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Rhine Advent Season River Cruise

4 Night Itinerary from  £798

Rhine Advent Season River Cruise Tour

A special opportunity to enjoy a pre-Xmas cruise on the scenic Rhine exploring the Christmas markets in Cologne, Mainz, Heidelberg and Strasbourg.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Departures from 24 Nov to 18 Dec 2021
  • Explore Cologne and its famous cathedral and Xmas markets
  • Cruise on the scenic Rhine on the well-appointed A-ROSA AQUA
  • Observe castles, vineyards and stunning riverscapes on your cruise
  • All meals and all drinks (tea, coffee, wine, spirits and cocktails) included
  • Explore Strasbourg, with its delightful old town and festive markets
  • Travel to the University city of Heidelberg and visit its Xmas market
  • Discover historic Mainz and authentic German market

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

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Cologne - 1 Night

Day 1 - Fly to Cologne and embark your ship

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Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Fly to Cologne and embark your ship

Fly from the UK to Cologne and transfer to the A-ROSA AQUA for a 4-night cruise on an all-inclusive basis. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the famous Cologne Cathedral and Christmas market. Set sail at 4pm.

A-ROSA AQUA

Cruises on the River Rhine - First River Cruise

Immerse yourself in a magical river cruise experience on A-ROSA AQUA, a magnificent modern vessel which will take you on a wonderful journey on the enchanting River Rhine. Admire scenic landscapes, castles, small villages and river life as you meander slowly to your next port of call aboard your floating hotel.

The A-ROSA AQUA has four decks, including a fabulous Sun Deck where you relax in a recliner or play some outdoor games. The ship has 99 outside cabins accommodating up to 206 passengers. Gourmet dining, all your drinks included all day and evening, a plush spa and programme of evening entertainment are among the delights which await when you set off on your A-ROSA AQUA cruise.

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Mannheim & Heidelberg Xmas Markets - 1 Night

Day 2 - Mannheim & Heidelberg Xmas Markets

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Mannheim & Heidelberg Xmas Markets

Arrive in Mannheim at 4pm and travel to nearby university city of Heidelberg and its authentic festive market.

As you sail along the southern Rhine during your river cruise, you will also learn about the many faces of Mannheim, the multicultural heart of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. Welcome to the compact city. From the Neckar to the palace, the city centre is laid out in grid formation. The streets here have no official names, and the area is instead divided into squares.

A-ROSA AQUA

Cruises on the River Rhine - First River Cruise

Immerse yourself in a magical river cruise experience on A-ROSA AQUA, a magnificent modern vessel which will take you on a wonderful journey on the enchanting River Rhine. Admire scenic landscapes, castles, small villages and river life as you meander slowly to your next port of call aboard your floating hotel.

The A-ROSA AQUA has four decks, including a fabulous Sun Deck where you relax in a recliner or play some outdoor games. The ship has 99 outside cabins accommodating up to 206 passengers. Gourmet dining, all your drinks included all day and evening, a plush spa and programme of evening entertainment are among the delights which await when you set off on your A-ROSA AQUA cruise.

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Strasbourg Xmas markets - 1 Night

Day 3 - Strasbourg Xmas markets

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Thursday, 21 October 2021

Strasbourg Xmas markets

Arrive in Strasbourg (Kiel) in the morning for a full day and evening to explore. 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!

A-ROSA AQUA

Cruises on the River Rhine - First River Cruise

Immerse yourself in a magical river cruise experience on A-ROSA AQUA, a magnificent modern vessel which will take you on a wonderful journey on the enchanting River Rhine. Admire scenic landscapes, castles, small villages and river life as you meander slowly to your next port of call aboard your floating hotel.

The A-ROSA AQUA has four decks, including a fabulous Sun Deck where you relax in a recliner or play some outdoor games. The ship has 99 outside cabins accommodating up to 206 passengers. Gourmet dining, all your drinks included all day and evening, a plush spa and programme of evening entertainment are among the delights which await when you set off on your A-ROSA AQUA cruise.

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Mainz Xmas markets - 1 Night

Day 4 - Mainz Xmas markets

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Friday, 22 October 2021

Mainz Xmas markets

We sail to Mainz today arriving at lunchtime. The afternoon is free to peruse the old town and xmas markets.

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.

A-ROSA AQUA

Cruises on the River Rhine - First River Cruise

Immerse yourself in a magical river cruise experience on A-ROSA AQUA, a magnificent modern vessel which will take you on a wonderful journey on the enchanting River Rhine. Admire scenic landscapes, castles, small villages and river life as you meander slowly to your next port of call aboard your floating hotel.

The A-ROSA AQUA has four decks, including a fabulous Sun Deck where you relax in a recliner or play some outdoor games. The ship has 99 outside cabins accommodating up to 206 passengers. Gourmet dining, all your drinks included all day and evening, a plush spa and programme of evening entertainment are among the delights which await when you set off on your A-ROSA AQUA cruise.

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Cologne and fly home - 0 Nights

Day 5 - Cologne and fly home

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Saturday, 23 October 2021

Cologne and fly home

Disembark after breakfast and fly back to the UK. You can extend your stay in Cologne.

A-ROSA AQUA

Cruises on the River Rhine - First River Cruise

Immerse yourself in a magical river cruise experience on A-ROSA AQUA, a magnificent modern vessel which will take you on a wonderful journey on the enchanting River Rhine. Admire scenic landscapes, castles, small villages and river life as you meander slowly to your next port of call aboard your floating hotel.

The A-ROSA AQUA has four decks, including a fabulous Sun Deck where you relax in a recliner or play some outdoor games. The ship has 99 outside cabins accommodating up to 206 passengers. Gourmet dining, all your drinks included all day and evening, a plush spa and programme of evening entertainment are among the delights which await when you set off on your A-ROSA AQUA cruise.

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Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 18 December 2021 24 November to 14 December 2021
Room Arrangement First First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £798 £898

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Flights from the UK to Cologne
  • 4-night cruise on the first class A-ROSA AQUA 
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals, snacks and afternoon tea
  • All drinks (water, tea, coffee, wine, beer, spirits and cocktails) on the cruise
  • Included trip to Heidelberg
  • FREE Wi-Fi 
  • FREE use of the on board spa 
  • 15% off spa treatments 
  • Professional Cruise Manager throughout
  • Prices per person sharing a twin lower deck cabin (A grade)
  • Supplements for Upper deck cabins: C grade, £100 (pp twin share), D grade £200 (pp twin share)

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