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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.

3 Sep 2016 - 8 DAYS FROM £1895
  • Cologne
  • Boppard
  • Strasbourg
  • Basel
  • Breisach
  • Mainz and Koblenz
Day 1 Cologne, Germany Depart London by air to Dusseldorf or rail to Cologne and transfer to Cologne, Germany. Join A-ROSA Aqua in Cologne,…
10 Sep 2016 - 8 DAYS FROM £1965
  • Lyon
  • Mâcon
  • Chalon-sur-Saône and Tournus
  • Lyon
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Avignon
  • Avignon and Arles
Day 1 Lyon, France Depart London by air to Geneva or by Rail to Lyon. Embark A-ROSA Stella in Lyon, before enjoying a panoramic cruise thro…

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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 BellaOn board A-ROSA Bella, the atmosphere is relaxed and congenial. Attentive staff wait at your table and serve you drinks on deck. Menus offer a mix of regional and international dishes. There are no seating plans and the dress code is smart casual. Most surprising of all is the space you’ll find on board, with an airy lounge and restaurant and a range of amenities you’d only expect to find on much larger ships.

With space and facilities that belie its size, mv A-Rosa Bella features a wealth of surprises on board. The top deck is an open Sun Deck, a wonderful vantage point from which to take in the grand cityscapes of Budapest or the picturesque views of the Danube Bend. Sit back and watch the views drift by, take a dip in the pool, try a giant game of chess, a round of shuffleboard or improve your golf skills on the putting green. While away the hours on a deck lounger, shaded by your own sun canopy or dine al fresco on deck. Indoors, in the lounge and restaurant, picture windows add to the feeling of space. You'll find a surprising range of recreational facilities such as a health spa, fully-equipped gym and a sauna that looks out over riverside views. You might try a steam bath, a massage or a fitness routine designed around you.

Your table awaits in the restaurant. Accomplished Chefs de Cuisine prepare Mediterranean salads, classic dishes, grills and fresh fish. Some evenings feature international and regional specialities with a wine list to match. Bella has 100 outside cabins in four categories carrying up to 180 passengers. Elegantly furnished cabins feature crisp, contemporary design touches and colours that add to the feeling of space. All have television, telephone and individual, adjustable, climate control. Depending on your grade of cabin, you’ll have twin portholes, a panoramic window or your own French Juliette balcony.
Click here to view the deckplan for A-ROSA Bella



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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