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Exploring the delights of the Moselle Valley

2nd August 2018 14 nights Sails from Düsseldorf to Düsseldorf Brabant R181819
Cochem on the Moselle river, Germany Cochem on the Moselle river, Germany
Prices from £2,199 per person

Join Brabant and combine some of the most enchanting German towns and cities with a stop in Switzerland and France for added charm. Enjoy time ashore exploring historical and cultural delights, and admire stunning countryside from the comfort of your riverboat’s deck. 

Cologne’s UNESCO-listed Cathedral is the city’s most popular tourist attraction, and it is easy to see why with the spires of this incredible Gothic masterpiece towering over other, equally impressive structures, such as the Hohenzollern Bridge, which spans the Rhine close by. While sailing along the Middle Moselle Valley, look out for picturesque vineyards adorning hillsides, and quaint towns dotted along the riverbanks; before the fairytale-like Cochem entices you in with its plethora of romantic squares, narrow streets and magnificent Reichsburg Castle. [ReadMore]

After a visit to cultural Strasbourg, where Grand Île must be explored to the full – visit the ancient churches of St Thomas, St Pierre-le-Vieux, St Pierre-le-Jeune, and St Étienne or wander around ‘Petite France’; Brabant sails along the tranquil River Rhine to Basel in Switzerland. The attractive city of Speyer makes for a worthwhile stop while cruising the River Rhine, before Mannheim awaits you. Although it’s now one of Germany’s leading industrial and engineering cities, after being virtually decimated during World War Two, there are a few historic sites to discover too, such as Schloss, Germany’s largest Baroque palace.

A brief pause in medieval Oberwesel is followed by Koblenz, situated where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet at ‘Deutsches Eck’ and considered one of Germany’s most picturesque cities. Head ashore here to marvel at centuries-old castles and striking palaces, and visit the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached by cable car, for stunning views of this wonderful city. Brabant will then head along the Moselle to Bernkastel-Kues, where the local wineries and taverns will entice you in to sample the local Mosel and Riesling wines. From here, enjoy a delightful daytime cruising experience along the Middle Moselle Valley, before it’s back to Cochem. 

The Lower Moselle Valley offers even more castles, towns and forested hills to marvel at, before Cologne, where the beautiful Forstbotanischer Botanical Garden is not-to-be-missed, awaits once again. Before heading home, there is ​also time to investigate the many artistic sites around the fascinating city of Düsseldorf.

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

  • 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
  • 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.

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