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Romantic Rhine & Moselle Marvels

25th July 2019 7 nights Sails from Basel to Düsseldorf Brabant R1917
FROM ONLY £1,599 per person *
Brabant in Cologne, Germany Brabant in Cologne, Germany
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Experience an inspirational river cruise aboard Brabant, taking in highlights galore in three captivating European countries. You’ll have a chance to marvel at Switzerland’s stunning mountain scenery; enjoy a full-day in a fabulous French city; and uncover the very best that Germany has to offer, from fascinating historic towns and cities to the impossibly beautiful scenic landscapes of the Lower Moselle and Middle Rhine Valleys, all while spending just seven nights away.

With its authentic medieval Old Town, collection of fantastic museums, and more, the Swiss city of Basel is a great place to start your journey of discovery. You then have the choice to tour to Lucerne and admire idyllic mountain panoramas, or enjoy a transit of the Grand Canal d’Alsace and the Upper Rhine Valley. Whatever you choose to do, Breisach will await you next. Here you can wander the quaint streets and admire the town’s pastel shades, and even treat yourself to a taste of the local wines. A foray into France and stunning Strasbourg follows. Don’t miss the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame and the peaceful canals of the Petite France quarter. Your German jaunt will then begin with a morning in Speyer – a handsome city featuring an UNESCO-listed cathedral and plethora of interesting museums – and a stop at Mannheim for tours to Heidelberg. This beautiful university town has inspired poets, artists and writers for centuries. [ReadMore]

Up next is Rüdesheim, a town renowned for producing some of Germany’s finest wines. To sample the local tipples be sure to visit one of the welcoming wine taverns at Drosselgasse, where you’ll also discover plenty of historic buildings and shops. A glide through the romantic Middle Rhine Valley follows in the afternoon, passing by various fortresses, striking spires and vineyards, before rounding off your day with stops at Braubach – home of the dramatic Marksburg Castle – and Koblenz. The next morning you’ll want to be up early to savour views of the alluring Lower Moselle Valley’s vineyards, castles and towns as you sail towards Cochem. The sensational scenery continues here; pretty waterfront buildings and romantic squares, overlooked by the magnificent Reichsburg Castle, present you with a picturebook of sights. A call into Cologne will then offer you the chance to see the iconic, twin-spired cathedral – considered one of Germany’s greatest attractions – and explore the charming Old Town before Brabant finally reaches Düsseldorf, a city laden with artistic treasures.

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.