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Rhine in Flames Cruise 2017

8 Days From £1119*
Departing July 2017
* Price shown: 27 Jun 2017 from Birmingham - BHX
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Rhine Fireworks spectacular

Join us to witness a glorious night-time procession of illuminated vessels and a breathtaking firework display as Olympia attends the 'Rhine in Flames'. See the great Rhineland capital Cologne, and the wine town of Rudesheim, and sail through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine and the fabled Rhine Gorge on this superb-value summertime cruise.

Life on board Olympia

There'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 selected airports to Cologne
  • Return airport-to-Olympia coach transfers
  • Seven nights' accommodation on board the Olympia based on a standard lower deck cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, cake and evening snacks
  • Cruising the Moselle to Cochem
  • Call at Traben-Trarbach, Bernkastel-Kues, Koblenz and Rudesheim
  • A walking tour of Koblenz
  • Cruising through the Rhine Gorge
  • The 'Rhine in Flames' spectacular
  • On-board English commentary
  • A welcome Cocktail Party
  • Entertainment each evening
  • Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • Luggage porterage
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager
  • Port charges and taxes

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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Day One

Fly to Cologne or Dusseldorf, and join Olympia. Enjoy dinner and, time-permitting, step ashore to soak up some of the city, before Olympia sets sail up-river.

Day Two

Awake as Olympia sails into the River Moselle, heading to pretty Cochem. The town nestles beneath the fairytale turrets of the Reichsburg castle, which can be explored on this afternoon's optional excursion. Later, stroll Cochem's delightful streets, and perhaps enjoy an optional wine-tasting in one of the famous weinstuben (taverns), before dinner on board.

Day Three

Olympia slips away from Cochem this morning, and cruises along the scenic Moselle to the twin towns of Traben-Trarbach. Wander the streets of this pretty medieval city - once the second busiest wine trading city in Europe. See lovingly preserved half-timbered houses, and perhaps pass beneath the Belle Epoque twin towers that guard the gateway to the bridge between the towns.

Day Four

Arrive in Bernkastel this morning, and join our optional walking tour in the company of a local guide. Bernkastel's central square is surrounded by magnificent half-timbered houses, and the energetic might also climb to the ruins of the Burg Landshut castle just outside the town.

After lunch, a coach will carry you from Bernkastel to Trier. See its second-century Roman city gate - the Porta Nigra - its ancient baths and 20,000-seat amphitheatre, and join the optional walking tour for an informative introduction to the city that was also the birthplace of Karl Marx.

Day Five

After a morning in Bernkastel, Olympia makes her way downstream to her overnight mooring in Alken.

Day Six

There's the opportunity this morning to explore Koblenz. Here the river's meeting with the Rhine is marked by the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and the mighty Ehrenbreitstein fortress. Join our Cruise Manager for an included walking tour through the altstadt (old town) quarter of Koblenz before Olympia cruises to Rudesheim.

Step ashore to explore Rudesheim's narrow streets - many like the famous Drosselgasse lined with bars and weinstuben - and perhaps join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikal Kabinett.

After dinner this evening, take your place as a parade of illuminated craft and a fireworks display light up the riverbanks and transform the night sky with the blaze of colour that marks the 'Rhine In Flames'.

Day Seven

This morning Olympia sails back through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge heading back to Cologne. You'll have an afternoon to explore the city's historic altstadt and imposing Gothic cathedral before this evening's Gala Farewell Dinner back on board.

Day Eight

Say goodbye to Olympia, this morning, and return to the airport to board your flight home.


 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham27 Jun 2017 £1119.00
Bristol27 Jun 2017 £1169.00
East Midlands27 Jun 2017 £1149.00
Edinburgh27 Jun 2017 £1149.00
London Heathrow27 Jun 2017 £1149.00
Manchester27 Jun 2017 £1149.00
Newcastle27 Jun 2017 £1159.00

Further Information

Procession and Fireworks

Please note that the procession and fireworks will be watched from the ship. However, dependent upon sailing schedules and water levels, it may be necessary to transfer you by coach to a viewing point.

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.

Rhine in Flames Cruise Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Rhine in Flames CruiseScores 8.5 out of 10 based on 8 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Hitchin Couple
Overall, we had a very enjoyable holiday. There was a great party spirit with all the guests making friends very easily. This was helped by a very good Newmarket on board guide (Mary), a magnificent crew, and the fact that it was a relatively small boat. Lunch and dinner were of excellent quality and variety; breakfast, however, didn't change at all and got a bit boring by the end of the week.
The boat (MS Olympia) is showing its age. During our trip the weather was very hot and the AC in the lounge and dining room just could not cope, hence many people spent the afternoons in their cabins. The shaded area on deck was also too small for the numbers wishing to use it. Cabins are small and not very comfortable; this would not matter if the above points were addressed, as people would not need to spend any daytime in them. There is also no WiFi on board.
Having visited the Rhine previously by car, the main purpose of this trip was to see the fireworks whilst enjoying a relaxing break. The Rudesheim fireworks were somewhat disappointing. Our guide made great play of the fact that the Captain had pulled strings to obtain a mooring very close to the local display, but frankly, the fireworks of Bingen (about a mile downstream) were much better. As Rudesheim promotes itself especially for this event its a pity they could not provide a better show.
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 07 August 2015
(8 out of 10)


Marlborough Couple
We had a wonderful time. The crew were so helpful, except for the bar staff who appeared to be arrogant and unfriendly.
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 22 July 2015
(8 out of 10)


Upminster Essex Couple
The holiday was very relaxing and the scenery was fantastic. The weather did help as it was over 30 deg C most the time. The Rhine in Flames was a great night as George our musician moved all his equipment onto the top deck so we finished up entertaining all the other boats as well. Our Captain managed to secure the prime spot for watching the fireworks. Crew were all very friendly
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 20 July 2015
(9 out of 10)


Middle Rasen, Lincolnshire Couple
an excellent relaxing holiday. brilliant crew, everybody so polite and helpful, very clean and tidy ship, cabins very clean and tidy though ours was on the small side ,my fault by not studying the deck set up, We ought to have been nearer the front. everyone on board was very friendly,places visited were lovely and clean. I struggle to find any faults. How many captains can play the the harmonica, or do the twist like ours did?
Thank you, I look forward to being able to cruise with you again in the future
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 18 July 2015
(10 out of 10)


Stourbridge Couple
Excellent time , crew were very friendly, beautiful villages etc all helped by meeting some lovely people and great weather.
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 17 July 2015
(7 out of 10)

Mrs. G

Coventry Couple
We were left for probably an hour and a half on the coach in the airpirt with no aur conditioning. We should at least have been allowed to stay in the airport with airconditioning and drinks, but mini buses to transport the separate grouls would be preferable.

The menu was at times unimaginitive with the same thing twice in a day or even the same meal.

The beginning of the cruise was slow with no trips but improved during the cruise.

We missed the finale of the fireworks because the tour guide came around in effect telling us that we had enjoyed it and how good it had been, so we left the deck thinking it had finished.

Otherwise the staff were very good.

Wifi would be useful.
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 17 July 2015