Built in 2006, Brabant is the first-ever dedicated river cruise boat by Fred Olsen. Setting sail with a maximum of 156 passengers and 40 crew members; the boat compact size and friendly, intimate atmosphere mean you'll soon feel at home. Brabant is spread across four decks, each lined with luxury amenities and well-equipped rooms and suites to add to your cruise experience. Days on board are all about relaxing and enjoying yourself; before evenings spent dining on delicious, locally-inspired cuisine and being entertained in the lounge and bars. Step ashore at your ports of call and join an organised excursion or hire one of the complimentary bikes to explore the local towns, cities, and villages at your own pace.
Start the day with a light 'Early Riser' coffee, tea, and pastries or tuck into a hearty buffet breakfast in Panorama Restaurant. Take your seat for a three-course lunch supplemented by items from the treat-filled buffet. If you have a sweet tooth, afternoon tea in Panorama Lounge is a must. The evening brings a five-course a la carte dinner served to your table in Panorama Restaurant. Late-night snacks are also available if you feel peckish before bed. The on-board cuisine caters for all dietary needs and the flavours reflect the destinations on your itinerary.
Pay a visit round-the-clock to the Amadeus Club for a refreshing cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy an alfresco drink from the Lido Bar on the Sun Deck as you watch the passing scenery unfold. Panorama Bar and Lounge is the hub of the boat after dark; the perfect spot to sit back and socialise with your fellow guests over a drink and enjoy the evening entertainment.
When you're not spending your days exploring the ports; visit Amadeus Club to play games with friends, peruse the books and newspapers, or catch up on news from home on one of the computers. The warm European weather makes the Sun Deck an ideal place to sit and lounge on a sunbed. Spend time enjoying a massage at the Vital-Club or treat yourself to a new hairdo in the neighbouring salon. Unwind in the Panorama Bar and Lounge after dinner and listen to the soft melodies of the pianist, vocalists, musicians, and visiting regional acts.
Day 1: Nuremberg in Germany
Arrive in Nuremberg where you will transferred to the port to board Fred Olsen’s Brabant and set sail onwards to Regensburg.
Day 2: Regensburg in Germany
Step ashore at the beautifully-preserved Bavarian city of Regensburg on the shores of the Danube River. The Stadtamhof Old Town area of this 2000-year-old city boasts UNESCO World Heritage site status. Visit Porta Praetoria at Castra Regina Fortress, Dome St Peter, and Schottenkirche St Jakob. Take a walk along the 310-metre, 12th-century Stone Bridge for the best views of Regensburg, before a visit to Bridge Tower Museum. Admire the Roland Fountain at Fischmarkt Square and the Romanesque-Gothic basilica of St Ulrich's Church. You can also escape to the tranquil setting of Herzogspark with its botanical garden, medieval Prebrunnturm tower and moat.
Day 3: Passau in Germany, Cruising the Schlogner Schlinge, Linz in Austria,
Today the boat arrives in Passau which lies at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn rivers. Also known as the 'Three Rivers City', Passau is dominated by the 13th-century hilltop Veste Oberhaus fortress with its city museum and observation tower. Meander through Alstadt old town district, exploring City Hall, New Bishop's Residence, handicraft shops, and galleries en-route. No visit here would be complete without calling at St Stephen's Cathedral to admire the 17,774-piped organ and distinctive onion-domed towers.
The cruise continues through the picturesque scenery of Schlogner Schlinge before arriving in Linz. Take an historic ride on Pöstlingbergbahn and experience one of the world's steepest narrow-gauge railways. Enjoy the beauty of the New Cathedral (Mariendorm) or step into the future and visit the Ars Electronica Center to watch the stunning riverside lightshow. Get lost in the beauty of nature at Linz Botanical Garden or experience a poignant piece of World War II history with a visit to Mauthausen concentration camp.
Day 4: Emmersdorf/Melk in Austria, Cruising the Wachau Valley, Durnstein in Austria
The boat drops anchor today at the south-western entrance of the Wachau Valley, gateway to the charming town of Emmersdorf and the historic city of Melk. Emmersdorf is lined with colourful waterfront buildings, St Nikolaus church, 16th-century wine houses, and a handful of fine dining restaurants. Cross the Danube Bridge to Melk - dominated by the 900-year old Melk Abbey with its gold leaf walls, 640-foot Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. Stroll through Old Town Melk and discover the Lebzelterhaus, Rathaus, and the Coronation of Our Lady statue.
Step back aboard as the boat continues through the Wachau Valley to Durnstein. Journey back in time and visit the historic Durnstein Castle, famous for the imprisonment of King Richard, the lion heart. Travel into the heart of the town to sample locally-produced schnapps, chocolate and more. Admire the blue tower at Pin Durnstein, the 13th-century Kunigunde church, and the stunning Fort Clarissinnenkirche. Stop by the Domane Wachau winery for a true taste of Austria and to pose for pictures against the backdrop of hills and vineyards.
Day 5: Nussdorf (Vienna), Austria
Today, you'll arrive in Nussdorf for an overnight stay - gateway to the magical city of Vienna. Steeped in history, Vienna is packed to the brim with wonderful sights — from the world-famous Opera House and Spanish Riding School to the Burgtheatre, Town Hall, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Schonbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace, and Hofburg Imperial Palace. Visit Vienna's Leopold Museum, Kunsthalle Wien and Museum of Modern Art, or get close to exotic wildlife at Tiergarten. Admire city-wide views from the Riesenrad giant Ferris wheel and Danube Tower.
Day 6: Nussdorf (Vienna), Austria | Bratislava, Slovakia
Set sail from Nussdorf towards the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Set along the Danube River by the border of Austria and Hungary; the city boasts a backdrop of vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains. Walk along the picturesque city streets and gaze in awe at St Michael’s Tower, St Martin's Cathedral, Church of St Elizabeth, Primate's Palace, and Grassalkovich Palace. Visit the peaceful Slavin memorial monument to pay respect to fallen soldiers and admire city-wide views. Venture to the historical Devin Castle or enjoy a culture hit at Slovak National Museum, Slovak National Gallery, and Bratislava City Gallery.
Day 7: Cruising into Budapest, Hungary | Budapest, Hungary
Today, the boat docks at your final port of call - the Hungarian city of Budapest - for an overnight stay on board. The 19th-century Chain Bridge spans the Danube River and connects the hilly Buda district with the flat Pest area. Ride the tram up Castle Hill to Buda's old town where you can step back to Roman times at Budapest History Museum and discover the World Heritage-listed Royal Palace. Admire Hungarian crown jewels at Parliament House or indulge in a hot thermal bath at Szechenyi Bath. Enjoy a photo opportunity at Heroes’ Square, before visiting Vajdahunyad Castle in nearby City Park. Savour a bird's eye view of the city from the Budapest Eye Ferris wheel and the famous Fisherman's Bastion.
Day 8: Budapest in Hungary
The cruise comes to an end in Budapest, where you disembark and be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.