Resplendent Rhine in Autumn Spirit of the Rhine River Cruise
There are few better times to cruise the stately Rhine than at a time when the banks are ablaze with the colours of autumn. This seven-night seasonal cruise aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, has been specially planned so you are able to enjoy seeing the stunning scenery huddled beneath its rustling autumnal blanket. In addition to enjoying the marvels of Mother Nature, you can also visit historic cities and quaint wine towns as you wind your way along the Rhine.
Travel to Düsseldorf - a journey from Calais of 4 hours and 45 minutes - and embark Spirit of the Rhine, which remains moored here overnight. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.
Look forward to spending a full day in delightful Düsseldorf where you can enjoy an included tour of the famous Old Town – a square kilometre full of churches, art and more than 250 pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in the heart of the city. Join an expert guide on a stroll through the picturesque backstreets and discover why the Gothic St. Lambertus church has a twisted tower. The Burgplatz (square) with the Schlossturm (palace tower) holds great char and from here, it's a stone's throw to the Rhine embankment promenade which offers a stunning view of Düsseldorf's skyline and the Oberkassel Rhine banks. Set sail before dinner and cruise overnight.
Cruise through the morning, arriving in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim at lunchtime. This afternoon is at leisure – perhaps take an interactive map to embark on a self-guided tour. Later you might wish to join an optional trip to either the eccentric attraction of Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music or alternatively a wine tasting excursion. Your ship remains moored here overnight.
This morning relax on board during one of the highlights of your voyage as Spirit of the Rhine cruises through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine to Koblenz. Glide through a valley of steep banks cloaked in lush green forest and punctuated by the occasional fairytale castle. You’ll pass the fabled Lorelei Rock, where legend has it a beautiful siren used to coax sailors to their demise – keep an eye out for her bronze statue as you sail safely by. Spend the afternoon in Koblenz, the town where the rivers Rhine and Moselle meet and continue their journey to the North Sea. The confluence is marked by a monument to Emperor Wilhelm I, and across the river from here is the vast Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which you can visit by cable car on an optional excursion as your ship remains moored here overnight.
Set sail over breakfast and cruise through the morning to reach Bonn at lunchtime. An optional walking tour this afternoon reveals sights such as the Electoral Palace and the baroque City Hall, and includes entrance to Beethoven's former home, now a museum dedicated to his life and work. Remain moored here overnight.
Set sail early this morning and cruise into the Netherlands to enjoy the afternoon in Arnhem where you can join an included tour to learn more about the bloody battle that was fought here during World War II. Visit the site of the momentous events of Operation Market Garden, beginning at the famous ‘Bridge Too Far’. It was here that the 2nd Battalion, led by Lieutenant Colonel Frost, held out for four days in September 1944 against overwhelming odds. At the north end, you’ll see a monument which honours those who participated in the mission, many of whom lost their lives. Continue to the old church in Oosterbeek, where the Allies took refuge prior to withdrawing, passing some of the fields where the landings took place. At the Airborne Museum, you can see photographs and memorabilia, along with anti-tank guns and a Sherman tank which stand exactly where they were left in battle. You return to Arnhem via the Airborne Cemetery, the final resting place of 1,748 Allied troops. Remain moored here until late tonight.
At breakfast time cruise into the Dutch capital, 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.
Moor here overnight.
Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast
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|22 November 2021||£1,199|
- 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
- 3 included excursions & experiences