Experience the Northern Rhine

  • 8 Days

  • Northern Europe

A European experience of subtle and seductive charm: survey Cologne’s skyline from the top of its immense cathedral; cycle Amsterdam’s famous canals; and see priceless works of art by Van Gogh at the Kröller-Müller art museum.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Accommodation
Selected meals
All inclusive drinks
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 7th October 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

A European experience of subtle and seductive charm: survey Cologne’s skyline from the top of its immense cathedral; cycle Amsterdam’s famous canals; and see priceless works of art by Van Gogh at the Kröller-Müller art museum.

At a glance

  • Cologne Climb the 533 steps of the cathedral for superb views of the city and the Rhine.
  • Amsterdam Cycle alongside the canals for the perfect way to see this pleasant city.
  • Rotterdam A colourful port city renowned for innovative architecture and for having Europe's biggest harbour.
  • Ghent Home to more than 10,000 culturally and historically significant buildings.
  • Antwerp Discover the history of the city’s wealth at the Diamond Museum.
  • Nijmegen See priceless works of art by Van Gogh and Picasso at the Kröller-Müller art museum.

Day 1

UK - Cologne

Travel to Cologne and transfer to your A-ROSA ship for embarkation. There are many things to see in Cologne, and they are all overshadowed by the cathedral. Measuring 144.5 m long and 157.38 m high, this is the third-highest church building in the world. The view over Cologne, the Rhine and the surrounding areas makes climbing the south tower's 533 steps well worth the effort! The basilica of Great St Martin Church is another fantastic sight. The brightly coloured houses of Cologne's fish market seem to glow in front of it. Located a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, you can soak up the atmosphere of the old town here. During carnival season, locals sing "Das Herz der Welt, das schlägt am Rhein" ("the pulse of the world beats at the Rhine") - and when you get to know the people of Cologne, you'll have to agree with this sentiment. It's easy to get talking to people, and you'll soon find yourself drinking a Kölsch (the local beer) with the friendly, down-to-earth locals.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Hoorn

The picturesque town of Hoorn lies on the banks of Lake Ijsselmeer and is bustling town close to Amsterdam. Admire the sweeping scenery and traditional harbour.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Amsterdam

The signature sound of Amsterdam is the cheery ringing of bicycle bells. This popular means of transport is the most flexible way of exploring all the exciting nooks of this city. Cycling alongside the historical canals enables you both to see the wonderful old merchants’ houses and to reach attractions such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum in a jiffy. Or indeed any other museum; Amsterdam has the highest density of museums in Europe. It also has many small boutiques where you can find unusual things that you won’t find anywhere else. And how about a stroll through the Nine Streets district? The Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam’s most important historical sights. The Vondelpark is an oasis for relaxation. If you’re looking for something a little more lively, visit the exceptionally multicultural Jordaan quarter, which is packed with coffee shops, little boutiques and house boats.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Rotterdam

Rotterdam is many things: a colourful international port city with Europe’s biggest sea harbour; a city for shopping and going out in; and a creative, artistic city. And, as you’ll notice as soon as you arrive, it is a Dutch pioneer of contemporary architecture. The skyline is always changing, with futuristic new buildings constantly emerging and proudly growing skywards.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Ghent

Anyone who likes going out at night will have a lot of fun in Ghent’s quirky little bars. Belgium’s biggest student city is also known as the “Medieval Manhattan”. Back in the Middle Ages, Ghent was the second-biggest city north of the Alps (after Paris). So it’s not surprising that the city has more than 10,000 culturally and historically significant buildings. Incidentally, St. Michael’s Bridge is the city’s selfie hotspot. It’s the perfect location to make sure that your picture has beautiful historical gabled houses in the background.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Antwerp

This port city in Flanders is a modern metropolis with both historical and futuristic buildings. Antwerp’s fashion designers have long been a fixture on the international fashion scene, and designer shops, museums and galleries line the streets in the south side of the city (Het Zuid). A diamond museum reveals where the city’s wealth come from. With four diamond bourses and around 1,800 diamond companies, Antwerp continues to be the largest trading place for diamonds in the world.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Nijmegen

With a past stretching back to Roman times, Nijmegen is the Netherlands' oldest town and offers narrow streets and gabled mansions set around a charming main square. Today, explore at leisure or perhaps visit the Kröller-Müller art museum. Set in the beautiful Hoge Veluwe National Park, this superb gallery hosts a stellar collection of 19th and 20th century works by Van Gogh, Seurat and Picasso.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Cologne - UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return to the UK, or extend your stay in Cologne.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

A-ROSA FLORA

Sailing along the Rhine, Main and Moselle, A-ROSA FLORA can accommodate up to 186 guests in her 83 outside cabins, 4 junior suites, and 2 balcony suites. Guests will be able to enjoy the passing scenery in any of the ship's facilities, including a beautiful restaurant, sun deck, spa, and open bar. Guests will be able to lounge around the pool on the sun deck, or enjoy a Mediterranean meal in the restaurant.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Premium
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 50
  • Number of cabins: 89
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 4
  • Capacity: 186 passengers
  • Main language on board: de+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Gross tonnage: 3500
  • Length (m): 135
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 12
  • Launch year: 2013
Available cabins on this cruise
Balcony Suite (Category F)

The Balcony Suites are outside cabins complete with an outdoor balcony as well as a Juliette Balcony. All include private facilities with showers, European queen-sized bed, individual temperature control, generous storage space, complimentary use of robes, slippers and WiFi, bottled water, and hairdryers. 220 voltage is onboard and converters/adaptors are recommended. 

Details

  • 312 Square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Junior Suite (Category E)

The Junior Suites are outside cabins complete with a Juliette Balcony. All include private facilities with showers, European queen-sized bed, individual temperature control, generous storage space, complimentary use of robes, slippers and WiFi, bottled water, and hairdryers. 220 voltage is onboard and converters/adaptors are recommended. 

Details

  • 226 Square feet 
  • Sleeps 2

Outside Cabins with Juliette Balcony (Categories C & D)

These Outside Cabins with Juliette Balcony all include private facilities with showers, European queen-sized bed, individual temperature control, generous storage space, complimentary use of robes, slippers and WiFi, bottled water, and hairdryers. 220 voltage is onboard and converters/adaptors are recommended. 

Details

  • 156 Square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Twin Beds Outside Cabins

These Twin Beds Outside Cabins all include private facilities with showers, European queen-sized bed, individual temperature control, generous storage space, complimentary use of robes, slippers and WiFi, bottled water, and hairdryers. 220 voltage is onboard and converters/adaptors are recommended.

Details

  • 156 Square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Outside Cabin with Extra Bed

These cabins are Twin Bed Outside Cabins with an extra single bed. All include private facilities with showers, European queen-sized bed, individual temperature control, generous storage space, complimentary use of robes, slippers and WiFi, bottled water, and hairdryers. 220 voltage is onboard and converters/adaptors are recommended.

Details

  • 156 Square feet
  • Sleeps 2-3

Life onboard

Sailing along the Rhine, Main and Moselle, A-ROSA FLORA can accommodate up to 186 guests in her 83 outside cabins, 4 junior suites, and 2 balcony suites.

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