Departing by Air
Duration 8 Days
Available Until October 2018

SAVE 10% ON RIVER CRUISES IF YOU BOOK BY 30TH NOVEMBER

A delightful journey through Germany. Join Olympia on her round trip from Cologne and sail through the beautiful Middle Rhine. See ancient Koblenz and the wine-town of Rudesheim, explore the ‘Student Prince’ city of Heidelberg and the beautiful Alsace capital of Strasbourg, and enjoy a tour of Roman Speyer before spending a night in pretty Boppard on your way back to Cologne.

Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Germany
  • Return airport-to-Olympia transfers
  • Seven nights’ accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • On-board English commentary
  • Luggage porterage
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Cruise Manager

Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to your chosen airport in Germany, and transfer to Cologne to join Olympia. Settle in and enjoy a first evening on board, as the ship begins her journey upstream.

Day Two

A morning call in the ancient city of Koblenz offers the chance to explore this historic city, set at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. This afternoon, Olympia cruises into the magnificent Middle Rhine, passing the mythical Lorelei en route to Rudesheim. Spend an evening visiting the bars and weinstuben (taverns) along the famous Drosselgasse, the town’s bustling main street.

Day Three

See the quirky wonders of Siegfried’s Musikkabinett and enjoy a wine tasting on our optional excursion this morning, before rejoining the ship for her onward journey to historic Mainz, hometown of Johannes Gutenberg – the father of the printing press. An optional walking tour here introduces the impressive six-towered cathedral and pretty old town.

Day Four

Early this morning Olympia moors in Mannheim, sitting at the confluence of the Rhine and River Neckar. Join the optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg, the ‘Student Prince’ city, and explore the twisting streets and lanes of one of Europe’s most romantic settings, before re-joining Olympia as she continues her journey upstream.

Day Five

Olympia moors a short distance from Strasbourg today. Head into the heart of this Alsace capital, home of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, where the narrow streets and medieval buildings of the Petite France quarter create a beguiling maze criss-crossed with canals – best explored on our optional canal cruise.

Day Six

This morning we reach Speyer, once one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire. Join our Tour Manager on an included walking tour, before rejoining the ship for a scenic afternoon’s cruise to beautiful Boppard. Occupying a stunning position on the curve of a bend in the river, this ‘Pearl of the Danube’ is the perfect place for an evening stroll.

Day Seven

Enjoy delightful scenery on a leisurely morning cruise, sailing back past Koblenz and Konigswinter, sitting at the foot of the rolling Siebengebirge hills. By early afternoon Olympia will arrive in Cologne, her final destination. Join our optional walking tour this afternoon to see the magnificent Gothic cathedral, then return to the ship for a Farewell Dinner in the company of the Captain and your fellow passengers.

Day Eight

Bid farewell to Olympia and her crew, and return to the airport for your flight home.


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