Make your own way to Germany and join Olympia in Cologne. After a first evening meal, head to the ship's bar or retire to your cabin, as the ship slips into the current and begins the cruise.
Enjoy the chance to wander through the pretty altstadt or along the riverfront promenade of Koblenz, this morning, before setting off on a scenic afternoon voyage through the Middle Rhine to Rudesheim, where you're free to spend the evening exploring.
Explore Rudesheim's famous Drosselgasse, this morning, or join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried's Musikkabinett and enjoy a wine tasting. Later, Olympia sails to Mainz, where an optional walking tour introduces this historic city.
Cruising into the River Main, Olympia makes a call in Frankfurt. Join an optional guided tour to discover the city's historic altstadt, the towering facade of the Kaiserdom church, and the delightful lanes of Sachsenhausen - home to countless cafes and bars serving traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider.
This afternoon Olympia arrives in Wertheim. Discover this medieval town - famed for its glassblowing and overlooked by one of Germany's most impressive castles - on this afternoon's included walking tour, which will include the opportunity to see the craftsmen at work.
Olympia moors in glorious Wurzburg, an ancient prince-bishopric nestled beneath steep, vine-covered slopes. Enjoy an optional morning's excursion to the UNESCO-listed Residenz, a magnificent Baroque palace overlooking the city's altstadt (old town). Explore the palace's interior and stunning gardens, and indulge in some wine tasting, before re-boarding Olympia for this afternoon's cruise.
Following the Main's meandering course upriver, Olympia arrives by lunchtime in beautiful Bamberg. Take the shuttle bus from the ship into the city's centre and discover its medieval splendour - including the exquisite Altes Rathaus - on an optional walking tour accompanied by an expert local guide.
This evening, begin the transit of the extraordinary Main-Danube Canal.
Olympia arrives in Nuremberg, its rebuilt half-timbered houses and narrow lanes seemingly unchanged in centuries. Join our optional coach tour, revealing the ancient Rathaus (parliament building), the twin-spired Sebalduskirche and the imposing fortress of the Kaiserburg.
Olympia enters the Danube at Kelheim, where the river is overlooked by high cliffs, and continues to majestic Regensburg. Discover this wonderfully preserved medieval trading city on an afternoon's walking tour of the old town.
Today brings the chance to explore Passau, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, and at the border between Bavaria and Austria. Join our optional tour of the Italianate city, and enjoy a recital in the ornate St Stephan's Cathedral, played on the 17,000-pipe church organ - Europe's largest.
Olympia arrives in Melk, beneath Austria's most celebrated Benedictine Abbey, Stift Melk. Join our optional excursion here and explore the vast church, ornate Baroque interior, Imperial rooms and museum. This afternoon, Olympia heads into the stunning Wachau Valley, before mooring close to Vienna.
Discover Vienna, the city of 'coffee and cake', of Strauss waltzes and of the Habsburg Empire on our optional guided tour this morning. Later, a final afternoon's cruise takes us to Linz, where our journey culminates.
Bid 'auf wiedersehen' to Olympia, and make your own way home.