The Countdown begins …

As mentioned in an earlier a post I am due to fly out to Zurich on Thursday to join Fred Olsen’s Brabant on a River Cruise with my colleague. I am on the official countdown with my documents arriving earlier in the week, exciting times and I have to admit I am really looking forward to my trip. Fred Olsen entered the river market last year and I jumped at the chance to go and experience the product first hand, this will give me an invaluable insight into River cruising with this company and I will be able to relay all my findings to you, my customers.

We are due to join the Brabant in Basel, Switzerland, we fly into Zurich and after a transfer will join the ship and depart early evening sailing to Strasbourg, France.  Arriving around lunch time we will have the full day to explore the region, we do have an organised trip the “The Cobbles and clock of Strasbourg” which is a short excursion giving us a flavour of the region along with free time to explore independently.

Back on board and off we leisurely sail to Speyer and Mannheim, Germany. Today is split between the two ports, the morning in Speyer and then a short trip to Mannheim, here we will be docked until the early hours of the following day. Today we have another excursion, “Technik Museum of Speyer” before heading to our next stop.  Our excursion will take us the exhibitions of this unique museum where we will be able to see, vintage cars, locomotives and fire engines from throughout the ages. I mentioned this to the kids and I think I was more excited than they were, kids?! The information pack indicates we have free time to hire a bike, at the ripe old age of 40 I can not see myself riding through the cobbles but I will certainly give it a go, don’t worry travel insurance and the E111 form will be on hand!

Finally our last day will take me to Konigswinter and Koblenz. We have one final trip to savour, “Majestic Drachenburg Castle”. From here we will experience the colourful history of the fairy tale castle and admire the splendid furnishings and architectural detail. Free time will allow us to enjoy the rest of the Koblenz and Konigswinter before we bid farewell to Brabant.

I will post further details on my return next week .






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Hi I am Michaela but most people know me as Isla which is my work name, welcome to my cruise page. I have been employed in the travel industry for nearly 25 years having been a YTS employee. Apart from a year away I have worked with the same company…

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