Scenic Gems of the German Landscape

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 Königswinter, Cologne, Breisach and Strasbourg to name just a few before ending your 8 Day Cruise in Basel.

Office Use R1812, R1816, R1820 & R1824

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

The list of glorious German sights and highlights to discover – both ashore and aboard Brabant – on this incredible river cruise is seemingly endless. Magnificent architectural wonders; historical attractions; and some of Germany’s very best areas of scenic beauty await you during the first few days of your adventure. Then to cap it all off, there are chances to explore Strasbourg and Lucerne for an authentic taste of France and Switzerland.

First you’ll be left breathless by the twin-spired cathedral of Cologne, an iconic structure widely regarded as one of Germany’s most impressive attractions. There will be time to explore Cologne’s charming Old Town too, before continuing onward along the Rhine River past Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven and the former capital of West Germany, and by Hotel Dreesen – where Hitler met Chamberlain in 1938. The rest of the day will be spent in Königswinter, surrounded by the gorgeous Siebengebirge Mountains. Perhaps use your time here to discover the landmarks of Siebengebirge – one of Germany’s oldest nature reserves – such as Hotel Petersberg and the fairytale Schloss Drachenburg, perched atop the towering Drachenfels. Diverting down the Moselle, the delights of Cochem await you next. The pretty town squares and imposing Reichburg Castle are not-to-be-missed here.

Further along the Moselle you’ll experience a sensational afternoon sail through the alluring Lower Moselle Valley, taking in lush-green terraced vineyards, ornate castles and postcard-perfect towns en route to Koblenz, a historic city situated at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’. Perhaps visit the ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the Prussian Electoral Palace, the 13th century Alte Berg and more before embarking on yet more unforgettable scenic cruising. This time you’ll pass by the Middle Rhine Valley’s picturebook of medieval towns, castles, spires and forested hills as Brabant heads for handsome Speyer, where a UNESCO-listed Romanesque Cathedral is complemented by a city centre full of museums. A foray into France and stunning Strasbourg follows as your incredible cruise nears its conclusion. The exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Kammerzell House and the peaceful Petite France quarter: you can discover them all before making your final stop at Breisach, gateway to the Swiss city of Lucerne. Sparkling Lake Lucerne, the city’s collection of churches and towers, and Chapel Bridge are all well worth crossing the German-Swiss border for and make for a rewarding end to journey.

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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 & Königswinter, 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.

The pretty resort city of Königswinter – situated on the east bank of the beautiful Rhine River, just a short sail south from Bonn – is the gateway to one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful nature reserves, the Siebengebirge hill range.

Day 3: Cochem, Cruising Lower Moselle Valley & Koblenz, Germany:

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. 

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 4: Koblenz & Cruising Middle Rhine Valley, Germany:

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 5: 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 6: 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 old and glittering European quarters boasting an array of diverse architectural treasures. 

Day 7: Breisach, Germany:

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 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
21 June 2018 €2,099 Standard Room Book Now
21 June 2018 €2,359 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
21 June 2018 €2,459 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
21 June 2018 €2,699 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now
19 July 2018 €2,229 Standard Room Book Now
19 July 2018 €2,489 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
19 July 2018 €2,589 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
19 July 2018 €3,129 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now
16 August 2018 €2,229 Standard Room Book Now
16 August 2018 €2,489 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
16 August 2018 €2,589 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
16 August 2018 €3,129 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now
13 September 2018 €2,229 Standard Room Book Now
13 September 2018 €2,489 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
13 September 2018 €2,589 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
13 September 2018 €3,129 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 R1812, R1816, R1820 & R1824