Experience the Southern Rhine

  • 8 Days

  • Western Europe

Fairy-tale landscapes. Living history. The Rhine is the chameleon of the world’s rivers. Sometimes it seems wild; indeed, in the past it was dangerous, particularly at the Lorelei rocks. At other times it appears vast, as when it joins the Moselle in Koblenz. The romantic meadows of Rastatt invite you to picnic after an afternoon of rowing. And at other times human beings have tamed the river and turned it into an ornamental companion for elegant riverside promenades in cities such as Basle. It’s the perfect match for Baroque and Gothic architecture, and it looks amazing in photos. But its true home is between wild cliffs and dense forests, and between knights’ castles and winemaking villages whose vineyards it has made fertile over the course of its history.

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 14th April 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Fairy-tale landscapes. Living history.

The Rhine is the chameleon of the world’s rivers. Sometimes it seems wild; indeed, in the past it was dangerous, particularly at the Lorelei rocks. At other times it appears vast, as when it joins the Moselle in Koblenz. The romantic meadows of Rastatt invite you to picnic after an afternoon of rowing. And at other times human beings have tamed the river and turned it into an ornamental companion for elegant riverside promenades in cities such as Basle. It’s the perfect match for Baroque and Gothic architecture, and it looks amazing in photos. But its true home is between wild cliffs and dense forests, and between knights’ castles and winemaking villages whose vineyards it has made fertile over the course of its history.

At a glance

  • Cologne
  • Mainz
  • Kehl
  • Basel
  • Breisach
  • Koblenz

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

Mainz

The state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate overflows with Rhenish joviality. This successful media centre, which began its career with nothing less than Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, is exceptionally friendly – not just during Määnzer Fassenacht (Mainz carnival), but all year round. Mainz likes to live up to its reputation as a wine city. Located halfway between Lake Constance and the North Sea, Mainz has countless historical buildings. One of these is Mainz Cathedral, which has one of Christianity’s richest church interiors. Among the most important pieces are the altars and the gravestones of certain archbishops. The bright, glowing stained-glass windows of St Stephen’s Church are truly stunning. They were created by none other than Marc Chagall.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Kehl (for Strasbourg)

With its idyllic location in Alsace and its exciting range of cultural amenities, Strasbourg is a tolerant, young and lively city. Close to the German border, it’s an economically important business location and a place that promotes innovation, ideas and creativity. The many small half-timbered houses in the city centre exude characteristic Alsation charm, and they’re the perfect place to try the local tarte flambée and wine. Once you’re done staring in amazement at Europe’s most famous cathedral, you’ll notice that Strasbourg Cathedral demonstrates both German and French cultural influences.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Kehl (for Strasbourg)

Another full day to explore the beautiful city of Strasbourg.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Basel

Basel is located at the point where Switzerland, France and Germany meet. The city has always been a major hub for European trade as well as a centre of cultural life. In a building by Renzo Piano, Fondation Beyeler exhibits a spectacular collection of classic modern works or one of its sensational special exhibitions. If you’d like to go for a swim in the Rhine, you can visit one of the two Badhysli, as the locals affectionately call the bath houses. Or, keep dry and listen to the wonderful tones of a historical organ in one of the city’s eight churches.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Breisach - Koblenz

The picturesque town of Breisach lies on the Rhine Valley and is renowned for housing one of the largest wine cellars in Europe and for its historic cathedral, later in the afternoon arrive in Koblenz.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Koblenz

The ancient city of Koblenz is the gateway to the terraced vineyards and ruined castles of the Rhine Gorge. Perhaps take the cable car that connects to the hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

UK - Cologne

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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