An enchanting German voyage
Drift along the mighty River Rhine and three of its tributaries on this scenic cruise through Germany. Beginning in ancient Andernach, you'll sail into the meandering Moselle to explore beautiful Cochem, then journey along the enchanting Middle Rhine for an unforgettable cruise to Boppard, Rudesheim and Mainz - passing fairy-tale castles and vineyard-clad slopes en route. Arriving at the mouth of the River Neckar, there's the chance to explore historic Mannheim and to discover romantic Heidelberg, before a final cruise into the Main takes you to glittering Frankfurt, where a beautifully preserved Altstadt (old town) nestles at its centre.
Fly to Cologne and join Olympia in Andernach, one of Germany's oldest towns. Enjoy dinner, and perhaps visit the ship's bar for a nightcap, before retiring to your cabin for a first night aboard.
Olympia sets sail early this morning, cruising upstream from Andernach towards Koblenz and the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which overlooks the town from the opposite bank. Olympia then sails into the meandering River Moselle to reach Cochem, a delightful wine town flanked by vineyards and crowned by beautiful Reichsburg Castle. Tour the castle on this afternoon's optional excursion, or simply choose to wander the town's quaint streets, sampling the local wines as you go.
Enjoy a lazy morning's cruise back towards Koblenz this morning, before Olympia re-joins the Rhine and heads to Boppard, the 'Pearl of the Rhine', during the afternoon. Join our Cruise Manager for an included walking tour to discover the town's role as a major wine-producing centre, and spend the rest of day exploring the town or sampling the local tipple.
Enjoy some remarkable scenery today as Olympia enters the heart of the Middle Rhine. This UNESCO-listed stretch of the river is fringed by rolling vineyards, thick forests and breathtaking castles, and a number of ancient villages - including Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar - dot its banks. You'll also pass beneath the legendary Lorelei, the mythical rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fates.
Spend the afternoon discovering the alluring town of Rudesheim, the most famous of the Rhineland towns. Stroll the Drosselgasse to try local wines at the many bars and taverns, or join our optional excursion to see quirky Siegfried's Musikkabinett.
Olympia sails through the night and arrives this morning in stylish Mannheim, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the River Neckar. Join our optional excursion to attractive Heidelberg, famous for its university and the red sandstone ruins of its castle, before Olympia sails on to Mainz - the capital and largest city of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Step ashore to explore its medieval market squares and traditional half-timbered houses.
This morning's scenic cruise sees Olympia sail through the beautiful vineyard-packed landscape towards Frankfurt. Upon arrival, join our optional sightseeing excursion, which takes in towering Kaiserdom church, the city's historic Altstadt and the pretty lanes of Sachsenhausen, where bustling cafes offer traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider.
Tonight, re-board the ship for the Captain's Farewell Dinner, a celebration that marks the finale of your trip.
Disembark Olympia this morning, and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The cruise departing on 30th September 2017 will operate a reverse itinerary sailing from Frankfurt to Andernach. All included calls and highlights remain the same although the days will change. All pricing and optional excursions 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.