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Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 2016

9 days from £1089*
Departing: October 2016
* Price shown: 08 October 2016 from - - XTE
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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 fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What The Price Includes

  • Return Eurostar rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebsfleet International to Brussels
  • Coach transfers between Brussels and the ship
  • 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

Travel to Brussels by high-speed Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International station. You'll then transfer by coach to Andernach to embark Olympia. Enjoy a first meal on board and settle into your cabin, before Olympia sets sail.

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

Disembark in Cologne, leaving Olympia this morning, and transfer back Brussels for the high-speed Eurostar journey home.

Olympia 

Further Information

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 coach driver 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.

Luggage

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

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.

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.

Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 2014 reviews verified by Reevoo

Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 2014Scores 8.5 out of 10 based on 14 reviews
(9 out of 10)

ROGER

Fleet Friends
We really enjoyed this, our second trip on the Rhine with Newmarket and our fourth holiday with you. We hope to cruise the Danube with you next year depending on the offers available. The Rhine in Flames was an outstanding end to the week. Thanks
Confirmed traveller: 15 August 2016
Published on: 14 September 2016
(10 out of 10)

JILL

Uttoxeter, Staffs Couple
Excellent service
Confirmed traveller: 07 August 2016
Published on: 24 August 2016
(8 out of 10)

NIGEL

Colchester Couple
Well organised, informative. Relaxing with attentive staff.
Confirmed traveller: 02 June 2016
Published on: 11 June 2016
(10 out of 10)

ROBERT

Rochester Couple
The Olympia is brilliant. They have got the balance right between the level of service and the cost. The staff are the best and even though we didn't have the best of weather the boat is comfortable and welcoming. We did the whole journey to the boat by train which is the best way.
Confirmed traveller: 25 May 2016
Published on: 12 June 2016
(8 out of 10)

ROLAND

yeovil Couple
Lovely holiday the only thing that let the holiday down was the food and the drinks package was a waste of money, other than that we had a fantastic cruise
Confirmed traveller: 25 May 2016
Published on: 12 June 2016
(9 out of 10)

BRIAN

Croydon, London. Couple
Greatly enjoyed our holiday, we travelled to/from the boat by train which is quicker than coach, but Eurostar train is showing it's age and new rolling stock due next year will be welcome. Both Eurostar and ICE trains could improve their luggage facilities.
The Olympia is an excellent boat for river cruising, not too big, well appointed, well maintained and spotlessly clean. The crew (sailors and "hotel" staff) is it's greatess asset,
all friendly, courteous and ready to give their best. The meals were excellent with plenty of choice. The itinerary was well planned, no overnight sailing, time to go ashore every day, a good choice of excursions. Mary our, Newmarket tour manager, was excellent, very knowledgeable, informative, always available. (We did the Mosel cruise two years ago and she recognised us on sight as we arrived at the boat this year!). George played and sang for our evening entertainment and had just the programme for all guests, he even helped carry cases over the cobbles of Cologne for those who needed assistance when we departed.
A memorable holiday, we look forward to our next Newmarket holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 20 October 2014
Published on: 27 November 2014