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 Amsterdam. Enjoy dinner and, time-permitting, step ashore to soak up some of the city, before Olympia sets sail up-river.
Make the most of your time in Amsterdam and join this morning's optional canal cruise to discover the scenic waterways, step-gabled buildings and rich history of this fascinating city. Alternatively, visit the canal-side flower market or head to Museumplein to visit some of the city's fascinating galleries.
This morning Olympia cruises through a windmill-dotted landscape criss-crossed by waterways, heading to the Rhine and her first mooring, in Nijmegen. Step ashore to explore, or join an optional excursion to Arnhem, forever associated with 1944's Operation Market Garden. See the John Frost Bridge, and visit Arnhem Airborne Museum in nearby Oosterbeek.
Cruising south into Germany, Olympia calls in Dusseldorf. This elegant city is famous for its colourful, lively Altstadt (old town) where you'll find a vast array of inns, bars and brewery houses that have given the area the unofficial title of The World's Longest Bar. Enjoy an optional guided walking tour of the city centre or explore on your own.
This morning Olympia continues upriver, past Konigswinter, to call at the former German capital, Bonn. From here our Tour Manager will lead an optional excursion into the breathtaking Ahr Valley to discover its vineyards and picture-book spa towns before returning to join Olympia in Cologne, where she'll moor overnight.
One of the 'must dos' of your cruise is the chance to discover Cologne's vast twin-towered cathedral, and the Altstadt that surrounds it, on today's optional guided tour. Stroll across the river (or take the tram) to neighbouring Deutz for a spectacular view of Cologne's skyline.
Later this afternoon, Olympia heads back into the river, making her way to the lovely riverside town of Andernach as you enjoy a final dinner 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.
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
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.