Scenic River
Cruises on the:
•	Rhine
•	Moselle
•	Danube
•	Neckar
•	Main
•	Dutch Waterways
2013
European
River Cruises
On B...
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WELCOME
2013
Newmarket
River Cruises 
Welcome to our latest brochure of cruises aboard
warm and welcoming MS Olympia, co...
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CONTENTS
“Very impressed with the
quality of the cabin, lounge
and restaurant. Excellent
food enhanced by courteous
and ...
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The Warmest
of Welcomes!
The minute you step aboard Olympia, you
know that here is a ship that will do everything
possib...
Special Occasion 
Packages
Pre-book any of the following packages
to add something extra special to
your River Cruise expe...
The Lounge  Bar
Much of the day, when you’re on board
ship, might be spent relaxing in a seat in the
comfortable lounge, e...
The Olympia
Dining Experience
One of the undoubted highlights of your
Olympia river cruise holiday will be the full-board
...
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DUTCHWATERWAYS
Amsterdam and
Bulbfields Spectacular
Discover the world’s most famous flower gardens, the canals and
cobb...
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DUTCHWATERWAYS
The Best of
Springtime Holland
These very special cruises take in the glories of a countryside famously a...
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theGloriousrhine
Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland
Experience the best of this mighty river on our ‘Blue Riband’ voy...
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theGloriousrhine
you can join the optional half-day excursion
to the Black Forest, visiting its breathtaking
capital Fr...
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The Rhine in Flames
This unforgettable summertime cruise, the highlight of which will be the glorious ...
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outside the town, to take in the spectacular
view of the river.
This afternoon, Olympia turns to make ...
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Cruise the Glorious Rhine
This marvellous value cruise is a wonderful way to experience the very best ...
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theGloriousrhine
celebrated of which, the Drosselgasse, is
lined with bars and weinstüben. Join our
optional excursion ...
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theGloriousrhine
The Rhine and the Black Forest
Join Olympia on this wonderful autumn cruise, which sails south from Co...
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theGloriousrhine
Day Four ~ Plittersdorf for Strasbourg
Olympia arrives in Plittersdorf at breakfast
time, and our opti...
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The Magical Moselle
These wonderful summertime cruises on board Olympia begin in Andernach and end...
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Day Four ~ Bernkastel-Kues
After a scenic morning cruise, a memorable
day includes the chance to e...
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Magnificent Four Rivers Cruise
This marvellous journey on board Olympia, which explor...
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heading through the narrow gorge beneath
the fabled Lorelei, the legendary rock where...
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Beautiful Bavaria  a Taste of the Danube
This wonderful cruise will see Olympia journey from...
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– and most photographed – buildings. A
shuttle bus will operate from the ship into
the centr...
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Danube Cruise to Vienna  Budapest
Join Olympia as she journeys along one of the world’s most iconic river...
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Day Five ~ Budapest
Be on deck to experience the unforgettable
sight of Olympia’s arrival this afternoon ...
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FESTIVECRUISES
Rhine Christmas Markets
Join us for an unforgettable festive cruise through the fairytale Rhine Valley –...
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FESTIVECRUISES
Christmas Cruise
Join us for a Christmas to remember! Nothing could be more enjoyable than
spending the ...
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FESTIVECRUISES
Betwixtmas Cruise
Make the most of the Christmas break and join this very special festive cruise
through...
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FESTIVECRUISES
New Year’s Celebration Cruise
With New Year’s Eve spent cruising through the Rhine’s most scenic
stretch...
Newmarket holidays - Cruises aboard warm and welcoming MS Olympia
Newmarket holidays - Cruises aboard warm and welcoming MS Olympia
Newmarket holidays - Cruises aboard warm and welcoming MS Olympia
Newmarket holidays - Cruises aboard warm and welcoming MS Olympia
Newmarket holidays - Cruises aboard warm and welcoming MS Olympia
Newmarket holidays - Cruises aboard warm and welcoming MS Olympia
Newmarket holidays - Cruises aboard warm and welcoming MS Olympia
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Newmarket holidays - Cruises aboard warm and welcoming MS Olympia

  1. 1. Scenic River Cruises on the: • Rhine • Moselle • Danube • Neckar • Main • Dutch Waterways 2013 European River Cruises On Board MS Olympia Crafted with Care Includes 2013 Festive Season Excellent Service, Quality & Value Book Your River Cruise Today!
  2. 2. 2 WELCOME 2013 Newmarket River Cruises  Welcome to our latest brochure of cruises aboard warm and welcoming MS Olympia, covering voyages on Europe’s most beautiful rivers, including the mighty Rhine, the meandering Moselle and – by popular demand in 2013 – the glorious ‘Blue’ Danube. With some wonderful festive cruises to Germany’s famous Christmas Markets, and springtime sailings to the colourful Dutch waterways and incomparable bulbfields, this is a marvellous collection that is sure to prove popular with regular customers and those joining Olympia for the first time. 2013 will be the 5th year that Newmarket has been associated with Olympia, and the feedback from our passengers about the ship’s friendly crew and on-board Cruise Managers gets better and better! We challenge you to find the same levels of friendly service, good food, evening entertainment, relaxing home comforts and enthralling itineraries at such great value anywhere else. Part of Olympia’s charm is the fact she carries less than 100 passengers each sailing, which means our most popular itineraries sell out quickly every year. Book now to secure your cabin selection on the cruise of your choice today! We look forward to the pleasure of your company! Andy Jones – Ocean Cruise Programme Director Join our Facebook Group Join MS Olympia by coach, air or rail There are several ways in which you can travel to join your chosen Olympia cruise. On all departure dates, we offer comfortable coach- inclusive travel from selected local pick-up points, while on every holiday, you can choose to meet and board the coach at the appropriate ferry port, fly out to join the ship, or travel by Eurostar™ to Brussels and onwards by regional rail on selected dates. We’ll provide transfers from the airport destination or rail station to Olympia. Full details are shown on each holiday page, and on pages 30-33 Every Newmarket River Cruise Holiday includes: l On-board English commentary l Full-board including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, cake and evening snacks l Welcome Cocktail Party l Captain’s Farewell Dinner on longer duration cruises l On-board evening entertainment l Porterage on and off MS Olympia l A wide choice of great value optional excursions l The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager l A choice of Flexible Travel Options l Return coach transfers to MS Olympia from your chosen departure point, station or airport To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  3. 3. 3 CONTENTS “Very impressed with the quality of the cabin, lounge and restaurant. Excellent food enhanced by courteous and friendly waiters. ”Mr T, by email Contents Introduction Life on Board 4-7 Amsterdam & Bulbfields Spectacular Discover the world’s most famous flower gardens and the canals and cobblestones of Amsterdam. The Best of Springtime Holland Take in the glories of a countryside famously ablaze with the colours of Spring. Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland Experience the best of the Rhine on our ‘Blue Riband’ voyage heading from the classic Middle Rhine to the city of Basel, and ending up in historic Cologne. The Rhine in Flames A summertime cruise with a glorious night-time procession of illuminated craft and a breathtaking firework display. Cruise the Glorious Rhine Experience the best of the beautiful Rhine beginning in the ancient town of Andernach and ending in the great city of Cologne. The Rhine & the Black Forest Join Olympia on this wonderful autumn cruise sailing south from Cologne through the fabled Rhine Gorge. The Magical Moselle A summertime cruise passing through the beautiful twists and turns of the River Moselle. Magnificent Four Rivers Cruise This marvellous journey explores the heart of the Rhine and three of its great tributaries beginning in Andernach, cruising to Cochem and ending in Rüdesheim. Beautiful Bavaria & a Taste of the Danube Journey from the ‘Mainhattan’ skyline of glittering Frankfurt into the romantic heart of Germany. Danube Cruise to Vienna & Budapest Journey along the Danube calling at some of Central Europe’s most beautiful cities. Festive Cruises 2013 Join us for celebrations on one of our festive cruises over Christmas and New Year. Important Information Joining Your Olympia Cruise 30 Flight & Rail Details 31 Coach Pick-Up Points & Deck Plan 32-33 Your Questions Answered 34 Booking Conditions 35 PAGES 9 PAGES 12-13 PAGES 14-15 PAGES 16-17 PAGES 18-19 PAGES 20-21 PAGES 22-23 PAGES 24-25 PAGES 26-29 PAGES 30-35 PAGES 8 PAGES 10-11 PAGES 2-7 The Magical Moselle Summertime cruises journeying down this beautiful river Cruise to Swtizerland Relax on our ‘Blue Riband’ cruise on the mighty Rhine Bulbfields Spectacular Irresistable springtime cruises to discover exquisite flower gardens PAGES 12-13 PAGES 18-19 PAGES 10-11 PAGES 22-23 PAGE 8 New for 2013... Four Rivers Cruise Journey along the Rhine, the Andernach, the Moselle and the Main on board Olympia. Pages 20-21 Danube Cruise Meander down one of the world’s most iconic rivers taking in ‘must-see’ cities Vienna and Budapest. Pages 24-25 Beautiful Bavaria Sail from Frankfurt to Passau discovering beautiful cities on the way Rhine in Flames Enjoy an illuminated procession and fireworks display on the Rhine Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!
