Discover the mix of old and new in this lively city.
- Kiel Canal
Cruise the world's busiest man-made waterway from the North Sea to the Baltic.
- All Inclusive on board ship
Cruise the Elbe, the Havel and the Kiel Canal
Navigate the scenic rivers and man-made waterways of Germany's northern states, with visits to Brandenburg and Hamburg, and a full-length cruise through the Kiel Canal, from the Baltic to the North Sea.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Free bar open 12 hours a day†
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Captain's dinner and drinks reception
- Saga Cruise Host
- Entertainment and activities on board
- 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
- Tour of Kiel
- Brandenberg walking tour
†The free bar on board Johannes Brahms is open from 12pm to midnight, serving non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
29/07/2020 UK to Berlin to Potsdam
Fly to Berlin and embark your ship. This evening enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you cruise towards Potsdam, where you moor overnight.
30/07/2020 Potsdam to Brandenburg
Spend the morning in Potsdam and perhaps visit Cecilienhof Palace, where the Potsdam Conference decided the future of Germany in 1945, on an optional excursion. Continue cruising to Brandenburg where you will be able to enjoy an included walk through the medieval city before sailing on during dinner.
31/07/2020 Sailing day
Make the most of the on-board facilities and enjoy watching the picturesque scenery glide by as you continue your cruise towards Geesthacht, passing through a number of locks en route.
01/08/2020 Geesthacht to Hamburg
Spend the early morning cruising before mooring in the historic old town of Geesthacht. This morning you might like to join an optional trip to the romantic city of Luneburg, with its lovely medieval architecture and concentration of pubs. Leave Geesthacht after lunch and cruise towards Hamburg, arriving during dinner and mooring overnight.
You have the whole day to explore Hamburg. This exciting city blends its heritage as a free Hanseatic city with a host of modern attractions, a maritime flavour and legendary nightlife. Cruise overnight towards Kiel.
03/08/2020 Hamburg to Rendsburg
Your ship sets sail from Hamburg before breakfast and you can look forward to spending much of the day cruising to Rendsburg, where you will arrive late this afternoon and moor overnight.
04/08/2020 Rendsburg to Kiel
Set sail from Rendsburg during breakfast. This morning you will cruise the length of the world's busiest man-made waterway, the Kiel Canal, this morning. This 98-kilometre-long short-cut connects the North Sea with the Baltic, saving ships from rounding the Danish peninsula and navigating potentially dangerous waters. Spend the afternoon exploring Kiel. The city is dominated by the grand harbour, as you’ll discover on an included excursion. Stroll along the waterfront promenade, perhaps pausing in a cafe or coffee shop and enjoying views of ships of all types and sizes coming and going. Moor here overnight.
05/08/2020 Kiel to Hamburg to UK
Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Enjoy a guided tour of the last Hohenzollern building to be constructed in Potsdam, Cecilienhof Palace. It was built in 1913-17 in the style of an English country manor for Prussia’s Crown Prince William and his wife Cecilie. They lived at the palace until shortly before the end of World War II. The architectural history of the palace and the lives of the royal couple are now also pictorially represented with three wall panels at the entrance. In summer 1945 world history was made at Cecilienhof Palace. After the end of hostilities in Europe, representatives of the three main allies of World War II met here for top-level discussions on the restructuring of Europe and the future of Germany. Conference participants were the heads of state of the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. The results of the conference officially known as the Three Powers Conference of Berlin were recorded in the Potsdam Agreement and the Potsdam Declaration. Walking Grade 3
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Hamburg City Tour
Germany’s second largest city and Europe’s second largest port is officially known as the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and it was one of the core founders of the medieval Hanseatic trading league. To truly appreciate the sights of central Hamburg you need to explore it on foot, and this guided tour will take you to all the key attractions including Rathaus – the city hall – which resembles London’s Houses of Parliament; Alster Lake in the heart of the city; the art deco-era Kontorhaus, which was Europe’s first commercial district and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have time to stroll along the lakeside boulevard of Jungfernstieg and soak up the ambience of the bohemian, creative hub of Gängeviertel. Walking Grade 3
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Lüneburg Walking Tour
This historic Hanseatic town features more than 1,000 historic buildings and has over 1,000 years of history. Its wealth stemmed from salt production, with the sale of ‘white gold’ securing its fortune. The Alter crane at the docks stands as a reminder of the profitable salt trade. Grand gabled houses were constructed during its medieval heyday and remained intact throughout the Second World War. Wandering through the town centre today you can admire the beautiful architecture while doing a spot of window-shopping. Your tour will also take in the imposing Gothic churches, the town hall – one of the oldest buildings in Lüneburg – and the small harbour which once saw so much trade. Walking Grade 3
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Holiday extension - including breakfasts
Single supplement (per person, per stay): available.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.