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Dutch Waterways & the Rhine Cruise 2017

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Cruise from Holland to Germany

Sail along the scenic Dutch waterways and into the Rhine on this picturesque cruise from Amsterdam to Andernach. Travelling on board Olympia, you'll cruise south through pretty Dutch countryside to Nijmegen, then cross the border into Germany to call at the vibrant cities of Dusseldorf and Cologne. You'll also have the chance to discover the gorgeous scenery of the Ahr Valley and sample the local wines on this wonderful early summer 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 fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Amsterdam (returning from Cologne)
  • Return airport-to-ship transfers
  • Six nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Embark in Amsterdam
  • Cruise through the lovely South Holland countryside
  • Visit historic Nijmegen
  • Vibrant Dusseldorf and its colourful Altstadt
  • Call in Bonn, the former German capital
  • An overnight stop in historic Cologne
  • Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • 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

Fly to Amsterdam, join Olympia, and settle in for your first evening on board.

Day Two

An optional canal cruise this morning offers the perfect introduction to this beautiful Dutch capital. See its scenic waterways, step-gabled buildings and pretty cobblestone streets, and perhaps explore some if its fascinating galleries such as the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum (payable locally).

Return to the ship later as Olympia cruises into the delightful countryside of South Holland.

Day Three

Enjoy a scenic morning's cruise through South Holland's windmill-dotted landscape as Olympia heads towards her first stop in Nijmegen. Explore the attractive streets of this typical Dutch town, or join our optional excursion to Arnhem, a city forever associated with 1944's Operation Market Garden. See the John Frost Bridge and visit the Arnhem Airborne Museum.

Day Four

Olympia sails into Germany, today, to reach Dusseldorf, a bustling city famous for its art scene, progressive architecture and pretty Altstadt (old town). See the sights on our optional walking tour, or join the crowds at the lively inns and brewery houses of the old town.

Day Five

Continuing upstream, Olympia sails past the pretty town of Konigswinter to call at Bonn - Germany's former capital. From here, you'll have the chance to join our Cruise Manager on an optional excursion into the beautiful Ahr Valley, where pretty towns nestle among vineyard terraces. Rejoin Olympia in Cologne, where she'll moor overnight.

Day Six

Today brings the chance to explore Cologne, either at your own pace or in the company of a local guide, who will introduce the city's stunning cathedral and surrounding Altstadt. Explore the glittering shops of the Hohe Strasse and the Schildergasse, or cross the river to neighbouring Deutz for a magnificent view of Cologne's skyline, before rejoining Olympia and your fellow passengers later this afternoon for a farewell Gala Dinner. While you dine, Olympia sails to the historic town of Andernach to complete the final leg of her journey.

Day Seven

Disembark Olympia in Andernach, and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Further Information

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dutch Waterways & the Rhine Cruise 2017 reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Dutch Waterways & the Rhine Cruise 2017Scores 1.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
(1 out of 10)

PETER

Gateshead Couple
Breakfast average to poor. No side plates and hot buffet was cold as was porridge. All food had to be put on one plate and there was never any extra knives or forks. Lunch - salad bar poor selection. If you were not there at the exact time - salad bar cleared away. Dinner choice also very poor. The choice for pudding was either have it or not. Very regimented for precise time for lunch and dinner. Though we had upgraded to a superior cabin it was absolutely tiny and cramped, and once in bed claustrophobic. Toilet/shower very cramped.

In general the ship was well below its three star plus rating. We were told by the rep that the wi-fi was not working and in fact she had to go to an internet cafe herself.

All staff we felt were very good and helpful.
Confirmed traveller: 11 May 2017
Published on: 05 June 2017