From Rembrandt to Rubens Spirit of the Rhine River Cruise

You will be joined by expert host Raj Bisram, one of the UK’s leading auctioneers and dealers, and during your cruise enjoy included visits to the world-famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam during a two-night stay in the Dutch capital before cruising on to Utrecht and Rotterdam – from where you visit The Hague to see more of the country's Golden Age treasures. Spend a night in Dordrecht before sailing to Antwerp, a city synonymous with Rubens, as you’ll discover during another overnight mooring. A night in the Belgian capital, home to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, provides a fitting finale to your holiday.

SAGA Spirit of the Rhine Cruise Sale

Take a voyage of artistic discovery with expert art dealer Raj Bisram on this fantastic Art themed cruise!

Raj Bisram is one of the UK’s leading auctioneers and dealers, who you might have seen on Sarah Beeny’s Four Rooms on Channel 4 or as an antiques expert on BBC’s Antiques Road Trip, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Flog It! and Bargain Hunt.

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Itinerary

Travel to Amsterdam and embark Spirit of the Rhine. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. You will remain moored in the city for the next two nights.

Set off for a day of discovery in iconic Amsterdam with your Museum Card in hand. Perhaps head straight for the completely renovated Rijksmuseum, an iconic 135-year-old institution which displays more than 8,000 works of art – just a tiny portion of its one-million-strong collection – and is particularly renowned for its paintings from the 17th-century – the Dutch Golden Age. You’ll find the Dutch Masters section on the top floor, where you can study master painter Vermeer’s famous Milkmaid, and see works by Pieter de Hooch and Jacob van Ruisdael. The works of painter and etcher Rembrandt van Rijn dominated the Dutch Golden Age, and the museum’s pièce de résistance is his huge painting housed here,The Night Watch.
Later, perhaps visit the Van Gogh Museum, which houses some 200 of his paintings alongside works by Gauguin, Monet and Seurat. Of special note are Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and The Potato Eaters, while the delicate Almond Blossom was painted shortly before his death as a gift to his brother and sister-in-law to celebrate the birth of their son, who later went on to found the museum.

Included Excursions: Rijksmuseum entrance & entry to Van Gogh Museum

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Amsterdam, perhaps using your Museum Card to discover more priceless works of art. Bid the capital farewell this afternoon as your cruise begins, spending the afternoon sailing towards Utrecht.

Look forward to spending a full day in the Kroller-Muller Museum, set in the beautiful Hoge Veluwe National Park, which boasts scenic heaths, sand dunes and woodland. The museum itself is home to a large collection of Van Gogh pieces while the surrounding grounds also contain the largest sculpture park in Europe. Remain moored in Utrecht overnight.

Included Excursion: Kroller-Muller Museum visit

Cruise to Rotterdam this morning and after an early lunch, take the short drive to The Hague for a visit to two superb museums – the Mauritshuis and Gemeentemuseum. Built originally in the 17th century as the home for the count of Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, the Mauritshuis is a fine example of Dutch classicism which became a museum in 1822. Within the restored and extended interior you can study some of the finest masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Era, including Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Other works of art housed here include genre paintings by Jan Steen, Rembrandt’s 1669 Self-Portrait and example’s of Frans Hals’ ‘rough technique’ which can be seen in such gems as his Laughing Boy. Afterwards head to the beautiful art deco confines of the Gemeentemuseum, which is home to the world’s largest Mondrian collection as well as famous works by other artists including Pablo Picasso. Remain moored overnight.

Included Excursions: Mauritshuis & Gemeentemuseum visit

This morning cruise away from Rotterdam and moor in the village of Kinderdijk, from where you can join an optional excursion to view its 19 UNESCO-listed windmills up-close. Continue to arrive in Dordrecht at lunchtime and spend the afternoon visiting The Dordrechts Museum, one of the oldest in the country, having been established in 1842, with a rich collection spanning six centuries of Dutch art. Moor overnight in Dordrecht.

Included Excursion: Dordrecht's Museum
Optional Excursion: Kinderdijk windmills

Cruise through the morning before spending the afternoon exploring Antwerp, Belgium's second largest city, which has many treasures to explore. The city was a great centre for the arts in the Renaissance period with Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens and and Van Dyck both living and working here. Antwerp's Royal Museum of Fine Arts is partly dedicated to Rubens’ work and you can look forward to an included visit to that, as well as the Rubens House Museum. You’ll remain moored here overnight so perhaps explore the city at leisure, don’t miss the 16th-century Grote Markt, with its famous Brabo fountain.

Included Excursion: Entrance to Royal Museum of Fine Arts & Rubens House Museum

No trip to Antwerp would be complete without a visit to the medieval Cathedral of Our Lady - the largest Gothic cathedral in the country with the highest church tower in Benelux at 403 feet. You'll be able to see Rubens’ altarpieces including Elevation to the Cross, Descent from the Cross and Resurrection of Christ. Cruise on to the capital this afternoon.

Included Excursion: Visit to Cathedral of our Lady

Enjoy a full day exploring the Belgian capital. Entrance is included to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts – a group of art museums which contain more than 20,000 drawings, sculptures, and paintings, dating from the early 15th century to the present day.

Included Excursion: Royal Museums of Fine Arts admission

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

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
10 May 2021 £1,949

What's Included

  • 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)
  • 9 nights on board Spirit of the Rhine
  • 26 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
  • All gratuities on board
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Saga cruise director & Saga cruise escort on board
  • 8 included excursions & experiences