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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 your own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) and join our coach before it boards the ferry to cross the Channel and head to join Olympia in Andernach before she begins her journey along the mighty Rhine this evening.

Day Two

This morning Olympia sets sail from Andernach, heading to idyllic Boppard, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage region of the Upper/Middle Rhine.

Discover the town's Roman fort and beautiful historic quarter on our fascinating walking tour, and this evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, or explore Boppard by night.

Day Three

Today, Olympia sails into the picturesque Middle Rhine, past vineyards and ancient villages, and through the narrow gorge beneath the Lorelei - the legendary rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate.

This afternoon, Olympia ties up in the celebrated wine town of Rudesheim. Explore its famous Drosselgasse, lined with bars and weinstuben (taverns), and perhaps join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett and enjoy a wine tasting.

Enjoy dinner and entertainment on board this evening, or head back ashore.

Day Four

Cruising south this morning, Olympia calls at historic Mainz. Join our optional walking tour and discover its six-towered cathedral, Gutenberg Museum and delightful altstadt (old town), before returning to Olympia for this afternoon's sailing back through the Rhine Gorge to Koblenz.

Step ashore to stroll the street, or along the riverfront promenade, before enjoying dinner and entertainment on board.

Day Five

Olympia continues downriver, passing the delightful town of Konigswinter and former German capital, Bonn, to arrive back in Cologne by early afternoon. Explore, or join our coach excursion into the breathtaking Ahr Valley before returning to Cologne to explore its vast cathedral and the surrounding altstadt with a local guide.

This evening, the Captain hosts a Farewell Dinner on board, and there's a chance to swap memories of the past wonderful few days with fellow passengers.

Day Six

Bid farewell to Olympia, and begin your coach journey back to Dover (or Ashford), from 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.

*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 8.5 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
(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
(10 out of 10)


Swadlincote Couple
We found the whole holiday to be a experience, it was our first cruise and we shall repeat
it in the near future.
Overall it was everything it said on the tin.
Confirmed traveller: 07 June 2015
Published on: 17 June 2015