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Hamburg, Germany


Ancient Bremen Market Square

With over 2,000 years of history, a cruise to Germany from the UK will fill the soul as it reveals dramatic scenery and lively culture that gives way to metropolises and palaces. Experience a journey filled with landscapes of forests, rivers, Bavarian mountain ranges and North Sea beaches when you cruise around Europe to Germany and beyond.

Cruise Germany and explore the cultural spectrum of Hamburg: imposing art museums, UNESCO-listed Speicherstadt, Gothic-style red-brick buildings, and stunning concert halls that all sit comfortably next to risqué cabaret and enigmatic underground clubs. There's plenty to discover in and around the country, including views of Jasmund National Park when you cruise to Germany's northern coast.[ReadMoreDesk][ReadMoreMob]

German Cruise Highlights

The country's personality lives in its big cities, from Hamburg , also known as the "Venice of the North", which charms visitors with its enchanting canals, to Bremen, a city combining Hanseatic grandeur with cutting-edge technology. Heading north, cruise the Kiel canal to explore the picturesque Kiel Fjord and learn about the city's maritime history. Or why not visit the charming Old Town and sample the local beer?

Set sail to Hamburg cruise port during the winter months for the perfect opportunity to enjoy Christmas market cruises , which offer enchanting views of the city's festive lights and decorations, along with the chance to shop for unique gifts, savour seasonal treats, and take part in traditional holiday festivities.

Bratwurst to Beer

Renowned for its hearty, flavorful dishes that draw on a rich culinary heritage. From savoury sausages and stews to crispy schnitzel and warm pretzels, there is something to satisfy every appetite. Sample a wide range of brews on offer, including crisp lagers, refreshing wheat beers, and dark, malty stouts. Wine lovers can also enjoy the much underrated Riesling; just one of the world-class German wines that is favoured above the ubiquitous beer.

Cruises to Germany

Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany

Discovering the Castles & Cultures of the Baltic • S2414

  • Visit Helsinki for the Tall Ships Races and Kiel for Kieler Woche 
  • Enjoy time in the fairytale-esque old town of Tallinn
  • Explore the city walls & towers in the well-preserved city of Visby 
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View of Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki to Dover in six nights • S2414DOV

  • See the Tall Ships in beautiful Helsinki as you join Borealis
  • Visit the romantic fairytale Schwerin Castle from Warnemünde
  • Embrace the Finnish culture of taking saunas

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Malbork castle, Poland

Discovering the Cities of the Baltic • L2421

  • Visit Schwerin Castle from Warnemünde 
  • Experience Baltic traditions such as fishing or cycling
  • Sail through the picturesque Kiel Canal on board Balmoral

Windmills and Tulips in Amsterdam, Netherlands

European River Cities with Dutch Tulips • L2506

  • See tulips in bloom at Amsterdam's Keukenhof Gardens
  • Explore the famous chocolate and diamond districts in Antwerp
  • Discover where and how the Beatles career began in Hamburg

Nyhavn district in Copenhagen

Scenic Waterways & Cities of Scandinavia • L2511

  • Explore Oslofjord, the Kiel Canal and canals of Copenhagen
  • Embrace Norway's friluftsliv and Denmark's hygge cultures
  • Discover the palaces of Oslo and Copenhagen

Fairytale Castles & Old Towns of the Baltic • L2514

  • Discover the enchanting cities of Riga, Tallinn and Copenhagen
  • Immerse yourself in Estonian life at the Song & Dance Festival
  • Uncover the Hanseatic history of the Baltic region

Evening view of Hamburg at Christmas time, Germany

Hamburg Christmas Markets in Five Nights • L2531

  • Enjoy the traditional Christmas Market in Hamburg
  • Sample delectable treats such as lebkuchen, stollen and Glühwein
  • Discover the rich history of the long-standing German festive markets

Winter view of Tallinn, Estonia in the evening

Fairytale Castles & Old Towns of the Baltic • S2532

  • Discover the magic of the Baltic's extraordinary landmarks
  • Browse around enchanting Baltic Christmas Markets
  • Experience local festive food and drink
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Highlights of the Rhine & Main River Cruise 2024

From the castles of the middle ages to those of today..

From Cologne to Koblenz, Frankfurt, Wertheim, Würzburg and Bamberg to Nuremberg.

It’s like travelling through 1,000 years of history. Just as you are contemplating the heroic tales and atrocities documented by the castles and ruins of the enchanting Middle Rhine Valley, new towers – ones without parapets – spring up on the riverbank. The financial city of Frankfurt proudly flaunts its skyscraper skyline, the only one of its kind in Germany. A vibrant atmosphere welcomes visitors to this economic centre. Art-lovers could easily spend a week exploring the museums on the city’s south bank. Despite the hustle and bustle, the people here are extremely open. Visitors will notice that the “sch”-sound features heavily in their accent. The river carries travellers onwards towards the Main-Danube Canal and back into the more rustic beauty of wonderful, venerable old cities like Würzburg, Nuremberg and Regensburg. Austria and the Danube are drawing near. And you are pulled between an urge to keep travelling and a longing to linger on in the tranquil Engelhartszell.


‘Hier bin ich Mensch, hier darf ich’s sein’ (‘Here I am man, dare man to be’). This quote by Frankfurt’s most famous son – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – actually comes from his play Faust (and the English translation by Bayard Taylor), but it is also a very fitting way to describe Goethe’s hometown. Frankfurt’s combination of modern skyscrapers housing major finance companies and the old town with its historic buildings and half-timbered houses is unique. And if you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle, you can take a leisurely walk along the lovely bank of the Main.

Ausflug nach Würzburg mit A-ROSA

This student city is the home of one of Germany’s oldest universities. Situated right on the Main, the city is dominated by Marienberg Fortress. Previously used to house bishops, the fortress has two museums in it today. The Würzburg Residence is one of the most important buildings of its kind from the late baroque period, and the Mirror Cabinet – a room inside – is considered the best example of a rococo interior. Würzburg also has a great theatre scene, with a lot of improv groups, in particular.


