- Splendid. Most certainly would cruise again - a different river next time. The Danube and its cities were magnificent.
Published on: 20 October 2015
A scenic European passage
Join Olympia as she journeys along one of the world's most iconic rivers, through the ever-changing scenery of three contrasting countries. Calls at some of Central Europe's most beautiful cities - including historic Vienna, stunning Budapest and the Slovakian capital Bratislava - will make this a cruise to remember.
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All prices are per person and based on two sharing
Single cabins are available for a supplement
Modern, well-equipped Olympia offers all you could wish to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your Rhine cruise. With accommodation and dining facilities for just under a hundred passengers, the ship has a warm, intimate feeling about her from the minute you step on board.
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Fly to Vienna and transfer to meet Olympia in Linz. Enjoy a first meal aboard, perhaps stepping ashore to enjoy the atmosphere before Olympia slips away downstream.
Olympia arrives in Melk, beneath Austria's most celebrated Benedictine Abbey, Stift Melk. Join our optional excursion here and explore the vast church, ornate Baroque interior, Imperial rooms and museum. This afternoon, Olympia heads into the stunning Wachau valley, before mooring close to Vienna.
Board the coach, this morning, for the short transfer into Vienna. Discover the city of 'coffee and cake' - whose greatest glory is the Hofburg Palace - on our optional guided tour.
This afternoon, another optional excursion brings the opportunity to visit the Schonbrunn Palace, the Imperial summer home, where the opulent salons once echoed with performances by the young Mozart.
Join the crowds on deck, this afternoon, to watch Olympia's unforgettable arrival in Budapest. Our optional guided tour of the 'Pearl of the Danube' is the ideal introduction to this city of two parts - Buda with its colourful Castle Hill, and Pest with its Gothic parliament buildings and its old town's designer stores and coffee houses.
This morning brings another chance to explore Hungary's capital. After lunch, as Olympia slips away upstream, join the optional excursion to the towns of the spectacular Danube Bend. Visit Esztergom, with its great basilica and Baroque Szentendre, with its artists' colony, before rejoining Olympia in Visegrad, where entrance is included to the 13th-century fortress, boasting stunning views.
Discover the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, on this morning's optional walking tour. You'll see Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, splendid Baroque palaces and the city's ancient suspension bridge, before Olympia continues upstream this afternoon, cruising back into Austria.
Olympia's final call is at the delightful Wachau Valley town of Durnstein, with its castle which once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. Enjoy an included walking tour of this beautiful place, then re-board the ship for a final cruise back through the Wachau's exquisite scenery, and this evening's Gala Farewell Dinner.
Bid farewell to Olympia this morning and her crew this morning, and transfer to the airport to board your flight home.
|Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|Edinburgh||02 Sep 2017||£1269.00|
|Edinburgh||09 Sep 2017||£1249.00|
|Edinburgh||16 Sep 2017||£1249.00|
|London Gatwick||02 Sep 2017||£1239.00|
|London Gatwick||09 Sep 2017||£1219.00|
|London Gatwick||16 Sep 2017||£1219.00|
|London Heathrow||02 Sep 2017||£1239.00|
|London Heathrow||09 Sep 2017||£1239.00|
|London Heathrow||16 Sep 2017||£1239.00|
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.
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, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
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.
Spend just £17.50 per person per night, and enjoy unlimited draught beer, house wine and soft drinks (including water, tea and coffee) between 10am and midnight while on board Olympia. All other drinks are not included. The drinks package must be purchased by every person occupying a particular cabin.
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.
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.
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
The majority of cabins on board are 10.5m square. Single cabins are approximately 7.7m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Standard Promenade cabins are 15m square and most have double beds (which do not convert to sofas), but they do not have a table or stool and will by subject to engine noise during overnight and early morning sailing.