Sailing the Scenic Moselle to Trier

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Embark on Fred. Olsen’s newest River Cruiser The Brabant on this fabulous 7-night cruise of three different sections of the sublime Moselle River.

Join Brabant for this journey along three different sections of the sublime Moselle River, taking a rarely-sailed route through Germany, and you’ll experience a holiday filled with scenic, architectural and cultural delights, uncovered during memorable river cruising and time ashore exploring charming towns and stunning cities.

You’ll begin this inspirational cruise revelling in sensational views of the Lower Moselle Valley’s gorgeous vineyards and enchanting riverbank towns, before calling at Cochem for a chance to wander the town’s romantic squares and visit the fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle. Several miles further along the Moselle, with a stop at Trier – Germany’s oldest city, your journey through Germany makes for memorable scenic cruising, sailing the picturesque Saar River towards Saarburg, where the enchanting waterfall through the centre of the town is particularly appealing.

The following day, you can take time to explore beautiful Bernkastel-Kues with its plethora of welcoming wine taverns and medley of historical gems, such as the 15th century Spitzhauschen and Renaissance-style Town Hall; then spend a couple of late afternoon hours in Traben Trarbach, the ‘Jewel of the Central Moselle’. Then there’s Koblenz, situated at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’, where’s you’ll have a day to take in this charming city’s multitude of centuries-old monuments and landmarks – including the Prussian Electoral Palace and the 13th century Alte Berg – at leisure, and ride a cable car to the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Finally, your unforgettable week of scenic river exploration concludes on the banks of the Rhine in Cologne. Before heading home, perhaps make the most of your time to visit the city’s iconic, UNESCO-listed Cathedral and marvel at its spectacular towering exterior and glorious interiors; take in the various galleries and museums; and stop-by the Altstadt District, where bustling pubs offer up a friendly atmosphere and Cologne’s famous sweet ale, Kölsch.

Inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Cologne, Germany
  • Return Transfers from airport to 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
  • Complimentary tea & coffee station available
  • 24 hours a day
  • Complimentary afternoon tea & coffee with sandwiches and cakes
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary bike hire (on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Use of leisure facilities including
  • Fitness Room and Wellness Tub
  • Lounge music by pianist, or duo every day
  • Flight from Cologne to Dublin
  • One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 5kgs carry-on per person
  • Taxes

Itinerary

Day 1 Cologne, Germany

Following a flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to the quay to board the Fred. Olsen Brabant where you can settle in and explore the ship.

Day 2 Cruising Lower Moselle Valley, Germany

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.

Day 2 Continued Cochem, Germany

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.

Day 3 Trier, Germany

The oldest city in Germany, and located on the Moselle River, Trier is the birthplace of Karl Marx. Known as the ‘Rome of the North’, it was the key city of the Roman northern territories. Try to visit as many of the nine UNESCO World Heritage sites you can during your visit; among them are superb examples of Roman monuments, including an amphitheatre, thermal baths, and imperial throne room. More modern treasures include Germany’s oldest Gothic church and the baroque building where Karl Marx was born.

Trier is easily explored on foot, as many of these key sights are within walking distance of the old city, but do experience the tourist mini-train (Römer Express) on its tour of the Altstadt (Old Town). Take in the sights and sounds of the Hauptmarkt, the colourful and lively market square in the centre of the city, leading to many pedestrianised streets with more fascinating areas to explore, one of which leads to Karl-Marx-Haus, which is now a museum.

As Brabant meanders along the Moselle River, vineyards can be seen rising up the steep slopes, leading to world famous wineries in the heart of this superb wine region, where you may be tempted to try a glass of the renowned Vin de Moselle, synonymous with Riesling.

Day 4 Trier, Germany

Enjoy a second day to explore this historic city.

Day 5 Saarburg, Germany

Located on the banks of the Saar River, upstream from the Saar’s meeting point with the Moselle, this pretty town is surrounded by lush, green countryside. With a stunning waterfall cascading through it as the Leuk River creeps into the town, allowing for a 60 feet drop into the valley below. It was re-directed in the 13th century to allow for the river to flow through the cobbled streets either side.

The streets are flanked with brightly coloured houses and cafes, and at the top of the town sits the now ruined castle, looking down upon the valley. Situated at the bottom of the waterfall are the water mills, and a selection of interesting museums, including the Amüseum, which houses the municipal gallery for contemporary art and the oldest functioning turbine in the world, and is a particularly striking building.

