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Cruise the Glorious Rhine 2017

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Experience the best of the Rhine

On this delightful cruise through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine you'll be treated to glorious scenery comprising rolling vineyards, fairy-tale castles and charming wine towns. Begin your journey in Andernach, and make calls in the picturesque towns of Boppard and Rudesheim, and the historic cities of Mainz and Koblenz, before finishing your trip in Cologne, with its soaring twin-towered cathedral and its pretty Altstadt (old town).

What The Price Includes

  • Return coach travel from your chosen pick-up point
  • 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

Join our coach from your local pick-up point, cross the Channel, and continue to Andernach, where you'll board Olympia and enjoy a first evening's dinner and entertainment.

Day Two

This morning Olympia sets sail along the mighty Rhine, arriving in the pretty town of Boppard during the afternoon. An included walking tour will introduce its historic quarter, the Roman fort and a treasure chest of historic monuments. You're then free to enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure.

Day Three

Look forward to breathtaking scenery this morning, as Olympia cruises into the heart of the Middle Rhine. See ancient villages such as Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar, vineyards tumbling down the hillsides, and fabled Lorelei - the rock from which, according to legend, sirens were sounded to lure sailors to their fates.

The afternoon brings the chance to explore Rudesheim, the most celebrated of the Rhineland wine towns. Step ashore to sample locally produced Reislings at the bars and weinstube (taverns) lining the Drosselgasse, and perhaps join our optional excursion to discover the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikkabinett and enjoy a wine tasting. Enjoy dinner on board this evening, and perhaps head back into the town to soak up the night-time atmosphere.

Day Four

Olympia's destination this morning is historic Mainz, capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate and home to an impressive six-towered cathedral and an attractive Altstadt. Explore, on an optional walking tour, and perhaps visit the Gutenberg Museum, named after the late Johannes Gutenberg, who lived in the city and founded the printing press.

Re-join Olympia this afternoon as she continues along the Middle Rhine to Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. Take a stroll along the riverfront promenade and explore the historic Altstadt, discovering the city's 2000-year history.

Day Five

This morning, enjoy a leisurely cruise downriver as Olympia passes the delightful town of Konigswinter and the former German capital, Bonn. By the early afternoon we'll arrive in Cologne, where you can choose to step ashore and explore, or join our optional coach excursion into the Ahr Valley - a scenic wonderland of rolling vineyards and quaint spa towns. Later, return to Cologne to explore its Altstadt in the company of a local guide, and window-shop at the designer stores of Rudolfplatz and the Belgisches (Belgian) quarter.

Return to the ship this evening for a Farewell Gala Dinner, offering you the chance to toast a delightful Rhine cruise.

Day Six

Bid farewell to Olympia this morning and board our coach to begin your journey home.

Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Hull Port
Bedfordshire Bedford, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Toddington Services M1
Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes
Derbyshire Ashbourne, Derby, Ilkeston
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire Beverley, Hessle, Hull
Hertfordshire Barnet, Birchanger Green Services M11, Bishops Stortford, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Letchworth, South Mimms Services A1 M, St Albans, Stevenage, Waltham Cross, Watford, Welwyn Garden City
Leicestershire Coalville, Donington Park Services M1, Hinckley, Leicester, Leicester Forest Services M1, Loughborough, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray
Lincolnshire Boston, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Grantham, Grantham Services A1, Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth, Scunthorpe, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding, Stamford
Middlesex Enfield
Northamptonshire Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough
Nottinghamshire Hucknall, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Sutton In Ashfield
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent, Uttoxeter
Warwickshire Rugby

Further Information

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your coach driver will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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.

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.


Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.

Drinking water

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

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.

Foreign Office travel advice

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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 8.1 out of 10 based on 35 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Ely Friends
Our first cruise and we were pleasantly surprised. Excellent value and more enjoyable on a smaller ship. Staff were excellent and how the chef managed to produce the lovely food in such a small space was a work of art!!
We will be looking to repeat the experience again next year with a new destination.

For anyone, who like me, read the awful reviews on trip adviser don't believe everything you read. We are certainly looking to use Newmarket Holidays again
Confirmed traveller: 09 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017
(8 out of 10)


Reading Couple
The coach journey was a topic of conversation throughout the holiday - 13 + hrs on an economy class coach was much too long and uncomfortable. Despite the excellent intentions of the drivers. The cruise itself was excellent and the Rhine beautiful.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2015
Published on: 01 December 2015
(9 out of 10)


Britwell Salome Couple
The holiday was excellent, ship, on board meals, crew were fantastic. The only fault was the travelling time by coach, would have been nice to have had a heads up at the time of booking about how long it would take.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2015
Published on: 19 November 2015
(10 out of 10)


Bolton Friends
Relaxing apart from long coach transfer and trips overall excellent holiday
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2015
Published on: 29 October 2015
(9 out of 10)


Oxford Friends
Very good value for money, a relaxing interesting holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2015
Published on: 29 October 2015
(10 out of 10)


Salisbury Couple
A really enjoyable trip to a special area. Everything ran like clockwork. Staff were great and we made some good friends amongst our travelling companions.
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2015
Published on: 28 October 2015
(10 out of 10)


Wimborne Dorset Family
the holiday on board ship was great but the travel by coach was to long at 16 hours out and 14/ 30 on the way back the tour manger was not the best
Confirmed traveller: 21 October 2015
Published on: 28 October 2015