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Classic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

8 days from £1609*
Departing: 27 Apr 2019
* Price shown: 27 Apr 2019 from London Stansted - STN

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Discover the delights of the Upper Rhine, and enjoy the easy-going atmosphere and relaxed style on offer aboard an A-ROSA river cruise vessel, as you sail through Germany, France and Switzerland.

The Premium All-Inclusive cruise aboard each A-ROSA ship guarantees enjoyment and relaxation. Excellent buffet-style dining, cocktails in the lounge bar, fine-weather barbecues on the top deck, an on-board SPA-ROSA and much, much more will keep you entertained as you cruise the southern stretch of the Rhine, from Cologne and gently back again.

Your first stop is the classic Rhineland city of Mainz. Further south, spend an afternoon and the following morning in beautiful Strasbourg, before cruising through the night to Basel, in Switzerland. After a day in this picturesque city you'll turn north and head back downriver to pretty Breisach. After a morning here you'll continue your journey, in afternoon sunshine, to round off your holiday with a beautiful daytime cruise through the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge and a final visit to Koblenz.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Cruise upstream to Mainz and enjoy a walking tour of the ancient city
  • An overnight stay close to Strasbourg
  • Enjoy a day in elegant Basel
  • A call in Breisach on the edge of the Black Forest
  • A daytime cruise through the Rhine Gorge
  • A walking tour and gondola ride in historic Koblenz
  • Embark your A-ROSA ship in Cologne
  • Seven nights' Premium All-Inclusive cruise accommodation
  • Buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board
  • A large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks all day long
  • On-board activities and entertainment
  • Return flights from the UK to Germany
  • Included coach transfers from the airport to the ship

Deck plans

Take a look at the layout of the ship for this cruise.

Your Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Cologne and transfer to the Rhine where your A-ROSA ship waits, ready for you to embark. In the early evening you'll slip away from Cologne as your Rhine river cruise begins.

Day Two

Shortly after breakfast you'll arrive in the picturesque Rhineland city of Mainz. Famous for being the birthplace of the printing press, on which 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 before your A-ROSA river cruiser sails on in the evening.

Day Three

After a scenic morning cruise down the Rhine, you'll arrive in Strasbourg in the early afternoon to spend the day and night. Immerse yourself in the Franco-German culture, gaze upon the medieval architecture, stroll the famous Petite France quarter, visit the large sandstone Gothic Cathedral and then perhaps wind down 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.

Day Four

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

Day Five

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 many-times-rebuilt red sandstone Gothic Munster and modern buildings designed by the architects responsible for the Tate Modern, are 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.

Day Six

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.

Day Seven

Enjoy 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 castles, before heading through the 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 cable-car ride across the river will give you a final chance to experience life on the Rhine up close.

Day Eight

You'll wake this morning back in Cologne, as your unforgettable cruise on the Rhine ends. Disembark, and transfer back to the airport to catch your flight home.

Departure Airport Date Price From
BHX
BHX 27 April 2019 £1699
BHX
BHX 28 June 2019 £1909
BHX
BHX 12 July 2019 £1929
BHX
BHX 02 August 2019 £1979
BHX
BHX 23 August 2019 £1979
BHX
BHX 15 September 2019 £1919
BHX
BHX 22 September 2019 £1729
BRS
BRS 28 June 2019 £1969
BRS
BRS 12 July 2019 £1969
BRS
BRS 02 August 2019 £2019
BRS
BRS 23 August 2019 £2019
BRS
BRS 15 September 2019 £1879
BRS
BRS 22 September 2019 £1679
EBF
EBF 27 April 2019 £1649
EBF
EBF 28 June 2019 £1839
EBF
EBF 12 July 2019 £1849
EBF
EBF 02 August 2019 £1869
EBF
EBF 23 August 2019 £1869
EBF
EBF 15 September 2019 £1839
EBF
EBF 22 September 2019 £1639
EDI
EDI 27 April 2019 £1649
EDI
EDI 15 September 2019 £1879
EDI
EDI 22 September 2019 £1679
LHR
LHR 27 April 2019 £1699
LHR
LHR 28 June 2019 £1879
LHR
LHR 12 July 2019 £1899
LHR
LHR 02 August 2019 £1949
LHR
LHR 23 August 2019 £1949
LHR
LHR 15 September 2019 £1919
LHR
LHR 22 September 2019 £1729
MAN
MAN 27 April 2019 £1699
MAN
MAN 28 June 2019 £1909
MAN
MAN 12 July 2019 £1929
MAN
MAN 02 August 2019 £1979
MAN
MAN 23 August 2019 £1979
MAN
MAN 15 September 2019 £1919
MAN
MAN 22 September 2019 £1729
SEN
SEN 28 June 2019 £1839
SEN
SEN 12 July 2019 £1859
SEN
SEN 02 August 2019 £1909
SEN
SEN 23 August 2019 £1909
SEN
SEN 15 September 2019 £1839
SEN
SEN 22 September 2019 £1639
SPX
SPX 27 April 2019 £1649
SPX
SPX 28 June 2019 £1839
SPX
SPX 12 July 2019 £1849
SPX
SPX 02 August 2019 £1869
SPX
SPX 23 August 2019 £1869
SPX
SPX 15 September 2019 £1839
SPX
SPX 22 September 2019 £1639
STN
STN 27 April 2019 £1609
STN
STN 28 June 2019 £1839
STN
STN 12 July 2019 £1859
STN
STN 02 August 2019 £1909
STN
STN 23 August 2019 £1909
STN
STN 15 September 2019 £1839
STN
STN 22 September 2019 £1639

Your A-ROSA ship

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.

Further Information

Special requirements

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

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.

Dress code

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

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.

Luggage

Where possible, we recommend non-rigid suitcases as these are easier to store within your cabin.

Pool

A heated pool can be found on the sun deck of the following ships: A-ROSA DONNA, FLORA, SILVA and STELLA.

Whirlpool

A heated Whirlpool can be found on the following ships: A-ROSA AQUA, and VIVA.

Cabin facilities

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.

Air-conditioning

All A-ROSA vessels are air-conditioned throughout, with individual climate control in each cabin.

Drinking water

The water on board is potable and bottled water is provided in your cabin.

Itinerary changes

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.