  4. 4. 4 The Warmest of Welcomes! The minute you step aboard Olympia, you know that here is a ship that will do everything possible during your time aboard to ensure your holiday enjoyment. Carrying less than 100 passengers each sailing, Olympia is an intimate vessel with a Captain and crew who go out of their way to get to know their guests, and to make sure that they have a memorable time. This being an exclusive Newmarket Holidays’ charter, our on-board Cruise Manager adds to the sense that you are being extremely well looked after. There really are few holidays more relaxing and enjoyable than those spent lazily drifting through some of Europe’s most enticing scenery on board a river cruise vessel – and by choosing to join us on board MS Olympia, you can look forward to a truly very special time – and at superb, value-for-money prices too! When not gazing out at the ever-changing vista through the panoramic windows of the ship’s comfortable lounge, or from the topsides observation deck, or enjoying the on-board hospitality and amenities, you might be stepping ashore to explore some new, enchanting and enthralling destinations, before moving gently on. With fine food and good company to look forward to each day, entertainment each evening and a comfortable bed awaiting you in your cabin each night, this is holiday heaven. Life on Board MS Olympia “I’m looking forward to welcoming you aboard Newmarket’s excellent cruise programme for 2013. I never get tired of the stunning scenery, picturesque villages and fairytale castles we pass as we sail to our next destination. I’m delighted to take Olympia back to the Danube in 2013. We’ll call at some of Central Europe’s most beautiful cities including Vienna and Budapest – what better way can there be to discover these “must-see” destinations? As always my crew and I will do everything we can to make sure your time on board is an enjoyable one. I’m sure we’ll recognise many familiar faces, and we look forward to meeting new passengers on board our very friendly ship!” Captain Andre Foks Greetings from the Captain LIFEONBOARD To book please see your Local Travel Agent “Very professional Cruise Manager, looked after everyone’s needs. ”Mr & Mrs L, Hampshire
  5. 5. Special Occasion  Packages Pre-book any of the following packages to add something extra special to your River Cruise experience on board MS Olympia: Birthday Package: £35 Anniversary Package: £55 Gift Package 1: £35 Gift Package 2: £49 The special occasion packages include selections from fruit baskets, wine, chocolates and flowers. Please call us for full listings and we will be more than happy to help you celebrate in style. 5 Your Comfortable Cabin Awaits Olympia’s 49 cabins are arranged on two decks and offer excellent twin-bedded accommodation (the beds convert into sofas for daytime use) with private shower and WC, table, a chair and small wardrobe. Large picture windows offer views of the ever- changing scenery as it passes by. Your steward will ensure that your cabin is tidied and prepared for you each evening. Cabin prices vary according to their deck and location on board MS Olympia. You’ll find a Deck Plan on Page 33 of the brochure. Service with a Smile MS Olympia’s friendly crew go out of their way to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your time on board, and whether it’s your cabin steward, bar or waiting staff or the Captain and navigation crew, you’ll be greeted by smiling faces wherever you look. On each of the cruises, the Captain will host a Welcome Cocktail Party, where you can meet the crew and your fellow passengers in an informal atmosphere, and on the longer duration cruises, you’ll enjoy a relaxed Captain’s Farewell Dinner – always a special occasion. Our On-board Cruise Managers In addition to Olympia’s Captain and crew, you will be looked after by Newmarket’s on-board Cruise Manager, who will be one of our hand- picked, friendly professionals. There to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible during your time on board, our Cruise Manager will also accompany the shore excursions, bringing to life the fascinating places visited, and will be on hand to ‘point you in the right direction’ when Olympia ties up in a new port of call. LIFEONBOARD Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help! “Could not fault the crew and staff on anything. They were so kind and cheerful. The whole atmosphere was the same from morning to night. ”Mr & Mrs B, Birmingham Spotlight on MS Olympia • MS Olympia is registered in Switzerland, where the Rhine rises in the high Alps. She flies the Swiss flag • She has sailed all Europe’s great rivers, including the Rhine, the Moselle, the Main, the Danube, the Po and the Dutch waterways • Her shallow draft means that she can navigate even at low water • With just 96 passengers on board, Olympia’s friendly crew really can get to know everyone • English is the on-board language and the Euro the on-board currency during your cruise
  6. 6. The Lounge Bar Much of the day, when you’re on board ship, might be spent relaxing in a seat in the comfortable lounge, enjoying the passing scenery, curled up with a good book, chatting to fellow passengers or even joining in a friendly game of cards – a river cruise holiday doesn’t have to be all about sightseeing or shopping! Enjoy a mid-morning coffee or afternoon tea, or a drink from the adjacent bar – before heading downstairs to the dining room. In the evenings, the lounge and bar put on a different cloak, as the on-board pianist and the ship’s crew put on some light-hearted entertainment and there’s even the opportunity on occasions to take to the dance floor. Top Deck Views On fine days there’s nowhere better to take in the passing scenery as Olympia glides on her way than from the ship’s Top Deck, which serves as an observation platform for keen sightseers and perfect hideaway for sun-worshippers and lovers of the open-air. Equipped with sun-loungers and outdoor chairs, the Top Deck offers the very best of life on the river. 6 Life on Board – your Olympia day From beginning to end of each wonderful day on board MS Olympia, you’ll enjoy a memorable holiday experience. Whether you awaken as the ship continues on her gentle way, or to greet a new port of call, you’ll leave your cabin to enjoy a full breakfast in the dining room, or to take the air on top deck. The day’s programme will be organised by our on-board Cruise Manager, and it might be time to step ashore to enjoy an included or optional excursion. 6 LIFEONBOARD To book please see your Local Travel Agent “The Cruise Manager was excellent, as were the staff in the restaurant. ”Mrs H, Hampshire
  7. 7. The Olympia Dining Experience One of the undoubted highlights of your Olympia river cruise holiday will be the full-board dining arrangement in the ship’s delightful lower- deck restaurant. Crisp linen tablecloths, attentive waiting staff and sumptuous fare – a mix of regional specialities, international dishes and meals tailored to British palates, all prepared by the on-board chefs – served in comfortable, relaxed surroundings add up to a wonderful experience three times each day. A well-stocked breakfast buffet, including hot dishes, sets you up for the day ahead, while lunch generally includes a salad buffet and lighter main dish. In the evening, when the atmosphere is generally more ‘smart casual’ than ‘formal’ – although gentlemen may like to don a jacket for the special Captain’s Welcome and Farewell nights (available on longer duration cruises only) – a delicious four-course meal is served. As Olympia sails through regions famed for their love of good food, expect to taste some local dishes, and don’t miss the opportunity to sample the wines for which the Rhine and Moselle are celebrated. In Cologne, it’s the local Kölsch beer that takes pride of place, while in Rüdesheim, another regular port of call, you might try the local Asbach brandy. Sample Daily Menu Breakfast Buffet A choice of cereals fresh fruit salad Freshly prepared continental breakfast including croissants pastries Hot cooked breakfast A selection of fruit juices, tea coffee Three-course Lunch Salad buffet with a choice of dressings and condiments Soup of the day Roast chicken with rosemary, pilau rice and mixed vegetables or French vegetable stew with potatoes or Spaghetti Carbonara Chocolate pudding with pears and whipped cream Choice of coffee or tea Four-course Dinner Smoked salmon roulade with salad and a mustard and dill dressing Tomato consommé with dumplings Tortellini stuffed with forest mushrooms and a parsley sauce or Roasted pork tenderloin with a cognac peppersauce served with gratin potatoes and vegetable bouquet or Crispy vegetable roast with sour cream Baked Alaska Choice of coffee or tea 7 LIFEONBOARD Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help! “Excellent cuisine, entertainment, friendly and helpful crew. ”Mrs H, Manchester
  8. 8. 8 DUTCHWATERWAYS Amsterdam and Bulbfields Spectacular Discover the world’s most famous flower gardens, the canals and cobblestones of Amsterdam, and the historic fishing villages of the surrounding ‘polder land’. With calls in Volendam and Zaandam on the reclaimed Markermeer, and a visit to famous Keukenhof Gardens included, plus the chance to discover royal Het Loo Palace, these springtime cruises are irresistible. AMSTERDAM AND BULBFIELDS SPECTACULAR Cruise highlights • Embark in Amsterdam – delightful Dutch capital • Call at Volendam – Zuider Zee port • Included half-day excursion to the renowned Keukenhof Gardens • Call at Zaandam • On-board English commentary • Full-board – breakfast, lunch and dinner • On-board entertainment • All standard inclusions Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £30 per person Standard Promenade £60 per person Classic Promenade £90 per person Single Cabin Promenade £140 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Het Loo Palace (half day) – Day Two £20 per person • Amsterdam Canal Cruise – Day Three £19 per person Rail inclusive Four days from £509 Holidays include return rail journeys on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Amsterdam via Brussels and transfers to and from MS Olympia. Coach inclusive Four days from £329 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Date Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 1 April £329 K,L,R Dover 3 April £429 E,F Hull 4 April £329 F,H,J,Q Dover 7 April £339 E,G,K Dover 10 April £339 M,N,P Dover 13 April £339 G,N,R Dover 15 April £349 E,L,M,R Dover 16 April £449 A,B,C,D Newcastle 19 April £349 J,Q,R Dover 22 April £349 F,H,P,R Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Four days from £469 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ Belfast ✈ Birmingham ✈ Bristol ✈ Edinburgh ✈ Exeter ✈ Liverpool ✈ London Gatwick ✈ Luton ✈ Manchester ✈ Norwich ✈ Southampton ✈ Stansted ✈ See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Day One ~ Embark in Amsterdam Travel to join Olympia in the wonderful Dutch capital. This evening, enjoy dinner before the ship slips her moorings and makes the short journey out into the Markermeer – the shallow lake that once was part of the Zuider Zee that spilled out into the North Sea – and moors overnight in the former fishing village and artists’ retreat of Volendam. Day Two ~ Volendam, Lelystad Zaandam Wander the pretty streets of Volendam this morning, before cruising across the inland sea to Lelystad, on the shore of the reclaimed Flevoland. This afternoon’s optional excursion takes in the garden city of Apeldoorn and Het Loo Palace, glittering former Dutch Royal residence. Olympia then heads back across the Markermeer to Zaandam, where once Tsar Peter the Great briefly lived incognito as a humble ship- builder, and whose windmills and colourful houses were once subjects for impressionist Claude Monet. Day Three ~ Keukenhof Gardens This morning’s unforgettable included excursion is to the world-renowned Keukenhof Gardens, where some seven million flowers carpet the ground in a breathtaking display. Wander through this floral paradise, perhaps stopping in one of the several restaurants and cafés, or take a boat ride (payable locally) through the stunning gardens. Rejoin Olympia in Amsterdam, to spend a final afternoon and evening on board. Join our optional canal cruise – perhaps the best way to see the sights of this vibrant city. Day Four ~ Disembark in Amsterdam Bid “Farewell” to Olympia, and begin your return journey to the UK. Day by day itinerary 4 days from £329per person To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  9. 9. 9 DUTCHWATERWAYS The Best of Springtime Holland These very special cruises take in the glories of a countryside famously ablaze with the colours of spring – with the opportunity on an optional excursion to visit renowned Keukenhof Gardens – and include the canals and cobblestones of delightful Amsterdam, historic Rotterdam, and some picturesque towns and villages of the reclaimed ‘polder land’ surrounding the former Zuider Zee. Day One ~ Embark in Amsterdam Journey to Amsterdam today, either by coach from a local pick-up point or the Channel port at Dover, fly from your chosen airport, or travel by rail. Board Olympia and settle in, enjoying your first dinner on board. Day Two ~ Canals Cobblestones Join this morning’s optional canal cruise – perhaps the best way to see the sights of the city of canals and cobblestones. Shortly after lunchtime, Olympia slips her moorings and cruises into the delightful countryside of South Holland, arriving in Schoonhoven after dinner this evening. Day Three ~ Windmills Waterways Discover historic Schoonhoven, famed for its gold and silverware, celebrated in the town’s fascinating museum, then this afternoon, enjoy our included walking tour of the UNESCO-listed village of Kinderdijk, with its historic windmills. Later, Olympia sails on to the great maritime city of Rotterdam, where, on arrival you will enjoy a tour of the harbour. Day Four ~ Delft Volendam Join the optional morning excursion to the beguiling ‘Golden Age’ town of Delft and a visit to its renowned pottery factory, former home to painter Johannes Vermeer, and famed for its distinctive ceramics, before this afternoon Olympia sails north to the Zuider Zee ‘fishing village’ of Volendam. Day Five ~ Keukenhof Excursion Wander the pretty streets of Volendam this morning – once trodden by the likes of Picasso and Renoir – and this afternoon take the optional excursion to world renowned Keukenhof Gardens, where some seven million flowers carpet the ground in a breathtaking horticultural display that attracts visitors from around the world. You’ll rejoin Olympia in the enchanting Zuider Zee port of Hoorn, with its towers and ancient harbour, before enjoying a final dinner on board as you cruise back to Amsterdam. Day Six ~ Disembark in Amsterdam Bid “Farewell” to Olympia, and begin your return journey back to the UK. Day by day itinerary THE BEST OF   SPRINGTIME HOLLAND Cruise highlights • Embark in Amsterdam • Cruise through the delightful South Holland countryside • Visit historic Schoonhoven • Learn about Kinderdijk’s windmills on an included walking tour • Rotterdam Harbour Tour • Call at Volendam – historic Zuider Zee port • Full-board – breakfast, lunch and dinner • All standard inclusions Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £50 per person Standard Promenade £100 per person Classic Promenade £140 per person Single Cabin Promenade £190 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Amsterdam Canal Cruise – Day Two £19 per person • Delft Pottery Visit – Day Four £15 per person • Keukenhof Gardens (half-day) – Day Five £21 per person Book all 3 optional excursions and save £8 per person Rail inclusive Four days from £729 Holidays include return rail journeys on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Amsterdam via Brussels and transfers to and from MS Olympia. Coach inclusive 6 days from £549 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Date Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 24 April £639 E,F Hull 25 April £549 K,L,M,R Dover 29 April £649 A,B,C,D Newcastle 30 April £549 E,G,N,P Dover 5 May £559 F,H,J,Q,R Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Four days from £689 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ Belfast ✈ Birmingham ✈ Bristol ✈ Edinburgh ✈ Exeter ✈ Liverpool ✈ London Gatwick ✈ Luton ✈ Manchester ✈ Norwich ✈ Southampton ✈ Stansted ✈ See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Schoonhoven Rotterdam Hoorn 6 days from £549per person N EW Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!
