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 Cologne, the spectacular Rhineland capital. Enjoy dinner and, time-permitting, step ashore to soak up some of the city, before Olympia sets sail up-river.
Awake as Olympia sails into the River Moselle, heading to pretty Cochem. The town nestles beneath the fairytale turrets of the Reichsburg castle, which can be explored on this afternoon's optional excursion. Later, stroll Cochem's delightful streets, and perhaps enjoy an optional wine-tasting in one of the famous weinstuben (taverns), before dinner on board.
Olympia slips away from Cochem this morning, and cruises along the scenic Moselle to the twin towns of Traben-Trarbach. Wander the streets of this pretty medieval city - once the second busiest wine trading city in Europe. See lovingly preserved half-timbered houses, and perhaps pass beneath the Belle Epoque twin towers that guard the gateway to the bridge between the towns.
Arrive in Bernkastel this morning, and join our optional walking tour in the company of a local guide. Bernkastel's central square is surrounded by magnificent half-timbered houses, and the energetic might also climb to the ruins of the Burg Landshut castle just outside the town.
After lunch, a coach will carry you from Bernkastel to Trier. See its second-century Roman city gate - the Porta Nigra - its ancient baths and 20,000-seat amphitheatre, and join the optional walking tour for an informative introduction to the city that was also the birthplace of Karl Marx.
After a morning in Bernkastel, Olympia makes her way downstream to her overnight mooring in Alken.
There's the opportunity this morning to explore Koblenz. Here the river's meeting with the Rhine is marked by the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and the mighty Ehrenbreitstein fortress. Join our Cruise Manager for an included walking tour through the altstadt (old town) quarter of Koblenz before Olympia cruises to Rudesheim.
Step ashore to explore Rudesheim's narrow streets - many like the famous Drosselgasse lined with bars and weinstuben - and perhaps join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikal Kabinett.
After dinner this evening, take your place as a parade of illuminated craft and a fireworks display light up the riverbanks and transform the night sky with the blaze of colour that marks the 'Rhine In Flames'.
This morning Olympia sails back through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge heading back to Cologne. You'll have an afternoon to explore the city's historic altstadt and imposing Gothic cathedral before this evening's Gala Farewell Dinner back on board.
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.
Please note that the procession and fireworks will be watched from the ship. However, dependent upon sailing schedules and water levels, it may be necessary to transfer you by coach to a viewing point.
Procession and fireworks
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
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.
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