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Rhine Enchanting Christmas 2024 - BASIC

Weihnachtsmarkt mit A-ROSA
Weihnachten in Strassburg mit A-ROSA
Weihnachten mit A-ROSA genießen

Highlights of the Rhine River Cruise

To enjoy a relaxed Christmas on the Rhine is no fairy tale.

From Cologne to Rüdesheim, Germersheim (Speyer), Strasbourg (Kehl), Mainz and Koblenz to Cologne.

Il est né le divin enfant: “He is born, the Heav'nly Child,” intones the choir in the mighty nave of Strasbourg Cathedral. The Gothic arches seem to lead up into heaven to produce a scene that never fails raise the goosebumps. Christmas Mass in this world-famous Cathedral is an unforgettable experience. The medieval lanes of Mainz and Koblenz are somewhat quieter and more down-to-earth. Timbered houses, fairy lights and the aroma of baked apples warm the heart, while the wine punch warms the belly and the mind. But poor Lorelei sits on her wintry rock and looks out at the Danube. The best way to recount the legends about her is over baked Christmas delicacies and hot chocolate. With cream on top.

Städtereise nach Strassburg mit A-ROSA

Strasbourg

At first, it is the sight of the cathedral in Strasbourg, built of pink sandstone, that captures you automatically. And as soon as the mighty bells begin to play and the choir starts singing its Christmas carols, it is finally there: a truly overwhelming Christmas feeling. Il est né le divin enfant: "The divine child has been born," intones the choir in the enormous nave. The Gothic arches seem to lead straight to heaven, and at this point at the latest, every listener has goose bumps. A Christmas Mass in this world-famous cathedral is unforgettable.

Rhein-Kreuzfahrten nach Koblenz

Koblenz

On your Christmas cruise discover the city of Koblenz with its sights and cultural offerings - one of the most beautiful and oldest cities in Germany with over 2000 years of history. The castles, former aristocratic courts and stately town houses, narrow streets and romantic corners of the city are waiting for your visit. With our A-ROSA ship we sail directly past the famous Deutsches Eck.

Mainz

Mainz

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.

Itinerary

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A-ROSA Rhein Route Romance on the Rhine eng mobil

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.

A-ROSA Sena in Köln

You will spend Christmas Eve in the center of Rhine Romanticism, which once inspired poets and musicians. For example, Brahms composed his 3rd symphony in Rüdesheim. From a cultural point of view, the most famous place in the Rheingau has a lot to offer, including historic aristocratic 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.

Rüdesheim

Trips

In the middle of the Rheingau along the Rhine lies a true gem. Rüdesheim has so much more to offer than the famous 'Drosselgasse'. During a short city walk you will pass the 'Brömserburg' from the 10th century, various Aldes courts and a beautiful half-timbered house from the 16th century - the 'Klunkhardshof'. At the end of our tour the famous street 'Drosselgasse' should not to be missed. Lined with wine taverns and bars with outdoor seating, it offers 144 metres of pure enjoyment. You’ll have the opportunity to stop off and try traditional wines or coffee specialities of Rüdesheim.

price:

€ 25 per person

duration:

approx. 2 h

transport:

walking

level:

Moderat

Rüdesheim mit A-ROSA entdecken

You will spend Christmas Day in Germersheim near the over 2000 year old city of Speyer. Speyer is considered the oldest planned city of the Middle Ages on German soil. The cathedral is the most important building of Speyer, one of the most famous High Romanesque cathedrals in Germany, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Germersheim (Speyer)

Trips

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:

€ 49 per person

duration:

approx. 3.5 h

transport:

Bus and walking

level:

Moderat

The cathedral city Speyer

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.

price:

€ 35 per person

duration:

approx. 3.5 h

transport:

Bus and walking

level:

Leicht

Speyer on your own

On Boxing Day, you will reach the metropolis of Strasbourg on your Christmas cruise on the Rhine. This is where the big European politics take place. Strasbourg shines with its medieval half-timbered houses and elegant city palaces. Highlight: The Strasbourg Cathedral. From the viewing platform, the half-timbered houses look like a model railway landscape. Enjoy the day in the French part of the Rhine.

