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2nd October 2019 23 nights Sails from Düsseldorf to Hirsova Brabant R192628
FROM ONLY £3,799 per person *
Schnbrunn Palace, Austria Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Prices from £3,799 per person *

Experience an exhilarating exploration spanning seven incredible countries on this very special 23-night river cruise. With Brabant as your guide you’ll uncover the best of Germany, from charming cities to the breathtaking scenery of the Moselle and Rhine valleys, before discovering an abundance of delights along the Danube. Visit major cities such as Vienna and Budapest; marvel at the spectacular Iron Gates gorges; take the chance to explore the remote Danube Delta; and much more.

First you’ll catch a glimpse of the iconic twin-spired cathedral in Cologne, before diverting down the Moselle River to visit pretty Cochem and sail through the Lower Moselle Valley. Koblenz – home of the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress – is yours to explore the following morning, then a full afternoon is spent taking in the spires, castles and vineyards of the enchanting Middle Rhine Valley. The next three days combine treasure-laden German towns with yet more well-timed scenic cruising. The Main Valley, the red sandstone of the Middle Main Quadrangle and the Haßberge Mountains are among the scenic highlights to look-out for; while there’s time ashore to discover attractions such as Nuremberg’s castle and fascinating Railway Museum. This is before Brabant joins the Danube, stopping at Regensburg and Passau – your gateway to Salzburg – en route to Austria. A sail through the stunning Schlögener Schlinge; an evening in historic Linz; and daytime scenic cruising of the romantic Wachau Valley will be experiences to behold. [ReadMore]

Discovery of three fantastic capitals follows. Starting with Vienna, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the highly recommended Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, Stadtpark and Ringstrasse; then in Bratislava encounter a wealth of historical and architectural wonders such as Bratislava Castle. Three days in Budapest allows plenty of time to explore at your leisure: Buda Castle, the Millennium Underground Railway, Andrássy Avenue and the thermal baths are not to be missed. You can then learn all about how paprika became Hungary’s ‘red gold’ during a stop at Kalocsa, before crossing the border into Serbia. Belgrade boasts a remarkable history, which is unveiled by impressive sites such as Kalemegdan Fortress. A momentous cruise through the breathtaking Iron Gates gorges – where lies the famous Rock Sculpture of Decebalus – leads you to Bulgaria. Here you’ll visit remote Vidin, where the Baba Vida Fortress is a must-see, followed by Ruse. Finally in Romania, you can opt to tour to Bucharest or stay aboard Brabant for an absorbing journey through the floodplains of the Lower Danube. After passing the point where the Danube meets the Black Sea, you can cap-off your cruise with a small boat tour of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve.

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.