Cologne And The Classic Rhine Cruise To Switzerland
- Duration: 11 days
- Board Basis: All Inclusive
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99446
- Travel Type: Air
10 nights. May 2021 - June 2021. From £2059.00.
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Combine a wonderful visit to the historic German city of Cologne with a delightful cruise on the Rhine. Founded in 33BC by the Romans, Cologne is a fascinating city with a rich history, easily explorable on foot. The city’s Altstadt (old town) is a colourful collection of tall, timber-framed buildings spread out beneath the great spires of the city’s iconic twin-towered Gothic cathedral. Spend some time exploring, perhaps pausing to enjoy a glass of the famous local beer, Kölsch. After three days in Cologne, join your sleek A-ROSA ship at the quay and sail south on the mighty Rhine, mooring overnight at Mainz, hometown of Johannes Gutenburg, father of the printing press. The next day, continue to pretty Alsace capital Strasbourg, where you will moor overnight, before heading on to the elegant Swiss city of Basel. Return downstream, calling at Black Forest gateway Breisach, before an unforgettable cruise through the breathtaking UNESCO-protected Rhine Gorge. Spend your last evening ashore at historic Koblenz, before tying up at Cologne the following morning.
What's IncludedThree nights' accommodation at the Pullman Cologne Hotel, in historic Cologne
Seven nights' Premium 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 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 an International Host and an experienced English-speaking crew
All port taxes and surcharges
Holiday HighlightsEmbark your A-ROSA AQUA or A-ROSA FLORA ship in Cologne
Six visits and tours
Cruise south to Mainz, to enjoy a walking of the ancient city
An overnight stay close to Alsace capital, Strasbourg
Enjoy a day in elegant Swiss Basel
A call at Black Forest gateway Breisach
A daytime cruise through the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge
Walking tour and gondola ride in historic Koblenz
Seven nights’ Premium Inclusive cruise aboard A-ROSA AQUA or A-ROSA FLORA, in your chosen cabin, on a full-board basis, with on-board entertainment and activities
FREE unlimited Premium Inclusive drinks package including water, soft drinks, speciality tea, and coffees, beer, wine and cocktails throughout the day and evening
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Days 1 to 3Travel to Cologne. Check-in at your hotel, ready for a few days at leisure, exploring the city by your own arrangement. Familiarise yourself with your new surroundings or perhaps find a café and enjoy a glass of the local beer, Kölsch. Spend some time exploring the city of Cologne under your own steam, with its 2,000 plus years of fascinating history, famous twin-spired Gothic cathedral and lovingly restored Altstadt (old town). The historic Altermarkt square is the perfect spot for a bit of people watching.
Day 4This morning you’ll board your sleek A-ROSA vessel at Cologne’s quay and sail south to the picturesque Rhineland city of Mainz. Famous for being the birthplace of the printing press, where 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 the city, before your ship sails on in the evening.
Day 5After a scenic morning cruise down the Rhine, you'll arrive at Strasbourg in the early afternoon, where you’ll spend the day and night. Immerse yourself in the Franco-German culture, take in the medieval architecture, stroll the famous Petite France quarter, and visit the impressive large sandstone Gothic cathedral. End 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 6Spend another morning in Strasbourg, then say farewell to this lovely city in the early afternoon as you begin meandering further along the Rhine and on towards Switzerland.
Day 7In 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 red sandstone Gothic Munster is 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 8Early 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 9Pass by 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 medieval castles, before heading through the UNESCO-listed 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 gondola ride across the river will give you a final chance to experience life on the Rhine up close.
Day 10You'll wake this morning back in Cologne, as your unforgettable cruise ends. Disembark, and begin your journey home after a wonderful few days on the Rhine. 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.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit 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.
Terms and conditionsThe 10% Sale applies to new bookings only on air-inclusive tours (also includes 'make your own way' and holidays by Eurostar) booked from today's date to 31st July 2020 inclusive. 10% Sale does not apply to holidays with late availability pricing and Wimbledon breaks. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount which will be applied to your booking once the promo code 10SALE has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The discount applies to your final holiday price (excluding holiday insurance) at the time of booking. 10% Sale offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. For full terms and conditions, visit newmarketholidays.co.uk/offer-terms. Back to top