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River Cruise
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Gems of the German Waterways

The Elbe, Oder and German Waterways

from £2,299 per person 11 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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Cruise Germany’s intimate and beautiful waterways

Allow Johannes Brahms to take you to parts of Germany that larger river cruise ships can’t reach.

Spend two nights in the historic and beautiful setting of Heidelberg, enjoying an included tour while you’re there, before setting sail along the enchanting River Neckar. Explore Mainz and the half-timbered gem of Eltville during overnight moorings and continue to explore the pretty wine towns of Rüdesheim and Boppard. After visiting Düsseldorf your cruise will be the first Saga holiday to explore Bad Essen before continuing to Hannover, where you might choose to join an optional walking tour. See Wolfsburg and Brandenburg before exploring Potsdam en route to Germany’s bohemian capital Berlin, where your holiday concludes with another overnight mooring and an included sightseeing tour of the highlights.


32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners


  • Heidelberg tour and castle visit
  • Berlin city tour

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Day 1 UK to Heidelberg


Fly to Frankfurt and transfer to the waterfront in Heidelberg where you will embark Johannes Brahms.

Heidelberg Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Day 2 Heidelberg

Heidelberg Castle

Spend the day in the beautiful city of Heidelberg, the home of Germany's oldest university, founded in 1386.

Highlights include the landmark Old Bridge across the River Neckar and the ruined castle high above the city. It's rather random appearance is due to it having been added to through different periods of German architectural styles. Virtually destroyed by lightning in 1764 it was cannibalised by locals who used stones from it in their own houses! Enjoy a tour of the magnificent Renaissance castle, then a walking tour around the cobbled streets. You can also take the funicular railway up to the peak of Konigstühl – the ‘King’s seat’ – for breathtaking views.

Heidelberg Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe

Day 3 Heidelberg to Mainz 🎧

Cathedral of Mainz, Germany

Set sail over breakfast and cruise through the morning to arrive at lunchtime at historic Mainz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers.

It has a large Romanesque cathedral. Behind it, in Gutenbergplatz Square, is a statue of Johannes Gutenberg, the ‘father of modern printing’ who was born in Mainz. There are plenty of Roman ruins to discover, including a huge theatre, an aqueduct and more. Perhaps grab an interactive map and your headphones to conduct a self-guided tour this afternoon.

Sail overnight towards Eltville.

Mainz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Eltville to Rüdesheim 🎧

The gleaming Electoral Castle looms over Eltville

Wake up in the charming waterside town of Eltville.

Spend the morning at leisure, exploring the streets of timber-frame houses in this hidden gem of a town with a brilliant white castle and romantic fortifications.

At lunchtime, cruise the famous Middle Rhine which has steep banks overlooked by many historic castles, and past Lorelei Rock, to moor in the town of Rüdesheim, which is famed for the wine taverns lining its charming Drosselgasse. Whilst here, perhaps join an optional visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music or join an optional wine tasting excursion.

Remain moored here overnight. 

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Rüdesheim to Boppard


Set sail again over breakfast and spend the morning cruising along the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Gorge to the small riverside town of Boppard in a magical setting in the valley of the mythical Lorelei.

This afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps explore the town’s Rheinallee waterfront promenade, and the Gothic Carmelite Church, famous for its 15th-century choir stalls, before your cruise resumes before dinner, sailing through the evening to moor in Düsseldorf in the early hours.

Boppard Rhine Gorge Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 6 Düsseldorf

Media Harbour in Dusseldorf

After breakfast you might wish to explore independently or perhaps join an optional tour of the old town.

Set sail again before lunch and cruise for the rest of the day.

Dusseldorf North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 7 Bad Essen

The historic marketplace in Bad Essen, Osnabruecker Land

Cruise through the morning to Bad Essen where you have the afternoon to explore independently.

Sail through dinner bound for Hannover, where you will moor in the early hours.

Bad Essen Lower Saxony Germany Europe

Day 8 Hannover to Wolfsburg

City Hall of Hannover, Germany

Wake up in Hannover and after breakfast enjoy an optional walking tour of the city.

At lunchtime set sail once more and cruise through the afternoon and evening to arrive in Wolfsburg after dinner.

Wolfsburg Lower Saxony Germany Europe

Day 9 Wolfsburg to Brandenburg

View of Wolfsburg Castle, Germany

Enjoy another morning at leisure in Wolfsburg before setting sail for the rest of the day bound for Brandenburg.

Brandenburg Brandenburg Germany Europe

Day 10 Brandenburg to Potsdam


Sail through the morning to arrive in Brandenburg at lunchtime.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore independently.

Set sail late afternoon and cruise through dinner before arriving in Potsdam this evening and mooring overnight.

Potsdam Brandenburg Germany Europe

Day 11 Potsdam to Berlin

Historical city gate in Potsdam, Germany

After breakfast perhaps join an optional excursion touring Potsdam and visiting Cecilienhof Palace before you set sail for the final time before lunch.

Cruise to Berlin where you can enjoy an included tour of the highlights this afternoon. The final night of your holiday is at leisure in Bohemian Berlin.

Berlin Berlin Germany Europe

Day 12 Berlin to UK

Berlin, Germany

Disembark your ship after breakfast for your return journey to the UK.

Please note

Some of the highlights may only be seen by on optional excursions, at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Mainz and Rüdesheim.

Gems of the German Waterways

The Elbe, Oder and German Waterways

from £2,299 per person 11 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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The Elbe, Oder and German Waterways

from £2,299 per person 11 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required