Filia Rheni II was launched in 1999 and is now part of the Saga Cruises fleet. This small and friendly river cruise ship sails along the waterways of Germany, Holland, Austria and beyond with a maximum of 150 guests and 35 officers and crew on board. Experience the perfect fusion of abundant on-board facilities with dedicated service aboard this award-winning ship. Unpack and make yourself at home in your comfortable cabin; complete with shower and WC, safe and satellite television, international telephone, individually-controlled air-conditioning, and a hairdryer - Upper Deck cabins also have French balconies. Explore the three passenger decks - the Upper Deck has an observation lounge, partially-shaded sun deck, library, sauna, Jacuzzi, fitness suite, and lounge/bar; Middle Deck is home to the restaurant; and the Lower Deck is lined with cabins. Filia Rheni II's compact size allows her to sail to the very heart of Europe's famous ports and cities; where you can join an organised excursion or sightsee independently on foot.
The restaurant has won many awards for its culinary experiences. Take your seat here for a lavish buffet-style breakfast, followed by a waiter-served three-course lunch and four-course dinner with a choice of main course. A more informal light lunch is also available in the lounge. Lunch and dinner both come with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks to add the finishing touches to the local and internationally-inspired cuisine.
The lounge/bar is the social hub of the ship both day and night - enjoy a reviving drink after a busy day ashore, before returning after dinner for cocktails and drinks with new-found friends; you can also help yourself to complimentary hot drinks at the lounge’s drinks station. The observation lounge is the ideal spot to relax with your morning coffee, check on your emails using the complimentary Wi-Fi, or simply take in the views through the panoramic windows.
Filia Rheni II offers something to entertain you from dusk until nightfall. Relax on a sun chair on the partially-shaded sun deck and soak up both the sunshine and the ever-changing riverside views. Lose yourself in a book in the small library or work up a sweat in the fitness area before winding down in the sauna or Jacuzzi. Days in port are your chance to explore the local culture, cuisine, and attractions. The lounge/bar is the heart of the ship and the setting for occasional games and quizzes by day and live entertainment and dancing after dinneer. If the ship is moored overnight in port, why not take a romantic stroll with your loved one along the river bank?
Day 1: UK – Arnhem, Netherlands
Fly BHX to AMS.
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Arnhem via Eurotunnel or ferry and embark on board Filia Rheni.
Day 2: Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands
Visit the Dutch city of Wijk bij Duurstede, meaning 'Neighbourhood by Duurstede'. Take a trip to the nearby ruins of Castle Duurstede - one of the oldest castles in the Netherlands. Admire the "Rhine and Lek" windmill and stroll around a number of beautiful historic buildings. Learn about the local history at Museum Dorestad. See an entertaining performance at Calypso Theatre, and afterwards enjoy a few rounds of drinks in the cosy and vibrant atmosphere of Cafe Pub de MalleMolen.
Day 3-4: Amsterdam, Netherlands
There's so much to experience when you step ashore in the Netherland's capital city of Amsterdam. Explore the Museum District — home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum — and step back in time at Anne Frankhuis. Discover the opulent Canal Ring district — an UNESCO World Heritage site, or simply escape to the tranquil surroundings of Vondelpark. You can get close to marine and animal life at Natura Artis Magistra; buy colourful tulips at Bloemenmarkt; or enjoy an interactive beer tour with the Heineken Experience.
Day 5: Amsterdam – UK
Disembark Filia Rheni and be transferred to AMS airport.
Fly AMS to BHX.