- Marvel at Meissen
Albrechtsburg Castle and the neighbouring cathedral dominate the skyline.
- Best of Berlin
Visit the bohemian German capital with its wealth of history including the iconic Brandenburg Gate.
- Hartenfels Castle
See Torgau’s most recognisable highlight.
- Wittenberg's Market Square
See the monument to Martin Luther in the centre of town.
- VIP on selected river cruises
- Full board
Enjoy a hotel stay in Berlin before cruising the unspoilt Elbe...
Take this unique opportunity to sail nearly the full length of the Elbe and enjoy the heady mix of cruising past fantastic scenery and wildlife havens and visits to culturally-important sites.
Your holiday begins with a two-night hotel stay in Berlin, during which you can explore the German capital on an included tour. Set sail for Tangermünde, where you might wish to join an optional walking tour and organ concert, before cruising to Magdeburg where another optional excursion awaits you. Learn about the Protestant Reformation during an overnight mooring in Wittenberg, Martin Luther’s home town, then spend a night in Torgau where you will be present to join the commemorations to mark Elbe Day, an important moment in the ultimate culmination of World War II. Sail to Meissen and perhaps discover the heritage of its porcelain before arriving in Dresden where an included tour awaits you during a two-night visit.
Your holiday concludes in Bad Schandau, from where you might opt to join an excursion to visit the breathtaking rock formations of the nearby sandstone mountains.
8 nights full board aboard the ship and 2 nights in a hotel with breakfasts and dinner on the first night included
26 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Drinks reception and Captain's dinner
- Saga Cruise Host
- Entertainment and activities on board
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
- City tour of Berlin
- Walking tour of Wittenberg
- City tour of Dresden
Day 1 UK to Berlin-Tegel
Fly to Berlin and transfer to a locally rated 4-star hotel for a two-night stay with breakfasts and dinner on the first night included.
Day 2 Berlin
Stylish, chic and unashamedly bohemian, the avant-garde city of Berlin also has one of the most fascinating histories in Europe. Learn more on an included city tour this morning, taking in the iconic sights of the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Museum District. This afternoon is at leisure to explore further.
Day 3 Berlin to Tangermünde
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy more free time to explore the city at your leisure. This afternoon transfer to the port to embark your ship, MS Johannes Brahms. Enjoy a welcome drinks reception and dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.
Day 4 Tangermünde to Magdeburg
Spend a morning at leisure in Tangermünde, which can lay claim to 1,000 years of history. Perhaps seek out the red-brick Town Hall constructed in the 1430s with a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic features and a distinctive colourful facade. Alternatively you can join an optional excursion which also features an organ concert. Begin your cruise after lunch and reach Magdeburg at dinner time. Moor here overnight.
Day 5 Magdeburg to Wittenberg
Spend the morning at leisure in Magdeburg, with time to explore one of the oldest cities in the former East Germany independently, or on an optional walking tour.
Discover some of its 1,200 years of history. Contrast the Gothic cathedral, completed in 1392, with the eccentric Green Citadel, one of the last architectural masterpieces designed by the late artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. It's his rebellion against the straight lines and uniformity of many city buildings and the result is an intriguing curvy and decorative complex of apartments, public courtyards, shops, restaurants and cafes and a small hotel. And it’s not green, it’s actually bright pink!
Sail through the afternoon and evening to moor in Wittenberg late tonight.
Day 6 Wittenberg to Torgau
The town of Wittenberg was home to the Roman Catholic priest, Martin Luther, generally agreed to have started the Protestant Reformation which rejected the total control of the Pope and corrupt practices of the Roman Catholic Church. Discover more on an included walking tour. Wittenberg was the town where, so the story goes, Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church, setting in motion the Protestant Reformation. This guided walk visits the former monastery where Luther lived and the vast UNESCO-listed Market Square, which has bronze statues of Luther and of his contemporary, Philipp Melanchthon – a great linguist and theologian. Spend the afternoon cruising towards Torgau, where you arrive before dinner and moor overnight.
Day 7 Torgau to Meissen
Wake up in Torgau on a special occasion. April 25 is known as Elbe Day and commemorates the day in 1945 on which Soviet and American troops met at the Elbe River, just outside Torgau. The contact between the Americans, advancing from the west, and the Soviets, moving from the east, was considered an important step towards ending World War II in Europe, as they had effectively cut Germany in two. This morning you may wish to join an excursion taking in the memorial events at the early Renaissance Hartenfels Castle which dominates the town’s skyline. Set sail before lunch and cruise on to reach Meissen late afternoon. This evening is at leisure.
Day 8 Meissen to Dresden
Europe’s first white porcelain was produced in Dresden in 1708, meaning it no longer had to be imported from China at great expense. In 1710 the factory was moved to Meissen, where it was easier to protect the secret processes behind creating the worlds’ most expensive porcelain. Perhaps join an optional guided tour of the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory before your ship departs at lunchtime. Cruise to Dresden this afternoon, arriving before dinner and mooring overnight.
Day 9 Dresden
Today you can awake to views of Dresden's distinctive skyline admired and captured by a great many artists, including Canaletto. Head out on an included excursion this morning to explore this historically important city, known as the ‘Jewel Box’ because of its baroque and rococo buildings. Dresden was destroyed in World War II when British and American bombers dropped tonnes of explosives in February 1945, killing thousands and reducing it to rubble. The city has since been sensitively restored and many of the most important landmarks rebuilt. Enjoy a full day in the city as you remain moored here overnight.
Day 10 Dresden to Bad Schandau
Cruise through the morning to reach Bad Schandau before lunch. This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion visiting the nearby National Park of Saxon Switzerland to see breathtaking rock formations. The final evening of your holiday is at leisure.
Day 11 Bad Schandau to UK
Disembark MS Johannes Brahms after breakfast and transfer to Prague airport for your flight home.