Fly to Amsterdam, join Olympia, and settle in for your first evening on board.
An optional canal cruise this morning offers the perfect introduction to this beautiful Dutch capital. See its scenic waterways, step-gabled buildings and pretty cobblestone streets, and perhaps explore some if its fascinating galleries such as the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum (payable locally).
Return to the ship later as Olympia cruises into the delightful countryside of South Holland.
Enjoy a scenic morning's cruise through South Holland's windmill-dotted landscape as Olympia heads towards her first stop in Nijmegen. Explore the attractive streets of this typical Dutch town, or join our optional excursion to Arnhem, a city forever associated with 1944's Operation Market Garden. See the John Frost Bridge and visit the Arnhem Airborne Museum.
Olympia sails into Germany, today, to reach Dusseldorf, a bustling city famous for its art scene, progressive architecture and pretty Altstadt (old town). See the sights on our optional walking tour, or join the crowds at the lively inns and brewery houses of the old town.
Continuing upstream, Olympia sails past the pretty town of Konigswinter to call at Bonn - Germany's former capital. From here, you'll have the chance to join our Cruise Manager on an optional excursion into the beautiful Ahr Valley, where pretty towns nestle among vineyard terraces. Rejoin Olympia in Cologne, where she'll moor overnight.
Today brings the chance to explore Cologne, either at your own pace or in the company of a local guide, who will introduce the city's stunning cathedral and surrounding Altstadt. Explore the glittering shops of the Hohe Strasse and the Schildergasse, or cross the river to neighbouring Deutz for a magnificent view of Cologne's skyline, before rejoining Olympia and your fellow passengers later this afternoon for a farewell Gala Dinner. While you dine, Olympia sails to the historic town of Andernach to complete the final leg of her journey.
Disembark Olympia in Andernach, and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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
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
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.
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.
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.