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Cruise the Glorious Rhine 2017

6 days from £744*
Departing: June - October 2017
* Price shown: 14 October 2017 from - - EUO
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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 fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What The Price Includes

  • Return Eurostar rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebsfleet International to Brussels
  • Return coach travel from Brussels to Olympia
  • 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

Travel to Cologne via Brussels by high-speed Eurostar, then the efficient regional rail network, from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International station. Embark Olympia in Andernach before she begins her journey along the 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 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

Disembark in Cologne, leaving Olympia this morning, and transfer back to the station to begin your rail journey home.

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 7.7 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
(7 out of 10)

Leonard

Brentwood Essex Friends
The cabins were clean and tidy but the beds were very poor. I would do a river cruise again but for the money we paid, the MS Olympia was unaccectable.
Confirmed traveller: 25 June 2015
Published on: 06 July 2015
(8 out of 10)

Peter

Norwich Friends
A lovely ' first time' holiday. Most aspects good/very good.

We got off to a bad start with the Eurostar departure from St Pancras delayed which in turn meant that we missed the rail connection from Brussels to Cologne. We were advised by Newmarket Holidays to catch the next train but it was very full and we had to stand with our cases for the whole of the two hour journey. The driver of the minibus in Cologne couldn't find his way from the rail station to the boat and a five minute journey took 20 minutes. The effect of all this was a rushed first meal wearing inappropriate clothing.

After this indifferent start to our holiday, everything except the optional trip to the Ahr Valley on the penultimate day. Most of this trip was spent in traffic jams so not only did we have a very short stay in Ahr Valley but we also arrived back in Cologne too late for the guided tour. The period of time allocated for this optional tour was totally inadequate and it took the shine off what had been a delightful holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 20 June 2015
Published on: 20 July 2015
(8 out of 10)

ROBERT

Fleet Couple
Good. The beautiful Middle Rhiene has to be a winner. Off to a bad start. Delayed start moored overnight at Cologne backwater, missing Andernacht stopover due to extremely late midnight coach arrivals. Poor weather initially, but good for the remainder, sometimes too hot, enabling enjoyment of magnificent world class scenery from open top deck despite unpleasant rear engine exhaust noise. Great company, elderly mature fun loving group, full boat, great happy multi national crew, well entertained by solo singer guitarist, including funny crew show, and masterfully managed, by tour manager, with classic British humour. Bar, food and service all good. Stopovers at pretty but staid Boppard, party town Rudeshiem, impressive historic Mainz, coach ride to unmissable ancient Ahrtal walled town, with interesting walking tours and visits. Wine tasting was hilarious. Disappointed to miss visiting Koblenz due to inappropriate mooring and too long walk to old town. No explanation offered. Suggest more commentary information on castles etc would be welcome, less deck engine noise (screening?), drinking package access to decent coffee. Will recommend to elderly friends, and will revisit +5 years.
Confirmed traveller: 07 June 2015
Published on: 23 June 2015