Valleys & Mountains of Germany

Embark on Fred.Olsens newest River Cruiser The Brabant. Spend 7 nights cruising the Valleys & Mountains of Germany. Departing from Nuremberg, you will travel across Germany visiting towns and Cities including Cochem, Koblenz, and Cologne to name just a few before ending your 8 Day Cruise in Düsseldorf.

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DESTINATION Germany
FROM Dublin / Nuremberg
DATE 31st May 2018
DURATION 7 Nights
PRICE From €2,069 pp

Embark on an enticing cruise adventure across Germany aboard Brabant, savouring the country’s most breathtaking areas of scenic beauty as you sail to a selection of fairytale towns and historic cities. Sit back and enjoy views of the Haßberge Mountains, the Middle Rhine Valley, the Lower Moselle Valley and more; and make the most of your time ashore to uncover a wealth of architectural treasures and authentic medieval marvels.

Bamberg is the first of several rewarding stops to enjoy on this stunning sailing. You’ll be spoilt for choice of highlights to uncover in this beautiful Bavarian town: the cathedral, Neue Residenz Palace and Alte Hofhaltung are among the most impressive. Be on the lookout for the towering hilltop churches too. Continuing on your journey, you will then pass the rolling hills, rural castles, noble palaces and charming towns of the Haßberge Mountains. The following morning you’ll arrive at Würzburg, a thriving hub of lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture. The Würzburg Residenz Palace, which features the largest ceiling fresco in the world, is the main landmark here; while Marienberg Fortress is also well worth a visit. As Würzburg is in the heart of Franconian wine country, there’s nowhere better to sample fine local tipples too. A treasure trove of traditional German gems will then await your discovery in Miltenberg, which is laden with medieval half-timbered architecture.

The next morning Brabant will sail by the ornate castles, picturesque forests, vineyards and medieval towns of the enchanting Middle Rhine Valley, so be sure to take in the views from out on deck. The rest of the day is spent at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’, in fascinating Koblenz. A collection of incredible monuments and landmarks exhibit this city’s over 2000-year history, such as the ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the Prussian Electoral Palace and the 13th century Alte Berg. Next your river boat will divert down the Moselle to Cochem, where pretty pastel-coloured waterfront buildings, lush-green vineyards and the imposing Reichsburg Castle present a unique scenic landscape. You’ll take in spectacular scenery on an unforgettable journey through the Lower Moselle Valley too, passing by yet more picturesque vineyards, fortifications and towns. A call into Cologne, renowned for its iconic twin-spired cathedral and remarkable Roman heritage, ensures an enlightening end to your cruise.

 

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Nuremberg, Germany: 

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

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 2: Bamburg, Germany & Cruising by the Hassberge Mountains:

Bamberg’s incredible history dates back to Roman times. Once the jewel in the Roman Empire’s crown, the town became its own diocese after the Holy Roman Emperor Henry II made it a family inheritance in 1007, and was a major influence on the introduction of Christianity to Bavaria. By the 13th century prince bishops ruled here, overseeing the town’s development and the construction of many magnificent monuments and buildings. 

As you sail by Germany’s beautiful Haßberge Mountains you might be surprised to learn that their name roughly translates to ‘Hate Mountains’ in English, so peaceful and pretty are the region’s gently rolling hills and lush-green vineyards. 

Day 3: Würzburg, Germany: 

Although Würzburg’s extensive history, in fact, stretches back over several centuries, very little here pre-dates the Second World War. In 1945 Würzburg was almost completely decimated by an Allied bombing raid which destroyed approximately 90% of the city and razed a number of historic churches, cathedrals and medieval monuments to the ground. Plans were made to leave Würzburg in its battle-scarred state after the war to serve as a reminder of the destruction caused; though thankfully these plans were cancelled and the city was painstakingly rebuilt into the Bavarian gem it is today.

Day 4: Miltenberg, Germany:

Visit charming Miltenberg on a German river cruise and you’ll quickly understand why this quaint Bavarian town is affectionately known as the ‘Pearl of the River Main’. Revered for retaining its scenic beauty and romantic historical charm, Miltenberg is one of only a few German towns not to have been extensively rebuilt after the Second World War, so many of the wonderfully well-preserved streets and structures here are as they were several centuries ago. 

Day 5: Cruising Middle Rhine Valley & Koblenz, 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. 

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: Cochem & Cruising Lower Moselle Valley, 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. 

Day 7: Cologne, Germany & 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
31 May 2018 €2,069 Standard Room Book Now
31 May 2018 €2,329 Juliette Balcony Strauss Book Now
31 May 2018 €2,429 Juliette Balcony Mozart Book Now
31 May 2018 €2,699 Juliette Balcony Suite Book Now

Price inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Munich, 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 Dusseldorf 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.
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