Strasbourg (Kehl)

Trips

The capital of the Alsace region offers an exciting mix of tradition and modernity with a large portion of savoir-vivre. The tour will take you to the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and continues to the historic centre known as 'Petite France'. You will explore this little gem with its historic buildings on foot, such as the Liebfrauenmünster (Strasbourg Cathedral). It is one of the world’s largest sandstone buildings.

price:

€ 69 per person

duration:

approx. 4 h

transport:

Bus and walking

level:

Moderat

Rhein Traumurlaub in Strassburg

Mainz

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Mainz bleibt Mainz (or ‘Mainz is always Mainz’) is more than a carnival motto. It is an expression of the easy-going way of life that makes the locals proud of their city, makes it easy for non-locals to settle in and helps visitors to enjoy their stay here. With 2,000 years of history, Mainz is not just one of the oldest cities in Germany – it is also a place where you can see history come alive wherever you turn.

Mainz

Trips

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 per person

duration:

approx. 2 h

transport:

walking

level:

Moderat

Weingenuss in Cochem an der Mosel

Koblenz

Arr pm Dep pm

On your Christmas cruise discover the city of Koblenz with its sights and cultural offerings - one of the most beautiful and oldest cities in Germany with over 2000 years of history. The castles, former aristocratic courts and stately town houses, narrow streets and romantic corners of the city are waiting for your visit. With our A-ROSA ship we sail directly past the famous Deutsches Eck.

Rhein-Kreuzfahrten nach Koblenz

Your contemplative Christmas cruise on the Rhine comes to an end in Cologne. However, before you start your journey home with a thousand memories of your trip, why not use the day to look around further in North Rhine-Westphalia or to explore the cathedral city. Once in Kölle, you should also have visited the cathedral. Have a happy new year, see you soon and Ahoy!

A-ROSA Sena in Köln

A-ROSA BASIC

The tariff for flexible (or spontaneous) relaxation. For certain travel dates we offer the "A-ROSA Basic" tariff with a limited contingent at short notice.

The rate A-ROSA Basic incl. Full Board includes the following services:

  • Indulge all day, every day: Comprehensive breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, embarkation refreshment and daily teatime snack
  • Special Welcome & Farewell evenings
  • Culinary treats and regional delicacies
  • Culinary dinner experience as part of the included excursion (cruises of 7-nights+)
  • Kids Club available on family cruises and all year round on the A-ROSA SENA
  • Comprehensive service concept with guest relations management
  • Destination Scouts will help you make the most of every city experience with insider tips and recommendations
  • Varied onboard entertainment programme
  • Water dispensers (Danube, France, A-ROSA SENA)
  • A-ROSA App with information about your cruise
  • Reserve excursions online in advance
  • Book additional e-bike packages (terranova)

Dates & Prices

Arrival & hotel

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 € 81 per car (fenced parking lot)
Price from € 99 per car (roofed parking space)

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 € 309 per person

You want a relaxed arrival and departure? Then choose one of these hotels! Your advantage: You arrive already one or two days before disembarkation and can consciously look forward to the journey with A-ROSA. Or you can let your vacation come to an end in a very juicy way before you start your journey home. All hotels are personally and carefully selected by us to round off your vacation.

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, mini fridge (unfilled), 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

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

Hotel Rhein

Double occupancy

€ 129 pp

Single occupancy

€ 189 pp

Double occupancy

€ 169 pp

Double occupancy

€ 209 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 service@a-rosa.com

Included services
Overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

Excelsior Hotel Ernst Grand Deluxe

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.

We would be pleased to make you an offer based on daily updated rates.
For further information, please contact service@a-rosa.com

 

Steigenberger Köln

Ships on this cruise

A-ROSA AQUA

A-ROSA Schiff Rhein

A-ROSA SILVA

A-ROSA SILVA