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River Cruise
River Cruise

Historic Poland and the Elbe

The Elbe, Oder and German Waterways

2 passengers
  • VIP travel service included on selected European tours VIP on selected river cruises
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Explore the Polish cities of Krakow and Wroclaw before embarking on a cruise along the Elbe

Your cruise along one of Europe’s most interesting and intimate waterways, the Elbe, is preceded by a four-night stay in Poland, during which you will enjoy an included walking exploration of Krakow – one of the oldest cities in Poland. Also included during your time in Poland is a visit to Auschwitz, standing as a sobering reminder of the brutal destruction of more than 1.1 million people. Stay in Wroclaw, a city with more than 600 years of rise and fall history and a charming astronomical clock.

Board your ship in Bad Schandau and enjoy a 10-night journey along the Elbe. Perhaps choose to take a private tour of Colditz Castle, where very important Allied prisoners were kept during the Second World War, or learn all there is to know about the handmade porcelain created in Meissen. During your voyage, take a city tour of both Hamburg – steeped in maritime heritage - and Dresden, the skyline of which is filled with eye-catching landmarks. You will also cruise along the Elbe’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, between Wittenberge and Lauenburg.


4 nights across 2 hotel stays with breakfasts and dinner on your first nights included

10 nights full board on board the ship

32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 11 dinners

  • Drinks reception and Captain's dinner
  • Saga Cruise Host
  • Entertainment and activities on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Included travel insurance
  • Return flights and transfers


  • Walking tour of Krakow
  • A visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Dresden City Tour
  • Wittenberg Guided Walk
  • Wroclaw City Walk
  • Hamburg City Tour

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26/04/2021 UK-Krakow

Arrive in Krakow

Following VIP door-to-door travel service, you will fly from the UK to Krakow and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Galaxy Hotel, where you will stay for the next two nights. D

27/04/2021 Krakow

Wawel Castle in Krakow

Today enjoy a walking tour through Krakow, one of Poland’s oldest cities.

During the tour, your guide will perhaps explain the fortunes and falls of this fascinating city - from its 14th-century golden age to the dark times of occupation. By putting one foot in front of the other you will discover why it is also an architect’s paradise, filled with fine examples of Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque style buildings. Standing in Market Square, the historic hub of medieval Krakow, you will be invited to gaze up at Cloth Hall, an impressive 16th-century illustration of the city’s royal heritage.

Spend the afternoon at leisure before dinner at the hotel. B

28/04/2021 Krakow-Wroclaw

The entrance to Auschwitz

After checking out of the hotel, you will travel to nearby Auschwitz, a former Nazi concentration camp that today provides a sobering testimony to the horrors of genocide. It was opened in 1940 to imprison political opponents, however by 1944 Auschwitz had become a network of camps used for slave labour and extermination. More than 1.1 million people – men, women and children – mostly Jewish, were murdered in Auschwitz. Many of the camp’s buildings have remained unchanged, serving as a powerful reminder of one of the darkest periods of the 20th century.

Afterwards, continue to Wroclaw where you will spend the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Novotel Wroclaw Centrum. Dinner is served at the hotel. B

29/04/2021 Wroclaw

Wroclaw market square at dusk

Spend your morning on a tour through Wroclaw, a city spread across 12 islands and traversed by approximately 130 bridges.

It was originally founded on ‘Cathedral Island’ in the 10th century and experienced indulgent prosperity under the Bohemian administration (1335-1526), local persecution by the Habsburgs – who ruled for the next two centuries – and in 1741 Wroclaw fell to the Prussians. Becoming increasingly Germanised, the city was known as ‘Breslau’ when the Second World War broke out. During the final days of the war, when the local population was ordered to fight to the bitter end against the besieging Red Army, 75% of the city was raised to the ground.

Once the war was over and Polish citizens returned, a monumental restoration program began that would take more than 30 years. Today, you will find it to be a pleasant city, with riverside parks and notable landmarks such as the medieval Market Square – one of the largest in Europe – which is overlooked by the old city hall, new city hall and several pretty houses. Also of note is the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, the 4th church to have been built on ‘Cathedral Island’.