The A-ROSA Super Early Booking Discount is valid for bookings made until 30 June 2024. Limited availabilities. The discount is already included in the travel price.

1st Day Cologne Dep 08:00 pm

We will set off on our exciting Rhine cruise from here, heading for the northern or the southern Rhine. But you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to explore this cathedral city, with its wealth of monuments and attractions. The best way is to arrive the day before your cruise departs, so that you can relax – or simply extend your stay in Cologne after the cruise has ended.

A-ROSA Sena in Köln

2nd Day Koblenz Arr 07:00 am Dep 01:00 pm

Discover Koblenz during your Rhine cruise. Its history dates back over 2,000 years, making it one of Germany’s oldest cities – and one of its most picturesque, with a wealth of sights and cultural attractions. Marvel at Koblenz’s palaces, stately homes, grand townhouses, narrow lanes and romantic corners. And watch as our A-ROSA ship sails close to the famous Deutsches Eck headland.

Rhein-Kreuzfahrten nach Koblenz

On this private culinary excursion, you will walk through the alleys of Koblenz's old town and learn exciting anecdotes about life in the historic city. Learn interesting facts about popular recipes around "Debbekoche", "Dunkes" and "kalde Ent" while strolling past the fascinating and historically well-preserved half-timbered houses. Experience the modern city and its architectural masterpieces and and stop off at various places to sample typical Koblenz specialities and small appetisers.

€ 299 per reservation for max. 4 people

approx. 2 h

This excursion is not available in English.

A-ROSA Flusskreuzfahrt Ausflug

Discover Koblenz's old town in a relaxed and effortless way on this exclusive rickshaw tour. In Koblenz, modern rationality mixes with southern nonchalance. Passing the Schängel fountain and the romantic alleys, you will learn exciting information about the city's history. Of course, the city's landmark is also on the programme: the monumental Kaiser Wilhelm Monument at the Deutsches Eck. Enjoy the flowing together of the Rhine and Moselle and look up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

€ 219 per reservation for max. 2 people

Rickshaw and walking

No rain protection.This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

With the rickshaw through Koblenz- A private experience for up to 2 people

Stroll along Koblenz's kilometre-long riverside promenade and discover the city's landmark, the Deutsches Eck with Kaiser Wilhelm I. There you can also see the beautiful confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and not far from the Deutsches Eck, the cable car takes you to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Discover the beautiful corners of Koblenz together with your private English-speaking guide!

approx. 3 h

This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

Rhein-Kreuzfahrten nach Koblenz

Discover one of the oldest cities in Germany and one of the most many-sided. Your private people carrier will take you comfortably from A to B, whether to the old town or to the cable car to visit Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. A visit to Stolzenfels Castle is also recommended. You decide the programme and we will implement it according to your wishes!

€ 629 per reservation for max. 4 people

Private Minivan

Flusskreuzfahrt nach Koblenz

Experience the romance of the Rhine in Koblenz in the cosiness of your private car. Whether at the Deutsches Eck, in the old town or at the Electoral Palace. We design the programme according to your wishes. To get even closer to the history and life in Koblenz, we recommend an English-speaking guide. This can be booked on request.

€ 599 per reservation for max. 2 people

Private car

Discover Koblenz individually - Private car with driver for up to 2 people

Experience the first few kilometres along the Middle Rhine Valley not only by ship but also by bike. From Koblenz we will cycle to Spay, which is located in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Stolzenfels Castle and Marksburg Castle, located on top of a hill high above the banks of the Rhine river, allow you to travel back in time to the Middle Ages.

€ 49 per person

approx. 3.5 h

depending on the weather, please contact reception in case of rain

Distance: approx. 50km

Radausflüge bei A-ROSA

When modern rationality mixes with southern German nonchalance, something wonderful is created. Koblenz itself is the best example! The excursion begins with the landmark of the city: the monumental Kaiser Wilhelm monument at the Deutsches Eck (German Corner). The second landmark is the Schängel Fountain, which depicts a cheeky boy. Stroll through the romantic lanes between the Basilica St. Kastor and the Church of Our Lady, both feature impressive Romanesque two-tower façades. You will hear exciting details about the city's history along the way.

This excursion is included on your cruise. Please book online in advance.

Rhein-Kreuzfahrten nach Koblenz

3rd Day Frankfurt Arr 06:00 am Dep 05:00 pm

Welcome to Goethe’s birthplace! Here’s another historical fact while we’re at it: this is where the first German national assembly met in 1848. Today, the metropolis on the Main is home to the headquarters of major banks and is also one of Germany’s most important centres of business and commerce. Frankfurt is also known for its many futuristic-looking high-rises. You’ll get a closer view of them when your Rhine cruise takes you along the Main river.


Frankfurt am Main is known as a financial and banking metropolis. The Frankfurt skyline is graced by skyscrapers, but Frankfurt has much more to offer. Explore the old town with your English-speaking tour guide, past the Römer and the Paulskirche. Or stroll along the Museum Riverbank and discover Frankfurt's museums. You determine the programme and we implement it for you!

€ 329 per reservation for max. 4 people

Discover Frankfurt individually - Private English-speaking tour guide for up to 4 people

Let the skyline of Frankfurt with its skyscrapers pass by and experience the financial and banking metropolis. Enjoy a fantastic view over Frankfurt from the approx. 200 metre high Main Tower or discover the old town. We will take you to the highlights of the city in a relaxed atmosphere and according to your wishes!

€ 459 per reservation for max. 4 people

Discover Frankfurt individually - Private people carrier with driver for up to 4 people

Known as a financial and banking metropolis, with a beautiful old town and the old opera house, Frankfurt has more to offer than skyscrapers. Explore the centre of Frankfurt at the Römer and the Paulskirche or drive to Alt-Sachsenhausen, where apple wine and historic half-timbered houses await you. Get to know the city in cosy togetherness!

€ 429 per reservation for max. 2 people

Discover Frankfurt individually - Private car with driver for up to 2 people

Let the Frankfurt skyline pass by without much effort and marvel at the mighty bank skyscrapers and the quaint old town. Enjoy a relaxed rickshaw ride past Frankfurt's sights and learn interesting facts about the old opera house, St. Paul's Church and life in Frankfurt am Main.

