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Rhine Christmas Markets 2023

Itinerary

Rhine Cruise
Rhine Cruise

Here we start the contemplative Christmas cruise on the Rhine. But you should also get to know the cathedral city with its many buildings and attractions. The best way is to arrive already relaxed one day before your cruise or simply extend your stay after the cruise.

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You will spend the 2nd day of your Christmas cruise in the center of Rhine Romanticism, which once inspired poets and musicians. For example, Brahms composed his 3rd symphony in Rüdesheim. In cultural terms, the most famous place of the Rheingau has a lot to show, including historic noble courts and fortifications. And of course, on this day of your Christmas cruise on the Rhine, the coffee speciality "Rüdesheimer Kaffee", invented here, should not be missed.

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Trips

€ 25

Just before Christmas, the city of Rüdesheim glitters in matchless splendour. Come with us and stroll along the atmospheric Christmas market to the largest nativity scene in Germany and try the local mulled wine. During the guided tour, you will also experience the marketplace, the Oberstraße, the world-famous Drosselgasse and the Rhine promenade. And if you do not want to return to your A-ROSA cruise ship just yet, you can simply stay in the old town and enjoy the peaceful bustle.

Price:

€ 25

Duration:

approx. 2 h

Transport:

walking

Level:

Moderat

Welcome to the Upper Rhine. Germersheim is only about 20 km from the city of Speyer, which is over 2000 years old. Speyer is Germany’s oldest planned medieval town. Speyer’s most prominent monument is its cathedral. As one of the country’s most important High Romanesque cathedrals, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You are sure to have an enjoyable day in Speyer.

Trips

€ 459.00

The Palatinate is known for its laid-back atmosphere, its Mediterranean-style climate and its wonderful cuisine. If you like fine wine, good food and regional specialities, you’ve come to the right place. And, as if that wasn’t enough, there are also castles, palaces, museums and mining centres to explore. Your private tour guide will be happy to show you all of this: we recommend that you book a people carrier too, so that you can relax as you discover the beauty of the Palatinate.

Price:

€ 459.00

Duration:

approx. 4.5 h

Transport:

only english-speaking guide

Level:

Moderat

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 659.00

Few routes are better known than the Palatinate region’s German Wine Route, which passes through picturesque towns such as Bad Dürkheim, Deidesheim and Neustadt. You’ll find a wealth of treasures of all kinds in this region, which has long been famous for its wine. Thanks to your private people carrier and your driver, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this stunning region in comfort.  You can also book an expert tour guide at the same time if you wish.

Price:

€ 659.00

Duration:

approx. 4.5 h

Transport:

Private people carrier

Level:

Leicht

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 19

Experience 2,000 years of history in Speyer. This was once the centre of the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation. In the historical old town you’ll come across traces of its remarkable past at every turn as you stroll down romantic lanes and cross busy squares. The mighty Speyer Cathedral dominates the city’s skyline. It is the largest Romanesque church today and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of your visit here there’ll be time to have a look around on your own: why not visit the crypt, which was consecrated in 1041 and boasts the largest Romanesque columned hall (admission costs approx. € 4).

Price:

€ 19

Duration:

approx. 2 h

Transport:

Coach and walking

Level:

Moderat

€ 75.00

Heidelberg was already sung about, painted and described by the Romantics. No wonder, given its location on the Neckar and the castle towering over the city! The city's landmark is one of the most famous ruins in Germany. The tour takes you, among other things, through the dreamy inner courtyard and to the famous Great Barrel. Afterwards, you will explore the baroque Old Town with the Old Bridge, the Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit), which was completed in the 16th century, and the "Haus zum Ritter". It is the most beautiful historic town house in the city. After the tour, you can look around individually before returning to Germersheim by coach.

Price:

€ 75.00

Duration:

approx. 4.5 h

Transport:

Coach and walking

Level:

Moderat

€ 29.00

From Germersheim it’s just a short bus ride to Speyer’s historical old town. The bus will stop near the imposing cathedral and the famous Technik Museum Speyer. The pedestrian precinct is just a stone’s throw from here, and you’ll have plenty of time to have a look around on your own.

