An enchanting German voyage
This picturesque journey on board Olympia sails through the heart of the Rhine and three of its tributaries. Beginning in Andernach, gateway to the enchanting Middle Rhine, you'll sail into the meandering Moselle to attractive Cochem, before returning through the majestic Rhine Gorge to explore the beautiful wine-making towns of Boppard and Rudesheim. Discover historic Mainz and cosmopolitan Mannheim at the mouth of the River Neckar - where there's a chance to visit the enthralling 'Student Prince' town of Heidelberg - before concluding your journey in glittering Frankfurt.
Meet the coach in Dover (or Ashford - see below) and board the ferry for the Channel crossing, before continuing on to the ancient Rhine town of Andernach - one of Germany's oldest towns - to join Olympia for dinner and a first evening on board.
Olympia leaves Andernach early this morning, drifting upstream past Koblenz - an ancient town dating back to Roman times - and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which occupies a commanding position above the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. Here, Olympia heads into the winding Moselle, reaching the town of Cochem around lunchtime. Nestled in a valley on the banks of a river bend, this attractive town is a maze of half-timbered houses and cottages, and is renowned for delicious wines from its surrounding vineyards. An optional tour this afternoon introduces striking Reichsburg Castle, overlooking the attractive town.
This morning, a leisurely cruise sees Olympia drift back up to Koblenz, where she'll re-join the Middle Rhine. This afternoon, we'll reach Boppard, the 'Pearl of the Rhine', famous for its locally-produced wines. Join our Cruise Manager for an included walking tour of the town, and spend the rest of the day exploring its charismatic streets packed with Baroque architecture, historic buildings and Roman ruins.
Olympia sails into the most beautiful stretch of the Middle Rhine this morning, passing ancient villages such as Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar, as well as the legendary Lorelei: the rock from which sirens were said to have lured passing sailors to their deaths on the rocks.
This afternoon you'll reach Rudesheim, the most popular of the Rhineland wine towns. Wander the narrow streets, stopping for a glass of the local tipple at a weinstube (tavern) on the pretty Drosselgasse. This afternoon's optional excursion gives you the chance to explore Siegfried's Musikkabinett, which houses musical instruments from the last 300 years.
Olympia sails overnight to arrive this morning in Mannheim, where the Rhine and the River Neckar meet. From here, join an optional excursion to the university town of Heidelberg to see its imposing red castle that drapes over the hillside, before we continue to Mainz for the evening. Enjoy dinner on board and perhaps step ashore to see the city's beautiful Altstadt (old town).
Drift past vineyard-covered hillsides on this morning's scenic cruise to Frankfurt, where an optional guided tour introduces you to the city's historic heart. Peruse the Altstadt, where rows of half-timbered houses line its pretty streets; see Gothic Kaiserdom church, and try locally-pressed ciders at a cosy tavern in the Sachsenhausen.
Tonight, re-board Olympia for the Captain's Farewell Dinner, giving you the chance to share memories of your cruise with fellow passengers.
Bid farewell to Olympia this morning, and begin the coach journey back to Dover (or Ashford), from where you'll 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.
The cruise departing on 30th September 2017 will operate a reverse itinerary sailing from Frankfurt to Andernach. All included calls and highlights remain the same although the days will change. All pricing and optional excursions remain the same.
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
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.
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.