Cruising the Rhine, Main & Moselle
From enchanting destinations steeped in centuries of fascinating history to the spectacular scenery of the Rhine, Main and Moselle Valleys, you’ll experience Germany’s breathtaking beauty to the full on this wonderful week away. World-famous vineyards, impressive castles and palaces and pretty towns present postcard-perfect views to enjoy as you sail picturesque rivers aboard Brabant, while stops at delightful destinations will be just as rewarding and memorable.
After boarding your boat in Düsseldorf you’ll call first at Cologne for the chance to marvel at the spectacular towering exterior and intriguing interior of the city’s iconic UNESCO-listed Cathedral. You could explore the charming Old Town and enjoy a pint of Kölsch – the local sweet ale – at one of the bustling pubs too; or take your pick of the many interesting museums. Along the beautiful Moselle, Cochem is your next stop. With its pretty pastel-coloured waterfront buildings, lush green vineyards and imposing Reichsburg Castle, this fairytale-esque town presents a unique scenic landscape. You’ll take in the spectacular scenery on an unforgettable journey through the Lower Moselle Valley too, passing by yet more picturesque vineyards, fortifications and towns.
The following morning you’ll wake up in historic Koblenz, situated at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’. Perhaps visit the ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the Prussian Electoral Palace, the 13th century Alte Berg and more for an insight into the city’s over 2,000-year history before spending the afternoon sailing the magical Middle Rhine Valley – a picture book of medieval towns, castles, spires and forested hills. The next day you’ll capture Bavaria’s scenic beauty as you sail the Main Valley to Miltenberg, where a treasure trove of medieval half-timbered architecture awaits your discovery. Back on the Main, you’ll enjoy a cruise by the red sandstone rocks of the Middle Main Quadrangle en route to Würzburg. Discovering landmarks such as the Würzburg Residenz and the Marienberg Fortress is a great way to spend a couple of hours here, while it’s worth stopping by one of the taverns to sample fine Franconian wines too. Finally, after marvelling at the rolling hills and mountains of Haßberge aboard Brabant, you’ll visit Bamberg. Bamberg’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is renowned for its collection of historic attractions. The impressive Cathedral, the Old Town Hall and the Neue Residenz are particular highlights.
- Flight from Dublin to Dusseldorf, Germany
- 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 Germany to Dublin
- One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 5kgs carry-on per person
Following a flight from Dublin to Düsseldorf, you will be transferred to the quay to board the Fred. Olsen Brabant where you can settle in and explore the ship.
Dazzling Düsseldorf – the capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia state – is a vibrant modern metropolis situated on the banks of the beautiful Rhine River. A thriving economic centre, this stylish city is one of Germany’s largest, wealthiest and most populated; and renowned for its international media, creative and financial industries, cosmopolitan culture, buzzing nightlife and striking architecture.
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.
Although small, the fairytale-esque German town of Cochem is sure to make a big impression. Situated within the breathtaking Moselle Valley on one of the winding Moselle River’s seemingly endless hairpin bends, Cochem is one of Europe’s most charming and picturesque locations. Sailing here is always simply unforgettable, with views of the unspoilt lush green countryside to enjoy from your river boat; while in the town itself, there are plenty of eye-catching sights to discover too.
With its beautiful, ever-changing landscape, which is marked by world-famous vineyards, imposing cliffs and steep hills, towering centuries-old castles and a string of postcard-perfect historic towns, the Lower Moselle Valley is widely considered the most picturesque section of the Moselle River.
Situated at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’ where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet and the magnificent Hunsrück, Eifel and Westerwald mountain ranges converge, it’s no wonder Koblenz is considered one of the most picturesque cities in Germany. The appeal of Koblenz isn’t just skin-deep however; over 2,000 years of history and an abundance of cultural and historical monuments ensure this ancient city is always a memorable and rewarding stop on a German river cruise.
The enchanting Middle Rhine Valley – also affectionately known as the ‘Romantic Rhine Valley – is Germany at its finest.World renowned for its breathtaking, postcard-perfect scenery, the Middle Rhine features imposing cliffs and picturesque rolling hills, steep vineyards, historic landmarks including a collection of magnificent medieval castles and a string of picturesque riverside cities, towns and villages such as Bacharach, Boppard, St. Goar and Linz.
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenic beauty of Bavaria as your river boat navigates the meandering Main Valley. An ever-changing picturesque landscape of tall forests, rolling hills, pretty vineyards and charming towns and cities is yours to admire while you relax on deck.
Visit charming Miltenberg on a German river cruise and you’ll quickly understand why this quaint Bavarian town is affectionately known as the ‘Pearl of the River Main’. Revered for retaining its scenic beauty and romantic historical charm, Miltenberg is one of only a few German towns not to have been extensively rebuilt after the Second World War, so many of the wonderfully well-preserved streets and structures here are as they were several centuries ago.
The Middle Main Quadrangle is a picturesque stretch of the Main River, extending downstream from Gmünd all the way to Aschaffenburg. Along the way the river passes by a number of historic towns and cities such as Wertheim, Miltenberg and Klingenberg.
Although Würzburg’s extensive history, in fact, stretches back over several centuries, very little here pre-dates the Second World War. In 1945 Würzburg was almost completely decimated by an Allied bombing raid which destroyed approximately 90% of the city and razed a number of historic churches, cathedrals and medieval monuments to the ground. Plans were made to leave Würzburg in its battle-scarred state after the war to serve as a reminder of the destruction caused; though thankfully these plans were cancelled and the city was painstakingly rebuilt into the Bavarian gem it is today.
As you sail by Germany’s beautiful Haßberge Mountains you might be surprised to learn that their name roughly translates to ‘Hate Mountains’ in English, so peaceful and pretty are the region’s gently rolling hills and lush green vineyards.
Bamberg’s incredible history dates back to Roman times. Once the jewel in the Roman Empire’s crown, the town became its own diocese after the Holy Roman Emperor Henry II made it a family inheritance in 1007, and was a major influence on the introduction of Christianity to Bavaria. By the 13th century, prince-bishops ruled here, overseeing the town’s development and the construction of many magnificent monuments and buildings.
You cruise into Nuremberg on the final day of your river cruise and disembarkment will begin after breakfast. 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
- 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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