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Rhine in Flames Cruise 2017

8 days from £1289*
Departing: June 2017
* Price shown: 27 June 2017 from Manchester - MAN
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Rhine Fireworks spectacular

Join us to witness the Rhine in Flames - a glorious night-time procession of illuminated vessels and a breathtaking fireworks display that fills the skies above the river and the historic wine town of Rudesheim. This superb-value summer cruise begins and ends in Cologne, and includes visits to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, a cruise through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine and the Rhine Gorge. It also calls at Nijmegen, pretty Andernach, Koblenz at the mouth of the Moselle, and stylish Dusseldorf.

Life on board Olympia

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.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from selected airports to Cologne
  • Return airport-to-Olympia coach transfers
  • Seven nights' accommodation on board Olympia in a standard lower deck cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, cake and evening snacks
  • A stop in the delightful Dutch capital, Amsterdam
  • A visit to historic Nijmegen
  • Exploring Cologne's mighty cathedral and cobbled old town
  • Cruising through the Rhine Gorge
  • A call at Rudesheim to see the spectacular Rhine in Flames
  • An overnight stay in Koblenz
  • Vibrant Dusseldorf's colourful old town
  • A welcome cocktail party
  • Entertainment each evening
  • Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • Luggage porterage
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager
  • Port charges and taxes

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 or Dusseldorf, and join Olympia. Enjoy dinner and, time-permitting, step ashore to soak up some of the city, before Olympia sets sail to begin the first, down-river leg of her cruise.

Day Two

After a morning spent cruising through the pretty, windmill-dotted landscape of Holland, Olympia spends an afternoon and evening in Amsterdam, where you'll have time to explore its canals, pretty squares, narrow streets and cobbled bridges. Why not join our optional canal cruise, perhaps the best way to experience the heart of the city and soak up the atmosphere on a summer's evening, before Olympia slips away south?

Day Three

Early this morning, we'll arrive in Nijmegen. You'll be free to explore this typical Dutch town or join an optional excursion to Arnhem, forever associated with 1944's Operation Market Garden and site of the John Frostbrug - renamed after the commander who bravely defended that 'Bridge Too Far'.

This afternoon, Olympia continues upstream, heading back towards Cologne.

Day Four

Step ashore to explore the delightful Rhineland capital, this morning, or join a local guide to visit Cologne's vast, twin-towered Dom cathedral and the surrounding altstadt (old town).

This afternoon, Olympia continues her journey into the forested Middle Rhine to the historic riverside town of Andernach. En route, she passes Bonn, Germany's leafy former capital; Konigswinter, beneath the scenic green slopes of the Siebengebirge; Remagen and Linz.

Day Five

Early this morning, Olympia leaves Andernach to sail into the heart of the Middle Rhine. Passing vineyards and ancient villages like Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar, on the way, she'll cruise into the narrow gorge beneath the Lorelei, the legendary rock from which sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate. Spend a morning on deck to catch the best of the scenery before our afternoon arrival in Rudesheim.

Step ashore to explore Rudesheim's narrow streets - many like the famous Drosselgasse lined with bars and weinstuben - and perhaps join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikal Kabinett.

After dinner, this evening, take your place and watch as a parade of illuminated craft and a fireworks display light up the riverbanks and transform the night sky with the blaze of colour that marks the 'Rhine In Flames'.

Day Six

Today, Olympia turns back downstream and passes beneath the watchful mass of the Lorelei once more on her way to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. We'll arrive around lunchtime and enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon and evening in this delightful town, where the rivers' meeting point is marked by Deutsche Eck (German Corner), and overlooked by the mighty Ehrenbreitstein fortress.

Day Seven

After a morning spent cruising lazily downstream, Olympia arrives in Dusseldorf. This thriving, elegant city is famous for its colourful, lively altstadt (old town), where you'll find a vast array of inns, bars and brewery houses that have given the area the unofficial title of The World's Longest Bar. Enjoy an optional guided walking tour of the city centre or explore on your own, then return to Olympia to join your fellow passengers for a special Farewell Dinner.

