Cologne

Old building on the Rhine embankment in Cologn, Germany with Great St Martin church
Old building on the Rhine embankment in Cologn, Germany with Great St Martin church

Situated on the Rhine River in the centre of the Rhine-Rhur region, charming Cologne is the beating heart of the beautiful Rhineland. Originally founded over 2,000 years ago by the Ubii tribe, Cologne was once the largest city in the Holy Roman Empire and served as a major trade route throughout the Middle Ages. In recent years the city has been extensively rebuilt and restructured, and is now one of the most important historical and cultural centres in Europe.

With such a rich history and heritage, Cologne is a picture book of fascinating highlights and experiences. The city’s most iconic site is without doubt the magnificent UNESCO-listed Cathedral, which has long been considered Germany’s single most popular attraction. The soaring gothic spires of this incredible 13th century structure can be seen from all over the city, however visiting the cathedral is a must to marvel at its spectacular architecture up-close and uncover the treasures within. [ReadMore]

The city’s many other must-visit sights and attractions include the impressive Hohenzollern Bridge, which spans the Rhine near the cathedral; a collection of 12 glorious Romanesque churches including St Kunibert, St Severin and St Andreas; the beautiful Forstbotanischer botanical garden; and several galleries and museums such as the Fragrance Museum and Museum Ludwig, which boasts one of the Europe’s finest Picasso collections. For a taste of the local culture – and of the local brew – be sure to stop by Altstadt district, where bustling pubs and beer halls serve the city’s famous sweet pale ale, Kölsch.

Cruises to Cologne

Historic Gems of Germany

Historic Gems of Germany

Departs: Cologne, Germany • Sun 27 Sep 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2023

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Mystery Cruise

Mystery Cruise

Departs: Amsterdam • Sat 17 Apr 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2102

  • Where will Brabant sail to on this unique mystery river cruise? The only way to find out the itinerary for this memorable and rewarding adventure is to join us on board.
  • Whichever rivers you sail, there will be interesting and immersive destinations packed with highlights to discover and explore.
  • We can tell you that you’ll sail from Amsterdam to Cologne, and get to enjoy all the comfort, food, entertainment and conversation on your smaller-sized ship along the way.

Fly-cruise from £1,399pp
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Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sat 24 Apr 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2103

  • A journey of scenic beauty, history and culture, devoted to the Rhine and Moselle’s most charming, beautiful and engrossing regions and destinations.
  • Uncover the best of the Moselle, including Cochem, home to Reichsburg Castle; Bernkastel-Kues, with its welcoming wine taverns; and the glorious countryside scenery of the Moselle Valley.
  • On the Rhine, you’ll revel in the diverse delights of the Rhine Gorge; see majestic Marksburg Castle – by day and night – in Braubach; and visit Rüdesheim, renowned for its wine production.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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Historic Voyage from the Danube to the Rhine

Historic Voyage from the Danube to the Rhine

Departs: Budapest • Thu 24 Jun 2021
13 nights • Brabant • R2109

  • Sailing to scenic regions and historic cities in four countries via the Danube and Rhine, you’re in for an unforgettable, immensely rewarding voyage.
  • See the night-lights of Budapest, and explore the Hungarian capital by day too; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and revel in scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley.
  • Take in the charms of Passau, Regensburg and Würzburg on the Main, before finally visiting Rüdesheim – famed for its history and wines – and enchanting Koblenz on the Rhine.

