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Castles & Vineyards Four Rivers Cruise 2017

7 Days From £679*
Departing August - September 2017
* Price shown: 30 Sep 2017 - JEB
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An enchanting German voyage

Join Olympia on a spectacular journey from ancient Andernach to glittering Frankfurt, taking in a host of medieval towns, rolling vineyards and magnificent castles along the way. Sail along the winding Moselle to the wine-making town of Cochem, and re-join the Rhine to visit picturesque Boppard, Rudesheim and Mainz. Explore Mannheim, at the mouth of the River Neckar, and take the chance to discover gorgeous Heidelberg, before Olympia heads into the River Main to complete her journey in dazzling Frankfurt, home to a delightful Altstadt (Old Town) in its centre.

What The Price Includes

  • Embark in Andernach and disembark in Frankfurt
  • Six nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • 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 Germany and join Olympia in historic, Rhine-side Andernach. Arrive in time for dinner, and spend your first evening settling into the ship, perhaps enjoying a nightcap at the bar.

Day Two

Early this morning Olympia sails upstream past the ancient town of Koblenz, which sits in the shadow of imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite river bank. Here, the ship turns toward the twisting course of the River Moselle, navigating its meandering path down to Cochem. This quaint, wine-making town sits in a verdant, vineyard-clad valley, beneath the striking Reichsburg Castle that watches over the town from its lofty perch. Tour the castle on this afternoon's optional excursion, or stroll along the town's winding streets past attractive half-timbered houses.

Day Three

A scenic cruise back towards Koblenz takes us into the Middle Rhine once more, as Olympia sails towards delightful Boppard. An included walking tour this afternoon introduces you to the sights of this ancient town and its importance as a wine-producing centre. Enjoy dinner and a quiet evening on board, or head out to try the local wines and discover Boppard's night-time charm.

Day Four

This morning's spectacular cruise sees Olympia sail into the heart of the Middle Rhine, passing pretty, historic villages surrounded by vineyards, and see fateful Lorelei ? the rock from which legendary sirens were said to have lured fishermen to their fates.

Olympia arrives in Rudesheim this afternoon, a beautiful wine-producing town with a charming Altstadt. Wander the leafy Drosselgasse, the town's celebrated main street, packed with bars and weinstube (taverns), or join an optional excursion to see antique musical instruments at quirky Siegfried's Musikkabinett.

Day Five

Following an overnight sailing, Olympia reaches Mannheim, which sits at the confluence of the Rhine and the River Neckar. Discover the 'Student Prince' city of Heidelberg on an optional excursion, before Olympia sails on to Mainz this afternoon. Enjoy dinner on board before stepping ashore to explore the city's glorious Altstadt, crammed with half-timbered houses and ancient market squares.

Day Six

This morning Olympia sails past lush vineyards on her way to Frankfurt. An optional guided tour introduces you to the city's historic centre, taking in the Altstadt, its streets flanked by pretty half-timbered houses, and the impressive facade of Gothic Kaiserdom church. Take the chance to try local Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider at the many cafes and bars in delightful Sachsenhausen.

Return to the ship during the evening for the Captain's Farewell Dinner as we toast our wonderful cruise.

Day Seven

Disembark Olympia in Frankfurt after a wonderful cruise along four beautiful rivers.

Prices

DateNightsPrice From
20 Aug 2017 6 £699.00
30 Sep 2017 6 £679.00

Further Information

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.

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.

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.

Drinking water

The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.

Luggage

Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.

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.

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.

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