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Christmas Rhine Cruise

5 days from £499*
Departing: December 2016
* Price shown: 23 December 2016 from - - RFU
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A delightful festive break on the Rhine

Nothing could be better than the relaxed enjoyment of spending the Christmas holiday being pampered in your own floating hotel, calling at some beautiful places, and being looked after by friendly staff keen to ensure that you really do enjoy a time to remember.

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Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Return coach travel from your chosen pick-up point to Boppard
  • Four nights' accommodation based on a standard lower deck cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board
  • On-board entertainment as arranged
  • Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
  • Christmas Eve Dinner with music
  • Christmas Night Dinner Party
  • 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.

Deck Plans

Click here to display the deck plans for this cruise.

Itinerary

Day One

Leaving your local area, very early this morning you'll journey by coach to the Channel for your crossing to Calais. This evening you'll arrive in Boppard, the picturesque "pearl of the Rhine", with its great Roman fort and its beautiful historic quarter. Board Olympia in time to enjoy a buffet dinner, and the warmth and welcome of your first night.

Day Two (Christmas Eve)

Early risers will be awake on Christmas Eve as Olympia begins her journey, past little villages, fairytale castles and beneath the legendary Lorelei rock (where sirens were said to lure unsuspecting sailors to their end), to Rudesheim.

Spend the afternoon wandering Rudesheim's pretty streets, or join our late-afternoon optional excursion to enjoy an early evening wine tasting and see the remarkable collection of musical instruments that are found in Siegfried's Musik Kabinett, before returning to Olympia for a special Christmas Eve dinner.

Day Three (Christmas Day)

A very relaxed Christmas Day sees Olympia sail downriver to Koblenz and Konigswinter, one of the Rhine's most delightful cities. Enjoy a celebration Christmas Night Dinner Party on board with a traditional Turkey meal on board, with live music.

Day Four (Boxing Day)

On Boxing Day, Olympia cruises back to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, and there's the chance to enjoy an optional excursion to the exquisite wine-producing town of Cochem, picturesquely set on the bank of the Moselle, the Rhine's pretty, smaller sister. The visit will include a chance for you to taste the lovely wines for which the region is famed, before returning to Olympia for a final evening's relaxation.

Day Five

After an early breakfast, bid "auf wiedersehen" to Olympia and this captivating part of the world as you begin your coach journey home, arriving back in the local area in the late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Dover Port
Bristol
Bristol Bristol
Dorset
Dorset Blandford Forum, Bournemouth, Bridport, Christchurch, Dorchester, Ferndown, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
Dyfed
Dyfed Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Cheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley, Gloucester, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Gwent
Gwent Abergavenny, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Magor Services M4, Newport
Hampshire
Hampshire Aldershot, Andover, Basingstoke, Cosham, Eastleigh, Fareham, Farnborough, Fleet Services M3, Havant, Portsmouth, Ringwood, Southampton, Totton And Eling, Waterlooville, Winchester, Winchester Services M3
Kent
Kent Ashford, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Canterbury, Chatham, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Maidstone Services M20, Margate, Orpington, Ramsgate, Rochester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Saltwood Services M20, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, Swanley, Tonbridge
London
London Eltham, Lewisham
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Sarn Services M4, Swansea
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff, Cardiff West Services M4
Somerset
Somerset Bath, Clevedon, Frome, Glastonbury, Gordano Services M5, Shepton Mallet, Weston Super Mare, Yeovil
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea City
Wiltshire
Wiltshire Amesbury, Chippenham, Leigh Delamere Services M4, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge
Date Price From Code
23 December 2016
23 December 2016 £499.00 NB6RFU02

Olympia 

Further Information

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

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 Rhine Cruise reviews verified by Reevoo

Christmas Rhine CruiseScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 22 reviews
(8 out of 10)

PETER

Watson Couple
Rather surprised to receive an envelope for tips to the Cruise Director! This does not happen on ocean cruising also the Captain was mentioned as having a share of the crew tips. Again surely he must receive a good salary and should not rely on tips. The standard of food was excellent but the portions were very small. Tea making facilities in the cabin would be nice.
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2015
Published on: 04 January 2016
(10 out of 10)

ANGELA

Cirencester Couple
A really fantastic way to spend Christmas - enjoyed every moment
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2015
Published on: 01 January 2016
(9 out of 10)

Robert

Gloucester Couple
As mentioned on the on board Olympia questionnare, we thoroughly enjoyed our Xmas cruise on the Rhine. We had not been on a river cruise or visited The Rhine before and found the information given by the tour manager extremely helpful.Visiting the Rhine has to be a "must". It is so beautiful. The welcome we received on arrival could not be faulted and at that late hour we were served a full fresh meal.The additional excursions were good, we only went to the wine tasting at Cochem but I believe the other one in Rudesheim was well received too.
The fact that the weather was brilliant for December, the crew (including the Captain) so friendly and helpful also taking part in the entertainment and all the guests on board were there to have a good time has to be a bonus.
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2015
Published on: 01 January 2016
(8 out of 10)

JUDY

Fleet Friends
The ship was very good. Spotless with a friendly atmosphere. Staff excellent and Peter, the tour guide, was excellent, extremely professional. Coach seating was cramped and it would have been better to have seats allocated. Nigel the driver was late in arriving at Dover which meant we missed our ferry.

Overall the holiday experience was very good and my husband and I would certainly sail on her again
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2015
Published on: 31 December 2015
(7 out of 10)

CATHERINE

cwmbran Family
Cruise, food, ship crew all excellent. The getting to the ship via coach and cruise manager very poor.
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2015
Published on: 31 December 2015
(10 out of 10)

Bryan

Wimborne Dorset Couple
Overall a happy friendly holiday which we enjoyed.
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2015
Published on: 31 December 2015
(8 out of 10)

TERESA

Nuneaton Family
The value for money was great. The crew and staff were friendly, polite and put on some very entertaining shows. The food was delicious. It was a lovely way to spend Christmas.
Having never been on a river cruise before, I found it disconcerting to have a ship docking alongside, since it blocked both the sun and the view, although obviously it was normal procedure and unavoidable, and one could go up on top deck, but still it was my one objection. However, it would not stop me from repeating a really lovely experience.
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2015
Published on: 31 December 2015