Fred. Olsen is building upon the success of its river cruise ship’s first season with an expanded programme of 33 departures next year. From April to November, the 156-passenger Brabant will sail from Düsseldorf to Amsterdam; Düsseldorf to Nuremberg; Nuremberg to Budapest; Budapest to Hirsova (Bucharest) in Romania; Düsseldorf to Basel; and Hirsova (Bucharest) to Düsseldorf.
On the five-night ‘Springtime Dutch Discovery’ fly-cruise there’s the chance to discover Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House; or opt to view tulips in full seasonal bloom on a tour to the legendary Keukenhof Gardens. Enjoy scenic cruising across the Ijsselmeer, sail by the picturesque cities of Zutphen and Zwolle via the Ijssel River, and see the imposing Pannerden Fort, as Brabant transits the Pannerden Canal. Visit a string of towns and cities steeped in history and authentic culture, including Nijmegen – the Netherlands’ oldest city – and Kampen, home to one of the country’s best–preserved historic centres.
The seven-night ‘Scenic Gems of the German Landscape’ fly-cruise sails past the fairytale fortresses, vineyards and unspoilt countryside of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle valleys, as well as visiting Cologne’s incredible cathedral. In addition there’s the arresting sight of Hotel Dreesen; towering Reichsburg Castle in Cochem; and the Siebengebirge Mountains. There are also chances to explore historic Strasbourg and sparkling Lucerne – on tour from Breisach – for an authentic taste of France and Switzerland.
During the seven-night ‘Scenic Delights of the Moselle Valley’ fly-cruise, the scenery is one of picturesque vineyards and gorgeous countryside, resplendent castles, and historic wine-making towns. Look out for the hillside fortresses and forests of the Middle Rhine Valley and enjoy a journey through the most scenic areas of the Moselle Valley, including the size-restricted route to Bernkastel-Kues. Two of Europe’s most spectacular cathedrals await discovery, in Strasbourg and Cologne – as well as Koblenz’s ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, and the imposing Reichsburg Castle, towering over charming Cochem.
Built in 2006, Brabant is a stylish and comfortable river cruise boat. With just four decks and fewer than 80 rooms and suites, staffed by 40 crew members, there is an intimate and friendly feel that Fred. Olsen’s guests know and love. English is spoken throughout and all transactions are conducted in Pounds Sterling. The British taste is also reflected in the cuisine, service and excursions. To find out more, speak to our experienced team now on 0800 484 0370.
- 17th July 2018
Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.