Bavaria and the Alsace

Resort: Bavaria and the Alsace
Operator: Saga
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1249.00

Journey through the historic landscapes of Germany and France

Visit a host of fascinating German towns and cities along the Rhine as you cruise from Basel to Nuremberg, including Bamberg, Würzburg, Miltenberg and Mainz.

Including…

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner 
  • Cocktail party and Saga dinner 
  • Saga cruise director
  • Saga cruise escort on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

Plus all this…

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • UK travel
  • Return flights and transfers

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Basel

Fly to Basel and embark your ship. Enjoy a welcome reception in the evening.

Day 2
Breisach

Explore Breisach in the beautiful Rhine Valley and perhaps see the impressive Romanesque St Stephansmünster cathedral. You may like to join an optional excursion to Lake Titisee in the heart of the Black Forest.

Optional excursions

Lake Titisee | 6 Hours

Take a scenic drive into the heart of the Black Forest to the shores of Lake Titisee where you can enjoy a short boat trip and an included lunch in a lakeside location. You’ll have some free time to explore too.

Day 3
Strasbourg

Look forward to a full day in Strasbourg today. Founded by the Romans in 12BC, it has a wealth of historic treasures including a stunning Gothic cathedral, the Rhine Palace and the Place de la Republique. Alternatively, perhaps join an optional excursion here. 

Optional excursions

Strasbourg’s old quarter | 3 Hours

See the main sights from a coach then take a walking tour through the old quarter – La Petite France – to the magnificent pink sandstone cathedral. Your tour concludes with a canal cruise.

Day 4
Mannheim to Mainz

Arrive in Mannheim in the early hours. You may like to join an optional excursion to Heidelberg after breakfast. Alternatively, continue cruising to Mainz for the afternoon and perhaps explore the cathedral or the famous Gutenberg Museum.

Optional excursions

Heidelberg | 4 Hours

Discover the history of Heidelberg’s magnificent Renaissance castle on a guided visit then explore the cobbled streets, to see the ‘Old Bridge’ and Germany’s oldest university.

Day 5
Miltenberg to Wertheim

This morning you can explore the ancient city of Miltenberg, in the shadow of a 13th-century castle. Later, cruise along the Main to Wertheim.

Day 6
Würzburg

Cruise to the university city of Würzburg for an optional city tour which includes a visit to the impressive Residenz Palace, often referred to as the ‘castle above all castles’. This afternoon you may wish to explore Rothenburg, travelling through picturesque countryside and pretty villages, on an optional excursion.

Optional excursions

Würzburg and Residenz Palace | 3 Hours 30 minutes

Enjoy a guided visit of one of Europe’s most splendid baroque palaces, followed by a tour of the town to take in the sights, including the 13th-century Fortress of Marienberg and the cathedral.

Rothenburg | 4 Hours

Travel through scenic landscapes to this enchanting medieval walled town. Enjoy a guided walking tour that will reveal the highlights including St Jacob’s church with a 15th-century carved altarpiece.

Day 7
Bamberg

Located in Upper Franconia on the Regnitz river, Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take time to explore one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany. Or you might prefer to join an optional guided walking tour of the old quarter.

Optional excursions

Bamberg | 2 Hours 30 minutes

Enjoy a walking tour of the old quarter of this enchanting Bavarian city and see the stunning cathedral, the Old Town Hall set on an island in the river and the quaint fishermen’s cottages of ‘Little Venice’.

Day 8
Nuremberg to UK

Disembark Regina Rheni II after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

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