Spend a wonderful week enjoying river cruising 'your way' as you cruise through Holland and Belgium, and visit some of the region's most historic cities on your casual-but-stylish A-ROSA river cruise ship.
Your A-ROSA holiday leaves you free to do as much or as little as you like. Soak up the sun as you watch the world slip buy on the top deck, head to the gym for a workout or take advantage of your Premium All-Inclusive discounts on treatments in the on-board SPA-ROSA. Later, why not organise an early evening meal with friends, make new ones at the bar or book a special meal in the ship's reserved dining area? The choices are always up to you.
As each day brings a new port, you'll have opportunities to explore. See Amsterdam's museums and galleries, flower markets, cafes and bars. Head into Rotterdam in search of the city's eccentric modern architecture, and immerse yourself in the long, varied histories of Hoorn, Ghent and Nijmegen. Head out into the countryside, perhaps on one of the ship's bikes, join a guided tour or simply make yourself at home and enjoy life on board.
Day One: Fly to Cologne
Fly into Cologne and join the included transfer from the airport to your A-ROSA river cruiser. This afternoon your adventure begins as your vessel slips away from Cologne and heads down the Rhine towards the Dutch border.
Day Two: Hoorn, Netherlands
This morning you'll emerge from Holland's pretty tangle of rivers and canals and cruise across the Markermeer to Hoorn. This charming town was once the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company, and flourished during the Golden Age of Dutch commerce in the 17th Century. Why not pay a visit to the Westfries Museum to see what daily life was like at different points in the town's history? Alternatively, stroll the picturesque streets, look around the shops or stop in a cafe to enjoy a canal-side coffee.
Day Three: Amsterdam, Netherlands
This morning you'll wake in Amsterdam. Discover some of the city's most famous sights - the Royal Palace, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum to name a few - then spend the day exploring the city's cobbled streets. Join an excursion, perhaps on one of the ship's bikes, or catch a tram to hop around the city with ease. Return to the ship in your own time, this evening, or stay in the city to enjoy the nightlife and the friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere until the time comes to depart (at around 11pm).
Day Four: Rotterdam, Netherlands
You'll arrive in Rotterdam at around breakfast-time, today. As well as being a historic city of world-class museums and classically Dutch canals and cobbled squares, Rotterdam is a treasure trove of outlandish modern architecture - from the vast modern 'harp' of the Erasmus Bridge to the Cube houses of Overblaak Street. Within the remarkable upturned U of the Markethal you'll find delicious food to try and buy, and a lively crowd of locals doing exactly that.
Shortly after lunch, your A-ROSA vessel will leave Rotterdam behind and head to the Belgian border on its way to Ghent.
Day Five: Ghent, Belgium
The stunning architecture, cobbled streets and beautiful canals of Ghent are some of Europe's best-kept secrets. An included guided tour will bring the city to life, and you'll then be free to explore.
In the mid-afternoon, your A-ROSA vessel will leave Ghent behind, and cruise back into the Dutch waters of the Western Scheldt before turning east towards Antwerp.
Day Six: Antwerp, Belgium
Shortly after midnight your vessel will arrive in Antwerp, leaving you free to spend a full day exploring. Why not visit one of the city's many museums or explore the Grote Markt, the city's medieval central square lined with pretty guild houses? The Cathedral of Our Lady - the city's most visible landmark - took nearly 170 years to build and is well worth a visit, as are the jewellers, grinding shops and showrooms of the city's Diamond Square Mile.
Day Seven: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Your last port of call will be lively Nijmegen, Holland's oldest city. The quaint cobbled quarter is home to elegant Dutch architecture, pretty courtyards and quaint shops. Spend a relaxing morning here, before returning to the ship to make the most of your Premium All-Inclusive package on your final afternoon and evening on board.
Day Eight: Cologne, Germany
Your A-ROSA experience ends this morning, as you disembark in Cologne and join your included coach transfer back to the airport to check in for your flight home.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Your A-ROSA ship
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 shore excursions
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.
Disabled guests and guests in need of assistance
All ships have stairs, are not equipped with lifts, and may not be suitable for passengers with restricted mobility.
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.
Foreign Office travel advice
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.