Information: Only with berth in Germersheim, not from Speyer

Price:

€ 29.00

Duration:

approx. 3.5 h

Transport:

Coach and walking

Level:

Leicht

Today your Rhine river cruise will call at Strasbourg – a centre of European policymaking. With its medieval half-timbered houses and its elegant city palaces, Strasbourg really stands out from the crowd. But the highlight is the cathedral. From its viewing platform, the city’s half-timbered houses appear as small as pieces from a model railway set. Enjoy your day in the French part of the Rhine region!

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Trips

€ 559

Would you like to explore Strasbourg on your own while travelling in comfort? Then book a private people carrier for up to six people. You can also book an expert tour guide at the same time if you wish. Whether you go alone, as a couple or with new friends you’ve made on your cruise, you’ll be able to discover the parts of Strasbourg that you’re most interested in.

Price:

€ 559

Duration:

approx. 4 h

Transport:

Private people carrier

Level:

Leicht

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 399

Discover the best of Strasbourg with your private English-speaking tour guide – whether you opt to explore the European quarter, the former tanners’ quarter Petite France or the cathedral. You’ll decide what you want to do, and your guide will tailor the tour to meet your individual requirements. Walking through Strasbourg is like travelling through time, and you can choose which eras you’d like to experience.

Price:

€ 399

Duration:

approx. 4 h

Transport:

only english-speaking guide

Level:

Moderat

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 899

Discover Strasbourg from the water. On a private boat tour, your captain will welcome you and show you the diversity of the "Capital of Europe". Whether through the picturesque neighbourhood of the old town Petit France, the quarter of the European institutions or the quays of the city centre, you decide the route and your captain will show you the most beautiful corners of Strasbourg.

Price:

€ 899

Duration:

approx. 2.5 h

Transport:

Transfer, E-boat and walking

Level:

Leicht

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 599

Every year, the Royal Palace in Kirrwiller, Alsace, welcomes the greatest vaudevillians from all over the world. First enjoy a delicious dinner before being enraptured by this extraordinary show. Pierre Meyer welcomes you to the revue Tresor Show. Experience the cabaret show in the unique ambience of the theatre hall and let yourself be enchanted by the speed of the synchronised dances.

Price:

€ 599

Duration:

approx. 6 h

Transport:

Transfer and walking

Level:

Leicht

Hint:

Only available on Friday and Saturday. This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 62

Strasbourg should not be missed during the pre-Christmas season, not only because it has France’s oldest Christmas Market. Beginning with a short stroll through the old town, the excursion will take you to the world-famous Strasbourg Minster and past numerous old timber-framed houses. Afterwards you will have enough time to explore the delightful Christmas market on your own.

Price:

€ 62

Duration:

approx. 4.5 h

Transport:

Coach and walking

Level:

Moderat

€ 69

In 1931 the French writer Georges Duhamel described Colmar as the most beautiful city in the world. And there’s no denying that the self-proclaimed capital of Alsatian wine is a real gem. During a walking tour you’ll see architectural masterpieces spanning six centuries. The houses in the picturesque quarters such as Little Venice – the tanners’ district – are particularly attractive. After the tour you’ll have some time to explore on you own.

Price:

€ 69

Duration:

approx. 5 h

Transport:

Coach and walking

Level:

Moderat

Mainz

Arr 06:00 am Dep 12:00 pm

With 2,000 years of city history, Mainz is not only one of the oldest cities in Germany, but also a place where great history comes alive at every turn. Traditions are also fully celebrated at Christmastime! Be sure to visit the historic Christmas market on the Domplatz. The illuminated and decorated Mainz Cathedral will surely enchant you.

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Trips

€ 289.00

Walk along the Rhine into the picturesque old town of Mainz with its half-timbered houses. Visit the outstanding Mainz Cathedral St. Martin, the Gutenberg Museum or the Heunensäule. Mainz has a lot to offer in terms of historical buildings and monuments, which you can discover on a walk with your private English-speaking guide.

Price:

€ 289.00

Duration:

approx. 3 h

Transport:

Private guide

Level:

Moderat

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 559.00

Mainz is famous for Fastnacht, the city's fifth season. The Mainz tradition is reflected in the city, for example in the Fastnachtsmuseum and the Fastnachtsbrunnen. In addition to this tradition, Mainz has a beautiful old town with historical monuments and buildings to offer. Whether it's a visit to a museum or a tour of Mainz's old town, we'll take you comfortably wherever you want to go.

