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Betwixtmas Rhine Cruise

4 days from £489*
Departing: December 2018
* Price shown: 27 December 2018 from London Stansted - STN

Christmastide river cruise

Fly out to join us for a Christmastide river cruise of relaxation and gentle exploration. Recharge your batteries, enjoy a party aboard Olympia and perhaps join our optional excursions in Rudesheim and to Cologne, where the city's stores will have begun their post-Christmas sales, should you still be on the lookout for bargains!

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
  • On-board entertainment as arranged
  • Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
  • 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 delightful Boppard, the picturesque "pearl of the Rhine", with its great Roman fort and its beautiful historic quarter.

Day Two

Early risers will be awake to see Olympia slip out of the harbour and begin her journey. Passing pretty villages and fairytale castles en route, and beneath the legendary Lorelei rock (where sirens were said to lure unsuspecting sailors to their ends), we'll sail to Rudesheim.

Spend the afternoon wandering Rudesheim's pretty streets, or join our late-afternoon optional excursion to enjoy an early evening wine tasting at a traditional 'weinkeller' and see the remarkable collection of musical instruments that are found in Rudesheim's Siegfried's Musikkabinett.

Day Three

Around lunchtime, you'll arrive in Koblenz. Explore this traditional Rhineland town, or join our optional excursion to discover the great city of Cologne. You're free to explore the city, famous for the soaring twin towers of its mighty Gothic cathedral and its 'Altstadt' (Old Town) - its streets crammed with shops, cake-selling 'Konditorei' and bars where you can sample the city's famous 'Kolsch' beer.

This evening, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner and party with entertainment, to celebrate your last night aboard Olympia.

Day Four

Bid "auf wiedersehen" to Olympia and this captivating part of the world as you return to the airport to check in for your flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Birmingham 27 December 2018 £539
Bristol 27 December 2018 £559
Edinburgh 27 December 2018 £539
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 27 December 2018 £519
London Stansted
London Stansted 27 December 2018 £489
Manchester 27 December 2018 £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.

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Betwixtmas Rhine Cruise Air reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Betwixtmas Rhine Cruise AirScores 8.2 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Chittlehamholt Couple
We had a very enjoyable few days on a river cruise holiday with this company.The bedroom was clean, warm and comfortable, the food was well presented and tasty, and all of the staff were extremely friendly, helpful and made our holiday very pleasant.Most of all we met with some wonderful fellow cruisers who made our holiday especially memorable.
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2017
Published on: 18 January 2018
(9 out of 10)


Rhine cruise. Frankfurt Family
Only disappointed because the xmas stalls had all finished and the brochure said they would still be open
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2017
Published on: 07 January 2018
(9 out of 10)


March Cambridgeshire Couple
We were very anxious when we arrived at cologne airport and found that no-one was meeting us as planned, we were expecting a coach and not a taxi! We didn't realise we were the only people arriving as nobody told us this important information
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2016
Published on: 27 January 2017
(8 out of 10)


Wimbledon Couple
Our flight was early but we were met and taken by cab to the town where the cruise began and had a 45 minute visit (long enough - picturesque but small place and it was raining). The cab driver then took us to the ship where we were greeted by the tour director . Our cabin was small but clean and quite comfortable.

The meals were excellent though the choice limited.

The couches in the cabin were turned into beds for us during the evening meal.

The excursions were good.

This made a pleasant break after Christmas but did not convince us to do a longer river cruise on such a small ship.
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2016
Published on: 25 January 2017
(7 out of 10)


Skipton Couple
Unfortunately the flight arrangements were very poor - they changed our flight times a couple of weeks before our departure date which meant we did not arrive on ship until 11.30pm instead of 7.30 PM. Therefore we missed The Cocktail reception and our evening meal and ended up with a ham and tomato sandwich in our cabin as everything was closing down by this time including the entertainment. So we had to just go to bed.
The cruise itself was very enjoyable and the food and service excellent thereafter however they had also changed our flights home so had to leave the ship at 7.15am so in effect what was supposed to be a four day break was really only 2 and a half days. We did speak to the cruise manager who stated he could not do anything about it and have since written to Newmarket but as yet have not had a response.

This in effect meant we were disappointed with the break.
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2016
Published on: 21 January 2017