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Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 2013 - Flexible Travel Options
On our Blue Riband voyage Olympia cruises from the Middle Rhine, through the Rhine Gorge and to the Swiss city of Basel, before turning north and cruising to Cologne. En route, you'll call at Rudesheim, visit ancient Speyer and have the chance to explore your surroundings on a series of optional excursions.
- Return coach travel from your chosen pick-up point
- Embark in Andernach, disembark in Cologne
- Nine 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
- Two cruises (north and south) through the Rhine Gorge
- A guided walking tour of Speyer
- Calls at Strasbourg, Mannheim, Rudesheim and Mainz
- A visit to Breisach An overnight stop in Basel, Switzerland
- 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
Make your own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) and join our coach before it boards the ferry to cross the Channel and head to join Olympia in the ancient Rhine town of Andernach. After a first evening meal on board, retire to your comfortable cabin.
Olympia heads upstream into the Middle Rhine - passing Koblenz and the Ehrenbreitstein castle - through a land of vineyards, castles and villages into the unsurpassable Rhine Gorge, beneath the fabled Lorelei. This afternoon we'll arriev in Rudesheim. Explore the famous Drosselgasse and join our optional excursion to Siegfried's Musikkabinett, travelling on the local 'Winzer Express' train.
A morning cruise brings you to the ancient city of Speyer. Join our included walking tour of this, one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire, with its UNESCO-listed cathedral and fascinating Altstadt, or old town.This evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, as Olympia moors in Speyer for the night.
Olympia arrives this afternoon in the beautiful Alsace capital of Strasbourg. Join a fascinating optional excursion by boat, through the city's winding canals, and discover its soaring Notre-Dame cathedral, one of France's great Gothic churches, and the buildings of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. Olympia moors overnight close to the city.
Leaving Strasbourg, Olympia cruises along the Upper Rhine to the quaint of Breisach, from where you can join the optional half-day excursion to the Black Forest to visit its stunning regional capital Freiburg, and breathtaking lake at Titisee.
A leisurely cruise this morning brings you to Basel, Switzerland's only gateway to the sea. Explore the bustling Altstadt and Marktplatz, and perhaps take in the stupendous views from atop the magnificent Munster. This afternoon's excursion visits the spectacular Rhine Falls, with the option to take a boat ride (payable locally).Olympia overnights in Basel.
Today's wonderful full-day optional excursion takes you to the beautiful lakeside city of Lucerne, with its restored wooden 'Chapel Bridge', and then into the surrounding Swiss countryside. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Lucerne before rejoining Olympia in Breisach as she pauses on her journey to Kehl.
After a morning's scenic cruising, Olympia calls at Mannheim, from where you can join an optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg on the wooded south bank of the Neckar. One of Germany's 'must-see' destinations, Heidelberg has inspired poets - and operetta composers - for centuries.You'll rejoin Olympia in Mainz, and have the opportunity to take a stroll through the town after dinner.
Cruise back along the most romantic stretch of the Rhine to Cologne. Here our final optional excursion introduces the city, with its twin-towered Gothic cathedral and surrounding Altstadt, before you join the Captain and fellow guests for a special Farewell Dinner and entertainment on board.
Bid farewell to Olympia, and begin your coach journey back to Dover (or Ashford), from where you'll be free to make your own way 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.