- Sweet Neckar
Perhaps stroll across the beautiful bridge in Heidelberg.
- Elegant Eltville
The Electoral Castle soars above the Rhein town’s skyline.
- Heidelberg's history
The final night of your holiday will be spent moored in the heart of this ancient town.
- Legend of the Lorelei
See the rock where myth says a siren lured sailors to their demise.
Hamburg to Heidelberg
The Elbe, Oder and German Waterwaysfrom £2,299 per person 11 2 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
- New holiday
- VIP on selected river cruises
- Full board
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.
Board your ship in Hamburg where you’ll spend the first two evenings of your holiday. Enjoy an included tour of the city’s highlights and perhaps join an optional trip to see a spectacular light and water show in the city’s verdant Planten and Blomen public park before you set sail. You might wish to join optional walking tours of romantic Lüneburg and Hannover before cruising to Bad Essen and Gelsenkirchen - the first time Saga has visited the cities on a river cruise. Enjoy some free time in Linz am Rhein and Boppard before spending a night in the wine town of Rüdesheim. Moor in the half-timbered gem of Eltville and explore historic Mainz at your leisure before your holiday concludes with a scenic voyage up the River Neckar to spend a day and nights in the historic and beautiful setting of Heidelberg, enjoying an included tour while you’re there.
32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Drinks reception and Captain's dinner
- Saga Cruise Host
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Hamburg city tour
- Heidelberg tour and castle visit
Day 1 UK to Hamburg
Fly to Hamburg and transfer to the port to embark Johannes Brahms.
Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board this evening as you remain moored here overnight.
Day 2 Hamburg
After breakfast you can look forward to an included city tour of Hamburg.
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 will first enjoy a relaxed coach tour before exploring further on a guided tour which 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. This evening perhaps take the chance to attend a spectacular water and light display in a park in the heart of the city.
Set sail late tonight and cruise overnight bound for Scharnebeck.
Day 3 Scharnebeck
Arrive at breakfast time in Scharnebeck from where you can join an optional excursion this morning visiting the romantic city of Lüneburg.
Early this afternoon your ship will begin its overnight cruise to Hannover.
Day 4 Hannover to Bad Essen
You will moor in Hannover early this morning and perhaps enjoy an optional walking tour of the city before your cruise resumes at lunchtime.
Cruise through the afternoon and evening to arrive in Bad Essen late and mooring overnight.
Day 5 Bad Essen
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Bad Essen before setting sail once again at lunchtime.
Day 6 Gelsenkirchen
Cruise along the Rhine-Herne Canal to arrive in Gelsenkirchen early this afternoon. After lunch perhaps join an optional city tour.
Your cruise resumes this evening as you sail through dinner and overnight towards Linz am Rhein.
Day 7 Linz am Rhein
Cruise through the day and arrive in Linz am Rhein before dinner.
Enjoy the evening at leisure as you remain moored here overnight.
Day 8 Linz am Rhein to Boppard to Rüdesheim
Set sail before breakfast and cruise through the morning to arrive in Boppard, in a magical setting in the valley of the mythical Lorelei, at lunchtime.
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. Set sail again late this afternoon and cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Gorge towards Rüdesheim.
You’ll pass fabled Lorelei Rock before dinner and moor later this evening with time to venture ashore in search of a local tipple in the atmospheric Drosselgasse.
Day 9 Rüdesheim to Eltville to Mainz 🎧
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Rüdesheim or perhaps join an optional visit to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music or an optional wine tasting excursion.
Sail through lunch to reach the charming waterside town of Eltville where you have the afternoon at leisure to explore the streets of timber-frame houses in this hidden gem of a town with a brilliant white castle and romantic fortifications. It’s also known for its sparkling wine which you may wish to seek out before you set sail this evening, cruising to Mainz where you moor late tonight.
Day 10 Mainz to Mannheim 🎧
Wake up in 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 morning.
You remain moored here until lunchtime. Sail through the afternoon to reach Mannheim after dinner, mooring overnight.
Day 11 Mannheim to Heidelberg
Set sail before breakfast and cruise up the pretty River Neckar to moor in the heart of historic Heidelberg mid-morning.
Spend the rest of the day in the beautiful city, 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.
Spend the final night of your holiday at leisure as you moor here overnight.
Day 12 Heidelberg to UK
Disembark your ship after breakfast for your return journey to the UK.
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 11 nights itinerary
Planten and Blomen Water Light Concert
Known as the ‘green lung’ of the city, the Planten and Blomen public park is the most popular in the city and home to several botanical-themed areas and a pretty lake, which plays host to a spectacular water and light show. The first fountain was installed in the park in 1938 but since 1973 a water light organ has filled summer evenings with water, light and music. The ‘light piano’ has 95 white ‘keys’ which can reach a height of up to 36 metres and which are lit up by more than 750 coloured spotlights. Look forward to seeing musicians ‘playing’ the spectacular instrument against a musical backdrop.
Optional on 11 nights itinerary
Rüdesheim Wine Tasting
Board a tourist train and travel into the centre of Rüdesheim to Weingut Adolf Storzel. Located just a few steps from the famous Drosselgasse, this family-owned winery dates back to the 16th century. Your knowledgeable host will introduce you to three different white wines from the winery. A pretzel is served alongside to neutralise the taste of the different wines. After the wine tasting you will have the possibility to taste and purchase other white and red wines and different liquors and brandies. A small glass decorated with the coat of arms of the family is yours to take away as a souvenir. Afterwards, the tourist train will take you back to your ship, unless you decide to stroll back at your leisure; perhaps via the Drosselgasse!
Walking grade 1
Optional on 11 nights itinerary
Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music
Siegfried Wendel’s eccentric collection of 350 self-playing instruments is a veritable treat for eyes and ears. In this whimsical museum you’ll find a fantastical, nostalgic and joyous cacophony of beautiful music boxes, barrel organs, hand-cranked carnival machines and early jukeboxes, all in full working order. Highpoints include the ‘Puppet Orchestrion’, a huge cabinet containing puppet musicians (1888) and the later ‘Phonoliszt Violina’ a blend of piano and violins that plays in perfect harmony.
Walking grade 2
Optional on 11 nights itinerary
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 Rüdesheim and Mainz.