Classic Rhine Cruise To Switzerland
- Duration: 8 days
- Board Basis: All Inclusive
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20898
- Travel Type: Air
7 nights. April 2024 - June 2024. From £1649.00.
The delights of the Upper Rhine
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 Inclusive cruise aboard each A-ROSA ship guarantees enjoyment and relaxation. Gourmet buffet dining with live cooking stations, cocktails in the lounge bar, fine-weather barbecues on the top deck, an on-board spa 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 quaint town of Rudesheim, famous for its winemaking. We then spend a day in Germersheim with the chance to explore Speyer, one of the most historical cities in Germany, with its magnificent cathedral. We continue downriver to pretty Breisach and onto Basel, in Switzerland. After a day in this picturesque city you'll turn north and head back downriver to Strasbourg where you will enjoy an included excursion. Round off your holiday visiting Mainz, a beautiful daytime cruise through the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge and a final visit to Koblenz where you will enjoy a walking tour and speciality farewell dinner.
What's IncludedSeven nights' Premium All-Inclusive cruise accommodation
Return travel from the UK to Cologne (unless you select our Tour Only option)
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
A FREE unlimited Premium All-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 a Cruise Director and experienced English-speaking crew
All port taxes and surcharges
Holiday HighlightsNine ports of call
Special culinary evening in Koblenz
Cruise upstream to Mainz and enjoy a walking tour
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
Koblenz city tour
Embark your A-ROSA ship in Cologne
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly from the UK to Cologne and transfer to your A-ROSA ship. Rest of the day free to explore Cologne, where you'll find a good selection of museums, excellent botanical gardens and the famous cathedral which dominates the skyline.
Day 2After a morning sailing on the scenic Upper Middle Rhine we arrive at the town of Rüdesheim (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), for centuries renowned the world over for its outstanding wines. Make sure you take a walk through the charming little streets of the old town where you will find Drosselgasse, an alleyway with half-timbered facades, which is known as ‘The World’s Longest Wine Bar’. Enjoy an included guided tour of Rudesheim.
Day 3Today, we sail through the historical heart of Europe, enjoying some of the most picture-perfect sights you'll see on your Rhine river cruise with terraced vineyards, expansive forests and high peaks. Spend the day in the relaxed riverside town of Germersheim or opt to travel to nearby Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities and once centre of the Holy Roman Empire. You can see traces of this past in the delightful old town, with its romantic lanes leading to the imposing Cathedral, a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site.
Day 4Make sure you have your cameras to hand as perched on a steep cliff above the Rhine, admire picturesque Breisach with its pastel-hued buildings set in beautiful rolling vineyards. Where the Black Forest spills into the Alsace region, this German town shares a lot with its French neighbours - its love of good food and good wine among them. Take an optional guided walking tour including a visit to a local champagne cellar including tastings.
Day 5Uniquely positioned where France, Germany and Switzerland meet, Basel retains a strong and proud identity, with a thriving arts scene and bilingual culture. Spend the day exploring its pretty old town, the awe-inspiring cathedral and dipping in and out of the excellent museums. Optional excursions enable you to explore more of Switzerland.
Day 6The capital of the Grand Est region, formerly known as Alsace, Strasbourg sits on the border (the river itself being the border) with Germany. Included excursion exploring the old town with quaint colourful houses and twisting cobbled alleys, the canals of Petit France, magnificent Strasbourg Cathedral - for 227 years, this imposing sandstone structure was the tallest building in the world and at its summit, the views stretch as far as the Black Forest, some 30km away.
Day 7Today we visit Mainz in the Rhineland's wine growing region, famed for its Riesling wines. Wander the cobbled streets of the old town, and lose yourself among half-timbered buildings housing colourful bars and traditional shops. Visit the impressive 1,000-year-old Mainzer Dome, a masterpiece of Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque styles and the impressive Gutenburg Museum, celebrating Johanes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. We continue sailing through the scenic Lorelei Valley, one of the highlights of your cruise. Take your place on the sun deck and admire the views of steeply-terraced vineyards plunging down towards the river, picture-perfect villages, fairy tale castles perched on hilltops, rugged cliffs and lush green forests. Your cruise director will bring to life the legends that make this part of Germany so fascinating - a glass of included sparkling wine in hand. Arrive in Koblenz at 1830 (depart 2130) for our final evening. Located at the confluence of the mighty Rhine and the Moselle rivers, Koblenz is easy to explore independently. We recommend the Baroque town hall, the old town and a cable car ride with wonderful views over the Rhine. Enjoy an included walking tour of Koblenz, followed by a speciality dinner on board.
Day 8You'll wake this morning back in Cologne, as your unforgettable cruise on the Rhine ends. Disembark, and begin your journey home. Back to top
Special requirementsIf 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 excursionsOptional excursions are available on all cruises. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled.
TippingTipping 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 assistanceAll ships have stairs, are not equipped with lifts, and may not be suitable for passengers with restricted mobility. Wheelchairs cannot be used on board.
Dress codeThe 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-FiWi-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.
LuggageWhere possible, we recommend non-rigid suitcases as these are easier to store within your cabin.
PoolA heated pool can be found on the sun deck of the following ships: A-ROSA DONNA, FLORA, SILVA and STELLA.
WhirlpoolA heated Whirlpool can be found on the following ships: A-ROSA AQUA, and VIVA.
Cabin facilitiesIn 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-conditioningAll A-ROSA vessels are air-conditioned throughout, with individual climate control in each cabin.
Drinking waterThe water on board is potable and bottled water is provided in your cabin.
Itinerary changesOn rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
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