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A picturesque journey through central Europe
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Join Olympia on her journey along the magnificent Danube, travelling through the beautiful scenery of three neighbouring countries. Beginning in Linz, Austria, this wonderful round trip takes in majestic Vienna and glorious Budapest, the pretty towns of Melk and Durnstein, and the picturesque, UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley. There are also opportunities to explore the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, and some quaint towns along the Danube Bend on this unforgettable cruise.
Join our coach from your chosen pick-up point and travel to Dover for your Channel crossing, continuing to the Frankfurt area to your overnight hotel.
Today we'll leave Frankfurt to join Olympia in Linz, where you can enjoy dinner on board and perhaps head into the city during the evening to discover its bustling night-time atmosphere. Olympia then slips away downstream overnight.
Olympia arrives in the pretty town of Melk, this morning, which sits in the shadow of a magnificent, 11th-century Benedictine Abbey - Stift Melk. See its immense church, ornate Baroque interior and elegant rooms on an optional excursion, before heading back to Olympia for her afternoon sailing into the Wachau Valley. Enjoy a scenic journey past pretty towns and vineyard terraces, before mooring close to Vienna this evening.
This morning's optional excursion brings the opportunity to explore magnificent Vienna, city of Strauss waltzes and the Habsburg Empire, and one-time home of cultural greats including Mozart, Wagner, Freud and Mahler. See St Stephen's Cathedral, historic churches, elegant shopping arcades and the Ringstrasse - a grand boulevard encircling the historic centre.
This afternoon, you'll have the chance to visit Schonbrunn Palace on another optional excursion, offering the chance to explore the opulent salons and manicured gardens of this elegant, former summer home of the Habsburg monarchs.
Olympia reaches Budapest this afternoon, where an impressive entrance reveals the dazzling architecture of the Hungarian capital's iconic parliament building. An optional guided tour offers the perfect introduction to this city of two parts - where elegant Buda populates the Danube's western bank and bustling Pest spans the east. See Buda's Castle Hill, where a maze of winding streets house the former Royal palace and a collection of museums, then cross the Lanchid - or Chain Bridge - to explore Pest's designer shops and coffee houses.
Continue exploring Budapest's sights this morning, before rejoining Olympia for lunch and her afternoon sailing back upstream. Visit the pretty towns of the Danube Bend on an optional excursion that explores Esztergom, where a magnificent basilica governs the riverbank; Szentendre, a Baroque jewel comprised of cobbled streets lined with colourful houses; and Visegrad, renowned for its 13th-century fortress elevated high on a hilltop.
Sail across the Hungarian border into Slovakia, today, to visit its capital city, Bratislava. On this optional excursion you'll enjoy a walking tour around its medieval centre and see Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, the city's ancient suspension bridge and a collection of delightful Baroque palaces. Return to Olympia during the afternoon ahead of her sailing back into Austria.
Olympia sails through the beautiful Wachau Valley today, making a call in the delightful town of Durnstein. An included walking tour introduces the town, renowned for its castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart.
Re-board Olympia during the afternoon for a final cruise through the picturesque scenery of the Wachau Valley, and this evening's Gala Farewell Dinner.
Disembark Olympia in Linz, and begin your return journey home, stopping overnight in the Frankfurt area.
After breakfast, re-board the coach and continue your journey home.
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
Where meals are not included, your coach driver will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
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 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.
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.
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
*This offer is valid for new bookings made between 23rd June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount amount will be added to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent when the promo code is applied. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.