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Beautiful Bavaria & a Taste of the Danube Cruise 2017

8 days from £1589*
Departing: September 2017
* Price shown: 23 September 2017 from Manchester - MAN
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Discover the romantic heart of Germany

Journey into the romantic heart of Germany, discovering a host of medieval towns and cities as you cruise from Frankfurt, along the River Main, and head through Bavaria via the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal into the 'Blue' Danube. Highlights include restored, UNESCO-listed Wurzburg and Bamberg, historic Nuremberg and Baroque treasure-chest Passau.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Munich
  • Return airport-to-Olympia transfers
  • Seven nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • Embark in Frankfurt and disembark in Passau
  • A scenic cruise along the River Main
  • 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

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Day One

Fly to Frankfurt and board Olympia. After a first evening meal, head to the ship's bar, or retire to your cabin, as the ship sails out into the river to begin your 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 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).

Day Four

After following the Main's meandering course upriver, Olympia arrives in beautiful Bamberg around lunchtime. Take the shuttle bus from the ship into the city centre and discover its beautiful Altstadt of little bridges and islets on an optional walking tour led by an expert local guide.

This evening, Olympia begins her journey through 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 and see 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 on 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 and her crew this morning, and transfer to the airport to board your flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Birmingham 23 September 2017 £1639
Manchester 23 September 2017 £1589

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Further Information

Alternative itineraries

Please note that for 22nd September 2017 departures, the cruise operates a reverse itinerary from Passau to Frankfurt. All included calls and highlights remain the same.

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.

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.

Pre-paid drinks package

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.


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.


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.

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.

*This offer is valid for new bookings made between 23rd June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount amount will be added to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent when the promo code is applied. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

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Beautiful Bavaria & a taste of the Danube CruiseScores 8.3 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Sandy Couple
Superb hospitality, very relaxing, great attention to detail.
Confirmed traveller: 01 October 2015
Published on: 12 October 2015
(9 out of 10)


Kent Family
After a longer than expected transfer to the ship from the airport (just over 6 hours!) we had a wonderful holiday. Cabin made good use of the space, plenty of storage room. Food was excellent as was our waitress. Entertainment was good for a small ship, although don't expect the extravaganzas of sea going cruises. The ships crew were very friendly without being in your face but several fellow passengers found the Newmarket cruise director a little less than accommodating! our group however had no real cause for complaint. Plenty of shore time and cruising time during the day and some amazing locks to travel through. Would recommend this holiday for anyone wanting a fairly relaxing peaceful cruise without too many passengers on board and fun but gentle entertainment.
Confirmed traveller: 27 August 2015
Published on: 05 September 2015
(7 out of 10)


Southampton Couple
Overall good, but the long coach journey from airport to ship was offputting. A flight to Frankfurt (others did it) and back from Munich would have been much better.
The food was good although the salades needed cheeses or something to improve and vary the daily diet.
Tackling so much distance and so many locks in so brief a holiday meant that the ship had to sail every night, with the inevitable disturbance to sleep patterns.
Confirmed traveller: 27 August 2015
Published on: 02 September 2015