Experience the best of the Rhine
Discover the delightful scenery of the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine on this wonderful cruise from Andernach to Cologne. Join Olympia as she calls in the pretty wine towns of Boppard and Rudesheim, the historic city of Mainz, and pretty Koblenz, where the Rhine meets the Moselle. You'll also have the chance to travel into the beautiful Ahr Valley, famous for its red wines, on this very special Rhine cruise.
Fly to Cologne, join Olympia in the ancient Rhineland town of Andernach, and enjoy dinner and your first night on board.
Olympia sets sail along the mighty Rhine this morning, reaching the beautiful wine town of Boppard by afternoon. Step ashore to join our included walking tour and explore the town's charming historic centre: a melange of colourful half-timbered houses, towering church spires and a great Roman fort. Spend the evening enjoying dinner and entertainment on board, or step ashore once more to take in the charm of Boppard by night.
Head to the top deck this morning to enjoy dazzling scenery as Olympia sails into the beautiful heart of the Middle Rhine, past vineyards, ancient villages and legendary Lorelei - the steep slate rock from which sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fates.
This afternoon Olympia reaches Rudesheim, the most famous of the Rhine wine towns, where you can step ashore to explore narrow streets packed with traditional houses, bars and weinstube (taverns). Explore at leisure, or join our optional excursion to see Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett and enjoy a wine tasting. Later, choose to spend the evening on board or step back ashore to enjoy Rudesheim by night.
Cruising upriver, Olympia calls at Mainz this morning. An optional walking tour introduces this historic capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate, revealing its impressive six-towered cathedral, the Gutenberg museum - which documents the history of the printing press - and the delightful Altstadt.
Return to Olympia this afternoon as she continues her journey through the scenic Gorge and Middle Rhine to reach Koblenz, sitting at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. Step ashore to explore the pretty Altstadt or stroll along the riverfront promenade before enjoying dinner back on board.
Olympia cruises downriver this morning, passing beautiful Konigswinter, the picturesque Siebengebirge - Seven Hills - and the former capital, Bonn. She'll arrive in Cologne in the early afternoon, where you'll have the chance to join a fascinating coach excursion into the Ahr Valley to see its vineyards and historic spa towns, then return to Cologne and, in the company of a local guide, explore the Altstadt. Browse the designer stores of the Belgisches (Belgian) quarter or stroll across the river to neighbouring Deutz for an impressive view of the city skyline.
This evening, join our Farewell Gala Dinner on board, which brings the chance to swap memories of a wonderful cruise.
Disembark Olympia this morning and transfer to the airport to board 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.