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Christmas Markets Rhine Cruise

4 days from £489*
Departing: December 2017
* Price shown: 17 December 2017 from London Stansted - STN



Christmas markets of the German valleys

Explore the fairytale beauty of the Rhine Valley - its picture-book towns and villages dressed up for Christmas - aboard a beautifully appointed cruise vessel. This warm, welcoming and convivial home from home is the ideal base from which to explore this truly wonderful part of the world.

Discover life on board Olympia

Discover 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.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Return flights from your local airport to Germany
  • Return airport-to-ship transfers
  • Three nights' accommodation based on a standard lower deck cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea, coffee and cake, and late-night snacks
  • Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
  • Luggage porterage
  • On-board entertainment as arranged
  • On-board commentary
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
  • Port charges and taxes

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.


Click here to display the deck plans for this cruise.


Day One

Fly to Germany, and transfer directly to the Olympia. Depending upon your arrival time, you may be able to explore the delightful 'Pearl of the Rhine', Boppard, which sits on the southern side of a great horseshoe bend in the river, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage region of the Upper/Middle Rhine.

Day Two

Early risers will be awake to see Olympia begin her journey, passing fairytale castles and beneath the legendary Lorelei rock (where sirens were said to lure unsuspecting sailors to their end), to alight at Rudesheim.

Here the famous Drosselgasse - lined with Weinstuben (wine taverns) and restaurants - bustles with life. Spend the afternoon soaking up the atmosphere of Rudesheim's famous Christmas market, which features Europe's largest Nativity Scene, then perhaps join our late-afternoon optional excursion to an early evening wine tasting and to see the remarkable collection of musical instruments that are found in Siegfried's Musikkabinett.

Day Three

Around lunchtime, Olympia will arrive in Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Step ashore to take in the atmosphere as you wander the stalls of the town's own Christmas Market, pausing to watch the skaters on the market's rink.

Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Cochem. Situated alongside the Moselle River, this pretty town of quaint cottages and winding streets hosts an excellent Christmas market in its beautiful medieval square.

Later, enjoy a final evening aboard Olympia, perhaps taking part in a quiz, or simply enjoying a performance by the on-board pianist.

Day Four

Bid "auf wiedersehen" to Olympia and this captivating part of the world as you return to the airport for your flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Birmingham 05 December 2017 £629
Birmingham 11 December 2017 £649
Birmingham 14 December 2017 £549
Birmingham 17 December 2017 £539
Bristol 05 December 2017 £649
Bristol 11 December 2017 £639
Bristol 14 December 2017 £699
Bristol 17 December 2017 £609
Edinburgh 05 December 2017 £559
Edinburgh 11 December 2017 £579
Edinburgh 14 December 2017 £539
Edinburgh 17 December 2017 £569
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 05 December 2017 £559
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 December 2017 £549
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 December 2017 £639
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 December 2017 £619
London Stansted
London Stansted 05 December 2017 £529
London Stansted
London Stansted 11 December 2017 £519
London Stansted
London Stansted 14 December 2017 £509
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 December 2017 £489
Manchester 05 December 2017 £679
Manchester 11 December 2017 £666
Manchester 14 December 2017 £609
Manchester 17 December 2017 £539

Further Information

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 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.


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. Bottled water can be purchased on board and locally.

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.

Foreign Office travel advice

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*This offer applies to new bookings made after 21st November 2017 (inclusive) and to the cruises departing on 5th, 11th, 14th and 17th December 2017 only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount amount will be added to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent when the promo code is applied. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, and may be withdrawn at any time.

Christmas Markets Rhine Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Christmas Markets Rhine CruiseScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 41 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Reading Couple
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The journey from the airport to the ship was longer than expected. The service onboard was very good and the food was excellent. The staff were very helpful and polite.
Confirmed traveller: 20 December 2016
Published on: 28 December 2016
(5 out of 10)


Disappointed with the standard and choice of food
Confirmed traveller: 11 December 2016
Published on: 26 December 2016
(9 out of 10)


Birmingham Couple
Very enjoyable. Lovely food on board and very efficient service. Cabin very clean.
Crew friendly and a knowledgeable tour manager.
Only drawback was rather long coach journey from airport to ship as we appeared to be lost.
Confirmed traveller: 08 December 2016
Published on: 17 December 2016