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Take an unforgettable trip through the magnificent Middle Rhine, declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its dazzling scenery. Join Olympia in Andernach, and set sail on a journey that takes in the Rhineland wine towns of Boppard and Rudesheim, the pretty city of Mainz, and ancient Koblenz, perching on the junction of the Rhine and the Moselle. Finish your journey in Cologne, where you can explore its impressive Altstadt (old town) and will have the chance to join an excursion into the beautiful Ahr Valley, known as Germany's red wine paradise.
Make you own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) to join our coach for the Channel crossing and the onward journey to Andernach, where you'll join Olympia and enjoy a first evening on board.
Olympia sets sail this morning, cruising through pretty countryside until she reaches Boppard, our first port of call. Situated on a great horseshoe bend in the river, this attractive town sits against a backdrop of leafy valley sides, its historic centre comprising half-timbered houses, church spires and a Roman fort. Explore the town on an included walking tour, then spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps sampling wines from the local area and enjoying dinner and entertainment aboard the ship.
Sit back and marvel at the beautiful landscape of the Middle Rhine this morning, as Olympia sails past rippling valley sides draped in vineyards and dotted with ancient villages. As she heads through a narrow gorge, look out for the Lorelei, a steep rock from which, according to legend, sirens were sounded to lure sailors to their deaths.
This afternoon Olympia moors in Rudesheim, celebrated for its Riesling wines and attractive narrow streets. Explore the bars and taverns along the Drosselgasse - the town's main street - or see the collection of bizarre artefacts at Siegfried's Musikkabinett on an optional excursion, on which you'll also enjoy a wine tasting. After dinner, enjoy the entertainment on board or step back ashore to discover Rudesheim by night.
This morning Olympia reaches Mainz, capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate and hometown of Johannes Gutenburg - the father of the printing press. Join our optional walking tour to explore the pretty Altstadt and see the six-towered cathedral, then re-board Olympia for this afternoon's scenic sailing to Koblenz.
Step ashore to explore this ancient town, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. Wander through the Altstadt and the pretty gardens, and along the peaceful riverfront promenade, then return to Olympia for dinner on board.
A picturesque journey downriver this morning reveals Konigswinter, the pretty slopes of the Siebengebirge (Seven Hills) and Beethoven's hometown of Bonn. By early afternoon Olympia arrives in Cologne, where you can explore or join us on an optional coach excursion into the beautiful Ahr Valley to see its pretty landscape of vineyards and attractive spa towns. Upon returning to Cologne, explore the Altstadt in the company of a local guide and perhaps check out the glittering stores of the Hose Strasse and the Schildergasse.
Later, return to the ship for this evening's Farewell Gala Dinner and reminisce about the past few days with your fellow passengers.
Bid farewell to Olympia this morning and board our coach as it travels back to Dover, where you'll be free to make your own way home.