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Cruise the Glorious Rhine 2017

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Experience the best of the Rhine

Discover the delightful scenery of the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine on this wonderful cruise from Andernach to Cologne. Join Olympia as she calls in the pretty wine towns of Boppard and Rudesheim, the historic city of Mainz, and pretty Koblenz, where the Rhine meets the Moselle. You'll also have the chance to travel into the beautiful Ahr Valley, famous for its red wines, on this very special Rhine cruise.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Cologne or Dusseldorf
  • Return airport-to-Olympia coach transfers
  • Five nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • A scenic cruise along the Middle Rhine
  • A call at Boppard
  • A walking tour of Boppard
  • A call at Rudesheim
  • Calls at Mainz, Koblenz and Cologne
  • On-board English commentary
  • On-board evening 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.


Day One

Fly to Cologne, join Olympia in the ancient Rhineland town of Andernach, and enjoy dinner and your first night on board.

Day Two

Olympia sets sail along the mighty Rhine this morning, reaching the beautiful wine town of Boppard by afternoon. Step ashore to join our included walking tour and explore the town's charming historic centre: a melange of colourful half-timbered houses, towering church spires and a great Roman fort. Spend the evening enjoying dinner and entertainment on board, or step ashore once more to take in the charm of Boppard by night.

Day Three

Head to the top deck this morning to enjoy dazzling scenery as Olympia sails into the beautiful heart of the Middle Rhine, past vineyards, ancient villages and legendary Lorelei - the steep slate rock from which sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fates.

This afternoon Olympia reaches Rudesheim, the most famous of the Rhine wine towns, where you can step ashore to explore narrow streets packed with traditional houses, bars and weinstube (taverns). Explore at leisure, or join our optional excursion to see Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett and enjoy a wine tasting. Later, choose to spend the evening on board or step back ashore to enjoy Rudesheim by night.

Day Four

Cruising upriver, Olympia calls at Mainz this morning. An optional walking tour introduces this historic capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate, revealing its impressive six-towered cathedral, the Gutenberg museum - which documents the history of the printing press - and the delightful Altstadt.

Return to Olympia this afternoon as she continues her journey through the scenic Gorge and Middle Rhine to reach Koblenz, sitting at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. Step ashore to explore the pretty Altstadt or stroll along the riverfront promenade before enjoying dinner back on board.

Day Five

Olympia cruises downriver this morning, passing beautiful Konigswinter, the picturesque Siebengebirge - Seven Hills - and the former capital, Bonn. She'll arrive in Cologne in the early afternoon, where you'll have the chance to join a fascinating coach excursion into the Ahr Valley to see its vineyards and historic spa towns, then return to Cologne and, in the company of a local guide, explore the Altstadt. Browse the designer stores of the Belgisches (Belgian) quarter or stroll across the river to neighbouring Deutz for an impressive view of the city skyline.

This evening, join our Farewell Gala Dinner on board, which brings the chance to swap memories of a wonderful cruise.

Day Six

Disembark Olympia this morning and transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

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.

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 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.

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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*This offer is valid for new bookings made between 1st and 31st August 2017 (inclusive) 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, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Cruise the Glorious Rhine reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Cruise the Glorious RhineScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 39 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Honiton Couple
Accommodation, food and staff very good. Excursions well organised. Airport arrangements not so slick, maybe due to change of venue from Dusseldorf to Frankfort. Overall very enjoyable.
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2017
Published on: 12 November 2017
(8 out of 10)


village Northumberland. Couple
Overall good value for money but disappointed with the excursions which we thought were expensive.
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2017
Published on: 10 November 2017
(9 out of 10)


Crew excellent. On board show by crew v good and funny. The dj should change his repertoire as he played the same songs when we were on previous cruise but he did go down well with most of the people.

The excursion to the beautiful village in the Ayr Valley wasn't long enough and only a few people joined the Cologne walking tour so perhaps just have excursion to Ayr Valley village.
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2017
Published on: 08 November 2017
(6 out of 10)


New Forest Family
The places we visited were lovely and the weather was good
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2017
Published on: 08 November 2017
(9 out of 10)


canterbury Couple
Very pleasant holiday and lovely people, Crerw very pleasan t anf helpful. My only complaint is that i wished we could have a choice for lunch such as a buffet as 2 cooked meals a day is too much and requests for sandwiches were refused. also the journey to and from Frankfurt airport was too long
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2017
Published on: 06 November 2017
(8 out of 10)


Sheffield Couple
Ship good but noisy from the engines
Service good
Cruise manager good
location good
But why did we have to fly to Frankfurt from Manchester then a long bus journey to Cologne when there were flights direct to Cologne?
Breakfast - no fried eggs available and bacon mostly inedible
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2017
Published on: 06 November 2017
(10 out of 10)


Leicestershire Couple
Ship was great, lots of walking required at airports (especially Frankfurt)
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2017
Published on: 06 November 2017