  10. 10. 10 theGloriousrhine Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzerland Experience the best of this mighty river on our ‘Blue Riband’ voyage. Olympia heads from the classic Middle Rhine, through the fabled Gorge and south to the Swiss city of Basel, before turning north and cruising – via yet more wonderful ports of call – to Cologne, historic Rhineland capital. En route, you’ll pass pretty towns and villages, hillsides carpeted with vineyards and topped by fairytale castles, call at Rüdesheim – a quintessential wine-town – and visit ancient Speyer. Explore beyond the river on our optional excursions. Discover the Alsace capital Strasbourg, the beautiful Black Forest, the stunning Swiss countryside and Heidelberg, fabled ‘Student Prince’ city. In Cologne, round off a truly memorable holiday with a fascinating guided tour of the great city. Cruise highlights • Embark in historic Andernach • Two cruises – south and north – through the romantic Rhine Gorge, passing the legendary Lorelei, fairytale castles and vineyards • Guided walking tour of Speyer • Call at Strasbourg, Alsace capital • Visit to Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest • Overnight in Basel, Switzerland • Calls at Mannheim and Mainz • On-board English commentary • Welcome Cocktail Party • Captain’s Farewell Dinner • Full-board including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and evening snacks • On-board evening entertainment • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager • Return coach transfers to Olympia from your chosen departure point, station or airport Day One ~ Andernach Travel to join Olympia in the ancient Rhine town of Andernach. After a first evening meal on board, retire to your comfortable cabin. Day Two ~ Rüdesheim Olympia heads upstream into the Middle Rhine – passing Koblenz and the Ehrenbreitstein castle – and sails through a land of vineyards, castles and villages into the unsurpassable Rhine Gorge, passing beneath the fabled Lorelei. This afternoon you arrive in Rüdesheim. Explore the famous Drosselgasse and join our optional excursion to Siegfried’s Musikkabinett, travelling on the local ‘Winzer Express’ train. Day Three ~ Speyer A morning cruise brings you to the ancient city of Speyer. Join our Cruise Manager for an included walking tour of this, one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire, with its UNESCO-listed cathedral and fascinating Altstadt, or old town. Olympia moors overnight in Speyer. Day Four ~ Strasbourg This afternoon, join the optional excursion by boat to discover Strasbourg, home to the European Parliament, and whose ancient Petite France quarter is a maze of narrow streets of medieval buildings, crossed by canals. Olympia moors overnight close to the city. Day Five ~ Strasbourg to Breisach Olympia cruises through the Upper Rhine to the quaint wine town of Breisach, from where Day by day itinerary Worms 10 days from £1,069per person To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  11. 11. 11 theGloriousrhine you can join the optional half-day excursion to the Black Forest, visiting its breathtaking capital Freiburg, and the stunning lake at Titisee. Day Six ~ Basel A leisurely cruise this morning brings you by lunchtime to Basel, Switzerland’s only gateway to the sea. Explore the bustling Altstadt and Marktplatz, the historic market square. The magnificent Münster offers stupendous views of the river and the Black Forest beyond. This afternoon’s excursion visits the spectacular Rhine Falls, with the option to take a boat ride (payable locally). Olympia overnights in Basel. Day Seven ~ Basel, Breisach Kehl Join the wonderful full-day optional excursion to the beautiful lakeside city of Lucerne, with its restored wooden ‘Chapel Bridge’, and the surrounding picturesque Swiss countryside. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Lucerne, by a local guide before rejoining Olympia in Breisach, the ship having begun her northbound journey this morning. Olympia moors overnight in Kehl. Day Eight ~ Mannheim to Mainz After a morning’s scenic cruise, Olympia calls at Mannheim, from where you can join an optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg, set beneath its imposing castle, and an inspiration to poets and writers for centuries. You’ll rejoin Olympia in Mainz, with its magnificent cathedral, with the opportunity to take a stroll after dinner. Day Nine ~ Mainz to Cologne Cruise back through the most romantic stretch of the river, passing castles, the Lorelei and majestic Koblenz, for an afternoon arrival in Cologne. A last optional excursion on foot introduces the city, with its twin-towered Gothic cathedral and surrounding Altstadt, before you join the Captain and fellow guests for a special Farewell Dinner and entertainment on board. Day Ten ~ Disembark in Cologne Bid “Auf Wiedersehen” to Olympia this morning and begin your return journey to the UK. Romantic Rhine Cruise to Switzer­­­land Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £90 per person Standard Promenade £160 per person Classic Promenade £190 per person Single Cabin Promenade £280 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Siegfried’s Musikkabinett Wine Tasting – Day Two £20 per person • Strasbourg Boat Trip (half day) – Day Four £19 per person • Freiburg the Black Forest (half day) – Day Five £17 per person • The Rhine Falls (half day) – Day Six £17 per person • Lake Lucerne the Heart of Switzerland (full day) – Day Seven £25 per person • Heidelberg (half day) – Day Eight £19 per person • Cologne Walking Tour – Day Nine £15 per person Book all 7 of the optional excursions and save £25 per person Rail inclusive Ten days from £1,319 Holidays include return rail journeys on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Cologne via Brussels and transfers to and from MS Olympia. Coach inclusive Ten days from £1,069 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Dates Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 10 May £1,099 F,H,J,Q Dover 11 May £1,199 E,F Hull 20 May £1,109 E,G,K Dover 29 May £1,119 K,L,R Dover 11 June £1,219 A,B,C,D Newcastle 12 June £1,129 M,N,P Dover 9 July £1,129 E,L,M,R Dover 30 July £1,129 G,N,R Dover 8 August £1,129 J,Q,R Dover 12 October £1,069 F,H,P,R Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Ten days from £1,229 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ Birmingham ✈ London Gatwick ✈ London Heathrow ✈ Manchester ✈ Stansted ✈ “The staff were excellent, friendly, vibrant and very attentive. ”Mr Mrs M, by email See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!
