Experience the Northern Rhine

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Northern Europe

  • River cruise

A European experience of subtle and seductive charm: survey Cologne’s skyline from the top of its immense cathedral; cycle Amsterdam’s famous canals; and see priceless works of art by Van Gogh at the Kröller-Müller art museum.

At a glance


  • Cologne Climb the 533 steps of the cathedral for superb views of the city and the Rhine.
  • Amsterdam Cycle alongside the canals for the perfect way to see this pleasant city.
  • Rotterdam A colourful port city renowned for innovative architecture and for having Europe's biggest harbour.
  • Ghent Home to more than 10,000 culturally and historically significant buildings.
  • Antwerp Discover the history of the city’s wealth at the Diamond Museum.
  • Nijmegen See priceless works of art by Van Gogh and Picasso at the Kröller-Müller art museum.
Experience the Northern Rhine 2017

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

A European experience of subtle and seductive charm: survey Cologne’s skyline from the top of its immense cathedral; cycle Amsterdam’s famous canals; and see priceless works of art by Van Gogh at the Kröller-Müller art museum.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - Cologne

Day
1

Travel to Cologne and transfer to your A-ROSA ship for embarkation. There are many things to see in Cologne, and they are all overshadowed by the cathedral. Measuring 144.5 m long and 157.38 m high, this is the third-highest church building in the world. The view over Cologne, the Rhine and the surrounding areas makes climbing the south tower's 533 steps well worth the effort! The basilica of Great St Martin Church is another fantastic sight. The brightly coloured houses of Cologne's fish market seem to glow in front of it. Located a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, you can soak up the atmosphere of the old town here. During carnival season, locals sing "Das Herz der Welt, das schlägt am Rhein" ("the pulse of the world beats at the Rhine") - and when you get to know the people of Cologne, you'll have to agree with this sentiment. It's easy to get talking to people, and you'll soon find yourself drinking a Kölsch (the local beer) with the friendly, down-to-earth locals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hoorn

Day
2

The picturesque town of Hoorn lies on the banks of Lake Ijsselmeer and is bustling town close to Amsterdam. Admire the sweeping scenery and traditional harbour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam

Day
3

The signature sound of Amsterdam is the cheery ringing of bicycle bells. This popular means of transport is the most flexible way of exploring all the exciting nooks of this city. Cycling alongside the historical canals enables you both to see the wonderful old merchants’ houses and to reach attractions such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum in a jiffy. Or indeed any other museum; Amsterdam has the highest density of museums in Europe. It also has many small boutiques where you can find unusual things that you won’t find anywhere else. And how about a stroll through the Nine Streets district? The Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam’s most important historical sights. The Vondelpark is an oasis for relaxation. If you’re looking for something a little more lively, visit the exceptionally multicultural Jordaan quarter, which is packed with coffee shops, little boutiques and house boats.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rotterdam

Day
4

Rotterdam is many things: a colourful international port city with Europe’s biggest sea harbour; a city for shopping and going out in; and a creative, artistic city. And, as you’ll notice as soon as you arrive, it is a Dutch pioneer of contemporary architecture. The skyline is always changing, with futuristic new buildings constantly emerging and proudly growing skywards.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ghent

Day
5

Anyone who likes going out at night will have a lot of fun in Ghent’s quirky little bars. Belgium’s biggest student city is also known as the “Medieval Manhattan”. Back in the Middle Ages, Ghent was the second-biggest city north of the Alps (after Paris). So it’s not surprising that the city has more than 10,000 culturally and historically significant buildings. Incidentally, St. Michael’s Bridge is the city’s selfie hotspot. It’s the perfect location to make sure that your picture has beautiful historical gabled houses in the background.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Antwerp

Day
6

This port city in Flanders is a modern metropolis with both historical and futuristic buildings. Antwerp’s fashion designers have long been a fixture on the international fashion scene, and designer shops, museums and galleries line the streets in the south side of the city (Het Zuid). A diamond museum reveals where the city’s wealth come from. With four diamond bourses and around 1,800 diamond companies, Antwerp continues to be the largest trading place for diamonds in the world.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Nijmegen

Day
7

With a past stretching back to Roman times, Nijmegen is the Netherlands' oldest town and offers narrow streets and gabled mansions set around a charming main square. Today, explore at leisure or perhaps visit the Kröller-Müller art museum. Set in the beautiful Hoge Veluwe National Park, this superb gallery hosts a stellar collection of 19th and 20th century works by Van Gogh, Seurat and Picasso.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cologne - UK

Day
8

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return to the UK, or extend your stay in Cologne.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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