Cities of the Beautiful Danube
After boarding Brabant in Nuremberg, you’ll experience river cruising at its very best as you journey along the seemingly endless twists and turns of the Danube River to a collection of incredible destinations. The stunning scenery of beautifully unspoilt countryside and the architectural marvels of dream-like towns and cities make for a rewarding week away.
First, you’ll have a chance to marvel at the largest collection of listed buildings found anywhere north of the Alps in Regensburg – Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ – before continuing along the Danube to Passau. From here you can venture over the German-Austrian border and take a trip to Salzburg to see stunning spires and fortresses and uncover connections to Mozart and The Sound of Music. Your river boat will then sail through the fjord-like landscapes of Austria’s Schlögener Schlinge and stop off at Linz, where the charming Old Town is perfect for a relaxing evening of sightseeing. The following day begins in the heart of the breathtaking Wachau Valley, with time to explore two of region’s most charming towns – Emmersdorf and Melk. Your unforgettable exploration of Wachau continues with scintillating scenic cruising through the valley’s gorgeous, world-renowned scenery en route to Dürnstein. Perhaps spend the rest of your afternoon wandering Dürnstein’s winding streets and discovering the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned.
Sailing onwards, Vienna – the first of three magnificent capital cities on your itinerary – awaits. With a full day to explore, you could opt to take the highly recommended tour of the grounds and gardens of Schönbrunn Palace – a legacy of the Habsburg monarchy – or visit Hofburg Palace, home of the Austrian crown jewels. Stadtpark and Ringstrasse are worth a visit too; while the chance to savour a performance of ‘Sound of Vienna’ and round off your day in style is not to be missed. The diverse attractions of Slovakia’s capital await you next. An abundance of classic and contemporary architectural delights, medieval ruins and pretty parks and lakes vie for your attention in Bratislava, which is overlooked by the city’s majestic castle. Finally it’s on to the UNESCO-listed Hungarian capital, Budapest. After enjoying the scenic sail into the city, be sure to visit the Buda Castle complex and the historic Millennium Underground Railway and stroll along Andrássy Avenue towards Heroes’ Square during your time ashore. The thermal healing baths here are the perfect place to relax and reflect on your adventures before heading home.
- Flight from Dublin to Munich, Germany and transfer to Nuremberg
- All Transfers airport/quay
- 7 nights accommodation aboard the 4* Brabant based on 2 sharing
- Tempting cuisine every day – with ‘early riser’ breakfast, breakfast buffet, casual lunch, five-course à la carte dinner and late-night snacks
- Use of leisure facilities including Fitness Room and Wellness Tub
- Lounge music by pianist, or duo every day
- Flight from Budapest, Hungary to Dublin
- One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 5kgs carry-on per person
Following a flight from Dublin to Nuremberg, you will be transferred to the quay to board the Fred. Olsen Brabant where you can settle in and explore the ship.
A major commercial city with a distinctly cosmopolitan feel, Nuremberg is today one of Germany’s most vibrant, energetic and endlessly stimulating destinations. Home to an abundance of cultural highlights and exciting attractions, from stylish galleries and museums to trendy bars, cafés and lively markets, as well as a few exciting annual events, Nuremberg offers a taste of modern German life.
Nicknamed ‘Germany’s medieval miracle’, resplendent Regensburg is considered amongst the finest medieval cities in Europe. Originally settled by the Romans in 179AD under the control of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Regensburg was the first capital of Bavaria and a Free Imperial City for around 600 years. Today it is simply one of Germany’s oldest and finest cities.
On the German-Austrian border at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers sits the charming Bavarian city of Passau. Nicknamed the ‘City of Three Rivers’, pretty Passau has made the most of its unique location throughout its fascinating history. For centuries its waterways were vital trading routes, bringing wealth which helped to shape and develop the beautiful old streets here; while today they serve as gateways for visitors stopping-by to take in the city’s historic highlights and cultural delights.
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty, peace and tranuility of some of the most spectacular scenery seen anywhere along the Danube River, as your river boat negotiates the seemingly endless meanders of the Schlögener Schlinge.
