to embark Spirit of the Rhine, 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. 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

After breakfast, disembark Spirit of the Rhine ready for your journey home.

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
24 May 2022 £1,899
31 May 2022^ £2,049
21 June 2022 £2,049
28 June 2022^ £2,089
19 September 2022 £1,949
26 September 2022^ £1,899
17 October 2022 £1,699
24 October 2022^ £1,599

What's Included

  • Low deposit of only £99pp
  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Optional travel insurance or a discount of £20 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
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All gratuities on board
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Saga cruise director & Saga cruise escort on board

Excursion Guide

  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise
  • Unique Experience: Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour
  • Koblenz & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music
  • Rudesheim wine tasting
  • Heidelberg & Castle visit
  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise
  • Obernai: Undiscovered Treasure of the Alsace
  • Colmar & the Alsace and Lake Titisee