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Castles & Vineyards Four Rivers Cruise 2017

7 Days From £739*
Departing August - October 2017
* Price shown: 30 Sep 2017 - ERR
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An enchanting voyage

Join Olympia to explore the mighty Rhine and three of its great tributaries. Cruise past the vineyards and fairytale castles of the Middle Rhine, along the delightful, meandering Moselle, and into the Neckar and Main. Fascinating calls at some great cities - including Boppard, Mainz and Heidelberg - complete this memorable holiday.

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 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
  • 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.

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Itinerary

Day One

Make your own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) and join our coach before it boards the ferry to cross the Channel and head to join Olympia in the ancient Rhine town of Andernach. After a first evening meal, enjoy a nightcap in the ship's bar, or simply retire to your comfortable cabin.

Day Two

Olympia sails into the Middle Rhine early this morning, heading upstream to Koblenz and the mighty Ehrenbreitstein castle. Admire the picturesque twists and turns of the River Moselle, before stepping ashore to explore the pretty winemaking village of Cochem, nestled beneath fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle, which you'll have the chance to visit on an optional excursion.

Day Three

Enjoy a scenic cruise back to Koblenz, before arriving later this afternoon in delightful Boppard, the 'Pearl of the Rhine'. Discover the winemaking town's many charms on our included walking tour and, this evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, or step ashore to experience Boppard by night.

Day Four

Olympia sails into the heart of the Middle Rhine today. You'll pass vineyards and ancient villages, before heading through the Rhine Gorge beneath the fabled Lorelei, the legendary rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fates.

This afternoon, Olympia ties up in Rudesheim. Step ashore to stroll the celebrated wine town's narrow streets - the most celebrated of which, the Drosselgasse, is lined with bars and weinstuben (taverns) - and join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikkabinett.

Day Five

After a nighttime voyage, Olympia arrives in stylish Mannheim, at the confluence of the Rhine and the River Neckar. Join the optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg, the 'Student Prince' city set beneath an imposing castle, before sailing on to Mainz - capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Enjoy dinner on board and perhaps step ashore to explore.

Day Six

This morning, you'll sail through an exquisite, vineyard-clad landscape towards Frankfurt. Join the optional guided tour to discover the city's historic altstadt, the towering facade of the Kaiserdom church, and the delightful lanes of Sachsenhausen - home to countless cafes and bars serving traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider.

This evening, the Captain hosts a Farewell Dinner, and you'll have the chance to swap memories of your adventures with fellow passengers.

Day Seven

Bid farewell to Olympia, and begin your coach journey back to Dover (or Ashford), from where you'll be free to make your own way home.

Prices

DateNightsPrice From
20 Aug 2017 6 £759.00
30 Sep 2017 6 £739.00

Further Information

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.

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.

Altered itineraries

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.

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.

Castles and Vineyards Four Rivers Cruise Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Four Rivers CruiseScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
(6 out of 10)

PAUL

Cornwall Couple
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.
Confirmed traveller: 08 October 2015
Published on: 23 November 2015
(8 out of 10)

ARLENE

Huntington Beach, California Couple
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.
Confirmed traveller: 08 October 2015
Published on: 29 October 2015
(10 out of 10)

Julie

Manchester Couple
Fantastic first experience of river cruising. Will definitely do it again.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 29 August 2015
(10 out of 10)

READER

Romford Couple
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.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 28 August 2015