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.
Today A-ROSA AQUA arrives in Kehl, and you'll have the chance to join a day-trip to Strasbourg. Discover the canals, covered bridges, cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings of Petite France, and pay a visit to "Europe's oldest Christmas market", which fills the shadow of the city's magnificent cathedral with festive bustle until the end of December each year.
At the end of a fascinating, relaxing day, A-ROSA AQUA will slip away from Kehl and head back downriver towards Mainz.
After a night spent cruising swiftly but smoothly south, A-ROSA AQUA will arrive in Rudesheim. Climb the hill to take in the views from beside little Bossenburg Castle down to its waterside neighbour the Bromserburg, follow the hiking paths out of town to where the ruins of Burg Ehrenfels guard the bend of the river, or wander the Drosselgasse from wine tavern to wine tavern in search of the perfect glass of local Riesling or Pinot Noir.
After another night cruising upstream and the Main, A-ROSA AQUA will arrive in Frankfurt. Head ashore for a stroll through Frankfurt's historic old town and the delightful lanes of Sachsenhausen - where you'll find countless cafes and bars serving traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider - and to see the towering facade of Frankfurt's cathedral, the Kaiserdom, then return to A-ROSA to begin your New Year festivities and take full advantage of the special festive food and entertainment on offer this evening.
The capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate, once the site of a Roman border fort, and the city where Johannes Gutenburg set up his first printing press in the 1450s, Mainz is a welcoming hybrid of pretty streets, historic buildings and thriving modern culture.
Spend the first day of 2020 cruising gently back down the meanders of the Main, and past the castle-capped hills and quiet vineyards of the of the Middle Rhine, on her way to 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.
Disembark in Cologne as your cruise comes to an end and you begin your journey home.