Grand Cruise of the Rhine, Moselle and Main

Overview

Grand Cruise of the Rhine, Moselle and Main

Cruise the length of the Rhine and on two of its biggest tributaries, the Moselle and Main. Revealing the characteristic sights of their banks – Rhine castles, Moselle vineyards, Main towns and lively Frankfurt.

What's Included:

  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • Full board
  • Captain's dinner and drinks reception
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • VIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

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: 13th July 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: Cruise the length of the Rhine and on two of its biggest tributaries, the Moselle and Main.

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 to Arnhem

Travel by coach from Folkestone to Arnhem via Eurotunnel or ferry. Embark your ship Dutch Melody and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

Cruise overnight towards Bonn.

Day 2: Bonn

Arrive in Bonn this afternoon and discover the highlights of the city on an optional walking tour with a local guide which includes a visit to the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, now a museum dedicated to his life and work. Alternatively, explore at your own pace.

Early this evening you sail towards Winningen.

Day 3: Winningen to Cochem

Leave Winningen after breakfast and arrive in romantic Cochem on the Moselle mid-afternoon. An optional afternoon excursion visits the castle, followed by a wine tasting at a vineyard.

Depart this evening for Zell, where you arrive in the early hours.

Day 4: Zell to Bernkastel

Enjoy views of the old walls of Zell from the ship before sailing after breakfast to Bernkastel-Kues where Renaissance houses line the market square.

Arrive mid-afternoon and moor here overnight.

Day 5: Bernkastel to Trier

Set sail early this morning and spend an afternoon in Germany’s oldest city, Trier, founded in 16BC by Emperor Augustus. Discover more on an included tour to see the Roman city gateway, Porta Nigra, and the cathedral.

Moor here overnight.

Day 6: Trier to Traben-Trarbach

Set off in the early hours and cruise to the twin villages of Traben-Trarbach which straddle the Moselle, arriving after lunch. Known as the 'capitals' of the wine region, they are home to many art nouveau buildings. Enjoy an included wine-tasting at a vineyard.

Cruise overnight to Koblenz, departing after dinner.

Day 7: Koblenz

Meaning 'merging of the rivers', Koblenz' rich history is reflected in a wealth of monuments and historic buildings. Arrive here after breakfast. An optional walking tour encompasses Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Set sail early evening and cruise overnight towards Frankfurt.

Day 8: Frankfurt

Today you have the whole day to discover this lively, cultural centre, the most international city in Germany thanks to its origins as a trading centre. Despite the dramatic skyline it's a small city – you can walk from one side to the other in twenty minutes! There are plenty of places of interest, from the cathedral to the restored timber-framed buildings of the city centre – Römerburg – as you'll discover on an included tour. You'll also visit the Goethe House and Museum, on the site of the birthplace of the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.

Set sail at dinner time and cruise through the night.

Day 9: Miltenberg to Aschaffenburg

Arrive early with time to stroll in the the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg.

Leave Miltenburg after lunch and cruise on to Asschaffenburg, arriving late afternoon and mooring here overnight.

Day 10: Aschaffenburg

Spend the morning in the city known as 'Bavarian Nice' thanks to its sunny climate and lively cultural scene. Admire Johannisburg Palace and the old quarter.

Depart late morning and spend the afternoon and evening cruising towards Strasbourg.

Day 11: Strasbourg

Arrive in Strasbourg after lunch and explore the capital of Alsace whose cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and Gothic cathedral can be seen on an included tour and canal cruise.

Depart this evening.

Day 12: Rüdesheim to Oberwesel

Arrive in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim for a morning exploring. Alternatively, join a fascinating optional excursion to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music. Cruise to Oberwesel during lunch, arriving later in the afternoon. Best known for the production of Reisling, the town is surrounded by a medieval wall and defence towers with dramatic Schönburg Castle perched high above it.

You remain moored here overnight.

Day 13: Oberwesel to Andernach

Leave Oberwesel early morning and cruise through breakfast to spend the rest of the morning in Andernach, home to the world's tallest cold water geyser which you can see on an optional excursion.

During lunch you set off and spend the rest of the day and night cruising towards Amsterdam.

Day 14 & 15: Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam late morning, perhaps enjoy an optional city coach tour and canal cruise this afternoon.

Moor here overnight.

Disembark Dutch Melody after breakfast for your return journey to the UK.

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: 13th July 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Highlights: Cruise the length of the Rhine and on two of its biggest tributaries, the Moselle and Main.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
Standard TwinFrom £2,249ppIncludes a saving up to £150 per person on selected cabin gradesView Cabin

Standard Twin

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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

Standard Twin

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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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