Aitkenvale Australia Couple
- Loved our river cruise with Newmarket. Olympia was a boutique ship with friendly passengers and crew. Was a great week and we enjoyed the overall experience.
Published on: 17 July 2015
Rhine Fireworks spectacular
Join us to witness the Rhine in Flames - a glorious night-time procession of illuminated vessels and a breathtaking fireworks display that fills the skies above the river and the historic wine town of Rudesheim. This superb-value summer cruise begins and ends in Cologne, and includes visits to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, a cruise through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine and the Rhine Gorge. It also calls at Nijmegen, pretty Andernach, Koblenz at the mouth of the Moselle, and stylish Dusseldorf.
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All prices are per person and based on two sharing
Single cabins are available for a supplement
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.
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Travel to Cologne via Brussels by high-speed Eurostar, then the efficient regional rail network, from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International station. Embark, enjoy dinner and, time-permitting, step ashore to soak up some of the city, before Olympia sets sail to begin the first, down-river leg of her cruise.
After a morning spent cruising through the pretty, windmill-dotted landscape of Holland, Olympia spends an afternoon and evening in Amsterdam, where you'll have time to explore its canals, pretty squares, narrow streets and cobbled bridges. Why not join our optional canal cruise, perhaps the best way to experience the heart of the city and soak up the atmosphere on a summer's evening, before Olympia slips away south?
Early this morning, we'll arrive in Nijmegen. You'll be free to explore this typical Dutch town or join an optional excursion to Arnhem, forever associated with 1944's Operation Market Garden and site of the John Frostbrug - renamed after the commander who bravely defended that 'Bridge Too Far'.
This afternoon, Olympia continues upstream, heading back towards Cologne.
Step ashore to explore the delightful Rhineland capital, this morning, or join a local guide to visit Cologne's vast, twin-towered Dom cathedral and the surrounding altstadt (old town).
This afternoon, Olympia continues her journey into the forested Middle Rhine to the historic riverside town of Andernach. En route, she passes Bonn, Germany's leafy former capital; Konigswinter, beneath the scenic green slopes of the Siebengebirge; Remagen and Linz.
Early this morning Olympia leaves Andernach to sail into the heart of the Middle Rhine. Passing vineyards and ancient villages like Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar, on the way, she'll cruise into the narrow gorge beneath the Lorelei, the legendary rock from which sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate. Spend a morning on deck to catch the best of the scenery before our afternoon arrival in 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 and watch 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'.
Today, Olympia turns back downstream and passes beneath the watchful mass of the Lorelei once more on her way to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. We'll arrive around lunchtime and enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon and evening in this delightful town, where the rivers' meeting point is marked by Deutsche Eck (German Corner), and overlooked by the mighty Ehrenbreitstein fortress.
After a morning spent cruising lazily downstream, Olympia arrives in Dusseldorf. This thriving, elegant city is famous for its colourful, lively altstadt (old town), where you'll find a vast array of inns, bars and brewery houses that have given the area the unofficial title of The World's Longest Bar. Enjoy an optional guided walking tour of the city centre or explore on your own, then return to Olympia to join your fellow passengers for a special Farewell Dinner.
Say goodbye to Olympia and her crew, this morning, as you disembark in Cologne, and transfer back to the station to begin your rail journey home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.
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.
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.