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Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 2016

9 days from £749*
Departing: October 2016
* Price shown: 08 October 2016 from Birmingham - BHX - XQP
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The best of the mighty Rhine

On our Blue Riband voyage Olympia cruises from the Middle Rhine, through the Rhine Gorge and to the Swiss city of Basel, before turning north and cruising to Cologne. En route, you'll call at Rudesheim, visit ancient Speyer and have the chance to explore your surroundings on a series of optional excursions.

Life on board Olympia

Life on board OlympiaThere'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.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from selected local airports to Cologne or Dusseldorf
  • Return airport-to-Olympia coach transfers
  • Embark in Andernach, disembark in Cologne
  • Eight nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea, coffee and cake, and late-night snacks
  • Two cruises (north and south) through the Rhine Gorge
  • A guided walking tour of Speyer
  • Calls at Strasbourg, Mannheim, Rudesheim and Mainz
  • A visit to Breisach
  • An overnight stop in Basel, Switzerland
  • On-board English commentary
  • On-board entertainment including a welcome cocktail party and a Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • Luggage porterage
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager

All prices are per person and based on two sharing

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

Fly to Cologne or Dusseldorf and join Olympia in the ancient Rhine town of Andernach. After a first evening meal on board, retire to your comfortable cabin.

Day Two

Olympia heads upstream into the Middle Rhine - passing Koblenz and the Ehrenbreitstein castle - through a land of vineyards, castles and villages into the Rhine Gorge beneath the fabled Lorelei. This afternoon we'll arrive in Rudesheim. Stroll along the famous Drosselgasse, and join our optional excursion to Siegfried's Musikkabinett, travelling on the local 'Winzer Express' train.

Day Three

A morning cruise brings you to the ancient city of Speyer. Join our included walking tour of this, one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire, with its UNESCO-listed cathedral and fascinating Altstadt (old town).

This evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, as Olympia moors in Speyer for the night.

Day Four

Olympia arrives, this afternoon, in the beautiful Alsace capital of Strasbourg. Join a fascinating optional excursion by boat through the city's winding canals, and discover its soaring Notre-Dame cathedral - one of France's great Gothic churches - and the buildings of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

Day Five

A leisurely cruise this morning brings you to Basel, Switzerland's only gateway to the sea. Explore the bustling Altstadt and Marktplatz, and perhaps take in the stupendous views from atop the magnificent Munster. This afternoon's optional excursion visits the spectacular Rhine Falls, with the option to take a boat ride (payable locally).

Day Six

Today's full-day optional excursion reveals beautiful lakeside Lucerne, with its restored wooden 'Chapel Bridge'. Enjoy a guided walking tour before heading through the surrounding Swiss countryside to rejoin Olympia in Breisach as she pauses on her northward journey to Kehl.

Day Seven

After a morning's scenic cruising, Olympia calls at Mannheim, from where you can join an optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg on the wooded south bank of the Neckar. One of Germany's 'must-see' destinations, Heidelberg has inspired poets - and operetta composers - for centuries.

You'll rejoin Olympia in Mainz, and have the opportunity to take a stroll through the town after dinner.

Day Eight

Cruise back, along the most romantic stretch of the Rhine, to Cologne. Here our final optional excursion introduces the city, with its twin-towered Gothic cathedral and surrounding Altstadt, before you join the Captain and fellow guests for a special Farewell Dinner and entertainment on board.

Day Nine

Bid "auf wiedersehen" to Olympia and her crew this morning, and transfer to the airport to board your flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From Code
Birmingham
Birmingham 08 October 2016 £749.00 NF6XQP12
Bristol
Bristol 08 October 2016 £1159.00 NF6XYQ12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 08 October 2016 £779.00 NF6XQT12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 08 October 2016 £779.00 NF6XQQ12
London Stansted
London Stansted 08 October 2016 £749.00 NF6XQN12
Manchester
Manchester 08 October 2016 £779.00 NF6XQO12

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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.

Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 2014 reviews verified by Reevoo

Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 2014Scores 8.1 out of 10 based on 27 reviews
(10 out of 10)

JOYCE

Cheshire Couple
All the members of the staff were extremely helpful,nothing was of any bother for them. The meals were varied and well thought out, no meal was repeated. Fresh linen was supplied to each room daily. The trips were very interesting and good value for money. A thoroughly good time appeared to be had by all the guests, smiles all round each day .
Confirmed traveller: 07 August 2016
Published on: 25 August 2016
(8 out of 10)

LINDA

MANCHESTER Couple
scenery beautiful,food excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 07 August 2016
Published on: 23 August 2016
(6 out of 10)

CAROLE

Colchester Couple
Unfortunately, due to rising water we didn't get to the Rhine Falls which was disappointing as that was the main reason for choosing the cruise. Not very impressed with Tour Manager, he appeared more interested in off-loading the customers not interested in our experience. Went to Lake Lucerne on the Sunday instead of the Falls, he was more interested in reminding us that the bus was there (15mins early) rather than advise us of the inclement weather and to take umbrellas and waterproof clothing which spoilt the entire trip really. When anyone dared to whisper to each other whilst he was giving his talks, he stopped talking and stared at the 'offender' which was a little bit condescending to customers I thought. Then at the end of the trip he had put a separate envelope in the cabin to tip him and suggested 10 euros which I have never come across before in all our holidays. A lot of other passengers felt the same.
Confirmed traveller: 02 June 2016
Published on: 17 June 2016
(9 out of 10)

LILIAS

Inverness Friends
My friend and I had a wonderful holiday I can't fault anything from the flight to the ship our cabin was clean with lots of room and the bathroom was excellent with a wonderful shower ,the staff was very friendly and most helpful the cruise was excellent
Confirmed traveller: 02 June 2016
Published on: 13 June 2016
(8 out of 10)

RODDY

Peebles Couple
A very pleasant and relaxing way to travel. Sadly the weather was not too good although we did have some lovely days we also had some wet ones which somewhat spoiled the excursions.
The crew were delightful and very helpful, making us feel at home from the start.
Our tour guide Peter was also very good and kept pace with all our enquiries and requests.
The entertainment from George was excellent if a bit repetitive (mainly due to some ladies repeatedly asking for the same thing over and over again.
Overall an enjoyable and relaxing experience on a small but comfortable ship.
Confirmed traveller: 02 June 2016
Published on: 13 June 2016
(8 out of 10)

DAVID

Couple
Good value
Confirmed traveller: 02 June 2016
Published on: 12 June 2016
(8 out of 10)

BARBARA

Hampshire Family
A most enjoyable holiday, despite the weather. Our only 'below rating' would be our courier, as we did not find him very pleasant......speaking to guests as if we were all school children.
Confirmed traveller: 02 June 2016
Published on: 11 June 2016