Reader Holidays - Magical Moselle Cruise from Hillingdon Times

Departing June - July 2014

From £599.00

*Price shown: 17 Jul 2014 - XZO

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A memorable summer river cruise

Cruise along the meandering Moselle and down the mighty Rhine, and enjoy this most scenic of passages where villages are flanked by vineyards and crowned by fairytale, turreted castles. As well as calls at a trio of exquisite wine towns - with the opportunity to drive the scenic Mosel Weistrasse - you'll visit the fascinating cities of Trier and Koblenz.

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What The Price Includes

  • Return coach travel from your chosen pick-up point
  • Six 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
  • Embark in Andernach, disembark in Cologne
  • Calls at Bernkastel-Kues, Traben-Trarbach and Cochem
  • Walking tours of Bernkastel-Kues and Koblenz
  • A visit to Koblenz
  • 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
  • Government taxes and service charges

All prices are per person and based on two sharingSingle cabins are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Travel by coach from your selected pick-up point, cross the Channel, and continue to join Olympia in Andernach. Enjoy a first meal on board, and settle into your cabin before Olympia sets sail.

Day Two

Enjoy a wonderful, scenic cruise past Koblenz and into the Moselle. By early afternoon, Olympia moors in delightful Cochem, nestled beneath the Reichsburg Castle's fairytale turrets. Explore the town, or join this afternoon's optional shore excursion to discover the castle and its secrets.This evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, and step ashore into beautiful Cochem as Olympia moors here overnight.

Day Three

Today Olympia heads to pretty Traben-Trarbach where she moors for the night. An optional excursion by coach this afternoon, in the company of our Tour Manager, will bring to life the Moselle Valley and its winemaking villages, as you travel along the Mosel Weinstrasse's breathtaking route.

Day Four

This morning enjoy a pleasant cruise along the river, passing vineyard-clad hills and rolling hills, as Olympia heads towards Bernkastel-Kues. Discover this famous wine town on our walking tour, with its ancient, half-timbered houses surrounding the central square, and perhaps visit the ruins of the Burg Landshut to enjoy the spectacular view of the river.

Day Five

Boasting the finest collection of Roman remains north of the Alps, Trier is Germany's oldest settlement. Today's optional excursion will take you to the city by coach. Enjoy our optional walking tour, and don't miss the birthplace of Karl Marx and the imposing Dom cathedral. This afternoon Olympia sails from Bernkastel-Kues, beginning her return journey downriver as you enjoy dinner and entertainment on board.

Day Six

This morning, Olympia arrives in historic Koblenz. Enjoy a guided tour of the town as you wander through the pretty Altstadt or along the riverfront promenade, before re-boarding the ship and continuing to Andernach, where you'll have the opportunity to go ashore. This evening, enjoy the special Captain's Farewell Dinner, while the ship heads to Cologne.

Day Seven

Leave Olympia and the Rhine behind this morning, and begin your return journey back to the UK.

Further Information

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach).

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately ten days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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 or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible 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.

Tipping

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.

Dress code

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.

Luggage

Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.

Drinking water

The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system. Bottled water can be purchased on board and locally.

Itinerary changes

On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.

The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)

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.

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Introduction

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.

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All the holidays featured are operated by Newmarket Air Holidays Ltd, ABTA No.V7812, ATOL No. 2325, and Newmarket Promotions Ltd, ABTA No. V787X.

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