Across the Continent
Across the Continent
Join Saga’s brand new luxury ship, Spirit of the Rhine, for her first 14-night voyage through the heart of the continent.
Your holiday begins in the vibrant Dutch capital Amsterdam where you can soak up the food, drink and culture. A succession of enchanting waterside towns and cities will be revealed as you follow the historic lifelines of Continental Europe – The Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Cruise through the Netherlands into Germany to marvel at such cultural treasures as the wine town of Würzburg, medieval Regensburg and the stunning Wachau Valley. Other highlights include visits to Cologne, Koblenz and Rüdesheim, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg and visits to historic Nuremberg – where you can enjoy an included tour – and elegant Passau. Enjoy a full day in Vienna, with another included sightseeing tour, and explore the capital cities of Bratislava and Budapest, where you may also get a tour included and you might wish to extend your holiday with a two-night hotel stay…
- VIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland
- 41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry*
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- All Gratuities on board
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Saga Cruise Host
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise or Unique Experience: Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour
- Wurzburg and the Residenz Palace
- Tour of Nuremberg
- Vienna City Tour
- Budapest: A Tale of Two Cities
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Spirit of the Rhine
This luxury ship is exclusively for Saga guests, and offers a wealth of exciting features, all backed by premium value for money. It’s time to discover your Spirit of the Rhine.
Spirit of the Rhine Profile
- Length: 135 metres
- Breadth: 11.4 metres
- Cruise line: Saga
- Maiden voyage: 2021
- Passenger capacity: 190
- Officers & crew: 40
- Passenger decks: 4
- Lift: The lift runs between the middle and upper decks. It does not serve the sundeck which is accessed via 14 steps and the Lower Deck which is 13 steps down from the Middle Deck.
Day 1: UK to Amsterdam
Travel to Amsterdam and embark Spirit of the Rhine.
Enjoy a welcome drink reception and dinner on board as your ship remains moored here overnight.
Day 2: Amsterdam
The Dutch capital is 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.
Spirit of the Rhine sets sail at lunchtime and you will spend the rest of the day and night cruising towards Cologne.
Day 3: Cologne
Arrive at lunchtime in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital. Enjoy an afternoon of exploring using our state-of-the-art interactive map – don't miss 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.
Depart later this evening and cruise overnight towards Koblenz.
Day 4: Koblenz to Rüdesheim
Having arrived before breakfast, you can spend the morning in Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle.
Discover the attractive riverside promenade and several historic churches, all set beneath the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel on top of the hill, which you might choose to visit on an optional excursion this morning. Later this morning your cruise continues through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine to the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, passing the fabled Lorelei Rock en route. This evening, perhaps visit one of the 'olde-worlde' taverns in the famed Drosselgasse for a glass of local beer or wine.
Alternatively, join an optional excursion that visits the extraordinary Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music or another which features a wine tasting.
Set sail over dinner and cruise overnight towards Miltenberg.
Day 5: Miltenberg
The ancient town of Miltenberg occupies an attractive location on the banks of the Main.
Arrive early afternoon and discover the old town with its 13th-century castle, timber-framed houses and old taverns or perhaps join an optional brewery visit and tasting before departing this evening and cruising overnight.
Day 6: Würzburg
Spend the afternoon in Würzburg, the centre of Franconia's wine industry where you can enjoy a guided tour. Picturesque Würzburg on the banks of the River Main was the ancient seat of the prince-bishops and consequently is home to many fine monuments and buildings. Enjoy a tour of the Residenz Palace, one of Europe’s most splendid baroque palaces, dating back to the 18th century. Admire the famous grand staircase and Imperial Hall with frescoes by Tiepolo and the extensive gardens, before a tour of the town which reveals the cathedral, old Main Bridge and the 13th-century Fortress of Marienberg.
Set sail again before dinner and cruise through the night bound for Bamberg.
Day 7: Bamberg
Arrive in Bamberg after lunch.
This UNESCO World Heritage city is characterised by quaint streets full of delightful old buildings. Take in the town's well-preserved medieval treasures on an optional tour, including the breathtaking cathedral and the quirky historic town hall, set in the centre of a bridge. Alternatively you might wish to join another of our food-themed Unique Experiences which promise to get under the skin of a destination.
Sail overnight towards Nuremberg.
Day 8: Nuremberg
Arrive in Nuremberg early this morning.
An included sightseeing tour reveals the elegant architecture and major sights of this historic Bavarian city, from its medieval beginnings to the present. Once famous for the manufacture of toys, it achieved infamy in the 20th century as the setting for the notorious Nazi rallies, and later for the war crimes trials of 1945-46.
You sail from Nuremberg late afternoon and continue towards Regensburg.
Day 9: Kelheim to Regensburg
Spirit of the Rhine will pause briefly in Kelheim over breakfast to allow passengers to disembark for an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey, a masterpiece of German baroque architecture overlooking the Danube Gorge.
Alternatively, remain aboard the ship as she continues to Regensburg, and enjoy the afternoon exploring the lovely old town on an optional walking tour. Excursion participants will rejoin the ship in Regensburg.
Set off again this evening for Passau.
Day 10: Passau
Spend the early morning cruising east along the Danube, arriving early in elegant Passau with its cobbled streets and arcades, set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers.
Spend the day here, an optional tour will help you discover how Passau’s wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings or you may wish to take your own self-guided tour using one of our interactive maps. Alternatively, join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg.
Depart Passau this evening.
Day 11: Emmersdorf or Melk to Dürnstein
Melk is best known for its great baroque abbey, which has a magnificent church and a famous library with over 70,000 books.
An optional tour of Melk Abbey will be available this morning. During lunch cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, one of the most picturesque towns on the Danube River. Its ruined Kuenringer Castle is where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century.
Set sail again later this evening.
Day 12: Vienna
Having arrived in the early hours, you get to spend a full day in Vienna.
This morning you can join an included sightseeing tour of the highlights, including the Ringstrasse and Opera House. Alternatively you might wish to join another of our optional Unique Experiences – again focusing on the culinary delights and traditions of the city. After lunch, you may like to explore further independently, or join an optional excursion to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace.
You also have the option to attend a concert on an excursion this evening before setting sail again late tonight.
Day 13: Bratislava
Early this morning arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.
Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city; the old town is easily explored on foot too. See the Gothic-style cathedral, where 11 Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their capital. Or take an optional guided tour of the city. Alternatively you might prefer to enjoy another optional Unique Experience by signing up for our Beer Tour of Bratislava.
Set sail again this afternoon and cruise overnight to Budapest.
Day 14: Budapest
Arrive before sunrise and an included excursion after breakfast promises to reveal the capital's highlights, which include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. You might wish to join another optional Unique Experience by joining another food-themed guided walk. After lunch you may like to visit Gödöllo Palace or Lazar Equestrian Park Horse Farm on half-day optional excursions.
You will spend the final night of your cruise moored here and you can look forward to an evening of Hungarian Folklore on board as a fitting finale.
Cabin and Fares
|Cabin Type||Guide Price||Additional Info|
|Inside Cabin||From £2,699pp||Door to door transfers within 250 miles|
All cabins are beautifully spacious, and with an average floor plan of 17 square metres they’re some of the most generously-sized on the Rhine. Cabins on the Main and Upper decks all have French balconies with floor-to-ceiling picture windows, offering personal, private views of every destination.