Inaugural Cruise with Bootleg Beatles Spirit of the Rhine River Cruise

Come Together to become the first passengers to step aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, for a six-night river cruise which will allow you to indulge your passion for The Beatles. Your holiday begins in the vibrant Dutch capital Amsterdam and navigates the long and winding waterways of the Netherlands before returning to the capital. In addition to two live on board performances from the renowned Bootleg Beatles, look forward to an included private visit to the largest Beatles Museum on Earth during a trip to Alkmaar.

"The new lounge is perfect to listen to a live band and what better way to launch the new ship than with one of the biggest tribute bands in the world – the Bootleg Beatles helping to mark 50 years since the iconic Abbey Road album was released. A cruise not to be missed for fans of the band!"

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Indulge your passion for the Fab Four on this six-night river cruise through stunning Holland!


The Bootleg Beatles are a renowned Beatles tribute band, who, since their establishment in 1980, have performed over 4000 times!

Keukenhof Gardens Path

Itinerary

Travel to Amsterdam and embark Spirit of the Rhine. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner as you spend tonight moored in the Dutch capital.

Here Comes the Sun! Bid Amsterdam farewell as you begin cruising before breakfast.
Late this morning arrive in Beverwijk from where you can join an included excursion which visits Alkmaar’s Beatles Museum – the largest in the world – which will remain open ‘after hours’ exclusively for our guests. The museum is the culmination of the combination of two separate private collections of memorabilia. See the original record contract signed by the band and a selection of outfits worn by the stars during performances in the Netherlands in the 1960s. The location is fitting as Alkmaar is where John Lennon’s first guitar was made. After dinner take the short cruise to Zaandam where you will moor overnight.

Included Unique Experience: A visit to Alkmaar Beatles Museum

If you wish to explore the iconic windmills of Zaanse Schans today then We Can Work It Out for you with one of our optional half-day excursions. If you’d rather be a Day Tripper then a full day excursion visits the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens – one of the largest and most revered flower gardens in the world. You may prefer to explore Zaandam independently before Spirit of the Rhine sails on to arrive in Hoorn early-afternoon, where Keukenhof excursion participants will rejoin her. You can join an optional walking tour of Hoorn this afternoon and learn more about the history of the area with a visit to the Westfries Museum. Sail through dinner to reach Enkhuizen late tonight and moor overnight.

Optional Excursions: Zaanse Schans Windmill Village & Keukenhof Museum

Spend the day in Enkhuizen, a town made wealthy by its association with the Dutch East India Company. Amazingly, much of the land in this part of the country is land reclaimed from the Zuiderzee, as you will discover on an included visit to the Zuiderzee Museum which involves a ferry trip to see more than 140 historic buildings which once fringed the inland sea, meet residents of Urk and visit a cheese warehouse for a tasting. Remain moored in the picturesque little town overnight.

Included Excursion: Zuiderzee Museum

Optional Excursion: Hoorn Walking Tour

Set sail after breakfast and cruise to the capital, where you will moor at lunch. You have the afternoon to explore. It's easy to make your own way around this compact and pedestrian-friendly city – perhaps explore the Royal Palace on Dam Square, discover the wealth of art in one of the museums, see Anne Frank House or admire the paintings of Van Gogh. Alternatively, if you’re a fan of cheese, you might prefer to spend the afternoon visiting Volendam, Edam and the Katwoude Cheese Farm on an optional excursion.

Optional Excursion: Volendam, Edam & Katwoude Cheese Farm

As it’s a Beatles holiday it’s only right that we include a Ticket to Ride a sightseeing canal cruise and coach tour, to help you fit in as many highlights as possible! Alternatively this morning you might choose to join one of our Unique Experiences which are designed to help you get under the skin of a destination by enjoying the local food and culture. After meeting your guide, take a tram to Central Station and begin a three-hour walking tour. 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. Afterwards you have the rest of the day to explore independently – perhaps seek out the floating flower market, the Central Railway Station, which is built on thousands of wooden piles, or the grand 19th-century Rijksmuseum.

Included Excursion: Amsterdam city tour & canal cruise OR

Included Unique Experience: Amsterdam culinary walking tour

Say Hello Goodbye to your fellow passengers this morning as you disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast, and begin your journey to Get Back to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
23 March 2021 £1,899

What's Included

  • Low deposit of only £99pp
  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • A selection of return transport including UK flights, Eurostar or coach travel (subject to availability and some may carry a supplement)
  • Optional travel insurance or a discount of £20 if not required†
  • 6 Nights on board Spirit of the Rhine
  • 17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All gratuities on board
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Saga cruise director & Saga cruise escort on board
  • 3 included excursions & experiences