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City of 100 Spires to Hamburg

The Elbe, Oder and German Waterways

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Cruise one of Europe’s most enchanting rivers – The Elbe....

Take this unique opportunity to sail nearly the full length of the Elbe and enjoy cruising past untouched scenery and wildlife havens, and visits to culturally-important cities.

Start your holiday with two days in the stately city of Prague, where the highlights will be revealed on an included city tour. Explore Dresden on an included tour and learn the history of porcelain in Meissen before you see Martin Luther’s former home in Wittenberg. Head to Magdeburg and stop in the historic towns of Tangermünde and Wittenberge before you cruise the Elbe’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Your holiday concludes with a full day and night in Hamburg, where an unknown pop group called The Beatles gave their first public performance before achieving worldwide fame.


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Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed2 nights at a hotel, 1 on half board 1 with included breakfast, 10 nights full board aboard the ship

Dinner plate32 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 11 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

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  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry

MapIncluded excursions

  • Prague city tour
  • Dresden city tour
  • Wittenberg guided walk
  • Hamburg city tour

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK to Prague

The bridges of Prague

Fly to Prague and transfer to the locally rated 5-star Corinthia Hotel (4Q) in Prague for a two-night stay with breakfasts and dinner on your first night included.

Day 2 Prague

Prague Old Town Square with Astronomical Clock Tower

With a history dating back more than a millennium, an endless labyrinth of quirky side streets, a tapestry of different architectural styles, and quite possibly the best beer in the world, Prague is a Bohemian treasure-trove!

Discover more on an included city tour this morning. Highlights include the Old Town Square with its astronomical clock, and the Church of St Nicholas which has eye-catching frescoes.

Day 3 Prague

Prague at dusk, Czech Republic

After a morning at leisure in Prague, transfer to the port where you will embark MS Johannes Brahms. Enjoy a welcome drinks reception and dinner on board.

Your ship remains moored in the capital city of the Czech Republic overnight.

Prague Czech Republic Europe

Day 4 Prague to Melnik

Melnik, Czech Republic

Spend the morning at leisure before sailing to Melnik during lunch. The town is set in the Pirin Mountains and is renowned for its 600-year-old wine culture and National Revival architecture.

You’ll arrive here this evening and your ship remain moored here overnight.

Melnik Central Bohemia Czech Republic Europe

Day 5 Melnik to Litomerice to Decin

St Stephen's Cathedral and bell tower, Litomerice, Czech Republic

Leave Melnik early this morning to pause in Litomerice shortly before lunch.

From here, an optional trip visits the Sandstone Mountains, rejoining your ship in Decin for overnight mooring.

Decin Czech Republic Europe

Day 6 Decin to Dresden

City of Dresden, Germany

Relax on board your ship this morning as she sails to Dresden, arriving this afternoon for an included tour of the city.

Dresden's distinctive skyline has been admired and captured by many great artists, including Canaletto. In February 1945 the city was reduced to rubble when British and American bombers dropped explosives during World War ll, it has since been sensitively restored and many of the most important landmarks rebuilt.

Your ship will moor here overnight.

Dresden Saxony Germany Europe

Day 7 Dresden to Meissen

The historic city of Meissen, Germany

This morning you may like to visit infamous Colditz Castle on an optional excursion, returning to Meissen for a late lunch on board.

In the afternoon you can explore the world-famous porcelain factory on an optional visit. Europe’s first white porcelain was produced in Dresden in 1708 meaning it no longer had to be imported from China at great expense. But in 1710 the factory was moved to Meissen, where it was easier to protect the secret processes. You can also admire a castle straight out of a fairy tale, an historic cathedral, and panoramic views over the Elbe Valley.

Meissen Saxony Germany Europe

Day 8 Meissen to Wittenberg

Old Town in Wittenberg, Germany

Set sail in the early hours and cruise through the morning to arrive in Wittenberg after lunch.

This afternoon go exploring in the historic home town of the preacher Martin Luther where he nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church, setting in motion the Protestant Reformation. Learn more on an included guided walk which visits the vast UNESCO-listed Market Square, which has a bronze statue of Luther.

Remain moored here overnight.

Wittenberg Saxony-Anhalt Germany Europe

Day 9 Wittenberg to Magdeburg 🎧

Magdeburg Cathedral and the River Elbe

Spend a relaxing morning on board as your ship sails to Magdeburg, one of the most historically important cities in Europe, and home to the first Holy Roman Emperor, Otto I. He and his wife are buried in the Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice.

Explore at your leisure or join an optional excursion this afternoon.

