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Cruise the Glorious Rhine 2017

6 days from £819*
Departing: June - October 2017
* Price shown: 14 October 2017 from Birmingham - BHX - EHW
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Experience the best of the Rhine

Enjoy an unforgettable journey through the beautiful, UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine, and a passage through the fabled Rhine Gorge beneath the legendary Lorelei. Visit the wine town of Rudesheim and historic Mainz, and explore the delightful Ahr Valley on this very special Rhine cruise holiday.

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 your local airport to Cologne or Dusseldorf
  • Return airport-to-Olympia coach transfers
  • Five nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • A scenic cruise along the Middle Rhine
  • A call at Boppard
  • A walking tour of Boppard
  • A call at Rudesheim
  • Calls at Mainz, Koblenz and Cologne
  • On-board English commentary
  • On-board evening 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 and join Olympia in Andernach before she begins her journey along the mighty Rhine this evening.

Day Two

This morning Olympia sets sail from Andernach, heading to idyllic Boppard, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage region of the Upper/Middle Rhine.

Discover the town's Roman fort and beautiful historic quarter on our fascinating walking tour, and this evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, or explore Boppard by night.

Day Three

Today, Olympia sails into the picturesque Middle Rhine, past vineyards and ancient villages, and through the narrow gorge beneath the Lorelei - the legendary rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate.

This afternoon, Olympia ties up in the celebrated wine town of Rudesheim. Explore its famous Drosselgasse, lined with bars and weinstuben (taverns), and perhaps join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett and enjoy a wine tasting.

Enjoy dinner and entertainment on board this evening, or head back ashore.

Day Four

Cruising south this morning, Olympia calls at historic Mainz. Join our optional walking tour and discover its six-towered cathedral, Gutenberg Museum and delightful altstadt (old town), before returning to Olympia for this afternoon's sailing back through the Rhine Gorge to Koblenz.

Step ashore to stroll the street, or along the riverfront promenade, before enjoying dinner and entertainment on board.

Day Five

Olympia continues downriver, passing the delightful town of Konigswinter and former German capital, Bonn, to arrive back in Cologne by early afternoon. Explore, or join our coach excursion into the breathtaking Ahr Valley before returning to Cologne to explore its vast cathedral and the surrounding altstadt with a local guide.

This evening, the Captain hosts a Farewell Dinner on board, and there's a chance to swap memories of the past wonderful few days with fellow passengers.

Day Six

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 04 June 2017 £869.00 NF7EHW12
Birmingham
Birmingham 04 July 2017 £869.00 NF7EHW12
Birmingham
Birmingham 14 October 2017 £819.00 NF7EHW12
Bristol
Bristol 04 June 2017 £879.00 NF7HJI12
Bristol
Bristol 04 July 2017 £879.00 NF7HJI12
Bristol
Bristol 14 October 2017 £829.00 NF7HJI12
East Midlands
East Midlands 04 June 2017 £899.00 NF7HJJ12
East Midlands
East Midlands 04 July 2017 £899.00 NF7HJJ12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 04 June 2017 £899.00 NF7HJH12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 04 July 2017 £899.00 NF7HJH12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 October 2017 £849.00 NF7HJH12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 June 2017 £899.00 NF7EHX12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 July 2017 £899.00 NF7EHX12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 October 2017 £849.00 NF7EHX12
Manchester
Manchester 04 June 2017 £899.00 NF7EHV12
Manchester
Manchester 04 July 2017 £899.00 NF7EHV12
Manchester
Manchester 14 October 2017 £849.00 NF7EHV12
Newcastle
Newcastle 04 June 2017 £909.00 NF7HJL12
Newcastle
Newcastle 04 July 2017 £909.00 NF7HJL12

Olympia 

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.

Pre-paid drinks package

Spend just £17.50 per person per night, and enjoy unlimited draught beer, house wine and soft drinks (including water, tea and coffee) between 10am and midnight while on board Olympia. All other drinks are not included. The drinks package must be purchased by every person occupying a particular cabin.

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.

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.

Cruise the Glorious Rhine reviews verified by Reevoo

Cruise the Glorious RhineScores 8.1 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
(7 out of 10)

CARL

Lttleborough Couple
Staff and service good apart from hot drinks which were never hot!

The Tour Manager was very poor and gave little commentary while on board

We were met at the Airport but we had to find the driver and the bus - he didn't seem to be looking for us
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2015
Published on: 22 November 2015
(9 out of 10)

SANDRA

Milnrow Friends
The crew were great the food fantastic. Sailing through the night was very noisy but perhaps couldn't be helped. Everything was good with the exception of the tour manager who talked a lot about Rotherham where he came from and on more than one occasion gave us wrong information I didn't give him a tip except to say it's time to give it up.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2015
Published on: 21 November 2015
(8 out of 10)

DAVID

Brentwood Couple
This was a last minute decision and was pretty good even though the sun didn't shine to make the Rhine look at it's best. The crew and other guests were great and we had fun.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2015
Published on: 28 October 2015
(10 out of 10)

ROD

Walkden Manchester Couple
Great cruise had a wonderful time food was good,staff were great nothing to much trouble for them if you asked,ship was just the right size wonderful views along the Rhine,would do another cruise on another river.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2015
Published on: 28 October 2015
(9 out of 10)

JOHN

Norwich Couple
Apart from the weather which was unfortunate our only negative point was the lack of enthusiasm from the cruise manager - a simple hello would have been good at times
Confirmed traveller: 25 June 2015
Published on: 16 July 2015
(8 out of 10)

Thomas

Southport Couple
The holiday was good, but it was let down by being abandoned in Dussledorf airport for an hour and a half on arrival. After getting the airport to put out a call, a surly coach driver appeared who couldn't speak English.
We were supposed to be met by a Newmarket Rep. - this didn't happen.
This isn't the first time that Newmarket have fallen short with their arrangements.
Confirmed traveller: 07 June 2015
Published on: 23 June 2015
(3 out of 10)

David

Brandon suffolk Couple
Cruise manager absolute rubbish
Confirmed traveller: 13 June 2013
Published on: 08 December 2013