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Rhine & the Black Forest Cruise 2017

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The heart of the Rhineland

Join Olympia as she sails south from Andernach and through the Rhine Gorge. See Strasbourg, tour the stunning Black Forest and visit exquisite Freiburg. You'll also have the chance to explore the 'Student Prince' city of Heidelberg, and the classic spa town of Baden-Baden on this delightful river cruise.

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 coach travel from Dover or Ashford
  • Embark in Andernach, disembark in Strasbourg
  • Five nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea, coffee and cake, and late-night snacks
  • A cruise through the Rhine Gorge and classic Middle Rhine to Rudesheim
  • Calls in Andernach, Speyer, Strasbourg and Breisach
  • A tour of the Black Forest and its capital Freiburg
  • On-board English commentary
  • On-board 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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Itinerary

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. Enjoy dinner and your first evening on board.

Day Two

You'll have time to explore the historic riverside town of Andernach this morning, before Olympia sails south through the Rhine Gorge. Passing beneath the fabled Lorelei you'll head to Rudesheim.

This afternoon, join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett, and enjoy a wine tasting before you explore the town's narrow streets, the most celebrated of which is the Drosselgasse.

Day Three

Early risers will notice Olympia leave her moorings before breakfast, heading to a lunchtime appointment in Mannheim. Join the optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg, the 'Student Prince' city, and explore the twisting streets and lanes of one of Europe's most romantic settings, before re-joining the Olympia in Speyer, once one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire.

Day Four

Around breakfast time today Olympia arrives in Plittersdorf. From here, an optional excursion offers the chance to visit to the elegant spa town of Baden-Baden before rejoining Olympia in Strasbourg.

In the afternoon, a second optional excursion brings the opportunity to discover Strasbourg, home to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, where the narrow streets and medieval buildings of the Petite France quarter create a beguiling maze criss-crossed with canals.

Day Five

Olympia arrives this morning in the quaint town of Breisach, from where you can join our included half-day excursion through the Black Forest. See Freiburg's spectacular red sandstone cathedral, and explore its altstadt (old town), before we return to Breisach.

This afternoon, you'll have time to enjoy Breisach - the views out over the forest region from atop its Gothic cathedral are lovely - before a Farewell Dinner on board in the company of the Captain and your 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.

Altered itineraries

The cruises on 14 June and 24 October 2017 will operate a reverse itinerary, sailing from Strasbourg to Andernach. All included calls and highlights remain the same although the days will change. All pricing and optional excursions remain the same.

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.

Drinking water

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

Luggage

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

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.

*Buy-one-get-one-free offer applies to cruises departing on 9th and 14th June 2017. The offer is valid for new bookings made after 5th May 2017. 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.

Rhine & the Black Forest Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Rhine & the Black Forest CruiseScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 9 reviews
(6 out of 10)

CHERYL

Cannock Friends
A long journey to and from the boat, this should have been told to us although Reg the coach driver was amazing. The itinerary bore no resemblance to arrival or departure times. The included trip was cut short due to roadwork's which was the one we were most looking forward to so we had only 1.5 hours in the black forest. Mary the tour manager was not engaging and at times seemed disinterested. Trips would have been better in the morning with a half board option. Only one meal time sitting option was not good and some of the meals were poor. The noise of the boat sailing through the night was not conducive to sleep, especially when we were nearly jolted from our beds when we hit the lock. The crew in the main were friendly.
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2017
Published on: 23 June 2017
(10 out of 10)

PAULINE

Stourbridge Couple
The cruise was excellent, very attentive staff and a very competent and helpful cruise manager, Mary. She was given a very hard time by one of the passengers, totally out of order on the passengers part, but she coped extremely well.
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2017
Published on: 21 June 2017
(10 out of 10)

SANDRA

Paignton Couple
We had such a lovely holiday. The ship is beautiful and the staff make it special. A lot of credit goes to the expert Captain for getting us up the Rhine safely. But also Mary, the tour manager who gave 100% all the time. Her knowledge of the areas we visited was inspiring and we really appreciated her telling us these things. Would recommend this trip to anyone.
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 15 December 2015
(8 out of 10)

ANDREW

winchester Couple
We enjoyed the holiday . The boat needed some updating and some holiudays makers had problems sleeping at nightime due to engine noise, they had to spend some nights in the bar area.
The waiting staff were very polite and godd at remembering what were peoples likes and dislikes.
The excursiond were good but some were cut short due to time.
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 15 November 2015