A picturesque journey through central Europe
This delightful Danube cruise takes in gorgeous scenery, quaint towns and magnificent capital cities, as Olympia travels on a round trip from Linz. See Baroque architecture, grand palaces and ancient relics as we travel to Melk and Vienna in Austria, to Budapest and some pretty riverside towns in Hungary, and to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. We'll also be treated to some beautiful scenery as Olympia passes through the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, where rolling vineyards and quaint towns line the river.
Make your own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) and join the coach, boarding the ferry for the Channel crossing. Continue to the Frankfurt area and your overnight hotel.
Today we'll meet Olympia in Linz. Enjoy a meal aboard, and perhaps step ashore to explore, before Olympia sets sails on her journey overnight.
This morning, Olympia calls in Melk, an attractive town recognised for its impressive 11th-century abbey that dominates the hilltop. Tour its vast church and lavish rooms on our optional excursion and discover why this celebrated abbey is one of Austria's not-to-be-missed treasures.
Rejoin Olympia in the afternoon as she continues her journey and heads into the beautiful Wachau Valley, where vineyard terraces and pretty towns pepper the landscape. Olympia moors close to Vienna this evening.
Discover Vienna, the city of palaces, of coffee and cake and of the Habsburg Empire, on this morning's optional excursion. Following a short coach transfer into the town centre, you'll enjoy a guided tour, taking in churches, museums, shopping arcades and Gothic St Stephen's cathedral, and discover the city's rich cultural past.
This afternoon you'll have the chance to join another optional excursion as we visit Schonbrunn Palace, a magnificent summer residence with opulent staterooms that reflect the different stylistic eras of the Imperial monarchy.
Olympia's entrance into Budapest this afternoon is an unmissable sight. Watch from top deck as she glides past the Gothic spires of the spectacular parliament building, and towards the grand Lanchid, or Chain Bridge. An optional guided tour of this 'twin city' introduces the striking monuments and former Royal Palace in Buda, which spans the river's western bank, before crossing over to Pest to stroll along its bustling streets home to designer stores and trendy coffee houses. Elsewhere in Pest, you'll also discover St Stephen's Basilica, the Museum of Fine Arts and one of Europe's largest spas.
You're free this morning to continue exploring Budapest. After lunch, Olympia sails back upstream towards the pretty Danube Bend. An optional excursion here gives you the chance to visit a string of attractive towns, including Esztergom and its great basilica, baroque Szentendre and Visegrad, where a magnificent 13th-century fortress offers stunning views of the town.
Today's optional excursion brings the chance to explore Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia that is uniquely located on the borders of three countries. Discover its medieval charm on a guided walking tour, which introduces Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, some pretty Baroque palaces, the characterful old town and the iconic suspension bridge. Rejoin Olympia in the afternoon as she cruises across the border into Austria.
Spend today enjoying the dazzling scenery of the Wachau Valley, as Olympia makes a call in Durnstein, home to an ancient castle where Richard the Lionheart was once held captive. Join our included walking tour that guides you around the town's attractive streets, then rejoin Olympia for her afternoon cruise back through the Wachau Valley.
Join your fellow passengers for a Gala Farewell Dinner this evening, offering the chance to swap memories of a wonderful cruise.
Olympia arrives back in Linz, where you'll disembark and begin your return journey to the UK, stopping overnight in the Frankfurt area.
After breakfast, continue your journey to the UK. Once at your original joining point you'll be free to make your own way 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.
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
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.