Valleys & Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

6th September 2020 7 nights Sails from Cologne to Basel Brabant R2020
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These Terms and Conditions are in addition to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ (FOCL) standard Terms and Conditions which are available here, and on request. Both must be read before booking. All offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time without prior notice, cannot be combined, are subject to availability and cannot be applied retrospectively. Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. Shore Tours are subject to availability and service operation. River Cruises: Access to the river vessel may involve using steps over or through other vessels. Consequently, River Cruises are not suitable for guests who rely on wheelchairs or those with limited mobility who are unable to walk up and down boat steps. Please ask for guidance at the time of booking. Saving per person offer is applicable to new bookings only, made between 05/02/19 and 02/03/20 inclusive, for departures of 5 nights or more, from March 2020 up to May 2021 inclusive. Cruises R2018A, D2023, D20GV, D2101, W2102, W210207, W2104, & M2109, charters, exclusive sailings and Tour Operator holidays are excluded.

Friends visiting Vineyards in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany
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These Terms and Conditions are in addition to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ (FOCL) standard Terms and Conditions which are available here, and on request. Both must be read before booking. All offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time without prior notice, cannot be combined, are subject to availability and cannot be applied retrospectively. Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. Shore Tours are subject to availability and service operation. River Cruises: Access to the river vessel may involve using steps over or through other vessels. Consequently, River Cruises are not suitable for guests who rely on wheelchairs or those with limited mobility who are unable to walk up and down boat steps. Please ask for guidance at the time of booking. Saving per person offer is applicable to new bookings only, made between 05/02/19 and 02/03/20 inclusive, for departures of 5 nights or more, from March 2020 up to May 2021 inclusive. Cruises R2018A, D2023, D20GV, D2101, W2102, W210207, W2104, & M2109, charters, exclusive sailings and Tour Operator holidays are excluded.

Scenic cruising along stunning stretches of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, and visits to a collection of handsome winemaking regions, will provide a feast for the senses on this enriching adventure. With opportunities to delight in the resplendent beauty of verdant countryside and vineyards, and the flavours and history of world-famous wines, mouthwatering experiences await you during time on board and ashore.

On the Rhine, your invigorating journey begins with a short sail from Cologne to Linz, where historic squares and monuments – such as the medieval Burg Linz castle – await your discovery during your morning here. [ReadMoreMob]Alternatively, you could opt to visit the renowned red wine region of Ayr, for your first insight into Germany’s fruitful wine-producing heritage. Brabant will then divert down the Moselle and sail through the sensational scenery of the Lower Moselle Valley before stopping at Bernkastel-Kues. [ReadMoreDesk]The rolling vineyards of the Moselle’s lush valleys are famous for producing some of Europe’s finest wines, and you’ll have a chance to taste these delicious tipples at source on tour from Bernkastel, or at your pick of the town’s welcoming wine taverns. Returning to the Rhine, you’ll revel in views of the Middle Rhine Valley’s forested hills and fairytale fortresses en route to Rudesheim. With another afternoon and evening to explore ashore, you could take to the historical cobbled streets of Rudesheim, uncover interesting sites such as Hindenburg Bridge, and stop-by wineries for a glass or two of Riesling wine. 

Continuing onwards, a visit to Nierstein affords you opportunities to learn of the processes of wine production in the Rhine Rhessen region on another insightful tour, and visit the historic Niersteiner Glöck – the site of Germany’s oldest vineyard. Your route along the Rhine will then take you to France, for a full-flavoured day in Strasbourg. You could introduce some fabulous French wines to your palate after exploring the legendary Alsace wine route; or make the most of your time in Strasbourg to take in its many attractions, such as the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Kammerzell House and the peaceful Petite France quarter. Finally, it’s back to Germany and beautiful Breisach – gateway to the captivating Black Forest, where you can travel through tall, evergreen forests to the home of cuckoo clocks and where the region’s iconic dessert was created. Breisach is also the starting point for tours 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 could make for a rewarding end to your journey.

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.