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Castles & Vineyards Four Rivers Cruise 2017

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An enchanting German voyage

This picturesque journey on board Olympia sails through the heart of the Rhine and three of its tributaries. Beginning in Andernach, gateway to the enchanting Middle Rhine, you'll sail into the meandering Moselle to attractive Cochem, before returning through the majestic Rhine Gorge to explore the beautiful wine-making towns of Boppard and Rudesheim. Discover historic Mainz and cosmopolitan Mannheim at the mouth of the River Neckar - where there's a chance to visit the enthralling 'Student Prince' town of Heidelberg - before concluding your journey in glittering Frankfurt.

What The Price Includes

  • Return coach travel from Dover or Ashford
  • 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

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Day One

Meet the coach in Dover (or Ashford - see below) and board the ferry for the Channel crossing, before continuing on to the ancient Rhine town of Andernach - one of Germany's oldest towns - to join Olympia for dinner and a first evening on board.

Day Two

Olympia leaves Andernach early this morning, drifting upstream past Koblenz - an ancient town dating back to Roman times - and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which occupies a commanding position above the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. Here, Olympia heads into the winding Moselle, reaching the town of Cochem around lunchtime. Nestled in a valley on the banks of a river bend, this attractive town is a maze of half-timbered houses and cottages, and is renowned for delicious wines from its surrounding vineyards. An optional tour this afternoon introduces striking Reichsburg Castle, overlooking the attractive town.

Day Three

This morning, a leisurely cruise sees Olympia drift back up to Koblenz, where she'll re-join the Middle Rhine. This afternoon, we'll reach Boppard, the 'Pearl of the Rhine', famous for its locally-produced wines. Join our Cruise Manager for an included walking tour of the town, and spend the rest of the day exploring its charismatic streets packed with Baroque architecture, historic buildings and Roman ruins.

Day Four

Olympia sails into the most beautiful stretch of the Middle Rhine this morning, passing ancient villages such as Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar, as well as the legendary Lorelei: the rock from which sirens were said to have lured passing sailors to their deaths on the rocks.

This afternoon you'll reach Rudesheim, the most popular of the Rhineland wine towns. Wander the narrow streets, stopping for a glass of the local tipple at a weinstube (tavern) on the pretty Drosselgasse. This afternoon's optional excursion gives you the chance to explore Siegfried's Musikkabinett, which houses musical instruments from the last 300 years.

Day Five

Olympia sails overnight to arrive this morning in Mannheim, where the Rhine and the River Neckar meet. From here, join an optional excursion to the university town of Heidelberg to see its imposing red castle that drapes over the hillside, before we continue to Mainz for the evening. Enjoy dinner on board and perhaps step ashore to see the city's beautiful Altstadt (old town).

Day Six

Drift past vineyard-covered hillsides on this morning's scenic cruise to Frankfurt, where an optional guided tour introduces you to the city's historic heart. Peruse the Altstadt, where rows of half-timbered houses line its pretty streets; see Gothic Kaiserdom church, and try locally-pressed ciders at a cosy tavern in the Sachsenhausen.

Tonight, re-board Olympia for the Captain's Farewell Dinner, giving you the chance to share memories of your cruise with fellow passengers.

Day Seven

Bid farewell to Olympia this morning, and begin the coach journey back to Dover (or Ashford), from where you'll 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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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.

Four Rivers Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Four Rivers CruiseScores 8.3 out of 10 based on 7 reviews
(4 out of 10)


Billericay Couple
We went with Newmarket because we went to India with them in January and the organisation was excellent. Sadly not the case on the 4 rivers trip. First 3 days fine then on Thursday ship moored miles from anywhere. Hopeless for those of us not going on the trip. Then at 4 pm as we were due to be moving to the next place they decided to refuel!! Why couldn't that have been done during the early part of the day? This meant that we arrived late at next mooring and too dark to have a look around. Then for some reason that was never properly explained the cruise to Frankfurt was cancelled and we had to go by coach - which was all we needed when we had long coach journey home the next day! Then coming back from Frankfurt the boat had moved in our absence because it had run out of fresh water. Captain's Gala dinner was a bit of an anticlimax - despite most passengers dressing up for it - as captain had gone off on holiday earlier in the day.we didn't exactly feel valued.
Confirmed traveller: 26 August 2017
Published on: 01 October 2017
(10 out of 10)


Cowbridge Couple
First time I've ever done a river cruise. Loved it the people made it very enjoyable. The staff were very caring and very friendly.
Confirmed traveller: 26 August 2017
Published on: 14 September 2017
(6 out of 10)


Cornwall Couple
Overall very nice but sometimes the choice of when to sail and when to stay 'in port' could have been better. If you do the excursions then you miss the chance to see more of the towns visited, which is unfortunate as some of the places were really lovely and we felt we missed a lot of the sights.
Also the information came through very late to say there were celebrations in Frankfurt and various other towns for the 'Berlin Wall' anniversary and this information was not passed on to us, again unfortunately, as their were a lot of things going on that we missed.

But the boat and the staff onboard plus the food were excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 08 October 2015
Published on: 23 November 2015
(8 out of 10)


Huntington Beach, California Couple
We had a exceptional Holiday, with Newmarket Holidays. The staff were all friendly and efficiant and courtis. Our shore excursions were fun and informative, being that it was our first visit to Germany. The UK people on holiday with us were all friendly and nice and curious to meet us from America, US.
Over all I would highly recommend Newmarket Holidays to my friends.
Confirmed traveller: 08 October 2015
Published on: 29 October 2015
(10 out of 10)


Manchester Couple
Fantastic first experience of river cruising. Will definitely do it again.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 29 August 2015
(10 out of 10)


Romford Couple
We were very impressed with our trip. The boat was very comfortable and not too big so it was easy to meet other people. The cabin was cosy, the food was fantastic as was the service. The crew could not have been more caring and we were impressed with the way they presented a show one night, including the captain. We will definitely be doing another river cruise at some point. We have done a sea cruise, but we found this far more relaxing and interesting.
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 28 August 2015