- Niederfinow Boat Lift
The Niederfinow boat lift is the oldest operating ship lift in Germany.
- The baroque architecture of Szczecin
Marvel at Szczecin's beautiful architecture, rebuilt after the destruciton of WWII.
- 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.
Copenhagen to Berlin
The Elbe, Oder and German Waterwaysfrom £1,899 per person 9 2 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
- Fly cruise
- Half board at hotel/Full board on ship
- Cruise & stay
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.
3 nights at a hotel, 6 aboard ship
24 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
- Free bar open 12 hours a day† aboard the ship
- Drinks reception and Captain's dinner
- Saga Cruise Host
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Copenhagen city tour
- Visit to Chorin Monastery
- Szczecin city tour
- Seaport of Swinemünde
Day 1 UK to Copenhagen
Fly to Copenhagen and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Copenhagen Island Hotel (4Q) for a two-night stay with breakfasts included and dinner at your hotel tonight. This modern, stylish hotel is found on an artificial island in the centre of the city and boasts stunning views of the harbour from all sides. Air-conditioned rooms come with flat-screen TVs and either harbour or city views.
Day 2 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 and 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.
Please note: Some walking is required during your tour while there are six steps at the Little Mermaid and some cobblestones around Amalienborg Palace.
Day 3 Copenhagen to Stralsund to Vitte
Depart your hotel after breakfast and transfer to historic, UNESCO-listed Stralsund via a ferry from Gedser and a coach from Rostock. Lunch is included. Embark MS Princess this afternoon and enjoy a welcome dinner as you start your cruise, sailing towards Vitte on the island of Hiddensee and mooring there overnight.
Day 4 Vitte to Stralsund to Lauterbach
Vitte is the largest of the four villages on the small, peaceful traffic-free island of Hiddensee in the Baltic Sea. The island provides protected habitat for many bird species and opportunities for visitors to enjoy hiking, biking and horseriding. Here, fishing boats once unloaded their catch and the ferries now unload visitors. Stroll through the village or perhaps join an optional horse-drawn carriage ride around the island this morning, discovering its many charms. Later, your ship cruises towards Stralsund, a lively maritime city with a vibrant waterfront. You can join an optional city walk which reveals an old nunnery, the cathedral and market square, or perhaps visit the amazing Ozeanum – part aquarium, part marine biology museum. Depart Stralsund early this evening and cruise to Lauterbach on the island of Rügen, mooring for the night.
Day 5 Lauterbach
This morning perhaps join an optional tour of Rugen Island, located off the Pomeranian coast in the Baltic Sea and 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 and the famous view of the Rügen chalk cliffs (as painted by Caspar David Friedrich) to sleepy fishing villages and elegant manor houses. Your guided tour will allow you to explore the highlights of the island. Set sail again at lunchtime and cruise through the afternoon and evening towards Swinemunde.
Day 6 Swinemünde to Szczecin
Arrive in the early hours and join 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 the memory of Royal Air Force pilots shot down while raiding the town in April 1945 while 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 while 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 on constant display as a navigation beacon built in the shape of a windmill has stood on the breakwater since the 1800s while the 68 metre-high lighthouse, built in 1858, is the tallest on the Baltic Sea. The town also boasts a museum dedicated to local deep sea fishing. Your ship continues to Szczecin this afternoon and moors overnight.
Day 7 Szczecin to Schwedt
Originally the German city of Stettin, this town was effectively the 'port of Berlin' and so suffered heavy Allied bombing during World War II. Enjoy an included tour of this now Polish city which has since been rebuilt to recapture some of its original style and appeal, 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. Sail on to the town of Mesceherin, from where you’ll 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. 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. Moor overnight in Schwedt.
Day 8 Schwedt to Berlin-Tegel
After setting sail in the early hours, your ship will use the Niederfinow lift itself mid-morning. Enjoy the onboard facilities as you cruise on through the day and evening, arriving in the port serving the capital after dinner.
Day 9 Berlin
The city of Berlin has one of the most fascinating histories in Europe. Originally a small port on the River Spree, it had developed into the capital of the German Empire by 1871, and the growth of its influence as a cultural centre increased greatly up until its division into Soviet-controlled communist East Germany and capitalist West Germany. The Berlin Wall was erected to stop East Germans escaping to the West for a better standard of living. With the fall of the wall in 1989, the city was reunified and slowly began to regain some of its former glory, although parts of the wall remain as a reminder of the Soviet era. After disembarking after breakfast, enjoy an included city tour this morning, taking in the iconic sights of Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Museum District. Transfer to the locally rated 4-star Golden Tulip Berlin-Hotel Hamburg (4Q) for an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast included. This centrally located hotel within Germany’s capital has a restaurant and a lounge bar where light meals and snacks are also available. All 190 air-conditioned rooms have a telephone, satellite television, radio, Wi-Fi and cable internet, safe, hairdryer and minibar (extra charge). From here it’s easy to go exploring independently to discover historic monuments such as the Charlottenburg Palace and an array of modern attractions, including museums, art galleries and shopping arcades. After sightseeing you can find somewhere to have lunch at your own expense and later return for your included dinner at the hotel restaurant then relax in the welcoming lounge bar.
Day 10 Berlin to UK
Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home to the UK.
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
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
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