A picturesque journey through central Europe
Call at some of central Europe's finest cities and sail through beautiful, rolling countryside on this wonderful Danube cruise. Beginning in Linz, you'll journey through Austria to explore the pretty town of Melk - home to a famous Benedictine abbey - continuing through the stunning Wachau Valley and onwards to magnificent Vienna. Olympia then sails on to Hungarian capital Budapest - with its immense, riverside Gothic parliament building - and visits the Danube Bend towns, before returning downriver to Slovakia and Bratislava, and finally to impossibly pretty Durnstein.
Fly to Vienna and transfer to Linz, where you'll board Olympia in time for dinner. Step ashore to discover the city's night-time charm, before Olympia slips away upstream.
Olympia arrives in Melk, this morning, famous for its magnificent Benedictine abbey, Stift Melk, that watches over the town from its hilltop position. Explore the abbey, a relic of the Habsburg Empire, on an optional excursion that reveals its vast church, ornate Baroque interior, elegant rooms and museum.
Rejoin Olympia this afternoon as she heads into the beautiful Wachau Valley, where vine terraces and pretty towns dominate the landscape. Olympia moors close to Vienna this evening.
An optional excursion this morning brings the chance to explore majestic Vienna. Join our coach for the short transfer into the Austrian capital, famous for its 'coffee and cake' culture, and see the impressive sights of this great city of palaces.
This afternoon, another optional excursion offers the opportunity to visit majestic Schonbrunn Palace, a former Imperial summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs, which showcases grand Baroque architecture.
Take your place on top deck this afternoon, as Olympia makes the impressive entrance into Budapest. The 'twin city', Hungary's capital, comprises elegant Buda to the west of the river and bustling Pest to the east. Get acquainted with the city on our optional guided tour, which follows a trail from Buda to Pest, and takes in key sights including the Gothic parliament building and romantic Castle Hill, home to the former Royal Palace and a collection of fascinating museums.
Spend another morning exploring Budapest and enjoy lunch on board, before Olympia continues her journey and sails back upstream. This afternoon an optional excursion takes you to the pretty towns of the Danube Bend. See Esztergom, recognisable for its great basilica; Baroque jewel Szentendre, with its colourful houses and artists' colony; and rejoin Olympia in Visegrad, home to a 13th-century fortress with stunning views.
Explore Bratislava, capital of Slovakia but also uniquely situated on the borders of Hungary and Austria, on this morning's optional excursion. See Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, a collection of grand Baroque palaces and the iconic suspension bridge, before returning to Olympia this afternoon as she continues cruising upstream and back into Austria.
Olympia's final call is at the beautiful town of Durnstein, in the scenic Wachau Valley. Discover its castle, which once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart, and enjoy an included walking tour, before re-boarding the ship for a final cruise back through the region's stunning scenery.
This evening, enjoy a Gala Farewell Dinner with your fellow passengers and toast a wonderful cruise.
Disembark Olympia in Linz this morning, and transfer back to the airport for your flight 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.