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Betwixtmas Rhine Cruise

4 days from £249*
Departing: December 2016
* Price shown: 27 December 2016 from - - HDE
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Banish those post-Christmas blues

Join us for a Christmastide river cruise of relaxation and gentle exploration. Recharge your batteries, enjoy a party aboard Olympia and perhaps join our optional excursions in Rudesheim and to Cologne, where the city's stores will have begun their post-Christmas sales, should you still be on the lookout for bargains!

Discover life on board Olympia

Discover 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.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Three 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
  • 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 river 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

Join us before our coach boards the ferry to cross the Channel, or book an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Ashford, Kent, and board the coach when it stops at the hotel. Later 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

Early risers will be awake to see Olympia slip out of the harbour and begin her journey. Passing pretty villages and fairytale castles en route, and beneath the legendary Lorelei rock (where sirens were said to lure unsuspecting sailors to their end), we'll sail to Rudesheim.

Spend the afternoon wandering Rudesheim's pretty streets, or join our late-afternoon optional excursion to enjoy an early evening wine tasting at a traditional 'weinkeller' and see the remarkable collection of musical instruments that are found in Rudesheim's Siegfried's Musikkabinett.

Day Three

Around lunchtime, you'll arrive in Koblenz. Explore this traditional Rhineland town, or join our optional excursion to discover the great city of Cologne. You're free to explore the city, famous for the soaring twin towers of its mighty Gothic cathedral, and its 'Altstadt' (Old Town) - its streets crammed with shops, cake-selling 'Konditorei' and bars where you can sample the city's famous 'Kolsch' beer.

This evening, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner and party with entertainment, to celebrate your last night aboard Olympia.

Day Four

After an early breakfast, bid "auf wiedersehen" to Olympia and this captivating part of the world as our coach carries you back across Europe and across the Channel to the UK.
Date Nights Price From Code
27 December 2016
27 December 2016 3 £249.00 NG6HDE02

Olympia 

Further Information

Flexible joining options

Our flexible joining options allow you to travel on any date, and as an added convenience we've arranged two possible pre-departure options for you. Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Ashford North and stay the night (car parking is included), and our coach will call for you at the hotel on the way to the Channel.

Alternatively, make your own way to the Stop 24 Services in Kent (M20, Junction 11), and board the coach there. Parking is available (payable locally), and we'll confirm the exact meeting point and time in your Joining Instructions.

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.

Betwixtmas Rhine Cruise reviews verified by Reevoo

Betwixtmas Rhine CruiseScores 7.3 out of 10 based on 7 reviews
(10 out of 10)

Parkes

West Sussex Couple
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on board MS Olympia. Warm welcome, good food and comfortable cabin. The Rhine is lovely and the views and architecture of the passing buildings and properties was a lovely sight.

Would recommend joining the coach at Ashford staying in The Holiday Inn to reduce time on coach on outward and return journey home. Boarded ship at Dover from Ashford and was able to park our car there for the duration of our holiday.

Will be going on this trip again this year as we enjoyed our experience on this Twixmas break so much and it was excellent value too.
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2015
Published on: 05 January 2016
(5 out of 10)

ALLEN

dereham Friends
The meals were disgusting we only ate breakfast they coudnt ruin that!We have been for the last two Christmas ,s on the Christmas cruises and have had a lovely time.We would,nt go again on that cruise.It happen to be are only holiday in 2014 and we were so looking forward to the break The weather was beautiful snow a really white Christmas
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2014
Published on: 16 February 2015
(9 out of 10)

WILLIAM

Stourport-on-Severn Couple
Wonderful break between Christmas and New Year
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2014
Published on: 16 January 2015
(7 out of 10)

TERESA

Brighton Couple
This trip was very good value for money. The catering was of a good standard apart from tea/coffee which were always served lukewarm

If I was to choose this trip again I would select a flight option as the coach journey is far too long and the stops for meals were at mediocre service stations. We would have welcomed information from the driver about our journey.

Overall still a good trip at a difficult time of the year for coach travel
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2014
Published on: 15 January 2015
(3 out of 10)

Carolyn

Bucks Couple
Tired old boat, tiles in the bathroom painted over badly
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2013
Published on: 08 January 2014