Springtime Dutch Discovery


If you’ve never experienced river cruising before or only have time spare for a short escape, this relaxing and rewarding cruise from Amsterdam to Düsseldorf is the perfect spring break. You’ll be able to marvel at the seasonal delights of the Dutch capital before taking in the beautifully diverse countryside of the Netherlands and visiting a string of towns and cities steeped in history and authentic culture.

After joining Brabant in Amsterdam, you’ll have the following morning to explore this iconic city before setting sail. The excellent Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House and the grand architecture lining the famous canals will vie for your attention, however, a trip to the resplendent, 32-hectare Keukenhof Gardens is a must at this time of year to see the vibrant tulips in their spectacular spring bloom. Cruising on the Ijsselmeer Lake follows en route to Hoorn. This historic town was a major trading base during the Dutch ‘Golden Age’ and the cosy harbour here harks back to those prosperous times. In the compact town centre, seven fascinating museums are within easy reach on foot. You’ll also stop in Kampen for the chance to see centuries-old churches, towers and remains of the ancient city wall in one of the Netherlands’ best-preserved Hanseatic city centres.

Brabant continues onwards along the Ijssel River, presenting you with views of the beautiful city of Zwolle, several pretty villages and beautiful countryside as you head for Deventer. This city is renowned for its industrial and religious significance, which is showcased by the striking Hanseatic-era architecture and imposing St Lebuin’s Church. The Netherlands’ oldest stone house, oldest scientific library and the oldest park are among Deventer’s ‘must-visit’ highlights too. Your penultimate stop is at Arnhem – most famous for the Battle of Arnhem during World War Two – after passing by the picturesque city of Zutphen. Just a short distance from Arnhem is the fantastic Netherlands Open Air Museum, which exhibits an impressive collection of houses, antiques and monuments from various eras. Historic landmarks such as the Gothic-style St Eusebius Church and 12th-century Doorwerth Castle are also well worth visiting.

On your final day, Fort Pannerden will be a sight to behold as you journey along the Pannerden Canal in the morning, before spending the afternoon in Nijmegen. Exploring the Netherlands’ oldest city will round-off your cruise perfectly before you disembark in Düsseldorf. Valkhof Museum is a great place to start before perhaps wandering along the Waalbrug to capture views of the Old Town and the Waal River.


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


Day 1 Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

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 2 Amsterdam – Cruising Across Ijsselmeer – Hoorn, Netherlands

Between stops at the iconic Dutch capital of Amsterdam and the historic city of Hoorn, experience a cruise across the shallow waters of the Ijsselmeer – the largest lake in the Netherlands and Western Europe.

Believed to have been founded in the early 13th century, Hoorn quickly became one of the Netherlands’ most important harbour towns, serving as a link to the Baltic and Flanders regions. However, it wasn’t until the prosperous times of the Dutch ‘Golden Age’ that Hoorn really began to thrive as the centre of the Netherlands’ international trade industry.

Day 3 Kampen – Cruising on Ijssel River – Deventer, Netherlands

Situated on the banks of the lower River Ijssel in the pretty Overijssel province, Hanseatic Kampen is always a memorable stop on a river cruise along the Netherlands’ winding waterways. Cruising to this charming city via the still waters of the Ijssel will present you with unspoilt views of gorgeous lush-green countryside, before the impressive sight of Kampen’s imposing, gothic-style Bovenkerk hints at the type of centuries-old structures awaiting your discovery ashore.

Experience a relaxing journey along the picturesque Ijssel River as your river boat sails between two of the Netherlands’ oldest Hanseatic cities, Kampen and Deventer.

Deventer is one of the Netherlands’ oldest and most important historical cities. It is believed that the first settlement here appeared in the 9th century; however Deventer really came to prominence in the 10th century when it became a fortified city and a flourishing trade port – thanks to its favourable position on the banks of the River Ijssel. By 1500, Deventer had become so integral to the Dutch trade industry that the city became a member of the Hanseatic League.

Day 4 Cruising by Zutphen – Arnhem, Netherlands

With its stunning countryside scenery and centuries-old architecture, the historic city of Zutphen is sure to catch your attention as you sail the Ijssel River through the heart of the Netherlands’ picturesque Gelderland province.

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.

Day 5 Cruising Pannerden Canal & Fortress – Nijmegen, Netherlands

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 6 Düsseldorf, Germany

You cruise into Düsseldorf 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.

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.


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
  • 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 R1901

  Cost per person: €1,139pp
  Number of nights: 5

05 April 2018 €1,139 Standard Room
05 April 2018 €1,299 Juliette Balcony Strauss
05 April 2018 €1,359 Juliette Balcony Mozart
05 April 2018 On Request Juliette Balcony Suite

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