Experience the best of the Rhine
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.
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
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
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