  12. 12. 12 theGloriousrhine The Rhine in Flames This unforgettable summertime cruise, the highlight of which will be the glorious night-time procession of illuminated craft and a breath-taking firework display over the river at famously fun-loving Rüdesheim, begins and ends in the great Rhineland capital Cologne, with its mighty cathedral and ancient, cobbled Altstadt. The holiday also includes a wonderfully scenic journey into the meandering Moselle, a memorable cruise through the picture- book, UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine, including the fabled Rhine Gorge and legendary Lorelei, and calls at Boppard – the exquisite ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ – historic Koblenz, at the confluence of the two rivers, and the pretty Rhine- side town of Andernach, one of the river’s oldest settlements. Cruise highlights • Embark and disembark in Cologne – historic Rhineland capital • Cruise the scenic Moselle to pretty Cochem • Call at Bernkastel-Kues, quintessential Moselle wine-town • Walking tour of Koblenz • Cruises through the Romantic Rhine Gorge, the most scenic stretch of the river – passing the legendary Lorelei, fairytale castles and vineyards • Call at famous Rüdesheim • ‘Rhine in Flames’ spectacular • Overnight at Boppard, ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ • Calls at Koblenz and Andernach • On-board English commentary • Full-board including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and evening snacks • Return coach transfers to Olympia from your chosen departure point, station or airport • All standard inclusions Day One ~ Embark in Cologne Travel out today, by coach, air or rail, to the great Rhineland capital Cologne, where you’ll join Olympia in the shadow of the city’s mighty Gothic cathedral, or Dom. Enjoy a first meal on board, and – time- permitting – step ashore to soak up some of the atmosphere of a city renowned for its Altstadt of fun-filled Brauhäuser (brewery houses selling Kölsch, the ubiquitous local beer), which buzz with locals and visitors alike. Olympia sails overnight, slipping away from Cologne to begin her journey up-river. Day Two ~ Cochem Awake as Olympia makes her way into the meanders of the River Moselle, its twists and turns taking it beneath hillsides overflowing with vines and topped by historic castles. Pretty villages dot the banks, each more beautiful than the last. By early afternoon, Olympia will have arrived in the prettiest town of all, half-timbered Cochem, nestled beneath the fairytale turrets of the Reichsburg castle, which can be explored on this afternoon’s optional excursion. This evening, before dinner on board, take a stroll through Cochem’s delightful streets, and enjoy an optional wine-tasting in one of this famous wine-town’s many weinstüben. Day Three ~ Bernkastel-Kues Olympia slips away from Cochem this morning to begin a memorable day’s cruise along the scenic Moselle, passing yet more pretty wine-towns and villages as she makes her way to celebrated Bernkastel, linked to its ‘twin’ Kues by an ancient bridge that straddles the river. A quintessential picture-postcard Moselle town, its much- photographed central square surrounded by ancient, half-timbered houses, Bernkastel is a medieval wonder – a perfect place in which to enjoy an evening stroll before dinner on board Olympia. Day Four ~ Bernkastel to Alken This morning enjoy an optional walking tour with a local guide, who will bring to life the pretty town. The energetic might carry on to the ruins of the Burg Landshut castle just Day by day itinerary Cochem Koblenz Boppard Alken Bernkastel Rüdesheim Andernach 8 days from £939per person To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  13. 13. 13 theGloriousrhine outside the town, to take in the spectacular view of the river. This afternoon, Olympia turns to make her scenic way downstream to her overnight mooring in Alken. Day Five ~ Rüdesheim the Rhine in Flames An unforgettable day awaits, as early this morning Olympia slips her moorings to leave Alken behind and sail into the picturesque heart of the Middle Rhine, heading through the narrow gorge beneath the fabled Lorelei, the legendary rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate. Step ashore to explore this delightful, year-round holiday haven, with its narrow streets – the most celebrated of which, the Drosselgasse, is lined with bars and weinstüben. Join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried’s Musikkabinett, and this evening, enjoy the highlight of the cruise, as you watch a procession of illuminated craft take to the water, and the night sky explodes in a dazzling burst of ‘fiery magic’ that is the unique experience of the famous ‘Rhine in Flames’ – one of Europe’s most colourful celebrations. Day Six ~ Cruise to Boppard This morning Olympia sails back through the breath-taking Gorge and on to the picture- book wine town of Boppard, known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’. Step ashore to discover this idyllic place, with its great Roman fort and its beautiful historic quarter. A treasure chest of historic monuments, as well as a major wine-producing centre, the town is as engaging and fascinating as any you will find on the river. The evening is spent moored alongside, and you can enjoy dinner and entertainment on board. Day Seven ~ Koblenz Andernach There’s the opportunity this morning to explore Koblenz, where the rivers’ meeting point is marked by the Deutsche Eck, or ‘German Corner’, overlooked from the far bank by the mighty Ehrenbreitstein fortress. Join our Cruise Manager for an included walking tour to discover the pretty Altstadt. This afternoon, Olympia cruises to the ancient Rhine town of Andernach where there will be time to explore. As you enjoy a final ‘Captain’s Dinner’ on board, the ship makes her way downstream to Cologne. Day Eight ~ Disembark in Cologne Bid “Auf wiedersehen” to Olympia and begin your return journey back to the UK. Please Note: The Procession and Fireworks are planned to be watched from the ship or, dependent upon sailing schedules and water levels, we may transfer you by coach to a viewing point. THE RHINE IN FLAMES Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £70 per person Standard Promenade £140 per person Classic Promenade £170 per person Single Cabin Promenade £240 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Reichsburg Castle (half day) – Day Two £17 per person • Evening Wine Tasting in Cochem – Day Two £15 per person • Walking Tour of Bernkastel – Day Four £12 per person • Siegfried’s Musikkabinett and Wine Tasting – Day Four £20 per person Book all 4 optional excursions and save £10 per person Rail inclusive Eight days from £1,189 Holidays include return rail journeys on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Cologne via Brussels and transfers to and from MS Olympia. Coach inclusive 8 days from £939 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Dates Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 2 July £939 F,H,J,Q,R Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Eight days from £1,099 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ Birmingham ✈ London Gatwick ✈ London Heathrow ✈ Manchester ✈ Stansted ✈ “Very efficiently run boat. Staff excellent, food excellent. Good value. ”Mr M, Devon See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!
  14. 14. 14 theGloriousrhine Cruise the Glorious Rhine This marvellous value cruise is a wonderful way to experience the very best of the beautiful Rhine. Beginning in the ancient town of Andernach and ending in the great city of Cologne, with its ancient Altstadt and twin-towered cathedral, the holiday includes the unforgettable journey through the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine, with its vineyards, fairytale villages and ‘robber-baron’ castles, and a passage through the fabled Rhine Gorge beneath the legendary Lorelei. With calls at the celebrated wine town of Rüdesheim, with its weinstüben and famous Drosselgasse street, at historic Mainz and Koblenz, where the Rhine meets the Moselle, and with the chance on an optional excursion to explore the beautiful Ahr Valley, this will be a very special Rhine cruise holiday to savour and enjoy. Cruise highlights • Embark in Andernach – ancient Rhineland town • Scenic cruise along the classic UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine, passing wine villages and hill-top castles • Call at Boppard, ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ • Walking tour of Boppard • Call at Rüdesheim, celebrated wine town • Calls at Mainz, Koblenz and Cologne • Disembark in Cologne – historic Rhineland capital • On-board English commentary • Welcome Cocktail Party • Captain’s Farewell Dinner • Full-board including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and evening snacks • On-board evening entertainment • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager • Return coach transfers to Olympia from your chosen departure point, station or airport Day One ~ Embark in Andernach Travel out today, by coach, air or rail to join Olympia in the ancient Rhineland town of Andernach and enjoy dinner and your first night on board. Day Two ~ Boppard Olympia sails this morning and this afternoon arrives in the picture-book wine town of Boppard, known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’. Join our Cruise Manager for an included walking tour of this idyllic place, with its great Roman fort and its beautiful historic quarter, sitting on the southern side of a great horseshoe bend in the river, in the heart of the UNESCO-World Heritage region of the Upper/Middle Rhine. A treasure chest of historic monuments, as well as a major wine- producing centre, the town is as engaging and fascinating as any you will find on the river. The evening is spent moored alongside, and you can enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, or step ashore to take in the charm of Boppard by night. Day Three ~ Rüdesheim An unforgettable day awaits you, as Olympia slips her moorings to leave Boppard behind and sail into the picture-postcard heart of the Middle Rhine, passing vineyards and ancient villages like Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar, and heading through the narrow gorge beneath the fabled Lorelei, the legendary rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate. Be on top deck this morning to catch the best of the superb scenery. This afternoon, Olympia ties up in Rüdesheim, the most celebrated of the Rhineland wine towns. Step ashore to explore this delightful, year-round holiday haven, with its narrow streets – the most Day by day itinerary Koblenz 6 days from £649per person To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  15. 15. 15 theGloriousrhine celebrated of which, the Drosselgasse, is lined with bars and weinstüben. Join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried’s Musikkabinett, and this evening, after dinner, enjoy entertainment on board, or head back ashore to soak up the unique Rüdesheimer atmosphere. Day Four ~ Mainz Koblenz Cruising south this morning, Olympia calls at historic Mainz, capital of the Rhineland- Palatinate and famous as the hometown of Johannes Gutenburg, the father of the printing press. Enjoy an optional walking tour of this once hugely powerful place, with its six-towered cathedral, Gutenberg Museum and delightful Altstadt of half-timbered houses, before returning to Olympia for this afternoon’s return sailing through the scenic Gorge and Middle Rhine to Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. There’ll be time to step ashore to explore the town, where the rivers’ meeting point is marked by the Deutsche Eck, or ‘German Corner’, overlooked from the far bank by the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Wander through the pretty Altstadt or along the riverfront promenade before enjoying dinner and entertainment on board. Day Five ~ Königswinter Cologne This morning Olympia continues downriver, passing the delightful town of Königswinter, in the shadow of the picturesque Siebengebirge, or ‘Seven Hills’, and the former capital Bonn on the opposite bank, to arrive by early afternoon back in Cologne, dwarfed by the twin towers of its mighty Gothic cathedral, or Dom. Step ashore to explore the great Rhineland capital, or join our Tour Manager for a fascinating coach excursion into the breathtakingly scenic Ahr Valley, with its vineyards and historic, picture-book spa towns like Bad Neuenahr, before returning to Cologne, and in the company of a local guide exploring the magnificent Altstadt or Old Town. The glittering stores of the Hohe Strasse and the Schildergasse, as well as the designer shops of Rudolfplatz and the Belgisches (Belgian) quarter are a mecca for shoppers and window-shoppers alike, while a stroll (or tram-ride) across the river to neighbouring Deutz brings a classic view of the city skyline. This evening, the Captain hosts a Farewell Dinner on board, and there’s a chance to swap memories of the past wonderful few days with fellow passengers. Day Six ~ Disembark in Cologne Bid “Auf wiedersehen” to Olympia and her crew this morning, and begin your return journey back to the UK. CRUISE THE   GLORIOUS RHINE Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £50 per person Standard Promenade £100 per person Classic Promenade £140 per person Single Cabin Promenade £190 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Siegfried’s Musikkabinett Wine Tasting – Day Three £20 per person • Walking Tour of Mainz – Day Four £15 per person • Cologne and the Ahr Valley (half day) – Day Five £18 per person Book all 3 optional excursions and save £10 per person Rail inclusive Six days from £899 Holidays include return rail journeys on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Cologne via Brussels and transfers to and from MS Olympia. Coach inclusive Six days from £649 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Dates Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 7 June £649 K,L,M,R Dover 20 June £749 E,F Hull 21 June £649 E,G,N,P Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Six days from £809 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ Birmingham ✈ London Gatwick ✈ London Heathrow ✈ Manchester ✈ Stansted ✈ “A very big thank you for all the organisation and planning in making this holiday such a success. ”Mr L, Cornwall See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!
