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Castles & Vineyards Four Rivers Cruise 2017

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An enchanting German voyage

Drift along the mighty River Rhine and three of its tributaries on this scenic cruise through Germany. Beginning in ancient Andernach, you'll sail into the meandering Moselle to explore beautiful Cochem, then journey along the enchanting Middle Rhine for an unforgettable cruise to Boppard, Rudesheim and Mainz - passing fairy-tale castles and vineyard-clad slopes en route. Arriving at the mouth of the River Neckar, there's the chance to explore historic Mannheim and to discover romantic Heidelberg, before a final cruise into the Main takes you to glittering Frankfurt, where a beautifully preserved Altstadt (old town) nestles at its centre.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Cologne
  • Return airport-to-Olympia transfers
  • Six nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • Embark in Andernach and disembark in Frankfurt
  • 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.

Deck Plans

Click here to display the deck plans for this cruise.

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Cologne and join Olympia in Andernach, one of Germany's oldest towns. Enjoy dinner, and perhaps visit the ship's bar for a nightcap, before retiring to your cabin for a first night aboard.

Day Two

Olympia sets sail early this morning, cruising upstream from Andernach towards Koblenz and the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which overlooks the town from the opposite bank. Olympia then sails into the meandering River Moselle to reach Cochem, a delightful wine town flanked by vineyards and crowned by beautiful Reichsburg Castle. Tour the castle on this afternoon's optional excursion, or simply choose to wander the town's quaint streets, sampling the local wines as you go.

Day Three

Enjoy a lazy morning's cruise back towards Koblenz this morning, before Olympia re-joins the Rhine and heads to Boppard, the 'Pearl of the Rhine', during the afternoon. Join our Cruise Manager for an included walking tour to discover the town's role as a major wine-producing centre, and spend the rest of day exploring the town or sampling the local tipple.

Day Four

Enjoy some remarkable scenery today as Olympia enters the heart of the Middle Rhine. This UNESCO-listed stretch of the river is fringed by rolling vineyards, thick forests and breathtaking castles, and a number of ancient villages - including Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar - dot its banks. You'll also pass beneath the legendary Lorelei, the mythical rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fates.

Spend the afternoon discovering the alluring town of Rudesheim, the most famous of the Rhineland towns. Stroll the Drosselgasse to try local wines at the many bars and taverns, or join our optional excursion to see quirky Siegfried's Musikkabinett.

Day Five

Olympia sails through the night and arrives this morning in stylish Mannheim, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the River Neckar. Join our optional excursion to attractive Heidelberg, famous for its university and the red sandstone ruins of its castle, before Olympia sails on to Mainz - the capital and largest city of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Step ashore to explore its medieval market squares and traditional half-timbered houses.

Day Six

This morning's scenic cruise sees Olympia sail through the beautiful vineyard-packed landscape towards Frankfurt. Upon arrival, join our optional sightseeing excursion, which takes in towering Kaiserdom church, the city's historic Altstadt and the pretty lanes of Sachsenhausen, where bustling cafes offer traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider.

Tonight, re-board the ship for the Captain's Farewell Dinner, a celebration that marks the finale of your trip.

Day Seven

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

Further Information

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.

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

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.

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.

*This offer is valid for new bookings made between 23rd June and 31st July 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.

Four Rivers Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Four Rivers CruiseScores 7.8 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
(9 out of 10)

Geraldine

Liver Couple
Our trip was very relaxing, the crew could not have done more to ensure our comfort. The food was excellent, as was the entertainment, especially that provided by the crew.
The Tour Manager had a nice manner and ensured everything ran smoothly. We would certainly do òanother river cruise with Newmarket.
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 25 October 2017
(8 out of 10)

LYNNE

Northwich Friends
Very enjoyable, food and entertainment good, would recommend as good value for money. Shame there was a charge for the use of internet, in this day and age we expect free access.
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 22 October 2017
(5 out of 10)

KAREN

Plymouth Couple
A little disappointed that the itinerary changed and we berthed for longer periods in areas with nothing to do.We felt as if we were rushed through the beautiful small towns we came to see . We were only daytime sailing in the beautiful areas for about 36 hours whilst the remainder holiday sailing was in big industrial areas and many people on the ship joked that we had payed for a holiday to view cranes and cement heaps. The trips were expensive and could have been done easily on our own for a much much cheaper price.
The food was adequate but certainly not sumptuous or luxury as described. The entertainment was a joke with the same 10 songs being played on a loop by the so called musician.
Service was adequate but staff gave the impression that we the customer were bothersome. ...apart from our waitress.
The English speaking customer service manager herded us like cattle and had a personality leaving a lot to be desired.
The clientele were mostly very old and infirm and although we are in our 60's we found ourselves in the lower age group.
The airport coach transfers went wrong in both directions as no rep was on board and we left in the hands of the driver. Inbound we were dumped on the side of the river with no boat around and no directions and waited for 30 minutes to be rescued. Outbound we were taken the arrival terminal instead of departures and had to walk a very very long way to find departures.
We are not normally inclined to moan but we were really disappointed with this holiday. The final insult was when The Tour Manager gave us an envelope for HIS tip and recommended what we should put in it!!
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017
(8 out of 10)

NORMA

Plymouth Single traveller
Very good but I expect wAter on the table for meals. Three out of four seated on our table choked over dinner and had no drinks to assist them I think when you are paying the rate you charge you should supply water.
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017
(8 out of 10)

MARILYN

Cirencester Couple
Very good value for money. Food and service excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017
(9 out of 10)

LESLEY

Norwich Friends
WE thoroughly enjoyed being on baord MS Olympia and all the staff were polite and helpful, excellent food and plenty of it: a big-UP to George from Bulgaria who provided most of the evening entertainment - excellent voice. Our only gripes were that when we first arrived and after breakfast before we left, there was no tea of coffee or anything other than water, but apart from the first day, there was an excessive charge of over 3 euros per bottle in the cabin and also a charge for water on excursions AFTER we were told that although the tap water was safe to drink it did not taste nice (which it didn't): surely buyng bottles of water in bulk they would be less than one euro per bottle and could be provided for free.
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017
(8 out of 10)

MARY

Couple
The most disappointing thing when we arrived lunch time after several hours traveling there was no tea or coffee only water also the same on day of departure. Also when we have been on other river cruises there has been tea and coffee available all day free of charge!!!!
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017