Press release


Monday 25 March 2013

• Save up to £400 on some cruises

Saga Holidays has announced discounts of up to £400per person on a range of European river cruises departing in 2013.

While the UK remains in the grip of winter, spring has leapt into life throughout much of Europe. With stunning landscapes and historical sights it is a perfect time to experience Europe’s waterways. The ships have been carefully selected for their facilities and friendly atmosphere. All itineraries include excursions and entertainment to give passengers a taste of the local culture while providing excellent service.

Save up to £150 per person on Saga’s Majesty of the Middle Rhine cruise
Departs 9th May 2013 for 11 nights’ from £1449 per person  The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Middle Rhine is one of the river’s loveliest stretches, famed for fairy-tale castles and legends of the Lorelei. Travelling through Holland and Germany, this cruise also sails past the wooded hills and lush, terraced vineyards of the Moselle. Situated on both banks of the Rhine at its confluence with the Moselle River, Koblenz, which celebrated its 2000th birthday in 1992, is a great city to explore and is a focal point of the Mosel and Rhenish wine trade.

Save up to £400 per person on Saga’s Heritage of the Hapsburgs cruise
Departs 3rd June and 1st July for 7 nights full board from £1199 per person Your cruise begins in the elegant city of Passau where you embark MS River Art before cruising to the historic town of Linz and Austria's musical capital, Vienna where you will enjoy an overnight mooring in Vienna. Join an optional excursion or explore this vibrant city independently and admire the wonderful sights including the famous opera house. Experience the stunning scenery of the Wachau Valley and sample the delights of cosmopolitan Budapest and quaint Bratislava on this cruise that travels through Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Germany.

Save up to £150 per person on Saga’s The Unspoilt Elbe - Melnik to Hamburg cruise
Departs 29th May 2013 for 12 nights from £1749 per person EXCLUSIVELY FOR SAGA - Savour magnificent views of Bohemia in the Czech Republic's north-west and marvel at the beauty of Saxon Germany, as you cruise along the Elbe aboard MS Rügen. Explore infamous Colditz Castle, or bide your time in the hope of seeing a crane or white-tailed eagle on your trip through Elbhöhen-Wendland Nature Park and access to parts of the Elbe not offered by other Operators.

Save up to £300 per person on Saga’s Douro Discovery cruise
Departs 10th May, 21st June and 6th July for 7 nights from £1349 per person – includes 6 excursions Admire the beautiful landscapes and quaint towns of the Douro Valley on this cruise through Portugal and Spain, which includes a visit to Salamanca. The charming small town of Pinhão on the Douro has a gorgeous location at the heart of the wine production region and is an ideal retreat if you are interested in top-class food and the chance to taste many fine wines. Also visit Lamego, a delightful Baroque town with a central square designed as a public garden surrounded by elegant 17th-century buildings.

Save up to £200 per person on Saga’s Rhine and Moselle cruise
Departs 27th May and 17th June* 2013 for 14 nights from £1499 per person The banks of the Rhine are dotted with medieval castles, historic villages and elegant cities, while the Moselle is characterised by its sweeping bends, terraced vineyards and wooded slopes. Cruise these celebrated rivers through some of the most beautiful scenery in Germany, France and Switzerland and see the sights of the Black Forest, the Bernese Oberland, the ancient city of Mainz and the legendary Lorelei Valley.

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Editor’s Notes:
*On Jun 17, 2013 dep the ship is unable to dock in Winningen on days 12 & 13. The ship will depart Cochem early evening on day 12 to Koblenz where you will overnight and depart on day 13 at 1300 for Konigswinter as planned. A coach shuttle will be available on day 13 from Koblenz to Winningen. Please note: The 27th May 2013 departure follows an alternative itinerary and visits the ports in a different order to that shown here. Please call for details.

Saga Travel is part of the Saga Group, which is the UK’s leading provider of holidays, products and services specifically designed for people aged 50 and over. With over 2 million customers, Saga provides insurance, financial services and holidays and publishes the monthly Saga Magazine.

Saga Holidays are available exclusively for people aged 50 and over, with a travelling partner of 40 or over. Single rooms are available at no extra cost on many hotel stays and tours and include welcome drink, porterage of luggage and cancellation cover. If Saga Holidays reduce the price of a holiday once it has been confirmed, the value of the saving will automatically be passed on to customers, which ensures that early bookers never miss out. This is the Saga promise. Saga Holidays also guarantee that the price of a holiday will not be subject to any surcharges, regardless of what may happen to fuel prices or exchange rates.