Traverse the scenic seaside delights of Pomerania
Discover the delights of Pomerania, a picturesque region stretched between Germany and Poland. Explore historic cities, charming seaside resorts, diverse landscapes and nature reserves on this fascinating cruise along the Oder.
meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Visit to Chorin Monastery
- Szczecin city tour
- Island of Usedom
†The free bar, open from 12pm to 12am, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including wines, sparkling wine, beer and selected spirits
UK to Berlin-Tegel to Eberswalde
Fly to Berlin and embark MS Johannes Brahms. Enjoy a welcome drink reception and dinner on board this evening. Cruise to Eberswalde and remain moored here overnight.
Eberswalde to Niederfinow to Hohensaaten to Schewedt to Szczecin
Depart after breakfast for Szczecin. En route you’ll pass through the famous Niederfinow boat lift on the Oder-Havel Canal. Next stop is Hohensaaten from where an included excursion visits the Chorin Monastery. Set by the Amtssee lake in the middle of a forest, now a nature reserve, the Gothic brick building is a partial ruin. This monastery, a masterpiece of early Gothic architecture, was completed in 1334, and for two centuries it was home to more than 400 Benedictine monks. It was the Reformation that caused it to be abandoned and eventually it fell into disrepair. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, restoration began and continues still, while the grass courtyard is occasionally used as a concert venue. Rejoin your ship in Schwedt, then cruise to Szczecin and moor overnight.
Szczecin to Swinemünde
Szczecin is an important seaport near the mouth of the Oder and the capital of the province of West Pomerania. Originally the German city of Stettin, it was effectively the ‘port of Berlin’. Enjoy an included morning tour of this Polish city which suffered heavy Allied bombing during World War II. It has since been rebuilt to recapture some of its original style and appeal, and it’s now largely a modern city with wide tree-lined avenues and parks, based partly on Haussmann’s 19th-century rebuilding of Paris. Look out for the decorative Ducal Castle, the Cathedral Basilica of St Jacob the Apostle and the terraces of Waly Chrobrego, providing viewpoints alongside the River Oder. Afterwards you’ll have some free time to visit the museums. Depart for Swinemünde late afternoon arriving during dinner and mooring overnight.
Swinemünde to Karnin to Peenemünde
This morning, join an included tour of Usedom Island. Germany’s second-largest island has the sunniest climate in the country and over 40 kilometres of sandy beaches and it was known as Badewanne Berlins or ‘Berlin’s Bathtub’ in the 19th century. Imperial spa resorts including Ahlbeck, Heringsdorf and Bansin developed along the Baltic coast to take advantage of this popularity and the distinctive resort-style architecture and piers can still be seen here. Your ship continues to Peenemünde and moors overnight.
Peenemünde to Lauterbach
Spend the morning in Peenemünde. Originally a peaceful village on the Northern peninsula of Usedom, it was taken over as an army research centre and used for missile building and testing in World War II. A museum is now established on the site. Your ship sets off at lunchtime, arriving mid-afternoon at the seaside resort of Lauterbach on the German island of Rügen. Perhaps enjoy an optional tour of the island and visit charming Putbus, the oldest seaside resort. It is home to a splendid array of Neoclassical buildings built shortly after 1800, painted white to echo the famous cliffs, and including the beautiful palace. Putbus is also home to an historic steam-powered railway – the Rügen Light Railway – also known as Racing Roland. Your ship moors here overnight.
Lauterbach to Vitte (Hiddensee)
Go exploring Lauterbach independently this morning before leaving at midday and arriving early evening in Vitte, on the traffic-free island of Hiddensee. This small and peaceful island in the Baltic Sea provides protected habitat for many bird species and opportunities for visitors to enjoy hiking, biking and horseriding. There are just four villages here, the largest being Vitte where fishing boats once unloaded their catch and the ferries now unload visitors. Stroll through the village or go exploring further afield on an optional tour in a horse and carriage!
Vitte (Hiddensee) to Stralsund
Depart for Stralsund, a major medieval trading centre, this morning. An optional walking tour reveals this colourful Hanseatic City, where the medieval gabled houses were built to flaunt the wealth and power of the merchants of the time. There’s plenty of fine Brick Gothic architecture to admire too, including the 13th-century North German Brick Gothic style City Hall in the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and the towering St Mary’s Church. The harbourfront is a mix of original warehouses and lively bars and restaurants. Your ship remains moored in Stralsund overnight.
Sralsund walking tour |
This captivating tour reveals the beautiful history of Stralsund. In 1249, the city was attacked by rival town Lubeck and devastated by fire. It was quickly rebuilt forgoing the original wooden buildings and replacing it with sturdy, Gothic brick architecture and an imposing city wall. Today, the heart of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tour reveals the Old Market Square with its grandiose Town Hall, built in 1270, and 13th-century St Nicholas’s Church, with its ornate Gothic and baroque altars, it houses the world’s oldest astronomical clock, which dates from 1394.
Stralsund to Berlin to UK
Disembark your ship for your flight home to the UK.