No rain protection. This excursion is only bookable on request. We recommend that you make a reservation online.

With the rickshaw through Frankfurt- A private experience for up to 2 people

Discover the financial and banking capital Frankfurt am Main and its green surroundings in comfort by e-bike. Pass the Main Tower and the beautiful old opera house and head into the countryside. Past Solmspark and over the Lohrberg, the destination is the Main Applehaus, where you can taste a glass of freshly pressed apple juice. Enjoy the view over the Frankfurt skyline while surrounded by the orchard meadows. After a short break, you can comfortably return to the ship via the Lohrberg and the Museumsufer.

Distance: approx. 34km

Donau Ausflug mit dem Fahrrad

The skyline, its old town, apple cider - Frankfurt does not fit into any one category. And that's great, because contrasts are exciting. This combination of a city walk and a bus tour takes you to modern boulevards and along the mighty bank skyscrapers, to the quaint district of Sachsenhausen with its apple wine taverns and the historic Römerberg (Roman Mountain). The eponymous 'Roman' has been the city hall since the 15th century. No less impressive is the Baroque Hauptwache (Main Guard House), the Old Opera and the magnificent neoclassical rotunda of St. Paul's Church.

Bus and walking

City walk and city tour around Frankfurt

4th Day Wertheim Arr 12:00 pm Dep 05:00 pm

With its well-preserved city wall, narrow alleyways, richly decorated half-timbered houses and picturesque market square, Wertheim is quaint and relatively authentic. The ruined castle, perched on a hill, is one of the largest of its kind in Germany. In his 1862 account of the Main region, Karl Baedeker describes Wertheim as the high point of the entire trip. You can put this claim to the test yourself during your Rhine cruise.


High above the old town at the confluence of the Main and Tauber rivers are the ruins of Wertheim Castle. Our city express will take you comfortably to the most beautiful and largest ruins of a stone castle in southern Germany. On a tour you will discover the beautifully restored and stuccoed banqueting halls, as well as the keep and the Altane. You can also enjoy the wonderful view of the old town and the castle ruins themselves.

€ 25 per person

Little train and walking

Discover Wertheim Castle with the City Express

5th Day Würzburg Arr 12:00 pm Dep 06:00 pm

Today your romantic river cruise will stop off in Würzburg. This old seat of bishops straddles the River Main. As a university city, Würzburg has an excellent reputation. A centre of Franconian winemaking, it is also the economic hub of Lower Franconia. The city is dominated by its medieval fortress, the Marienberg. A varied visit awaits you here!


You would like to discover Würzburg individually and not walk through the city with a group? Perhaps you have other interests, would like to visit the Residenz or the Marienberg Fortress? Your private tour guide will show you the most beautiful corners of the city according to your wishes.

Private tour guide

Ausflug nach Würzburg mit A-ROSA

Would you like to explore Würzburg individually and get from A to B in comfort? Then book your private minivan for up to 4 people. An expert tour guide can be booked at the same time if desired. Whether alone, as a couple or with new-found friends, explore the corners of Würzburg that you would like to see.

€ 499 per reservation for max. 4 people

Discover Würzburg individually - Private minivan with driver for up to 4 people

Explore Würzburg individually as a couple and get from A to B without stress? Your driver will take you comfortably to museums, shopping or to the city's landmark, the Marienberg Fortress. An expert tour guide can be booked at the same time if desired.

€ 459 per reservation for max. 2 people

Ausflug nach Würzburg mit A-ROSA

Join us on a Steinwein hike to Germany's largest contiguous single vineyard, the Würzburger Stein. Starting at a winery near the Löwenbrücke, you will walk along the vineyards. Learn interesting facts about viticulture and why the Würzburger Stein is inseparable from Würzburg's history. Enjoy the fantastic views over Würzburg, the exciting city stories and fortify yourself with a small hand snack and wine.

€ 899 per reservation for max. 4 people

Transfer and walking

Wandern in Würzburg

Come with us on a relaxing rickshaw tour through the historic residential city of Würzburg and let yourself be surprised by the charm of the small metropolis in Lower Franconia. You will pass the sights of the old town such as the Marienkapelle, the Würzburg Cathedral and the Main Bridge in comfort. Learn interesting facts about the history and life in Würzburg and enjoy the magic of Main Franconia on the streets.

With the rickshaw through Würzburg - A private experience for up to 2 people

Join our great bike tour to get to know the historic residence city of Würzburg. You will be surprised by the charm of the small Lower Franconian metropolis. We will visit the residence, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and the most impressive work of the southern German late baroque. Afterwards, the bike tour continues through the Ringpark to the St. Kilian Cathedral and the old market square with its patrician houses. You will see Tilman Riemenschneider's birthplace and cross the historic Main bridge. Enjoy the magic of Mainfranken in the streets of Würzburg.

approx. 4 h

Distance: approx. 13km

Donau Ausflug mit dem Fahrrad

On this excursion you will first discover the old town during a city walk. Afterwards a bus will take you up to the Marienberg Fortress, the widely visible and prominent landmark of Würzburg. Originally, the fortress served as a Celtic refuge castle which was built around 704. Later, the first church of Würzburg was built here and in the early 13th century the first fortified castle was added, which was rebuilt several times during the Renaissance and Baroque time.


Marienberg fortress and Wuerzburg's old town

6th Day Bamberg Arr 03:00 pm Dep 07:00 pm

Bamberg’s unmistakeable cityscape is an architectural masterpiece that took 1,000 years to create. Overlooked by its unique cathedral, Bamberg is a work of art in and of itself, with a wealth of listed buildings that bring together the Gothic and bourgeois baroque styles. This old Franconian seat of bishops and emperors dazzles visitors with its splendid cathedral, its churches and monasteries, its bridges, alleyways and squares, and its half-timbered houses and baroque facades.


