Picturesque Alsace and the Rhine A-ROSA River Cruise

Discover the charms of the Rhine, as you cruise through Germany, France and Switzerland; along with the natural beauty of Alsace. The region of Alsace has changed possession between Germany and France a number of times over the past few centuries. This is reflected in the culture of the region, which is a unique blend of the two.

Strasbourg typifies this blend and the surrounding countryside is home to a number of ‘Route des Vins’ which dot the area with carefully nurtured vineyards and picture-postcard villages.

You will be staying on the A-ROSA Aqua ship with a number of fantastic amenities including, a sun deck, restaurant, lounge bar and dance floor and a whirlpool and outdoor spa area.

8 Days by air

8 Days by rail

10 Days by coach

Shearings 2020 River Cruises
Cologne

Itinerary

This is the itinerary by air, the 10 day no flying itinerary by coach departs a day sooner from the UK and includes overnight stops in Belgium & France outbound & France on the return journey (HB). Please call our team for full details!

You fly from a UK airport to Cologne or Dusseldorf. Cologne is known for its incredible Gothic architecture, the most impressive sights being the immense cathedral and the huge number of fantastic churches that dot the city. Included is a coach transfer from the airport at either Cologne or Dusseldorf to the port. There you will embark onto the A-ROSA AQUA before sailing overnight to Mainz.

Included: Dinner

Arriving in Mainz in the late morning you’ll have plenty of time to explore this quaint town. The old town area takes you back to a time when the city was an important part of the Holy Roman Empire. The area has a number of half-timbered medieval houses, a beautiful Baroque church and of course Mainz’s world famous cathedral. Join an optional tour of this historic city, famous as birthplace of the printing press and home to the Gutenberg Museum. You’ll depart from Mainz in the evening to sail overnight onto Kehl.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will arrive in Kehl in the morning, from where you will be able to take a transfer into the city of Strasbourg, located just over the river. Picturesque 'Petite France' has a fairy-tale quality; with timbered buildings adorned with colourful flowers. The stunning pink sandstone of Strasbourg Cathedral is quite unique and the intricate interior carvings are captivating. Located between two rivers the traditional way to get around Strasbourg was along the many waterways that link them, take an optional guided tour of Strasbourg by boat cruise to see these beautiful waterways up close. You will be mooring in Kehl overnight, giving you the opportunity to see the city and its waterways by night when they look even more magical! Use the evening to sample one of the many local beers and wines in a bar overlooking the beautiful city.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you enjoy an included excursion along the ‘Route des Vins’ to Riquewihr, a romantic medieval village which looks today exactly as it did in the 16th century. You enjoy a tour of a local vineyard with an included wine tasting. After lunch you leave Kehl and continue your cruise sailing overnight to Basel. During the afternoon you’ll have ample opportunity to take in the amazing countryside of the Alsace as you cruise past pretty towns and villages, magnificent green landscapes and grand historic chateaus.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast you arrive in Basel. You enjoy an included excursion to beautiful Lucerne with its medieval frescoed buildings, charming narrow streets, decorative fountains and numerous pavement cafes. Explore the city's many attractions, such as the beautiful Chapel Bridge, the octagonal Water Tower and Lucerne's Old Town. Or if you want to stay in Basel you can find a myriad of things to do including exploring the city’s medieval centre, its Romanesque cathedral and its renaissance town hall. During early evening you depart Basel and sail along the Rhine to Breisach.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You arrive in Breisach early morning. Spend time at leisure and stroll around the town to glimpse views of Hagenbach Tower, the beautiful cathedral and the whimsical Jugglers’ Fountain. Or join our optional excursion to Freiburg. Known as the ‘jewel of the Black Forest, the city is famous for its wine, its cathedral and the small canals that line the streets of the old town. You depart from Breisach after lunch and our cruise continues overnight towards Koblenz.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruising along the Rhine this afternoon you arrive at Koblenz, set at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, overlooked by the majestic Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Take a walk through the town and admire its cultural buildings, monuments and charming alleyways. Join in on an optional guided tour of the city to learn more of the history of this strategically important region and take a trip to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for a fantastic view of the city. You depart in the late evening so enjoy a stroll along the river, visit the stunning gothic cathedral or simply relax and try the local beer, ‘Kolsch’. You depart Koblenz and head back along the river to your final port of call at Cologne.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You arrive in Cologne in the early morning, where you’ll disembark from the ship and transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Included: Breakfast