Price:

€ 559.00

Duration:

approx. 3 h

Transport:

Private people carrier

Level:

Leicht

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 499.00

Come with us to the city where book printing was revolutionised in the 15th century! Whether a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, a stroll through the old town or a short shopping tour. Your private driver will take you comfortably from A to B.

Price:

€ 499.00

Duration:

approx. 3 h

Transport:

Private car

Level:

Leicht

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 199

The carnival city of Mainz has a lot to offer. Discover the picturesque old town with its beautiful half-timbered houses, the Rhine promenade or the carnival fountain in a relaxed way with a rickshaw. Without much effort, you will experience the sights of the city and learn interesting facts about Gutenberg, the life and history of Mainz.

Price:

€ 199

Duration:

approx. 2 h

Transport:

Rickshaw and walking

Level:

Leicht

Hint:

No rain protection. This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 45.00

Mainz is not only known for its 1000-year-old history. Culinary delights also play a major role in Mainz. Mainz is surrounded by Germany's largest wine-growing region 'Rheinhessen'. On this tour you will discover the heart of Mainz's old town and have the chance to try regional wines during a wine tasting.

Price:

€ 45.00

Duration:

approx. 2 h

Transport:

walking

Level:

Moderat

Koblenz

Arr 06:30 pm Dep 09:30 pm

Discover Koblenz during your Rhine cruise. Its history dates back over 2,000 years, making it one of Germany’s oldest cities – and one of its most picturesque, with a wealth of sights and cultural attractions. Marvel at Koblenz’s palaces, stately homes, grand townhouses, narrow lanes and romantic corners. And watch as our A-ROSA ship sails close to the famous Deutsches Eck headland.

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Trips

€ 299

Stroll along Koblenz's kilometre-long riverside promenade and discover the city's landmark, the Deutsches Eck with Kaiser Wilhelm I. There you can also see the beautiful confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and not far from the Deutsches Eck, the cable car takes you to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Discover the beautiful corners of Koblenz together with your private English-speaking guide!

Price:

€ 299

Duration:

approx. 3 h

Transport:

walking

Level:

Moderat

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 629

Discover one of the oldest cities in Germany and one of the most many-sided. Your private people carrier will take you comfortably from A to B, whether to the old town or to the cable car to visit Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. A visit to Stolzenfels Castle is also recommended. You decide the programme and we will implement it according to your wishes!

Price:

€ 629

Duration:

approx. 3 h

Transport:

Private people carrier

Level:

Leicht

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 599

Experience the romance of the Rhine in Koblenz in the cosiness of your private car. Whether at the Deutsches Eck, in the old town or at the Electoral Palace. We design the programme according to your wishes. To get even closer to the history and life in Koblenz, we recommend an English-speaking guide. This can be booked on request.

Price:

€ 599

Duration:

approx. 3 h

Transport:

Private car

Level:

Leicht

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 299

On this private culinary excursion, you will walk through the alleys of Koblenz's old town and learn exciting anecdotes about life in the historic city. Learn interesting facts about popular recipes around "Debbekoche", "Dunkes" and "kalde Ent" while strolling past the fascinating and historically well-preserved half-timbered houses. Experience the modern city and its architectural masterpieces and and stop off at various places to sample typical Koblenz specialities and small appetisers.

Price:

€ 299

Duration:

approx. 2 h

Transport:

walking

Level:

Moderat

Hint:

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

€ 19

Let yourself be enchanted by the old town and the magnificent sights on this evening walk through Koblenz. Walk along the Moselle to the Deutsches Eck, where you can marvel at the monumental Kaiser Wilhelm Monument, as well as the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle and the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress opposite. Stroll through the romantic alleys into the old town, past the Schängelbrunnen, a monument to a rascal. Between the Romanesque churches of St. Kastor and the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) you will learn exciting information about the history of Koblenz.

Price:

€ 19

Duration:

approx. 1.5 h

Transport:

walking

Level:

Moderat

Your exciting Rhine cruise ends in Cologne, but your wonderful memories will last forever. Before you start your journey home, use the day to take a further look around North Rhine-Westphalia or explore the city. The magnificent cathedral of Cologne is an absolute must-see. See you soon and Ahoy!