You will reach the romantic Franconian metropolis in just a few minutes by bus from the berth, which is located a little distance outside of the city. During an extensive tour, you will experience just how unique Bamberg is. You can still feel the charm of the past in this historic town with its cathedral, churches and monasteries, bridges, narrow streets and squares, with half-timbered houses and baroque façades. The tour takes about two hours and after some free time, the bus will take you back to the ship.

€ 39 per person

UNESCO World Heritage Site Bamberg

7th Day Nuremberg Arr 09:00 am

There’s so much to say about Nuremberg – and this city in Franconia has so many attributes. It’s the city of Wagner’s Master-Singers, Dürer, the Christkindlmarket, gingerbread and bratwurst. This means that you can choose what you’d like to focus on. Interested in food and drink, or culture? Or both? You’re bound to find what you’re looking for here. On this cruise along the Rhine and Main, a stroll through Nuremberg will definitely be worth it.


Get to know the most beautiful corners of Nuremberg with your private English-speaking guide. Discover the Kaiserburg, Nuremberg's landmark, the Old Town, which retains its character despite heavy destruction during the Second World War, or the medieval city fortifications. Your guide will be pleased to meet your wishes. We recommend booking a transfer, as the berth is about 5 kilometres from the old town.

german tour guide only

Discover Nuremberg individually - Private English-speaking tour guide for up to 4 people

Would you like to explore Nuremberg individually and get from A to B in comfort? Then book your private minivan for up to 4 people. An expert tour guide can be booked at the same time if desired. Whether alone, as a couple or with new-found friends, explore the corners of Nuremberg that you would like to see.

€ 399 per reservation for max. 4 people

only Minivan

Discover Nuremberg individually - Private minivan with driver for up to 4 people

Explore Nuremberg individually as a couple and get from A to B without stress? Your driver will take you comfortably to museums, shopping or to the city's landmark, the Kaiserburg. An expert tour guide can be booked at the same time if desired.

€ 359 per reservation for max. 2 people

Discover Nuremberg individually - Private car with driver for up to 2 people

Discover Nuremberg and its surroundings from a whole new perspective. On this private experience for up to two people, you will fly by helicopter over Nuremberg's romantic old town, past the Burggrafenburg and the Kaiserburg. Enjoy the bird's eye view and the adventure of helicopter flying.

€ 1499 per reservation for max. 2 people

Helicopter and walking

Ausflug in Nürnberg mit A-ROSA

The bus ride from the ship’s mooring point to the centre of Bavaria’s second-largest city takes a few minutes. Nuremberg’s principal landmark – the distinctive Imperial Castle – towers above the city, dominating its skyline. This castle, where all of the Holy Roman Emperors from 1050 to 1571 stayed at one time or another, is one of the most important imperial palaces of the Middle Ages. Your tour will begin with a bus transfer into the centre of Nuremberg. The old town has retained its character despite having sustained heavy damage in World War Two. During a walking tour you’ll see sights such as the medieval city walls – one of the most important fortifications in Europe – plus the churches of Saint Lawrence and Saint Sebald. The Handwerkerhof (craftsmen’s courtyard) offers traditional handicrafts and Franconian hospitality against a charming backdrop.

Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia

Nuremberg has old as well as more modern history and is full of culture and life. Discover all this in the most beautiful way - by bike! We will start with craftsmen's market along the city wall. We continue our trip to the pretty Henkershaus, to the historical town hall and the Schöner Brunnen. Near the Nuremberg's Kaiserburg you will see the birthplace and residence of Albrecht Dürer. Afterwards, we will visit the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds. Then we will return through the suburban area to our ship.

€ 43 per person

Distance: approx. 30km

Donau Ausflug mit dem Fahrrad

Would you like to explore Nuremberg’s historic city centre on your own? Then let’s go! Approximately five kilometres separate our berth from this enchanting city. Our bus will take you comfortably to the city centre and bring you back to the ship about three hours later.

€ 29 per person

Nuremberg on your own

8th Day Nuremberg

A-rosa premium all-inclusive.

Enjoy your most beautiful time with maximum comfort and with the all-round carefree package: A-ROSA Premium All-Inclusive.

Your desired cabin? Voilà! Sauna, fitness area, pool? Always at your service! Top culinary menus? Enjoy your meal! Attractive discounts on all massage and beauty treatments? Of course! Plus all transfers and many other benefits that will always put a smile on your face, while you have nothing to do but think about your next wish.

Included Services

  • Full Board Plus: extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, additional embarkation snack and tea and coffee hour. On many cruises, seasonal supplements such as a midnight snack
  • High-quality drinks included throughout the day: tea, coffee and coffee specialities, soft drinks, beers, sparkling wine and a selection of wines, cocktails and long drinks. Also besides the lunch and dinner hours. Exceptions are specialities subject to surcharges and champagne.
  • Super Early Booking Discount for bookings made until 30 June 2024; Early Booking Discounts for bookings made until 29 February 2024 or 31 August 2024.
  • A-ROSA travel cancellation insurance (booking until 30 November 2023)
  • Children up to and including 15 years of age travel free of charge on Deck 1.¹
  • Change booking one time free of charge up to 30 days prior to departure.
  • Half-day excursion included (from 7-night cruises)
  • English-speaking travel and hotel management on our international ships.
  • Comprehensive service concept with guest relations management.
  • Destination Scouts will help you make the most of every city experience with insider tips and recommendations.
  • Complimentary room service in every cabin category.²
  • Free use of the on-board facilities such as sauna and fitness room.
  • A-ROSA App with information about your cruise.
  • Transfer between railway station³ or airport and ship⁴
  • 15 % discount on treatments in our SPA-ROSA
  • Free e-bikes for independent exploration⁵
  • Free WiFi (excluding streaming services)
  • Bathroom amenities and bathrobe in the cabin
  • On-board entertainment
  • Port charges

¹ Children up to and including 15 years of age travel free of charge when accompanied by at least one (two in Cat. G) supervising adult on Deck 1. From Deck 2 children receive a 30 % discount. Furthermore, children up to 7 years of age accompanied by 2 supervising adults can use a sofa bed free of charge on the A-ROSA SENA in categories B - D. On the A-ROSA ALVA, A-ROSA ALEA & A-ROSA CLEA children accompanied by at least one supervising adult receive a 30 % discount. The children’s discount is only valid for the cruise itself. Limited availabilities on all cruises.


