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Rhine & the Black Forest Cruise 2017

8 days from £599*
Departing: October 2017
* Price shown: 18 October 2017 from - - EUZ
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The heart of the Rhineland

Join Olympia as she sails south from Andernach and through the Rhine Gorge. See Strasbourg, tour the stunning Black Forest and visit exquisite Freiburg. You'll also have the chance to explore the 'Student Prince' city of Heidelberg, and the classic spa town of Baden-Baden on this delightful river cruise.

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 coach travel from your chosen pick-up point
  • Embark in Andernach, disembark in Strasbourg
  • Return overnight P&O Ferries' crossings with accommodation in a two-berth inside cabin with private facilities
  • Five 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
  • A cruise through the Rhine Gorge and classic Middle Rhine to Rudesheim
  • Calls in Andernach, Speyer, Strasbourg and Breisach
  • A tour of the Black Forest and its capital Freiburg
  • 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

Leaving the local area in the morning we travel to Hull for our overnight sailing to Rotterdam/Zeebrugge. Alternatively, make your own way to the port and meet the coach there before we begin our crossing.

Day Two

Our ship arrives on the Continent in the morning, and from there we'll continue by coach to join Olympia in Andernach. Enjoy dinner and your first evening on board.

Day Three

You'll have time to explore the historic riverside town of Andernach this morning, before Olympia sails south through the Rhine Gorge. Passing beneath the fabled Lorelei you'll head to to Rudesheim.

This afternoon, join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett, and enjoy a wine tasting before you explore the town's narrow streets, the most celebrated of which is the Drosselgasse.

Day Four

Early risers will notice Olympia leave her moorings before breakfast, heading to a lunchtime appointment in Mannheim. Join the optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg, the 'Student Prince' city, and explore the twisting streets and lanes of one of Europe's most romantic settings, before re-joining the Olympia in Speyer, once one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire.

Day Five

Around breakfast time today Olympia arrives in Plittersdorf. From here, an optional excursion offers the chance to visit to the elegant spa town of Baden-Baden before rejoining Olympia in Strasbourg.

In the afternoon, a second optional excursion brings the opportunity to discover Strasbourg, home to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, where the narrow streets and medieval buildings of the Petite France quarter create a beguiling maze criss-crossed with canals.

Day Six

Olympia arrives this morning in the quaint town of Breisach, from where you can join our included half-day excursion through the Black Forest. See Freiburg's spectacular red sandstone cathedral, and explore its altstadt (old town), before we return to Breisach.

This afternoon, you'll have time to enjoy Breisach - the views out over the forest region from atop its Gothic cathedral are lovely - before a Farewell Dinner on board in the company of the Captain and your fellow passengers.

Day Seven

Olympia ties moors in Strasbourg this morning, and you'll disembark to begin your return journey to Rotterdam/Zeebrugge where you'll board the overnight P&O Ferries' sailing back to Hull.

Day Eight

Our ship arrives in Hull in the morning, and once back in the UK, we'll make our way to the local area by coach.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Hull Port
Derbyshire
Derbyshire Chesterfield, Derby, Ilkeston
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire Beverley, Hessle, Hull
Leicestershire
Leicestershire Coalville, Donington Park Services M1, Hinckley, Leicester, Leicester Forest Services M1, Loughborough
Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Boston, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Grantham, Grantham Services A1, Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Stamford
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Harrogate, Northallerton, Ripon, Selby, Skipton, Thirsk, York
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Hucknall, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Retford, Sutton In Ashfield, Worksop
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Woodall Services M1
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent, Uttoxeter
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Bradford, Dewsbury, Ferrybridge Services A1 M62, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Pontefract, Shipley, Wakefield, Woolley Edge Services M1
Date Price From Code
18 October 2017
18 October 2017 £599.00 NB7EUZ02

Olympia with Overnight Ferry 

Modern, well-equipped Olympia offers all you could wish to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your Rhine cruise. Offering accommodation and dining facilities for just under a hundred passengers, the ship has a warm, intimate feeling about her the minute you step on board.

Further Information

Alternative itineraries

The cruises on 14 June and 24 October 2017 will operate a reverse itinerary, sailing from Strasbourg to Andernach. All included calls and highlights remain the same although the days will change. All pricing and optional excursions remain the same.

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

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.

Rhine & the Black Forest Cruise reviews verified by Reevoo

Rhine & the Black Forest CruiseScores 8.9 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
(8 out of 10)

RALPH

Winterton,Scunthorpe. Friends
Driver from Hull to the ship and back was absolutely superb.Staff on ship all very good . Food excellent. It should have been stated on the excursion information that a lot of the trips were not suitable for people with walking difficulties.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2015
Published on: 16 December 2015
(10 out of 10)

DAWN

Rotherham Couple
We really enjoyed our first river cruise and we were really well looked after by the crew.

We feel that the trip was good value for money and would like to do this type of holiday again.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2015
Published on: 17 November 2015
(9 out of 10)

GORDON

Huddersfield Couple
Very enjoyable holiday, have booked a holiday on the same boat again for next year. Friendly and helpful staff throughout.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2015
Published on: 15 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

BARRY

Scarborough Friends
Our 5th Rhine Cruise , 1st with Newmarket Travel. Full Marks for the cabin, we requested a move after the 1st overnighter. A completely sleepless night, fortunately another couple who had difficulty with the steps had moved to the upper deck. We have already recommended this holiday to friends and hopefully will be on the Olympia next year with another couple who have never been abroad before. Our thanks to the tour manager Mary who helped us with our cabin change.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2015
Published on: 14 November 2015
(9 out of 10)

CLIFTON

liverpool Couple
Holiday was excellent, only downside was the 600km on the motorways from Salzburg to Rotterdam, however Nigel was a great driver, next time we would fly.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2015
Published on: 14 November 2015
(8 out of 10)

SHIRLEY

Family
This was our first river cruise and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have recommended this holiday to others since our return.
We found the holiday to be much more relaxing than ocean cruising.
We look forward to another river cruise holiday in the near future
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2015
Published on: 14 November 2015
(8 out of 10)

SHIRLEY

Grimsby Couple
Overall we enjoyed our trip. The only criticism we really had was the meals. We feel a buffet lunch would be preferable to 4 courses and the puddings left a lot to be desired. Also cheese and biscuits would be a welcome addition.
We felt the crew and other personnel were exceptional.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2015
Published on: 14 November 2015