  16. 16. 16 theGloriousrhine The Rhine and the Black Forest Join Olympia on this wonderful autumn cruise, which sails south from Cologne via Rüdesheim, and through the fabled Rhine Gorge. Cruise through the Upper Rhine, via Strasbourg, tour the stunning Black Forest and visit exquisite Freiburg before disembarking in Strasbourg. During this glorious voyage you’ll pass vineyards bathed in autumn colours, visit villages bustling with the excitement of harvest-time, discover ancient towns and cities, and enjoy the comforts of Olympia. As well as our included tour of the rolling Black Forest region and its beautiful capital Freiburg, we offer optional excursions that include a chance to explore the ‘Student Prince’ city of Heidelberg, the beautiful Alsace capital of Strasbourg, and – unique to this Olympia cruise – the classic spa town of Baden-Baden. Cruise highlights • Embark in historic Cologne • Cruise through the Rhine Gorge and classic Middle Rhine to famous Rüdesheim • Explore Andernach and Speyer at leisure • Visit Strasbourg, the beautiful Alsace capital • Call at Breisach, for an included tour of the Black Forest and its capital Freiburg • On-board English commentary • Welcome Cocktail Party • Captain’s Farewell Dinner • Full-board including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and evening snacks • On-board evening entertainment • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager • Return coach transfers to Olympia from your chosen departure point or airport Day One ~ Embark in Cologne Travel to join Olympia in Cologne, spectacular Rhineland capital. Enjoy dinner and your first evening on board, before Olympia sets sail for Andernach. Day Two ~ The Rhine Gorge There’s time this morning to explore the historic riverside town of Andernach, before catching your breath as Olympia sails south and passes through the Rhine Gorge. Sail beneath the fabled Lorelei and on through a land of vineyards, castles and pretty villages for an evening arrival in Rüdesheim, the most celebrated of the Rhineland wine towns. This afternoon, join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried’s Musikkabinett, including wine tasting, and explore the narrow streets, the most celebrated of which is the famous Drosselgasse. Day Three ~ Mannheim – Speyer Early risers will notice Olympia slip her moorings before breakfast to arrive in Mannheim by lunchtime. Here you can join an optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg, the ‘Student Prince’ city set beneath its imposing castle, and one of Germany’s ‘must-see’ destinations, before re-joining Olympia in Speyer. For those staying on board, cruise with Olympia to Speyer, arriving by late afternoon, and at your leisure, enjoy a stroll ashore to discover one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire, with its vast, UNESCO-listed Romanesque cathedral and Baroque Altstadt. Day by day itinerary 6 days from £549per person To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  17. 17. 17 theGloriousrhine Day Four ~ Plittersdorf for Strasbourg Olympia arrives in Plittersdorf at breakfast time, and our optional excursion offers you the chance to visit the elegant spa town of Baden-Baden, with its casino and thermal baths, its genteel air and unashamed grandeur. You’ll rejoin Olympia in Strasbourg. This afternoon, join the optional excursion by boat to discover the capital of Alsace, Strasbourg, home to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, and whose ancient Petite France quarter is a maze of narrow streets of medieval buildings, crossed by canals. Day Five ~ Breisach Olympia arrives this morning in the quaint wine town of Breisach, from where you can join the included half-day excursion through the exquisite countryside of the surrounding Black Forest, visiting stunning Lake Titisee and then on to its breathtaking capital Freiburg, with its Altstadt and truly spectacular red sandstone cathedral, or Münster. This afternoon, explore Breisach with its Gothic cathedral. The views out over the forest region are lovely. Enjoy a farewell dinner on board, in the company of the Captain and your fellow passengers. Day Six ~ Strasbourg Olympia ties up in Strasbourg this morning, where you’ll bid her “Farewell” and begin your return journey to the UK. Please Note: The 25th and 26th October cruise operates a reverse itinerary, sailing from Strasbourg to Cologne. All included calls and highlights remain the same although the days will change. All pricing and optional excursions remain the same. THE RHINE AND THE   BLACK FOREST Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £50 per person Standard Promenade £100 per person Classic Promenade £140 per person Single Cabin Promenade £190 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Siegfried’s Musikkabinett Wine Tasting – Day Two £20 per person • Heidelberg (half day) – Day Three £19 per person • Baden-Baden (half day) – Day Four £16 per person • Strasbourg Boat Trip and Tour (half day) – Day Four £19 per person Book all 4 optional excursions and save £10 per person Coach inclusive 6 days from £549 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Dates Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 20 October £679 E,F Hull 21 October £569 F,H,J,Q,R Dover 25 October £669 A,B,C,D Newcastle 26 October £549 E,G,K,M,N,P Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Six days from £739 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ London Gatwick ✈ “Excellent service and overall treatment – would be hard to beat on a big ship. ”Mr B, Essex See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!
  18. 18. themeanderingmoselle 18 The Magical Moselle These wonderful summertime cruises on board Olympia begin in Andernach and end in Cologne, with its mighty, twin-towered Gothic cathedral and ancient cobbled old town. The highlight of the holiday will be the passage through the beautiful twists and turns of the River Moselle, where impossibly pretty towns and villages are flanked by vineyards, and crowned by fairytale, turreted castles looking out over the surrounding landscape. As well as calls at a trio of exquisite wine towns – with the opportunity on an optional excursion to drive the scenic Mosel Weinstrasse – the cruise includes a visit to the ancient Roman city of Trier, and a stop in the historic town of Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. Cruise highlights • Embark in Andernach – ancient Rhineland town • Scenic cruise along the Moselle, passing wine villages and hill-top castles • Calls at Traben-Trarbach and Bernkastel-Kues, exquisite wine towns • A visit to Trier, Germany’s oldest settlement • Call at historic Koblenz • Included walking tours of Bernkastel Koblenz • Disembark in Cologne – great Rhineland capital • On-board English commentary • Full-board including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and evening snacks • Captain’s Farewell Dinner • On-board entertainment • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager • Return coach transfers to Olympia from your chosen departure point, station or airport Day One ~ Embark in Andernach Travel out today, by coach, air or rail, to the ancient and pretty Rhine town of Andernach. Enjoy a first meal on board, settle into your cabin and relax and enjoy your pleasant surroundings. Day Two ~ Cochem A leisurely, scenic morning’s cruising sees Olympia passing Koblenz and heading into the Moselle, on a wonderful journey past hillsides overflowing with vines and topped by historic castles. Pretty villages dot the banks, each more beautiful than the last. By early afternoon, Olympia moors in the prettiest town of all, half-timbered Cochem, nestled beneath the fairytale turrets of the Reichsburg Castle. Enjoy time at leisure in the town, or join this afternoon’s optional shore excursion to discover the castle and its secrets. This evening, enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, and step ashore into beautiful Cochem as Olympia moors here overnight. Day Three ~ Traben-Trarbach This morning Olympia cruises through the meanders of the river, passing vineyard-clad hills that eventually give way to a broader landscape of rolling fields, heading towards pretty Traben-Trarbach, straddling the river and linked by a turreted bridge. An optional excursion by coach this afternoon, in the company of our Tour Manager, will bring to life the Moselle Valley and its wine-making villages, as you travel along the Mosel Weinstrasse’s breathtaking route. Day by day itinerary Alken 7 days from £749per person To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  19. 19. themeanderingmoselle 19 Day Four ~ Bernkastel-Kues After a scenic morning cruise, a memorable day includes the chance to explore celebrated Bernkastel-Kues, another ‘twin- town’ linked across the river by an ancient bridge. Bernkastel, on the eastern bank, is the quintessential Moselle wine town of picture-postcards, its much-photographed central square surrounded by ancient half- timbered houses – a medieval wonder. Enjoy our included walking tour – the energetic might carry on to the ruins of the Burg Landshut outside the town, to enjoy the spectacular view of the river – and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this delightful town. Day Five ~ Trier This morning board the coach to journey from Bernkastel to fascinating Trier, with it’s great second-century Porta Nigra northern city gate, some ancient baths and a 20,000- seat amphitheatre amongst its treasures. Don’t miss the birthplace of Karl Marx and the imposing Dom cathedral during your stay. Join the optional walking tour for an informative introduction from our Cruise Manager. Olympia sails at lunchtime, beginning her return journey downriver. This evening enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, before Olympia moors overnight in Alken. Day Six ~ Koblenz This morning Olympia arrives in the historic town of Koblenz, strategically set at the confluence of the Rhine and the meandering Moselle, and overlooked from the far bank by the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Step ashore to wander through the pretty Altstadt or along the riverfront promenade in the company of our Tour Manager, who will bring to life this former Roman settlement, before you re-board the ship to head back into the Rhine once again, cruising back to Andernach, where there will be another opportunity to go ashore. This evening the Captain invites you to a special Farewell Dinner on board, and you’ll join your fellow passengers in exchanging memories of the last few wonderful days. After dinner the ship heads on to Cologne. Day Seven ~ Disembark in Cologne Bid “Auf wiedersehen” to Olympia and her crew this morning, and begin your return journey back to the UK, at the end of a truly wonderful holiday. The magical moselle Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £60 per person Standard Promenade £120 per person Classic Promenade £160 per person Single Cabin Promenade £220 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Rail inclusive Seven days from £999 Holidays include return rail journeys on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Cologne via Brussels and transfers to and from MS Olympia. Coach inclusive Seven days from £749 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Dates Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 26 June £749 F,H,J,Q,R Dover 18 July £749 K,L,M,R Dover 24 July £749 E,G,N,P Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Seven days from £909 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ Birmingham ✈ London Gatwick ✈ London Heathrow ✈ Manchester ✈ Stansted ✈ “The cruise was great – enjoyed the excursions and doing our own thing. ”Mrs M, Kent See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Optional Excursions • Reichsburg Castle (half day) – Day Two £17 per person • Wine Tasting at Cochem – Day Two £15 per person • Mosel Weinstrasse (half day) – Day Three £15 per person • Trier Walking Tour – Day Five £12 per person Book all 4 optional excursions and save £10 per person Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!