³Guests receive an extra voucher, valid for day of embarkation or disembarkation in Cologne and Engelhartszell. The transfer in Paris and Lyon is only included when booking the train tickets through A-ROSA.

⁴ The transfer is included when booking the flight through A-ROSA. You will receive an extra voucher with your travel documents.

⁵A-ROSA ALVA, A-ROSA ALEA & A-ROSA CLEA: E-bike rental not available.

Super Early Booking Discount

Book now your trip with the Premium All-Inclusive package until  30 June 2024  and you will benefit from our attractive Super Early Booking Discount (limited contingent).

Your desired Cabin

Choose exactly the cabin you like. If available, we will book your desired cabin with cabin number.

Dates & Prices

Arrival & hotel, travel yourself - park safely, e. g. with lufthansa, austrian airlines, eurowings, klm, swiss, suitable accommodation for their arrival and departure, 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)


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)


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.

Maritim Hotel Cologne 2024 from € 119 pp

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

€ 129   pp

€ 209   pp


€ 159   pp

€ 279   pp

Dorint Hotel Cologne 2024 from € 129 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.

Hotel Rhein

€ 189   pp

€ 169   pp

Family (2 Rooms with connecting Door)

Excelsior hotel ernst cologne 2024 on request.

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  [email protected]

Excelsior Hotel Ernst Grand Deluxe

Steigenberger Hotel Cologne 2024 on request

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.

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OR Rüdesheim wine tasting & Drosselgasse

Rüdesheim wine tasting & Drosselgasse

Enjoy an unforgettable tram ride on the "Winzerexpress" and discover the beauty of the Rhine Valley. Visit a typical winery and taste different wines of the region. Afterwards, stroll along the famous 'Drosselgasse', which is a narrow cobblestone street, first mentioned in the 15 th century as an alley used by the Rhine boatmen to reach their homes. Here you can still find numerous half-timbered wine houses, restaurants and shops. Immerse yourself in the history of the village before returning to the ship. 

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  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites and stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors with French Balcony
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe 
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
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  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner 
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

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  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
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  • All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare

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  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians 
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration 
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare 

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Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

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Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

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Passau (Germany)

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Rhine River Valley (2024) (Nuremberg to Basel, 2024)

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  • Day 1 Nuremberg (Embark)
  • Day 2 Bamberg
  • Day 3 Würzburg
  • Day 4 Miltenberg
  • Day 5 Mainz
  • Day 6 Rastatt (Baden-Baden), Strasbourg
  • Day 7 Breisach
  • Day 8 Basel (Disembark)

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The rhine and its tributries, the elbe, main and oder.

Situated in the heart of Europe and seen as a timeless destination, discover Germany on one of our cruises on the romantic Rhine , the Moselle , the Elbe and many other German waterways, including the Danube and Main rivers. Germany has more than 40 UNESCO World Heritage sites and is one of the great nations that have influenced modern Western and European civilisations. A trip to Germany promises to be a rich experience.

The country has some of the most stunning countryside and beautiful cities in the world just waiting to be discovered, combining modern life with a deep heritage, in a whirlwind of culture. Regensburg, Passau, Heildeberg, Cochem, Mainz, Coblenz, Mannheim, are towns and cities you can explore through our numerous German river cruise itineraries on small river cruise ships .

Berlin with its many sites, is a world capital of art and culture. It is a destination that brings together artists, creators, enthusiasts and lovers of life. Berlin is a city in motion, full of art, cinema, music, theatre and dance.

Hamburg meanwhile boasts a heritage dating back several centuries. You can admire the Alster, a large lake in the heart of the city, the magnificent city hall, an imposing neo-Renaissance building built in 1897, and the Chilehaus, a 10-storey brick building, which eastern facade resembles the bow of a ship.

The German waterways that crisscross the country are all full of discoveries and surprises. Cruising the Rhine , where picturesque villages surrounded by vineyards and overhung by ancient castles, will eventually seduce you. A cruise on the Elbe, meanwhile, will take you to the most beautiful corners of Europe.

A river cruise in Germany will take you to the heart of northern and central Europe, where history, culture, nature and civilization meet.

Discover all our river cruises through Germany below.

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From Berlin to Amsterdam (port-to-port cruise)


From Berlin to Amsterdam, explore the northern canals by cruising the Elbe and the Havel. You will discover the history of Berlin, before exploring Potsdam, Magdeburg or Bremen, cities that will make you appreciate the eclectic heritage of Germany. You will have the option to visit the Meyer Werft shipyard before diving into the heart of charming Dutch cities. Your cruise will end in Amsterdam, famous for its UNESCO World Heritage canals.

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Cruise across Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest (port-to-port cruise)


Experience a unique trans-European cruise on the Rhine, the Main and the Danube! CroisiEurope offers you the possibility to combine two cruise programs from Amsterdam to Strasbourg and from Strasbourg to Budapest in one 19-day trip to discover cities and fabulous sites in Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary. An opportunity not to be missed!

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An exceptional cruise through the most beautiful regions of three different countries (port-to-port cruise)

STRASBOURG - BREISACH - Mulhouse - BASEL - The Glacier Express - BASEL - Lake Constance - The Rhine Falls - BASEL - STRASBOURG

Embark on a breath-taking cruise in the heart of Switzerland and experience unforgettable moments. You will travel to the island of Mainau, an island of extreme natural beauty. We also take you to the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall, and hop aboard the Glacier Express, which will take you through some of the most beautiful regions of the Alps on a scenic train ride.

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The Rhine & Moselle (port-to-port cruise)


From Cochem to Strasbourg, discover the magic of the Moselle and the romantic Rhine valley on an exceptional cruise where rivers meander between breath-taking landscapes and castles dominating hillsides. Explore authentic towns and villages with hidden gems, such as Alken and its Thurant castle, or stroll in Boppard along one of the most beautiful banks of Germany.

