Christmas on the Southern Rhine 2022 A-ROSA River Cruise
As your A-ROSA river cruiser carries you away from Cologne overnight, you'll have time to unwind and enjoy all the benefits of your Premium Inclusive package. Whether that means cocktails and conversation at the bar, a leisurely meal from the gourmet buffet or treating yourself to a little extra luxury and a pre-booked private meal in the elegant dining room, your time will be yours to fill as you please.
After a morning cruising south on the Rhine, you’ll spend an afternoon and evening exploring lively Mainz, before calling at historic Speyer, Germany’s oldest planned medieval town, the following day. Continuing your journey south, you’ll stop at Alsace capital Strasbourg, home to Europe’s oldest Christmas market. Make a final stop at picturesque Koblenz, which sits on the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine, as you head back to Cologne.
Travel to Cologne, where you’ll board your sleek A-ROSA vessel at the quayside. Depending on the time of your flight, you’ll have time to explore 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), before your ship departs in the late afternoon. The historic Altermarkt square, with its festive market, is the perfect spot for a bit of people watching. When the time comes, board your ship, dine when you wish at the gourmet buffet, maybe enjoying a nightcap before turning in.
After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll arrive in the picturesque Rhineland city of Mainz around midday. Step ashore to discover this historic city on an included tour, which is capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate and the hometown of Johannes Gutenburg, the father of the printing press. Mainz is over 2,000 years old and home to a six-towered cathedral, Gutenberg Museum and a delightful Altstadt of half-timbered houses, which looks all the more impressive dressed in festive finery and with the historic market square transformed into a beautiful Christmas market. Later, dine on board, or spend a couple of enjoyable hours ashore in the city’s colourful Altstadt before you sail on in the late evening.
By morning you will arrive in Germersheim. Here you will board coaches for the short transfer to ancient, riverside Speyer, once one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire, and which is still today dominated by the vast, 1000-year-old UNESCO-listed Romanesque cathedral, burial place of German kings and emperors. Speyer is actually Germany’s oldest planned medieval town and a delight to explore during the festive season. You’ll transfer back to the boat in the early evening, to enjoy a relaxing evening on board.
This morning you’ll moor up at Alsace capital Strasbourg. Head into the heart of the city; perhaps discover and explore the ancient Petite France quarter, a maze of narrow streets of medieval buildings, criss-crossed by canals. Strasbourg is especially popular at this time of year thanks to its famous Christmas market, which is the oldest in Europe, started in 1570. Enjoy a day spent exploring this charming city of half-timbered houses, before transferring back to your ship in the evening.
After lunch, you’ll tie up in Koblenz, which sits spectacularly at the meeting point of the Rhine and Moselle. A strategic stronghold for over 2,000 years, Koblenz is dominated by the imposing mass of the mighty Ehrenbreitstein fortress on the far bank. Step ashore to spend a wonderful evening exploring the riverside promenade to Deutsches Eck, where the rivers converge, or take a seat in a café or weinstube.
Your A-ROSA experience ends this morning, as you arrive back in Cologne early, disembark and begin your journey home.
|Date||Fares from (pp)|
|22 December 2022||£1,465|
- 5 nights' Premium Inclusive cruise accommodation
- Return travel from the UK
- Included coach transfers to the ship
- Free Wi-Fi on board
- On-board activities and entertainment
- Gourmet buffet dining with live cooking stations
- Flexible mealtimes
- 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 a Cruise Director and experienced English-speaking crew
- All port taxes and surcharges
- Spend free time in historic Speyer and Alsace capital Strasbourg – home to Europe’s oldest Christmas market
- Calls at medieval Mainz and pretty Koblenz
- The chance to enjoy special festive meals and entertainment on board