Spend the afternoon at leisure. B

30/04/2021 Wroclaw-Bad Schandau

MS Johannes Brahms

Following check out, you will transfer to Bad Schandau Port where you will embark MS Johannes Brahms. Enjoy a welcome drinks reception and dinner on board as your ship remains moored here overnight. D

Bad Schandau Saxony Germany Europe

01/05/2021 Bad Schandau-Dresden

The beautiful city of Dresden

This morning cruise to the restored city of Dresden, which you can discover on an included city tour.

Dresden has a long history as the residence of the electors and kings of Saxony and before the war, it was known as ‘The Florence of the Elbe’. Once a ‘jewel box’ of rococo and baroque buildings, approximately 90% of Dresden was destroyed by heavy Allied bombing raids.

Since the reunification of Germany in the early 1990s, the city has seen a great amount of restoration, regaining much of its former glory. Highlights include Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House, and the Royal Palace. Frauenkirche, on Neumarkt Square was reconstructed in the 1990s and is crowned by a silver cross created by the son of one of the pilots involved in the 1945 raids.

Remain moored here overnight. B, L, D

Dresden Saxony Germany Europe

02/05/2021 Dresden-Meissen

Meissen's impressive castle

This morning your ship sets sail for Meissen where this afternoon an optional tour reveals the city’s highlights, including the world-famous porcelain factory.

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, a historic cathedral, and glorious views over the Elbe Valley. B, L, D

Meissen Saxony Germany Europe

03/05/2021 Meissen-Torgau

Hartenfels Castle, Torgau

Today consider joining an optional excursion to the formidable Colditz Castle, known throughout the Second World War as Oflag IV-C. MS Johannes Brahms departs Meissen and cruises towards Torgau. Colditz excursion participants rejoin her here.

Alternatively, you may like to join an optional excursion to the picturesque Hartenfels Castle, followed by the ceremony marking Elbe Day, when on April 25, 1945 Soviet and American troops met at the Elbe River. You remain moored in Torgau overnight. B, L, D

Torgau Saxony Germany Europe

04/05/2021 Torgau-Wittenberg

Wittenberg's market square

Set sail 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 to the vast UNESCO-listed Market Square, which has a bronze statue of Luther.

Remain moored here overnight. B, L, D

Wittenberg Saxony-Anhalt Germany Europe

05/05/2021 Wittenberg-Madgeburg-Tangermünde

View across Magdeburg, Germany

Set sail early and cruise through the morning 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 impressive Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice.

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

Later sail on to moor in Tangermünde late tonight. B, L, D

Tangermünde Saxony-Anhalt Germany Europe

06/05/2021 Tangermünde-Wittenberge

Admire the architecture of Tangermunde

Wake up this morning in Tangermünde, which can lay claim to 1,000 years of history.

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 at lunchtime and cruise through the afternoon to arrive in Wittenberge this evening, mooring overnight. B, L, D

Wittenberge Brandenburg Germany Europe

07/05/2021 Wittenberge-Scharnebeck

Biosphere Reserve along the Elbe, Germany

Spend your morning at leisure to explore Wittenberge, a settlement on the right bank of the river established more than 700 years ago. The town castle, built in 1669, is now the town museum, and the famous Singer Sewing Machine Company set up here in 1903.

Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the pretty town of Havelberg. Set sail and enjoy an afternoon of scenic cruising through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that encompasses the stretch of the Elbe between Wittenberge and Lauenburg.

Arrive in Scharnebeck after dinner and moor overnight. B, L, D

Scharnebeck Lower Saxony Germany Europe

08/05/2021 Scharnebeck-Hamburg


Enjoy free time in Scharnebeck this morning.

Alternatively you might like to join an optional excursion to the romantic city of Lüneburg. The picturesque Hanseatic town was once a trade hub thanks to its lucrative salt mines. Your cruise resumes at lunchtime and you will spend the rest of the day cruising to Hamburg, arriving after dinner and mooring overnight. B, L, D

Hamburg Hamburg Germany Europe

09/05/2021 Hamburg


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

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. B, L, D

Hamburg Hamburg Germany Europe

10/05/2021 Hamburg-UK

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

Historic Poland and the Elbe

The Elbe, Oder and German Waterways

2 passengers
Historic Poland and the Elbe

The Elbe, Oder and German Waterways

2 passengers