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Join Olympia for a scenic jaunt along the mighty Rhine, as she cruises from the ancient town of Andernach to Rhineland capital Cologne. Travelling through the spectacular, UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine, you'll pass vineyards tumbling down valley sides and make calls in pretty Boppard, charming Rudesheim - famous for its bustling Drosselgasse street - historic Mainz and Koblenz, where the Rhine meets the Moselle. You'll also have the opportunity to take a journey overland into the Ahr Valley, a gorgeous red wine region, on this wonderful Rhine cruise.
Make your own way to the ancient Rhineland town of Andernach, and join Olympia to enjoy dinner and a first night on board.
Olympia sets sail along the mighty Rhine this morning, cruising towards the pretty wine town of Boppard - her first call. An included walking tour introduces the town's historic centre this afternoon, and this evening, with Olympia moored alongside, you can enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, or step ashore to enjoy Boppard by night.
Olympia glides into the scenically spectacular Middle Rhine this morning. Admire the region's astounding beauty as we sail past rows of vineyards, ancient villages and the legendary Lorelei - a great slate rock that towers over a narrow gorge and, according to myth, was the site from which sirens were sounded to lure sailors to their fates.
This afternoon we reach Rudesheim, where a jumble of characterful streets dating back to the Middle Ages make up its centre. Explore the traditional taverns along the Drosselgasse street to sample locally produced wines, or join our optional excursion to see the curious collection at Siegfried's Musikkabinett and enjoy a wine tasting. Later, after dinner, perhaps head back into the town to discover Rudesheim's night-time charm.
Spend this morning exploring the historic city of Mainz, home to a mighty six-towered cathedral and the Gutenberg Museum, named after Johannes Gutenberg who founded the printing press and resided in the city. Choose to join our optional walking tour to explore the Altstadt, then return to Olympia as she continues her journey along the Rhine this afternoon, to Koblenz.
Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle, and overlooked by the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Koblenz holds over 2000 years of history. Explore the Altstadt, wander along the riverfront promenade and see the Deutsche Eck, or German Corner, which marks the meeting point of the two rivers. Return to the ship this evening for dinner and entertainment on board.
As Olympia makes the final leg of her journey, we'll pass the pretty town of Konigswinter and the city of Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven and former German capital. By early afternoon we'll reach the ancient city of Cologne, dwarfed by the twin towers of its mighty Gothic cathedral. Explore, or join our excursion into the Ahr Valley, where vineyards and pretty spa towns dot the landscape. Arriving back in Cologne later, enjoy a tour of the city's Altstadt in the company of a local guide, then explore the glittering shopping streets or cross the river to neighbouring Deutz for a classic view of the city skyline.
Round off the day with our Farewell Gala Dinner, and enjoy your final night on board sharing memories of your cruise with fellow passengers.
Disembark Olympia this morning, and make your own way back home.