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The Romantic Rhine

Spend a wonderful spring aboard gleaming A-ROSA FLORA as she calls at some of the Rhine’s finest ports of call. Cruise south from Cologne, with its soaring Gothic cathedral, to celebrated wine town Rüdesheim, home to one of Germany’s most picturesque streets: the narrow, tavern-lined-Drosselgasse. After a delightful morning exploring, continue to historic Mainz, capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate and the hometown of Johannes Gutenburg, the father of the printing press. Discover this once-hugely powerful city, taking in the six-towered cathedral, Gutenberg Museum and its delightful Altstadt of half-timbered houses, on an included walking tour. 

Turn from the Rhine into one of its many tributaries, the Main, and continue to Frankfurt, where the glittering, modern city and the apple-wine taverns of historic Sachenhausen provide contrasting delights. Return to the Rhine, and sail through the Rhine Gorge, beneath the legendary Lorelei and past idyllic towns and villages flanked by ripening vineyards. Make a final call at Koblenz, beneath its imposing castle, before returning to Cologne.

What does this price include?

  • Four nights' Premium Inclusive cruise accommodation
  • Return travel from the UK to Germany (unless you select our Tour Only option)
  • Included walking tour of historic Mainz
  • 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, and board your sleek A-ROSA vessel at the quayside. Perhaps take a stroll through the city’s famous Altstadt beneath the great, twin-spired cathedral, before the ship sails in the early evening. Settle into your comfortable cabin, enjoy a drink in the bar or a stroll on top deck as the ship begins her journey. Dine when you wish at the gourmet buffet on board, and perhaps enjoy a nightcap before turning in.

  • This morning you’ll arrive in Rüdesheim, the most celebrated of the Rhine's wine towns. Explore the narrow streets, the most celebrated of which is the Drosselgasse, lined with bars and weinstuben (little, traditional wine taverns). Why not join an optional shore excursion, either for a sightseeing tour by train and foot or a vineyard visit and wine-tasting?


    After a relaxed lunch on-board ship, you’ll arrive in the picturesque Rhineland city of Mainz during the mid-afternoon. Step ashore to discover this historic city on an included walking tour. Later, dine on board, or spend a couple of enjoyable hours ashore in the city’s colourful Altstadt before you sail on in the late evening.

  • Overnight your ship will have slipped into the River Main, tying up beneath the glittering ’Mainhattan’ skyline of Frankfurt. Step ashore to explore or to join an optional shore excursion. Why not visit one of the city’s many outstanding museums, or take a ride up to the observation deck of the blue-glass Maintower for the stunning views?

    North of the river is Frankfurt's historic Altstadt, centred on Römerberg Square and surrounded by the remnants of ancient fortifications. South of the river, the delightful lanes of Sachsenhausen are home to countless cafés and bars where you can end your day relaxing over a glass of sharp local cider, before your ship sails late in the evening.

  • An unforgettable day awaits as you awake this morning to find yourself sailing through the heart of the Middle Rhine. You'll pass through the narrow gorge beneath the Lorelei, the steep slate rock from which sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fates, and cruise past vineyards and ancient villages like Sankt Goar and Bad Salzig.

    After lunch, you’ll tie up in Koblenz, 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’ll have the choice of several optional exciting excursions, or simply stroll along the riverside promenade to Deutsches Eck, where the rivers converge, or take a seat in a café or weinstube.

    Later, enjoy a last evening on board before your ship slips back out into the river and cruises downstream to Cologne.

  • Now back in Cologne, bid a fond farewell to A-ROSA FLORA and her crew at the end of a marvellous few days, as you begin your journey home.

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Accommodation

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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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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