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Grand Gastronomic Cruise on the Rhine (port-to-port cruise)


Enthusiasts of fine dining and wine, embark on a cruise with Marc Haeberlin(1), a 2-star awarded French chef in the Michelin guide (2021), and Serge Dubs(1), in turn best sommelier of Alsace, France, from Europe and the World from 1974 to 1989. CroisiEurope takes you on the Rhine for a journey that will tickle your taste buds.

  • German Grandeur: a River Cruise Starting in Basel, Switzerland – September 2024

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Join us for a fully escorted river cruise! We love Avalon Waterways and can’t wait to go abroad with them again. This is an 11-day cruise with two nights in Munich from September 21 to October 1, 2024! Your grand scenic cruise through Germany brings the beauty and charm of its cities and villages to life. From Switzerland to Bavaria and beyond, your German vacation will stay a beautiful memory for years to come.

Your picturesque river cruise begins on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. You’ll sail to Breisach, with your choice of a visit to a local winery, or an excursion to the Black Forest. Sail to the city of Strasbourg, France, along the way. Sail to Rüdesheim and through the spectacular views of Rhine Gorge. The modern and charming city of Frankfurt is also on your route along the Rhine, and you’ll sail on the Main River to visit an authentic Main River village on your way to Würzburg. Take a guided tour of Bamberg, before reaching Nuremberg to disembark for two nights in Munich. Enjoy a guided tour of King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle, and visit the mountain village of Oberammergau—known for its once-a-decade production of the Passion Play.

The rate for a balcony cabin is $8,170 per person or $6,745 per person for a inside lower cabin. Please see below for full pricing options. Downland the full itinerary here.

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German Grandeur Trip Itinerary

Basel, switzerland (embarkation).

Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zürich or Basel must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Enjoy dinner (included) and explore the ship on your first night on board as you sail to Breisach. — EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH


ACTIVE Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR: DISCOVERY Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting, OR: CLASSIC Join A Guided Tourto explore Freiburg’s medieval city center, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmarin the morning. All meals included. — EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG


ACTIVE Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC Join a City Tour of Strasbourg’s sights, including its Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. Choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—the pre- WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center. All meals included. —EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM


ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR: ACTIVE Take an open-air Cable Car Ride to the Niederwald Monument, then ride or walk back down through the vineyards; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee, OR: DISCOVERY Tourthe incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-akind instrumental experience; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee. This afternoon, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you pass through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Boppard.

In Boppard, you can enjoy some free time to relax,or explore the Rheinallee Promenade for delicatessen fare with a cup of German coffee or glass of Riesling wine. All meals included. — EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT


ACTIVE Enjoy a biking experience in the city of Frankfurt with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tourto Seligenstadt—one of Germany’s oldest towns and home to the Einhard Basilika—dubbed “minor basilica” in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, OR: CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Frankfurt to see the city’s cultural landmarks and gleaming financial headquarters combined with the cozy ambience of quaint neighborhoods. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard. All meals included. — AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE


CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. All meals included. — AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG

ACTIVE Explore Würzburg's charm by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop’s Residenz— with the largest known ceiling fresco. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the beautiful town of Rothenburg. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail for Bamberg. All meals included. — AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG

ACTIVE Your bike is ready! Hop on and bike along the canals in Bamberg with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC Take a Guided Walking Tour of the historic home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches. All meals included.


CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Nuremberg with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle. Tonight, you’ll stay in Munich to enjoy its nightlife, elegant cuisine, and to relax for tomorrow’s adventures. Breakfast included.

CLASSIC Take a full-day Guided Tourto the garden landscape of the Bavarian Alps to visit Neuschwanstein Castle—the historic home of King Ludwig. Breakfast included.

Your vacation ends this morning with breakfast.


Airfare is included in the below pricing, but insurance is additional.

Some fun standard inclusions include: free breakfast in bed and free happy hour daily!

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Parts of the Danube River are already flooding, or expected to flood soon. Photo: Daniel Zsingor / Shutterstock.com 

Updated June 7: Updated to identify the ship that was evacuated as the Tui Isla, a Tui River Cruises vessel. 

Around 140 passenger were evacuated from the Tui Isla on the Danube River in Southern Germany early this week. Simultaneously, Austria has shut the river down to all traffic. This amidst historic flooding that led Germany to declare a state of emergency on Monday. 

According to reports passengers from the United States, the U.K., and Australia were removed from the ship, which had been stuck in place since Sunday.

Rain has been heavy for several days in southern Germany, with some regions – particularly Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg – experiencing heavy flooding. Several people have died, including a firefighter involved in rescuing a family, MSN reported .

According to DPA International , Austria shut down the entire 350 kilometer course of the Danube within its borders between the border cities of Passau in Germany and Bratislava in Slovakia. The closure, the report stated, forced "some cruise ships" to dock in Linz. The Danube burst the banks in Linz on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the state waterway company, Via Donau , said "Safety cannot be guaranteed above a certain water level."

Hungary is also expecting trouble, with the mayor of Budapest issuing a flood alert (first-degree, lowest level) on Tuesday. The lower embankment of the river in Budapest is expected to close to traffic from 8 p.m. on Thursday. 

TMR reached out to river cruise lines to find out how their sailings have been impacted. At least one -- Avalon Waterways -- has already made the decision to cancel two sailings. 

"The Danube is experiencing higher-than-average water levels, due to an unprecedented amount of rain in the last month. This week, we made the decision to cancel two cruises on the lower Danube, due to ship access and availability," Pam Hoffee, president of Avalon Waterways, told TMR. 

The canceled sailings are the June 7 Balkan Discovery sailing and the June 13 Active & Discovery on the Lower Danube departure. 

"For both, we provided cruisers – and their travel advisors – options, recognizing the inconvenience" Hoffee said. "Other cruises departing this week on the upper Danube are experiencing itinerary deviations. Our operations team is constantly monitoring the situation and making any necessary updates to accommodate the conditions while ensuring the best possible experience for our guests."

