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Springtime Dutch Discovery

Selection of dates available 5 nights Sails from Amsterdam to Düsseldorf Brabant R1901
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2 sailings available
Prices from £999 per person

If you’ve never experienced river cruising before or only have time spare for a short escape, this relaxing and rewarding cruise from Amsterdam to Düsseldorf is the perfect spring break. You’ll be able to marvel at the seasonal delights of the Dutch capital before taking in the beautifully diverse countryside of the Netherlands and visiting a string of towns and cities steeped in history and authentic culture.

After joining Brabant in Amsterdam, you’ll have the following morning to explore this iconic city before setting sail. The excellent Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House and the grand architecture lining the famous canals will vie for your attention, however a trip to the resplendent, 32-hectare Keukenhof Gardens is a must at this time of year to see the vibrant tulips in their spectacular spring bloom. Cruising on the Ijsselmeer Lake follows en route to Hoorn. This historic town was a major trading base during the Dutch ‘Golden Age’ and the cosy harbour here harks back to those prosperous times. In the compact town centre seven fascinating museums are within easy reach on foot. You’ll also stop in Kampen for the chance to see centuries-old churches, towers and remains of the ancient city wall in one of the Netherlands’ best-preserved Hanseatic city centres. [ReadMore]

Brabant continues onwards along the Ijssel River, presenting you with views of the beautiful city of Zwolle, several pretty villages and beautiful countryside as you head for Deventer. This city is renowned for its industrial and religious significance, which is showcased by the striking Hanseatic-era architecture and imposing St Lebuin’s Church. The Netherlands’ oldest stone house, oldest scientific library and the oldest park are among Deventer’s ‘must-visit’ highlights too. Your penultimate stop is made at Arnhem – most famous for the Battle of Arnhem during World War Two – after passing by the picturesque city of Zutphen. Just a short distance from Arnhem is the fantastic Netherlands Open Air Museum, which exhibits an impressive collection houses, antiques and monuments from various eras. Historic landmarks such as the gothic-style St Eusebius Church and 12th century Doorwerth Castle are also well worth visiting.
 
On your final day Fort Pannerden will be a sight to behold as you journey along the Pannerden Canal in the morning, before spending the afternoon in Nijmegen. Exploring the Netherlands’ oldest city will round-off your cruise perfectly before you disembark in Düsseldorf. Valkhof Museum is a great place to start before perhaps wandering along the Waalbrug to capture views of the Old Town and the Waal River.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen river cruise:

  • 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
  • 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.

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