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Rhine in Flames Cruise 2017

8 days from £1039*
Departing: June 2017
* Price shown: 27 June 2017 from -
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Rhine Fireworks spectacular

Join us to witness the Rhine in Flames - a glorious night-time procession of illuminated vessels and a breathtaking fireworks display that fills the skies above the river and the historic wine town of Rudesheim. This superb-value summer cruise begins and ends in Cologne, and includes visits to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, a cruise through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine and the Rhine Gorge. It also calls at Nijmegen, pretty Andernach, Koblenz at the mouth of the Moselle, and stylish Dusseldorf.

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
  • Seven nights' accommodation on board Olympia in a standard lower deck cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, cake and evening snacks
  • Cruising the Moselle to Cochem
  • Call at Traben-Trarbach, Bernkastel-Kues, Koblenz and Rudesheim
  • A walking tour of Koblenz
  • Cruising through the Rhine Gorge
  • The 'Rhine in Flames' spectacular
  • On-board English commentary
  • A welcome cocktail party
  • Entertainment each evening
  • Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • Luggage porterage
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager
  • Port charges and taxes

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

Click here to display the deck plans for this cruise.

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. You'll then join Olympia in Cologne, the spectacular Rhineland capital. Enjoy dinner and, time-permitting, step ashore to soak up some of the city, before Olympia sets sail to begin the first, down-river leg of her cruise.

Day Two

After a morning spent cruising through the pretty, windmill-dotted landscape of Holland, Olympia spends an afternoon and evening in Amsterdam, where you'll have time to explore its canals, pretty squares, narrow streets and cobbled bridges. Why not join our optional canal cruise, perhaps the best way to experience the heart of the city and soak up the atmosphere on a summer's evening, before Olympia slips away south?

Day Three

Early this morning, we'll arrive in Nijmegen. You'll be free to explore this typical Dutch town or join an optional excursion to Arnhem, forever associated with 1944's Operation Market Garden and site of the John Frostbrug - renamed after the commander who bravely defended that 'Bridge Too Far'.

This afternoon, Olympia continues upstream, heading back towards Cologne.

Day Four

Step ashore to explore the delightful Rhineland capital, this morning, or join a local guide to visit Cologne's vast, twin-towered Dom cathedral and the surrounding altstadt (old town).

This afternoon, Olympia continues her journey into the forested Middle Rhine to the historic riverside town of Andernach. En route, she passes Bonn, Germany's leafy former capital; Konigswinter, beneath the scenic green slopes of the Siebengebirge; Remagen and Linz.

Day Five

Early this morning Olympia leaves Andernach to sail into the heart of the Middle Rhine. Passing vineyards and ancient villages like Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar, on the way, she'll cruise into the narrow gorge beneath the Lorelei, the legendary rock from which sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate. Spend a morning on deck to catch the best of the scenery before our afternoon arrival in Rudesheim.

Step ashore to explore Rudesheim's narrow streets - many like the famous Drosselgasse lined with bars and weinstuben - and perhaps join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikal Kabinett.

After dinner, this evening, take your place and watch as a parade of illuminated craft and a fireworks display light up the riverbanks and transform the night sky with the blaze of colour that marks the 'Rhine In Flames'.

Day Six

Today, Olympia turns back downstream and passes beneath the watchful mass of the Lorelei once more on her way to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. We'll arrive around lunchtime and enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon and evening in this delightful town, where the rivers' meeting point is marked by Deutsche Eck (German Corner), and overlooked by the mighty Ehrenbreitstein fortress.

Day Seven

After a morning spent cruising lazily downstream, Olympia arrives in Dusseldorf. This thriving, elegant city is famous for its colourful, lively altstadt (old town), where you'll find a vast array of inns, bars and brewery houses that have given the area the unofficial title of The World's Longest Bar. Enjoy an optional guided walking tour of the city centre or explore on your own, then return to Olympia to join your fellow passengers for a special Farewell Dinner.

Day Eight

Say goodbye to Olympia and her crew, this morning, as you disembark in Cologne, and begin your coach journey back to Dover (or Ashford). From there, you'll be free to make your own way home.
Date Nights Price From
27 June 2017
27 June 2017 7 £1039

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.

Procession and fireworks

Please note that the procession and fireworks will be watched from the ship. However, dependent upon sailing schedules and water levels, it may be necessary to transfer you by coach to a viewing point.

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.

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.

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.

Rhine in Flames Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Rhine in Flames CruiseScores 9.7 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
(9 out of 10)

JOHN

sidcup kent Couple
Very good enjoyed all places we stopped at and would go on another river cruise.
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 19 July 2015
(10 out of 10)

Victor

Derby Couple
The holiday was excellent, the journey there was a bit of a nightmare but completely out of anyone's control. We had a slight problem with the first cabin as there was very little wardrobe space but we were moved to another cabin which we were very happy with. This is our second time on the Olympia and we would happily go again.
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 17 July 2015
(10 out of 10)

gillian

Trowbridge Couple
Fireworks not as brilliant as we were expecting but dancing on the sun deck more than made up for it! Lovely ship with fabulous food and great service from all of the crew. Plenty of things to do when on-shore.
Confirmed traveller: 08 July 2015
Published on: 17 July 2015