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

History of the Rhine & Main

History of the Rhine & Main

Departs: Amsterdam • Thu 16 Apr 2020
10 nights • Brabant • R2002

  • From magnificent, majestic fortresses to preserved medieval centres and landmarks from World War II, the highlights of this absorbing journey through Germany present fascinating history at every turn.
  • You can visit the site of the infamous Battle of Remagen, and the remains of the iconic Ludendorff Bridge; take a cable car to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and stop by Rüdesheim’s sobering Hindenburg Bridge.
  • There are chances to explore the beautifully preserved historic hearts of UNESCO-listed Bamburg and Regensburg – Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ – too, while you’ll also experience stunning scenic cruising of narrow canals and beautiful valleys.

Fly-cruise from £1,799pp
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German Beer & Traditions

German Beer & Traditions

Departs: Regensburg • Sun 21 Jun 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2009

  • Enjoy an authentic taste of Germany’s famous beer heritage on this special voyage, with chances to try some of the finest brews, enjoy an insight into their history and learn of the processes involved in creating them.
  • You can visit the pubs and breweries of Bamberg, famed for their smoked Rauchbier; take a tour of Würzburg’s Hofbräu brewery and the Brauhaus Faust in Miltenburg; and sample Cologne’s unique Kölsch Beer.
  • There are plenty of other highlights to uncover on this enlightening voyage too, including the glorious Würzburg Residence Palace; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; and the stunning scenery of the Middle Rhine Valley.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Trier

Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Trier

Departs: Cologne • Sun 28 Jun 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2010

  • Taking a rarely-sailed route through Germany to Trier, Brabant will present you with scenic, architectural delights along three difference sections of the sublime Moselle River.
  • You’ll revel in views of the enchanting Lower Moselle Valley, visit Cochem for the fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle, and stop at Trier, before cruising the Saar River.
  • Your journey back includes scenic cruising of the breathtaking Middle Moselle Valley; time in medieval Bernkastel-Kues; a chance to take a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and marvel at Cologne’s magnificent cathedral.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sun 05 Jul 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R201112

  • Sailing the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights – authentic wines, vineyards, landmarks and monuments – on this very special river cruising adventure.
  • During an invigorating first week, highlights include chances to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley from Bernkastel Kues; sample Riesling wine in Rudesheim; and introduce French wine to your palate in Strasbourg.
  • Iconic sites await you the following week, including the exquisite cathedrals of Strasbourg and Speyer; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached via cable car; and the spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral of Cologne.

Fly-cruise from £2,699pp
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Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Departs: Cologne • Sun 05 Jul 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2011

  • Delight in a feast for your senses as handsome winemaking regions combine with scenic stretches of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to provide mouthwatering experiences for you to enjoy both on board and ashore.
  • You can sample some of the Moselle’s finest wines on tour from Bernkastel-Kues; visit the renowned red wine region of Ayr from Linz; and enjoy Reisling wine in your pick or Rudesheim’s welcoming wineries.
  • A stop at Nierstein affords an opportunity to learn of wine production in the Rhine Rhessen region; while in France, you can introduce Alsace wine to your palate. Visiting Breisach also offers a chance to explore the captivating Black Forest.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Basel • Sun 12 Jul 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2012

  • Bringing an array of the Rhine and Moselle’s historic and scenic treasures into focus, this absorbing journey offers chances to delight in the sight of impressive cathedrals, castles, famous vineyards and much more.
  • You can explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed historic centre and marvel at the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame; see the spires and domes of St Stephen Cathedral in Speyer; and take a cable car to Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
  • The fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle awaits you, and Cologne’s spectacular Cathedral is not-to-be-missed, while scenic cruising of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle Valleys will present unforgettable countryside views.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Luxembourg

Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Luxembourg

Departs: Cologne • Sun 19 Jul 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2013

  • Taking a rarely-sailed route through Germany all the way to Luxembourg and back, Brabant will present you with scenic, architectural delights along three difference sections of the sublime Moselle River.
  • You’ll revel in views of the enchanting Lower Moselle Valley, visit Cochem for the fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle, and stop at Trier en route to Luxembourg, where famous wineries and the exotic Päiperleksgaart Butterfly Gardens await you.
  • Your journey back includes scenic cruising of the breathtaking Middle Moselle Valley; time in medieval Bernkastel-Kues; a chance to take a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and marvel at Cologne’s magnificent cathedral.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Departs: Cologne • Sun 26 Jul 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2014

  • Delight in a feast for your senses as handsome winemaking regions combine with scenic stretches of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to provide mouthwatering experiences for you to enjoy both on board and ashore.
  • You can sample some of the Moselle’s finest wines on tour from Bernkastel-Kues; visit the renowned red wine region of Ayr from Linz; and enjoy Reisling wine in your pick or Rudesheim’s welcoming wineries.
  • A stop at Nierstein affords an opportunity to learn of wine production in the Rhine Rhessen region; while in France, you can introduce Alsace wine to your palate. Visiting Breisach also offers a chance to explore the captivating Black Forest.

Fly-cruise from £1,399pp
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Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sun 26 Jul 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R201415

  • Sailing the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights – authentic wines, vineyards, landmarks and monuments – on this very special river cruising adventure.
  • During an invigorating first week, highlights include chances to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley from Bernkastel Kues; sample Riesling wine in Rudesheim; and introduce French wine to your palate in Strasbourg.
  • Iconic sites await you the following week, including the exquisite cathedrals of Strasbourg and Speyer; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached via cable car; and the spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral of Cologne.

