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Cities of the Beautiful Danube

22nd August 2019 7 nights Sails from Nuremberg to Budapest Brabant R1921
FROM ONLY £1,699 per person *
Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria Buda Castle in Budapest, River Danube
Prices from £1,699 per person *
FREE Tips & Dining Drinks
OR 3 cruises for the price of 2

After boarding Brabant in Nuremberg you’ll experience river cruising at its very best as you journey along the seemingly endless twists and turns of the Danube River to a collection of incredible destinations. The stunning scenery of beautifully unspoilt countryside and the architectural marvels of dream-like towns and cities make for a rewarding week away.

First you’ll have chance to marvel at the largest collection of listed buildings found anywhere north of the Alps in Regensburg – Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ – before continuing along the Danube to Passau. From here you can venture over the German-Austrian border and take a trip to Salzburg to see stunning spires and fortresses and uncover connections to Mozart and The Sound of Music. Your river boat will then sail through the fjord-like landscapes of Austria’s Schlögener Schlinge and stop off at Linz, where the charming Old Town is perfect for a relaxing evening of sightseeing. The following day begins in the heart of the breathtaking Wachau Valley, with time to explore two of region’s most charming towns – Emmersdorf and Melk. Your unforgettable exploration of Wachau continues with scintillating scenic cruising through the valley’s gorgeous, world-renowned scenery en route to Dürnstein. Perhaps spend the rest of your afternoon wandering Dürnstein’s winding streets and discovering the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. [ReadMore]

Sailing onwards, Vienna – the first of three magnificent capital cities on your itinerary – awaits. With a full day to explore, you could opt to take the highly recommended tour of the grounds and gardens of Schönbrunn Palace – a legacy of the Habsburg monarchy – or visit Hofburg Palace, home of the Austrian crown jewels. Stadtpark and Ringstrasse are worth a visit too; while the chance to savour a performance of ‘Sound of Vienna’ and round off your day in style is not to be missed. The diverse attractions of Slovakia’s capital await you next. An abundance of classic and contemporary architectural delights, medieval ruins and pretty parks and lakes vie for your attention in Bratislava, which is overlooked by the city’s majestic castle. Finally it’s on to the UNESCO-listed Hungarian capital, Budapest. After enjoying the scenic sail into the city, be sure to visit the Buda Castle complex and the historic Millennium Underground Railway and stroll along Andrássy Avenue towards Heroes’ Square during your time ashore. The thermal healing baths here are the perfect place to relax and reflect on your adventures before heading home.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen river cruise:

  • Flights and transfers to and from the vessel when booking a Fly-cruise package
  • Comfortable en suite accommodation with TV, hairdryer, safe and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with ‘early riser’ breakfast, breakfast buffet, casual lunch, five-course à la carte dinner and late-night snacks
  • Complimentary tea & coffee station 24 hours a day
  • Complimentary afternoon tea & coffee with sandwiches and cakes
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bike hire
  • Use of leisure facilities including Fitness Room and Wellness Tub
  • Lounge music by pianist, or duo every day
  • All local taxes and port charges (where collectable in advance)

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.