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A-ROSA Premium all inclusive

Enjoy your most beautiful time with maximum comfort and with the all-round carefree package: A-ROSA Premium all inclusive.

Your desired cabin? Voilà! Sauna, fitness area, pool? Always at your service! Top culinary menus? Enjoy your meal! Attractive discounts on all massage and beauty treatments? Of course! Plus all transfers and many other benefits that will always put a smile on your face, while you have nothing to do but think about your next wish.

  • Indulge all day, every day: Comprehensive breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets with live-cooking stations, embarkation refreshment and daily teatime snack
    NEW: The choice between a-la-carte dining and buffet-style dinner as well as special Welcome & Farewell dinners*
  • High-quality drinks throughout the day: including tea, speciality coffees, water, soft drinks, beers, wines as well as a wide selection of sparkling wines, cocktails, and long drinks (also available outside dining hours)
  • NEW: Culinary treats such as midnight snacks and regional delicacies included on many journeys
  • NEW: An included half-day excursion with regional highlights during the day and a special culinary experience onboard in the evening (cruises of 7-nights+)
  • Increased Super Early Booking Discounts for bookings made until 31 Dec 2022 and increased Early Booking Discounts until 28 Feb 2023 and 31 Aug 2023
  • NEW: Room service for all cabin grades
  • Kids up to 15 years of age cruise for free on deck 1**
  • Free change of reservation until 30 days prior to departure
  • NEW: Our Destination Scouts will help you make the most of every city experience with insider tips and recommendations
  • Varied onboard entertainment programme
  • NEW: Performances by regional artists (up to twice a week on cruises 7 nights+)
  • NEW: Special & Event Cruises in the off-peak seasons
  • 15 % discount on wellness and beauty treatments at SPA-ROSA
  • NEW: A-ROSA App & free e-bikes for independent exploration (first come, first served basis)
  • Ship transfers
  • Free WiFi (excluding streaming services)

* A-ROSA SENA: An à la carte dinner will be available at the SENA GRILL for a surcharge. | A-ROSA ALVA: served main course at dinner
** Up to 15 years of age: kids travel for free on deck 1, if accompanied by one full fare paying adult (G-grade cabins 2 adults). Deck 2 and above 30% child discount. For the A-ROSA ALVA (Douro) and A-ROSA SENA (Rhine) other children’s discounts may apply.
*** A-ROSA ALVA: E-bike rental not available.

Book now your trip with the "Premium all inclusive" package until 28 Feb 2023 and you will benefit from our attractive Super Early Booking Discount (limited contingent).

  • Varied gourmet buffets with regional and seasonal specialities
  • Live cooking à la minute
  • No seating or dress code; last but not least, free table times ensure a relaxed atmosphere among the guests
  • A wine list adapted to the region
  • Indoor and outdoor restaurant as well as barbecue buffet on the sun deck of selected ships

Choose exactly the cabin you like. If available, we will book your desired cabin with cabin number.

Dates & Prices

Arrival & Hotel

Outbound & Return flight to/from Cologne, e.g. with Lufthansa, Air France, Swiss

From Munich, Berlin, Vienna or Zurich incl. transfer Airport – Ship – Airport (incl. taxes).

Flights from € 339 per person

By train to Cologne - Rail & Cruise

Train operated by Deutsche Bahn from all German train stations to Cologne.

Train from € 179 per person (without BahnCard 2nd Class)

Arrive on your own - and park safely!

If you plan your arrival individually, we offer you a parking space in a guarded car park for the length of your cruise.

Price from € 78 per car (fenced parking lot)
Price from € 81 per car (roofed parking space

Luxury in the middle of the city center is what the Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Cologne offers you. The panoramic elevator with a view of the cathedral takes you to your chic room, which includes everything you need to work and relax. In addition, an exclusive fitness and wellness area (fee required) with glass-roofed pool and the chic Harry's New-York Bar await you.

Prices include the tax for the promotion and advancement of culture. Not valid during certain exhibitions in Cologne.

