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Castles & Vineyards Four Rivers Cruise 2017

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An enchanting German voyage

Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine, Moselle, Neckar and Main rivers on this wonderful journey from Andernach to Frankfurt. Explore the pretty wine towns of Cochem, Boppard and Rudesheim; sail through the jaw-dropping scenery of the Middle Rhine, past majestic castles and lush vineyards; explore the impressive Altstadts (old towns) of Mainz and Mannheim, where narrow streets and ancient market squares are bordered by traditional half-timbered houses; and discover the university town of Heidelberg on a fascinating optional excursion.

What The Price Includes

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

Day One

Join the coach from your chosen pick-up point to travel to Dover for the Channel crossing, and continue to the historic Rhine town of Andernach to join Olympia. Enjoy dinner and a leisurely evening on board.

Day Two

Sailing upstream along the Rhine this morning, Olympia passes ancient Koblenz and its hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, before entering the Moselle for a winding journey up-river to Cochem. Spend the afternoon exploring this delightful wine-making town, packed with pretty half-timbered houses and overlooked by a majestic castle. Visit the castle on this afternoon's optional excursion, or sample the local wines at the town's many bars and wine cellars.

Day Three

Olympia winds her way back along the Moselle this morning, passing Koblenz once more as she sails towards the wine town of Boppard, situated on a horseshoe bend of the Rhine. Explore this picturesque town on an included walking tour with our Cruise Manager, and discover its history of wine production. Enjoy dinner on board this evening, or step ashore to soak up the atmosphere of pretty Boppard by night.

Day Four

This morning's stunning cruise reveals jaw-dropping scenery as Olympia sails into the centre of the Middle Rhine. This UNESCO-listed stretch of river is enveloped in magnificent scenery, where vineyards tumble down hillsides and attractive villages cling to the banks. As Olympia heads towards Rudesheim, you'll pass the renowned Lorelei, the steep rock from which legendary sirens were said to have lured sailors to their deaths.

Enjoy an afternoon in Rudesheim, where an optional excursion gives you the opportunity to see Siegfried's Musikkabinett - showcasing some 350 mechanical musical instruments spanning three centuries. Spend the rest of the day exploring Rudesheim's Altstadt, making sure to visit a weinstube (tavern) along the Drosselgasse to try the local wines.

Day Five

Olympia sails overnight to Mannheim, where the River Neckar joins the Rhine. An optional excursion gives you the opportunity to visit the 'Student Prince' city of Heidelberg, which sits in the shadow of its magnificent red sandstone castle.

Later, Olympia sails on to Mainz, capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate, where you'll have time to explore the medieval market squares of its pretty Altstadt.

Day Six

A scenic cruise this morning passes lush vineyards as Olympia sails towards Frankfurt, the last port of call. Here, join our optional guided tour, which takes you into the city's traditional heart. See half-timbered houses clustered in the Altstadt, try traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider at the taverns in the leafy streets of Sachsenhausen, and marvel at the imposing facade of the Kaiserdom church.

This evening, the Captain hosts a farewell dinner on board to celebrate the end of a wonderful cruise.

Day Seven

Leave Olympia this morning and board the coach for your journey home.

Departure county Pick-up points
Herefordshire
Herefordshire Hereford, Ross On Wye
Lancashire
Lancashire Bolton
Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Oxford Services M40, Witney
Shropshire
Shropshire Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury, Telford
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Cannock, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stafford, Stoke On Trent, Tamworth
West Midlands
West Midlands Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Halesowen, Solihull, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton
Warwickshire
Warwickshire Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, Warwick Services M40
Worcestershire
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Evesham, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester

Further Information

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.

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.

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.

Luggage

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.

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.

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.

Four Rivers Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Four Rivers CruiseScores 7.4 out of 10 based on 31 reviews
(8 out of 10)

BARBARA

Dudley Couple
This was our first River Cruise although we had done many Ocean Cruises. We were impressed with the cabin and thought it was well designed and you could put everything away neatly. Meals were OK but nowhere as good as on Ocean Cruises. Sailing down the Rhine and Moselle Rivers was magical and all the town we visited were lovely so it was a good experience. However, in comparison and bearing in mind that you actually only have 5 days on the ship the prices charged are extremely expensive and you could have a 14 day Caribbean Cruise for the same money!! There was a lot of problems with our coach transfer and the journey took over 17 hours which meant we missed the evening meal. There was clear soup and very small sandwiches laid on but not really sufficient!!
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 19 October 2017
(4 out of 10)

ALAN

Evesham Couple
Journey to and from nightmare, service on board abysmal, organisation chaotic, cabin smelly and noisy, cruising at night missing the scenery etc.etc.etc. Ho and we wanted to visit Meinz but after coach travel for one and half hours this was aborted, three hour trip for nothing!
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2017
Published on: 16 October 2017
(9 out of 10)

KEVIN

croydon Couple
great views along river
food really nice
crew always nice
Confirmed traveller: 26 August 2017
Published on: 19 September 2017
(8 out of 10)

IAN

Dover Single traveller
Highly enjoyable
Confirmed traveller: 26 August 2017
Published on: 16 September 2017
(7 out of 10)

STEVE

Huntington Beach , California Friends
As the only Americans onboard , it was nice to travel with the Brits
Confirmed traveller: 08 October 2015
Published on: 28 October 2015
(4 out of 10)

TOM

Couple
Cabins was poorly designed , most passengers had hit their head on the shelf, both sides of the cabin.
Who wants Pork at lunch and then beef for dinner? Would have like a small Al a carte menu, at extra cost, which could have been ordered at breakfast as was the other meals.
No internet facilities, either wi-fi or a computer (would have paid for access, instead I had to search Mannheim for a computer cafe.)
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 06 September 2015
(8 out of 10)

JOHN

Rochdale Single traveller
The holiday was very good in all respects except the coach travel to and from the ship. I have no specific complaint as the drivers and coach were excellent,but the journey of twenty hours was far too long for me. Yes I'd go again but would prefer to fly out and back next time
Confirmed traveller: 20 August 2015
Published on: 06 September 2015