Rhine and Moselle

Resort: Rhine and Moselle
Operator: Saga
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1899.00

Cruise the mighty Rhine and delightful Moselle from Cologne to Basel

Journey along two inviting waterways passing romantic locations where history reaches out. Be enchanted by architecture from centuries past and inspired by the holy hush of a Romanesque church, while glorious scenery will be a constant companion.

Including…

Excursions

  • The Black Forest (2018 departures only)
  • Tour of Strasbourg(2018 departures only)

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Cologne

Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne via Eurotunnel or ferry and embark Rex Rheni.

Day 2
Cologne to Koblenz

Sail to Koblenz, with its glorious location on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. An optional tour visits the Festung Ehrenbreitstein, a citadel built by the Prussians.

Day 3
Koblenz to Rdesheim

Cruise the famous Middle Rhine this morning, which has steep banks overlooked by many historic castles, and past Lorelei Rock. This afternoon stop in Rdesheim which is famed for the wine taverns lining its charming Drosselgasse. Whilst here, perhaps join an optional visit to Siegfrieds Museum of Mechanical Music.

 

Optional excursions

Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music |

Siegfried Wendels eccentric collection of 350 self-playing instruments is a veritable treat for eyes and ears. In this whimsical museum youll find a fantastical, nostalgic and joyous cacophony of beautiful music boxes, barrel organs, hand-cranked carnival machines and early jukeboxes, all in full working order. High points include the Puppet Orchestrion, a huge cabinet containing puppet musicians (1888) and the later Phonoliszt Violina a blend of piano and violins that plays in perfect harmony.

 

Day 4
Rdesheim to Speyer

Sail upstream to the elegant Roman town of Speyer, arriving in the afternoon. The town boasts one of Europes great Romanesque churches and has retained a reminder of its glorious past in buildings such as the 12th-century Jewish baths and the city gate.

Day 5
Speyer to Rastatt to Strasbourg

During the journey to Strasbourg, pause in Rastatt where you can join an optional afternoon excursion to the beautiful Black Forest, including a stop in Oppenau for tea and a slice of the famous gateau. Moor overnight in Strasbourg.

Day 6
Strasbourg to Breisach

A French city with distinctive German influences, Strasbourg’s crowning glory is its ornate Gothic Cathdrale Notre-Dame. See the highlights on an included morning excursion, including a cruise along the canals. Leave Strasbourg this afternoon for the voyage to Breisach, arriving in time for an evening stroll along the promenade.

Day 7
Breisach to Basel

Today you can join an optional excursion into the Black Forest to Lake Titisee. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant overlooking the lake and a boat trip with stunning views. Alternatively, stay aboard and sail along the Rhine to Basel in Switzerland.

Day 8
Basel to Kehl

Basel is located at the meeting point of Switzerland, Germany and France. Spend the day exploring or join an optional full-day tour to the Bernese Oberland to see stunning Grindelwald, Interlaken and the Eiger and Monch Mountains. Depart early evening for Kehl.

Day 9
Kehl to Mannheim

Arrive in Kehl this morning and enjoy a day exploring. Depart late this afternoon and sail to Mannheim.

Day 10
Mannheim to Mainz

From Mannheim, join an optional excursion to the university town of Heidelberg. Alternatively, stay on board and cruise to historic Mainz, an ancient city with a charming old quarter of half-timbered houses. Moor overnight in Mainz.

Day 11
Mainz to Boppard to Alken

Depart Mainz this morning and explore Boppard this afternoon in the valley of the mythical Lorelei. While here, you have the opportunity to stroll along the 19th-century promenade. Begin cruising to Alken late this afternoon, arriving late tonight.

Day 12
Alken to Cochem to Winningen

Today you cruise the Moselle to Cochem, with its picturesque castle perched high above the river. You can visit the castle and sample the wines of a local cellar on an optional excursion before sailing to Winningen.

Day 13
Winningen to Knigswinter

Enjoy the morning in the pretty village of Winningen. Before lunch, set sail for Knigswinter and perhaps join an optional trip to the Ahr Valley en route.

Day 14
Knigswinter to Cologne

An optional excursion explores Bonn or you may wish to take Germany’s oldest rack and pinion train to the ruins of Drachenfels Castle. Later this morning, you cruise back to Cologne for an afternoon in this vibrant city.

Day 15
Cologne to the UK

Disembark your ship and return to the UK.

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