  20. 20. FOURRIVERSCRUISESFOURRIVERSCRUISE 20 Magnificent Four Rivers Cruise This marvellous journey on board Olympia, which explores the heart of the mighty Rhine and three of its great tributaries, begins in riverside Andernach, gateway to the enchanting Middle Rhine of vineyards and fairytale, robber-baron castles. You’ll cruise into the meandering Moselle to exquisite Cochem, then, returning to the Rhine, overnight at idyllic Boppard, before sailing through the Rhine Gorge to famous Rüdesheim. Visits to historic Mainz and to the cosmopolitan city of Mannheim at the mouth of the River Neckar – with a chance to discover romantic Heidelberg – and a passage along the River Main to the great city of Frankfurt, where the glittering new contrasts with the traditional old of ancient Sachsenhausen, complete this truly memorable holiday. Cruise highlights • Embark in Andernach – Rhineland town • Cruise to the Moselle-side wine- making village of Cochem • Walking tour and overnight in Boppard, ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ • Scenic cruise along the classic UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine, passing wine villages and hill-top castles • Call at Rüdesheim, celebrated wine town • Calls at stylish Mannheim and historic Mainz • Main cruise to Frankfurt • Guided walking tour of Mainz • On-board English commentary • Full-board including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and evening snacks • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager • Return coach transfers to Olympia from your chosen departure point or airport • All standard inclusions Day One ~ Embark in Andernach Travel out today, by coach or by air, to join Olympia in the ancient Rhine town of Andernach. After a first evening meal, enjoy a nightcap in the ship’s bar, or simply retire to your comfortable cabin. Day Two ~ Cochem Olympia sails early this morning from Andernach, heading upstream into the Middle Rhine to Koblenz and the mighty Ehrenbreitstein castle, then into the scenic twists and turns of the River Moselle, arriving by lunchtime in pretty half-timbered Cochem, nestled beneath fairy-tale Reichsburg Castle. Step ashore to discover this famous wine- making village, and join this afternoon’s optional excursion, journeying by coach along the Mosel Weinstrasse’s scenic route. Olympia moors overnight in Cochem. Day Three ~ Boppard Enjoy a scenic cruise back to Koblenz, before arriving later this afternoon in the picture- book wine town of Boppard, the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’. Join our Tour Manager for an included walking tour. An historical treasure chest and major wine-producing centre, the town is as engaging and fascinating as any you will find on the river. The evening is spent moored alongside, and you can enjoy dinner and entertainment on board, or step ashore to take in the charms of Boppard by night. Day Four ~ Rhine Gorge and Rüdesheim An unforgettable day awaits, as Olympia slips her moorings to leave Boppard behind, to sail into the picture-postcard heart of the Middle Rhine, passing vineyards and ancient villages like Bad Salzig and Sankt Goar, and Day by day itinerary 8 days from £899per person N EW To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  21. 21. FOURRIVERSCRUISESFOURRIVERSCRUISE 21 heading through the narrow gorge beneath the fabled Lorelei, the legendary rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fates. This afternoon, Olympia ties up in Rüdesheim, the most celebrated of the Rhineland wine towns. Step ashore to explore this delightful, year-round holiday haven, with its narrow streets – the most celebrated of which, the Drosselgasse, is lined with bars and weinstuben. Join our optional excursion to see the quirky wonders of Siegfried’s Musikal Kabinett. Day Five ~ Mannheim and Mainz Having sailed south during the night, Olympia arrives early this morning in stylish Mannheim, at the confluence of the Rhine and the River Neckar. Join the optional excursion to beautiful Heidelberg, the ‘Student Prince’ city set beneath an imposing castle – one of Germany’s ‘must- see’ destinations. You’ll return to Olympia in time to sail on to the great city of Mainz, capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate and famous as the hometown of Johannes Gutenburg, the father of the printing press. Enjoy dinner on board, and step ashore to explore. Day Six ~ Cruise to Frankfurt Enjoy an included walking tour of Mainz, a formerly hugely powerful city, with its six- towered cathedral, Gutenberg Museum and delightful Altstadt of half-timbered houses, before returning to Olympia for this afternoon’s sailing into the River Main, passing through an exquisite vineyard-clad landscape, and heading east towards the contrast of the soaring ‘Mainhattan’ skyline of Frankfurt, where you’ll arrive after dinner this evening. Day Seven ~ Frankfurt An optional guided tour this morning will bring to life Germany’s fifth-largest city. North of the river is the historic Altstadt, centred on the rebuilt central square, the Römerberg, and surrounded by the remnants of ancient fortifications. Close by, the towering façade of the Kaiserdom church dominates the eastern end of the Altstadt, dwarfed in turn by the sky-piercing buildings of the Financial District to the west. South of the river, the delightful lanes of Sachsenhausen are home to countless cafés and bars served traditional Ebbelwoi or Apfelwein cider. The rest of the day is free – perhaps to visit one of the city’s many outstanding museums, to take a ride up the vertiginous Maintower for the stunning views, or to rest and relax on board Olympia. This evening, the Captain hosts a Farewell Dinner, with chance to swap memories of the past wonderful few days with fellow passengers. Day Eight ~ Disembark in Frankfurt Bid “Auf wiedersehen” to Olympia and her crew this morning, and begin your return journey back to the UK. Please Note: The 4th 5th October cruises operate a reverse itinerary sailing from Frankfurt to Andernach. All included calls and highlights remain the same although the days will change. On these dates Olympia will overnight in Alken on 10th October following time in Cochem. All pricing and optional excursions remain the same. magnificent Four  rivers cruise Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £70 per person Standard Promenade £140 per person Classic Promenade £170 per person Single Cabin Promenade £240 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Mosel Weinstrasse (half day) – Day Two £15 per person • Evening Wine Tasting in Cochem – Day Two £15 per person • Siegfried’s Musikkabinett Wine Tasting (half day) – Day Four £20 per person • Heidelberg (half day) – Day Five £19 per person • Frankfurt City Tour (half day) – Day Seven £12 per person Book all 5 excursions and save £10 per person Coach inclusive Eight days from £899 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Dates Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 17 August £919 F,H,J,Q,R Dover 4 October £989 A,B,C,D Newcastle 5 October £899 E,G,K,M,N,P Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Eight days from £1,089 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ London Gatwick ✈ London Heathrow ✈ Stansted ✈ See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!
  22. 22. thebluedanubethebluedanube 22 Beautiful Bavaria a Taste of the Danube This wonderful cruise will see Olympia journey from the ‘Mainhattan’ skyline of glittering Frankfurt, into the romantic heart of Germany. En route, you’ll discover idyllic Wertheim, the lovingly restored city of Würzburg, at the start of Germany’s famed ‘Romantic Road’, and – sailing through the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal – will explore the breathtakingly beautiful city of Bamberg and historic Nuremberg, with its medieval centre. Joining the ‘blue’ Danube at Kelheim, Olympia calls at the stunningly preserved medieval trading city of Regensburg, before mooring for a last day in the Baroque gem of Passau. An opportunity to join an optional excursion to the stylish Austrian city of Linz completes what is certain to be one of the most popular of all Olympia’s cruises. Cruise highlights • Embark in Frankfurt, with its ‘Mainhattan’ skyline • Cruise the ancient, meandering River Main • Call at exquisite Wertheim • See a glass-blowing demonstration on the included tour of Wertheim • Discover glorious, UNESCO-listed Würzburg on a guided tour • Visit Bamberg, one of Germany’s most romantic cities • Transit the Main-Danube Canal • Explore lovingly restored Nuremberg • Call at Kelheim and majestic Regensburg on the Danube • Visit Passau, a delightful border town • On-board English commentary • Full-board including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and evening snacks • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager • All standard inclusions Day One ~ Embark in Frankfurt Travel to Frankfurt to board Olympia. After a first evening meal on board, head to the ship’s bar, or retire to your cabin, as the ship slips her moorings and begins the cruise. Day Two ~ Wertheim Awake as Olympia cruises through the meandering Main, arriving this afternoon in exquisite, medieval Wertheim, with its half- timbered houses and winding streets set in the shadow of one of Germany’s most impressive castles. The town is famed for its glass-blowing, and this afternoon’s included walking tour will include the opportunity to see some of the craftsmen at work. Olympia sails once again this evening, as you enjoy dinner and the evening’s entertainment. Day Three ~ Würzburg This morning finds Olympia moored in glorious Würzburg, nestled beneath steep, vine-covered slopes. The centre of the North Bavarian wine-producing trade, this ancient prince-bishopric is crowned by the UNESCO-listed Residenz, a magnificent Baroque palace overlooking the city’s Altstadt, and whose opulence rivals that of Versailles or Vienna’s Schönbrunn. Enjoy an optional guided tour, which features entrance to the Residenz and its stunning gardens and a chance for some wine tasting, then re- board Olympia for another afternoon’s cruise. Day Four ~ Bamberg Following the Main’s meandering course up-river, Olympia arrives by lunchtime in the beautiful, UNESCO-listed city of Bamberg, where medieval splendour has survived the turbulent centuries untouched, and where a beautiful Altstadt of little bridges and islets resembles Venice. The exquisite Altes Rathaus is one of Germany’s most striking Day by day itinerary 9 days from £959per person N EW To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  23. 23. thebluedanubethebluedanube 23 – and most photographed – buildings. A shuttle bus will operate from the ship into the centre and there is the chance to join our optional walking tour by an expert local guide, of what is one of the most enchanting stops on the ‘Romantic Road’. This evening, begin the transit of the extraordinary Main- Danube Canal. Day Five ~ Nuremberg Continuing her passage along the engineering wonder that enables river travel between the North Sea and the Black Sea, Olympia arrives early this morning in Nuremberg, its rebuilt half-timbered houses and narrow lanes seemingly unchanged in centuries. Join our optional tour, which might include the ancient Rathaus or parliament building, the twin-spired Sebalduskirche and the imposing fortress of the Kaiserburg and the central Hauptmarkt, the main square. This evening Olympia continues her transit of the canal. Day Six ~ Kelheim and Regensburg Olympia enters the Danube at Kelheim, at a point where the river is overlooked by high cliffs, atop one of which sits ‘Mad’ King Ludwig’s spectacular Befreiungshalle monument, built to commemorate German victories in the Napoleonic wars. In another narrow gorge the Weltenburg monastery sits perched between the river and cliff-top, site of a near-thousand-year-old brewery. Disembark in Kelheim this morning to visit the Abbey, or stay on board for the cruise to majestic Regensburg, one of Central Europe’s best-preserved medieval trading cities. Enjoy an included walking tour this afternoon, discovering the city’s bustling Altstadt and some of its thousand or so historic monuments, before re-boarding Olympia for her last evening cruise. Day Seven ~ Passau This morning Olympia arrives in the Italianate city of Passau, at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, and at the border between Bavaria and Austria. A final highlight of the holiday will be the opportunity to join a tour of Passau, with a visit to the ornate St. Stephan’s Cathedral, where you will be treated to a recital played on the 17,000-pipe church organ – Europe’s largest. This afternoon, discover more of the delights of this splendid city, with its Baroque architecture lending it an almost Mediterranean air. Olympia moors overnight in Passau, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a last dinner on board, and to take in some of the atmosphere of the city’s charming Altstadt. Days Eight Nine ~ Disembark in Passau Bid farewell to Olympia this morning and coach passengers begin their return journey back to the UK, overnighting in a comfortable hotel in the Frankfurt area, before retuning home the following day. Passengers flying from Munich will transfer to the airport for their flight home. Please Note: The 27th September cruise operates a reverse itinerary from Passau to Frankfurt and passengers will overnight in Frankfurt on the outbound journey. Air passengers will fly our on 28th September. All included calls and highlights remain the same. Beautiful bavaria and A taste of the danube Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £70 per person Standard Promenade £140 per person Classic Promenade £170 per person Single Cabin Promenade £240 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Würzburg Residenz and Wine Tasting (half day) – Day Three £19 per person • Bamburg Walking Tour – Day Five £15 per person • Nuremburg Walking Tour – Day Five £17 per person • Weltenburg Abbey – Day Six £15 per person • Passau Organ Concert and Tour – Day Seven £17 per person Book all 5 excursions and save £12 per person Coach inclusive Nine days from £959 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Dates Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 24 Aug £979 J,Q,R Dover 27 Sep £959 M,N,P Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Eight days from £1,209 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ London Heathrow ✈ “This new addition to our River Cruising programme is sure to delight with some wonderful cruising and stunning Bavarian cities. ”Andy Jones, Product Manager See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!
