Sounds of the 60s & 70s on the Rhine Spirit of the Rhine River Cruise
Embark on a cruise which pairs some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery and captivating cities with some of the best music ever written. Fly to Basel and step aboard Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, for a cruise featuring live music from the 1960s and 70s performed on board. Cruise into Germany and moor in Breisach, from where you might wish to explore the Black Forest, before dancing into France to explore Strasbourg’s delightful cobbled streets and picturesque half-timbered houses on an included guided tour and canal cruise. Another included excursion visits stately Heidelberg before you reach the beautiful Middle Rhine where you can raise a glass in the pretty wine town of Rudesheim. The concerts keep coming as you cruise to historic Koblenz and explore the sights of Cologne before your cruise concludes 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...
Cruise the Rhine in the company of DJ Johnnie Walker on this incredible music themed cruise.
Johnnie Walker MBE first gained notoriety in the 1960s as a DJ on the pirate ship Radio Caroline. He now presents a series of shows on BBC Radio 2, including Sounds of the 70s. Johnnie will give a talk alongside live performances by the resident band onboard.
Fly to Basel and transfer from the airport to the port where you will embark your ship, Spirit of the Rhine.
Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening as you spend the night cruising towards Breisach.
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 Strasbourg.
You'll arrive before breakfast 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 Mannheim this evening.
Pause awhile in Mannheim this morning allowing you to join an included visit the home of Germany's oldest university, the city of Heidelberg.
Later, cruise to charming Rüdesheim, where you will moor for the night.
This evening you can take a stroll down the cobbled Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined with taverns, to enjoy a flagon of ale or perhaps join an optional excursion to a wine tasting session or an alternative visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.
Cruise a scenic stretch of the Rhine this morning past a collection of fairy-tale castles and villages, and the impressive Lorelei Rock, before arriving for an afternoon in Koblenz. Stroll along the pretty riverside promenade, overlooked by the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel, which sits on a hill across the river. Perhaps join an optional tour which also visits the fortress. Depart later tonight and cruise overnight to Cologne.
A morning in Cologne, considered Germany’s cultural capital, provides the opportunity to enjoy exploring using your state-of-the-art interactive map – don't miss one of Germany’s most popular attractions, 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. Around lunchtime your ship sets sail for the final time, cruising through the afternoon and overnight bound for Amsterdam.
This morning you can join one a 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 city. 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. Remain moored in Amsterdam overnight.
Disembark your ship after breakfast and begin your return journey to the UK.
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|11 October 2021||£1,649|
- 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
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