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Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 2017

9 days from £1119*
Departing: May - October 2017
* Price shown: 06 October 2017 from Birmingham - BHX - EJW
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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 facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from selected local airports to Cologne or Dusseldorf
  • Return airport-to-Olympia coach transfers
  • 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

Fly to Cologne or Dusseldorf and join Olympia in the ancient Rhine town of Andernach. After a first evening meal on board, retire to your comfortable cabin.

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 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

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 11 May 2017 £1199.00 NF7EJW12
Birmingham
Birmingham 19 May 2017 £1199.00 NF7EJW12
Birmingham
Birmingham 27 May 2017 £1209.00 NF7EJW12
Birmingham
Birmingham 19 June 2017 £1209.00 NF7EJW12
Birmingham
Birmingham 15 July 2017 £1209.00 NF7EJW12
Birmingham
Birmingham 04 August 2017 £1209.00 NF7EJW12
Birmingham
Birmingham 12 August 2017 £1209.00 NF7EJW12
Birmingham
Birmingham 06 October 2017 £1119.00 NF7EJW12
Bristol
Bristol 11 May 2017 £1209.00 NF7GZT12
Bristol
Bristol 19 May 2017 £1209.00 NF7GZT12
Bristol
Bristol 27 May 2017 £1219.00 NF7GZT12
Bristol
Bristol 19 June 2017 £1219.00 NF7GZT12
Bristol
Bristol 15 July 2017 £1219.00 NF7GZT12
Bristol
Bristol 04 August 2017 £1219.00 NF7GZT12
Bristol
Bristol 12 August 2017 £1219.00 NF7GZT12
Bristol
Bristol 06 October 2017 £1129.00 NF7GZT12
East Midlands
East Midlands 11 May 2017 £1229.00 NF7GZU12
East Midlands
East Midlands 19 June 2017 £1239.00 NF7GZU12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 11 May 2017 £1229.00 NF7GZS12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 19 May 2017 £1229.00 NF7GZS12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 27 May 2017 £1239.00 NF7GZS12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 19 June 2017 £1239.00 NF7GZS12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 15 July 2017 £1239.00 NF7GZS12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 04 August 2017 £1239.00 NF7GZS12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 August 2017 £1239.00 NF7GZS12
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 06 October 2017 £1149.00 NF7GZS12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 May 2017 £1229.00 NF7EJX12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 19 May 2017 £1229.00 NF7EJX12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 27 May 2017 £1239.00 NF7EJX12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 19 June 2017 £1239.00 NF7EJX12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 July 2017 £1239.00 NF7EJX12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 August 2017 £1239.00 NF7EJX12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 August 2017 £1239.00 NF7EJX12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 October 2017 £1149.00 NF7EJX12
London Stansted
London Stansted 11 May 2017 £1285.00 NF7EJT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 19 May 2017 £1285.00 NF7EJT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 27 May 2017 £1295.00 NF7EJT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 19 June 2017 £1295.00 NF7EJT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 15 July 2017 £1295.00 NF7EJT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 04 August 2017 £1295.00 NF7EJT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 12 August 2017 £1295.00 NF7EJT12
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 October 2017 £1205.00 NF7EJT12
Manchester
Manchester 11 May 2017 £1229.00 NF7EJU12
Manchester
Manchester 19 May 2017 £1229.00 NF7EJU12
Manchester
Manchester 27 May 2017 £1239.00 NF7EJU12
Manchester
Manchester 19 June 2017 £1239.00 NF7EJU12
Manchester
Manchester 15 July 2017 £1239.00 NF7EJU12
Manchester
Manchester 04 August 2017 £1239.00 NF7EJU12
Manchester
Manchester 12 August 2017 £1239.00 NF7EJU12
Manchester
Manchester 06 October 2017 £1149.00 NF7EJU12
Newcastle
Newcastle 11 May 2017 £1239.00 NF7GZW12
Newcastle
Newcastle 19 June 2017 £1249.00 NF7GZW12

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.

Rhine in Flames

The 7th August 2016 departure of this cruise will be present at the Rhine in Flames fireworks display.

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.

Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland reviews verified by Reevoo

Romantic Rhine Cruise to SwitzerlandScores 8.5 out of 10 based on 35 reviews
(10 out of 10)

GEORGE

Guernsey Couple
We chose a river cruise for the first time, as my wife cannot walk very far without assistance, with the thought that the scenery would come to her without her moving far. This proved right in every way and we cannot fault the cruise arrangements in any way. The advice provided by email prior to the holiday, the consideration we received from every crew member, the convenience of the cabin, the meals and the accurate advice provided in determining the suitability of outings were exceptional and we have not stopped praising the quality and value of the holiday to friends and family since we returned home. Many thanks to a great team.
Confirmed traveller: 16 October 2015
Published on: 20 November 2015
(8 out of 10)

MARY

Ipswich Couple
Excellent all round except some meals and particularly desserts were poor.
Tour manager(s) were top rate being accessible and so helpful. Olympia ran smoothly and quietly. Hardly any disturbances during night sailing. Well done to the Captain and crew.


Thank you
Confirmed traveller: 16 October 2015
Published on: 28 October 2015
(7 out of 10)

CAROL

Huddersfield Couple
A short holiday like this hardly supports two days where the optional excursion is approximately 2 hours each way. If I had realised this I would not have booked.

On the other hand, I'd like to remark that the crew were lovely - always pleasant and welcoming - and George was a delightful entertainment.
Confirmed traveller: 16 October 2015
Published on: 28 October 2015
(10 out of 10)

JOHN

Cromer Friends
Our first cruise experience which exceeded our hopes. Crew were tremendous staff very hard working and could not do enough to help. Very cosy cabin
Confirmed traveller: 16 October 2015
Published on: 28 October 2015
(7 out of 10)

Mary

Newbury Couple
We enjoyed the cruise generally, but our itinerary was changed at the last minute which meant a lot of time spent cruising with not a lot to do on the ship. Therefore time spent ashore was reduced. Cabins not very comfortable for day use, but lounge was fine.
A lot of sightseeing time lost with full course meals for lunch and dinner.
Will choose a more modern ship next time. Staff excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 13 August 2015
Published on: 09 September 2015
(8 out of 10)

CHRISTINE

Stockport, Cheshire Couple
A good all round holiday especially friendly staff
Confirmed traveller: 13 August 2015
Published on: 01 September 2015
(8 out of 10)

MILDRED

Wirral Couple
Enjoyed our first river cruise overall. Accommodation was excellent. Very clean.
We felt very relaxed, except could have done with a little more time in some of the
visits ashore.
Would take a river cruise again.
Confirmed traveller: 05 August 2015
Published on: 22 September 2015