Join Brabant and embark on an effortlessly rewarding German jaunt combining stops at a string of enchanting towns and cities with unforgettable daytime scenic river cruising. From spectacular cathedrals and castles to world-famous vineyards, magnificent mountains, rolling hills and more, you’ll experience the best of this beautiful country from aboard your smaller-sized river ship and during time ashore. A taste of historic France is thrown in for good measure too.
Calling first at Cologne, there’s a chance to marvel at the remarkable exterior and interior of the city’s iconic twin-spired cathedral and explore the charming Old Town before continuing onward along the Rhine. [ReadMoreMob]You’ll pass by Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven and the former capital of West Germany, see the historic Dreesen and Petersburg hotels, and marvel at the gorgeous Siebengebirge Mountains en route to Remagen. This fascinating town is like a living-museum of wartime history. [ReadMoreDesk]Be sure to visit the famous Ludendorff Bridge during your time here; one of the surviving towers is now an interesting museum exhibiting the role of Remagen and the Ludendorff in World War Two.
Brabant will then divert down the breathtaking Moselle, a simply unforgettable scenic river cruise experience. Revel in the glorious Middle Moselle Valley as you glide by the region’s steep vineyards and postcard-perfect riverbank towns towards Bernkastel-Kues, where a medley of half-timbered houses, welcoming wine taverns and stunning lush-green scenery beckons you ashore. The journey through the Moselle Valley will be extra special, as only smaller river ships can transit this narrow stretch. The delights of Cochem, including romantic squares and the imposing Reichsburg Castle, await the following morning before you sail through the sensational scenery of the Lower Moselle Valley to Koblenz. Here you can take in a plethora of historic landmarks, such as the ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the Prussian Electoral Palace and the 13th century Alte Berg.
Your time in Germany concludes in Speyer after yet more scenic cruising by the forests and fairytale fortresses of the Middle Rhine Valley. Speyer’s UNESCO-listed Romanesque Cathedral is a must-visit, while the city’s stellar museums are worth a look too. Finally, a foray into France ensures a memorable end to your cruise. Be mesmerised by the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame and peaceful canals of Strasbourg, then sit back and relax as Brabant navigates the tranquil Upper Rhine Valley and the locks of the Grand Canal d’Alsace.