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Castles & Vineyards Four Rivers Cruise 2017

7 Days From £969*
Departing August - October 2017
* Price shown: 30 Sep 2017 from Birmingham - BHX
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An enchanting German voyage

Drift along the mighty River Rhine and three of its tributaries on this scenic cruise through Germany. Beginning in ancient Andernach, you'll sail into the meandering Moselle to explore beautiful Cochem, then journey along the enchanting Middle Rhine for an unforgettable cruise to Boppard, Ruedesheim and Mainz - passing fairy-tale castles and vineyard-clad slopes en route. Arriving at the mouth of the River Neckar, there's the chance to explore historic Mannheim and to discover romantic Heidelberg, before a final cruise into the Main takes you to glittering Frankfurt, where a beautifully preserved Altstadt (old town) nestles at its centre.

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

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Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Cologne and join Olympia in Andernach, one of Germany's oldest towns. Enjoy dinner, and perhaps visit the ship's bar for a nightcap, before retiring to your cabin for a first night aboard.

Day Two

Olympia sets sail early this morning, cruising upstream from Andernach towards Koblenz and the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which overlooks the town from the opposite bank. Olympia then sails into the meandering River Moselle to reach Cochem, a delightful wine town flanked by vineyards and crowned by beautiful Reichsburg Castle. Tour the castle on this afternoon's optional excursion, or simply choose to wander the town's quaint streets, sampling the local wines as you go.

Day Three

Enjoy a lazy morning's cruise back towards Koblenz this morning, before Olympia re-joins the Rhine and heads to Boppard, the 'Pearl of the Rhine', during the afternoon. Join our Cruise Manager for an included walking tour to discover the town's role as a major wine-producing centre, and spend the rest of day exploring the town or sampling the local tipple.

Day Four

Enjoy some remarkable scenery today as Olympia enters the heart of the Middle Rhine. This UNESCO-listed stretch of the river is fringed by rolling vineyards, thick forests and breathtaking castles, and a number of ancient villages - including Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar - dot its banks. You'll also pass beneath the legendary Lorelei, the mythical rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fates.

Spend the afternoon discovering the alluring town of Ruedesheim, the most famous of the Rhineland towns. Stroll the Drosselgasse to try local wines at the many bars and taverns, or join our optional excursion to see quirky Siegfried's Musikkabinett.

Day Five

Olympia sails through the night and arrives this morning in stylish Mannheim, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the River Neckar. Join our optional excursion to attractive Heidelberg, famous for its university and the red sandstone ruins of its castle, before Olympia sails on to Mainz ? the capital and largest city of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Step ashore to explore its medieval market squares and traditional half-timbered houses.

Day Six

This morning's scenic cruise sees Olympia sail through the beautiful vineyard-packed landscape towards Frankfurt. Upon arrival, join our optional sightseeing excursion, which takes in towering Kaiserdom church, the city's historic Altstadt and the pretty lanes of Sachsenhausen, where bustling cafes offer traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider.

Tonight, re-board the ship for the Captain's Farewell Dinner, a celebration that marks the finale of your trip.

Day Seven

Disembark Olympia this morning, and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham20 Aug 2017 £989.00
Birmingham30 Sep 2017 £969.00
Bristol20 Aug 2017 £1039.00
Bristol30 Sep 2017 £979.00
Edinburgh20 Aug 2017 £1019.00
Edinburgh30 Sep 2017 £999.00
London Heathrow20 Aug 2017 £1009.00
London Heathrow30 Sep 2017 £989.00
Manchester20 Aug 2017 £1019.00
Manchester30 Sep 2017 £999.00

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

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.

Castles and Vineyards Four Rivers Cruise Reviews collected by Reevoo

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

DAVID

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)

Eric

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