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Castles & Vineyards Four Rivers Cruise 2017

7 days from £969*
Departing: August - September 2017
* Price shown: 30 September 2017 from Birmingham - BHX - GZL

An enchanting voyage

Join Olympia to explore the mighty Rhine and three of its great tributaries. Cruise past the vineyards and fairytale castles of the Middle Rhine, along the delightful, meandering Moselle, and into Rivers Neckar and Main. Fascinating calls at some great cities - including Boppard, Mainz and Heidelberg - complete this memorable 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 fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Cologne
  • Return airport-to-Olympia transfers
  • Six nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • Embark in Andernach and disembark in Frankfurt
  • Calls at Rudesheim, Mainz, Mannheim and Cochem
  • An overnight stop in Boppard
  • Walking tours of Boppard and Mainz
  • A scenic cruise along the Middle Rhine
  • On-board entertainment including a Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • On-board English commentary
  • 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.


Day One

Fly to Cologne and join Olympia in the ancient Rhine town of Andernach. After a first evening meal, enjoy a nightcap in the ship's bar, or simply retire to your comfortable cabin.

Day Two

Olympia sails into the Middle Rhine early this morning, heading upstream to Koblenz and the mighty Ehrenbreitstein castle. Admire the picturesque twists and turns of the River Moselle, before stepping ashore to explore the pretty winemaking village of Cochem, nestled beneath fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle, which you'll have the chance to visit on an optional excursion.

Day Three

Enjoy a scenic cruise back to Koblenz, before arriving later this afternoon in delightful Boppard, the 'Pearl of the Rhine'. Discover the winemaking town's many charms on our included walking tour and, this evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, or step ashore to experience Boppard by night.

Day Four

Olympia sails into the heart of the Middle Rhine today. You'll pass vineyards and ancient villages, before heading through the Rhine Gorge beneath the fabled Lorelei, the legendary rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fates.

This afternoon, Olympia ties up in Rudesheim. Step ashore to stroll the celebrated wine town's narrow streets - the most celebrated of which, the Drosselgasse, is lined with bars and weinstuben (taverns) - and join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikkabinett.

Day Five

After a nighttime voyage, Olympia arrives in stylish Mannheim, at the confluence of the Rhine and the River Neckar. Join the optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg, the 'Student Prince' city set beneath an imposing castle, before sailing on to Mainz - capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Enjoy dinner on board and perhaps step ashore to explore.

Day Six

This morning, you'll sail through an exquisite, vineyard-clad landscape towards Frankfurt. Join the optional guided tour to discover the city's historic altstadt, the towering facade of the Kaiserdom church, and the delightful lanes of Sachsenhausen - home to countless cafes and bars serving traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider.

This evening, the Captain hosts a Farewell Dinner, and you'll have the chance to swap memories of your adventures with fellow passengers.

Day Seven

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 20 August 2017 £989.00 NF7GZL12
Birmingham 30 September 2017 £969.00 NF7GZL12
Bristol 20 August 2017 £999.00 NF7GZM12
Bristol 30 September 2017 £979.00 NF7GZM12
Edinburgh 20 August 2017 £1019.00 NF7GZJ12
Edinburgh 30 September 2017 £999.00 NF7GZJ12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 20 August 2017 £1009.00 NF7EJR12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 30 September 2017 £989.00 NF7EJR12
Manchester 20 August 2017 £1019.00 NF7GZK12
Manchester 30 September 2017 £999.00 NF7GZK12


Further Information

Altered itineraries

The cruise departing on 30th September 2017 will operate a reverse itinerary sailing from Frankfurt to Andernach. All included calls and highlights remain the same although the days will change. All pricing and optional excursions remain the same.

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 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.


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.

Four Rivers Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Four Rivers CruiseScores 6.5 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Bracknell Couple
We enjoyed the holiday and felt it was overall good value for money. However we did not find the tour director to be very helpful, knowledgeable or efficient.
Negative comments: 1) lack of tea making facilities in the cabins; 2) lack of WI Fi; 3)Unimaginative entertaining -whilst we enjoyed the guitarist on the 1st night, he played exactly the same repertoire every night which became boring; 4) the lack of evening snacks as promised; 5) the fact that if you paid for the drinks package the tea and coffee was served cold and stewed from flasks but if you paid separately the drinks were served fresh out of a machine (we thought that this was particularly mean and unnecessary)
On the plus side: 1) The food was much better than we expected, and much better than our previous experiences with Newmarket; 2) All the crew were very friendly and helpful and made the whole trip enjoyable. I would particularly mention our waitress Erica who was absolutely brilliant
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 11 September 2015
(5 out of 10)


basingstoke Couple
Generally day voyages were based on times that the ship could sail. This caused quite a few problems relating to daily tours. Some places where very few facilities existed, were visited for hours and others where major attractions available resulted in very little time to visit. In addition lack of information relating to leaving ship/cabins at 9.00am for Frankfort flights home at 6.00pm approx.. Tour Director stated holiday finished when leaving ship thus YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. Only after some moans and groans was any interim facilities provided. Newmarket did not indicate any descriptions in their brochure on flight departures from different points would result in either long journeys to some air ports or long waits at other airports on shorter journeys.
Confirmed traveller: 25 August 2013
Published on: 19 December 2013