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The delights of the Upper Rhine

Combine a wonderful visit to the historic German city of Cologne with a delightful cruise on the Rhine. Founded in 33BC by the Romans, Cologne is a fascinating city with a rich history, easily explorable on foot. The city’s Altstadt (old town) is a colourful collection of tall, timber-framed buildings spread out beneath the great spires of the city’s iconic twin-towered Gothic cathedral. Spend some time exploring, perhaps pausing to enjoy a glass of the famous local beer, Kölsch.

After three days in Cologne, join your sleek A-ROSA ship at the quay and sail south on the mighty Rhine, mooring overnight at Mainz, hometown of Johannes Gutenburg, father of the printing press. The next day, continue to pretty Alsace capital Strasbourg, where you will moor overnight, before heading on to the elegant Swiss city of Basel.

Return downstream, calling at Black Forest gateway Breisach, before an unforgettable cruise through the breathtaking UNESCO-protected Rhine Gorge. Spend your last evening ashore at historic Koblenz, before tying up at Cologne the following morning.

What does this price include?

  • Three nights' accommodation at the Pullman Cologne Hotel, in historic Cologne
  • Seven nights' Premium Inclusive cruise accommodation
  • 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 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 an International Host and an experienced English-speaking crew
  • All port taxes and surcharges

Your Itinerary

  • Travel to Cologne. Check-in at your hotel, ready for a few days at leisure, exploring the city by your own arrangement. Familiarise yourself with your new surroundings or perhaps find a café and enjoy a glass of the local beer, Kölsch.

    Spend some time exploring the city of Cologne under your own steam, with its 2,000 plus years of fascinating history, famous twin-spired Gothic cathedral and lovingly restored Altstadt (old town). The historic Altermarkt square is the perfect spot for a bit of people watching.

  • This morning you’ll board your sleek A-ROSA vessel at Cologne’s quay and sail south to the picturesque Rhineland city of Mainz. Famous for being the birthplace of the printing press, where Johannes Gutenberg printed the first books in the early 1450s, Mainz was also originally a fort on the Roman Empire's northern border. You'll have the chance to discover its rich history and culture on an included walking tour, and to explore the city, before your ship sails on in the evening.

  • After a scenic morning cruise down the Rhine, you'll arrive at Strasbourg in the early afternoon, where you’ll spend the day and night. Immerse yourself in the Franco-German culture, take in the medieval architecture, stroll the famous Petite France quarter, and visit the impressive large sandstone Gothic cathedral. End the day by spending the evening in an authentic local cafe or bar, or by returning to the ship at your leisure for a relaxed evening aboard.

  • Spend another morning in Strasbourg, then say farewell to this lovely city in the early afternoon as you begin meandering further along the Rhine and on towards Switzerland.

  • In the early morning you'll arrive in the unofficial cultural capital of Switzerland, Basel. Switzerland's third-largest city has architectural achievements spanning the centuries. The red sandstone Gothic Munster is truly a feast for the eyes. Visit the city's many museums and art galleries and keep an eye out for Basel's year-round festivals and fairs, before you return to your ship to begin the relaxed journey back downriver.

  • Early this morning you'll arrive in Breisach. Spend the morning strolling the quaint streets and admiring your surroundings, or perhaps take a trip away from the river and into the rolling green landscape of the Black Forest, which cloaks the landscape to the east.

    You'll sail away from Breisach at lunchtime to begin a long, lazy afternoon on the water.

  • Pass by some remarkable scenery today as you cruise into the heart of the Middle Rhine. You'll pass vineyards and ancient villages, deep forests and mid-stream towers and medieval castles, before heading through the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge. You'll also pass beneath the legendary Lorelei, the mythical rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate.

    In the mid-afternoon you'll arrive in Koblenz. Explore this pretty Rhineland town, which straddles the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle under the watchful gaze of imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite bank, or simply make the most of your final day on board. An included walking tour will bring the city to life, and a special included gondola ride across the river will give you a final chance to experience life on the Rhine up close.

  • You'll wake this morning back in Cologne, as your unforgettable cruise ends. Disembark, and begin your journey home after a wonderful few days on the Rhine.

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Accommodation

A-ROSA AQUA

Each of A-ROSA's elegant river cruise vessels has been built specifically for the river upon which it sails, offering spacious, contemporary public areas, light, bright cabins and a casual-yet-stylish cruising experience.

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A-ROSA FLORA

Each of A-ROSA's elegant river cruise vessels has been built specifically for the river upon which it sails, offering spacious, contemporary public areas, light, bright cabins and a casual-yet-stylish cruising experience.

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Pullman Hotel, Cologne

This four-star hotel boasts a great location in Cologne’s Altstadt (old town), a 10-minute walk from the cathedral.

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Further Information

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • Optional excursions are available on all cruises. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled.
  • Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. At the end of the cruise you will find a tip box for the entire crew at the reception and the suggested amount is five Euros per guest per day. Of course, you are free to tip individual crew members at any time, should you wish.
  • All ships have stairs, are not equipped with lifts, and may not be suitable for passengers with restricted mobility. Wheelchairs cannot be used on board.

  • The dress code on board and ashore is comfortable and casual; we recommend that you bring sturdy footwear for excursions. For the restaurant we recommend smart casual dress. Please remember to bring warmer clothes for evenings out on deck.
  • Wi-Fi is provided free of charge in accordance with A-ROSA's conditions of use. You can request a login and password from reception. Internet reception is limited and will vary from location to location.

  • Where possible, we recommend non-rigid suitcases as these are easier to store within your cabin.
  • A heated pool can be found on the sun deck of the following ships: A-ROSA DONNA, FLORA, SILVA and STELLA.
  • A heated Whirlpool can be found on the following ships: A-ROSA AQUA, and VIVA.
  • In your cabin you will find a safe installed in the wardrobe, a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, insect screens and pool towels. The power supply in your cabin is 220 V/50 Hz. All sockets are European two-pin, meaning you will need to bring an adapter.
  • All A-ROSA vessels are air-conditioned throughout, with individual climate control in each cabin.
  • The water on board is potable and bottled water is provided in your cabin.
  • On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
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