Stunning Switzerland & The Majestic Rhine Cruise By Air
8 nights. May - June 2018. From £1529.00.
BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE* - QUOTE CODE FEBRCS
BOOK BY 15TH MARCH
Picture-book villages and famous wine towns
Sail north from Basel and imbibe some of the most glorious scenery of the Rhine on this early summer cruise on board Olympia. 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. Calls in ancient Speyer, Cologne and finally Amsterdam complete this wonderful journey.
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 Basel
Return airport-to-Olympia transfers
Eight 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 Basel, and join Olympia in time for dinner. Enjoy a first evening on board, or perhaps step ashore for a stroll.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Disembark Olympia in Amsterdam, 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
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.
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.
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.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
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.
*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 15th February and 15th March 2018 (inclusive) and is valid on The Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland and Stunning Switzerland & the Majestic Rhine 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 (FEBRCS) 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.