  24. 24. 24 thebluedanube Danube Cruise to Vienna Budapest Join Olympia as she journeys along one of the world’s most iconic rivers, calling at some of Central Europe’s most beautiful cities, passing through the ever-changing scenery of three contrasting countries. Beginning in cosmopolitan Linz, you’ll head downstream to the breathtakingly beautiful, UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, between Melk, with its majestic Abbey, and pretty Krems. You’ll spend a day in the incomparable Imperial city of Vienna, before continuing downstream to stunning Budapest. Returning up-stream, via the enchanting Slovakian capital Bratislava, with its Baroque palaces and famous suspension bridge, this marvellous, unforgettable cruise is completed with a call at the pretty town of Dürnstein and a final scenic passage back to Linz. Cruise highlights • Embark in cosmopolitan Linz • Cruise the beautiful Wachau Valley, calling at medieval Melk • Spend a full day in Imperial Vienna • Marvel at your arrival into Budapest, the Hungarian capital • Walking tour of Slovakian capital Bratislava • Visit pretty Dürnstein and enjoy an included walking tour • Scenic cruise of the Austrian Danube • On-board English commentary • Full-board including breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and evening snacks • On-board evening entertainment • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager • Return coach transfers to Olympia from your chosen departure point or airport Day One ~ Outbound coach travel to the Frankfurt area Passengers travelling by coach will leave the UK today and travel to the Frankfurt area and an overnight hotel. Day Two ~ Embark in Linz While those travelling by coach continue south, passengers joining by air will fly to Vienna and transfer to meet Olympia in Linz. Enjoy a first meal aboard, perhaps stepping ashore to enjoy the atmosphere of this cosmopolitan home of the famous Linzertorte. Olympia slips away downstream overnight. Day Three ~ Melk the Wachau Valley Olympia arrives in Melk, beneath Austria’s most celebrated Benedictine Abbey, Stift Melk, an optional excursion to which will be one of the undoubted highlights of the voyage. With its vast church, ornate Baroque interior, Imperial rooms and museum, the abbey is a not-to-be-missed treasure. This afternoon, Olympia heads into the stunning Wachau valley, which sweeps majestically past pretty towns and terraces of vines – picture-postcard-perfection – before mooring close to Vienna. Day Four ~ Imperial Vienna Board the coach for the short transfer into the centre of the Austrian capital, city of ‘coffee and cake’, of Strauss waltzes, musical geniuses and the Habsburg empire, whose greatest glory is the astonishing Hofburg Palace. Our optional guided tour will introduce you to this city of palaces, great St. Stephan’s Cathedral, historic churches and museums, elegant shopping arcades and the famous Ringstrasse of imposing buildings, vast squares and open spaces. Imperialist glories, peerless musical heritage and great philosophical thinkers will be brought to life as you get to know this cultural melting pot, once home to Mozart, Wagner, Freud and Mahler, amongst others. This afternoon, another optional excursion brings the opportunity to visit the extraordinary Schönbrunn Palace, the Imperial summer home, where the opulent salons once echoed with the sound of the young Mozart. Day by day itinerary AUSTRIA HUNGARY Wertheim Vienna Budapest Melk Linz Dürnstein 10 days from £999per person N EW To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  25. 25. 25 thebluedanube Day Five ~ Budapest Be on deck to experience the unforgettable sight of Olympia’s arrival this afternoon in Hungary’s ‘twin’ capital. Straddling the river, one ‘half’ is a grandiose, elegant hillside of opulent buildings, the other a bustling hive of commercial activity, and together a place full of fascination and interest, waiting to be discovered. Our optional guided tour of the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ will be the best introduction to this marvellous city. The most striking monuments are found on the left, Buda, bank of the river, including romantic, colourful Castle Hill, a maze of winding streets that is home to the former Royal Palace and to important museums. Cross to Pest by the grand Lánchíd, or Chain Bridge, close to the vast Gothic parliament buildings, which line the river, and discover the old town’s designer stores, coffee houses, patisseries and restaurants. Elsewhere, Pest’s attractions include St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Museum of Fine Arts and one of Europe’s largest spas. Day Six ~ Budapest, Visegrád This morning brings another chance to explore the city, and after lunch, as Olympia slips away back upstream, many will join the optional excursion to towns of the spectacular Danube Bend, visiting Esztergom, with its great basilica, Baroque jewel Szentendre, with its colourful houses and artists’ colony, and rejoining Olympia in Visegrád, where entrance is included to the 13th century fortress, with its stunning views. Day Seven ~ Bratislava The Slovakian capital, which uniquely also borders Hungary and Austria, is a medieval gem, discovered this morning on an optional walking tour, which will include the Gothic St Martin’s Cathedral, some splendid Baroque palaces and the city’s ancient suspension bridge. This afternoon Olympia continues upstream, cruising back into Austria. Day Eight ~ Dürnstein Olympia’s final call is at the impossibly pretty Wachau Valley town of Dürnstein, in the castle above which Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. Enjoy an included walking tour of this beautiful place, then re-board the ship for a final cruise back through the Wachau’s exquisite scenery, and this evening’s Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Days Nine and Ten ~ Disembark in Linz Bid “Auf wiedersehen” to Olympia and her crew, and begin the return journey to the UK. Passengers flying from Vienna will transfer to the airport, while those travelling by coach will retrace their steps, stopping overnight in the Frankfurt area, before returning home the following day. danube CRUISE TO VIENNA BUDAPEST Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £70 per person Standard Promenade £140 per person Classic Promenade £170 per person Single Cabin Promenade £240 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Benedictine Abbey Tour, Melk (half day) Day Two £19 per person • Vienna City Tour (half day) – Day Three £17 per person • Schönbrunn Palace (half day) – Day Three £18 per person • Budapest City Tour (half day) – Day Four £19 per person • Danube Bend and Visegrád (half day) – Day Five £17 per person • Walking Tour of Bratislava – Day Six £15 per person Book all 6 excursions and save £20 per person Coach inclusive 10 days from £999 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Dates Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 30 Aug £1,029 E,G,R Dover 6 Sep £1,029 F,H,R Dover 13 Sep £1,019 K,L,N,R Dover 20 Sep £999 J,Q,R Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Eight days from £1,249 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ London Gatwick ✈ London Heathrow ✈ Manchester ✈ See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!
