- The baroque architecture of Szczecin
Marvel at Szczecin's beautiful architecture, rebuilt after the destruciton of WWII.
- Niederfinow Boat Lift
The Niederfinow boat lift is the oldest operating ship lift in Germany.
- The white cliffs of Rügen
The German island of Rügen is a mix of elegant Belle Epoque architecture and stunning scenery.
- UNESCO-listed Stralsund
Discover 13th-century brick buildings identifying the town's Hanseatic heritage.
Berlin to Copenhagen
The Elbe, Oder and German waterwaysfrom £2,169 per person 9 2 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
- VIP on selected river cruises
Traverse the scenic seaside delights of Pomerania
Explore Copenhagen before discovering the delights of Pomerania, a picturesque region stretched between Germany and Poland. Lose yourself in historic cities, charming seaside resorts, diverse landscapes and nature reserves on this fascinating cruise along the Oder, with a two-night stay in Copenhagen at the conclusion.
7 nights aboard ship, 2 at a hotel
25 meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners
- Drinks reception and Captain's dinner
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner (2021 departures only)
- Saga Cruise Host
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Copenhagen city tour
- Szczecin city tour
- Seaport of Swinemünde
- Visit Chorin Monastery (2020 departures only)
Day 1 UK to Berlin-Tegel to Eberswalde
Fly to Berlin and embark your ship, MS Johannes Brahms.
Your cruise gets underway shortly afterwards, heading to Eberswalde, where you’ll arrive and moor late tonight. Enjoy a welcome drinks reception and dinner on board.
Day 2 Eberswalde to Szczecin
Your ship departs early this morning.
En route to Schwedt you’ll pass a marvel of 20th-century engineering – the Niederfinow boat lift. Built between 1927 and 1934 it's the oldest boat lift in Germany. From Schwedt you will take an included trip to the ruins of Chorin Monastery. Set by the Amtssee lake in the middle of a forest, this ruined monastery, a masterpiece of early Gothic brick 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.
After returning to your ship you’ll navigate the Hohensaaten Lock and continue cruising to Szczecin, arriving early this evening. Originally the German city of Stettin, this town was effectively the 'port of Berlin' and so suffered heavy Allied bombing during World War II. Now it’s a Polish city and has since been rebuilt to recapture some of its original style and appeal.
Please note: the Chorin Monastery excursion is included for 2020 and available as an optional excursion for 2021 departures.
Day 3 Szczecin to Swinemünde
This morning, enjoy an included tour of this restored city which has been rebuilt 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.
The afternoon is at leisure for exploring independently or relaxing on board ship. Depart late afternoon for Swinemünde, arriving during dinner and mooring overnight.
Day 4 Swinemünde to Karnin to Peenemünde
Enjoy an included tour of historic Swinemünde after breakfast. Look out for the 150-year-old Angel’s Fort, built as a replica of Hadrian’s Mausoleum in Rome, and the Western Fort, the HQ of the Soviet Red Army until the 1960s and now a concert and exhibition venue. A monument honours Royal Air Force pilots shot down while raiding the town in April 1945. But the heritage on display is not just military. A Gothic church from the 15th century still contains its original altar and a pulpit from the 17th century. The 18th century Christ the King church in the town centre holds a wooden replica of a ship in its nave, while the neo-Gothic Stella Maris church is known for its stained glass. The maritime culture of the region is recognised by a windmill-shaped navigation beacon on the breakwater and the 68 metre-high lighthouse, built in 1858 and the tallest on the Baltic Sea. There’s also a museum dedicated to local deep sea fishing.
Your ship departs at midday for Karnin. En route you’ll pass the central lifting section of the former Karnin railway bridge across the river. The structures either side were destroyed in 1945, but this section has been preserved as a monument. After a short stop in Karnin, you’ll head to Peenemünde, arriving just after dinner and mooring overnight.
Day 5 Peenmünde 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, off the Pomeranian coast in the Baltic Sea.
Day 6 Lauterbach to Vitte, Hiddensee
This morning is at leisure to explore. Your ship leaves at midday and arrives early this 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 horse riding. 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.
Day 7 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 harbour front is a mix of original warehouses and lively bars and restaurants.
Your ship remains moored in Stralsund overnight.
Day 8 Stralsund to Copenhagen
Disembark your ship after breakfast and transfer to Rostock to board the ferry to Copenhagen. The trip should take around six hours subject to weather conditions and lunch will be served on board.
On arrival, transfer to the locally rated 4-star Copenhagen Island Hotel or similar, for a two-night stay with breakfasts included. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.
Day 9 Copenhagen
Enjoy an included tour of the city this morning. This tour starts with a panoramic coach tour of the most famous sights of Copenhagen including the majestic City Hall, dating from 1892, the imposing Christiansborg Palace and the colourful Nyhavn canal district.
You’ll visit the city’s most cherished landmark, the statue of the Little Mermaid, and Amalienborg Palace, home to the Danish Royal Family. You’ll also visit the world-famous Tivoli Gardens – opened in 1843 as an example of the ‘pleasure gardens’ that were popular across Europe in the 19th century.
Day 10 Copenhagen-UK
Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home to the UK.
Stralsund 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.
Walking Grade 2
Optional on 9 nights itinerary
Rügen is located off the Pomeranian coast in the Baltic Sea and is a popular holiday destination. Thomas Mann and the German Chancellor Bismarck were both fans of Rügen and its seaside resorts of Binz and Sellin. Once the height of sophistication, the resorts with their elegant luxury hotels still retain much of their nostalgic charm. In addition to its 60 kilometres of fine, sandy beaches, Rügen has a lot to offer, from large national parks to sleepy fishing villages and elegant manor houses. Your guided tour will allow you to explore the highlights of the island.
Walking Grade 3
Optional on 9 nights itinerary
Hiddensee Horse Carriage Ride
The lovely island of Hiddensee, located in the Baltic to the west of Rügen, Germany’s largest island, covers just 19 square kilometres. Affectionately known as the ‘sweet little isle’ by residents, the landscape and tranquility of this long, slim island has long attracted artists and writers. Being car-free makes it popular with a number of bird species too. On your tour in a carriage drawn by a draft horse you can look out for little terns, cranes, geese, ducks and waders as you pass through Dunenheide Nature Reserve, and you’ll also pass through Kloster to see the simple island church and gate to the former Cistercian abbey.
Walking Grade 2
Optional on 9 nights itinerary
Pre-holiday extension - including breakfasts
Before your cruise stay two nights, with breakfasts included, at a locally rated 4-star hotel in Germany’s capital. You'll find much to explore, from historic monuments such as the Brandenburg Gate and Charlottenburg Palace to a fantastic selection of modern attractions, including museums, art galleries and shopping arcades.
A supplement, and single supplement (per person, per stay), apply.