River Danube & City Discovery

Embark on Fred.Olsens newest River Cruiser The Brabant. Spend 8 nights cruising along the Danube. Departing from Budapest, Hungary you will Cruise along the River visiting beautiful Cities including Regensburg in Germany, Durnstein & Nussdorf in Austria, and Bratislava in Slovakia. Your Cruise will end in Nuremberg, Germany.

Office Use R1808

DESTINATION Hungary / Germany
FROM Dublin / Nuremberg
DATE 23rd May 2018
PRICE From €2,199 pp

Packed with some of Europe’s very best sights and highlights, from the historic landmarks and attractions of stunning destinations to the scenic delights of the River Danube, this is an epic eight-night journey of discovery. Aboard Brabant you’ll experience the spellbinding Wachau Valley, winding Schlögener Schlinge and the narrow Main-Danube Canal; while ashore there are chances to explore romantic Austrian towns, medieval German cities and vibrant capitals.

In beautiful Budapest, be sure to uncover the famous Millennium Underground Railway, stroll along Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square, and stop-by Buda Castle during the first morning of your cruise. Explore at your leisure before you set sail, heading off for an afternoon of scenic cruising through the postcard-perfect mountain scenery of the Danube Bend. A day in Bratislava follows, allowing time to discover the Slovakian capital’s array of attractions. Classic and contemporary architecture, medieval ruins and pretty parks and lakes; this city has it all. Don’t miss the castle and the fantastic observation point at the Slovak National Bridge. Then it’s on to another of the Danube’s glorious capitals, Vienna. Again a day here will allow plenty of time for exploration and discovery. Perhaps take the highly recommended tour to Schönbrunn Palace, or opt to visit Hofburg Palace, home of the Austrian crown jewels; Stadtpark; or Ringstrasse, encircling the treasures of the Old Town.

Your Austrian adventures continue in Dürnstein. Make the most of your morning here to explore the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned, then board your river boat once again for a scenic cruise through the mesmerising, vineyard-laden Wachau Valley en route to charming Emmersdorf and Melk. Your time in Austria will then come to an end in style as Brabant transits the Schlögener Schlinge, a winding passage shrouded by rich forest, before crossing the border into Germany. Passau makes for a rewarding start to the German leg of your cruise, with its impressive monuments and landmarks such as the towering St Stephen’s Cathedral. You’ll then have the chance to marvel at the largest collection of listed buildings found anywhere north of the Alps in Regensburg – Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ – and enjoy a memorable diversion though the locks of the historic Main-Danube Canal as you sail to Nuremburg. This may be your final stop, however its sure to impress. Attractions here including the Rallying Grounds Documentation Centre and Nuremberg Trials Memorium; the imposing Nuremberg Castle; and the legendary DB Railway Museum.


Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary: 

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

Bustling and beautiful Budapest is an explorer’s dream destination. Straddling the magnificent Danube River, Hungary’s historic capital is split into two distinct districts: Buda, with its steep hills, streets and alleys; and low-lying Pest, where architectural and cultural treasures are in abundance. Exploring Budapest on either side of the water is an unforgettable experience, with unique and fascinating attractions to discover at every turn, but if you have the time it’s well worth hopping back and forth via the impressive bridges to take in as many of the city’s spectacular sights as you can.

Day 2: Budapest, Hungary – Cruising the Danube Bend, Hungary:

For simply spectacular scenic beauty, not many places in Europe can match the Danube Bend. This stunning region – situated just north of Budapest – is widely regarded as the most beautiful stretch of the River Danube, so it’s no wonder that its Hungary’s most visited tourist attraction.

Day 3: Bratislava, Slovakia:

Beautiful Bratislava – Slovakia’s engrossing capital – is one of the most intriguing, immersive and diverse cities in Europe, combining contemporary delights and an abundance of historic highlights with the scenic beauty of the picturesque Danube River. Unlike many other European capitals, the city is laid-back rather than frenetic and – despite growth in recent years – retains an enchanting small town charm.

Day 4: Nussdorf, Austria:

The largest and brightest shining of the many jewels in Austria’s crown, Vienna is without doubt among the most beautiful and captivating capitals in Europe. A leading artistic and cultural hub, the city was once home to many of the great composers, such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert, and is renowned for its contribution to theatre, the arts, opera and classical music over the years. It is also revered for boasting one of the most architecturally diverse historic centres found anywhere on the continent.

Day 5:  Dürnstein – Cruising the Wachau Valley – Emmersdorf & Melk, Austria:

Austria’s romantic, UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley is world-renowned for its spectacular natural scenery, historic sights and famous wines, and nowhere better epitomises the appeal of this stunning region than Dürnstein. Situated on a curve of the Danube Riverfront forested hills, and home to steep vineyards and a collection of beautifully well-preserved medieval buildings, this town is as picture-perfect as they come.

The Wachau Valley is a spectacular 33 Kilometre-long section of the Danube River, stretched between the historic Austrian towns of Melk and Krems. UNESCO-listed in recognition of its diverse landscapes, the Wachau is a showcase of postcard-perfect scenery consisting of enchanting medieval towns, world-renowned vineyards and gently rolling hills as far as the eye can see.

At the south-western entrance to the beautiful, UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley lie the charming town of Emmersdorf and the historic city of Melk – two of Lower Austria’s prettiest and most popular holiday destinations. Whether you choose to explore one or both of these small, yet attraction-packed settlements situated on opposite sides of the River Danube, you’re in for an enjoyable and rewarding experience here during your Danube River cruise.

Day 6: Cruising Schlögener Schlinge – Passau, Germany:

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty, peace and tranquility of some of the most spectacular scenery seen anywhere along the Danube River, as your river boat negotiates the seemingly endless meanders of the Schlögener Schlinge.

On the German-Austrian border at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers sits the charming Bavarian city of Passau. Nicknamed the ‘City of Three Rivers’, pretty Passau has made the most of its unique location throughout its fascinating history. For centuries its waterways were vital trading routes, bringing wealth which helped to shape and develop the beautiful old streets here; while today they serve as gateways for visitors stopping-by to take in the city’s historic highlights and cultural delights.

Day 7: Regensburg, Germany:

Nicknamed ‘Germany’s medieval miracle’, resplendent Regensburg is considered amongst the finest medieval cities in Europe. Originally settled by the Romans in 179AD under the control of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Regensburg was the first capital of Bavaria and a Free Imperial City for around 600 years. Today it is simply one of Germany’s oldest and finest cities.

Day 8: Cruising Main Danube Canal – Nuremberg, Germany:

Germany’s magnificent Main-Danube Canal is one of the most important and impressive European waterways, serving as a vital link between the Main and Danube rivers and connecting south-eastern Europe to northern Europe, the North Sea and beyond.

A major commercial city with a distinctly cosmopolitan feel, Nuremberg is today one of Germany’s most vibrant, energetic and endlessly stimulating destinations. Home to an abundance of cultural highlights and exciting attractions, from stylish galleries and museums to trendy bars, cafés and lively markets, as well as a few exciting annual events, Nuremberg offers a taste of modern German life.

Day 9: Nuremburg, Germany:

You will be transferred from the quay to the airport for your flight to Dublin.

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


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

23 May 2018 €2,199 Standard Room Book Now
23 May 2018 €2,459 Juliette Balcony Straus Book Now
23 May 2018 €2,589 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now

Price Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Budapest, Hungary
  • All Transfers airport/quay
  • 8 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 Germany 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
  • 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 R1808