  26. 26. 26 FESTIVECRUISES Rhine Christmas Markets Join us for an unforgettable festive cruise through the fairytale Rhine Valley – its towns and villages dressed for the Christmas season. Sail from picturesque Boppard through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim and its famous Christmas Market. You’ll call at historic Koblenz for another opportunity to purchase gifts and decorations, and there’s also an optional excursion to pretty Cochem. RHINE   CHRISTMAS MARKETS Cruise highlights • Embark in Boppard – ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ • Cruise through the beautiful Rhine Gorge, beneath the Lorelei • Christmas Market calls at Rüdesheim and Koblenz • On-board English commentary • Full-board – breakfast, lunch and dinner • On-board entertainment • All other standard inclusions Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £21 per person Standard Promenade £48 per person Classic Promenade £66 per person Single Cabin Promenade £90 per person* *£130 per person on 4 December only (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Siegfried’s Musikkabinett Wine Tasting – Day Two £23 per person • Bonn Christmas Markets (half day) – Day Three £16 per person Book both optional excursions and save £5 per person Rail inclusive Four days from £499 Holidays include return rail journeys on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Cologne via Brussels and transfers to and from MS Olympia. Coach inclusive Four days from £249 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Date Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 4 December £389 D,F Hull 5 December £299 J,Q Dover 8 December £299 G,H Dover 11 December £299 L,R Dover 14 December £289 E,G Dover 17 December £249 K,M,R Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Four days from £419 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ Birmingham ✈ London Gatwick ✈ London Heathrow ✈ Manchester ✈ Stansted ✈ See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Day One ~ Boppard Travel to join Olympia in Boppard, the delightful ‘Pearl of the Rhine’, and enjoy the warmth and welcome of your first night on board. Day Two ~ Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim Olympia heads into the romantic Middle Rhine, passing fairytale castles and riverside villages, and sailing beneath the legendary Lorelei rock to Rüdesheim, the Rhine’s most celebrated wine-town. The narrow streets – including the famous Weinstube-lined Drosselgasse – bustle with seasonal celebration. Visit the famous Christmas Market, with over 120 stalls representing 12 nations, and featuring Europe’s largest Nativity Scene, and join the optional excursion to famous Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett, before enjoying dinner on board. Day Three ~ Koblenz After a morning’s scenic cruise, Olympia arrives by lunchtime in historic Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, and overlooked on the far bank by the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Castle, and there‘s the opportunity to go ashore to take in the atmosphere of the town’s own Christmas Market, complete with ice-skating rink and colourful stalls. There’s also the chance to join a wonderful optional excursion to the former capital of Germany, Bonn with its festive backdrop and seasonal Christmas Markets. Spend the evening in Koblenz, either stepping ashore or enjoying entertainment from the on-board pianist. Day Four ~ Disembark in Koblenz Bid “Auf Wiedersehen” to Olympia, and begin your return journey to the UK. Day by day itinerary Cochem 4 days from £249per person To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  27. 27. 27 FESTIVECRUISES Christmas Cruise Join us for a Christmas to remember! Nothing could be more enjoyable than spending the festive holiday being pampered in your own floating hotel, calling at some truly beautiful places – including Rüdesheim, Koblenz and Königswinter – and being looked after by friendly crew keen to ensure that you enjoy a very special Christmas cruise! Day One ~ Embark in Boppard Travel to join Olympia in the Rhine-side town of Boppard, and enjoy your first evening on board. Day Two ~ Christmas Eve in Rüdesheim Olympia sails through the idyllic Rhine Gorge, beneath the legendary Lorelei and past historic mid-stream ‘toll-towers’, arriving by lunchtime in Rüdesheim. There’s a chance to explore the town, with its Weinstube-lined Drosselgasse and famous Nativity Scene on the Town Square, and to join the optional excursion to the fascinating Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett. This evening, enjoy a special on-board Christmas Eve Dinner, with live music to entertain you on this special night. Day Three ~ Christmas Day on Olympia On Christmas Morning Olympia cruises back through the Rhine Gorge to Koblenz, where the meandering Moselle joins the Rhine, overlooked by the Ehrenbreistein Castle. After lunch on board, there’s the chance to join the short optional visit to Cologne, or to remain on board while Olympia cruises to Königswinter, beneath the ‘Seven Hills’. Enjoy a celebration Christmas Night Dinner Party with a traditional Turkey meal on board, with live music. Day Four ~ Boxing Day in Koblenz Olympia returns to Koblenz, and there’s the chance to enjoy an optional excursion to the exquisite wine-growing town of Cochem, one of the Moselle’s prettiest wine-towns, set beneath the romantic Reichsburg Castle. The visit will include a chance for you to taste the lovely wines for which the region is famed, before you return to Olympia for dinner and a final evening’s relaxation on board. Day Five ~ Disembark in Koblenz Bid “Farewell” to Olympia this morning, and begin your return journey to the UK at the end of a true Christmas to remember! Day by day itinerary CHRISTMAS CRUISE Cruise highlights • Embark in Boppard • Cruise through the ‘Rhine Gorge, beneath the Lorelei • Special Christmas Eve Dinner on board in Rüdesheim • Traditional Christmas Night Dinner party on board in Koblenz • Party with live music • Call at Königswinter • On-board English commentary • Full-board – breakfast, lunch and dinner • All other standard inclusions Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £28 per person Standard Promenade £64 per person Classic Promenade £88 per person Single Cabin Promenade £120 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Siegfried’s Musikkabinett Wine Tasting – Day Two £23 per person • Cologne Ahr Valley (half day) – Christmas Day – Day Three £18 per person • Moselle Cochem (half day) – Boxing Day – Day Four £19 per person Book all 3 optional excursions and save £5 per person Rail inclusive Five days from £749 Holidays include return rail journeys on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Cologne via Brussels and transfers to and from MS Olympia. Coach inclusive Five days from £499 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Date Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 23 December £499 M,N,R Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Five days from £699 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ Birmingham ✈ London Gatwick ✈ London Heathrow ✈ Manchester ✈ Stansted ✈ See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options 5 days from £499per person Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!
  28. 28. 28 FESTIVECRUISES Betwixtmas Cruise Make the most of the Christmas break and join this very special festive cruise through the most scenic stretch of the Rhine, enjoying rest, relaxation and a little gentle exploration of some truly wonderful places, including famous Rüdesheim and delightful Koblenz. There’s also a Farewell Party on board to celebrate the season and complete a memorable few days. BETWIXTMAS   CRUISE Cruise highlights • Embark in Boppard – ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ • Cruise through the beautiful Rhine Gorge, beneath the Lorelei • Calls at Rüdesheim and Koblenz • On-board English commentary • Full-board – breakfast, lunch and dinner • On-board entertainment • All other standard inclusions Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £21 per person Standard Promenade £48 per person Classic Promenade £66 per person Single Cabin Promenade £90 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Siegfried’s Musikkabinett Wine Tasting – Day Two £23 per person • Cologne Ahr Valley (half day) – Day Three £18 per person Book both optional excursions and save £5 per person Rail inclusive Four days from £479 Holidays include return rail journeys on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Cologne via Brussels and transfers to and from MS Olympia. Coach inclusive Four days from £229 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Date Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 27 December £229 J,N,P,Q,R Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Four days from £429 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ Birmingham ✈ London Gatwick ✈ London Heathrow ✈ Manchester ✈ Stansted ✈ See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options Day One ~ Embark in Boppard Travel to join Olympia in the ancient Rhine- side town of Boppard, and enjoy your first evening on board, including a buffet dinner. Day Two ~ Scenic Cruise to Rüdesheim Olympia cruises south through the idyllic Rhine Gorge, passing beneath the legendary Lorelei and historic mid-stream ‘toll-towers’, and arrives by lunchtime in Rüdesheim, the most celebrated of the Rhine wine-towns, beautifully dressed for the festive season. Spend the afternoon exploring the narrow streets, including the famous Weinstube- lined Drosselgasse. Enjoy the late afternoon optional excursion to the remarkable collection of musical instruments that are found in Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett, before dinner is served on board this evening. Day Three ~ Koblenz Farewell Dinner Olympia heads back down-river today, once again passing the Lorelei, and cruising between banks dotted with pretty towns and villages, hillsides carpeted with slumbering vineyards and topped by fairytale castles. You’ll arrive by lunchtime in Koblenz, and have the chance to explore this historic town, built where the Moselle meets the Rhine, and overlooked by the mighty Ehrenbreitstein castle. Join the optional excursion to historic Cologne, the Rhineland capital, where the streets of the Altstadt in the shadow of the twin-towered cathedral will be full of festive cheer, and where many of the shops and stores will have begun their post-Christmas sales. This evening, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner and party with entertainment, to celebrate your last night aboard Olympia. Day Four ~ Disembark in Koblenz Begin your return journey to the UK, at the end of a wonderfully relaxing few days. Day by day itinerary 4 days from £229per person To book please see your Local Travel Agent
  29. 29. 29 FESTIVECRUISES New Year’s Celebration Cruise With New Year’s Eve spent cruising through the Rhine’s most scenic stretches to the famous festive wine-town of Rüdesheim, an on-board Celebration Party to enjoy – complete with a glass of sparkling wine at midnight – as well as a New Year’s Day Gala Dinner, this will be an unforgettable way to ring in 2014! Day One ~ Embark in Boppard Travel to join Olympia in the ancient Rhine- side town of Boppard, and enjoy dinner and evening entertainment on board. Day Two ~ Scenic Cruise Celebrations   in Rüdesheim Olympia sails through the idyllic, UNESCO- listed Rhine Gorge, passing beneath the legendary Lorelei and by historic mid-stream ‘toll-towers’, to arrive by lunchtime in Rüdesheim, the most celebrated of all the Rhine wine-towns, beautifully dressed for the festive season. Spend a relaxing afternoon exploring the town’s narrow streets, including the famous Weinstube-lined Drosselgasse, and perhaps enjoy our late afternoon optional excursion to the remarkable collection of musical instruments that are found in the famous Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett. This evening, join your fellow guests in celebration, as you enjoy a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party on board Olympia, toasting the arrival of 2014, while ashore the townsfolk of Rüdesheim enjoy their own revelries. Day Three ~ Koblenz A relaxing day sees Olympia cruising back down-river to Koblenz, at the meeting point of the Moselle with the Rhine, and overlooked by the Ehrenbreitstein castle. Step ashore for a stroll, or join the optional excursion to Cologne, the historic Rhineland capital dwarfed by the twin-towers of the vast cathedral, overlooking the historic streets of the city’s Altstadt. This evening, round off this very special celebration cruise with a traditional New Year’s Day Gala Dinner with live entertainment on board Olympia. Day Four ~ Disembark in Koblenz Bid “Auf Wiedersehen” to Olympia, and begin your return journey, arriving home late this evening at the end of a wonderful holiday. Day by day itinerary NEW YEAR’S  CELEBRATION CRUISE Cruise highlights • Embark in Boppard • Cruise through the Rhine Gorge, beneath the Lorelei • New Year’s Eve Party on board in Rüdesheim • New Year’s Day Gala Dinner • Call at Koblenz • On-board English commentary • Full-board – breakfast, lunch and dinner • On-board entertainment • All other standard inclusions Departure dates prices per person Cabin Supplements Classic Lower £21 per person Standard Promenade £48 per person Classic Promenade £66 per person Single Cabin Promenade £90 per person (See Deck Plan on page 33.) Optional Excursions • Siegfried’s Musikkabinett Wine Tasting – Day Two £23 per person • Cologne Ahr Valley (half day) – Day Three £18 per person Book both optional excursions and save £5 per person Rail inclusive Five days from £629 Holidays include return rail journeys on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Cologne via Brussels and transfers to and from MS Olympia. Coach inclusive Five days from £379 Find your coach pick-up area code for your local departure point on pages 32-33 Departure Price Coach Ferry  Date Pick-up Port  2013 Area(s) 30 December £379 J,R Dover (Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Standard Lower cabin.) Travel on any of the above dates with our Alternative Travel Options • Meet the Coach at Dover • Stay overnight at the Holiday Inn Ashford North, Kent including free car parking for the duration of your holiday Flight inclusive Five days from £579 Fly out to join MS Olympia, on holidays that include return flights from the following airports and return transfers to the ship: ✈ Birmingham ✈ London Gatwick ✈ London Heathrow ✈ Manchester ✈ Stansted ✈ See pages 30-31 for full price details supplements on all our Alternative Travel Options 5 days from £379per person Call us on 0843 316 1199 – We’re here to help!

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