Viking directed TMR to its website and the following statement: "Currently, sections of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers are experiencing high water levels. To varying degrees, these conditions may affect select itineraries. Our Switzerland-based nautical team is continually monitoring the situation and will make any necessary adjustments to accommodate the conditions. Guests and their Travel Advisors will continue to be notified directly if we think that their itinerary might be impacted."

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If you have a place on your bucket list, chances are, a cruise will get you there – provided the destination is along a coastline or inland waterway. Cruises cover the world, taking millions of passengers each year to regions such as the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Alaska, Europe, the Mediterranean and even Antarctica. Cruising offers a tremendous value, with trips that include your lodging, meals and entertainment – all rolled into one. Some luxury cruise lines even offer fully inclusive vacations, which cover drinks and tours ashore. And best of all, cruising means seeing the world conveniently after unpacking only once.

Cruises also provide a wonderful option for families, with many ships offering things like waterslides, mini-golf courses and fun clubs for kids, tweens and teens. While most are free, nursery programs can cost extra. Planning is easy: Pick your destination and the right ship (and line) for your travel style. The cruise line makes it simple, offering packages to help you save on extras like alcohol, shore tours or even airfare.

Travelers say they choose to cruise because cruising often costs less per night when compared with land vacations at a hotel, where they'll have to book -- and pay for -- every extra.

What are Tips for Finding Cheap Cruises?

If you're a flexible traveler, you'll have a better chance of finding cheap cruises. Take a cruise that doesn't sail over the summer or holidays, when prices are highest. Book an inside cabin, or take your chances with a "guarantee cabin," ideal for passengers who aren't picky about their stateroom location but really want the lowest price available. Book cabins on lower decks, which often come with lower prices than those rooms on higher floors – that is staterooms over suites.

Cruise brands such as Carnival Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International offer rates that might drop as low as $75 per person per night -- and sometimes even lower.

If you want a real bargain, consider a transatlantic or repositioning cruise. These cruises are one-way or open-jaw trips, that start in one port and finish at another. You can score a deal sailing from Florida to Europe, for example, or even from New York to Florida. Just be aware, you'll probably have to pay a bit more for airfare to return.

What are Tips to Finding Last-Minute Cruise Deals?

While being flexible date wise will always get you the best last-minute cruise deals, it's particularly helpful if you live near a cruise port and can quickly drive there. That way you'll probably be able to jump on those deals that might pop up just a week or two before the ship is scheduled to sail.

Or if you don't have flexibility with either departure dates or embarkation locations, be willing to compromise on exact destinations. This will allow you to find a wider range of last-minute deals traveling to locations in their off-season or so-called shoulder season.

Do plenty of research and know what your ideal cruise is and costs on average, so both are already on your radar. When you see it drop, pounce! (Many cruise lines update pricing several times per day, so preparation is crucial.)

Best cruises in 2024

There's truly a cruise style and ship for everyone, and that has never been more the case than in 2024, as vessels continue to come in an array of sizes – from riverboats and expedition vessels to the largest-ever mega ships. And it's not an exaggeration to say some are loaded with so many activities that you couldn't possibly enjoy them all in a single sailing.

Families will find plenty of options and activities onboard big ships, which have transformed cruising, making the vessels as exciting as the destinations themselves. The Caribbean is always a great option for families, offering lots of sunshine, great beaches and culture. Alaska, famous for its incredible vistas and abundant wildlife, is also a solid family cruise option. Consider cruise brands such as Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises and even Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Line for a great multi-generational voyage.

Or on the smaller side, by comparison, river cruising remains a hot ticket item this year, with exciting routes that send eager guests down the Danube or Rhine rivers in Europe or to lesser-frequented locations, like the Mekong River in Cambodia or Vietnam, or soon the Magdalena River in Colombia. Popular river cruises embark in timeless cities like Amsterdam, Budapest and Lisbon. River cruise lines to consider encompass Viking, AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Cruises, Tauck, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and Riverside Luxury Cruises, as well as American Cruise Lines for a domestic alternative.

If you're an adventurer at heart, an expedition cruise might be best for you. These voyages, often onboard small ships (only a few hundred passengers tops), offer an intimate experience that brings passengers right up next to glaciers, whales, penguins and iguanas. Ships visit tiny spots all over the world – from pole to pole – including the Arctic, Alaska, Australia, Greenland, the Galapagos and, of course, Antarctica. Passengers will spend their time zodiacing, kayaking, hiking, biking and exploring with expert guides and knowledgeable naturalists. Expedition travelers love cruise lines such as Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, UnCruise Adventures, Silversea, HX (formerly Hurtigruten Expeditions), Ponant and Quark Expeditions, as well as an ever-expanding list that now even extends to Seabourn and Viking.

But for the most decadent form of travel, luxury cruises offer all-inclusive experiences onboard small to median-sized ships (usually under a thousand passengers) with perks like butlers, high-end amenities and personalized, intuitive service, not to mention the finest dining at sea. Ships often feature luxury touches like marble and crystal decor, intimate spaces and beautiful spas. Because luxury ships tend to be on the smaller size, they can often reach off-the-beaten-path destinations bigger ships simply cannot access -- ports like St. Tropez or Guadeloupe. If you're looking for a luxury cruise, consider Crystal, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea, Explora Journeys, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and upcoming Four Seasons Yachts.

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Celebrate an Old World Christmas on one of Europe’s great rivers. Glittering cities across France, Germany, Austria and beyond light up with Christmas markets offering hand-carved toys and ornaments. While you shop, sample hot chocolate, spicy glühwein and aromatic gingerbread.

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Enjoy visits to Europe’s delightful Christmas markets, onboard festivities and more—all designed to complement your itinerary’s regular highlights. Join us in exploring the lands where our most cherished holiday traditions began and treat yourself to a true European Christmas. Here is a preview of all you will enjoy during a Christmas Market cruise with Viking

  • Exuberantly decorated Christmas markets nestled in charming cities
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Floods Break Dams and Submerge Highways in Southern Germany

Several towns declared states of emergency and evacuated citizens as water submerged streets and highways and derailed a high-speed train.