Included services

Overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

Double Occupancy 

€ 119 pp

Single Occupancy 

€ 179 pp

Double Occupancy 

€ 129 pp

2 rooms with connecting door for families 

€ 209 pp

The listed Steigenberger Hotel is located in the heart of the Rhine metropolis Cologne, just a few minutes away from historic sights. Within a few minutes you can reach Cologne Cathedral as well as the famous Rhine river promenade and other hotspots of the city.

The 305 modern rooms, some of which even have a view over the city Cologne, are more than just a hotel room. The comfortable furnishings of all rooms include air conditioning, satellite TV, desk, free local calls, safe, minibar as well as a Nespresso coffee machine and a kettle for making tea. The bathrooms are equipped with shower or bathtub.

The Bar Bistro 19NullZwo offers the perfect atmosphere with modern colours and shapes for short breaks with delicious coffee specialities, snacks or a treat for body and soul.

Prices include the tax for the promotion and advancement of culture. Not valid during certain exhibitions in Cologne.

Included services

Overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

Double Occupancy 

€ 109 pp

for the following seasons:

01.03.-02.04.2023
17.04.-17.05.2023
21.05.-25.05.2023
31.05.-07.06.2023
07.08.-01.10.2023
16.10.-29.10.2023
SUN - THU

Double Occupancy 

€ 79 pp

for the following seasons:

01.03.-02.04.2023
17.04.-17.05.2023
21.05.-25.05.2023
31.05.-07.06.2023
07.08.-01.10.2023
16.10.-29.10.2023
FRI - SAT

Double Occupancy 

€ 79 pp

for the following seasons:

03.04.-16.04.2023
18.05.-20.05.2023
26.05.-30.05.2023
08.06.-06.08.2023
02.10.-15.10.2023
30.10.-05.11.2023

Single Occupancy 

€ 179 pp

for the following seasons:

01.03.-02.04.2023
17.04.-17.05.2023
21.05.-25.05.2023
31.05.-07.06.2023
07.08.-01.10.2023
16.10.-29.10.2023
SUN - THU

Single Occupancy 

€ 139 pp

for the following seasons:

01.03.-02.04.2023
17.04.-17.05.2023
21.05.-25.05.2023
31.05.-07.06.2023
07.08.-01.10.2023
16.10.-29.10.2023
FRI - SAT

Single Occupancy 

€ 139 pp

for the following seasons:

03.04.-16.04.2023
18.05.-20.05.2023
26.05.-30.05.2023
08.06.-06.08.2023
02.10.-15.10.2023
30.10.-05.11.2023

The Maritim Hotel Cologne is located directly on the Rhine, only a few steps away from the charming old town, the cathedral and the city centre as well as the central station. The hotel impresses with its extraordinary architecture and has 454 rooms and suites, all of which are equipped with a bathroom/toilet, minibar, safe, radio, TV and a telephone. In the spacious, glass-roofed hotel lobby you will find a variety of boutiques and restaurants.

Prices include the tax for the promotion and advancement of culture. Not valid during certain exhibitions in Cologne.

Included services

Overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

Double Occupancy 

€ 119 pp

Single Occupancy 

€ 179 pp

Double Occupancy 

€ 129 pp

Single Occupancy 

€ 209 pp

Double Occupancy 

€ 159 pp

Single Occupancy 

€ 279 pp

Excelsior Hotel Ernst – Cologne's only member of The Leading Hotels of the World – offers a unique combination of tradition and innovation. The hotel’s prominent location near Cologne Cathedral means that it is easy to get to, while the harmonious colour scheme and classic yet modern furnishings create a timeless atmosphere. All rooms and suites have free Wi-Fi for mobile devices and are equipped with SuitePad, the hotel’s digital concierge service. The Michelin-starred restaurant "taku" welcomes you with deliciously authentic East Asian masterpieces. And in the gourmet restaurant "Hanse Stube" you can experience French cuisine with local influences. Access to the hotel gym, sauna and steam bath, use of your hotel room’s minibar and a shoeshine service are all included in the price. Prices include culture tax. Offer not valid during certain trade fairs in Cologne.

We would be pleased to make you an offer based on daily updated rates.
For further information, please contact servicea-rosade.

Included services

Overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

Ships on this cruise

A-ROSA SILVA

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A-ROSA SILVA