Rhine Christmas Markets South


  • Europe

Cruise : RCMS

Overview

Your Christmas preparations: Pure relaxation.

There’s only one remedy for the stressful lead-up to Christmas: to head for the river. The Rhine has seen so many Christmases that nothing can disrupt its tranquillity. At its own leisurely pace, it will carry you past castles, palaces and abbeys to old cities that have spruced themselves up for the Christmas season. Take your time as you browse for presents and get yourself in the Christmas mood with baked apples, punch and seasonal brass music. And there’s one more Christmas miracle to amaze you: Strasbourg Cathedral. Christmas-themed delicacies await you on board in the evenings, providing you with inspiration for your own Christmas dinner back home.

Highlights

  • Cologne
  • Worms
  • Mannheim
  • Kehl for Strasbourg
Rhine Christmas Markets South 2017

Cruise itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

UK - Cologne

Day
1

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:

  • Dinner

Mannheim

Day
2

Mannheim is the gateway historic Heidelberg, overlooking the Neckar, this impressive town crouches under a huge, red sandstone castle and boasts a charming old town and marketplace.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kehl (for Strasbourg)

Day
3

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

Mainz

Day
4

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

Cologne - UK

Day
5

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

What's included

Cruise only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks

Cruise with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

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

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