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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

Introducing 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!

Springtime Dutch Discovery
Sails from Amsterdam to Düsseldorf, selection of dates available: 5th April 2018 (R1801) • 15th April 2018 (R1803)

With so much variety in one short sailing, this is the perfect way to sample the river cruising experience. Starting in Amsterdam you’ll be able to visit legendary Keukenhof Gardens and view the vibrant tulips in bloom. Then from gliding through Dutch countryside to transiting the Pannerden Canal, there’s a wealth of scenic delights all to be discovered from the comfort of Brabant. Dotted along the route are towns and cities steeped in seafaring history and authentic culture.
5-night fly-cruise from £999 per person

Delights of Holland in Bloom
Sails from Düsseldorf to Amsterdam, 10th April 2018 (R1802)

Delight in all things Dutch on this five-night escape – an ideal introduction to Fred. Olsen river cruising. Take a canal boat trip; tour to Delft or see futuristic architecture in Rotterdam; step back in time at the Netherlands Open Air Museum; wonder at the iconic Kinderdijk windmills; and visit Keukenhof Gardens during the famous tulip season. All this, and more, is expertly blended with scenic cruising through cattle-laden countryside and the Pannerden Canal.
5-night fly-cruise from £999 per person

Cruising the Rhine, Main & Moselle
Sails from Düsseldorf to Nuremberg, selection of dates available: 20th April 2018 (R1804) • 11th October 2018 (R1828)

Experience the beauty of Germany to the full with a mix of picturesque destinations – all steeped in history – along with scenic cruising through forest-covered mountains and the breathtaking Rhine, Main and Moselle valleys. After the arresting sight of Cologne Cathedral, a storybook of vineyards, castles, palaces and delightful towns unfolds. Enjoy stops along the way to discover medieval Old Towns, mighty fortresses, charming cathedrals and fine wines.
7-night fly-cruise from £1,399 per person

Cities of the Beautiful Danube
Sails from Nuremberg to Budapest, Selection of dates available: 27th April 2018 (R1805) • 18th October 2018 (R1829)

Join Brabant on a journey of endless reward. The chance to visit Salzburg is followed by cruising the breathtaking Danube, calling at enchanting destinations in the Wachau Valley. All to whet the appetite for the three capital cities that follow. Marvel at the majestic palaces and sweet symphonies of Vienna, the ‘City of Music’; savour natural and historic beauty in Bratislava; and delight in Budapest’s architectural wonders and thermal healing baths.
7-night fly-cruise from £1,399 per person

Valleys & Mountains of GermanyDiscover
Sails from Nuremberg to Düsseldorf, 31st May 2018 (R1809)

This enticing jaunt across Germany presents the area’s most breathtaking scenic cruising. The Hassberge Mountains, the Middle Rhine Valley and the Lower Moselle Valley are all specially scheduled for you to enjoy during the daylight hours. Take in fairytale castles and palaces together with terraced vineyards and picturesque towns. Sandwiched in between is a selection of towns and cities laden with architectural treasures and authentic medieval charm.
7-night fly-cruise from £1,499 per person

Exploring the Scenic Moselle Valley
Sails from Düsseldorf to Basel, Selection of dates available: 7th June 2018 (R1810) • 5th July 2018 (R1814) • 2nd August 2018 (R1818) • 30th August 2018 (R1822) • 27th September 2018 (R1826)

Head off on an effortlessly beautiful journey blending quaint German towns with a taste of historic France. Scenic wonders, from spectacular cathedrals to fairytale castles to exquisite vineyards, are yours to experience throughout, during specially-timed scenic cruising and ashore. On this unique itinerary Brabant goes one step further still, diverting all the way down the Moselle Valley to Bernkastel-Kues – a passage only accessible to smaller river boats.
7-night fly-cruise from £1,499 per person

Romantic Rhine & Moselle MarvelsDiscover
Sails from Basel to Düsseldorf, Selection of dates available: 28th June 2018 (R1813) • 26th July 2018 (R1817) • 23rd August 2018 (R1821) • 20th September 2018 (R1825)

An inspirational itinerary packing in highlights galore in seven nights.
Uncover the mountain panoramas of Lucerne on a tour, before enjoying a full day in Strasbourg; sample a string of German towns scenic and historic in equal measure; and admire the impossibly beautiful castles and vineyards of the Lower Moselle and Middle Rhine valleys first-hand during daylight hours; before concluding your adventures with the delights of Cologne and Düsseldorf.
7-night fly-cruise from £1,499 per person

Europe’s Scenic Rivers
Sails from Düsseldorf to Hirsova, Selection of dates available: 20th April 2018 (R180406) • 11th October 2018 (R182830)

Savour special experiences in seven countries on this exhilarating exploration. Cruise Germany’s most scenic regions, including past the cathedrals, castles and vineyards of the Middle Rhine Valley, before joining the mighty Danube River for a journey all the way to the Black Sea. En route you’ll discover major cities, such as Vienna and Budapest; transit the iconic Iron Gates gorges; and have the chance to take a tour through the remote Danube Delta.
23-night fly-cruise from £3,699 per person


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