Rhine Christmas Markets South

  • 5 Days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

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.

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Highlights

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

of 5 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 07th December 2018

Meals included: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

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.

At a glance

  • Cologne
  • Worms
  • Mannheim
  • Kehl for Strasbourg

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

Mannheim

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

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

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 5

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 BRAVA

Sailing along the Rhine, A-Rosa Brava can accommodate up to 202 guests in her 99 outside cabins. Cabin amenities include all the necessary amenities, including twin beds or a double bed, a Juliette Balcony or windows, and bathroom. The ship also includes a restaurant, open bar, spa, and sun deck, offering guests the chance to relax and enjoy local cuisine, whilst admiring the beautiful scenery.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Premium
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 54
  • Number of cabins: 99
  • Number of large cabins: 4
  • Capacity: 202 passengers
  • Main language on board: de+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Gross tonnage: 3524
  • Length (m): 135
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 12
  • Launch year: 2011
Available cabins on this cruise
Outside Cabin with Juliette Balcony (Categories D & C)

These Outside Cabins with Juliette Balconies are located on Deck 2 and 3. They 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 Bed Outside Cabin (Category A)

These Twin Bed 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, 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, A-Rosa Brava can accommodate up to 202 guests in her 99 outside cabins.

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