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Southern Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

Southern Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

Cruise on the Rhine calling at Cologne, Rüdesheim, Germersheim (Speyer), Breisach, Basel, Strasbourg, Mainz & Koblenz

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Enjoy a wonderful cruise aboard the A-ROSA AQUA offering a casual deluxe way of cruising the waterways of Europe on a fabulous Premium All Inclusive package.  The superb itinerary has many highlights taking in the

spectacular scenery of castles, vineyards and tiny villages in the UNESCO World Heritage protected Middle Rhine Valley, as well as the fascinating cities of Cologne, Mainz, Basel, the ‘Gateway to Switzerland’, and Strasbourg in France. History lovers will be enthralled by visits to ancient Speyer and Koblenz, and the charming small towns of Rűdesheim and Breisach, known for their wines, will leave a lasting impression on this special cruise.



The A-ROSA AQUA offers the ultimate in comfort and luxury for guests to take in the passing scenery.  There are 99 outside cabins with a maximum of 202 passengers on four decks. It is an international ship with an international Cruise Director and all announcements are also made in English.

• Spacious sun deck with recliners and awnings • Reception area • Restaurant • Outdoor restaurant • FREE Wi-Fi • Bar • Lounge • Wine bar / day Lounge • Shop • Heated outdoor whirlpool • Putting green • Gym • Spa relaxation area • Fully air conditioned • Cabins have queen sized beds with a fixed frame that can be made into twins on the same bed frame with 2 separate mattresses, shower and toilet • For more details, please speak to one of our Travel Advisors • Upgraded cabins on request



Day 1

Following our Channel crossing to Calais we complete the journey to our overnight dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation. (D)

Day 2

We continue our journey where we embark the A-ROSA AQUA our home for the next 7 nights. We depart this evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and sail through the night. (B,D)

Day 3

We arrive in the bustling town of Rüdesheim by late morning and you will have the day here to explore at leisure. Be sure to visit the narrow cobblestoned lane the Drosselgasse where you will find many shops and bier taverns in half-timbered medieval buildings. Optional visit to the nearby vineyards including tastings. We depart Rüdesheim in the early evening and sail through the night. (B,L,D)

Day 4

Germersheim in the Upper Rhine is around 20km from the city of Speyer which is over 2000 years old. It is Germany's oldest planned medieval town and its most prominent monument is its cathedral which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Transport from the ship to Speyer and back to the ship is included, giving you lots of time to explore. (B,L,D)

Day 5

After a relaxing morning cruising along the Rhine we arrive into the little town of Breisach in the afternoon. It is perched on a steep cliff and its main landmark is the cathedral, M?nster Sankt Stephan, set high above the town on a hill. Perhaps take an optional visit to a local champagne seller, including tastings. The ship is moored here until just before midnight when we set sail through the night. (B,L,D)

Day 6

This morning we arrive into Basel, the 'Gateway to Switzerland', a city many only pass through but we have the day to explore here. The city where historical buildings sit next to modern architecture is home to Switzerland's oldest university, 40 museums, a medieval old town and large market square. (B,L,D)

Day 7

Today your Rhine cruise will call at Strasbourg - a centre of European policymaking. Here you will find medieval half-timbered houses and elegant palaces as well as the Gothic Cathedral de Notre Dame which boasts a viewing platform 66 metres high offering spectacular views over the rooftops to the Vosges and the Black Forest. (B,L,D)

Day 8

Explore Mainz this morning where you will find an Old Town with half-timbered houses and medieval market squares. The famous Gutenberg Museum (celebrating the inventor of the printing press) is well worth a visit too. The A-ROSA Destination scout is on hold to give you tips to help you get the most from your day. We then sail through the picturesque Lorelei Valley and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Middle Rhine Valley before arriving in Koblenz by early evening. Enjoy and included walking tour of the old town with an English-speaking guide and a speciality dinner on board in the evening. Sail through the night back to Cologne. (B,L,D)

Day 9

After disembarking we travel to Calais for the return sea crossing and complete the journey home. (B)

  • Executive coach travel

  • Short sea ferry crossings

  • 1 overnight dinner, bed and breakfast overnight accommodation

  • 7 nights full board plus accommodation aboard the A-ROSA AQUA (buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner – live cooking, snacks and afternoon tea and al fresco BBQ)

  • Gourmet buffet dining or served dinner in the evening

  • Welcome and farewell dinners

  • Included drinks (tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine spirits and cocktails throughout the day and evening from 10am – midnight) – brands as advertised on arrival

  • FREE room service

  • Use of the Spa, sauna & fitness facilities

  • 15% off Spa treatments

  • FREE Wi-Fi on board

  • FREE use of on-board bikes

  • All on board activities and entertainment

  • Bathrobe, toiletries & mineral water in the cabin

  • Porterage from coach to cabin

  • Enjoy the quaint town of Rüdesheim, famous or its vineyards and wines

  • Discover the ancient city of Speyer with its medieval architecture

  • Visit the charming town of Breisach on the edge of the Black Forest

  • Explore the city of Basel, ‘Gateway to Switzerland’

  • Admire Strasbourg in France, with its mighty cathedral and delightful canal network

  • Explore the Old Town of Mainz with advice from the A-ROSA Destination Scout

  • Pass through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site Middle Rhine Valley

  • INCLUDED walking to of Koblenz and speciality dinner on board in the evening




21st Jun  8 nights


NOTE: These tours cannot be booked online. Please contact us to book your place.


Cabins are not wheelchair friendly. Motorised scooters are not allowed on board. Wheelchairs MUST be prebooked:

Edwards Coach Holidays terms & conditions apply

Please note this cruise is operated by A-ROSA. All sailing times are approximate and can be subject to change. On certain cruises, it may be necessary to sail throughout the night, details of which will be shown on your final itinerary where applicable. Cruise ports of call are generally situated in central locations of the cities or resorts that we are visiting. However, we cannot guarantee that the resort/city centres are within suitable walking distances from where the ship docks. River cruise routes could be subject to change due to local weather, traffic, flooding, high and low water levels, lock closures, road works and other unforeseen circumstances. A-ROSA and the ship's captain reserve the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.

Supplements reflect the deck position and not the size of the cabin.

Cancellation charges differ from Edwards Coaches. Please ask for details.


The on-board currency is Euro. During the trip, use your cabin card as your own credit card. At the end of the journey you can pay your final account in cash, with EC card or with the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express. When paying by credit card or EC/Maestro card, you will need your PIN code. Please make sure that you have your personal PIN code with you. The booking of shore excursions will be billed to your cabin account.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address
Cardiff Gate Services Cardiff Gate Services CF23 8RA
Cardiff West Services Cardiff West Services Coach Park, CF72 8SA
Dyffryn Depot Edwards Travel Centre, Dyffryn Close, Llansamlet
Edwards Depot LLANTRISANT Edwards Depot, Llantrisant, CF72 8QZ
Magor Services NP26 3YL Magor Service Coach Park
Neath - Railway Neath - Outside Railway Station, SA11 1BY
NP20 4AX
Port Talbot Customs Port Talbot Bus Stop OUTSIDE Customs House
Just past the Plaza, SA13 1HW
Pyle Cross Pyle Cross, bus stop outside supermarket.Pyle Road
CF33 6AG
Sarn SERVICES Sarn SERVICES - Coach Park, CF32 9SY

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