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Stunning Switzerland & the Majestic Rhine Cruise by Air (Plus Hotel Stay)

11 days from £1719*
Departing: May - June 2018
* Price shown: 21 May 2018 from London Gatwick - LGW
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Picture-book villages and famous wine towns

Discover some of the most glorious scenery of the Rhine on this early summer cruise from Basel to Amsterdam. Moor in Breisach for the chance to visit the gorgeous lakeside city of Lucerne, explore Strasbourg and then cross into Germany to visit the magnificent towns along the beautiful Middle Rhine. This wonderful journey concludes in Amsterdam, where you'll disembark to spend a further two days exploring the colourful Dutch capital.

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.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Return flights from your local airport to Basel
  • Return airport-to-Olympia transfers
  • Eight nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Two nights' accommodation in Amsterdam
  • Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • 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 Basel, and join Olympia in time for dinner. Enjoy a first evening on board, or perhaps step ashore for a stroll.

Day Two

See the sights of Basel this morning on a stroll through the bustling altstadt, or join our optional excursion into the heart of Switzerland to visit the beautiful lakeside city of Lucerne, with its restored wooden 'Chapel Bridge'. Rejoin Olympia in time for dinner in the charming wine town of Breisach, where she'll moor overnight.

Day Three

Spend the morning exploring Breisach - the views out over the forest region from atop its Gothic cathedral are lovely - then enjoy a lazy afternoon of sailing as Olympia cruises downstream to moor close to Strasbourg.

Day Four

Transfer into the heart of Strasbourg for a morning of exploring. A fascinating optional excursion brings the chance to see the city by boat, as you travel along the winding canals to marvel at the soaring Notre-Dame cathedral - one of France's great Gothic churches - as well as the buildings of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. Rejoin Olympia during the afternoon for her sailing to ancient Speyer.

Day Five

Join our Tour Manager on a short included walking tour of Speyer, once one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire, then rejoin the ship for the short trip to Mannheim, where an optional excursion offers the chance to visit beautiful Heidelberg. One of Germany's 'must-see' destinations, Heidelberg has inspired poets and operetta composers for centuries.

Rejoin Olympia in Mainz, and enjoy an evening of exploration in this historic city, home to a gorgeous old town and a magnificent cathedral.

Day Six

You're treated to delightful scenery today, as Olympia makes her way through some of the most spectacular stretches of the Rhine. She'll firstly call at Rudesheim, famous for its bustling Drosselgasse, where an optional excursion brings the chance to visit Siegfried's Musikkabinett and travel on the local 'Winzer Express' train.

Return to the ship for a journey into the gorgeous Middle Rhine, where vineyards, castles and quaint villages pepper the landscape. Later, we'll arrive in Koblenz in time for dinner and an evening of exploration.

Day Seven

Olympia continues downriver, sailing past Konigswinter, the rolling Siebengebirge hills and leafy Bonn, to arrive in Cologne by midday. See the sights on our optional walking tour, the highlight of which will be the magnificent twin-spired cathedral.

Day Eight

Olympia sails through beautiful windmill-dotted landscapes this morning, as she crosses into Holland on her way to Amsterdam. On arrival, join our included canal cruise along the city's pretty waterways to take in the colourful highlights, before a final evening brings the chance to step ashore and explore or relax on board.

Day Nine

Bid farewell to Olympia, and transfer to your hotel in Amsterdam.

Day 10

You're free to spend today enjoying the delights of the Dutch capital. Visit the excellent museums, take a stroll in Vondelpark and discover its pretty canals.

Day 11

Check out of your hotel, bid a fond farewell to Amsterdam, and transfer to the airport for you flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Bristol
Bristol 21 May 2018 £1749
Bristol
Bristol 06 June 2018 £1769
Bristol
Bristol 22 June 2018 £1769
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 21 May 2018 £1789
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 06 June 2018 £1809
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 22 June 2018 £1809
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 21 May 2018 £1719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 June 2018 £1739
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 June 2018 £1739
London Luton
London Luton 21 May 2018 £1719
London Luton
London Luton 06 June 2018 £1739
London Luton
London Luton 22 June 2018 £1739
London Stansted
London Stansted 21 May 2018 £1719
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 June 2018 £1739
London Stansted
London Stansted 22 June 2018 £1739
Manchester
Manchester 22 June 2018 £1789

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.

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.

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.

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

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*This offer applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th November 2017 (inclusive) and is valid on cruises departing in 2018 on board Olympia 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. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.