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Reporting from Berlin

After a weekend of heavy rains, severe floods in regions of southern Germany led several towns to declare states of emergency and to evacuate their citizens from heavily affected areas. Water submerged streets and highways, broke dams and derailed a high-speed train. Even as rain let up on Monday, emergency crews rushed to fortify dams along rivers in anticipation of further flooding.

On Monday morning, a 43-year-old woman was found dead in her basement in the Neuburg-Schrobenhausen district in Bavaria, according to the local authorities. She had been missing since Saturday night.

Several hours later, responders who were pumping water out of a basement in Schorndorf in Baden-Württemberg found the bodies of a man and a woman, according to the police. On Saturday, a firefighter died trying to save people, according to the district he served; another firefighter has been missing since Saturday.

Tens of thousands of emergency workers, both local and from other regions, are responding to the disaster, which affected Germany’s two southern states, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The responders, who include 800 soldiers, have rescued people stranded in their houses and cars, built emergency dams and set up crisis accommodations.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaking to people wearing emergency medical uniforms.

The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, visited the small market town of Reichertshofen, roughly 35 miles north of Munich, on Monday and said that the flooding represented a new reality as the effects of climate change are being felt in Central Europe.

“What is also important to me is that we are very clear that this is not just an event that has been happening for centuries,” he told reporters, noting that he had visited four active flooding sites this year alone.

“We must not neglect the task of halting man-made climate change,” he told reporters on Monday. “This, too, is a lesson that we must learn from this event and this disaster.”

Between Friday at noon and Monday at noon, 120 to 160 liters of rain, or about 30 to 40 gallons, fell per square meter (about 11 square feet), which is more than usually falls in a month, according to Sebastian Altnau, a meteorologist with the German Weather Office.

The firefighter who became the first victim of the floods had set out with three colleagues on a boat late on Saturday to save a family stranded inside a building. Before they reached the house, the boat flipped. While three of the firefighters were able to save themselves, the body of the fourth was found early Sunday, a spokeswoman for the district confirmed.

In the small southwestern town of Ebersbach in Baden-Württemberg, the water pushed through a highway wall on Sunday night. A video published on the city’s Facebook feed shows how the water turned the road into an impassable river in seconds.

About 15 miles to the northeast, near Schwäbisch Gmünd, a sudden mudslide pushed a high-speed train off the rails and buried a car on Saturday night, according to the national rail service. Rescue workers were able to evacuate the train of its 185 passengers, and no one was hurt. After signaling with a flashlight, the driver, too, was picked up by rescue workers, he told the German newspaper Bild .

In both Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg over the weekend, several dams broke, in some cases leading to flooding of entire neighborhoods. On Saturday in Reichertshofen, where the chancellor visited Monday, two dams broke despite being fortified with sandbags, allowing the Baar River to flood neighborhoods. Around 5,000 emergency workers helped with rescue and evacuation operations.

Responders spent much of Monday safeguarding against flooding from bigger rivers, which have swelled since the downpour. In the medieval city of Regensburg in Bavaria, in the southeast, emergency workers built a dam on Monday along the Danube River as it continued to rise. On Monday afternoon, the Danube’s level measured at over six meters, or nearly 20 feet — twice as high as it was on Friday morning.

The flooding has brought up memories of the disastrous Ahr Valley floods in 2021, which killed 189 people. The heavy rains, which scientists said were driven by climate change , led the Ahr River to rise sharply, sweeping up buildings, bridges and roads. At the time, the authorities were criticized for not warning the local populations properly.

Nancy Faeser, who, as Germany’s interior minister, is responsible for disaster response, traveled with Mr. Scholz on Monday. She told local reporters that she could see “lessons had been learned” in the Ahr catastrophe. “Coordination and organization work much better,” she said.

Christopher F. Schuetze is a reporter for The Times based in Berlin, covering politics, society and culture in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More about Christopher F. Schuetze

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Flood waters are continuing to rise in parts of southern Germany, and are now spreading down the Danube to Austria and Hungary.

Five people are now known to have died since heavy rain led to rivers bursting their banks in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.

One of the victims was a woman who died when her car left the road and became submerged west of Munich. A Bavarian firefighter is missing.

Although the Germand DWD weather service has declared an end to the torrential rain that has hit southern Germany for days, water levels in the historic city of Passau, where three rivers meet, have now risen close to 10m (32ft), the highest for more than a decade.

River levels on the Danube have also been rising in Austria and Hungary.

The Danube burst its banks in Austria's third-largest city Linz leaving areas close to the river banks submerged.

Local resident Gertrude told the Kurier website that the flooding brought back bad memories from August 2002 when a fifth of the city was left underwater.

The river reached 6.86m on Tuesday morning and was expected to peak during the afternoon.

MICHAELA STACHE/AFP A partial view shows treets in a flooded street in the center of Passau in Bavaria, southern Germany, on June 4, 2024

All river traffic along the Danube was brought to a standstill in the Lower Austria area.

In Hungary, forecasters warned of significant rainfall in the coming three days and Gabriella Siklos of the National Water Directorate warned the situation was changing by the hour.

There were also concerns that the rising water levels would spread to the Danube floodplain in Slovakia.

Cargo shipping remains halted on the Rhine in some areas of southern Germany, although authorities in Baden-Württemberg in the south west say water levels are set to fall in the coming days.

Alex Kraus/Bloomberg Anchored barges on the River Rhine next to the BASF SE industrial plant and flooded floodplains in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on Monday, June 3, 2024

Torrential rain has fallen for days in much of southern Germany and a state of emergency has been declared in the Rosenheim area of Bavaria.

Three people have now died in Bavaria, and a man and a woman were found dead in their basement in Baden-Württemberg on Monday. A 22-year-old firefighter is missing in Bavaria.

Bavarian state premier Markus Söder has described the situation as "serious and critical".

In some areas of southern Germany, experts spoke of once-in-a-century levels of rainfall.

Cars were swept away and residential areas were flooded, although by Tuesday morning all severe weather warnings in southern Germany were lifted.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said that the flooding in the south is a reminder that "halting man-made climate change" cannot be neglected.

ANNA SZILAGYI/EPA-EFE/REX A flooded area in Freinhausen, Germany, 03 June 2024

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