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An enchanting German voyage
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Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine, Moselle, Neckar and Main rivers on this wonderful journey from Andernach to Frankfurt. Explore the pretty wine towns of Cochem, Boppard and Rudesheim; sail through the jaw-dropping scenery of the Middle Rhine, past majestic castles and lush vineyards; explore the impressive Altstadts (old towns) of Mainz and Mannheim, where narrow streets and ancient market squares are bordered by traditional half-timbered houses; and discover the university town of Heidelberg on a fascinating optional excursion.
Join the coach from your chosen pick-up point to travel to Dover for the Channel crossing, and continue to the historic Rhine town of Andernach to join Olympia. Enjoy dinner and a leisurely evening on board.
Sailing upstream along the Rhine this morning, Olympia passes ancient Koblenz and its hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, before entering the Moselle for a winding journey up-river to Cochem. Spend the afternoon exploring this delightful wine-making town, packed with pretty half-timbered houses and overlooked by a majestic castle. Visit the castle on this afternoon's optional excursion, or sample the local wines at the town's many bars and wine cellars.
Olympia winds her way back along the Moselle this morning, passing Koblenz once more as she sails towards the wine town of Boppard, situated on a horseshoe bend of the Rhine. Explore this picturesque town on an included walking tour with our Cruise Manager, and discover its history of wine production. Enjoy dinner on board this evening, or step ashore to soak up the atmosphere of pretty Boppard by night.
This morning's stunning cruise reveals jaw-dropping scenery as Olympia sails into the centre of the Middle Rhine. This UNESCO-listed stretch of river is enveloped in magnificent scenery, where vineyards tumble down hillsides and attractive villages cling to the banks. As Olympia heads towards Rudesheim, you'll pass the renowned Lorelei, the steep rock from which legendary sirens were said to have lured sailors to their deaths.
Enjoy an afternoon in Rudesheim, where an optional excursion gives you the opportunity to see Siegfried's Musikkabinett - showcasing some 350 mechanical musical instruments spanning three centuries. Spend the rest of the day exploring Rudesheim's Altstadt, making sure to visit a weinstube (tavern) along the Drosselgasse to try the local wines.
Olympia sails overnight to Mannheim, where the River Neckar joins the Rhine. An optional excursion gives you the opportunity to visit the 'Student Prince' city of Heidelberg, which sits in the shadow of its magnificent red sandstone castle.
Later, Olympia sails on to Mainz, capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate, where you'll have time to explore the medieval market squares of its pretty Altstadt.
A scenic cruise this morning passes lush vineyards as Olympia sails towards Frankfurt, the last port of call. Here, join our optional guided tour, which takes you into the city's traditional heart. See half-timbered houses clustered in the Altstadt, try traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider at the taverns in the leafy streets of Sachsenhausen, and marvel at the imposing facade of the Kaiserdom church.
This evening, the Captain hosts a farewell dinner on board to celebrate the end of a wonderful cruise.
Leave Olympia this morning and board the coach for your journey home.