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The Rhine and Black Forest

Resort:The Rhine and Black Forest
Operator: Saga
Destination: France, Germany
Price From: £1249.00

Discover a realm of magic and mystery in the Black Forest

Combine a six-night cruise along the scenic Rhine with a three-night hotel stay in the spa town of Baden-Baden in the beautiful Black Forest.

Including…

3 nights in a hotel, 6 aboard the ship

23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 9 dinners

Excursion

  • Allerheiligen Monastery and Oppenau

Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Cologne

Fly to Düsseldorf and make the short transfer to Cologne, where you embark Rex Rheni.

Day 2 Cologne to Koblenz

Sail to Koblenz this morning, set on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. An optional tour reveals the charming old town and the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Day 3 Koblenz to Rüdesheim

Cruise the scenic Middle Rhine this afternoon, which has steep banks overlooked by historic castles, and past Lorelei Rock. This afternoon stop in Rüdesheim which is famed for the wine taverns lining its Drosselgasse. Perhaps join an optional visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music.

Day 4 Rüdesheim to Speyer

Sail upstream to Germersheim where you will moor overnight. A courtesy bus will take you into historic Speyer, and back to the ship later. The town boasts one of Europe’s 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 Germersheim to Rastatt to Strasbourg

During the journey to Strasbourg, pause in Rastatt where you can join an optional afternoon excursion to the Black Forest, including a stop in Oppenau for tea and a slice of gateau. Excursion participants rejoin the ship in Strasbourg, where it moors for the night.

Day 6 Strasbourg to Breisach

Spend the morning exploring Petite France, the quaint old quarters of Strasbourg, or join an optional tour. This afternoon cruise to Breisach, where you moor for the night. 

Day 7 Breisach to Baden Baden

Disembark your ship after breakfast and travel by coach to the spa town of Baden-Baden, in southwestern Germany’s Black Forest, near the border with France. Spend the next three nights, with breakfasts and dinners included, at the locally rated 4-star Heliopark Bad Hotel zum Hirsch (4Q), located next to the main pedestrian area in the heart of Baden-Baden. The boutique Heliopark is the oldest hotel in Baden-Baden and contrasts original antique furniture with a stylish refurbishment.

Day 8 Baden-Baden

This morning join an included half-day tour of Allerheiligen Monastery and the town of Oppenau. The monastery, founded in the 12th century, was abandoned then after a lightning strike and fire, demolition was planned. However, the late 18th-century movement that came to be known as ‘Romanticism’ proved the saving of the atmospheric ruins, as visitors were attracted to this scenic spot in the Black Forest, close to cascading waterfalls.

Day 9 Baden-Baden

Today you may like to enjoy a dip in the town’s famous salt-rich thermal hot springs or stop and smell the roses on a picturesque stroll along the Lichtentaler Alee – a scenic path meandering along the River Oos incorporating stunning manicured gardens and views of grand old hotels and palatial homes across the river.

Day 10 Freudenstadt to UK

Travel by coach to Stuttgart for your return flight home.