Join Olympia to sail from glittering Frankfurt to Wertheim at the start of Germany's 'Romantic Road', and through the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal. Fascinating calls, including beautiful Bamberg, historic Nuremberg, medieval Regensburg and Baroque Passau, complete this wonderful cruise.
Seven nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
One night's bed and breakfast accommodation in a hotel in the Cologne area
Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
Embark in Frankfurt and disembark in Passau
A scenic cruise along the River Main
Calls at Wertheim, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Kelheim and Regensburg
A walking tour of Wertheim including a glass-blowing demonstration
A transit of the Main-Danube Canal
On-board English commentary
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
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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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 Frankfurt. After a first evening meal, head to the ship's bar, or retire to your cabin, as the ship sails out into the river and begins the cruise.
Today Olympia cruises through the meandering Main, arriving this afternoon in Wertheim. Discover the medieval town - famed for its glassblowing and overlooked by one of Germany's most impressive castles - on this afternoon's included walking tour, which will include the opportunity to see the craftsmen at work.
This morning finds Olympia moored in Wurzburg, an ancient prince-bishopric nestled beneath steep, vine-covered slopes. Enjoy an optional guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Residenz, a magnificent Baroque palace overlooking the city's altstadt (old town).
After following the Main's meandering course upriver, Olympia arrives in beautiful Bamberg around lunchtime. Take the shuttle bus from the ship into the city centre and discover its beautiful altstadt of little bridges and islets on an optional walking tour led by an expert local guide.
This evening, Olympia begins her journey through the extraordinary Main-Danube Canal.
Olympia arrives early this morning in Nuremberg, its rebuilt half-timbered houses and narrow lanes seemingly unchanged in centuries. Join our optional tour and see the ancient Rathaus (parliament building), the twin-spired Sebalduskirche and the imposing fortress of the Kaiserburg.
This evening Olympia continues her transit of the canal.
Olympia enters the Danube at Kelheim, where the river is overlooked by high cliffs. Disembark to visit the Weltenburg monastery - site of a near-thousand-year-old brewery - perched between the river and cliff-top.
Alternatively, remain on board for the cruise to majestic Regensburg. Discover this wonderfully preserved medieval trading city on an afternoon's walking tour, before re-boarding Olympia for her last evening cruise.
This morning Olympia arrives in Passau, at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, and at the border between Bavaria and Austria. Join our optional tour of the Italianate city and enjoy a recital in the ornate St Stephan's Cathedral, played on the 17,000-pipe church organ - Europe's largest.
This afternoon, you're free to explore. Enjoy a last dinner on board as Olympia moors here overnight, and perhaps take in some of the atmosphere of the charming altstadt.
Bid farewell to Olympia and her crew this morning, and begin your journey home, staying overnight in a hotel in the Cologne area.
Leave the hotel this morning, continuing your journey back to the UK.
26 Aug 2017
22 Sep 2017
Flexible joining options
Our flexible joining options allow you to travel on any date, and as an added convenience we've arranged two possible pre-departure options for you. Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Ashford North and stay the night (car parking is included), and our coach will call for you at the hotel on the way to the Channel.
Alternatively, make your own way to the Stop 24 Services in Kent (M20, Junction 11), and board the coach there. Parking is available (payable locally), and we'll confirm the exact meeting point and time in your Joining Instructions.
Please note that for 22nd September 2017 departures, the cruise operates a reverse itinerary from Passau to Frankfurt. All included calls and highlights remain the same.
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 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.
Pre-paid drinks package
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.
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.
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Beautiful Bavaria & a taste of the Danube Cruise 2015Scores 7.4 out of 10based on 9 reviews
(2 out of 10)
The initial booking details were awful with nobody knowing about anything re any question I asked and even the final details were incorrect with us supposedly going to a hotel in Amsterdam and we went to one in Frankfort good job the coach driver know where to take us also having to unnecessary having to book B&B plus evening meal cost a lot of money about ?70.00 The cruise was ok but only just acceptable after a lot os sea cruising this had a lot to improve on and the cost of drinks etc was the most we have encountered also no complementary tea/coffee at all this is provided in the most basic B&B etc
01 October 2015
30 October 2015
(9 out of 10)
The holiday was fantastic but your office administration woeful. We were supposed to get luggage labels but were told you don't supply them. Strange when everybody else got them! Plus the itinerary was cut and pasted wrong. Said going via Amsterdam - I don't think so when we were heading for Germany. In Wurzberg the Cruise Manager took us to the wrong place looking for the Residenz - he didn't have a clue where the place was so it meant an hour lost going back on the coach and going to another part of the town! Quite a shambles. We also felt the optional tours were expensive I.e. The Passau tour was ?19 meaning the tour was ?16 as it was only ?3 to get into the organ recital. We felt ?16 was a lot. In Nuremberg we were split into two tours but found out later that we weren't taken to some of the places of interest the other group went too. Very disappointed. But on the whole a fantastic holiday.
01 October 2015
26 October 2015
(7 out of 10)
Burton on Trent
We found that there was not enough time to visit the towns where we docked, also the night sailing did not give much time to see the scenery go by. We appreciate the distances between stops was considerable but we enjoyed the four rivers cruise more and would recommend that trip. The on board service from the crew was excellent and they worked extremely hard, especially the waiters, waitresses and cabin cleaners, faultless, many thanks to them.
01 October 2015
25 October 2015
(8 out of 10)
Ambiguous initial holiday information when contacting customer service . Different people had different details. Unexpected length of journey to the ship. The whole holiday experience, accommodation food and staff of the Olympia excellent. New to the ship cruise manager with limited information which affected the walkers. Our driver Nigel was extremely good. However we would undertake another cruise in the future
01 October 2015
24 October 2015
(8 out of 10)
Everything about the OLYMPIA is great , professionally managed, spotlessly clean, good size cabins comfy beds great food and happy crew?Perfect. Everything regarding the" getting to" and "from"ship was a nightmare . badly organised, lack of information, both before and during cruise, resulted in a lot of unhappy holidaymakers. I would definitely book Olympia again??just not with Newmarket.
01 October 2015
23 October 2015
(10 out of 10)
Relaxing and tranquil. The crew were very friendly and appeared happy in their work, and they certainly worked hard, and long hours. We have done sea cruises and 2 river cruises now both of those with Newmarket, and found them both very good. We enjoyed the restaurant, the food was very good, and I would say to a high standard.
01 October 2015
23 October 2015
(4 out of 10)
This holiday was a disaster, the brochure did not state that all the sailing would be through the night. These ships are NOT built for night sailings, they are noisy & rattley, the engine made the whole ship vibrate. The cabin we were in the beds were shaking I could not sleep as my head was shaking on the pillow, this made me very sick & dizzy..
Because of the night sailing we missed out on all of the scenery, there were too many locks to negotiate & one of the coach trips had to be cancelled because there was not enough time to do it. Included excursions where hotch potch, nobody seemed to know what was happening. Would definately not recommend nor go on one again.
01 September 2013
14 December 2013