River cruises to suit all interests as Saga launches new 2008 brochure

Thursday 27 September 2007

River cruises to suit all interests as Saga launches new 2008 brochure

  • Themed cruises include classical music, gardens and archaeology
  • New cruises include exciting itineraries in Russia and along the Danube
  • For more information call 0800 056 5880 or visit saga.co.uk/travelshop

Whether it's archaeology, gardens, music or art, Saga's new river cruising brochure is packed full of themed itineraries to inspire its customers in 2008.

The leading operator for the over-50s has devised its latest programme of cruises with a strong focus on these special interest themes for passengers looking to get away next year.

A range of new cruises and new ships are also included in the brochure, while some cruises are exclusive to Saga clients, meaning that passengers can be confident of sharing their cruise with like-minded people.

Themed Cruises for 2008

Classical Music

For passengers wanting to combine the magical scenery of the Rhine with classical music, Saga is offering a superb seven night cruise aboard the intimate Amadeus Princess with prices starting from 899* per person. The Classical Music on the Rhine cruise includes a series of onboard concerts performed by a chamber orchestra, as well as optional concerts in venues such as Castle Schwetzingen in Heidelburg, and the Mainzer Dom is Mainz. Amadeus Princess also stops off in Amsterdam, Bonn, Rudesheim, Mannheim and Strasburg. The price includes full board, return flights, insurance and cancellation cover and much more.


Exclusively for Saga passengers, a six-night cruise along the Seine exploring the Gardens of France is available aboard Anacoluthe on 21 June and 5 July 2008. Hosted by horticultural expert Sue Minter, the trip will include visits to the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles, Monet's garden in Giverny and Princess Sturdza's garden. Prices start from 1349 per person, including full board, return Eurostar travel from St Pancras, insurance and cancellation cover and much more.


Uncover the mystery and intrigue of Egypt on an archaeology-themed tour and cruise with Saga, with prices starting from 1399 per person. Led by a local expert, the 11-night trip includes visits to Cairo, the Pyramids and the Aswan High Dam and Abu Simbel before customers embark the cruise ship Presidential Nile for a three night journey along the Nile. Stop-offs include the Edfu Temple, Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Luxor. Departures take place on October 7 2007, and February 14, March 9, May 25, September 14 and November 9 in 2008. The price includes return scheduled flights, full board, insurance and cancellation cover, Saga's hassle-free UK travel service and much more.


Departing 19 July, 2008, customers are invited to join an exclusive Saga river cruise onboard Anacoluthe to discover the sites immortalised by the famous works of Monet, Pissaro, Sisley, Renoir and Van Gogh. In the company of expert host Nicholas Reed, passengers enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Seine, including visits to Paris, Rueil-Malmaison, Vernon and Rouen. Prices start from 1329 per person, including full board, return Eurostar travel from St Pancras, insurance and cancellation cover and much more.

Other new cruises for 2008 include: Prague and The Danube aboard Amadeus Symphony, taking in some of the Danube's finest sights, including Nuremberg, Vienna and the Wachau region, with nine nights starting from 1149 per person, Flavours of Burgundy and Provence aboard Avalon Scenery, sailing through the lush vineyards of the Beaujolais region, including visits to Lyon, Arles and Avignon, with seven nights starting from 799* per person, and discover Russia's two most legendary cities sailing from St Petersburg to Moscow aboard MS Bauman, enhanced by a series of folklore shows, Russian language and singing lessons, history lectures, this cruise also reveals the rich seam of culture and tradition along the banks of the River Volga, with 10 nights starting from 1299 per person.

Further details are available at Saga Holidays 0800 056 5880 or www.saga.co.uk/travelshop.


*Price only valid if booked before October 31, 2007

The Saga Difference: As well as cabin accommodation, meals, snacks, entertainment and activities, the Saga price includes…

* Standard Class return rail or coach travel within the UK mainland to London or your UK departure point. Alternatively, for those driving themselves, car parking is included.

* A Saga cocktail party onboard most ships

* Excursions on some cruises

* Insurance and cancellation cover.

* Saga charters some cruise ships exclusively for its passengers, these ships have a Saga cruise escort or Saga cruise director on board to cater for passenger's needs.

* Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.

* Saga holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents.

For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771118.

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