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Beautiful Bavaria & a Taste of the Danube Cruise 2016

Discover the romantic heart of Germany

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.

Discover life on board Olympia

Discover life on board OlympiaThere's far more to life on board Olympia than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What The Price Includes

  • Return coach travel from your chosen pick-up point
  • 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
  • Embark in Frankfurt and disembark in Passau
  • Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • 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
  • Luggage porterage
  • 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

Ship Information

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.

Deck Plans

Click here to display the deck plans for this cruise.

Itinerary

Day One

Board the coach at your pick-up point, and travel to Dover to cross the Channel and join Olympia in Frankfurt. After a first evening meal, head to the ship's bar, or retire to your cabin, as the ship slips her moorings and begins the cruise.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

This morning finds Olympia moored in glorious 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). Explore the palace interior and stunning gardens, and indulge in some wine tasting, before re-boarding Olympia for an afternoon's cruise.

Day Four

Following the Main's meandering course upriver, Olympia arrives by lunchtime in beautiful Bamberg. Take the shuttle bus from the ship into the city's centre and discover its medieval splendour - including the exquisite Altes Rathaus - on an optional walking tour accompanied by an expert local guide.

This evening, begin the transit of the extraordinary Main-Danube Canal.

Day Five

Olympia arrives early this morning in Nuremberg, its rebuilt half-timbered houses and narrow lanes seemingly unchanged in centuries. Join our optional tour, which might include 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.

Day Six

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 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.

Day Seven

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.

Day Eight

Bid farewell to Olympia this morning and her crew this morning, and begin your journey home, staying overnight in a hotel in the Frankfurt area.

Day Nine

Leave the hotel this morning, continuing your journey back to the UK.
Departure county Pick-up points
Berkshire
Berkshire Bracknell, Chieveley Services M4, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Wokingham
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire Amersham, High Wycombe
Cornwall
Cornwall St Austell
Dorset
Dorset Blandford Forum, Bournemouth, Bridport, Christchurch, Dorchester, Ferndown, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
East Sussex
East Sussex Bexhill On Sea, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Newhaven
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Gloucester
Hampshire
Hampshire Aldershot, Andover, Basingstoke, Cosham, Eastleigh, Fareham, Farnborough, Fleet Services M3, Havant, Portsmouth, Ringwood, Southampton, Totton And Eling, Waterlooville, Winchester, Winchester Services M3
Herefordshire
Herefordshire Hereford
London
London Camberwell, Ealing, Streatham, Wimbledon
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Swansea
Middlesex
Middlesex Feltham, Harrow, Hendon, Hounslow, Ruislip, Uxbridge
Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Oxford Services M40, Witney
Shropshire
Shropshire Shrewsbury, Telford
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Cannock, Lichfield, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stafford, Stoke On Trent, Tamworth
Surrey
Surrey Camberley, Croydon, Epsom, Guildford, Kingston Upon Thames, Leatherhead, Redhill, Reigate, Staines, Sutton, Walton On Thames, Weybridge, Woking, Worcester Park
West Midlands
West Midlands Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Halesowen, Solihull, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton
West Sussex
West Sussex Burgess Hill, Crawley, East Grinstead, Horsham, Pease Pottage Services A23 M23, Worthing
Warwickshire
Warwickshire Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Warwick
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Swansea City
Wiltshire
Wiltshire Amesbury, Salisbury, Swindon
Worcestershire
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Evesham, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester

Olympia and Overnight Hotel 

Modern, well-equipped Olympia offers all you could wish to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your Rhine cruise. Offering accommodation and dining facilities for just under a hundred passengers, the ship has a warm, intimate feeling about her the minute you step on board.

Further Information

Joining your holiday

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.

Meal arrangements

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.

Special requirements

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.

Reversed cruise itineraries

The cruise departing on 24th September 2016 will run in reverse, from Passau to Frankfurt, and flights and coach routes will reflect this. All included calls and highlights during the cruise will remain the same.

Disabled access

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 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

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.

Dress code

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.

Luggage

Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.

Drinking water

The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system. Bottled water can be purchased on board and locally.

Itinerary changes

On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.

Cabin sizes

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.

Beautiful Bavaria & a taste of the Danube Cruise 2014 reviews verified by Reevoo

Beautiful Bavaria & a taste of the Danube Cruise 2014Scores 7.2 out of 10 based on 14 reviews
(8 out of 10)

Shirley

Bristol Couple
Once we arrived at the ship, this was an excellent holiday, but the journey to and from was a very tiring, especially as we did not have time to stop for very long periods. Also we did not realise we were staying in a hotel the first night, which by the time we arrived had no meals available, and really it was too late anyway.

Luckily the ship made up for the disappointing first two days and also the long journey home.
Confirmed traveller: 04 October 2014
Published on: 14 October 2014
(8 out of 10)

BRIAN

SANDHURST Couple
My wife and I enjoyed the cruise but found the long coach journey very tiring. unfortunately one of our shore excursions had to be cancelled owing to a cargo ship blocking the river, we are still waiting for our money back? we found the food and service on-board very good and we would certainly recommend the holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 04 October 2014
Published on: 13 October 2014
(6 out of 10)

Frank

Basildon Couple
I will never again undertake a coach journey of such length (distance and time). It would have been much better to go by train or to fly.
As for the holiday itself, well I don't think the Main and upper Danube are the most scenic rivers to cruise. Future river cruises will be selected more carefully on the basis of known interest along the way.
Arriving at the boat much later than expected, it would have been a nice gesture to be offered a cup of tea or coffee, before we got served with soup and sandwiches, but no, we had to pay for it. So I enquired about what we would receive with our meals and was told that we only got drinks with breakfast, and that ALL drinks at other times were chargeable. On this basis, I decided that the drinks package would just about be worthwhile. Too late, I discovered that tea and coffee ARE served at each meal (and afternoon tea) but that the drinks package did not include cappuccino coffee, so I ended up wasting about sixty pounds on a drinks package which I didn't need. Be warned! Also that meant that I didn't have any cocktails or more expensive drinks (not included) as it would have cost me even more. Not at all a satisfactory situation. Very disappointing.
Confirmed traveller: 31 August 2014
Published on: 23 September 2014
(8 out of 10)

CHARLES

Tunbridge Wells Couple
Excursions difficult due to size of groups, problem for guides to be heard and watch groups.

Service and food on board very good, gluten free diet adequately catered for.
Confirmed traveller: 31 August 2014
Published on: 21 September 2014