Experience the best of the Rhine
Travel through the beautiful scenery of the Middle Rhine on this delightful cruise. Beginning in Andernach, you'll journey past rolling vineyards and discover thousands of years of history in the fairy-tale towns that line the banks. Explore pretty Boppard, Rudesheim and Koblenz - situated at the meeting point of the Rhine and Moselle - and wander the glorious Altstaedte (old towns) of Mainz and Cologne - the final destination on this wonderful cruise.
Catch the Eurostar from either London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International station to Cologne via Brussels, then continue via the regional rail network to Andernach, where you'll join Olympia.
Spend a lazy first morning on board as Olympia begins her journey along the scenic Rhine. This afternoon we arrive in Boppard, a pretty wine town sitting on the southern side of a great horseshoe bend in the river. Get acquainted with the town on an included walking tour, which takes you around its historic monuments, then enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure, either choosing to stay on board or returning ashore to explore.
This morning brings stunning scenery, as Olympia cruises past the verdant vineyards and ancient villages of the magnificent Middle Rhine. Look out for the legendary Lorelei, the fateful slate rock from which sirens were said to have lured sailors to their deaths.
This afternoon Olympia arrives in Rudesheim, recognised for its locally-produced wines, its quaint narrow lanes and its bustling Drosselgasse - the main street packed with bars and weinstube (taverns). Perhaps join our optional excursion that reveals the bizarre wonders of Siegfried's Musikkabinett and includes a wine tasting, then enjoy dinner and entertainment aboard the ship this evening, or discover Rudesheim's night-time charm.
Olympia calls in Mainz this morning, where an impressive six-towered cathedral dominates the landscape and a pretty Altstadt crowns its centre. Join our optional walking tour to learn about the city's past, and visit the Gutenberg Museum, which documents the history of the printing press.
Later, re-join Olympia and continue to Koblenz, a city guarding over 2000 years of history. See the Deutsches Eck - German Corner - which marks the point of confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine; wander the scenic riverfront promenade; or take a stroll through the flowery parks before enjoying dinner back on board.
This morning's picturesque journey sees Olympia pass Konigswinter and Germany's former capital, Bonn, before arriving in Cologne by early afternoon. Step ashore to explore this great Rhineland capital, where the twin towers of its mighty Gothic cathedral, or Dom, punctuate the skyline. Opt to join our coach excursion into the Ahr Valley to see its vineyards and pretty spa towns, then return to Cologne to explore the Altstadt in the company of a local guide.
This evening, re-join Olympia and your fellow passengers for a Farewell Gala Dinner, relishing the opportunity to share memories of your cruise.
Disembark Olympia, and transfer back to the railway station to begin your journey 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
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.
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.
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
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.
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.
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.