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 Sound of Music in Cologne. Enjoy your first meal on board, and perhaps step ashore to stroll around the Rhineland capital.
Olympia continues downriver, passing the delightful town of Konigswinter and former German capital, Bonn, to arrive back in Cologne by early afternoon. Explore the great Rhineland capital, or join our coach excursion into the breathtaking Ahr Valley, before returning to Cologne to explore its vast cathedral and the surrounding Altstadt with a local guide.
By morning Sound of Music will be sailing along the River Moselle, through hillsides overflowing with vines and topped by historic castles. Shortly after lunch, we'll arrive in Traben-Trarbach, a twin town linked by a long bridge across the river and celebrated for its wines. Why not visit a local wine cellar for a tasting before Sound of Music continues upriver this evening?
Boasting some of the finest Roman remains north of the Alps - including a monumental city gate and a 20,000-seat amphitheatre - Trier is Germany's oldest settlement. Join us for an optional walking tour walking tour, and don't miss the birthplace of Karl Marx and the imposing Dom cathedral.
This afternoon, Sound of Music turns to head back downriver to her evening destination - Bernkastel-Kues, another of the river's famous twin-towns.
Step ashore after breakfast to see Bernkastel's medieval town square and half-timbered houses on a short optional walking tour before Sound of Music glides back into the river on her way to Cochem.
We'll arrive in Cochem this evening, and you'll have another chance to enjoy a winetasting at a riverside weingut (winery).
This morning you'll have the chance to explore the Reichsburg Castle and take in the views across the river on an optional excursion before Sound of Music leaves Cochem behind and heads to Koblenz, where the Moselle and Rhine meet.
Step ashore to explore the riverside promenades, cafes and taverns of this historic city, before your final evening on board Sound of Music.
Bid farewell to Sound of Music and her crew, this morning, and begin your journey back to the UK.
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
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 15.3m square. Single cabins are approximately 11.9m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Rhine Deck Suites are 18.11m square.