Fly-cruise from £2,599pp
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Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Basel • Sun 02 Aug 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2015

  • Bringing an array of the Rhine and Moselle’s historic and scenic treasures into focus, this absorbing journey offers chances to delight in the sight of impressive cathedrals, castles, famous vineyards and much more.
  • You can explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed historic centre and marvel at the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame; see the spires and domes of St Stephen Cathedral in Speyer; and take a cable car to Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
  • The fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle awaits you, and Cologne’s spectacular Cathedral is not-to-be-missed, while scenic cruising of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle Valleys will present unforgettable countryside views.

Fly-cruise from £1,399pp
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Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Luxembourg

Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Luxembourg

Departs: Cologne • Sun 09 Aug 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2016

  • Taking a rarely-sailed route through Germany all the way to Luxembourg and back, Brabant will present you with scenic, architectural delights along three difference sections of the sublime Moselle River.
  • You’ll revel in views of the enchanting Lower Moselle Valley, visit Cochem for the fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle, and stop at Trier en route to Luxembourg, where famous wineries and the exotic Päiperleksgaart Butterfly Gardens await you.
  • Your journey back includes scenic cruising of the breathtaking Middle Moselle Valley; time in medieval Bernkastel-Kues; a chance to take a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and marvel at Cologne’s magnificent cathedral.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Departs: Cologne • Sun 16 Aug 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2017

  • Delight in a feast for your senses as handsome winemaking regions combine with scenic stretches of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to provide mouthwatering experiences for you to enjoy both on board and ashore.
  • You can sample some of the Moselle’s finest wines on tour from Bernkastel-Kues; visit the renowned red wine region of Ayr from Linz; and enjoy Reisling wine in your pick or Rudesheim’s welcoming wineries.
  • A stop at Nierstein affords an opportunity to learn of wine production in the Rhine Rhessen region; while in France, you can introduce Alsace wine to your palate. Visiting Breisach also offers a chance to explore the captivating Black Forest.

Fly-cruise from £1,399pp
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Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Luxembourg

Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Luxembourg

Departs: Cologne • Sun 30 Aug 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2019

  • Taking a rarely-sailed route through Germany all the way to Luxembourg and back, Brabant will present you with scenic, architectural delights along three difference sections of the sublime Moselle River.
  • You’ll revel in views of the enchanting Lower Moselle Valley, visit Cochem for the fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle, and stop at Trier en route to Luxembourg, where famous wineries and the exotic Päiperleksgaart Butterfly Gardens await you.
  • Your journey back includes scenic cruising of the breathtaking Middle Moselle Valley; time in medieval Bernkastel-Kues; a chance to take a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and marvel at Cologne’s magnificent cathedral.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Departs: Cologne • Sun 06 Sep 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2020

  • Delight in a feast for your senses as handsome winemaking regions combine with scenic stretches of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to provide mouthwatering experiences for you to enjoy both on board and ashore.
  • You can sample some of the Moselle’s finest wines on tour from Bernkastel-Kues; visit the renowned red wine region of Ayr from Linz; and enjoy Riesling wine in your pick or Rudesheim’s welcoming wineries.
  • A stop at Nierstein affords an opportunity to learn of wine production in the Rhine Rhessen region; while in France, you can introduce Alsace wine to your palate. Visiting Breisach also offers a chance to explore the captivating Black Forest.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sun 06 Sep 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R202021

  • Sailing the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights – authentic wines, vineyards, landmarks and monuments – on this very special river cruising adventure.
  • During an invigorating first week, highlights include chances to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley from Bernkastel Kues; sample Riesling wine in Rudesheim; and introduce French wine to your palate in Strasbourg.
  • Iconic sites await you the following week, including the exquisite cathedrals of Strasbourg and Speyer; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached via cable car; and the spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral of Cologne.

Fly-cruise from £2,799pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?

Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Basel • Sun 13 Sep 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2021

  • Bringing an array of the Rhine and Moselle’s historic and scenic treasures into focus, this absorbing journey offers chances to delight in the sight of impressive cathedrals, castles, famous vineyards and much more.
  • You can explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed historic centre and marvel at the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame; see the spires and domes of St Stephen Cathedral in Speyer; and take a cable car to Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
  • The fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle awaits you, and Cologne’s spectacular Cathedral is not-to-be-missed, while scenic cruising of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle Valleys will present unforgettable countryside views.

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

Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Luxembourg

Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Luxembourg

Departs: Cologne • Sun 20 Sep 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2022

  • Taking a rarely-sailed route through Germany all the way to Luxembourg and back, Brabant will present you with scenic, architectural delights along three difference sections of the sublime Moselle River.
  • You’ll revel in views of the enchanting Lower Moselle Valley, visit Cochem for the fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle, and stop at Trier en route to Luxembourg, where famous wineries and the exotic Päiperleksgaart Butterfly Gardens await you.
  • Your journey back includes scenic cruising of the breathtaking Middle Moselle Valley; time in medieval Bernkastel-Kues; a chance to take a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and marvel at Cologne’s magnificent cathedral.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Historic Gems of Germany

Historic Gems of Germany

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

  • With time ashore exploring fairytale German towns, and scenic cruising of gorgeous valleys and canals, every moment of this journey along the Rhine and Main will make for a memorable experience.
  • You’ll sail the Middle Rhine Valley en route to Rüdesheim, renowned for its shipping and winemaking heritage; stop at Miltenberg for a treasure trove of medieval delights; and visit Würzburg, home of the spectacular Palace of Würzburg.
  • Then there’s Bamberg, with its UNESCO-listed Old Town, and a navigation of the Main-Danube Canal, before you’re afforded time to explore the remarkable historic centre of Regensburg – Germany’s ‘Medieval Miracle’.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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