Christmas on the Rhine
Enjoy a Frohe Weihnachten on this festive cruise along the Rhine!
The fragrance of gingerbread and hot Glhwein, 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 the festive traditions of Germany and France. Look forward to an included visit to the beautiful historic quarter of Strasbourg, which is nestled on an island and is a showcase of impressive architectural heritage, such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral and splendid Rohan Palace.
Spend Christmas Eve relaxing aboard Spirit of the Rhine as you sail from Strasbourg to Speyer, where youll have the opportunity to attend Midnight Mass. Enjoy the wintery scenery of the Middle Rhine on the morning of Christmas Day as your ship sails from Speyer to Rdesheim, where you can spend the afternoon at leisure. A traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings will be served onboard your ship. On Boxing Day youll arrive in the pretty town of Lahnstein, a new port of call for Saga River cruises, where you may like to visit spectacular Marksburg Castle.
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Day 1 UK to Cologne
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne, via Eurotunnel or ferry, and embarkSpirit of the Rhine. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board, and cruise overnight to Koblenz.
Day 2 Koblenz
Arrive in Koblenz early this morning and after breakfast on board set off on an included excursion into the city.
Sprawled out across both banks of the Rhine, Koblenz is home to numerous cultural monuments, including a mighty statue of Willhelm I on horseback, which marks the Rhines confluence with the Moselle. You will also visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, a Prussian citadel that overlooks the river. Work started on it in the 11th century and it was at the forefront of a succession of conflicts right through to the end of the First World War.
Spend the afternoon and rest of the day relaxing on board as your ship cruises towards Mannheim.
Day 3 Mannheim
Early this morning youll arrive in the city of Mannheim, set beside the Rhine and Neckar rivers.
From here an included excursion takes you to the historic university city of Heidelberg, with its romantic riverside setting and fairytale castle, which you will also visit. Heidelberg Castle is an iconic landmark and its ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures in Europe. Following your visit youll re-board Spirit of the Rhine and spend the afternoon on the water sailing towards Strasbourg.
Day 4 Strasbourg
Sail across the border into France early this morning, arriving in the capital of Alsace in time for breakfast on board and an included morning visit to the citys historic quarter.
There are a number of very attractive sights, including the UNESCO-listed Grand le, with its picturesque medieval half-timbered houses and the 17th-century Ponts Couverts covered bridges that cross the river ll, but the citys crowning glory is its magnificent Gothic cathedral. Return to your ship for lunch on board and in the afternoon you can either make use of our included shuttle service back into the city, or perhaps join an optional excursion to the beautiful wine-producing town of Obernai.
Your ships moors overnight in Strasbourg.
Day 5 Strasbourg to Speyer
Bid France a fond farewell this morning as you leave Strasbourg behind and enjoy a relaxing day sailing along the Rhine to Speyer, arriving in the early evening. Later, youll have the opportunity to attend Midnight Mass and experience the festive traditions of Germany.
Day 6 Speyer to Rudesheim
Spend a peaceful Christmas morning cruising the beautiful Middle Rhine. Then, after lunch, youre free to explore the charming town of Rdesheim. Linger over a stein of beer in the Drosselgasse, or perhaps join an optional trip to Siegfrieds Museum of Mechanical Music.
Look forward to a traditional Christmas dinner on board.
Day 7 Rudesheim to Lahnstein
Depart Rdesheim this morning and sail to Lahnstein, arriving at lunchtime.
A new port for Saga River cruises, Lahnstein has a scenic setting at the confluence of the Lahn River with the Rhine. From here you can join an optional excursion to Marksburg Castle, an imposing medieval fortress set atop a hill further along the river.
This evening, Spirit of the Rhine will continue sailing towards Cologne through the night.
Day 8 Cologne to UK
Disembark Spirit of the Rhine and travel by coach to the UK via Eurotunnel or ferry.