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Holiday type River cruises
Travel type Coach
Price range From £519
Travel partner Newmarket Holidays
Duration 5 nights
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Rhine & the Black Forest Cruise by Coach via Dover

A wonderful autumn river cruise

Join Olympia as she sails south from Cologne and through the fabled Rhine Gorge. See Strasbourg, tour the stunning Black Forest and visit exquisite Freiburg. You'll also have the chance to explore the 'Student Prince' city of Heidelberg, the beautiful Alsace capital of Strasbourg, and the classic spa town of Baden-Baden on this delightful river cruise.


  • Return coach travel from your chosen pick-up point Embark in Cologne, disembark in Strasbourg
  • Five nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea, coffee and cake, and late-night snacks
  • A Cruise through the Rhine Gorge and classic Middle Rhine to Rudesheim
  • Calls in Andernach, Speyer, Strasbourg and Breisach
  • A tour of the Black Forest and its capital Freiburg
  • On-board English commentary
  • On-board entertainment including a welcome cocktail party and a Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • 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
Day One
Travel by coach from your selected pick-up point, cross the Channel, and continue to join Olympia in the spectacular Rhineland capital. Enjoy dinner and your first evening on board, before Olympia sets sail for Andernach.

Day Two
You'll have time to explore the historic riverside town of Andernach this morning, before Olympia sails south through the Rhine Gorge. Passing beneath the fabled Lorelei you'll head to to Rudesheim. This afternoon, join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikkabinett and enjoy a wine tasting before you explore the town's narrow streets, the most celebrated of which is the famous Drosselgasse.

Day Three
Early risers will notice Olympia leave her moorings before breakfast, heading to a lunchtime appointment in Mannheim. Join the optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg, the 'Student Prince' city, and explore the twisting streets and lanes of one of Europe's most romantic settings, before re-joining the Olympia in Speyer.For those staying on board, cruise with the Olympia to Speyer, once one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire.

Day Four
Olympia arrives in Plittersdorf at breakfast time, and the morning's optional excursion offers you the chance to visit to the elegant spa town of Baden-Baden, with its casino and thermal baths, before rejoining Olympia in Strasbourg. Later, the day's second optional excursion offers you the opprtunity to discover Strasbourg, home to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, and where the ancient Petite France quarter stands as a beguiling labyrinth of medieval buildings and canals.

Day Five
Olympia arrives this morning in the quaint town of Breisach, from where you can join our included half-day excursion through the Black Forest. Visit the regional 'capital', Freiburg, to see the spectacular red sandstone cathedral and explore the Altstadt before we return to Breisach.This afternoon, explore Breisach - from atop the city's cathedral the views out over the forest are breathtaking - and later enjoy a farewell dinner on board, in the company of the Captain and your fellow passengers.

Day Six
Olympia ties up in Strasbourg this morning, from where you'll begin your return journey back to the UK.

Please note that the 25th and 26th October cruise operates a reverse itinerary, sailing from Strasbourg to Cologne. All included calls and highlights remain the same although the days will change, and all pricing and optional excursions remain the same.

MS Olympia

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.

This is a coach offer. In order to view the available departure dates please select your preferred pick-up location using the County and Town dropdown lists.