Romantic Rhine & Moselle Marvels

Embark on Fred.Olsens newest River Cruiser The Brabant. Spend 7 nights cruising the Romantic Rhine & Moselle Marvels. Departing from Basel, you will travel from Switzerland to France and through Germany visiting towns and Cities including Strasbourg, Cologne, Speyer and Braubach to name just a few before ending your 8 Day Cruise in Düsseldorf.

Office Use R1813, R1817 R1821 & R1825

DESTINATION Germany
FROM Dublin / Zurich
DATE June – September 2018
DURATION 7 Nights
PRICE From €2,099pp

Experience an inspirational river cruise aboard Brabant, taking in highlights galore in three captivating European countries. You’ll have a chance to marvel at Switzerland’s stunning mountain scenery; enjoy a full-day in a fabulous French city; and uncover the very best that Germany has to offer, from fascinating historic towns and cities to the impossibly beautiful scenic landscapes of the Lower Moselle and Middle Rhine Valleys, all while spending just seven nights away.

With its authentic medieval Old Town, collection of fantastic museums, and more, the Swiss city of Basel is a great place to start your journey of discovery. You then have the choice to tour to Lucerne and admire idyllic mountain panoramas, or enjoy a transit of the Grand Canal d’Alsace and the Upper Rhine Valley. Whatever you choose to do, Breisach will await you next. Here you can wander the quaint streets and admire the town’s pastel shades, and even treat yourself to a taste of the local wines. A foray into France and stunning Strasbourg follows. Don’t miss the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame and the peaceful canals of the Petite France quarter. Your German jaunt will then begin with a morning in Speyer – a handsome city featuring an UNESCO-listed cathedral and plethora of interesting museums – and a stop at Mannheim for tours to Heidelberg. This beautiful university town has inspired poets, artists and writers for centuries.

Up next is Rüdesheim, a town renowned for producing some of Germany’s finest wines. To sample the local tipples be sure to visit one of the welcoming wine taverns at Drosselgasse, where you’ll also discover plenty of historic buildings and shops. A glide through the romantic Middle Rhine Valley follows in the afternoon, passing by various fortresses, striking spires and vineyards, before rounding off your day with stops at Braubach – home of the dramatic Marksburg Castle – and Koblenz. The next morning you’ll want to be up early to savour views of the alluring Lower Moselle Valley’s vineyards, castles and towns as you sail towards Cochem. The sensational scenery continues here; pretty waterfront buildings and romantic squares, overlooked by the magnificent Reichsburg Castle, present you with a picturebook of sights. A call into Cologne will then offer you the chance to see the iconic, twin-spired cathedral – considered one of Germany’s greatest attractions – and explore the charming Old Town before Brabant finally reaches Düsseldorf, a city laden with artistic treasures.

 

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Basel, Switzerland

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

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.

Day 2: Basel – Cruising Upper Rhine – Breisach, Germany:

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.

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.

Situated in the south-eastern corner of Germany near the beautiful Black Forest, just the width of the River Rhine separates Breisach from the gorgeous Alsace region of neighbouring France. With this in mind, it may come as little surprise that this charming city shares a passion for delicious cuisine, wines and striking architecture with the pretty French settlements you can see across the water.

Day 3: Strasbourg, France: 

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 gold and glittering European quarters boasting an array of diverse architectural treasures. 

Day 4: Speyer & Mannheim, 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.

A small fishing village throughout the Middle Ages, Mannheim – situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers – didn’t become a city until the 17th century, when Frederick IV built the Friedrichsburg Fortress and laid the first streets and avenues here. 

Day 5: Rüdesheim am Rhein – Cruising Middle Rhine Valley – Braubach, & Koblenz, Germany:

If you’ve a penchant for fine wines you’re sure to adore the charming city of Rudesheim. Situated at the foot of gorgeous, lush green Taunus Mountains in the southern region of Germany’s UNESCO-listed Rhine Valley, Rudesheim is surrounded by huge vineyards and considered the centre of the Rhine’s world-renowned wine industry. 

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.

Beautiful Braubach may be small, but there’s simply no ignoring this idyllic medieval town as you sail along the River Rhine through the heart of the Rhineland. Situated on the Rhine’s west bank, just a short distance south from Koblenz, Braubach captures your attention with its rolling forested hills, picturesque vineyards and fragrant rose gardens; while the sight of the magnificent Marksburg Castle is sure to tempt you ashore to explore. 

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. 

Day 6:  Cruising Lower Moselle Valley & Cochem,  Germany:

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.

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.

Day 7: Cologne & Düsseldorf, 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. 

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 8: Düsseldorf, Germany:

You cruise into Düsseldorf on the final day of your river cruise and disembarkment will begin after breakfast. You will be transferred from the quay to the airport 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
28 June 2018 €2,099 Standard Room Book Now
28 June 2018 €2,359 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
28 June 2018 €2,459 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
28 June 2018 €2,699 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now
26 July 2018 €2,229 Standard Room Book Now
26 July 2018 €2,489 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
26 July 2018 €2,589 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
26 July 2018 €3,129 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now
23 August 2018 €2,229 Standard Room Book Now
23 August 2018 €2,489 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
23 August 2018 €2,589 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
23 August 2018 €3,129 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now
20 September 2018 €2,229 Standard Room BookNow
20 September 2018 €2,489 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
20 September 2018 €2,589 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
20 September 2018 €3,129 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now

Price inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Zurich, Switzerland
  • 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 Düsseldorf 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 R1813, R1817, R1821 & R1825