Day 5 Continued Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Known as the ‘heart of the Middle Moselle’, beautiful Bernkastel-Kues is an enchanting twin-town spread along both the east and west banks of the River Mosel at the centre of the picturesque Moselle Valley. Set amongst a backdrop of stunning lush-green scenery and world-famous vineyards, including the revered Berkasteler Doctor, Bernkastel-Kues is best known for producing some of Europe’s finest and most expensive wines.

As you might expect, many consider Bernkastel-Kues’ plethora of wineries and taverns – there are around 100 here serving various types of Mosel and Riesling wines – as the main attraction, however the town has much more to recommend it than just the delicious local tipples.

The charming Old Town of Bernkastel-Kues is a gem, with its medieval market square, collection of well-preserved historic monuments and landmarks, and rows of gabled half-timbered houses which date back to the Middle Ages. The 15th century Spitzhauschen (Pointed House), the Renaissance-style Town Hall built in 1608 and Graach Gate – the only original town gate still standing today – are among the most popular attractions.

Take time to venture away from the historic heart of the town and you can uncover the pretty squares of Platz am Barenbrunnen and Karlsbader Platz too, as well as the ruins of Landshut Castle and the birthplace of Nicholas of Cusa – one of the earliest German humanists. Alternatively you could choose to simply indulge in a rewarding and relaxing walk along the river banks, taking in the scenic surroundings at your leisure.

Day 6 Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Known as the ‘heart of the Middle Moselle’, beautiful Bernkastel-Kues is an enchanting twin-town spread along both the east and west banks of the River Mosel at the centre of the picturesque Moselle Valley. Set amongst a backdrop of stunning lush-green scenery and world-famous vineyards, including the revered Berkasteler Doctor, Bernkastel-Kues is best known for producing some of Europe’s finest and most expensive wines. 

As you might expect, many consider Bernkastel-Kues’ plethora of wineries and taverns – there are around 100 here serving various types of Mosel and Riesling wines – as the main attraction, however the town has much more to recommend it than just the delicious local tipples.

The charming Old Town of Bernkastel-Kues is a gem, with its medieval market square, collection of well-preserved historic monuments and landmarks, and rows of gabled half-timbered houses which date back to the Middle Ages. The 15th century Spitzhauschen (Pointed House), the Renaissance-style Town Hall built in 1608 and Graach Gate – the only original town gate still standing today – are among the most popular attractions.

Take time to venture away from the historic heart of the town and you can uncover the pretty squares of Platz am Barenbrunnen and Karlsbader Platz too, as well as the ruins of Landshut Castle and the birthplace of Nicholas of Cusa – one of the earliest German humanists. Alternatively you could choose to simply indulge in a rewarding and relaxing walk along the river banks, taking in the scenic surroundings at your leisure.

Day 6 Continued Traben-Trarbach, Germany

Affectionately known as the ‘Jewel of the Central Moselle’, Traben-Trarbach was once a busy wine trading port, a town of great wealth at the turn of the last century. Today visitors can still uncover the large underground wine cellars and outstanding art nouveau villas on guided tours, sample the local wine or stay in one of the magnificent houses.

Take time to explore the vine-bordered amphitheatre, woods and vineyards of this picturesque town nestled on the Moselle, before discovering a wealth of attractive buildings and architectural treasures.

Discover the ruins of Grevenburg Castle, which house a cosy tavern and castle garden, and offers stunning views of the Moselle River; or explore the Mont Royal Fortress Ruins, where a few remnants of the cellar vaults and casemates are still preserved. The plans of the fortress and archaeological findings are on display in the Middle Moselle Museum, along with examples of the history of Traben-Trarbach and a unique collection of furnishings from a house belonging to wealthy families in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Elsewhere in the city, there are many fine examples of ‘Belle Époque’ architecture, such as the City House and the Old Train Station. Don’t miss the Villa Huesgen, located on the Traven Mosel shore, or the Bridge Gate on the Mosel bridge in Trarbach. The mix of Art Deco, baroque, neo-classical and Moselle typical buildings sit comfortably with each other, making for a not-to-be-missed stop on your Brabant river cruise.

Day 7 Koblenz, Germany

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.

Accommodation

Fred. Olsen Brabant

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.

Cabins

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.

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable deposit of 15% due on confirmation of booking
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €2,069pp
  Number of nights: 7

28 Jun 2020 Standard Cabin €2069
28 Jun 2020 Strauss Juliette Balcony €2379
28 Jun 2020 Mozart Juliette Balcony €2569

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