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.
Fly to Frankfurt and join Olympia, enjoying dinner and a relaxing evening on board as the ship begins her journey.
A leisurely morning sees Olympia make her way downriver to Wertheim, her first port of call, and an attractive medieval city with half-timbered houses, watched over by a landmark castle. Wander the winding streets and discover its history of glass-blowing on a guided visit to see some of the local craftsmen at work, returning to Olympia for dinner.
This morning you'll awake to find Olympia moored in Wurzburg, in an attractive spot of the river flanked by vineyard-covered slopes. Crowning this charming city is the magnificent, UNESCO-listed Residenz, a spectacular Baroque palace with intricately painting ceilings and decor that matches the elegance of Versailles. Join an optional guided tour of the palace and its gardens, or spend the morning strolling through the city's Altstadt (old town) before re-boarding Olympia for a relaxing afternoon's cruise.
After a leisurely cruise upriver this morning, Olympia arrives in the beautiful, UNESCO-listed city of Bamberg. This medieval spot retains the charm of its heyday, with historic buildings that date back to the 11th Century and a charming Altstadt set over a series of islets, each connected by attractive bridges. A shuttle bus will take you from the ship to the city centre, where an optional walking tour with a local expert guide introduces you to this enchanting city. This evening, Olympia sails into the impressive Main-Danube Canal.
Early this morning we'll arrive in Nuremberg, where rebuilt half-timbered houses line narrow lanes and medieval architecture punctuates the skyline. Join our optional tour of the city's historic sights, including the Rathaus (parliament building), the twin-spired Sebalduskirche and the striking fortress of the Kaiserburg, before rejoining Olympia this evening as she continues her journey along the canal.
Be treated to some magnificent scenery today, as Olympia enters the Danube. Pass 'Mad' King Ludwig's spherical Befreiungshalle - a spectacular monument built to commemorate German victories in the Napleonic wars - as well as the Weltenburg Monastery near Kelheim, which occupies a stunning spot on a bend of the river flanked by steep, forested cliffs. Opt to disembark to visit the monastery, then continue to Regensberg, a beautiful medieval trading city, where our included walking tour will introduce you to its vast collection of historical monuments.
The final leg of our journey takes us to Passau, situated at the border between Bavaria and Austria, where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. An optional walking tour introduces the city and its Baroque architecture, and you'll also be treated to a recital played on Europe's largest organ at St Stephen's Cathedral. Spend the afternoon exploring Passau's Altstadt, and enjoy a final dinner on board as Olympia moors here for the night.
Bid farewell to Olympia this morning and board the coach to the airport for your return flight home.
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.
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.