Fly-cruise from £2,599pp
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The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg

The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg

Departs: Cologne • Wed 07 Jul 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2110

  • Sailing three different sections of the sublime Moselle River, all the way from Germany to Luxembourg and back, you’ll discover scenic, architectural and cultural highlights aplenty.
  • Take in the landmarks of Cochem and Koblenz, such as Reichsburg Castle and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; taste local wines in Bernkastel-Kues; and uncover Traben Trarbach’s ‘underground world’.
  • Explore famous wineries and exotic gardens in Luxembourg, and revel in views of picturebook scenery as you journey through the beautiful Lower Moselle and Middle Moselle valleys.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Wed 14 Jul 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2111

  • A journey of scenic beauty, history and culture, devoted to the Rhine and Moselle’s most charming, beautiful and engrossing regions and destinations.
  • Uncover the best of the Moselle, including Cochem, home to Reichsburg Castle; Bernkastel-Kues, with its welcoming wine taverns; and the glorious countryside scenery of the Moselle Valley.
  • On the Rhine, you’ll revel in the diverse delights of the Rhine Gorge; see majestic Marksburg Castle – by day and night – in Braubach; and visit Rüdesheim, renowned for its wine production.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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The Complete Rhine

The Complete Rhine

Departs: Cologne • Wed 14 Jul 2021
14 nights • Brabant • R211112

  • Embark on a magical fortnight-long discovery of the Rhine, taking in fairytale-esque scenes of beautiful valleys and famous vineyards, as well as historic, culture-rich towns and cities.
  • Highlights include a chance to see Braubach’s Marksburg Castle lit up at night; sample some of Germany’s finest wines in Rüdesheim; and cruise the fabled Rhine Gorge.
  • There are also chances to explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed heart; seek-out spectacular St Stephen’s Cathedral in Speyer; marvel at the Middle Rhine Valley; and much more.

Fly-cruise from £2,599pp
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The Rhine and its Historic Highlights

The Rhine and its Historic Highlights

Departs: Mainz • Wed 21 Jul 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2112

  • An absorbing journey of discovery along the beautiful Rhine, bringing some of the river’s most iconic and historic highlights into focus, makes a memorable adventure.
  • Enjoy ample time to explore Strasbourg, with its cobbled streets canals and delights such as Cathédrale Notre-Dame, and Speyer, home of the impressive St Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • You can take in the centuries-old sites of Worms, including Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery; ride a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and explore Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg

The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg

Departs: Cologne • Wed 28 Jul 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2113

  • Sailing three different sections of the sublime Moselle River, all the way from Germany to Luxembourg and back, you’ll discover scenic, architectural and cultural highlights aplenty.
  • Take in the landmarks of Cochem and Koblenz, such as Reichsburg Castle and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; taste local wines in Bernkastel-Kues; and uncover Traben Trarbach’s ‘underground world’.
  • Explore famous wineries and exotic gardens in Luxembourg, and revel in views of picturebook scenery as you journey through the beautiful Lower Moselle and Middle Moselle valleys.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Wed 04 Aug 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2114

  • A journey of scenic beauty, history and culture, devoted to the Rhine and Moselle’s most charming, beautiful and engrossing regions and destinations.
  • Uncover the best of the Moselle, including Cochem, home to Reichsburg Castle; Bernkastel-Kues, with its welcoming wine taverns; and the glorious countryside scenery of the Moselle Valley.
  • On the Rhine, you’ll revel in the diverse delights of the Rhine Gorge; see majestic Marksburg Castle – by day and night – in Braubach; and visit Rüdesheim, renowned for its wine production.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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The Complete Rhine

The Complete Rhine

Departs: Cologne • Wed 04 Aug 2021
14 nights • Brabant • R211415

  • Embark on a magical fortnight-long discovery of the Rhine, taking in fairytale-esque scenes of beautiful valleys and famous vineyards, as well as historic, culture-rich towns and cities.
  • Highlights include a chance to see Braubach’s Marksburg Castle lit up at night; sample some of Germany’s finest wines in Rüdesheim; and cruise the fabled Rhine Gorge.
  • There are also chances to explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed heart; seek-out spectacular St Stephen’s Cathedral in Speyer; marvel at the Middle Rhine Valley; and much more.

