Historic Gems of Germany

27th September 2020 7 nights Sails from Cologne to Regensburg Brabant R2023
FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
Bamberg old town hall, Germany Bamberg old town hall, Germany
Prices from £1,599 per person

Every moment of this seven-night exploration of the Rhine and Main rivers will make for a memorable experience. Time ashore in esteemed German towns and cities will feel like stepping into a fairytale, as you take in centuries of history amongst impressive monuments and landmarks, while scenic cruising of gorgeous valleys and historic canals are highlights to savour.

Sailing the magnificent Middle Rhine Valley during your first morning on board Brabant, passing by medieval towns and the ‘murmuring’ Lorelei Rock along the way, is sure to be an unforgettable start to your holiday. [ReadMoreMob]By early afternoon, you’ll arrive in Rüdesheim, a town renowned for its fascinating history and winemaking heritage. Take to the cobbled streets of Rüdesheim to learn of its importance as a historic shipping centre, and to stop by welcoming wine taverns to sample the locally crafted tipples. The following day – on the banks of the Main – you’ll have a chance to delight in Miltenberg’s treasure trove of medieval delights. Head ashore for a tour and enjoy time in this picturebook town’s enchanting centre, where beautiful half-timbered houses dating as far back as the century and The Zum – one of Germany’s oldest hotels – are yours to admire, before meeting your river cruise ship in Wertheim to continue your journey. [ReadMoreDesk]

Continuing along the Main, the charms of Würzburg, revered for its lavish baroque and rococo architecture, await you next. With a morning to explore, the 18th century Palace of Würzburg – the city’s crowning-glory with its ornate interior, Tiepolo fresco and elaborate staircase – is a must-visit attraction. The Würzburg Residenz and Marienberg Fortress feature in a collection of stunning sights too. Then there’s a visit to Bamberg, where a guided tour of its beautifully-preserved, UNESCO-listed Old Town presents an impressive cathedral and intricate, wooded-slat-fronted Town Hall, before it’s finally on to Regensburg via the locks and stunning countryside of the historic Main-Danube Canal. Before heading for home you’ll be afforded ample time in Regensburg – Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ – to see the incredible collection of listed buildings in its remarkably well-preserved historic centre, which fortunately survived allied bombing raids in World War II.

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.