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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 and allows you to dip into Switzerland and France too. Spend Christmas Eve in Basel, perhaps explore the Black Forest, and discover the seasonal sights of Koblenz on Boxing Day.
23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
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 Host
Saga Cruise Assistant on board
Entertainment and activities on the ship
Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Tour and canal cruise in Strasbourg
- Heidelberg walking tour and castle visit
- Visit Lake Titisee and enjoy a boat ride
Day 1 UK to Cologne
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Cologne, via Eurotunnel or ferry, and embark MS Asara. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board, and cruise overnight to Mainz.
Day 2 Mainz
Arrive in Mainz around lunchtime and spend the afternoon and evening exploring the ancient city with a charming and atmospheric old quarter of half-timbered houses and home to a magnificent Romanesque cathedral.
Day 3Meinz to Manheim
Set sail from Mainz in the early hours and arrive in Mannheim after breakfast. From here you can join an included excursion to the university town of Heidelberg, with its romantic setting on the banks of the River Neckar. Highlights include the Old Bridge across the River Neckar and the ruined castle high above the city.
Day 4 Kehl for Strasbourg
After arriving in Kehl in the early hours, look forward to visiting a French city with distinctive German influences. The capital of the Alsace region was restored to France in 1919, after centuries of tug-of-war with Germany. This morning discover its cobbled streets, picturesque half-timbered houses and its crowning glory, the ornate Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame, on an included tour and cruise on the canals of the city. This afternoon is at leisure for you to explore independently.
Day 5 Breisach
Arrive in Breisach in the early hours. The town is set at the foot of the Kaiserstühl, or Emperor's Chair, hills named in honour of Holy Roman Emperor Otto III. The hill upon which the town is built would frequently become an island when this area of the river flooded – until the river was 'straightened' by Johann Gottfried Tulla, a German engineer. Look forward to an included excursion into the Black Forest to Lake Titisee.
Day 6 Basel
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. Should you wish to attend midnight mass this evening then speak to your Cruise Host or Assistant who will be able to advise you on local options.
Day 7 Sailing
Spend Christmas Day cruising the majestic Rhine aboard your state of the art ship, which features all mod cons. You might choose to relax in your spacious cabin, which comes with a permanent hotel bed, TV and its very own coffee machine, and use the complimentary Wi-Fi to wish loved ones at home a Merry Christmas or head to the library to read a book by the fire or how about a trip to the onboard sauna and relaxation area as a little present to yourself.
Day 8 Koblenz
Sail to Koblenz this morning, with its glorious location on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, which make it an important centre for the wine industry. After arriving around midday, perhaps walk off any excesses from the previous day with a bracing stroll along the pretty riverside promenade, overlooked by the Festung Ehrenbreitstein citadel, which sits on a hill across the river.
Day 9 Cologne to UK
Arrive in the early hours and, after breakfast, disembark MS Asara and travel by coach to the UK via Eurotunnel or ferry.
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