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Scenic Gems of the German Landscape

20th June 2019 7 nights Sails from Düsseldorf to Basel Brabant R1912
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person *
Drachenburg Castle, Königswinter Drachenburg Castle, Königswinter
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The list of glorious German sights and highlights to discover – both ashore and aboard Brabant – on this incredible river cruise is seemingly endless. Magnificent architectural wonders; historical attractions; and some of Germany’s very best areas of scenic beauty await you during the first few days of your adventure. Then to cap it all off, there are chances to explore Strasbourg and Lucerne for an authentic taste of France and Switzerland.

First you’ll be left breathless by the twin-spired cathedral of Cologne, an iconic structure widely regarded as one of Germany’s most impressive attractions. There will be time to explore Cologne’s charming Old Town too, before continuing onward along the Rhine River past Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven and the former capital of West Germany, and by Hotel Dreesen – where Hitler met Chamberlain in 1938. The rest of the day will be spent in Königswinter, surrounded by the gorgeous Siebengebirge Mountains. Perhaps use your time here to discover the landmarks of Siebengebirge – one of Germany’s oldest nature reserves – such as Hotel Petersberg and the fairytale Schloss Drachenburg, perched atop the towering Drachenfels. Diverting down the Moselle, the delights of Cochem await you next. The pretty town squares and imposing Reichburg Castle are not-to-be-missed here. [ReadMore]

Further along the Moselle you’ll experience a sensational afternoon sail through the alluring Lower Moselle Valley, taking in lush-green terraced vineyards, ornate castles and postcard-perfect towns en route to Koblenz, a historic city situated at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’. Perhaps visit the ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the Prussian Electoral Palace, the 13th century Alte Berg and more before embarking on yet more unforgettable scenic cruising. This time you’ll pass by the Middle Rhine Valley’s picturebook of medieval towns, castles, spires and forested hills as Brabant heads for handsome Speyer, where a UNESCO-listed Romanesque Cathedral is complemented by a city centre full of museums. A foray into France and stunning Strasbourg follows as your incredible cruise nears its conclusion. The exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Kammerzell House and the peaceful Petite France quarter: you can discover them all before making your final stop at Breisach, gateway to the Swiss city of Lucerne. Sparkling Lake Lucerne, the city’s collection of churches and towers, and Chapel Bridge are all well worth crossing the German-Swiss border for and make for a rewarding end to journey.

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.