From the North Sea to the Med

Resort: From the North Sea to the Med
Operator: Saga
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1883.00

From the romantic Rhine to the resplendent Rhône

Sail the romantic Rhine and the magnificent Rhône on this river cruise from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. Visit the museums of Amsterdam, cultural Cologne and historic Besançon before cruising past sleepy French vineyards to reach the former Vatican city of Avignon.

Including…

26 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • UK travel service
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Free bar open 12 hours a day†
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner*
  • Saga cocktail party
  • Gala dinner 
  • Saga cruise escort
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

Excursions

  • Walking tour of Cologne
  • City tour of Mainz
  • Besançon walking tour

†Free bar excludes champagne, branded spirits and drinks from the wine list. Bar opening times may vary subject to the daily programme on board. *Drinks are not included with lunch in Besançon on Day 6.

Itinerary

Day 1
UK-Amsterdam

Fly to Amsterdam and embark MS Monet at 6pm. There will be a welcome cocktail and crew presentation followed by dinner on board and an optional riverboat cruise through Amsterdam’s old town. The ship will remain moored in Amsterdam overnight.

Optional excursions

Evening riverboat cruise through old town Amsterdam | 1 hour 45 minutes

Relax after dinner by cruising on a glass-covered riverboat through Amsterdam’s old town.

Day 2
Amsterdam

Explore the cultural city of Amsterdam at your leisure or perhaps join an optional city tour. This afternoon enjoy some free time or join an optional excursion to Haarlem – a town rich in medieval history.

Optional excursions

Amsterdam city tour | 4 hours

On this guided tour you will discover the mill De Gooyer, visit a diamond merchant and the famous flowers market – a perfect opportunity to take pictures.

Haarlem | 3 hours

Known as the ‘City of Flowers’, Haarlem is a production and export centre for tulip bulbs. See the Amsterdamse Poort (Amsterdam Gate), built in 1400 and the only remaining gate from the town defences; the Grote Markt (Main Square); Corrie Ten Boom House, used as a hiding place during World War II and the impressive Gothic Cathedral of St Bavo.

Day 3
Amsterdam-Wesel-Düsseldorf

Spend the morning cruising the romantic Rhine river, greeting the Dutch towns of Nijmegen and Arnhem before crossing the border into Germany. Pause briefly at the Hanseatic town of Wesel and perhaps take an optional excursion to Aachen. Excursion participants will rejoin the ship in Düsseldorf, ready for an evening of entertainment on board.

Optional excursions

Aachen | 6 hours 30 minutes

Stroll the narrow alleyways and historic squares of Aachen, paying a visit to Aachen Cathedral, where over 30 German kings were crowned. This attractive spa town is also famous for its hot springs. After your visit there will be a little free time before transferring back by coach to Düsseldorf.

Day 4
Düsseldorf-Cologne-Königswinter-Koblenz

This morning you’ll cruise to the lively city of Cologne and enjoy an included guided walking tour of this thriving city, dominated by its Gothic cathedral. Visit the charming Old Town and the famous Eau de Cologne house. Transfer by coach to Königswinter where you’ll return to the ship and cruise the Rhine towards Koblenz. After dinner you may like to take a stroll to see the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’ (German Corner) before mooring overnight.

Day 5
Koblenz-Mainz-Worms

Continue cruising along the resplendent Rhine and past the famous Lorelei rock until you reach the metropolitan city, Mainz, where you can join an included guided tour of the city. Highlights include a visit to the Gutenberg Museum and an impressive Romanesque cathedral. The boat will continue on to Worms where you will rejoin MS Monet at the end of the afternoon, ready for an entertaining Gala evening on board.

Day 6
Strasbourg-Besançon-Chalon-sur-Saône-Lyon

Disembark MS Monet early this morning in Strasbourg and board a coach for a three hour journey to the charming city of Besançon. The city is renowned for its architecture and history and you can take part in an included guided walking tour to discover more of the city. You’ll even enjoy an included lunch whilst here, before continuing by coach to Chalon-sur-Saône. Here you’ll board your second ship – MS Van Gogh – and enjoy a welcome cocktail, crew presentation and an evening of dancing.

Please note: drinks are not included with lunch in Besançon today. 

Day 7
Lyon-Tournon

Arrive early this morning in Lyon and take advantage of some free time here or join an optional tour of this buzzing city. Look out for the contemporary Musée des Confluences, an unmissable museum erected at the meeting point of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Spend the afternoon being welcomed by vineyards along the banks of the Rhône before arriving in Tournon. Get your dancing shoes on this evening as your ship moors overnight.

Optional excursions

Lyon guided walking tour | 3 hours

During this guided tour of the Roman ‘City of Light’, you’ll discover the well-trodden traboules passageways and view the ruins of the ancient theatre and odeon before reaching the Basilica of Notre-Dame.

Day 8
Tournon-Arles

Perhaps join an optional guided walking tour of Tournon this morning. Afterwards, when your ship sets sail, look out for castle ruins nestled amongst lavender trees and limestone cliffs as you cruise south past Valence, Montélimar and Viviers. Finally, arrive in Arles for an evening of entertainment on board.

Optional excursions

Tournon tour | 3 hours

Enjoy a panoramic walking tour of Tournon before visiting the impressive Castle Museum and sampling some regional products and wines.

Day 9
Arles-Avignon

Awake in the historic city of Arles, where you can join an optional guided tour. Afterwards, continue cruising on to Avignon where you can join another optional excursion to the fortified Palace of the Popes. Enjoy a Gala evening on board tonight before departing in the morning.

Optional excursions

Arles guided walk and Roman Arena | 2 hours

Explore Arles on an early morning guided walk. The city has a Mediterranean atmosphere and magnificent Roman and Romanesque architectural monuments. The Roman amphitheatre, constructed in AD90, was one of the first stone-built theatres outside of Rome. You can also see the former cathedral, the Church of St Trophime, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to important Romanesque sculpture.

Avignon and the Palace of the Popes | 3 hours

Your guided walk starts with a stroll to the Place de l’Horloge in the city centre, a typical Provençal town square with open-air cafes. From here you continue on foot to see the magnificent Palace of the Popes, built on a rock above the city.

Day 10
Avignon-UK

Disembark your ship at 9am after breakfast and transfer to Marseille airport for your return flight to the UK.

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