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European River Cruising

Welcome to Fred. Olsen sailings of the Rhine, Danube, Moselle & Main rivers in the style and friendly atmosphere of Brabant

Welcome aboard the river cruising boat, Brabant. Built in 2006, this stylish, comfortable vessel has everything you need to make your holiday memorable, from bright and spacious public areas to well-equipped bedrooms to ample deck space from which to enjoy the superb views gliding by. With just four decks and less than 80 rooms and suites, Brabant has the intimate, ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere which Fred. Olsen’s guests know and love.)


An inspirational journey every time
Whichever of the carefully crafted itineraries you choose you’re in for a special experience, taking in some of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. You could opt for an authentic exploration of the majestic Danube, passing through significant sections including the Iron Gates gorges, the fjord-like Schlögener Schlinge or the floodplains of the Danube Delta. Alternatively, savour a selection of highlights from the Rhine, Main and Moselle valleys, all expertly scheduled for daylight cruising.

Relax comfortably on deck as a rewarding picture book of romantic towns, formidable fortresses, terraced vineyards, captivating cathedrals, flourishing forests and dramatic mountains unfolds. You may choose to take in the authentic highlights of a particular country, such as the colourful tulips of the Netherlands in full bloom, or the treasured medieval architecture of Germany. Or perhaps head off on a winding journey of discovery across Europe, ticking off highlights in countries along the way; these itineraries combine major attraction-packed cities, such as Vienna and Budapest, with an array of lesser-known gems. There will be rewards throughout.


The Fred. Olsen difference

Brabant’s classic design is a little smaller than many river boats, so you’ll enjoy the usual hallmarks of Fred. Olsen’s approach to cruising. In line with our ocean-going fleet, this smaller-scaled vessel has the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman, we believe we have crafted the perfect formula to ensure you get the best out of your holiday. Now our experience and knowledge has been applied to this new programme of river cruises.

What’s included with your cruise
With a Fred. Olsen river cruise you’ll find so much is included in the price that you don’t have to worry about a thing. Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard:

• Comfortable en suite accommodation with flat-screen TV, hairdryer, safe and individually controlled air conditioning
• Gourmet dining every day throughout your cruise – with ‘early riser’ breakfast, breakfast buffet, casual lunch, five-course à la carte dinner and late-night snacks
• Complimentary tea & coffee station 24 hours a day
• Complimentary afternoon tea & coffee with sandwiches and cakes
• Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
• Complimentary wi-fi
• Use of leisure facilities including Fitness Room and wellness tub
• Lounge music by pianist or duo every day
• All local taxes and port charges (where collectable in advance)

Selected itineraries are shown below, for more details and to find details of all itineraries please call Barrhead Travel TODAY!


Sails from Düsseldorf to Amsterdam,  available: 9th April 2019 (R1902) 

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. 

Fly Scotland - Dusseldorf - Arnhem - Cruising Pannerden Canal & Fort Pannerden - Nijmegan - Dordrecht - Cruising the Dutch Country - Willemstad - Rotterdam - Kinderdijk - Schoonhoven (overnight) - Utrecht - Amsterdam - Fly Scotland 

5-night fly-cruise from £1,149 per person  


Scenic Gems of the German Landscape

Sails from Düsseldorf to Basel, available: 20th June 2019 (R1912) The list of glorious German sights and highlights to discover – both ashore and aboard Brabant – on this incredible river cruise is seemingly endless. Magnificent architectural wonders; historical attractions; and some of Germany’s very best areas of scenic beauty await you during the first few days of your adventure. Then to cap it all off, there are chances to explore Strasbourg and Lucerne for an authentic taste of France and Switzerland.

Fly Scotland - Dusseldorf - Cologne - Cruising passage of Bonn - Konigswinter - Cochem - Cruising Lower Moselle Valley - Koblenz (overnight) - Cruising the Middle Rhine Valley - Speyer - Strasbourg - Breisach - Basel - Fly Scotland

7-night fly-cruise from £1,499 per person 


Sailing the Danube

Sails from Hirsova, Romania to Budapest, Hungaria, available: 12th May 2019 (R1907)  From passing the point where the Danube meets the Black Sea to visiting beautiful Budapest and discovering an abundance of scenic and city delights in between, there are a smorgasbord of simply unforgettable experiences to enjoy on this stunning river cruise aboard Brabant. Chances to explore the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve; cruise the iconic Iron Gates gorge; and discover the historic landmarks of Bucharest and Belgrade are among the many highlights.

Fly Scotland – Hirsova – Km Zero – St Gheorghe – Chiciu – Giurgiu – Ruse (overnight) - Vidin – Cruising the Catracts and Iron Gate – Belgrade (overnight) – Novi Sad – Cruising the Tisa Plain – Mohacs – Kalocsa – Budapest – Fly Scotland 

10-night fly-cruise from £2,199 per person  


Springtime Dutch Discovery

Sails from Amsterdam, Netherland to Düsseldorf, German, available: 14th April 2019 (R1912)  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.

Fly Scotland – Amsterdam (overnight) – Cruising across Ijsselmeer – Hoorn (overnight) – Kampen – Deventer – Cruising Past Zutphen – Arnhem (overnight) – Cruising the Pannerden Canal & by Fort Pannerden – Nijmegen – Dusseldorf – Fly Scotland

5-night fly-cruise from £999 per person  


The Rhine, Main & Moselle

Sails from Düsseldorf to Nurenberg, Germany, available: 19th April 2019 (R1904)  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.

Fly Scotland – Dusseldorf – Cologne (overnight) – Cochem – Cruising Lower Moselle Valley – Koblenz (overnight) – Cruising the Middle Rhine Valley – Cruising the Main Valley – Miltenberg – Cruising Middle Main Quadrangle – Wurzburg – Cruising the Hasseberge Mountains – Bamberg – Nuremberg – Fly Scotland

7-night fly-cruise from £1,399 per person  


For full details and to find more itineraries please call Barrhead Travel TODAY!