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Valleys and mountains of Germany

Selection of dates available 7 nights Sails from Nuremberg to Düsseldorf Brabant R1925
Reichsburg Castle, Cochem, Germany Reichsburg Castle, Cochem, Germany
2 sailings available
Prices from £1,499 per person

Embark on an enticing cruise adventure across Germany aboard Brabant, savouring the country’s most breathtaking areas of scenic beauty as you sail to a selection of fairytale towns and historic cities. Sit back and enjoy views of the Haßberge Mountains, the Middle Rhine Valley, the Lower Moselle Valley and more; and make the most of your time ashore to uncover a wealth of architectural treasures and authentic medieval marvels.

Bamberg is the first of several rewarding stops to enjoy on this stunning sailing. You’ll be spoilt for choice of highlights to uncover in this beautiful Bavarian town: the cathedral, Neue Residenz Palace and Alte Hofhaltung are among the most impressive. Be on the lookout for the towering hilltop churches too. Continuing on your journey, you will then pass the rolling hills, rural castles, noble palaces and charming towns of the Haßberge Mountains. The following morning you’ll arrive at Würzburg, a thriving hub of lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture. The Würzburg Residenz Palace, which features the largest ceiling fresco in the world, is the main landmark here; while Marienberg Fortress is also well worth a visit. As Würzburg is in the heart of Franconian wine country, there’s nowhere better to sample fine local tipples too. A treasure trove of traditional German gems will then await your discovery in Miltenberg, which is laden with medieval half-timbered architecture.

The next morning Brabant will sail by the ornate castles, picturesque forests, vineyards and medieval towns of the enchanting Middle Rhine Valley, so be sure to take in the views from out on deck. The rest of the day is spent at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’, in fascinating Koblenz. A collection of incredible monuments and landmarks exhibit this city’s over 2000-year history, such as the ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the Prussian Electoral Palace and the 13th century Alte Berg. Next your river boat will divert down the Moselle to Cochem, where pretty pastel-coloured waterfront buildings, lush-green vineyards and the imposing Reichsburg Castle present a unique scenic landscape. You’ll take in spectacular scenery on an unforgettable journey through the Lower Moselle Valley too, passing by yet more picturesque vineyards, fortifications and towns. A call into Cologne, renowned for its iconic twin-spired cathedral and remarkable Roman heritage, ensures an enlightening end to your cruise.

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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