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 the ancient Rhine town of Andernach. After a first evening meal, enjoy a nightcap in the ship's bar, or simply retire to your comfortable cabin.
Olympia sails into the Middle Rhine early this morning, heading upstream to Koblenz and the mighty Ehrenbreitstein castle. Admire the picturesque twists and turns of the River Moselle, before stepping ashore to explore the pretty winemaking village of Cochem, nestled beneath fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle, which you'll have the chance to visit on an optional excursion.
Enjoy a scenic cruise back to Koblenz, before arriving later this afternoon in delightful Boppard, the 'Pearl of the Rhine'. Discover the winemaking town's many charms on our included walking tour and, this evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, or step ashore to experience Boppard by night.
Olympia sails into the heart of the Middle Rhine today. You'll pass vineyards and ancient villages, before heading through the Rhine Gorge beneath the fabled Lorelei, the legendary rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fates.
This afternoon, Olympia ties up in Rudesheim. Step ashore to stroll the celebrated wine town's narrow streets - the most celebrated of which, the Drosselgasse, is lined with bars and weinstuben (taverns) - and join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikkabinett.
After a nighttime voyage, Olympia arrives in stylish Mannheim, at the confluence of the Rhine and the River Neckar. Join the optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg, the 'Student Prince' city set beneath an imposing castle, before sailing on to Mainz - capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Enjoy dinner on board and perhaps step ashore to explore.
This morning, you'll sail through an exquisite, vineyard-clad landscape towards Frankfurt. Join the optional guided tour to discover the city's historic altstadt, the towering facade of the Kaiserdom church, and the delightful lanes of Sachsenhausen - home to countless cafes and bars serving traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider.
This evening, the Captain hosts a Farewell Dinner, and you'll have the chance to swap memories of your adventures with fellow passengers.
Bid farewell to Olympia, and begin your coach journey back to Dover (or Ashford), from where you'll be free to make your own way home.
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.
Flexible joining options
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.
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.
Optional shore excursions
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.
Pre-paid drinks package
The cruise departing on 30th September 2017 will operate a reverse itinerary sailing from Frankfurt to Andernach. All included calls and highlights remain the same although the days will change. All pricing and optional excursions remain the same.
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.