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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 your chosen pick-up point
  • 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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Day One

Travel by coach from your selected pick-up point, cross the Channel, and continue 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 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

Olympia ties up in Strasbourg this morning, from where you'll begin your return journey back to the UK.
Departure county Pick-up points
Cheshire Chester, Crewe, Stockport
Clwyd Wrexham
Herefordshire Hereford
Lancashire Wigan
Oxfordshire Abingdon, Oxford
Shropshire Shrewsbury, Telford
Staffordshire Cannock, 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 Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Warwick
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Evesham, Hopwood, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester

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.

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.

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.


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. 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.

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.

*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 8.2 out of 10 based on 27 reviews
(4 out of 10)


12 of us went straight to Dover. The feeder coach arrived 45 minutes late so we missed the ferry which was rebooked but left 45 minutes late. Arrived at boat around 2315. Some on the feeder coach had been on there from 0130 the night before! Couldn't pay for excursions by debit card was told cash only!! Not impressed by the tour manager not very helpful at all. The one excursion we paid for was not worth it. Consisted of a half hour guided walk and talk of Heidelburg plus coach to and from ship. Before we left we had a cancellation due to hospitalisation. On asking Newmarket, bearing in mind the cabin had been paid for and there would be no refund, if one person could use the cabin as we had a single person who would like to come, we were told only of we paid another £549, that would need mean over £1,900 for the cabin. We declined. To add insult to injury we found a number of passengers had obtained a two for one offer!! Never would we use Newmarket again.
Confirmed traveller: 19 June 2017
Published on: 28 August 2017
(6 out of 10)


New Mills Couple
My feet and legs didn't,t recover from journey ...22 hours...from Stockport to Strasbourg for the duration of the holiday and the following week.The coach journey seemed endless although it was not the coach drivers fault.The one from Wigan was late so this had a knock on effect on everyone afterwards.
Confirmed traveller: 19 June 2017
Published on: 25 July 2017
(3 out of 10)


Malvern Couple
The journey was horrendous. We were collected at the right time - from the station (to which we had to walk ). The taxi that collected us said that he would have picked us up from home if he knew. We arrived at the services at 04.10 The driver then said "the coach wasn't picking us up until 05.30. Why did we have to get there so early. The coach finally arrived at 05.45 and we were told he was having his break (for 45 minutes ) We understand that this is for safety but by the time we left Hopwood Services we had been there for more than two hours! After that because we were running late we were only stopping for 15 minutes, which is not enough to give the body a break. We arrived at the boat at 23.15, totally shattered and in pain for sitting so long.
Confirmed traveller: 19 June 2017
Published on: 24 July 2017
(10 out of 10)


Dartmouth Single traveller
Spectacular scenery, glorious weather, amenable companions, a hard working Captain and crew, a patient Cruise Director (Mary), great drivers (Robby and Reg), everything worked together to make a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2017
Published on: 21 June 2017
(7 out of 10)


Devon Friends
Should have been told, that it was not a coach picking us at pick up point but a taxi, which arrived nearly one hour late, 4am not 5am, one of passengers had very bad cramp position, also your cruise manager, Mary was very rude to some people, me included, I had a painfull leg and couldn't keep up with the group, I went my own pace, she said " you should have stayed on the boat,"Also to be told what I should give as a tip is very bad, it should be up to the individual, it's not our fault the company pay bad wages we paid good money for the cruise,
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2017
Published on: 21 June 2017
(9 out of 10)


Trowbridge Couple
I cannot recommend this holiday highly enough. The only minor downside is that it is trying to cram so much, so many excursions, into the short period of time that we were always on the move and saw little of the Rhine because much of the voyage was done at night. Fortunately, we did get to see the picturesque Rhine Gorge between the lovely town of Rudesheim and the city of Koblenz. For the cost, the holiday was worth every penny.
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 15 December 2015
(8 out of 10)


Getting to the boat was a tedious journey! We left home at 12.30am and arrived in Dover approx. nine hours later. Sleep was not possible because of the flashing overhead lights and the stops. Arriving late at Strasbourg, we were well and truly ready for our bed! Coming back from Cologne was also long, but it was during normal waking hours and was tolerable. I think a quicker outward journey is required or at least daytime travel. After that the holiday was great and we will consider other trips - but we will view the journey time closely.
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2015
Published on: 15 December 2015