Exploring the Scenic Moselle Valley

Embark on Fred.Olsens newest River Cruiser The Brabant. Spend 7 nights Exploring the Scenic Moselle Valley. Departing from Düsseldorf, you will travel across Germany and France to Switzerland visiting towns and Cities including Cochem, Cologne, Speyer and Strasbourg to name just a few before ending your 8 Day Cruise in Basel.

Office Use R1810, R1814, R1818, R1822 & R1826

DESTINATION Germany
FROM Dublin / Düsseldorf
DATE June – September 2018
DURATION 7 Nights
PRICE From €2,069 pp

Join Brabant and embark on an effortlessly rewarding German jaunt combining stops at a string of enchanting towns and cities with unforgettable daytime scenic river cruising. From spectacular cathedrals and castles to world-famous vineyards, magnificent mountains, rolling hills and more, you’ll experience the best of this beautiful country from aboard your smaller-sized river boat and during time ashore. A taste of historic France is thrown in for good measure too.

Calling first at Cologne, there’s a chance to marvel at the remarkable exterior and interior of the city’s iconic twin-spired cathedral and explore the charming Old Town before continuing onward along the Rhine. You’ll pass by Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven and the former capital of West Germany, see the historic Dreesen and Petersburg hotels, and marvel at the gorgeous Siebengebirge Mountains en route to Remagen. This fascinating town is like a living museum of wartime history. Be sure to visit the famous Ludendorff Bridge during your time here; one of the surviving towers is now an interesting museum exhibiting the role of Remagen and the Ludendorff in World War Two.

Brabant will then divert down the breathtaking Moselle, a simply unforgettable scenic river cruise experience. Revel in the glorious scenery of the Middle Moselle Valley as you glide by the region’s steep vineyards and postcard-perfect riverbank towns towards Bernkastel-Kues, where a medley of half-timbered houses, welcoming wine taverns and stunning lush-green scenery beckons you ashore. The journey through the Moselle Valley will be extra special, as only smaller river boats can transit this narrow stretch. The delights of Cochem, including romantic squares and the imposing Reichsburg Castle, await the following morning before you sail through the sensational scenery of the Lower Moselle Valley to Koblenz. Here you can take in a plethora of historic landmarks, such as the ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the Prussian Electoral Palace and the 13th century Alte Berg.

Your time in Germany concludes in Speyer after yet more scenic cruising by the forests and fairytale fortresses of the Middle Rhine Valley. Speyer’s UNESCO-listed Romanesque Cathedral is a must-visit, while the city’s stellar museums are worth a look too. Finally, a foray into France ensures a memorable end to your cruise. Be mesmerised by the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame and peaceful canals of Strasbourg, then sit back and relax as Brabant navigates the tranquil Upper Rhine Valley and the locks of the Grand Canal d’Alsace.

 

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Düsseldorf, Germany: 

Following a flight from Dublin to Düsseldorf, you will be transferred to the quay to board the Fred. Olsen Brabant where you can settle in and explore the ship.

Dazzling Düsseldorf – the capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia state – is a vibrant modern metropolis situated on the banks of the beautiful Rhine River. A thriving economic centre, this stylish city is one of Germany’s largest, wealthiest and most populated; and renowned for its international media, creative and financial industries, cosmopolitan culture, buzzing nightlife and striking architecture.

Day 2: Cologne, Cruising Passage of Bonn & Remagen, Germany:

Situated on the Rhine River in the centre of the Rhine-Rhur region, charming Cologne is the beating heart of the beautiful Rhineland. Originally founded over 2,000 years ago by the Ubii tribe, Cologne was once the largest city in the Holy Roman Empire and served as a major trade route throughout the Middle Ages. In recent years the city has been extensively rebuilt and restructured, and is now one of the most important historical and cultural centres in Europe. 

The Passage of Bonn is a picturesque section of the River Rhine which slices through the heart of Germany’s beautiful Bonn region.

Believed to have played a major role in bringing about the end of World War Two, Remagen – situated on the Rhine River just a short distance south of Bonn – is one of the most important towns in German history. It’s here where the infamous Battle of Remagen took place in March 1945, which led to the capture of the Ludendorff Bridge by Allied forces and eventually the downfall of Hitler as the Allies stormed Germany’s western front. 

Day 3: Cruising Middle Moselle Valley & Bernkastel-Kues, Germany: 

Revel in the resplendent scenery of Germany’s beautiful Middle Moselle Valley as you sail the many kinks and bends of one of the most spectacular sections of the River Moselle. 

Known as the ‘heart of the Middle Mosel’, beautiful Bernkastel-Kues is an enchanting twin town spread along both the east and west banks of the River Mosel at the centre of the picturesque Mosel Valley. Set amongst a backdrop of stunning lush-green scenery and world-famous vineyards, including the revered Berkasteler Doctor, Bernkastel-Kues is best known for producing some of Europe’s finest and most expensive wines. 

Day 4: Cochem, Germany & Cruising Lower Moselle Valley:

Although small, the fairytale-esque German town of Cochem is sure to make a big impression. Situated within the breathtaking Moselle Valley on one of the winding Moselle River’s seemingly endless hairpin bends, Cochem is one of Europe’s most charming and picturesque locations. Sailing here is always simply unforgettable, with views of unspoilt lush-green countryside to enjoy from your river boat; while in the town itself there are plenty of eye-catching sights to discover too. 

With its beautiful, ever-changing landscape, which is marked by world-famous vineyards, imposing cliffs and steep hills, towering centuries-old castles and a string of postcard-perfect historic towns, the Lower Moselle Valley is widely considered the most picturesque section of the Moselle River. 

