This picturesque journey on board Olympia sails through the heart of the Rhine and three of its tributaries. Beginning in Andernach, gateway to the enchanting Middle Rhine, you'll sail into the meandering Moselle to attractive Cochem, before returning through the majestic Rhine Gorge to explore the beautiful wine-making towns of Boppard and Rudesheim. Discover historic Mainz and cosmopolitan Mannheim at the mouth of the River Neckar - where there's a chance to visit the enthralling 'Student Prince' town of Heidelberg - before concluding your journey in glittering Frankfurt.
What The Price Includes
Return coach travel from Dover or Ashford
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
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
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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Meet the coach in Dover (or Ashford ? see below) and board the ferry for the Channel crossing, before continuing on to the ancient Rhine town of Andernach - one of Germany's oldest towns - to join Olympia for dinner and a first evening on board.
Olympia leaves Andernach early this morning, drifting upstream past Koblenz - an ancient town dating back to Roman times - and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which occupies a commanding position above the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. Here, Olympia heads into the winding Moselle, reaching the town of Cochem around lunchtime. Nestled in a valley on the banks of a river bend, this attractive town is a maze of half-timbered houses and cottages, and is renowned for delicious wines from its surrounding vineyards. An optional tour this afternoon introduces striking Reichsburg Castle, overlooking the attractive town.
This morning, a leisurely cruise sees Olympia drift back up to Koblenz, where she'll re-join the Middle Rhine. This afternoon, we'll reach Boppard, the 'Pearl of the Rhine', famous for its locally-produced wines. Join our Cruise Manager for an included walking tour of the town, and spend the rest of the day exploring its charismatic streets packed with Baroque architecture, historic buildings and Roman ruins.
Olympia sails into the most beautiful stretch of the Middle Rhine this morning, passing ancient villages such as Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar, as well as the legendary Lorelei: the rock from which sirens were said to have lured passing sailors to their deaths on the rocks.
This afternoon you'll reach Rudesheim, the most popular of the Rhineland wine towns. Wander the narrow streets, stopping for a glass of the local tipple at a weinstube (tavern) on the pretty Drosselgasse. This afternoon's optional excursion gives you the chance to explore Siegfried's Musikkabinett, which houses musical instruments from the last 300 years.
Olympia sails overnight to arrive this morning in Mannheim, where the Rhine and the River Neckar meet. From here, join an optional excursion to the university town of Heidelberg to see its imposing red castle that drapes over the hillside, before we continue to Mainz for the evening. Enjoy dinner on board and perhaps step ashore to see the city's beautiful Altstadt (old town).
Drift past vineyard-covered hillsides on this morning's scenic cruise to Frankfurt, where an optional guided tour introduces you to the city's historic heart. Peruse the Altstadt, where rows of half-timbered houses line its pretty streets; see Gothic Kaiserdom church, and try locally-pressed ciders at a cosy tavern in the Sachsenhausen.
Tonight, re-board Olympia for the Captain's Farewell Dinner, giving you the chance to share memories of your cruise with fellow passengers.
Bid farewell to Olympia this morning, and begin the coach journey back to Dover (or Ashford), from where you'll make your own way home.
20 Aug 2017
30 Sep 2017
Flexible joining options
Our flexible joining options allow you to travel on any date, and as an added convenience we've arranged two possible pre-departure options for you. Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Ashford North and stay the night (car parking is included), and our coach will call for you at the hotel on the way to the Channel.
Alternatively, make your own way to the Stop 24 Services in Kent (M20, Junction 11), and board the coach there. Parking is available (payable locally), and we'll confirm the exact meeting point and time in your Joining Instructions.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
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 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.
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.
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.
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
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.
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Four Rivers CruiseScores 8.8 out of 10based on 5 reviews
(6 out of 10)
Overall very nice but sometimes the choice of when to sail and when to stay 'in port' could have been better. If you do the excursions then you miss the chance to see more of the towns visited, which is unfortunate as some of the places were really lovely and we felt we missed a lot of the sights. Also the information came through very late to say there were celebrations in Frankfurt and various other towns for the 'Berlin Wall' anniversary and this information was not passed on to us, again unfortunately, as their were a lot of things going on that we missed.
But the boat and the staff onboard plus the food were excellent.
08 October 2015
23 November 2015
(8 out of 10)
Huntington Beach, California
We had a exceptional Holiday, with Newmarket Holidays. The staff were all friendly and efficiant and courtis. Our shore excursions were fun and informative, being that it was our first visit to Germany. The UK people on holiday with us were all friendly and nice and curious to meet us from America, US. Over all I would highly recommend Newmarket Holidays to my friends.
08 October 2015
29 October 2015
(10 out of 10)
Fantastic first experience of river cruising. Will definitely do it again.
20 August 2015
29 August 2015
(10 out of 10)
We were very impressed with our trip. The boat was very comfortable and not too big so it was easy to meet other people. The cabin was cosy, the food was fantastic as was the service. The crew could not have been more caring and we were impressed with the way they presented a show one night, including the captain. We will definitely be doing another river cruise at some point. We have done a sea cruise, but we found this far more relaxing and interesting.
20 August 2015
28 August 2015