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Cruise the Glorious Rhine 2017

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Experience the best of the Rhine

Take an unforgettable trip through the magnificent Middle Rhine, declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its dazzling scenery. Join Olympia in Andernach, and set sail on a journey that takes in the Rhineland wine towns of Boppard and Rudesheim, the pretty city of Mainz, and ancient Koblenz, perching on the junction of the Rhine and the Moselle. Finish your journey in Cologne, where you can explore its impressive Altstadt (old town) and will have the chance to join an excursion into the beautiful Ahr Valley, known as Germany's red wine paradise.

What The Price Includes

  • Return coach travel from Dover or Ashford
  • 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

Make you own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) to join our coach for the Channel crossing and the onward journey to Andernach, where you'll join Olympia and enjoy a first evening on board.

Day Two

Olympia sets sail this morning, cruising through pretty countryside until she reaches Boppard, our first port of call. Situated on a great horseshoe bend in the river, this attractive town sits against a backdrop of leafy valley sides, its historic centre comprising half-timbered houses, church spires and a Roman fort. Explore the town on an included walking tour, then spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps sampling wines from the local area and enjoying dinner and entertainment aboard the ship.

Day Three

Sit back and marvel at the beautiful landscape of the Middle Rhine this morning, as Olympia sails past rippling valley sides draped in vineyards and dotted with ancient villages. As she heads through a narrow gorge, look out for the Lorelei, a steep rock from which, according to legend, sirens were sounded to lure sailors to their deaths.

This afternoon Olympia moors in Rudesheim, celebrated for its Riesling wines and attractive narrow streets. Explore the bars and taverns along the Drosselgasse - the town's main street - or see the collection of bizarre artefacts at Siegfried's Musikkabinett on an optional excursion, on which you'll also enjoy a wine tasting. After dinner, enjoy the entertainment on board or step back ashore to discover Rudesheim by night.

Day Four

This morning Olympia reaches Mainz, capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate and hometown of Johannes Gutenburg - the father of the printing press. Join our optional walking tour to explore the pretty Altstadt and see the six-towered cathedral, then re-board Olympia for this afternoon's scenic sailing to Koblenz.

Step ashore to explore this ancient town, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. Wander through the Altstadt and the pretty gardens, and along the peaceful riverfront promenade, then return to Olympia for dinner on board.

Day Five

A picturesque journey downriver this morning reveals Konigswinter, the pretty slopes of the Siebengebirge (Seven Hills) and Beethoven's hometown of Bonn. By early afternoon Olympia arrives in Cologne, where you can explore or join us on an optional coach excursion into the beautiful Ahr Valley to see its pretty landscape of vineyards and attractive spa towns. Upon returning to Cologne, explore the Altstadt in the company of a local guide and perhaps check out the glittering stores of the Hose Strasse and the Schildergasse.

Later, return to the ship for this evening's Farewell Gala Dinner and reminisce about the past few days with your fellow passengers.

Day Six

Bid farewell to Olympia this morning and board our coach as it travels back to Dover, where you'll be free to make your own way home.

Further Information

Flexible joining options

Our flexible joining options allow you to travel on any date, and as an added convenience we've arranged two possible pre-departure options for you. Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Ashford North and stay the night (car parking is included), and our coach will call for you at the hotel on the way to the Channel.

Alternatively, make your own way to the Stop 24 Services in Kent (M20, Junction 11), and board the coach there. Parking is available (payable locally), and we'll confirm the exact meeting point and time in your Joining Instructions.

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.

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.

Drinking water

The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.


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.

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.

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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 8.3 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
(6 out of 10)


weston super mare Couple
we have never been on a cruise ship where you have to pay
for water at your dining table. overall the selection of food
was very poor.
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2017
Published on: 07 November 2017
(8 out of 10)


Dursley, Glos Friends
Food was excellent! We found the removal of dishes a little too efficient - almost hovering over us!! Coffee was always served before dessert which we didn't like. We didn't have enough time in the best places and the last visit was rushed and we had to give up the tour round Cologne because of this.
Confirmed traveller: 09 June 2017
Published on: 23 June 2017
(7 out of 10)


Godalming Couple
The downsides: Holiday Inn: Reception Staff too inclined to answer questions with something like "not our operation". The Dinner Menu was dire with two items already off the main course even though we were early sitters (having been told that it was likely to be crowded and, apart from a visit of Germans with their own menu, no more than 4 tables were occupied). The presentation quality of the Menu resembled a school project and was very tatty. It was 20 minutes before anyone took our food order and after a further 10 minutes we were told that half of one main course was not available. It was some 45 minutes before we received our one and only course - the main course. Dinner took 65 minutes for one course! The beds were so narrow we might as well have taken our own pencils to sleep on. The bedroom was above the extractor fan which, combined with traffic noise, ensured that sleep was minimal. The hotel was definitely the weak link in the chain. It would have been helpful if Newmarket had told us that by pre-booking for dinner much expense could have been saved (maybe you did but I missed it!). Finally, we all felt that the tour guide could have offered more of a running commentary - there's a lot of history on the Rhine. When she did offer some summaries they were very good and she clearly knew her stuff.
Confirmed traveller: 09 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017
(8 out of 10)


Lovely ship and staff very good. Very enjoyable
Confirmed traveller: 09 June 2017
Published on: 21 June 2017
(9 out of 10)


Bishops Waltham Couple
We enjoyed it very much,despite the weather, dull mostly but stayed dry. Would have liked more time in Cologne, no free time to explore the old city.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2015
Published on: 29 October 2015
(7 out of 10)


london Couple
The holiday rep or on board guide needs a personality transplant, the actual holiday for the price was ok but she was boost and rude not to me I might add but to other passengers
Confirmed traveller: 20 June 2015
Published on: 06 July 2015
(9 out of 10)


Canterbury Couple
This was our first river cruise and we were very impressed with the overall service, meals and cabin
Confirmed traveller: 07 June 2015
Published on: 17 June 2015