Magdeburg Saxony-Anhalt Germany Europe

Day 10 Magdeburg to Tangermünde to Wittenberge

City walls of Tangermünde

Sail through the morning to Tangermünde, which can lay claim to 1,000 years of history.

This afternoon, perhaps join an optional excursion to see the red-brick Town Hall constructed in the 1430s with a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic features and a distinctive colourful facade. St Stephen's Church, completely restored after a devastating fire in 1617, is renowned for its Scherer organ built in 1624 – considered one of the 10 most prominent in Europe.

Set sail again this evening to arrive in Wittenberge late tonight, mooring overnight.

Wittenberge Brandenburg Germany Europe

Day 11 Wittenberge

Wittenberge's city hall

Your ship sails from Wittenberge this morning and will spend the rest of the day and evening cruising to Hamburg to moor overnight.

Wittenberge Brandenburg Germany Europe

Day 12 Hamburg 🎧

Hamburg City Hall

Hamburg is a modern and dynamic city with a rich maritime heritage stemming from its bustling sea port.

Germany’s second-largest city – with a history dating back to Charlemagne – is a vibrant home to art and culture, extensive shopping facilities, baroque buildings and waterfront vistas. This is a city with something for everyone and you can see the highlights on an included tour this morning. British visitors who remember the Swinging Sixties may like to visit the streets around Grosse Freiheit, where an unknown pop group called The Beatles gave their first public performances in various local clubs before achieving worldwide fame. There's also a vast network of canals – crossed by more bridges than any other city in the world.

Spend the final evening of your holiday in the city as you remain moored here overnight.

Hamburg Hamburg Germany Europe

Day 13 Hamburg to the UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Sandstone Mountains

The National Park of Saxon Switzerland, south-east of Dresden, is characterised by rock formations sculpted by erosion, sandstone cliffs, deep valleys and rugged gorges. Around three-quarters of this landscape, unique in central Europe, is in south-eastern Germany with the rest in north Bohemia in the Czech Republic. The Elbe river winds through the mountains in a steep and narrow valley.

Walking Grade 3

Four hours
Sandstone Mountains
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Colditz Castle

After the start of World War II, the castle was converted into a high security prisoner-of-war camp for Allied officers who had become escape risks and repeatedly broken out of other camps. The castle's position on a rocky outcrop, above the River Mulde, made it the ideal 'escape proof' location. Despite this, there were many escape attempts. Of these, 120 men were recaptured but, by the end of the war, 31 had succeeded in getting home.

Walking Grade 3

Four-and-a-half hours
Colditz Castle
Colditz Castle Dresden Saxony Germany Europe
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Meissen Porcelain factory

Enjoy a guided walk amid the restored buildings of Meissen’s Old Town. Admire the Renaissance homes of the clerics of the cathedral, and the grand cathedral itself, alongside Albrechtsburg Castle. Of course the town is best known for its exquisite hand-made porcelain, which is widely collected and exhibited in some of the world’s most famous museums. Visit the factory to see items ranging from extravagant vases to tiny, intricately painted watch-dials and elegant hand-painted figurines, and perhaps treat yourself to a Meissen porcelain souvenir.

Walking Grade 3

Three hours
Porcelain in the making, Meissen
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Magdeburg walking tour

Historic Magdeburg was the home town of the first Holy Roman Emperor, Otto I. Among the broad pedestrianised streets and relatively new buildings are gems such as the 12th-century Romanesque monastery of Our Lady, the early Gothic cathedral, which is the oldest in Germany and final resting place of Otto I. The 17th-century town hall has ornate bronze doors with reliefs depicting the history of the town. Also look out for the Green Citadel – a quirky modern building, named for the surrounding trees but which is, in fact, painted pink!

Walking Grade 3

Two-and-a-half hours
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary


Tangermunde lies on the confluence of the Tanger and the Elbe rivers - a town filled with stories and history, with towers and city gates, timbered buildings and narrow, character-rich backstreets. Thanks to the industrialisation of the 19th century mostly taking place in the north of the town, and with no significant destruction taking place during the World Wars, Tangermünde has held onto its original look and feeling right up the present day.

You can enjoy a guided walking tour of this atmospheric town including the Timbered Buildings on Kirchstrasse and St Stephen’s Church. The most valuable artefact of the church is the early Baroque organ by Hans Scherer Jnr from Hamburg, completed in 1624. After its restoration at the end of the 20th century, the 2,100 pipes play the music of the 17th century as they did then, and you will be able to experience this first hand as you finish your visit with an included organ concert.

Walking grade 3

Two hours
Cityscape of Tangermunde, Germany
Tangermünde Saxony-Anhalt Germany Europe
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary
City of 100 Spires to Hamburg

The Elbe, Oder and German Waterways