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|Price range||From £734|
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Cruise the Glorious Rhine - By Rail
This superb-value cruise aboard the welcoming Olympia includes an unforgettable journey through the beautiful, UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine, and a passage through the fabled Rhine Gorge, beneath the legendary Lorelei. Calls at the wine town of Rudesheim and historic Mainz, as well as the chance to explore the delightful Ahr Valley, make this a very special Rhine cruise holiday.
- Return Eurostar rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebsfleet International to Cologne via Brussels
- Return station-to-ship transfers
- Five nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
- Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
- A scenic cruise along the Middle Rhine
- A call at Boppard
- A walking tour of Boppard
- A call at Rudesheim
- Calls at Mainz, Koblenz and Cologne
- On-board English commentary
- On-board evening 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
Travel to Cologne via Brussels by high-speed Eurostar, then the efficient regional rail network, from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International station. Embark Olympia in Andernach before she begins her journey along the mighty Rhine this evening.
This morning Olympia sets sail from Andernach, heading to idyllic Boppard, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage region of the Upper/Middle Rhine. Discover the town's Roman fort and beautiful historic quarter on our fascinating walking tour. This evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, or explore Boppard by night.
Today, Olympia sails into the picturesque Middle Rhine, past vineyards and ancient villages, and through the narrow gorge beneath the Lorelei - the legendary rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate. This afternoon, Olympia ties up in the celebrated wine town of Rudesheim. Explore its famous Drosselgasse, lined with bars and weinstuben (taverns), and perhaps join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikal Kabinett. Enjoy dinner and entertainment on board this evening, or head back ashore.
Cruising south this morning, Olympia calls at historic Mainz. Join our optional walking tour and discover its six-towered cathedral, Gutenberg Museum and Altstadt, before returning to Olympia for this afternoon's sailing through the scenic Gorge and Middle Rhine to Koblenz. Step ashore to wander through the pretty Altstadt, or along the riverfront promenade, before enjoying dinner and entertainment on board.
Konigswinter and the former capital Bon, then arrive back in Cologne by early afternoon. Explore the great Rhineland capital, or join our coach excursion into the breathtaking Ahr Valley, before returning to Cologne, and - in the company of a local guide - exploring the vast cathedral and the surrounding Altstadt or Old Town.This evening, the Captain hosts a Farewell Dinner on board.
Disembark in Amsterdam, leaving Olympia this morning, and transfer back to the station to begin your rail journey 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.