Fly-cruise from £2,499pp
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The Rhine and its Historic Highlights

The Rhine and its Historic Highlights

Departs: Mainz • Wed 11 Aug 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2115

  • An absorbing journey of discovery along the beautiful Rhine, bringing some of the river’s most iconic and historic highlights into focus, makes a memorable adventure.
  • Enjoy ample time to explore Strasbourg, with its cobbled streets canals and delights such as Cathédrale Notre-Dame, and Speyer, home of the impressive St Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • You can take in the centuries-old sites of Worms, including Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery; ride a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and explore Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg

The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg

Departs: Cologne • Wed 18 Aug 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2116

  • Sailing three different sections of the sublime Moselle River, all the way from Germany to Luxembourg and back, you’ll discover scenic, architectural and cultural highlights aplenty.
  • Take in the landmarks of Cochem and Koblenz, such as Reichsburg Castle and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; taste local wines in Bernkastel-Kues; and uncover Traben Trarbach’s ‘underground world’.
  • Explore famous wineries and exotic gardens in Luxembourg, and revel in views of picturebook scenery as you journey through the beautiful Lower Moselle and Middle Moselle valleys.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Wed 25 Aug 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2117

  • A journey of scenic beauty, history and culture, devoted to the Rhine and Moselle’s most charming, beautiful and engrossing regions and destinations.
  • Uncover the best of the Moselle, including Cochem, home to Reichsburg Castle; Bernkastel-Kues, with its welcoming wine taverns; and the glorious countryside scenery of the Moselle Valley.
  • On the Rhine, you’ll revel in the diverse delights of the Rhine Gorge; see majestic Marksburg Castle – by day and night – in Braubach; and visit Rüdesheim, renowned for its wine production.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?

The Complete Rhine

The Complete Rhine

Departs: Cologne • Wed 25 Aug 2021
14 nights • Brabant • R211718

  • Embark on a magical fortnight-long discovery of the Rhine, taking in fairytale-esque scenes of beautiful valleys and famous vineyards, as well as historic, culture-rich towns and cities.
  • Highlights include a chance to see Braubach’s Marksburg Castle lit up at night; sample some of Germany’s finest wines in Rüdesheim; and cruise the fabled Rhine Gorge.
  • There are also chances to explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed heart; seek-out spectacular St Stephen’s Cathedral in Speyer; marvel at the Middle Rhine Valley; and much more.

Fly-cruise from £2,599pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?

The Rhine and its Historic Highlights

The Rhine and its Historic Highlights

Departs: Mainz • Wed 01 Sep 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2118

  • An absorbing journey of discovery along the beautiful Rhine, bringing some of the river’s most iconic and historic highlights into focus, makes a memorable adventure.
  • Enjoy ample time to explore Strasbourg, with its cobbled streets canals and delights such as Cathédrale Notre-Dame, and Speyer, home of the impressive St Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • You can take in the centuries-old sites of Worms, including Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery; ride a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and explore Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?

The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg

The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg

Departs: Cologne • Wed 08 Sep 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2119

  • Sailing three different sections of the sublime Moselle River, all the way from Germany to Luxembourg and back, you’ll discover scenic, architectural and cultural highlights aplenty.
  • Take in the landmarks of Cochem and Koblenz, such as Reichsburg Castle and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; taste local wines in Bernkastel-Kues; and uncover Traben Trarbach’s ‘underground world’.
  • Explore famous wineries and exotic gardens in Luxembourg, and revel in views of picturebook scenery as you journey through the beautiful Lower Moselle and Middle Moselle valleys.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Wed 15 Sep 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2120

  • A journey of scenic beauty, history and culture, devoted to the Rhine and Moselle’s most charming, beautiful and engrossing regions and destinations.
  • Uncover the best of the Moselle, including Cochem, home to Reichsburg Castle; Bernkastel-Kues, with its welcoming wine taverns; and the glorious countryside scenery of the Moselle Valley.
  • On the Rhine, you’ll revel in the diverse delights of the Rhine Gorge; see majestic Marksburg Castle – by day and night – in Braubach; and visit Rüdesheim, renowned for its wine production.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?