Day Eight

Say goodbye to Olympia and her crew, this morning, as you disembark in Cologne, and return to the airport to board your flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Bristol
Bristol 27 June 2017 £1369
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 27 June 2017 £1289
Manchester
Manchester 27 June 2017 £1289
Newcastle
Newcastle 27 June 2017 £1299

Further Information

Procession and Fireworks

Please note that the procession and fireworks will be watched from the ship. However, dependent upon sailing schedules and water levels, it may be necessary to transfer you by coach to a viewing point.

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.

Rhine in Flames Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Rhine in Flames CruiseScores 8.5 out of 10 based on 8 reviews
(8 out of 10)

RICHARD

Hitchin Couple
Overall, we had a very enjoyable holiday. There was a great party spirit with all the guests making friends very easily. This was helped by a very good Newmarket on board guide (Mary), a magnificent crew, and the fact that it was a relatively small boat. Lunch and dinner were of excellent quality and variety; breakfast, however, didn't change at all and got a bit boring by the end of the week.
The boat (MS Olympia) is showing its age. During our trip the weather was very hot and the AC in the lounge and dining room just could not cope, hence many people spent the afternoons in their cabins. The shaded area on deck was also too small for the numbers wishing to use it. Cabins are small and not very comfortable; this would not matter if the above points were addressed, as people would not need to spend any daytime in them. There is also no WiFi on board.
Having visited the Rhine previously by car, the main purpose of this trip was to see the fireworks whilst enjoying a relaxing break. The Rudesheim fireworks were somewhat disappointing. Our guide made great play of the fact that the Captain had pulled strings to obtain a mooring very close to the local display, but frankly, the fireworks of Bingen (about a mile downstream) were much better. As Rudesheim promotes itself especially for this event its a pity they could not provide a better show.
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 07 August 2015
(8 out of 10)

Anthony

Marlborough Couple
We had a wonderful time. The crew were so helpful, except for the bar staff who appeared to be arrogant and unfriendly.
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 22 July 2015
(8 out of 10)

MICHAEL

Upminster Essex Couple
The holiday was very relaxing and the scenery was fantastic. The weather did help as it was over 30 deg C most the time. The Rhine in Flames was a great night as George our musician moved all his equipment onto the top deck so we finished up entertaining all the other boats as well. Our Captain managed to secure the prime spot for watching the fireworks. Crew were all very friendly
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 20 July 2015
(9 out of 10)

Norman

Middle Rasen, Lincolnshire Couple
an excellent relaxing holiday. brilliant crew, everybody so polite and helpful, very clean and tidy ship, cabins very clean and tidy though ours was on the small side ,my fault by not studying the deck set up, We ought to have been nearer the front. everyone on board was very friendly,places visited were lovely and clean. I struggle to find any faults. How many captains can play the the harmonica, or do the twist like ours did?
Thank you, I look forward to being able to cruise with you again in the future
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 18 July 2015
(10 out of 10)

patricia

Stourbridge Couple
Excellent time , crew were very friendly, beautiful villages etc all helped by meeting some lovely people and great weather.
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 17 July 2015
(7 out of 10)

Mrs. G

Coventry Couple
We were left for probably an hour and a half on the coach in the airpirt with no aur conditioning. We should at least have been allowed to stay in the airport with airconditioning and drinks, but mini buses to transport the separate grouls would be preferable.

The menu was at times unimaginitive with the same thing twice in a day or even the same meal.

The beginning of the cruise was slow with no trips but improved during the cruise.

We missed the finale of the fireworks because the tour guide came around in effect telling us that we had enjoyed it and how good it had been, so we left the deck thinking it had finished.

Otherwise the staff were very good.

Wifi would be useful.
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 17 July 2015