Make your own way from the UK to Cologne where your cruise begins. Head to the riverside to board your A-ROSA river cruiser, and then spend the rest of your day getting to know the boat and settling into life on board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Disembark in Cologne as your cruise comes to an end and you begin your journey home.