Best of the Rhine

Overview

Best of the Rhine

Look forward to a week's cruise on the famous Rhine, from Amsterdam to Basel in Switzerland, while discovering historic landmarks on the way.

What's Included:

  • Return flights and trasnfers
  • Full Board
  • VIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland
  • Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • The canals and culture of Amsterdam
  • Koblenz and the Lorelei rock
  • Heidelberg walking tour and castle visit
  • Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest
  • Tour and canal cruise in Strasbourg

Hand Picked By

Hayley Peachy

Saga’s collection has grown to feature a variety of voyages exploring famous waterways such as the Rhine, Danube and Douro, as well as lesser-known waterways in France, Italy and the Netherlands. With a choice of ships reserved exclusively to them, customers can enjoy a grown-up atmosphere on board. They’ve also developed cruise and stay holidays that combine a hotel stay in a famous city such as Budapest and Vienna, with an unforgettable cruise. Contact us to find out more.

Hayley Peachy

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: Various departure dates from May 2020 - October 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Look forward to a week's cruise on the famous Rhine, from Amsterdam to Basel in Switzerland, while discovering historic landmarks on the way.

Ship Overview

Dutch Melody

The popular Dutch Melody is reserved exclusively for Saga which means all on-board activities are designed with you in mind, and as we have total control over the itineraries we'll make sure you will visit the most interesting destinations and follow the best route! The friendly crew will soon make you feel at home, and it's easy to get to know and socialise with your fellow travellers – oh, and there won't be any language barriers either, as all announcements made in English. The ship offers great on-board facilities, including a brand new state-of-the-art lift, and a relaxing environment, ensuring you enjoy your days of cruising as much as your time ashore.

Dutch Melody Profile

  • Length: 110 metres
  • Breadth: 11.4 metres
  • Maiden Voyage: 1999
  • Passenger capacity: 140
  • Officers and Crew: 32
  • Passenger decks: 4

Full Itinerary

Day 1: UK - Amsterdam

Fly to Amsterdam and embark MS Carmen which remains moored here overnight. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

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. Perhaps take an optional excursion to explore the city on a combined coach tour and canal cruise. Depart at lunchtime and cruise through the afternoon and overnight to Cologne.

Day 3: Cologne

Arrive at lunchtime in Cologne, Germany's cultural capital. Enjoy an afternoon of exploring – 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 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. 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. Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Day 5: Rüdesheim to Mainz to Mannheim

Early this morning your ship will sail to Mainz. Here you can explore the atmospheric Old Town and famous Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg. Born in the city he was the inventor of the 'moveable type' printing press, and is known as the 'father of modern printing'. This afternoon, an included excursion visits the home of Germany's oldest university, the city of Heidelberg. Highlights include the Old Bridge across the River Neckar and the ruined castle high above the city. It's rather random appearance is due to it having been added to through different periods of German architectural styles. Virtually destroyed by lightning in 1764 it was cannibalised by locals who used stones from it in their own houses!

If you prefer, you can stay on board relaxing as you sail to Mannheim where excursion participants will rejoin the ship before she sets off again overnight for Strasbourg.

Day 6: Strasbourg

You'll arrive this morning 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 Breisach this evening.

Day 7: 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 Basel.

Day 8: Basel - UK

Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: Various departure dates from May 2020 - October 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Look forward to a week's cruise on the famous Rhine, from Amsterdam to Basel in Switzerland, while discovering historic landmarks on the way.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
Outside CabinFrom £1,399ppSave up to £200 per person on selected cabin gradesView Cabin

Outside Cabin

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They are light and comfortable with twin beds which fold into the wall during the day, leaving small sofa-style seats. Cabins have individual thermostats, a wall safe, a direct-dial telephone and a television which even features a live stream from a camera mounted on the ship’s bow. Wi-Fi internet access is free.

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View Cabin

Outside Cabin

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They are light and comfortable with twin beds which fold into the wall during the day, leaving small sofa-style seats. Cabins have individual thermostats, a wall safe, a direct-dial telephone and a television which even features a live stream from a camera mounted on the ship’s bow. Wi-Fi internet access is free.

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