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Christmas Markets Rhine Cruise

4 Days From £489*
Departing December 2017
* Price shown: 17 Dec 2017 from London Stansted - STN
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Christmas markets of the German valleys

Explore the fairytale beauty of the Rhine Valley - its picture-book towns and villages dressed up for Christmas - aboard a beautifully appointed cruise vessel. This warm, welcoming and convivial home from home is the ideal base from which to explore this truly wonderful part of the world.

Discover life on board Olympia

There's far more to life on board Olympia than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Return flights from your local airport to Germany
  • Return airport-to-ship transfers
  • Three nights' accommodation based on a standard lower deck cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea, coffee and cake, and late-night snacks
  • Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
  • Luggage porterage
  • On-board entertainment as arranged
  • On-board commentary
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
  • Port charges and taxes

Single cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

Modern, well-equipped Olympia offers all you could wish to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your Rhine cruise. With accommodation and dining facilities for just under a hundred passengers, the ship has a warm, intimate feeling about her from the minute you step on board.

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Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Germany, and transfer directly to the Olympia. Depending upon your arrival time, you may be able to explore the delightful 'Pearl of the Rhine', Boppard, which sits on the southern side of a great horseshoe bend in the river, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage region of the Upper/Middle Rhine.

Day Two

Early risers will be awake to see Olympia begin her journey, passing fairytale castles and beneath the legendary Lorelei rock (where sirens were said to lure unsuspecting sailors to their end), to alight at Rudesheim.

Here the famous Drosselgasse - lined with Weinstuben (wine taverns) and restaurants - bustles with life. Spend the afternoon soaking up the atmosphere of Rudesheim's famous Christmas market, which features Europe's largest Nativity Scene, then perhaps join our late-afternoon optional excursion to an early evening wine tasting and to see the remarkable collection of musical instruments that are found in Siegfried's Musikkabinett.

Day Three

Around lunchtime, Olympia will arrive in Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Step ashore to take in the atmosphere as you wander the stalls of the town's own Christmas Market, pausing to watch the skaters on the market's rink.

Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Bonn. The former capital offers visitors a vibrant welcome and an array of seasonal Christmas Markets to explore.

Later, enjoy a final evening aboard Olympia, perhaps taking part in a quiz, or simply enjoying a performance by the on-board pianist.

Day Four

Bid "auf wiedersehen" to Olympia and this captivating part of the world as you return to the airport for your flight home.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham05 Dec 2017 £559.00
Birmingham08 Dec 2017 £549.00
Birmingham11 Dec 2017 £549.00
Birmingham14 Dec 2017 £549.00
Birmingham17 Dec 2017 £539.00
Bristol05 Dec 2017 £579.00
Bristol08 Dec 2017 £569.00
Bristol11 Dec 2017 £569.00
Bristol14 Dec 2017 £559.00
Bristol17 Dec 2017 £539.00
Edinburgh05 Dec 2017 £559.00
Edinburgh08 Dec 2017 £549.00
Edinburgh11 Dec 2017 £549.00
Edinburgh14 Dec 2017 £539.00
Edinburgh17 Dec 2017 £519.00
London City05 Dec 2017 £559.00
London City08 Dec 2017 £549.00
London City11 Dec 2017 £549.00
London City14 Dec 2017 £539.00
London City17 Dec 2017 £519.00
London Heathrow05 Dec 2017 £559.00
London Heathrow08 Dec 2017 £549.00
London Heathrow11 Dec 2017 £549.00
London Heathrow14 Dec 2017 £539.00
London Heathrow17 Dec 2017 £519.00
London Stansted05 Dec 2017 £529.00
London Stansted08 Dec 2017 £519.00
London Stansted11 Dec 2017 £519.00
London Stansted14 Dec 2017 £509.00
London Stansted17 Dec 2017 £489.00
Manchester05 Dec 2017 £559.00
Manchester08 Dec 2017 £549.00
Manchester11 Dec 2017 £549.00
Manchester14 Dec 2017 £539.00
Manchester17 Dec 2017 £519.00

Further Information

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Optional shore excursions

Optional excursions are available on all cruises, and we recommend that you book now to secure your place. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled. In this case your payment will be refunded in full.

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. An envelope will be left in your cabin for this purpose.

Dress code

The dress code on board and ashore is casual. After 7pm, in the lounge and restaurant, shorts are not permitted, and footwear and a shirt or T-shirt must be worn.

Luggage

Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.

Drinking water

The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system. Bottled water can be purchased on board and locally.

Itinerary changes

On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.

Cabin sizes

The majority of cabins on board are 10.5m square. Single cabins are approximately 7.7m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Standard Promenade cabins are 15m square and most have double beds (which do not convert to sofas), but they do not have a table or stool and will by subject to engine noise during overnight and early morning sailing.

Christmas Markets Rhine River Cruise Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Christmas Markets Rhine CruiseScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 41 reviews
(9 out of 10)

ANNE

Reading Couple
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The journey from the airport to the ship was longer than expected. The service onboard was very good and the food was excellent. The staff were very helpful and polite.
Confirmed traveller: 20 December 2016
Published on: 28 December 2016
(5 out of 10)

KEITH

Couple
Disappointed with the standard and choice of food
Confirmed traveller: 11 December 2016
Published on: 26 December 2016
(9 out of 10)

JOYCE

Birmingham Couple
Very enjoyable. Lovely food on board and very efficient service. Cabin very clean.
Crew friendly and a knowledgeable tour manager.
Only drawback was rather long coach journey from airport to ship as we appeared to be lost.
Confirmed traveller: 08 December 2016
Published on: 17 December 2016