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Rhine river cruises

Beginning as a trickle from Lake Toma high in the Swiss Alps, it’s not long before the mighty Rhine begins to shape the map of Europe, forming the western border of Liechtenstein – just one of six modern-day national borders that trace this important river’s banks.

Reaching Basel, the Rhine’s waters calm and flow from mountainous Switzerland, towards the vibrant Alsace city of Strasbourg - splitting France from Germany as it goes. Leaving the French border, the Rhine passes close to fairy-tale Heidelberg and flows through Baroque Mannheim, towards Mainz, a city steeped in history and first settled by the Holy Roman Empire as far back as the first century BC.

Continuing through Germany, the Rhine flows through the mesmerising Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and through the classic Middle Rhine of picture-book wine-villages, vineyards and ancient castles, before passing the prosperous city of Cologne with its twin-spired cathedral, and lively, chic Dusseldorf.

At the Dutch border, the Rhine splits into various distributaries and helps to form the enormous delta that shapes Netherlands’ landscape - and helps create the famous Dutch waterways. From here, the river’s course is harder to discern, though this is of no odds to those contentedly exploring the windmill-dotted Dutch landscape, en route to maritime Rotterdam or colourful Amsterdam.

Highlights of the Rhine

  • The Rhine Gorge
  • Breisach’s Gothic cathedral
  • Koblenz’s Ehrenbreitstein fortress
  • Mainz’s half-timbered Altstadt
  • Strasbourg’s Petite France quarter
  • Basel’s imposing Munster
  • Cologne’s Gothic twin-spired cathedral
  • Rotterdam’s world-class museums
  • Amsterdam’s canals

When we sail

Choose your Rhine river cruise from our complete 2018 – ’19 calendar 

A-ROSA River cruises on the Rhine

Experience river cruising your way in 2019

Join us on an A-ROSA Premium All-inclusive river cruise and experience river cruising your way, with freestyle dining, contemporary cabins, a well-appointed SPA-ROSA and wellness centre and a spacious sundeck.

When it comes to meal times on A-ROSA river cruises, relaxed enjoyment is the order of the day; choose your meal from a freshly prepared hot and cold buffet, complete with show cooking, and dine when it suits you, with generous opening hours and free-style seating.

For those who want to experience a little more indulgence, book an A-ROSA Dining Evening and enjoy a multi-course meal, an extensive wine list and full waiter service. And on warmer days, choose to take a seat on the sundeck and sample the delights of the ship’s barbecue.

On the expansive sundeck you’ll find comfy sun loungers, a plunge pool or whirlpool, shuffleboard, a putting green and outdoor bar – perfect for watching the world go by.

Classic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland


27 April, 28 June, 12 July, 2 & 23 August, 15 & 22 September 2019

From £1609

Dutch Waterways and the Lower Rhine


18th May, 1st June, 6th & 27th July, 14th September, 12th & 23rd October

From £1469

The Lower Rhine, Holland & the Bulbfields


23 & 27 March 2019

From £819

Rhine Christmas Markets


28 November & 2, 10, 14 December 2019

From £819

Rhine Cruise & Amsterdam at Christmas


22 December 2019

From £1209

New Year on the Rhine


27 December 2019

From £1619

Olympia River cruises on the Rhine

Join us in 2018, on traditional European river cruise vessel MS Olympia

Upgraded in 2016, Olympia offers passengers a contemporary look and feel, with all-new soft furnishing and updated fittings, combined with traditional comforts and the warmest of welcomes.

Olympia’s 49 cabins offer tranquil, muted tones, large picture windows and flat-screen TVs, as well as recently refitted bathroom fixtures. Each evening your steward will ensure your room is turned down and ready to welcome you.

Rest and relax in the well-appointed lounge bar, with its panoramic windows and on warm days, take to the vessel’s top deck, enjoying the sun and the views.

Olympia by air

Fly from your selected UK airport and, upon arrival in mainland Europe, transfer to Olympia

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Olympia by Eurostar

Board the quick and easy Eurostar at either Ebbsfleet, Ashford or St Pancras and journey through the Channel Tunnel, before transferring to Olympia

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Olympia by coach

Join your coach at your local pickup point, cross the channel by ferry and join Olympia

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