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Betwixtmas Rhine Cruise

4 days from £279*
Departing: December 2017
* Price shown: 27 December 2017 from -
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Christmastide river cruise

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 coach travel from your chosen pick-up point to Boppard
  • 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.

Deck Plans

Click here to display the deck plans for this cruise.

Itinerary

Day One

Leaving your local area very early this morning, you'll journey by coach to the Channel for your crossing to Calais. This evening you'll arrive in Boppard, the picturesque 'pearl of the Rhine', with its great Roman fort and its beautiful historic quarter. Board Olympia in time to enjoy a buffet dinner, and the warmth and welcome of your first night.

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 end), 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

After an early breakfast, bid auf wiedersehen to Olympia and this captivating part of the world as you begin your coach journey home, arriving back in the local area in the late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Dover Port
Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire Bedford, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Toddington Services M1
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Peterborough, St Neots, Wisbech
East Sussex
East Sussex Bexhill On Sea, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Newhaven
Essex
Essex Barking, Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Canvey Island, Chalkwell, Chelmsford, Clacton On Sea, Colchester, Grays, Hadleigh, Harlow, Romford, Saffron Walden, Southend On Sea, The Elms, Thorpe Bay, Thurrock Services M25, Westcliff On Sea, Witham
Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Barnet, Birchanger Green Services M11, Bishops Stortford, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Letchworth, South Mimms Services A1 M, St Albans, Stevenage, Waltham Cross, Watford, Welwyn Garden City
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, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood, Swanley, Tonbridge
Leicestershire
Leicestershire Market Harborough
London
London Camberwell, Eltham, Lewisham, Streatham, Wimbledon, Woolwich
Middlesex
Middlesex Enfield
Norfolk
Norfolk Dereham, Downham Market, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Norwich, Thetford, Wymondham
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough
Suffolk
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury
Surrey
Surrey Camberley, Croydon, Dorking, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Kingston Upon Thames, Leatherhead, Redhill, Reigate, Staines, Sutton, Walton On Thames, Weybridge, Woking, Worcester Park
West Sussex
West Sussex Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Midhurst, Pease Pottage Services A23 M23, Worthing
Warwickshire
Warwickshire Rugby
Date Price From
27 December 2017
27 December 2017 £279

Further Information

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

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 Tour Manager 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. 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.

Betwixtmas Rhine Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Betwixtmas Rhine CruiseScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 39 reviews
(9 out of 10)

Mots

Bedfordshire Couple
Despite the long journey, we met some great people and had a lovely time.
The evenings were fun and most people were up and dancing to the music.
Food was delicious and plentiful, served by brilliant staff.
Drinks package was good value for money.
The optional excursions were okay, but due to the hour and a half journey to Cologne we only had a couple of hours to explore this wonderful city.
Will definitely consider booking this break again.
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2016
Published on: 20 January 2017
(10 out of 10)

GLORIA

Hampshire Couple
As this was our first River Cruise we couldn't fault it except from the fact that when we booked it we asked for a cabin up stairs not below deck, the cabin it self was very good apart from my Husband having to climb the stairs and go down the stairs to the Dining room with walking difficulties but the Newmarket Manager was extremely helpfully in asking us if we would like to eat our Meals in the Lounge which we were very grateful for but other this it was fantastic, so other Guests must be made aware that they have to go up a lot of stairs and down the other side for the dining room
Yes we would still be looking into another Cruise with Newmarket perhaps on another ship even to Switzerland. Our grateful thanks to the Captain and all his Crew
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2016
Published on: 18 January 2017
(10 out of 10)

CHRISTOPHER

Camberley Surrey Couple
Couldn't have been easier minibus from home town to Cobham services Dover to Calais embark in Boppard had a wonderful trip along the rhine stopping at Rudesheim and Koblenz, plenty of food and entertainment just had to sit back and enjoy
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2016
Published on: 15 January 2017