Saga’s first river cruise for solo travellers sets sail on October 14 for seven nights, offering time to explore some of the most popular destinations along the Rhine.

The exclusive, no-fly ‘Autumn Colours of the Rhine’ cruise starts in Bonn, Germany, with coach travel from Folkestone via Eurotunnel. MS Arlene moors overnight in Bonn and guests can join a welcome cocktail party to get to know other passengers, the company’s cruise director and Solos host. In the morning, an optional walking tour includes a visit Beethoven’s former home, now a museum dedicated to his life and work. Further highlights include the Electoral Palace with its elegant Hofgarten and baroque City Hall.

The cruise continues to Koblenz, where the rivers Rhine and Moselle meet, and there is an optional tour to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. The itinerary then continues on to Germany’s cultural capital, Cologne, which has more than 100 galleries and dozens of museums to explore. After a restful afternoon’s cruising, MS Arlene moors at Nijmegen, the Netherlands’ oldest city, to view attractions including 13th-century St Stevens Church.

Arnhem is the last call with time to join an optional commemoration tour to learn about the World War II Battle of Arnhem.

The river cruise includes all meals, plus wine, beer and soft drinks with three-course lunches and four-course dinners. Prices for seven nights lead in at £999, with travel from Folkestone to Bonn via Eurotunnel and return from Arnhem. Local flights are also available for a supplement, subject to availability. The price includes UK travel service; all meals plus wine, beer and soft drinks; lunch and dinner; a welcome cocktail party; porterage; optional travel insurance; and additional cancellation rights or a discount if the client has their own insurance.

For details call 0800-300400 or visit travel.saga.co.uk/river-cruises

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