History of the Rhine & Main

16th April 2020 10 nights Sails from Amsterdam to Regensburg Brabant R2002
FROM ONLY £1,899 per person *
Brabant in Koblenz, Germany Brabant in Koblenz, Germany
Prices from £1,899 per person *
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Offer applicable to new bookings made from 05/03/19 to31/05/19, inclusive, on selected sailings of five nights or more on cruises departing between April 2020 until May 2021, excluding M2109. Tips are paiddirectly to the relevant staff on board; are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. Recommended amount for Tips is £8 per person per night on River cruises(where paid). Not combinable with any other offer (except Enjoyment Promise), and is capacity controlled.

OR 3 cruises for the price of 2

Valid for new bookings made from 05/03/19 to 31/05/19, inclusive. All three holidays must be booked in one transaction with the same lead name; one holiday booking must be for a 2019 departure, the second and third cruise can be for any available departure year. The value of the lowest priced cruise will be divided into three with one third of this value deducted from each of the three bookings. Free cruise value will be calculated after any applicable deal or promotion has been applied. The standard deposit or full payment will be due at time of booking for each cruise, as dictated by the departure date, faretype, or duration. If lead guest name is changed, this must apply to all three bookings and standard Administration Fees will apply. Should the cost of any of the bookings made under this promotion change due to an amendment request from the guest, FOCL reserves the right to amend the value of the free cruise accordingly. Should any of the cruise bookings made under this promotion be cancelled or transferred by the guest, this offer and discounts will be withdrawn and the remaining cruise bookings will be re-priced at the fares applicable at the time of booking. We reserve the right to withdraw cruises from the promotion or make amendments at any time without prior notice. Standard cancellation charges apply to all three cruises based on the fare type that is booked for the relevant cruise. Offer not combinable with any other offer, other than as specified here, and with the exception of the Enjoyment Promise. Anchor/Saver fares are excluded from the 3for2 offer.

You’ll uncover fascinating history at every turn on this absorbing journey through Germany via the picturesque Rhine and Main rivers. From magnificent, majestic fortresses to preserved medieval centres and many landmarks from World War II, historical highlights aplenty await you during time ashore, while hours of scenic cruising will provide sights to savour too.

Meeting Brabant in Amsterdam, you’ll have a morning in the Dutch capital to delight in its iconic attractions and canals before setting sail. [ReadMoreMob]Upon departure, your smaller-sized riverboat will journey along the narrow Amsterdam-Rhine Canal and winding Rhine River, passing through gorgeous countryside scenes en route to Cologne. Your first stop affords an opportunity to tour to Remagen and visit the site of the infamous Battle of Remagen and the symbolic remains of Ludendorff Bridge; or marvel at Cologne’s charming Old Town and spectacular UNESCO-listed cathedral. Further along the beautiful Rhine, the following morning is spent in Koblenz, where you can take a cable car to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for stunning views of the ‘Deutsches Eck’ and tales of this ancient site’s role as a place of safe-keeping in World War II. After Koblenz, a magical afternoon of scenic cruising through the Middle Rhine Valley presents views of medieval towns, castles and spires, as well as the legendary ‘murmuring’ Lorelei rock. [ReadMoreDesk]

Up next is Rüdesheim, a town renowned for its fascinating history and fine wines. A walk through this pretty town is worthwhile for visiting historic monuments such as the sobering Hindenburg Bridge, and for stopping by the welcoming wine taverns to sample the local tipples. Brabant will then divert down the Main to Wertheim, where historical highlights include the ruins of the town’s medieval castle and the Spitzer Turn pointed tower, and to Würzburg. With a few hours to explore, you can delight in the beauty and history of the Palace of Würzburg, the Würzburg Residenz and the Marienberg Fortress. There’s a visit to Bamberg, famed for it’s beautifully-preserved, UNESCO-listed Old Town, impressive cathedral and striking Town Hall, too 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.

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.