The Rhine & Bavaria’s Historic Brewing Towns

21st June 2020 7 nights Sails from Regensburg to Cologne Brabant R2009
FROM ONLY £999 per person
Couple looking out to Koblenz, Germany Couple looking out to Koblenz, Germany
Prices from £999 per person

On this special voyage, you can enjoy an authentic taste of Germany’s famous beer brewing heritage with an insight into the various tipples of Bavaria and beyond. You’ll be able to sample some of the finest brews and learn of the processes involved in creating them, with opportunities to uncover countless other highlights – from historical monuments to breathtaking valleys – along the way too.

Departing from Regensburg, a peaceful glide along the scenic Danube and through the locks of the historic Main-Danube Canal makes for a memorable start to your journey. [ReadMoreMob]You’ll sail to the beautiful Bavarian town of Bamberg, where many pubs and famous breweries produce and serve traditional smoked Rauchbier. With a morning to explore UNESCO-listed Bamberg, you could take in attractions such as the 13th century cathedral, Neue Residenz Palace and Alte Hofhaltung too. [ReadMoreDesk]Along the Main River, a stop at Würzburg affords an opportunity to visit the historic Würzburg Hofbräu brewery, which has crafted beers since the mid-17th century. Elsewhere, you’ll find the pubs and bars of Würzburg – situated in the heart of Franconian wine country – also serve, along with the local beer, some of Germany’s finest tipples, while there’s also a thriving hub of lavish architecture to explore. The glorious Würzburg Residence Palace, with its impressive ceiling fresco, is a particular highlight. 

Following Würzburg you sail on to Miltenburg, for a chance to continue your immersive insight into the history and cultural importance of a German icon on a guided tour of Brauhaus Faust and its historic cellars, with time to taste the brewery’s range of beers too. The next morning, you’ll see arresting castles, resplendent forests and vineyards, and enchanting medieval towns as Brabant navigates the magnificent Middle Rhine Valley. Once docked in Koblenz, situated at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’, you’ll have the rest of day to take in this charming city’s multitude of centuries-old monuments and landmarks – including the Prussian Electoral Palace and the 13th century Alte Berg – at leisure, and ride a cable car to the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. A call at Cologne will then provide the perfect end to this enlightening adventure. Perhaps use your time in this captivating city to learn details of the unique processes required to create sweet Kölsch Beer before sampling the finishing product at your pick of the pubs, or take the opportunity to visit Cologne Cathedral and marvel at its spectacular towering exterior and intricate interiors.

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.