Day 5: Koblenz & Cruising Middle Rhine Valley, Germany:

Situated at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’ where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet and the magnificent Hunsrück, Eifel and Westerwald mountain ranges converge, it’s no wonder Koblenz is considered one of the most picturesque cities in Germany. The appeal of Koblenz isn’t just skin-deep however; over 2,000 years of history and an abundance of cultural and historical monuments ensure this ancient city is always a memorable and rewarding stop on a German river cruise. 

The enchanting Middle Rhine Valley – also affectionately known as the ‘Romantic Rhine Valley – is Germany at its finest. World renowned for its breathtaking, postcard-perfect scenery, the Middle Rhine features imposing cliffs and picturesque rolling hills, steep vineyards, historic landmarks including a collection of magnificent medieval castles and a string of picturesque riverside cities, towns and villages such as Bacharach, Boppard, St. Goar and Linz. 

Day 6: Speyer, Germany:

Compact, picturesque and beautifully well-preserved, stunning Speyer always makes for a rewarding stop while cruising along the beautiful River Rhine. Easily explored on foot, the city is perfect for a few hours of relaxing sightseeing in the sunshine.

Day 7: Strasbourg, France & Cruising Upper Rhine, Germany:

Part beautifully preserved medieval gem, part unofficial capital of Europe and one of the most important modern cities on the continent; Strasbourg – the glorious capital of France’s beautiful Alsace region – is as cosmopolitan and captivating as they come. The city’s cultural centre is particularly appealing, with its eye-catching old and glittering European quarters boasting an array of diverse architectural treasures. 

Flowing through the heart of Europe as part of the border between Eastern France and Western Germany, the tranquil Upper Rhine is one of the most important sections of the River Rhine. 

Day 8: Basel, Switzerland:

Often overlooked by those who fly straight to the larger, well-trodden cities of Zürich and Geneva, beautiful Basel is one of Switzerland’s – if not Europe’s – most underrated destinations. Situated in a scenic setting on the River Rhine between the borders of France and Germany and boasting an eclectic mix of sights and attractions, both historic and contemporary, this charming city is sure to enchant and inspire. 

You cruise into Basel on the final day of your river cruise and disembarkment will begin after breakfast. You will be transferred from the quay to the airport in Zurich for your flight to Dublin.

7 Nights accommodation aboard the 4* Brabant, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on the Brabant)

Brabant

We’re delighted to introduce you to Brabant, Fred. Olsen’s first-ever dedicated river cruising boat. Built in 2006, this elegant and comfortable vessel is in keeping with the fleet of our ocean-going cruise ships. Brabant’s bright and spacious public areas and 79 well-equipped rooms and suites, spread across four decks, provide the intimate, home-from-home feel which Fred. Olsen’s guests already know and love. Cruise ship staples such as swimming pools, a number of lounges and on-going activities are not in evidence on board, making way for a comfortable ambience and ample space in which to relax and enjoy the river cruise experience with around 150 fellow guests.

Smaller-sized and classically designed, Brabant lends herself perfectly to Fred. Olsen’s approach to cruising. Making the most of the boat’s size advantage, we can expertly craft simply unforgettable river cruise itineraries which do not only feature some of Europe’s most breathtaking river scenery and cities, but also include chances to enjoy journeys along spellbinding, size-restricted sections of rivers and calls into stunning destinations that larger boats can’t access.

No matter which incredible Fred. Olsen river cruise you choose you’re in for a very special experience aboard Brabant.

Cabins

You’re sure to settle in straight away aboard Brabant, thanks to the boat’s comfortable and contemporary accommodation. Each bedroom features cherry wood interiors, stylish décor and generous storage space to make you relaxed and right at home from the moment you step on board. Juliette balconies and panoramic windows are a welcome feature in many of the rooms – perfect for admiring gorgeous river scenery from the comfort of your own space. A wide range of in-room facilities include a large flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, individual climate control, an in-room safe and a well-equipped en suite bathroom, all provided to ensure your stay is relaxing and stress-free.

Boat Information

Rooms 30
Passengers 156
Crew 40
Length / width 360ft / 37.5ft
Speed 13.5 knots
Built 2006

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE Cabin
07 June 2018 €2,069 Standard Room Book Now
07 June 2018 €2,329 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
07 June 2018 €2,429 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
07 June 2018 €2,699 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now
05 July 2018 €2,229 Standard Room Book Now
05 July 2018 €2,489 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
05 July 2018 €2,589 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
05 July 2018 €3,129 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now
02 August 2018 €2,229 Standard Room Book Now
02 August 2018 €2,489 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
02 August 2018 €2,589 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
02 August 2018 €3,129 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now
30 August 2018 €2,229 Standard Room Book Now
30 August 2018 €2,489 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
30 August 2018 €2,589 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
30 August 2018 €3,129 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now
27 September 2018 €2,069 Standard Room Book Now
27 September 2018 €2,329 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
27 September 2018 €2,429 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
27 September 2018 €2,699 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now

Price inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Düsseldorf, Germany
  • All Transfers airport / quay
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard the 4* Brabant based on 2 sharing
  • Tempting cuisine every day – with ‘early riser’ breakfast, breakfast buffet, casual lunch, five-course à la carte dinner and late-night snacks
  • Use of leisure facilities including Fitness Room and Wellness Tub
  • Lounge music by pianist, or duo every day
  • Flight from Zurich to Dublin
  • One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 5kgs carry-on per person
  • Taxes

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of 15% due on confirmation of booking
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Optional gratuities from €10 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard M.S. Brabant
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • Office Use R1810, R1814, R1818, R1822 & R1826