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Castles and Fables of the Rhine: Frankfurt to Düsseldorf

Uncover the heart of European legend and fables with a Rhineland cruise of some of Germany’s most ancient and historic cities interspersed with stunning river scenery, including the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine Gorge and picturesque views.

Visit the traditional wine town of Rüdesheim and beautiful Koblenz. Enjoy the vibrant cities of Bonn and Cologne and, in total contrast, the picturesque and fairytale village of Königswinter. Included tours showcase the most fascinating landmarks and attractions.

Sail in style on board the Spirit of the Rhine, with luxury accommodation, spacious and well-equipped public areas, and award-winning regional and international cuisine.

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  • Cruise Line: Saga
  • Ship: Spirit of the Rhine
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: November 2024
£1,599pp
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Castles and Fables of the Rhine: Frankfurt to Düsseldorf Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy a 7-night cruise that uncovers the history and fables of the famous Rhineland. Visit ancient towns and ruined castles with trips to the vibrant cities of Bonn and Cologne. Scenic sailing is guaranteed on board the Spirit of the Rhine, the perfect partner for your voyage of discovery. This cruise includes the spectacular Middle Rhine Gorge. Enjoy spacious suites and staterooms with elegant interiors, award-winning regional and international cuisine, and a luxury Sun Deck to relax and make the most of the views.

Day 1

Frankfurt

Travel to Frankfurt and embark on your luxury cruise ship, Spirit of the Rhine.

Day 2

Frankfurt

On an included tour that introduces the city, explore Frankfurt’s medieval heart, an area populated with half-timbered buildings, boutique shops, and quaint wine taverns. Visit the central square, Römerberg, and Old St Nicholas Church.

Day 3

Rüdesheim, Middle Rhine Gorge, Koblenz

Discover the famous wine town of Rüdesheim with picturesque half-timbered houses and surrounded by a patchwork of terraced vineyards. Enjoy a glass or two of a local vintage in a traditional wine tavern in Drosselgasse. Later, sail the spectacular Middle Rhine Gorge.

Day 4

Koblenz

Koblenz is located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers, a point highlighted by a magnificent equestrian statue of Emperor Wilhelm I. Visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress built by the Prussians and the medieval Eltz Castle.

Day 5

Königswinter to Bonn

Königswinter nestles on the banks of the River Rhine and at the foot of the Siebengebirge Mountain. Visit the ancient, ruined castle of Drachenfel, allegedly the location where Siegfried slayed the dragon in fables, just one of two fairytale castles.

Day 6

Bonn to Cologne

Discover the former capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1989, when Germany reunified and Berlin was restored as the capital city. Bonn is the birthplace of Beethoven and features the Romanesque Minster Cathedral. There is a coach tour and leisure time to explore.

Day 7

Cologne to Düsseldorf

Enjoy time in Cologne, with its iconic twin-spired cathedral, Baroque palaces, medieval churches, and 16th-century City Hall. Guests enjoy a coach trip and a walking tour showcasing this fascinating city’s highlights and features.

Day 8

Düsseldorf

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine and begin your return journey to the UK.

Day 1

Düsseldorf

Travel to Düsseldorf and embark on your luxury cruise ship, Spirit of the Rhine.

Day 2

Cologne to Düsseldorf

Enjoy time in Cologne, with its iconic twin-spired cathedral, Baroque palaces, medieval churches, and 16th-century City Hall. Guests enjoy a coach trip and a walking tour showcasing this fascinating city’s highlights and features.

Day 3

Bonn to Cologne

Discover the former capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1989, when Germany reunified and Berlin was restored as the capital city. Bonn is the birthplace of Beethoven and features the Romanesque Minster Cathedral. There is a coach tour and leisure time to explore.

Day 4

Königswinter to Bonn

Königswinter nestles on the banks of the River Rhine and at the foot of the Siebengebirge Mountain. Visit the ancient, ruined castle of Drachenfel, allegedly the location where Siegfried slayed the dragon in fables, just one of two fairytale castles.

Day 5

Koblenz

Koblenz is located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers, a point highlighted by a magnificent equestrian statue of Emperor Wilhelm I. Visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress built by the Prussians and the medieval Eltz Castle.

Day 6

Rüdesheim, Middle Rhine Gorge, Koblenz

Discover the famous wine town of Rüdesheim with picturesque half-timbered houses and surrounded by a patchwork of terraced vineyards. Enjoy a glass or two of a local vintage in a traditional wine tavern in Drosselgasse. Later, sail the spectacular Middle Rhine Gorge.

Day 7

Frankfurt

On an included tour that introduces the city, explore Frankfurt’s medieval heart, an area populated with half-timbered buildings, boutique shops, and quaint wine taverns. Visit the central square, Römerberg, and Old St Nicholas Church.

Day 8

Frankfurt

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine and begin your return journey to the UK.

Castles and Fables of the Rhine: Frankfurt to Düsseldorf Cruise Ships

Spirit Of The Rhine

This exclusive vessel brings our boutique cruise experience to the riverways of Europe. Enjoy access to French balconies, panoramic lounges, splash pools and so much more when you travel with us.

4 Passenger Decks
Buffet Breakfasts
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Castles and Fables of the Rhine: Frankfurt to Düsseldorf Cruise Deals

Explore the Historic Rhineland, the Stuff of Fairytales, and Legend with Crui.se

7 Nights
November

Castles and Fables of the Rhine: Frankfurt to Düsseldorf

  • Frankfurt
  • Rudesheim / Rhine Gorge / Koblenz
  • Koblenz
  • Königswinter to Bonn
  • Bonn to Cologne
  • Cologne to Düsseldorf
  • Düsseldorf
£1,599pp Est. Price per person
  • Spirit of the Rhine

Castles and Fables of the Rhine: Frankfurt to Düsseldorf Cruise Review

“This cruise was the perfect blend of vibrant cities and smaller, historic towns and villages with a real emphasis on German folklore and culture, coupled with the most fantastic river views, especially through the Middle Rhine Gorge. This is our umpteenth time sailing with Saga, and the vessel, Spirit of the Rhine, certainly did not disappoint. This cruise is interesting and a bit different. We thought we knew the Rhine well, but this showed us some different locations and insights.”

Hester Edmonds, High Wycombe

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Castles and Fables of the Rhine: Frankfurt to Düsseldorf FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

How do I tell Saga if I have additional needs?

There are certain health conditions and guest requirements that we need to know about, and these include if you have a physical disability (temporary or permanent) or impairment, are living with a mental health condition such as dementia, or have learning difficulties. This knowledge enables our dedicated staff to help keep you safe and ensure you enjoy the best cruise possible. Please also tell us if you have a long-term illness or a hearing, sight, or speech impairment. You can send this information by email or talk to one of our friendly team on the phone. All guest information is treated in the strictest confidence.

Are there medical services on board the Spirit of the Rhine?

The Spirit of the Rhine has at least one trained first aider on every cruise. If you bring medicines on board that you take regularly, we recommend keeping a note in a prominent location in your cabin. This may be useful if a first aider or staff member needs to refer to this information if you become unwell during your holiday.

What are Gentle Walker Groups?

At Saga, we grade shore excursions on their activity level, so guests always know in advance how demanding a tour will be. Walking tours graded 4 or higher always have a Gentle Walker group option. Gentle Walker groups follow a slower pace and a different route, avoiding steps, stairs, and steep inclines. Guests are free to join a Gentle Walker group at any time.

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