Classic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Newmarket Holidays

Step aboard a Premium All-inclusive A-ROSA river cruise vessel visit the classic Rhineland city of Mainzand, beautiful Strasbourg, Breisach and Swiss Basel. Round off your holiday with a beautiful daytime cruise through the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge and a final visit to Koblenz.

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Enjoy the easy-going atmosphere and relaxed style on offer aboard an A-ROSA river cruise vessel, as you sail through Germany, France and Switzerland.

The Premium All-Inclusive cruise aboard each A-ROSA ship guarantees enjoyment and relaxation. Excellent buffet-style dining, cocktails in the lounge bar, fine-weather barbecues on the top deck, an on-board SPA-ROSA and much, much more will keep you entertained as you cruise the southern stretch of the Rhine, from Cologne and gently back again.

Your first stop is the classic Rhineland city of Mainz. Further south, spend an afternoon and the following morning in beautiful Strasbourg, before cruising through the night to Basel, in Switzerland. After a day in this picturesque city you'll turn north and head back downriver to pretty Breisach. After a morning here you'll continue your journey, in afternoon sunshine, to round off your holiday with a beautiful daytime cruise through the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge and a final visit to Koblenz.

Destinations
Tour Types
  • River Cruise
  • A-ROSA
  • AIR
Departure Points
  • Edinburgh
  • London Heathrow
  • London Stansted
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham

Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Cologne and transfer to the Rhine where your A-ROSA ship waits, ready for you to embark. In the early evening you'll slip away from Cologne as your Rhine river cruise begins.

Day 2

Shortly after breakfast you'll arrive in the picturesque Rhineland city of Mainz. Famous for being the birthplace of the printing press, on which Johannes Gutenberg printed the first books in the early 1450s, Mainz was also originally a fort on the Roman Empire's northern border. You'll have the chance to discover its rich history and culture on an included walking tour, and to explore before your A-ROSA river cruiser sails on in the evening.

Day 3

After a scenic morning cruise down the Rhine, you'll arrive in Strasbourg in the early afternoon to spend the day and night. Immerse yourself in the Franco-German culture, gaze upon the medieval architecture, stroll the famous Petite France quarter, visit the large sandstone Gothic Cathedral and then perhaps wind down the day by spending the evening in an authentic local cafe or bar, or by returning to the ship at your leisure for a relaxed evening aboard.

Day 4

Spend another morning in Strasbourg, then say farewell to this lovely city in the early afternoon as you begin meandering further up the Rhine and on towards Switzerland.

Day 5

In the early morning you'll arrive in the unofficial cultural capital of Switzerland, Basel . Switzerland's third largest city has architectural achievements spanning the centuries. The many-times-rebuilt red sandstone Gothic Munster and modern buildings designed by the architects responsible for the Tate Modern, are truly a feast for the eyes. Visit the city's many museums and art galleries, and keep an eye out for Basel's year-round festivals and fairs, before you return to your ship to begin the relaxed journey back downriver.

Day 6

Early this morning you'll arrive in Breisach. Spend the morning strolling the quaint streets and admiring your surroundings, or perhaps take a trip away from the river and into the rolling green landscape of the Black Forest which cloaks the landscape to the east.

You'll sail away from Breisach at lunchtime to begin a long, lazy afternoon on the water.

Day 7

Enjoy some remarkable scenery today as you cruise into the heart of the Middle Rhine. You'll pass vineyards and ancient villages, deep forests and mid-stream towers and castles, before heading through the Rhine Gorge. You'll also pass beneath the legendary Lorelei, the mythical rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate.

In the mid afternoon you'll arrive in Koblenz. Explore this pretty Rhineland town, which straddles the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle under the watchful gaze of imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite bank, or simply make the most of your final day on board. An included walking tour will bring the city to life, and a special included cable-car ride across the river will give you a final chance to experience life on the Rhine up close.

Day 8

You'll wake this morning back in Cologne, as your unforgettable cruise on the Rhine ends. Disembark, and transfer back to the airport or station to catch your flight home.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

Seven nights' Premium All-Inclusive cruise accommodation
Buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board
A large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks all day long
On-board activities and entertainment
Return travel from the UK to Cologne
Included coach transfers to the ship
Cruise upstream to Mainz and enjoy a walking tour
An overnight stay close to Strasbourg
Enjoy a day in elegant Basel
A call in Breisach on the edge of the Black Forest
A daytime cruise through the Rhine Gorge
A walking tour and gondola ride in historic Koblenz
Embark your A-ROSA ship in Cologne

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
27-Apr-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included Visit Website
28-Jun-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included Visit Website
12-Jul-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included Visit Website
02-Aug-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included Visit Website
23-Aug-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included Visit Website
15-Sep-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included Visit Website
22-Sep-2019 for 7 Nights Flight Included Visit Website

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Newmarket Holidays offer a huge array of holidays for just about every interest and activity level, whether you want to stay within the UK and Ireland, holiday in Europe or explore further afield in the USA or India, there will be more than one option for you – you’ll be able to line up the next 5 years holidays after a browse through their itineraries.

Their air holidays and breaks allow you to either tour as many sights and cultures as allows or to base you at a relaxing resort, with your choice of optional excursions, focusing on walking, golfing, cycling and watching the world go by – you can make your trip as adventurous as you like. If a cruise is your ideal group tour, Newmarket have departures from nearly every major port in the UK to Scandinavia, Europe, the Caribbean, the Canary Islands, Australia and Hong Kong via seas and oceans as well as river cruises through Europe.

Providing superb value at affordable prices, excellent arrangements and the best in customer care, from the moment you book, to long after you return, whether you choose a two-day trip to a special event, or a world tour, the Newmarket difference is that they are with you all the way. Newmarket believe that their holidays offer customers the very best value for money, and are prepared to stand behind that belief. If, at the time of booking, you find the same escorted tour cheaper with another holiday company, they will match the price and refund the difference.

Please note: After many years of operation, they have decided to discontinue their UK and European coach breaks and tours departing from local pick-ups in the UK (as of 2019), and to concentrate their resources on their range of UK, European and Worldwide air holidays, ocean cruises and river cruises. 

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