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Cruise the Glorious Rhine 2017

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Experience the best of the Rhine

Travel through the beautiful scenery of the Middle Rhine on this delightful cruise. Beginning in Andernach, you'll journey past rolling vineyards and discover thousands of years of history in the fairy-tale towns that line the banks. Explore pretty Boppard, Rudesheim and Koblenz - situated at the meeting point of the Rhine and Moselle - and wander the glorious Altstaedte (old towns) of Mainz and Cologne - the final destination on this wonderful cruise.

What The Price Includes

  • Return Eurostar rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebsfleet International to Brussels
  • Return coach travel from Brussels to Olympia
  • 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

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Day One

Catch the Eurostar from either London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International station to Cologne via Brussels, then continue via the regional rail network to Andernach, where you'll join Olympia.

Day Two

Spend a lazy first morning on board as Olympia begins her journey along the scenic Rhine. This afternoon we arrive in Boppard, a pretty wine town sitting on the southern side of a great horseshoe bend in the river. Get acquainted with the town on an included walking tour, which takes you around its historic monuments, then enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure, either choosing to stay on board or returning ashore to explore.

Day Three

This morning brings stunning scenery, as Olympia cruises past the verdant vineyards and ancient villages of the magnificent Middle Rhine. Look out for the legendary Lorelei, the fateful slate rock from which sirens were said to have lured sailors to their deaths.

This afternoon Olympia arrives in Rudesheim, recognised for its locally-produced wines, its quaint narrow lanes and its bustling Drosselgasse - the main street packed with bars and weinstube (taverns). Perhaps join our optional excursion that reveals the bizarre wonders of Siegfried's Musikkabinett and includes a wine tasting, then enjoy dinner and entertainment aboard the ship this evening, or discover Rudesheim's night-time charm.

Day Four

Olympia calls in Mainz this morning, where an impressive six-towered cathedral dominates the landscape and a pretty Altstadt crowns its centre. Join our optional walking tour to learn about the city's past, and visit the Gutenberg Museum, which documents the history of the printing press.

Later, re-join Olympia and continue to Koblenz, a city guarding over 2000 years of history. See the Deutsches Eck - German Corner - which marks the point of confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine; wander the scenic riverfront promenade; or take a stroll through the flowery parks before enjoying dinner back on board.

Day Five

This morning's picturesque journey sees Olympia pass Konigswinter and Germany's former capital, Bonn, before arriving in Cologne by early afternoon. Step ashore to explore this great Rhineland capital, where the twin towers of its mighty Gothic cathedral, or Dom, punctuate the skyline. Opt to join our coach excursion into the Ahr Valley to see its vineyards and pretty spa towns, then return to Cologne to explore the Altstadt in the company of a local guide.

This evening, re-join Olympia and your fellow passengers for a Farewell Gala Dinner, relishing the opportunity to share memories of your cruise.

Day Six

Disembark Olympia, and transfer back to the railway station to begin your journey 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.

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.

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.

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.


Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.

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.


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.

*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.

Cruise the Glorious Rhine reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Cruise the Glorious RhineScores 8.2 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Walsall Couple
Excellent. Always something to see on such a busy, yet pretty rive and a cruise is an ideal way and pace to take it all in. The optional excursions were also interesting. This was our first ever cruise and we did not know what to expect, but everything exceeded our expectations.
Confirmed traveller: 09 July 2017
Published on: 27 July 2017
(7 out of 10)


Brentwood Essex Friends
The cabins were clean and tidy but the beds were very poor. I would do a river cruise again but for the money we paid, the MS Olympia was unaccectable.
Confirmed traveller: 25 June 2015
Published on: 06 July 2015
(8 out of 10)


Norwich Friends
A lovely ' first time' holiday. Most aspects good/very good.

We got off to a bad start with the Eurostar departure from St Pancras delayed which in turn meant that we missed the rail connection from Brussels to Cologne. We were advised by Newmarket Holidays to catch the next train but it was very full and we had to stand with our cases for the whole of the two hour journey. The driver of the minibus in Cologne couldn't find his way from the rail station to the boat and a five minute journey took 20 minutes. The effect of all this was a rushed first meal wearing inappropriate clothing.

After this indifferent start to our holiday, everything except the optional trip to the Ahr Valley on the penultimate day. Most of this trip was spent in traffic jams so not only did we have a very short stay in Ahr Valley but we also arrived back in Cologne too late for the guided tour. The period of time allocated for this optional tour was totally inadequate and it took the shine off what had been a delightful holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 20 June 2015
Published on: 20 July 2015
(8 out of 10)


Fleet Couple
Good. The beautiful Middle Rhiene has to be a winner. Off to a bad start. Delayed start moored overnight at Cologne backwater, missing Andernacht stopover due to extremely late midnight coach arrivals. Poor weather initially, but good for the remainder, sometimes too hot, enabling enjoyment of magnificent world class scenery from open top deck despite unpleasant rear engine exhaust noise. Great company, elderly mature fun loving group, full boat, great happy multi national crew, well entertained by solo singer guitarist, including funny crew show, and masterfully managed, by tour manager, with classic British humour. Bar, food and service all good. Stopovers at pretty but staid Boppard, party town Rudeshiem, impressive historic Mainz, coach ride to unmissable ancient Ahrtal walled town, with interesting walking tours and visits. Wine tasting was hilarious. Disappointed to miss visiting Koblenz due to inappropriate mooring and too long walk to old town. No explanation offered. Suggest more commentary information on castles etc would be welcome, less deck engine noise (screening?), drinking package access to decent coffee. Will recommend to elderly friends, and will revisit +5 years.
Confirmed traveller: 07 June 2015
Published on: 23 June 2015