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Castles & Vineyards Four Rivers Cruise 2017

7 Days From £739*
Departing August-October 2017
* Price shown: 30 Sep 2017 - ERG
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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 Rivers 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 your chosen pick-up point
  • 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.

Deck Plans

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Itinerary

Day One

Travel by coach from your selected pick-up point, cross the Channel, and continue to join Olympia in 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 "auf wiedersehen" to Olympia and her crew this morning, and transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

Prices

Departure DatePrice From
 Sun 20 Aug 2017£759.00
 Sat 30 Sep 2017£739.00

Further Information

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.

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 coach driver 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.

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.

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.

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 7.4 out of 10 based on 27 reviews
(7 out of 10)

STEVE

Huntington Beach , California Friends
As the only Americans onboard , it was nice to travel with the Brits
Confirmed traveller: 08 October 2015
Published on: 28 October 2015
(4 out of 10)

TOM

Couple
Cabins was poorly designed , most passengers had hit their head on the shelf, both sides of the cabin.
Who wants Pork at lunch and then beef for dinner? Would have like a small Al a carte menu, at extra cost, which could have been ordered at breakfast as was the other meals.
No internet facilities, either wi-fi or a computer (would have paid for access, instead I had to search Mannheim for a computer cafe.)
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 06 September 2015
(8 out of 10)

JOHN

Rochdale Single traveller
The holiday was very good in all respects except the coach travel to and from the ship. I have no specific complaint as the drivers and coach were excellent,but the journey of twenty hours was far too long for me. Yes I'd go again but would prefer to fly out and back next time
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 06 September 2015
(10 out of 10)

Irene

Minehead Friends
The journey getting to the ship is always arrendous. We have now been on two river cruises and both journeys are really bad.

We know there are other options is rail and flying but the extra cost is really not acceptable. We do think you could give us the opportunity to make our own way there but you could still pick us up from the airport in say germany or where ever at a cost.

With all the pickups in the UK you could still save money. We had a pickup in taunton for 4 passengers ,where the coach had just travelled all the way from Nottingham then our next pick up was swindon.
We met a couple from Exeter which is about 40mins away and they were told they would have to join at Bournemouth.
So someone seriously needs at the transport side.
Our nearest airport is Bristol or Exeter but we did not have that choice, so we do believe there should be an option for customers to get say germany on there own steam.
Your comments would be appreciated.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 06 September 2015
(9 out of 10)

Teresa

Heywood Couple
Excellent trip and extremely helpful crew on the ship. Journey is a bit too long by coach and we were unaware that the start would be so early. The tour guide did not provide any guidance on alternative activities if the tours were not taken. Heidelberg trip was poor. Far too much time for just a walking tour. Rudesheim was good however.
I did feel that the tour guide was not responsive to any ideas and not very personable. Disembarkation meeting was very poor and the idea of tying a short piece of gift ribbon on the bags for identification I thought was an extremely poor system particularly when people have to pick up the ribbons themselves. I would suggest an individual envelope for each cabin with zip type plastic labels. People may have difficulty hearing or working out what was said. Overall the trip was excellent but it would have been better with flights.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 06 September 2015
(8 out of 10)

Carol

Isle of wight Family
Very enjoyable, meals very rushed, coffee served before sweet,so cold by end of meal, some food on offer regional & not to my taste. Excursions not very well organised by cruise manager & her attitude left much to be desired. Rest of Staff on board very efficient , pleasant & helpful.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 30 August 2015
(9 out of 10)

ELAINE

manchester Couple
we enjoyed it all except the long journey it could do with a stopover.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 29 August 2015