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On this delightful cruise through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine you'll be treated to glorious scenery comprising rolling vineyards, fairy-tale castles and charming wine towns. Begin your journey in Andernach, and make calls in the picturesque towns of Boppard and Rudesheim, and the historic cities of Mainz and Koblenz, before finishing your trip in Cologne, with its soaring twin-towered cathedral and its pretty Altstadt (old town).
Join our coach from your local pick-up point, cross the Channel, and continue to Andernach, where you'll board Olympia and enjoy a first evening's dinner and entertainment.
This morning Olympia sets sail along the mighty Rhine, arriving in the pretty town of Boppard during the afternoon. An included walking tour will introduce its historic quarter, the Roman fort and a treasure chest of historic monuments. You're then free to enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure.
Look forward to breathtaking scenery this morning, as Olympia cruises into the heart of the Middle Rhine. See ancient villages such as Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar, vineyards tumbling down the hillsides, and fabled Lorelei - the rock from which, according to legend, sirens were sounded to lure sailors to their fates.
The afternoon brings the chance to explore Rudesheim, the most celebrated of the Rhineland wine towns. Step ashore to sample locally produced Reislings at the bars and weinstube (taverns) lining the Drosselgasse, and perhaps join our optional excursion to discover the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikkabinett and enjoy a wine tasting. Enjoy dinner on board this evening, and perhaps head back into the town to soak up the night-time atmosphere.
Olympia's destination this morning is historic Mainz, capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate and home to an impressive six-towered cathedral and an attractive Altstadt. Explore, on an optional walking tour, and perhaps visit the Gutenberg Museum, named after the late Johannes Gutenberg, who lived in the city and founded the printing press.
Re-join Olympia this afternoon as she continues along the Middle Rhine to Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. Take a stroll along the riverfront promenade and explore the historic Altstadt, discovering the city's 2000-year history.
This morning, enjoy a leisurely cruise downriver as Olympia passes the delightful town of Konigswinter and the former German capital, Bonn. By the early afternoon we'll arrive in Cologne, where you can choose to step ashore and explore, or join our optional coach excursion into the Ahr Valley - a scenic wonderland of rolling vineyards and quaint spa towns. Later, return to Cologne to explore its Altstadt in the company of a local guide, and window-shop at the designer stores of Rudolfplatz and the Belgisches (Belgian) quarter.
Return to the ship this evening for a Farewell Gala Dinner, offering you the chance to toast a delightful Rhine cruise.
Bid farewell to Olympia this morning and board our coach to begin your journey home.