Featuring scenic cruising adventures and visits to five enchanting destinations, this absorbing journey brings an array of the Rhine and Moselle’s spectacular scenes and historic landmarks into focus. With ample time for exploration ashore, you can take in impressive cathedrals, mighty castles and much more, while there are plenty of magnificent sights to look out for from aboard Brabant, so every moment of your holiday is one to savour.
Departing from Basel, you’ll begin your memorable week away with a short sail to Strasbourg, situated on the French riverbanks of the Upper Rhine. [ReadMoreMob]With a full day in Strasbourg, you could take a leisurely, yet insightful tour of the cobbled-street-laden, UNESCO-listed historic centre and visit the Cathédrale Notre-Dame to delight in its exquisite architecture and learn about the history of its iconic astronomical clock. There are many other highlights, including the contrasting sights of the historic Petite France and thriving European Quarter, to uncover too. Further along the Rhine, across the French-German border, handsome Speyer awaits you next. With another full day ashore, there’s time to wander into the heart of this beautifully-preserved town and seek-out many treasures such as the Romanesque St Stephen Cathedral, with its impressive spires and domes. [ReadMoreDesk]
The following morning you’ll wake to views of enchanting hillside towns, striking fortresses and lush forests and vineyards as Brabant sails the gorgeous Middle Rhine Valley to Koblenz. Docking close to the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’ in Koblenz makes it easy to visit the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress via cable car, take in the Prussian Electoral Palace and 19th century Stolzenfels Castle, and much more. Diverting down the Moselle, you’ll spend the next afternoon sailing by the beautiful wine regions and pretty towns of the Lower Moselle Valley en route to Cochem, where a visit to the fairytale-esque, picture-perfect Reichsburg Castle makes for a wonderful way to spend a few hours. Finally, your unforgettable week of scenic river exploration concludes back on the banks of the Rhine in Cologne. Before heading home, perhaps make the most of your time to visit the city’s iconic, UNESCO-listed Cathedral and marvel at its spectacular towering exterior and glorious interiors; take in the various galleries and museums; and stop-by the Altstadt District, where bustling pubs offer up a friendly atmosphere and Cologne’s famous sweet ale, Kölsch.