The Magnificent Rhine, Main & Moselle Spirit of the Rhine River Cruise

Be among the first passengers to step aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, for a 14-night river cruise along the length of the river which shares her name and two of its biggest tributaries – the Moselle and Main.

Your holiday begins in Arnhem where you will embark your ship before cruising into Germany to visit the former capital, Bonn – birthplace of Beethoven. You will sail into the Moselle where you can look forward to exploring the pretty wine town of Cochem and seeing the Renaissance architecture of Bernkastel and historic Trier, Germany’s oldest city, which you will see on an included tour. Indulge in an included wine tasting in Traben-Trarbach and perhaps join an optional excursion to the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress while moored in Koblenz. Another included tour reveals the highlights of Frankfurt before you have time to wander independently in Aschaffenburg and Mainz. Strasbourg is the capital of France’s Alsace region and an included tour and canal cruise reveal its charms before you cruise up the Rhine into Germany to explore pretty Rüdesheim, Boppard and Andernach en route to Amsterdam where you can soak up the food, drink and culture during an overnight mooring - the perfect way to round off your fortnight of discovery...

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Join journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant for a series of interesting talks during this incredible 15 day cruise, departing July 1, 2021.

John Sergeant is a seasoned TV, radio and political journalist and broadcaster, who has gained popularity as a regular contributor to the BBC’s One Show, and more recently as a presenter on ITV’s Barging Round Britain among others.

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Itinerary

Travel to Arnhem and embark Spirit of the Rhine and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. Cruise overnight towards Bonn.

Arrive in Bonn after lunch and discover the highlights of the city on an optional walking tour with a local guide which includes a visit to the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, now a museum dedicated to his life and work. Alternatively, explore independently using one of our complimentary interactive maps. After dinner you will sail overnight towards Cochem.

Optional Excursion: Bonn city tour and Beethoven museum visit

Arrive in romantic Cochem on the Moselle after breakfast. You might like to explore the town and the surrounding area aboard a land train on an optional excursion this morning while an optional afternoon excursion visits the castle, followed by a wine tasting at a vineyard. Depart this evening for Bernkastel.

Optional Excursions: Cochem Noddy train & Cochem, Reichsburg Castle & Wine Tasting

Sail to Bernkastel-Kues where Renaissance houses line the market square. Moor here overnight.

Set sail before breakfast and spend the afternoon in Germany’s oldest city, Trier, founded in 16BC by Emperor Augustus. Discover more on an included tour to see the Roman city gateway, Porta Nigra, and the cathedral. Moor here until the early hours.

Included Excursion: City tour of Trier

Set off in the early hours and cruise through the morning to the twin villages of Traben-Trarbach which straddle the Moselle. Known as the 'capitals' of the wine region, they are home to many art nouveau buildings. Enjoy an included wine-tasting at a vineyard this afternoon before your cruise resumes over dinner as you sail overnight to Koblenz.

Included Excursion: Traben-Trarbach wine tasting

Meaning 'merging of the rivers', Koblenz' rich history is reflected in a wealth of monuments and historic buildings. Arrive here after breakfast. An optional walking tour this afternoon encompasses Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Set sail before dinner and cruise overnight towards Frankfurt.

Optional Excursion: Koblenz & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Today you have the whole day to discover this lively, cultural centre, the most international city in Germany thanks to its origins as a trading centre. Despite the dramatic skyline it's a small city – you can walk from one side to the other in 20 minutes! There are plenty of places of interest, from the cathedral to the restored timber-framed buildings of the city centre – Römerburg – as you'll discover on an included tour. You'll also visit the Goethe House and Museum, on the site of the birthplace of the greatest German literary figure of the modern era. This afternoon you might wish to join one of our optional 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. Set sail at dinner time and cruise through the night.

Included Excursion: Frankfurt city tour
Optional Unique Experience: Frankfurt Apple Wine

Arrive in the early hours and spend the morning in the city known as 'Bavarian Nice' thanks to its sunny climate and lively cultural scene. Admire Johannisburg Castle, perhaps joining an optional excursion inside, or perhaps seek out the old quarter. Set sail at lunch and cruise on through the afternoon and evening before mooring in Mainz, in the early hours.

Spend the morning in Mainz where you can grab an interactive map and use your audio headset to conduct a self-guided tour of the highlights. The capital of Rheinland-Pfalz, Mainz has a large Romanesque red sandstone cathedral, which retains its cloisters. Behind the cathedral in Gutenbergplatz square is a statue of Johannes Gutenberg, the father of modern printing. Depart after lunch and spend the afternoon and evening cruising towards Strasbourg.

Optional Excursion: Johannisburg Castle

Arrive in Strasbourg mid morning and this afternoon explore the beautiful capital of Alsace whose cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and Gothic cathedral can be seen on an included tour and canal cruise. Depart this evening and cruise back into Germany overnight.

Included Excursion: Strasbourg tour & canal cruise

Arrive in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim for a morning exploring. Perhaps join a fascinating optional excursion to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music or alternatively an optional wine tasting. Set sail to Boppard, a classic Rhineland wine town, where the waterfront is overlooked by wooded gorges and vineyards, arriving mid-afternoon. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has extensive Roman remains, medieval fortifications and half-timbered buildings. You remain moored here overnight.

Optional Excursions: Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music & Rudesheim wine tasting

Leave Boppard early morning and cruise through breakfast to spend the rest of the morning in Andernach, home to the world's tallest cold water geyser which you can see on an optional excursion. During lunch you set off and spend the rest of the day and night cruising towards Amsterdam.

Optional Excursion: Andernach Geyser

Arrive in Amsterdam late morning, and after lunch 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. Moor here overnight.

Included Excursions: Amsterdam city tour & canal cruise OR
Included Unique Experience: Amsterdam culinary tour

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

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
27 May 2021 £2,499
1 July 2021 - Themed Cruise: John Sergeant £2,699
1 November 2021 £1,939

What's Included

  • Low deposit of only £99pp
  • 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)
  • 14 nights on board Spirit of the Rhine
  • 41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 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