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Rhine & the Black Forest Cruise 2017

6 days from £599*
Departing: June - October 2017
* Price shown: 24 October 2017 from - - ERJ
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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
  • 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

Travel by coach from your selected pick-up point, cross the Channel, and continue to join Olympia. Enjoy dinner and your first evening on board, before Olympia sets sail for Andernach.

Day Two

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 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 Three

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 Four

Around breakfast time today Olympia arrives in Plittersdorf. From here, an optional excursion offers the chance to visit 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 Five

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 Six

Olympia ties up in Strasbourg this morning, from where you'll begin your return journey back to the UK.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Dover Port
Cheshire
Cheshire Altrincham, Chester, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Knutsford Services M6, Macclesfield, Northwich, Poplar 2000 Services M6 M56, Runcorn, Sale, Stockport, Warrington, Wilmslow
Clwyd
Clwyd Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Mold, Queensferry, Rhyl, Wrexham
Cornwall
Cornwall Bodmin, Launceston, Liskeard, Penzance, Redruth, Saltash, St Austell, Truro
Devon
Devon Barnstaple, Bideford, Dawlish, Exeter, Exeter Services M5, Exmouth, Honiton, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Paignton, Plymouth, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay, Totnes
Gwynedd
Gwynedd Bangor
Herefordshire
Herefordshire Hereford
Kent
Kent Ashford, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Canterbury, Chatham, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Maidstone Services M20, Margate, Orpington, Ramsgate, Rochester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Saltwood Services M20, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, Swanley, Tonbridge
Lancashire
Lancashire Accrington, Ashton Under Lyne, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Chorley, Eccles, Lancaster, Leigh, Manchester, Middleton, Oldham, Preston, Prestwich, Rawtenstall, Rochdale, Wigan
London
London Eltham, Lewisham
Merseyside
Merseyside Birkenhead, Liverpool, Southport, St Helens
Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire Abingdon
Shropshire
Shropshire Shrewsbury, Telford
Somerset
Somerset Bridgwater, Bridgwater Services M5, Taunton, Yeovil
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Cannock, Keele Services M6, Lichfield, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stafford, Stoke On Trent, Tamworth
West Midlands
West Midlands Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Halesowen, Solihull, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton
Warwickshire
Warwickshire Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Warwick
Worcestershire
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Evesham, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester
Date Price From Code
09 June 2017
09 June 2017 £649.00 NB7ERJ02
14 June 2017
14 June 2017 £649.00 NB7ERJ02
24 October 2017
24 October 2017 £599.00 NB7ERJ02

Olympia 

Further Information

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.

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. 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.

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 21 reviews
(9 out of 10)

PAUL

Trowbridge Couple
I cannot recommend this holiday highly enough. The only minor downside is that it is trying to cram so much, so many excursions, into the short period of time that we were always on the move and saw little of the Rhine because much of the voyage was done at night. Fortunately, we did get to see the picturesque Rhine Gorge between the lovely town of Rudesheim and the city of Koblenz. For the cost, the holiday was worth every penny.
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 15 December 2015
(8 out of 10)

ALEXANDER

CHESTER Couple
Getting to the boat was a tedious journey! We left home at 12.30am and arrived in Dover approx. nine hours later. Sleep was not possible because of the flashing overhead lights and the stops. Arriving late at Strasbourg, we were well and truly ready for our bed! Coming back from Cologne was also long, but it was during normal waking hours and was tolerable. I think a quicker outward journey is required or at least daytime travel. After that the holiday was great and we will consider other trips - but we will view the journey time closely.
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 15 December 2015
(9 out of 10)

ANGELA

Couple
Had a disaster getting to pick up point. Not your fault ( unless the post code was wrong for Clacket Lane Eastbound) Taxi diver with little English took us to westbound then couldn't find his way back. Caused us to miss the ferry, knock on effect arrived in Strasbourg at 9.30. Other passengers were very patient but we were mortified.
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 14 December 2015
(9 out of 10)

JANE

stockport Friends
Excellent holiday Cabins were larger and better equipped than I expected Crew were all hard working and friendly Only downside was long coach trip to get to the ship Cruise manager very pleasant helpful and gave very clear info
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 24 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

ROSEMARY

Bexhill Friends
Relaxing break in a beauutiful part of the world.
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 16 November 2015
(9 out of 10)

JOYCE

Uxbridge Friends
Coach there and back was uncomfortable mainly due to feeling like a quart in a pint pot. No room to move. However driver Bob excellent and everything else very good. The journey there and back was quite frankly awful having to sit for hours with comfort stops
every now and then, which enabled us to stretch our legs
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 16 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

ARTHUR

Kenilworth Warks Couple
On the whole a very enjoyable trip. The journey by road to the boat was quite long but due to the excellent comfortable coach and very considerate and good driver was more than acceptable.

Once our luggage was on the coach, the fact that we never saw it again until it arrived in our cabin was an added bonus.

The meals were excellent as was the service by ALL members of the crew.

I would definately recommend this holiday and it is our intention to go again.
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 14 November 2015