Travel to Amsterdam via Brussels by high-speed Eurostar, then the efficient regional rail network, from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International station, and embark Olympia. Settle into your cabin and enjoy your first dinner this evening.
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 true '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.
Disembark in Andernach, leaving Olympia behind this morning, and transfer back to the station to begin your rail journey home.
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.
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.