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Published on: 28 October 2015
An enchanting German voyage
Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine, Moselle, Neckar and Main rivers on this wonderful journey from Andernach to Frankfurt. Explore the pretty wine towns of Cochem, Boppard and Ruedesheim; sail through the jaw-dropping scenery of the Middle Rhine, past majestic castles and lush vineyards; explore the impressive Altstadts (old towns) of Mainz and Mannheim, where narrow streets and ancient market squares are bordered by traditional half-timbered houses; and discover the university town of Heidelberg on a fascinating optional excursion.
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 the coach from your chosen pick-up point to travel to Dover for the Channel crossing, and continue to the historic Rhine town of Andernach to join Olympia. Enjoy dinner and a leisurely evening on board.
Sailing upstream along the Rhine this morning, Olympia passes ancient Koblenz and its hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, before entering the Moselle for a winding journey up-river to Cochem. Spend the afternoon exploring this delightful wine-making town, packed with pretty half-timbered houses and overlooked by a majestic castle. Visit the castle on this afternoon's optional excursion, or sample the local wines at the town's many bars and wine cellars.
Olympia winds her way back along the Moselle this morning, passing Koblenz once more as she sails towards the wine town of Boppard, situated on a horseshoe bend of the Rhine. Explore this picturesque town on an included walking tour with our Cruise Manager, and discover its history of wine production. Enjoy dinner on board this evening, or step ashore to soak up the atmosphere of pretty Boppard by night.
This morning's stunning cruise reveals jaw-dropping scenery as Olympia sails into the centre of the Middle Rhine. This UNESCO-listed stretch of river is enveloped in magnificent scenery, where vineyards tumble down hillsides and attractive villages cling to the banks. As Olympia heads towards Ruedesheim, you'll pass the renowned Lorelei, the steep rock from which legendary sirens were said to have lured sailors to their deaths.
Enjoy an afternoon in Ruedesheim, where an optional excursion gives you the opportunity to see Siegfried's Musikkabinett - showcasing some 350 mechanical musical instruments spanning three centuries. Spend the rest of the day exploring Ruedesheim's Altstadt, making sure to visit a weinstube (tavern) along the Drosselgasse to try the local wines.
Olympia sails overnight to Mannheim, where the River Neckar joins the Rhine. An optional excursion gives you the opportunity to visit the 'Student Prince' city of Heidelberg, which sits in the shadow of its magnificent red sandstone castle.
Later, Olympia sails on to Mainz, capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate, where you'll have time to explore the medieval market squares of its pretty Altstadt.
A scenic cruise this morning passes lush vineyards as Olympia sails towards Frankfurt, the last port of call. Here, join our optional guided tour, which takes you into the city's traditional heart. See half-timbered houses clustered in the Altstadt, try traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider at the taverns in the leafy streets of Sachsenhausen, and marvel at the imposing facade of the Kaiserdom church.
This evening, the Captain hosts a farewell dinner on board to celebrate the end of a wonderful cruise.
Leave Olympia this morning and board the coach for your journey home.
|Departure Date||Price From|
|Sun 20 Aug 2017||£759.00|
|Sat 30 Sep 2017||£739.00|
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.
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Where meals are not included, your coach driver will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
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.
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.
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.