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Rhine in Flames Cruise 2017

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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

  • Embark in Cologne
  • 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
  • A stop in the delightful Dutch capital, Amsterdam
  • A visit to historic Nijmegen
  • Exploring Cologne's mighty cathedral and cobbled old town
  • Cruising through the Rhine Gorge
  • A call at Rudesheim to see the spectacular Rhine in Flames
  • An overnight stay in Koblenz
  • Vibrant Dusseldorf's colourful old town
  • 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.


Day One

Make your own way to Germany, and 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 up-river.

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 journey home.

Further Information

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.

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.

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.


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.

Drinking water

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


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

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.

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.

Itinerary changes

On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.

*This offer is valid for new bookings made between 23rd June and 31st July 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.

Rhine in Flames Cruise 2017 reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Rhine in Flames Cruise 2017Scores 7.5 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
(6 out of 10)


Leicestershire Couple
Unfortunately we had rain everyday. This meant many hours spent in the lounge , very boring.
When we booked the trip we thought we would travel through the Mosel region but it was closed. Amsterdam was substituted , however the journey isn't at all picturesque plus we have been many times before , therefor we would not have booked this holiday had we known.
We travelled independently without a hitch via plane and train however the boat wasn't anywhere to be seen as had berthed somewhere totally out of view . We suspect a cheaper berthing alternative. The on board staff claim they had no knowledge of our arrival.
Confirmed traveller: 04 July 2017
Published on: 28 July 2017
(9 out of 10)


Rochester Couple
We chose the meet at ship option, but they failed to tell us that the ship had moved
Confirmed traveller: 04 July 2017
Published on: 25 July 2017