Join John Suchet to celebrate Beethoven’s birthday on a Saga’s Rhine cruise

Dutch Melody (Courtesy Saga)Classic FM broadcaster John Suchet joins Saga guests on a Rhine cruise celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, including an on-board concert and another at the world-famous Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

The author of the book Beethoven – the Man Revealed, John Suchet gives three music-related talks during the voyage on river ship Dutch Melody which departs on October 19, 2020.

The itinerary also includes a city tour of Bonn, featuring the museum at the house where Beethoven was born in 1770, with a wealth of original exhibits and 12 rooms providing a glimpse into the work and life of the composer.

The first two nights of the full-board cruise Celebrating 250 years of Beethoven are spent in Amsterdam and feature a concert at the world-renowned Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

There are visits to Utrecht, with its medieval heart, 112-metre high Domtoren tower and botanical gardens, and Arnhem, with the option to join a tour commemorating the Second World War battle.

Other stops along the Rhine include Cologne, with its stunning cathedral; Koblenz, which has a pretty riverside promenade; Oberwesel, best known for the production of Reisling and Dusseldorf, where modern, avant-garde architecture sits alongside the traditional appeal of the old town.

In Rüdesheim there is an opportunity to visit Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music, a quirky collection of more than 300 automated musical instruments dating from the 18th century, based in a former noble court built in 1542.

11 nights from £1,799 per person departing October 19, 2020 with coach travel from Folkestone. Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet or flights from Heathrow, a choice regional airports are available for supplement.

Price includes VIP door to door travel package, return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry crossing, all meals, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, welcome cocktail party, porterage, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or a discount if passenger has own insurance.