Often overlooked as visitors flock to the Baroque delights of Vienna and Salzburg, Linz feels like a hidden gem. This is despite the fact that this former European Capital of Culture and current UNESCO City of Media Arts is indeed Austria’s third largest city. Sitting astride the beautiful River Danube and boasting a collection of excellent galleries and museums, historic landmarks and much more, Linz perfectly combines a blend of scenic beauty, traditional treasures and contemporary attractions.
At the south-western entrance of the beautiful, UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley lie the charming town of Emmersdorf and the historic city of Melk – two of Lower Austria’s prettiest and most popular holiday destinations. Whether you choose to explore one or both of these small, yet attraction-packed settlements situated on opposite sides of the River Danube, you’re in for an enjoyable and rewarding experience here during your Danube River cruise.
The Wachau Valley is a spectacular 33 Kilometre-long section of the Danube River, stretched between the historic Austrian towns of Melk and Krems. UNESCO-listed in recognition of its diverse landscapes, the Wachau is a showcase of postcard-perfect scenery consisting of enchanting medieval towns, world-renowned vineyards and gently rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
Austria’s romantic, UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley is world-renowned for its spectacular natural scenery, historic sights and famous wines, and nowhere better epitomises the appeal of this stunning region than Dürnstein. Situated on a curve of the Danube Riverfront forested hills, and home to steep vineyards and a collection of beautifully well-preserved medieval buildings, this town is as picture-perfect as they come.
The largest and brightest shining of the many jewels in Austria’s crown, Vienna is without doubt among the most beautiful and captivating capitals in Europe. A leading artistic and cultural hub, the city was once home to many of the great composers, such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert, and is renowned for its contribution to theatre, the arts, opera and classical music over the years. It is also revered for boasting one of the most architecturally diverse historic centres found anywhere on the continent.
Beautiful Bratislava – Slovakia’s engrossing capital – is one of the most intriguing, immersive and diverse cities in Europe, combining contemporary delights and an abundance of historic highlights with the scenic beauty of the picturesque Danube River. Unlike many other European capitals, the city is laid-back rather than frenetic and – despite growth in recent years – retains an enchanting small town charm.
Visiting beautiful Budapest is made even more special by the unforgettable sail into Hungary’s spectacular capital. As your riverboat glides right into the heart of the city via the picturesque Danube River you’ll pass under several stunning bridges and enjoy views of magnificent architecture lining the river banks on both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides of the city.
Bustling and beautiful Budapest is an explorer’s dream destination. Straddling the magnificent Danube River, Hungary’s historic capital is split into two distinct districts: Buda, with its steep hills, streets and alleys; and low-lying Pest, where architectural and cultural treasures are in abundance. Exploring Budapest on either side of the water is an unforgettable experience, with unique and fascinating attractions to discover at every turn, but if you have time it’s well worth hopping back and forth via the impressive bridges to take in as many of the city’s spectacular sights as you can.
You will be transferred from the quay to the airport for your flight to Dublin.
7 Nights accommodation aboard the 4* Brabant, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line.
We’re delighted to introduce you to Brabant, Fred. Olsen’s first-ever dedicated river cruising boat. 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.
Smaller-sized and classically designed, Brabant lends herself perfectly to Fred. Olsen’s approach to cruising. Making the most of the boat’s size advantage, we can expertly craft simply unforgettable river cruise itineraries which do not only feature some of Europe’s most breathtaking river scenery and cities, but also include chances to enjoy journeys along spellbinding, size-restricted sections of rivers and calls into stunning destinations that larger boats can’t access.
No matter which incredible Fred. Olsen river cruise you choose you’re in for a very special experience aboard Brabant.
You’re sure to settle in straight away aboard Brabant, thanks to the boat’s comfortable and contemporary accommodation. Each bedroom features cherry wood interiors, stylish décor and generous storage space to make you relaxed and right at home from the moment you step on board. Juliette balconies and panoramic windows are a welcome feature in many of the rooms – perfect for admiring gorgeous river scenery from the comfort of your own space. A wide range of in-room facilities include a large flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, individual climate control, an in-room safe and a well-equipped en suite bathroom, all provided to ensure your stay is relaxing and stress-free.
LENGTH / WIDTH 360ft / 37.5ft
SPEED 13.5 knots
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit of 15% due on confirmation of booking
- 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
- Optional Insurance available (call for details)
- Optional gratuities from €10 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard M.S. Brabant
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
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