14 January 2019, 10:44

Tales along the riverbank

Guests speakers Terry Waite, Ann Widdecombe, Martin Bell, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ian Skelly and Stephen Moss to join 2019 river cruises

Some of the UK’s most fascinating guest speakers will be on Saga’s European river cruises in 2019. Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, former MP Ann Widdecombe, journalist Martin Bell, Radio 3’s Ian Skelly and humanitarian Terry Waite will share their stories during a series of talks on board sailings along the Danube and Rhine.

Stephen Moss
Contrasts of the Danube aboard Amadeus Royal

Stephen Moss, producer of BBC TV series Springwatch, and Guardian columnist, will share his expertise on a cruise taking in Bucharest, Belgrade and the stunning wetland biosphere of the Danube Delta.

Nine nights from £1,799 per person, departing London Heathrow on June 22, 2019.

Terry Waite
Prague and the Danube aboard Amadeus Royal

A unique perspective on world affairs is offered by Terry Waite, who spent almost five years as a hostage in Lebanon. This holiday begins with a two-night hotel stay in Prague before cruising to cities including Budapest and Vienna.

Nine nights from £1,569 per person, departing London Heathrow on July 13, 2019.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Colours and Castles of the Rhine aboard Rex Rheni

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who has travelled to both poles, navigated the Nile, climbed Everest and run a marathon on consecutive days on each of the seven continents, will give two talks on a Rhine cruise, which includes tours of Ghent and Strasbourg.

14 nights from £1,999 per person, departing Folketsone on August 20, 2019.

Martin Bell
Prague and the Danube on Amadeus Classic

A cruise through Austria, Germany and Hungary, with tours of Budapest and Vienna, and a stay in Prague, will be enlivened by stories from Martin Bell, the war reporter who became an MP, covered assignments in more than 90 countries and is now a UNICEF Ambassador. 

Nine nights from £1,479 per person departing London Heathrow on August 23, 2019.

Ian Skelly
Vienna and the Blue Danube - Classical music, aboard Filia Rheni II

Guests cruising through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, with an evening concert in Vienna, can put a face to the familiar voice of Ian Skelly, host of BBC Radio 3’s Essential Classics, with talks on composers including Richard Strauss and Mozart.

10 nights from £1,829 per person, departing October 4, 2019.

Ann Widdecombe

Historic Cities of Europe, aboard Amadeus Classic

Strong views helped to make Ann Widdecombe’s reputation as an MP and her stories – including her stint on Strictly Come Dancing - will entertain guests cruising to Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin.

12 nights from £1,879 per person, departing London Heathrow on October 23, 2019.

For details call free on 0800 656 9919 or visit saga.co.uk/river-cruises

Price includes UK travel package, return flights and transfers, all meals, welcome cocktail party, porterage, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or a discount if passenger has own insurance.


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Alex Brazier