Christmas on the Rhine

Resort: Christmas on the Rhine
Operator: Saga
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1049.00

Enjoy a Frohe Weihnachten on this festive cruise along the Rhine!

The fragrance of gingerbread and hot Glühwein, glittering decorations and the joyous sound of carol singers… Celebrate Christmas with traditional cheer during this magical cruise, which unites the stunning scenery of the Rhine with Germany’s festive traditions. Spend Christmas Eve in festive Frankfurt and discover the seasonal sights of Rüdesheim before exploring Bonn on Boxing Day.

Including…

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • UK travel service
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner 
  • A mulled wine party and traditional Christmas dinner on board
  • Saga cruise director
  • Saga cruise escort on board 
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Cologne

Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne, via Eurotunnel or ferry, and embark Regina Rheni II. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board, and cruise overnight to Mainz. 

Day 2
Mainz

Arrive in Mainz around midday and spend the afternoon exploring Mainz, home to a magnificent Romanesque cathedral. Or you can join an optional trip to the historic university city of Heidelberg, with its romantic setting on the banks of the River Neckar. Set sail later tonight and cruise towards Aschaffenburg.

Day 3
Mainz to Aschaffenburg

Arrive in Aschaffenburg late morning. A vibrant hotspot for shopping and the arts, you can pay a visit to the Christmas market, peruse some of the galleries or join an optional excursion to Johannisburg Castle – a Renaissance gem that still guards the town. You remain moored here overnight.

Day 4
Aschaffenburg to Miltenberg

Depart Aschaffenburg early in the morning and sail to Miltenberg, arriving after lunch. This medieval Bavarian town of cobbled squares and cross-timbered houses is enclosed within old walls. You can enjoy a taste of the local brew during an optional excursion to a brewery. 

Day 5
Miltenberg to Frankfurt

Set sail in the early hours for a festive afternoon in Frankfurt, where you can fortify yourself against the cold with some warmed cider, or ‘apfelwein’, as you explore the trendy Sachsenhausen quarter. Make sure you’re in the centre of the old town for 5pm, when 50 bells from 10 churches will ring in unison for 30 minutes – a Christmas Eve tradition known as the Pealing of the Bells. You remain moored here overnight.

Day 6
Frankfurt to Rüdesheim

Spend a sedate Christmas morning cruising the beautiful Middle Rhine. Then, after lunch, you’re free to explore the charming town of Rüdesheim. Linger over a stein of beer in the Drosselgasse, or perhaps join an optional trip to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.

Day 7
Rüdesheim to Bonn

Depart Rüdesheim this morning and sail to Bonn, arriving at lunchtime. The birthplace of Beethoven and one-time capital of West Germany, Bonn has a colourful history which you can discover on an optional walking tour. Alternatively there are a couple of galleries in town worth checking out, including the Bonn Museum of Art. 

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