Dutch Waterways & The Glorious Rhine Cruise By Air
6 nights. June - September 2018. From £1069.00.
SAVE GBP50 PER PERSON* - QUOTE CODE JANRC
BOOK BY 15TH MARCH
Ancient cities, wine towns and spectacular scenery
Sail through scenic Dutch canals and waterways into the mighty Rhine on this delightful cruise aboard Olympia. As you cruise gently from Amsterdam you'll call in Nijmegen, the Rhineland capital - Cologne, historic Koblenz, the pretty wine town of Rudesheim and stylish Mannheim.
Life on board Olympia
There'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.
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.
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Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Return flights from your local airport to Amsterdam
Return airport-to-Olympia transfers
Six nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
On-board English commentary
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Fly to Amsterdam, where you'll board Olympia in time for dinner this evening.
On this morning's included canal cruise you'll have the chance to discover the Dutch capital's beautiful waterways, which are lined with quaint step-gabled houses. Return to Olympia during the afternoon for her sailing into South Holland's picturesque countryside, sailing towards the River Waal and Nijmegen for an overnight stay.
Cruising south, Olympia sails into Germany. Enjoy beautiful scenery as the ship sails past Dusseldorf and stunning Rhineland scenery to reach Cologne, where she'll moor overnight. Step ashore to stretch your legs and enjoy the night-time charm of the city's bustling altstadt (old town).
Explore Cologne's magnificent cathedral and bustling altstadt on this morning's optional walking tour, or choose to wander the city at your leisure, perhaps visiting the designer shops of Rudolfplatz and the Belgisches (Belgian) quarter.
This afternoon, Olympia continues upstream, passing the delightful town of Konigswinter, which sits in the shadow of the picturesque Siebengebirge (Seven Hills), to reach Koblenz, which stands at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle.
Enjoy an early morning stroll in Koblenz before Olympia continues her journey, cruising past the verdant vineyards and ancient villages of the magnificent Middle Rhine. Look out for the legendary Lorelei, the fateful slate rock from which sirens were said to have lured sailors to their deaths.
This afternoon Olympia arrives in Rudesheim, recognised for its locally-produced wines, its quaint narrow lanes and its bustling Drosselgasse - the main street packed with bars and weinstube (wine taverns). Perhaps join our optional excursion that reveals the bizarre wonders of Siegfried's Musikkabinett and includes a wine tasting.
Olympia arrives in Mannheim, where the Rhine and the River Neckar meet. From here, join an optional half-day excursion to the university town of Heidelberg where an imposing red-stone castle dominates the landscape from its hillside perch, before meeting the ship in Mainz. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city's beautiful altstadt, impressive cathedral and Gutenberg Museum, before returning to the ship for a last dinner and an overnight cruise back to Cologne.
Disembark Olympia in Cologne, this morning, and transfer to the airport for your flight home.Back to top
Modern, well-equipped Olympia offers all you could wish to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your Rhine cruise. Offering accommodation and dining facilities for just under a hundred passengers, the ship has a warm, intimate feeling about her the minute you step on board.Olympia and Overnight Hotel
Modern, well-equipped Olympia offers all you could wish to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your Rhine cruise. Offering accommodation and dining facilities for just under a hundred passengers, the ship has a warm, intimate feeling about her the minute you step on board.Back to top
Please note that the 16 September sailing is operated in reverse, with embarkation in Cologne and disembarkation in Amsterdam. Ports of call and inclusions are all the same.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
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.
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 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.
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.
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
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.
Pre-paid drinks package
Spend just GBP19.50 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.
*Low deposit of GBP79pp applies to new bookings made between 28th December 2017 and 31st March 2018 (inclusive) only. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.
*This offer applies to new bookings made between 28th December and 15th March 2018 (inclusive) and is valid on selected cruises departing in 2018 on board Olympia only. Offer excludes cruises departing in November and December. 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.