Sail into the romantic heart of Germany
Experience a journey through the Main-Danube Canal, and explore the beautiful cities of Bavaria on this wonderful river cruise. Join Olympia in Frankfurt as she begins her journey into the romantic heart of Germany, calling en route at some of Europe's most stunning medieval cities - including Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg and Passau - and passing through a beautiful land of vineyards and forests.
Join our coach in Dover, before boarding the ferry for the Channel crossing. Travel to Frankfurt to join Olympia for dinner and a first evening on board.
Enjoy a peaceful morning sailing along the river as Olympia makes her way to Wertheim, where a magnificent castle occupies a hill-top position above the town. An included walking tour will introduce you to Wertheim's winding, medieval streets, and a visit to see some of the local craftsmen will bring to life the town's history of glass-blowing.
Today, you'll find Olympia moored beneath the verdant, vine-covered slopes surrounding Wurzburg. This charming, UNESCO-listed city marks the start of the celebrated 'Romantic Road', and is recognised for its gorgeous 18th-century Palace: the Residenz. An optional tour will guide you through its opulent rooms and its stunning gardens, before we return to the ship during the afternoon to continue our journey.
After a relaxing morning's cruise, by lunchtime Olympia will reach Bamberg. A shuttle bus will take you into its quaint Altstadt, a beautifully preserved centre that exudes medieval charm. Join our optional walking tour with a local expert guide to stroll its medieval streets, set over a series of little islets and bridges, before re-boarding the ship during the evening as Olympia sails into the Main-Danube Canal.
Early this morning, we'll reach Nuremberg, a historic city of narrow, medieval streets and restored half-timbered houses. See the fortress of the Kaiserburg, the central Hauptmarkt (main square) and the Rathaus (parliament building) on our optional walking tour, then re-board Olympia as she continues her journey along the canal this evening.
As she enters the Danube this morning, Olympia sails past some majestic scenery. See the Befreiungshalle, the striking monument built under the orders of 'Mad' King Ludwig, and Weltenburg Monastery, which nestles on a secluded bend of the river against a backdrop of dense forest. Choose to disembark here to explore the abbey, before Olympia continues her journey to reach Regensberg this afternoon, where a walking tour introduces you to its historic centre.
Olympia reaches her final destination this morning: the Italianate city of Passau. This 'City of Three Rivers' sits at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, where Bavaria meets Austria. Join an optional walking tour to discover the city's highlights, which include a visit to St Stephen's Cathedral, where you'll be treated to an organ recital played on the largest instrument of its kind in Europe. Following an afternoon at leisure, re-board Olympia for dinner and your final evening on board.
Disembark Olympia this morning and begin your journey home, stopping overnight in the Cologne area.
Leave the hotel following breakfast and re-board the coach to continue your journey home.
Our flexible joining options allow you to travel on any date, and as an added convenience we've arranged two possible pre-departure options for you. Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Ashford North and stay the night (car parking is included), and our coach will call for you at the hotel on the way to the Channel.
Flexible joining options
Alternatively, make your own way to the Stop 24 Services in Kent (M20, Junction 11), and board the coach there. Parking is available (payable locally), and we'll confirm the exact meeting point and time in your Joining Instructions.
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.
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.
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
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.