Book one of Newmarket Holidays’ memorable holiday cruises through the romantic Rhine Valley during the season when every village and town is all dressed up for Christmas. Join the cruise ship Olympia in Boppard, 20 km south of Koblenz, on the left bank of the Rhine river. Boppard itself features all the elements of an unforgettable holiday. Festive holiday lights, traditional ethnic holiday foods, sightseeing and shopping fill in an otherwise relaxing cruise down the Rhine river. Indeed, quiet lanes, lively plazas and colourful culture greet guests from their first night of the tour until the time they disembark for the trip home.
The Middle Rhine
Relax as the Olympia glides down the river to Rüdesheim, an area famous for its exceptional wines. Travellers have a terrific view of mythical castles and waterside villages, and then the ship sails around the foot of the famed Lorelei rock. One legend about this landmark is that a maiden cast herself into the Rhine in despair over love lost; the Lorelei rock produces an echo said to be her cry.
Experience this romantic old town during the Christmas season, including the legendary Christmas Market with 120 stalls, representing 12 countries, offering Christmas traditions, customs and merchandise from around the world. Many travellers choose to take the optional excursion to the famous Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett, a surprising assembly of 18th- and 19th-century mechanical musical instruments, which play themselves as the tour walks by.
The Olympia travels downriver to arrive at historic Koblenz, where the Rhine meets the Moselle river. With its wealth of historic buildings and cultural monuments, cosy lanes and its relaxed atmosphere, guests feel right at home while exploring. Koblenz’s Christmas Market offers a variety of concerts, nostalgic rides in carriages, and certain gastronomic delights found only at this time of year.
Newmarket Holidays Services
This Newmarket Holidays river cruise offers full-board accommodation, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon tea and evening snacks. Each evening, onboard entertainment is provided; additionally, guests are welcome to attend a cocktail party in greeting and the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Newmarket Holidays cruises include onboard commentary in English for its English-speaking customers, and the services of a friendly and helpful Cruise Manager.
Booking a Christmas cruise with Newmarket Holidays is as easy as picking up the telephone or heading to the company’s website, where a plethora of information is available on all Newmarket Holidays’ tours. The friendly Customer Service Team is always available and happy to help answer questions and make arrangements. As one of the UK’s largest independent tour operators, Newmarket Holidays prides itself on the outstanding customer service and tremendous value it provides.