Experience a journey through the Main-Danube Canal, and explore the beautiful cities of Bavaria on this wonderful river cruise. Join Olympia in Frankfurt as she begins her journey into the romantic heart of Germany, calling en route at some of Europe's most stunning medieval cities - including Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg and Passau - and passing through a beautiful land of vineyards and forests.
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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Join our coach in Dover, before boarding the ferry for the Channel crossing. Travel to Frankfurt to join Olympia for dinner and a first evening on board.
Enjoy a peaceful morning sailing along the river as Olympia makes her way to Wertheim, where a magnificent castle occupies a hill-top position above the town. An included walking tour will introduce you to Wertheim's winding, medieval streets, and a visit to see some of the local craftsmen will bring to life the town's history of glass-blowing.
Today, you'll find Olympia moored beneath the verdant, vine-covered slopes surrounding Wurzburg. This charming, UNESCO-listed city marks the start of the celebrated 'Romantic Road', and is recognised for its gorgeous 18th-century Palace: the Residenz. An optional tour will guide you through its opulent rooms and its stunning gardens, before we return to the ship during the afternoon to continue our journey.
After a relaxing morning's cruise, by lunchtime Olympia will reach Bamberg. A shuttle bus will take you into its quaint Altstadt, a beautifully preserved centre that exudes medieval charm. Join our optional walking tour with a local expert guide to stroll its medieval streets, set over a series of little islets and bridges, before re-boarding the ship during the evening as Olympia sails into the Main-Danube Canal.
Early this morning, we'll reach Nuremberg, a historic city of narrow, medieval streets and restored half-timbered houses. See the fortress of the Kaiserburg, the central Hauptmarkt (main square) and the Rathaus (parliament building) on our optional walking tour, then re-board Olympia as she continues her journey along the canal this evening.
As she enters the Danube this morning, Olympia sails past some majestic scenery. See the Befreiungshalle, the striking monument built under the orders of 'Mad' King Ludwig, and Weltenburg Monastery, which nestles on a secluded bend of the river against a backdrop of dense forest. Choose to disembark here to explore the abbey, before Olympia continues her journey to reach Regensberg this afternoon, where a walking tour introduces you to its historic centre.
Olympia reaches her final destination this morning: the Italianate city of Passau. This 'City of Three Rivers' sits at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, where Bavaria meets Austria. Join an optional walking tour to discover the city's highlights, which include a visit to St Stephen's Cathedral, where you'll be treated to an organ recital played on the largest instrument of its kind in Europe. Following an afternoon at leisure, re-board Olympia for dinner and your final evening on board.
Disembark Olympia this morning and begin your journey home, stopping overnight in the Cologne area.
Leave the hotel following breakfast and re-board the coach to continue your journey home.
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.
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.
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.
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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