A picturesque journey through central Europe
Join Olympia as she cruises through one of the most scenic stretches of the Danube. Starting in Linz, she'll call at Melk, famous for its Benedictine abbey; Vienna, the glorious Austrian capital; Hungarian Budapest, famous for its grandiose parliament building; and charming Durnstein, home to an ancient castle where Richard the Lionheart was held captive. She'll also visit some beautiful Hungarian towns along the Danube Bend, and sail through Slovakia for the chance to explore Bratislava.
Make your own way to Linz, and board Olympia in time for dinner. Perhaps spend the evening enjoying the bustling atmosphere of this cosmopolitan city, before Olympia begins her journey upstream during the night.
Our first call is Melk, where a majestic 11th-century monastery towers above the picturesque town. Join our optional excursion to discover its ornate beauty and marvel at its Baroque interior, before returning to Olympia as she sets sail into the Wachau Valley this afternoon. We'll pass a beautiful landscape of vineyards and pretty towns, before mooring close to Vienna for the night.
Tour magnificent Vienna, the city of palaces, on our half-day optional excursion. See St Stephen's Cathedral, ornate shopping arcades, elegant coffee shops and the famous Ringstrasse of imposing buildings.
Later, a second optional excursion brings the opportunity to visit the Schonbrunn Palace, a former Imperial summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs, with opulent salons that once echoed with the sound of the young Mozart.
Admire the view from top deck as Olympia sails into stunning Budapest, this afternoon. Marvel at the Gothic spires of the striking parliament building that dominates the eastern bank, and perhaps join our optional guided tour for the best introduction to this marvellous 'twin city'. The most impressive monuments are found in Buda, where romantic Castle Hill houses the former Royal Palace and a host of important museums. Cross to Pest via the grand Lanchid, or Chain Bridge, to discover the parliament buildings, designer stores, coffee houses and restaurants.
You're free this morning to continue exploring Budapest. After lunch, Olympia sails back upstream, and you'll have the chance to join an optional excursion to a collection of towns along the picturesque Danube Bend. Visit Esztergom, famous for its vast basilica that towers over the town, as well as Baroque Szentendre, before rejoining Olympia in Visegrad, famous for its 13th-century fort.
Discover the medieval charm of the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, on today's optional excursion. A walking tour guides you through the attractive old town and introduces Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, the ancient suspension bridge and some splendid Baroque palaces. Return to Olympia during the afternoon for her sailing back into Austria.
The final call on Olympia's journey is at the beautiful town of Durnstein, where an ancient castle once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. Enjoy an included walking tour of this charming town, then rejoin Olympia for her afternoon sailing through the Wachau Valley's gorgeous scenery, and this evening's Gala Farewell Dinner.
Disembark Olympia in Linz this morning, and begin your journey home.
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
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
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.
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.