Secret Waterways of Germany

Resort: Secret Waterways of Germany
Operator: Saga
Destination: Europe
Price From: £2129.00

Uncover Germany’s lesser-explored waterways

Sail through the Dutch provinces of Friesland and Groningen before enjoying a leisurely journey along the lesser-explored waterways of Germany, navigating canals and rivers that larger vessels can’t.

Including…

Excursions

  • Trip to the Harz Mountains
  • Tour of Groningen
  • Tour of Bremen

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Amsterdam to Lemmer

Fly to Amsterdam where you’ll embark MS Johannes Brahms and cruise this evening to Lemmer.

Day 2
Lemmer to Groningen

Spend the day sailing to the ancient city of Groningen. It has numerous canals running through its historic centre and you can enjoy an included tour late this afternoon.

Day 3
Groningen to Oldenburg

Cruise along the Canal van Starkenborgh and the Eems Canal across the border to Herbrum, so passengers can disembark to join an optional excursion to Meyer Werft shipyard and see where many luxury ships are built. Your cruise continues to Drpen where excursion participants rejoin the ship. Sail to Oldenburg for the night.

 

Optional excursions

Meyer Werft shipyard |

Visit this fascinating factory to see how luxury ships are built. See unique exhibits, informative films and a fully equipped mock-up cabin during your guided tour.

 

Day 4
Oldenburg to Bremen

Depart Oldenburg early this morning and sail to Bremen, arriving this afternoon. After lunch, explore the Hanseatic city of Bremen on an included tour. Attractions include St Peter’s Cathedral whose history spans 1,200 years and the 15th-century town hall, both in the market square. The Schnoor quarter is a maze of streets of tiny 15th and 16th-century houses while the bohemian area offers quirky shops, galleries and museums.

Day 5
Bremen to Nienberg

Depart Bremen before breakfast and cruise through a meadow landscape to arrive in Nienburg late this afternoon.

Day 6
Nienburg to Minden to Hanover

Depart early this morning and sail to Minden, arriving after lunch. Negotiate the Schachtscleuse lock from the River Weser to the Midland Canal. Later, MS Johannes Brahms continues along the Midland Canal, Germany’s longest artificial waterway to Sachsenhagen, then on to Hanover for an overnight mooring.

Day 7
Hanover to Wolfsburg to Blstringen

Enjoy an included full-day excursion to the Harz Mountains, northern Germany’s highest range. Visit the historic towns of Goslar, Wernigerode and Quedlinburg, with its UNESCO-listed medieval old town. Moor in Blstringen overnight.

Day 8
Blstringen to Magdeburg

Depart Blstringen in the early hours and arrive in Magdeburg during breakfast. Today’s optional tour of medieval Magdeburg will reveal the Cathedral of St Mauritius and St Catherine, Germany’s first Gothic cathedral, as well as some of its avant-garde architecture such as the ‘Green Citadel’ which is actually bright pink! Depart Magdeburg early this afternoon and sail to Brandenburg, where you moor for the night.

 

Optional excursions

Magdeburg city tour |

Magdeburg is one of the oldest cities in Germany’s new federal states and, as an imperial seat, Hanseatic power and fortified city, it has been repeatedly ravaged by war over the years. The city boasts many historically significant buildings, including the Cathedral of St Mauritius and St Catherine, whose imposing towers can be seen for miles around. This famous landmark was Germany’s first Gothic cathedral, and it contains a wealth of sculptures and carvings, as well as the tomb of Otto the Great, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 962, who once called Magdeburg home.

 

Day 9
Brandenburg to Potsdam

Explore the town of Brandenburg this morning before sailing through scenic lakelands to Potsdam, arriving late this afternoon.

 

Optional excursions

Sanssouci & Gardens |

The 18th-century former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, was designed by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorrf and is rococo in style. Its interior was completely renovated upon the death of Frederick the Great and was one of the first palaces in the region to take on the new neo-classical style. The palace is surrounded by beautiful parkland which is dotted with various statues, obelisks, gazebos and ornate temples.

 

Day 10
Potsdam to Berlin

Departs Potsdam early this morning and sail to Berlin, arriving before lunch. Stylish, chic Berlin has one of the most fascinating histories in Europe. Perhaps go in search of the major sights such as the rebuilt Reichstag, Tiergarten Park and the elegant Kurfrstendamm in what was West Berlin, and the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and the huge TV Tower in the East.

Day 11
Berlin to UK

After breakfast, disembark MS Johannes Brahms and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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