Delights of Holland in Bloom


Embark on a wonderful five-night spring escape and discover a deluge of Dutch delights as you sail through gorgeous countryside to a string of quaint towns and fascinating cities. The time you spend ashore taking in fascinating museums, historic landmarks and more will be complemented by relaxing journeys along beautiful waterways – a memorable introduction to the river cruise experience aboard Brabant.

After meeting your river boat in the German city of Düsseldorf you’ll cross the border overnight before arriving in Arnhem, the first call on your itinerary. Just a short distance from the city and well-worth a visit is the Netherlands Open Air Museum, which exhibits interesting houses, antiques and monuments from various eras. The impressive Fort Pannerden will then be a sight to behold as you sail the Pannerden Canal to your next stop, Nijmegen. With time to explore the historic heart of the Netherlands’ oldest city, you could uncover Nijmegen’s treasured Roman artefacts or simply stroll along the Waalbrug and admire the charming Old Town. Your second day of Dutch exploration begins in Dordrecht, home to the fantastic Het Hof van Nederland Museum. Other highlights here include the glorious Great Church and a Dordtevarr open boat trip along the canals. A scenic jaunt through postcard-perfect countryside follows before stopping at Willemstad, renowned for its beautifully well-preserved centuries-old fortifications.

In contrast, Rotterdam – the next stop on this incredible cruise – is revered for its magnificent modern marvels. Having been extensively rebuilt after World War Two, the Netherlands’ stunning second city features astounding architectural wonders such as the Cube Houses, the amazing Markthal and the Erasmusbrug Bridge. There are top-drawer museums and galleries here too; while Rotterdam is also the gateway to famous pottery city of Delft. A short stop at Kinderdijk follows, presenting you with the opportunity to see the iconic collection of UNESCO-listed windmills before continuing on to Schoonhoven, the ‘Silver City’. During your final day you’ll have the chance to visit the resplendent, 32-hectare Keukenhof Gardens. Keukenhof is simply unmissable at this time of the year as the vibrant tulips burst into their colourful bloom during the spring. Whether you choose to explore the gardens on foot or via an electrically-propelled boat this is perfect way to conclude your rewarding spring break.


  • Flight from Dublin to Düsseldorf, Germany
  • All Transfers airport/quay 5 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 Amsterdam to Dublin
  • One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 5kgs carry-on per person
  • Taxes


Day 1 Düsseldorf, Germany

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.

Day 2 Arnhem – Cruising Pannerden Canal & Fortress – Nijmegen, Netherlands

Arnhem is best known for its role in World War Two when, thanks to the city’s prime strategic location on the banks of the Nederrijn river, it was the site of one of the war’s most famous battles. The epic Battle of Arnhem in 1944 – later dramatised by iconic war film A Bridge Too Far – was one of the key Allied losses in the war, and a number of attractions in and around Arnhem – such as the interesting War Museum and the Airborne Museum – offer a fascinating insight into the city’s wartime heritage.

As you sail this picturesque stretch of water through pretty Dutch countryside, be on the lookout for the historic Pannerden Fort – situated at the confluence of the Waal and Rhine rivers – as well as towns and villages such as Pannerden, which are dotted along the banks of the canal.

With origins dating back to Roman times, Nijmegen’s long – and somewhat turbulent – history spans well over 2000 years. For centuries, through the Roman, Hanseatic and Dutch Revolt eras, Nijmegen was heavily fortified and subjected to numerous attacks and sieges, which restricted the city’s growth. It wasn’t until the 19th century – when the largest fortifications were dismantled – that Nijmegen was able to expand and develop into the city you see today.

Day 3 Dordrecht – Cruising by Dutch Countryside – Willemstad, Netherlands

Although it is believed that the original settlement appeared here on the banks of the Oude Maas in around 1049, Dordrecht officially became a city in 1220, making it the oldest city in the Netherlands’ historic Holland province. Situated on a vast island and surrounded by various tributaries and channels, Dordrecht – like so many other Dutch riverside cities – was a vital trading centre for centuries, exporting and importing goods such as wine, wood and cereals.

This historic fortified settlement emerged in the late 16th century when – under the orders of William of Orange – seven imposing fortifications were built to establish the village of Ruygenhil as a key strategic position on the confluence of the Hollands Diep, Haringvilet and Volerak waterways. While plans to create a naval port here never came to fruition, the village – renamed Willemstad after the death of William of Orange – served for several years as an important fishing and trading centre.

Day 4 Rotterdam – Kinderdijk – Schoonhoven, Netherlands

While Rotterdam’s origins, in fact, date back to around 900CE, there’s little to suggest that the Netherlands’ stunning second city is actually centuries-old. After being almost completely obliterated by German bombing raids in the Second World War, Rotterdam was razed to the ground and subsequently rebuilt over many years to become the futuristic metropolis and thriving economic centre it is known as today. 


The beautiful, UNESCO-listed village of Kinderdijk is one of the most famous locations in the Netherlands. Situated in the heart of the Dutch polder lands at the confluence of the picturesque Lek and Noord Rivers, Kinderdijk is home to the largest collection of historic windmills in the world and attracts thousands of visitors from around the globe every year.

Although this historic city was an important shipping, brewing, fishing and agricultural centre for many years after its foundation on the banks of the River Lek in the 13th century, Schoonhoven is best known for its thriving precious metal trade. Since the 17th century the city has been a hub for artisan gold and silversmiths; and a few local craftsmen continue to forge jewellery, trinkets and more here today. It’s no surprise that the Schoonhoven is affectionately known as the ‘Silver City’.

Day 5 Schoonhoven – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam originally emerged as a fishing village in the late 12th century, following the construction of a dam on the Netherlands’ Amstel River. Since those humble beginnings, Amsterdam’s development has been rapid and vast. Through the ‘Golden Age’, when Amsterdam was the world’s leading centre for finance and diamonds; the age of gold and silver; and periods of recession and recovery, the city grew to become the charming Dutch capital that’s adored by so many.

Day 6 Amsterdam, Netherlands

You will be transferred from the quay to the airport for your flight to Dublin.


5 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.

Boat Information




LENGTH / WIDTH 360ft / 37.5ft

SPEED 13.5 knots BUILT 2006

Extra Information

Booking remarks 

  • 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.
  • Office Use R1802

  Cost per person: €1,249pp
  Number of nights: 5

10 April 2018 Standard Room €1,249
10 April 2018 Juliette Balcony Strauss €1,439 
10 April 2018 Juliette Balcony Mozart €1,499

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