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Discover Europe in comfort and style

There is nothing quite like the joy of travelling through the heart of Europe by way of its rivers and waterways on a cruise aboard an elegant and comfortable river cruiser.

Swan Hellenic’s cruise philosophy offers passengers the perfect combination of delightful destinations, a wide variety of charming ports of call, a host of included shore excursions, all meals and selected drinks with dinner and talks by eminent Guest Speakers - a mix that is sure to prove irresistible.

You will unpack just once, and then sit back and enjoy the sophisticated surroundings of your beautifully appointed river cruiser as some of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes unfold before your eyes.

Swan Hellenic River Cruises

New for 2016, our cruise on the Rhine journeys through Germany, France and Switzerland. Visiting the magnificent cities of Cologne, Strasbourg and Basel, this cruise also passes the spectacular Lorelei, a rock towering high above the water at the narrowest part of the Rhine.

For those who choose to cruise the Rhône and Saône, your passage will take you through one of the finest wine regions and some of the most historic cities in France.

Exceptional service and value


Shore excursions are included in your cruise fare

With Swan Hellenic, an inclusive shore excursion programme is central to your cruise experience and is included in your fare.

The insights provided by a Swan Hellenic Guest Speaker will give you an enhanced appreciation of the history, culture, art and architecture of the towns, cities and landscapes of the Rhône and Saône and the Rhine before you even step ashore.


Our Rhône and Saône cruise includes walking tours in Avignon, Arles and Viviers. Visit the great medieval abbey of Cluny, admire the Papal Palace in Avignon and marvel at the Roman architecture of Vienne, founded by Julius Caesar. City tours of Strasbourg, Basel and Koblenz feature on our Rhine itinerary. This cruise also gives the opportunity to sail alongside the famous Lorelei as you admire the scenic Middle Rhine Valley, follow the Black Forest High Road to the spa town of Baden Baden and tour the Geldermann Vineyards, which have produced sparkling wines for almost 170 years.

Exploring independently

With plenty of time ashore, you’ll also be free to explore independently, or to select one of a number of supplementary excursions. Full details are given in your River Cruise Book sent approximately 10 weeks prior to your cruise departure.


A Swan Hellenic Cruise Director and Shore Excursions Manager are on hand throughout your cruise. They will ensure that everything runs smoothly from the moment you embark your river cruiser to the time you disembark.


  • Shore excursions up to the value of £175
  • Flights and overseas transfers
  • All meals with open-seated dining
  • Engaging talks by expert Guest Speakers
  • All gratuities
  • Porterage of luggage
  • All port taxes
  • Drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome Evening with complimentary cocktail party plus farewell dinner

Drinks with dinner

NEW for 2016 - complimentary drinks with dinner

From 2016 your Swan Hellenic river cruise fare includes a selection of drinks with dinner. You can choose from house wine and daily recommendations from the wine menu by the glass, beer or soft drinks to accompany your evening meal - all at no extra cost.

Eminent Guest Speakers

Eminent guest speakers

Every Swan Hellenic river cruise is accompanied by a distinguished Guest Speaker. They are chosen for their knowledge of their subject, which will be inspired by the destinations featured on your cruise, as well as for their people skills. Their passion and enthusiasm for their subjects will really come through during lively talks, ensuring that you get the most out of every day of your holiday.

Our 2016 programme welcomes an eminent Guest Speaker aboard each A-ROSA vessel. Our ‘Masterpieces of the Rhône and Saône’ itinerary is enhanced by artist Brian Healey, who will share with passengers his love of painting, and former Bishop of St Albans the Rt Revd Dr Christopher Herbert will enrich our ‘Cruising the Timeless Rhine to Switzerland’ cruise.

Onboard Activities

Shuffleboard on deckOn board your river cruiser the emphasis is on relaxation – you can enjoy your time as you wish, doing as much or as little as you please. As you sail, a range of facilities on board will keep you entertained, from a putting green, shuffleboard and an outdoor pool to a sauna, sun deck and an excellent spa.

We also organise a host of ‘Sail Away Days’ as you journey from one port to another. These include the chance to indulge in oysters and Champagne, taste German sausages and wheat beer or enjoy a barbecue lunch. A choice of dining options ranges from sumptuous buffets to al fresco meals and full waiter service, with inclusive selected drinks with dinner the perfect complement. Your evenings are played out to a backdrop of unobtrusive music supplied by a resident keyboard player, and on occasions local musicians join the ship in port to provide traditional entertainment.

Every river cruise includes a farewell dinner too, providing a fitting finalé to your holiday.


You will travel on one of A-ROSA’s sophisticated river cruisers, with spacious decks, public rooms and cabins all offering spectacular views as you wind your way through the landscape. The atmosphere on board is relaxed, and our friendly, attentive staff offer impeccable personal service. Your Swan Hellenic Cruise Director and Shore Excursion Manager will ensure that every detail is taken care of, leaving you free to savour every moment of your holiday.


A-ROSA AquaRelax on board the elegant river cruiser A-ROSA Aqua as you sail in comfort amidst the picturesque scenery of the Rhine. Exquisite views can be admired at every turn, whether you are gazing from the French balcony of your comfortable cabin, reclining on a sun lounger or sipping a drink in the Lounge Bar.

Minigolf, shuffleboard and a putting green are available as you head from one port to the next, or if you are feeling active, fitness equipment is available on board. You can boost your senses in the onboard spa, where an optional beauty treatment is a real tonic at the end of the day, or perhaps you will enjoy the unique vistas from the panoramic sauna or the outdoor hot tub.

As the sun goes down, head to the library to find a quiet corner or meet with fellow passengers for a pre-dinner drink and an evening of animated chat. Enjoy live cooking in the buffet restaurant, where culinary highlights are pefectly complemented by inclusive wine, beer or soft drinks, before spending another relaxing night in your cabin. Before you know it A-ROSA Aqua has arrived in a new port of call and another exciting day of discovery is set to begin.
Click here to view the deckplan for A-ROSA Aqua


A-ROSA StellaElegant and sophisticated, A-ROSA Stella, like all the A-ROSA fleet, has been designed with Europe’s great rivers in mind. The public rooms, all of the comfortable cabins and the spacious decks make the very best of the views you’ll enjoy as you cruise along the Rhône and Saône.

Relax on the sun deck, or enjoy a few laps of the pool as your ship passes by charming landscapes and picturesque towns. Head to the spa for a beauty treatment, challenge one of your fellow passengers to a game of shuffleboard or stay active in the fitness centre. There are bicycles on board for rental should you choose to go your own way, and a Finnish sauna in which to recharge your batteries.

Come the evening, enjoy culinary delights in the restaurant, post-dinner cocktails in the Panorama Lounge or dance the night away as your cruiser heads to a new port of call.
Click here to view the deckplan for A-ROSA Stella

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