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German Jewels & Cities of the East

12th May 2019 25 nights Sails from Hirsova to Düsseldorf Brabant R190709
FROM ONLY £4,499 per person *
Stunning Danube Gorge Stunning Danube Gorge
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Combining chances to explore absorbing European capitals, stops at charming destinations tucked away in glorious countryside and unforgettable daytime ventures through areas of breathtaking natural beauty, this is river cruising at its finest. The delights of Belgrade, Budapest and Bratislava; the wonders of the Middle Rhine Valley and the Iron Gates; and the fairytale-esque towns of the romantic Wachau Valley, these are just a few of the highlights awaiting your discovery.

This incredible 25-night cruise begins in Romania, where you’ll pass the point where the River Danube meets the Black Sea and have opportunities to take tours to the remote Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve and beautiful Bucharest. Then it’s on to Bulgaria to visit Ruse – nicknamed ‘Little Vienna’ – and Vidin, before experiencing a momentous, simply unforgettable journey through the Iron Gates gorges. Look out for the Iron Gates’ famous Rock Sculpture of Decebalus as you sail onward to the Serbia. Here you’ll stop at Belgrade, where the Kalemegdan Fortress is not to be missed, and Novi Sad – a future European Capital of Culture. Cruising of the Tisa-Danube basin follows, presenting you with views of fertile plains and the impressive Petrovaradin Fortress en route to Hungary. From Kalocsa you can learn how paprika became the Hungarian ‘red gold’, while three days in Budapest allows for in-depth exploration. Buda Castle, the Millennium Underground Railway, Andrássy Avenue and the thermal baths are among the capital’s many attractions. [ReadMore]

Brabant will then sail the picturesque Danube Bend before the capitals of Slovakia and Austria are yours to explore. Admire the diverse architectural treasures of Bratislava, such as the imposing castle; then in Vienna, be sure to tick Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace and Stadtpark off your ‘must-visit’ list. Elsewhere in Austria you’ll enjoy a taste of the Wachau Valley, stopping at Dürnstein, Emmersdorf and Melk and sailing through the gorgeous landscapes, and transit the winding Schlögener Schlinge. Finally it’s on to Germany, where after visiting Passau – gateway to Salzburg – and Regensburg, you’ll transit the historic Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. The next three days will be spent taking in treasure-laden towns and the magnificent Haßberge Mountains, before scenic cruising past the castles, spires and vineyards of the Middle Rhine Valley leads you to Koblenz. As your cruise comes to an end there are calls at Cochem and a relaxing sail through the Lower Moselle Valley to enjoy too. Ending your adventure perfectly is Cologne, where you can see the city’s spectacular twin-spired cathedral – considered one of Germany’s greatest sights – in all its glory.

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.