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Rhine & Main Cruise to Bavaria

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Embrace the timeless romance of the Rhine and magnificent scenery and medieval treasures of the Main as you sail south into beautiful Bavaria, passing vine-clad banks and charming settlements with thousands of years of history.

Your first port of call will be pretty Koblenz, picturesquely located at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. From here, you’ll cruise through the UNESCO-protected Middle Rhine and Lorelei Valley and join the River Main and head to financial city Frankfurt, the birthplace of the famous poet and writer Goethe, with its ultra-modern skyline. 

As you sail further down the Main, it’ll feel like you’re sailing back in time, as you stop at the charming medieval city of Wertheim and then pretty Würzburg, beneath the mighty Marienburg Fortress. Call at Bamberg, with its wonderfully-positioned Altes Rathaus, and then spend a day and night in Bavarian Nuremberg, home of Wagner’s Mastersingers, to complete a fascinating cruise. 

What does this price include?

  • Return travel from the UK
  • Included coach transfers to the ship
  • 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 percent 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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  • Travel to Cologne, where you’ll board your sleek A-ROSA vessel at the quayside. If you arrive in time, why not explore the city under your own steam, with its 2,000-plus years of fascinating history, famous twin-spired Gothic cathedral and lovingly restored Altstadt (old town), before your ship departs in the late afternoon? 

    When the time comes, board your ship, dine when you wish at the gourmet buffet, maybe enjoying a nightcap before turning in. Overnight, you’ll sail south on the Rhine, arriving at Koblenz by early morning.

  • Step ashore at Koblenz this morning, which sits spectacularly at the meeting point of the Rhine and Moselle. A strategic stronghold for over 2,000 years, Koblenz is dominated by the imposing mass of the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the far bank. Step ashore, where you can take an optional cable car ride to the fortress, or simply stroll along the riverside promenade to Deutsches Eck, where the rivers converge.

    Return to the boat around midday, and enjoy a scenic afternoon’s cruising as you sail south, past the mighty, UNESCO-listed Lorelei and to Frankfurt, arriving the following morning. Legend has it, the Lorelei was formed when a beautiful maiden threw herself into the Rhine in despair over a faithless lover, and was transformed into a siren that lured fisherman to a fatal end.

  • Overnight you’ll slip into the Main River, tying up in the morning beneath the glittering ‘Mainhattan’ skyline of Frankfurt, birthplace of the famous German writer and poet Goethe. Step ashore to join the optional city tour or optional trip to the market with the boat’s head chef. North of the river is Frankfurt's historic Altstadt, centred on Römerberg Square and surrounded by the remnants of ancient fortifications. Close by, the towering façade of the Kaiserdom church dominates the Altstadt's eastern end, only to be dwarfed in turn by the sky-piercing buildings of the Frankfurt Financial District to the west. Enjoy a whole day in Frankfurt, as you depart in the early evening.

  • The following day, your ship will continue along the Main until it arrives at the ancient Wertheim around midday, a town of winding streets, half-timbered houses and spectacular castles. This town is known for its glass-blowing, and the optional afternoon tour includes a visit to the local glass-blowing factory, where you will have the opportunity to watch the craftsmen at work. Set sail in the early evening, enjoying a delicious meal and some evening entertainment on board.

  • The next morning, your ship will tie up at quaint Würzburg, a small city nestled amongst the Bavarian Hills, straddling the Main River. The city is an old seat of bishops and the centre of the Franconian wine-making industry. The highlight of this stop is an optional tour of Marienburg Fortress, which dates back as far as the 8th century, with Renaissance and Baroque additions, and the pretty old town, with its ornate buildings. You’ll depart Würzburg in the early evening, giving you the chance to enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on board.

  • After a relaxing morning on the water, you’ll arrive at Bamberg in the mid-afternoon. Bamberg is a UNESCO-listed city whose medieval architecture has somehow remained untouched throughout the turbulent centuries. It is home to the stunning Altes Rathaus, one of the country’s most famous buildings. Join the included tour to discover this historic city, with its cathedrals, monasteries, bridges, narrow streets, half-timbered houses and Baroque facades, before returning to your ship in the evening.

  • Today you’ll have the whole day to explore Nuremberg, with its lovingly-restored medieval streets. You’ll tie up in the morning, and stay overnight, giving you plenty of time to make the most of this fascinating city. Nuremberg is Bavaria’s second-largest city after Munich, and is famous for being the city of Wagner’s Mastersingers and for the distinctive Nuremberg sausages, together with the imposing Imperial Castle and ornate St Lorenz Church. Join the included guided walking tour of the city in the morning to discover its most famous sites. This evening, you can dine on board or at one of the city’s wonderful eateries – a fitting end to the last day of your tour.

  • Disembark your A-ROSA vessel this morning at the end of a wonderful cruise on the Rhine and Moselle. 

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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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Further Information

  • Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. You do require government issued passport to travel.

    Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names.

    Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date").

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