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Christmas on the Rhine Cruise

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Celebrate Christmas along the Rhine, calling at pretty German riverside port cities, illuminated by glittering lights and decked with traditional decorations.   

Step aboard a Premium All-Inclusive cruise for a magical five-night journey along one of Europe’s most enchanting rivers. Embrace a schedule of festive on-board activities, indulge in gourmet buffets, sip cocktails in cosy lounge bars, and escape the winter’s chill for treatments in the spa.  

Travelling along a southern stretch of the Rhine, you’ll stop off in picturesque Rüdesheim, spend a special Christmas Eve in the ancient city of Speyer, with its UNESCO-listed cathedral, and an unforgettable Christmas in Strasbourg, complete with a guided walking tour. Time will also be enjoyed in medieval Mainz and old-world Koblenz, where you’ll embark on an atmospheric evening walking tour. Finally, you’ll glide through the spectacular Loreley Valley before you return to the cathedral city of Cologne.  

What does this price include?

  • Five nights' Premium All-Inclusive cruise accommodation
  • 14 meals
  • A guided tour of Speyer
  • An evening guided tour of Koblenz
  • Return travel from the UK to Cologne (unless you select our Tour Only option)
  • Included coach transfers to the ship (unless you select our Tour Only option)
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • On-board activities and entertainment
  • Gourmet buffet dining with live cooking stations
  • Flexible mealtimes
  • A FREE unlimited Premium All-Inclusive drinks package including water, soft drinks, speciality teas and coffees, beer, wine, spirits and cocktails throughout the day and evening
  • Occasional regional treats and specialities to complement your destination that day
  • Afternoon tea with freshly prepared cakes and pastries
  • 15 per cent off on a range of beauty and wellness treatments in the on-board spa, SPA-ROSA
  • The services of a Cruise Director and experienced English-speaking crew
  • All port taxes and surcharges

Your Itinerary

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  • You can start your journey by acquainting yourself with the cathedral city of Cologne, which boasts a multitude of remarkable structures, enticing attractions and festive Christmas markets before boarding A-ROSA AQUA. To fully immerse yourself, consider arriving a day ahead of your cruise, or perhaps extending your stay after the cruise concludes. 

  • Today, you'll find yourself in the heart of Rhine Romanticism, Rüdesheim, a source of inspiration for poets and musicians. Notably, Johannes Brahms composed his renowned third symphony in this enchanting town. From a cultural perspective, the Rheingau region's most celebrated destination abounds with treasures, from historic aristocratic estates to ancient forts.  

    Take to the winding lanes of the old town by foot, heading to one of Germany’s most well-known streets, Drosselgasse. This avenue is fringed by lively bars, wine taverns and cafés. Why not sample the coffee speciality, Rüdesheimer Kaffee, which was invented here? You’ll also have time to explore the Christmas markets before they close for Christmas.   

  • Christmas Eve will be celebrated in Germersheim, situated near the ancient city of Speyer, which boasts a history spanning over 2,000 years. Its crowning jewel is the magnificent cathedral, a showcase of High Romanesque architecture and one of Germany's most celebrated cathedrals, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    You’ll also head off on an included guided tour, learning about the city’s historic and architectural treasures as you explore, as well as enter the cathedral to observe its striking interior.  

  • Your cruise along the Rhine will bring you to the lively city of Strasbourg on Christmas day. This city enchants with its collection of medieval half-timbered houses and grand city palaces. A true standout is the Strasbourg Cathedral, offering a breathtaking vista from its observation deck, where the half-timbered houses resemble a model railway landscape. You can also cross Rhine Bridge, where you’ll be half in Germany (Kehl), and half in France (Strasbourg). 

    Embrace today in this French part of the Rhine, meandering around at your own pace and perhaps attending Christmas mass in the cathedral. This evening, you can enjoy some festive musical entertainment in the cruise lounge with a guest artist.  

  • The itinerary for Boxing Day features two beautiful stops. Your first call will be Mainz, a delightful city, home to half-timbered houses and sprawling medieval market squares. Experience the laid-back lifestyle of the residents as you stroll around one of Germany’s oldest cities, seeking out the Marktbrunnen, a striking Renaissance fountain, the Romanesque Mainz Cathedral and The Gutenberg Museum, which honours the inventor of the printing press.  

    In the afternoon, you’ll pass through the dramatic Loreley Valley before arriving at the next destination, Koblenz, another enthralling city with over 2,000 years of history. Venture along its labyrinth of cobbled streets, observing the stately town houses, castles and former historic courts along the way. From the A-ROSA AQUA ship, you can also see the famous Deutsches Eck, a promontory where the Mosel River joins the Rhine.  

    As you’ll be here after the sun has set, you’ll join an included evening walking tour through the old town. During this, you’ll pass the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument, the Schängelbrunnen and the Romanesque churches of St. Kastor and Liebfrauenkirche.  

  • As your cruise comes to an end in Cologne, consider making the most of your day before journeying home back to the UK.  

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