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|Price range||From £479|
|Travel partner||Newmarket Holidays|
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Christmas markets Rhine cruise by air
- Return flights from your local airport to Germany
- Return airport-to-ship transfers
- Three nights accommodation based on a standard lower deck cabin (upgrade cabins available)
- Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea, coffee and cake, and late-night snacks
- Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
- Luggage porterage
- Entertainment each evening
- On-board commentary
- A cocktail party
- The services of a friendly, professional crew
- The services of a Newmarket cruise manager
- Port charges and taxes
- Single cabins are available for a supplement
Fly to Germany, and transfer directly to the Olympia. Depending upon your arrival time, you may be able to explore the 'Pearl of the Rhine', Boppard, which sits on the southern side of a great horseshoe bend in the river, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage region of the Upper/Middle Rhine.
Early risers will be awake to see Olympia begin her journey, passing fairytale castles and beneath the legendary Lorelei rock (where sirens were said to lure unsuspecting sailors to their end), to alight at Rudesheim. Here the famous Drosselgasse - lined with Weinstuben (wine taverns) and restaurants - bustles with life. Spend the afternoon soaking up the atmosphere of Rudesheim's famous Christmas market, which features Europe's largest nativity scene, then perhaps join our late-afternoon optional excursion to an early evening wine tasting and to see the remarkable collection of musical instruments that are found in Siegfried's Musikkabinett.
Around lunchtime Olympia will arrive in Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Step ashore to take in the atmosphere as you wander the stalls of the town's own Christmas market, pausing to watch the skaters on the market's rink. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Bonn. The former capital offers visitors a vibrant welcome and an array of seasonal Christmas markets to explore. Later spend a final evening aboard Olympia, perhaps taking part in a quiz, or simply enjoying a performance by the on-board pianist.
Bid "auf wiedersehen" to Olympia as you return to the airport for your flight home.
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.