Wine Towns of the Main and Rhine

Resort: Wine Towns of the Main and Rhine
Operator: Saga
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1199.00

This cruise explores a stretch of the Rhine and one of its biggest tributaries the Main

Cruise stretches of the Rhine and Main through Franconia, the Alsace and the Netherlands, discovering charming medieval wine towns and the vibrant cities of Strasbourg and Amsterdam en route

Including…

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

Excursion

  • Strasbourg tour and canal cruise

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Frankfurt

Fly to Frankfurt and embark Amadeus Royal. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you cruise overnight towards Miltenberg.

Day 2
Miltenberg to Wertheim

Arrive early with time to stroll in the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg. Cruise the Main River to spend the afternoon and evening in Wertheim. This small, typically Franconian town is dominated by an impressive 12th-century ruined castle, plus there’s a late-Gothic church and medieval town centre which you can explore. Cruise overnight to your next port.

Day 3
Aschaffenburg

Arrive early morning in the city known as ‘Bavarian Nice’ thanks to its mild, sunny climate and lively cultural scene. Head to Theaterplatz square in the old quarter, to admire the fine neo-classical theatre, arcade and fountains. You can’t miss the enormous Renaissance Johannisburg Palace. It’s a vast complex, with four wings and two towers, built from 1605 to 1614 around the keep of the original medieval castle, which is the fifth tower. There’s also a replica of a Roman villa in Pompeii the Pompejanum commissioned by King Ludwig I and built in the years between 1840-1848 to discover. Depart during lunch and spend the afternoon and evening sailing towards Strasbourg.

Day 4
Strasbourg

You’ll have a day to explore this delightful capital of the Alsace region, restored to France in 1919 after centuries of tug-of-war with Germany. Discover its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and magnificent cathedral on an included tour and cruise on the canals. Later, an optional excursion visits the pretty walled city of Obernai, to stroll along the ramparts and admire attractive 13th-century buildings. Depart for Rdesheim early this evening.

 

Optional excursions

Alsace wine route | 4 hours

Depart for the quaint town of Obernai on the Wine Route through this region famous for its aromatic white wines. After a guided walking tour of the town enjoy a wine-tasting in a selected winery.

 

Day 5
Rdesheim to Oberwesel

Arrive in the charming wine town of Rdesheim for a morning exploring. Alternatively, join a fascinating optional excursion to Siegfrieds Museum of Mechanical Music. Cruise to Oberwesel this afternoon. Best known for the production of Reisling, the town is surrounded by a medieval wall and defence towers with the dramatic Schnburg Castle perched high above it. It was built in the 12th century, by the Dukes of Schnburg who ruled Oberwesel and collected customs fees from ships passing through on the Rhine. The castle was burned down in 1689 and remained in ruins for 200 years before it was bought and restored by a German-American family. There is now a hotel and restaurant within the castle. Moor here overnight.

 

Optional excursions

Siegfrieds Museum of Mechanical Music | 1 hours

An optional excursion from Rdesheim takes you to one of the main sightseeing attractions in the town an eccentric museum of automated self-playing music. machines!

 

Day 6
Oberwesel to Andernach

Depart early this morning from Oberwesel and continue to Andernach. Spend the morning in this 2000-year-old town, discovering the cathedral, the ‘Runde Turm round tower and old city walls. Nearby, on a peninsula called Namedyer Werth, is an extraordinary natural phenomenon a cold water geyser which you can see in action on an optional excursion. Enjoy the onboard facilities as you cruise towards Amsterdam.

 

Optional excursions

Andernach geyser | 5 hours 30 mins

Join an optional trip to see the world’s tallest cold water geyser situated in a nature reserve and powered by carbon dioxide rather than steam. It reaches up to 200 feet in the air and is a humbling demonstration of the force of nature.

 

Day 7
Utrecht to Amsterdam

You have a couple of hours in the old university town of Utrecht so you can explore its historic centre at leisure. The most famous landmark is the Dom Tower, Holland’s highest and oldest church tower. Stroll in the pedestrianised city centre alongside serene canals and perhaps stop for coffee in one of the many waterside cafes. Depart for Amsterdam and spend the late afternoon and evening in this friendly capital. Perhaps gain an ‘instant’ overview of the city on an an optional excursion. Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Day 8
Amsterdam

Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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