- Poignant Poland
Discover famous, war-linked sites of Krakow and Wroclaw during a four-night stay.
- Explore historic Dresden
Visit the city restored to its former glory, with an optional tour of Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera House
- Historic Wittenberg
Explore the city where Martin Luther lived and worked for much of his life.
Visit the town famous for porcelain manufacture and a fairytale castle.
Poland, Prague and the Magic of Saxony
The Elbe, Oder and German Waterwaysfrom £2,149 per person 11 2 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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Visit Wittenberg, Meissen and Dresden on this Elbe cruise…
Stays in Poland and Prague precede a cruise through Saxony to such delightful cities as Dresden, Meissen and Wittenberg
VIP door-to-door travel service
26 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
- 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)
- Free bar open 12 hours a day on board ship†
- UK travel service
- Return flights and transfers
- Drinks reception and Captain's dinner
- All-inclusive on board your ship
- Saga Cruise Host
- Entertainment and activities on board
- Krakow city tour and Oskar Schindler factory visit
- Visit to Auschwitz
- City tour of Wroclaw
- Prague city tour
29/04/2018 UK to Krakow, Poland
Fly to Krakow and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel PURO Krakow Kazimierz, where you stay for two nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis, with dinner included tonight.
Krakow is the ancient Royal Capital of Poland, and as a result has an abundance of historic buildings and treasures, including the Renaissance-Gothic Wawel Castle, which is UNESCO-listed. Join an included tour of the city which includes a visit to the fabled Oskar Schindler's Factory of Enameled Vessels, which has been turned into a modern museum devoted to the experiences in Nazi-occupied Krakow during World War II.
Transfer from Krakow to Wroclaw with a visit to Auschwitz included. The Nazi concentration camp is now a memorial to the millions of victims put to death during this dark period of the 20th century. After a solemn day of reflection, check in to the 4-star Hotel PURO Wroclaw, where you’ll enjoy dinner tonight.
The city of Wroclaw has an idyllic riverside setting across 12 islands crossed by 130 bridges. An included tour of the city reveals a striking Gothic town hall, a national museum and a cobbled market square housing street vendors.
Transfer to Prague with lunch included in Hradec Kralove en route. Stay overnight at the 5-star Corinthia Hotel Prague, with dinner included. The hotel is just two metro stops from Prague's historic city centre and a short walk from its oldest castle – the 10th century Vysehrad. There's a metro station opposite the hotel making exploring easy.
04/05/2018 Prague to Decin
Spend another morning exploring the city before transferring in the afternoon to Decin. Embark MS Johannes Brahms and enjoy a welcome reception. The ship remains moored here for the night.
05/05/2018 Decin to Bad Schandau to Dresden
This morning you’ll leave Decin before breakfast and cruise to Bad Schandau where the ship pauses briefly. You might like to disembark here to join an optional excursion into the Sandstone Mountains. Everyone else will cruise on to Dresden and moor for the afternoon and night. Perhaps enjoy an optional Dresden tour this afternoon.
06/05/2018 Dresden to Meissen
Set sail from Dresden late morning and cruise through the morning towards Meissen, arriving during lunch. This town is most famous for its porcelain, which you can learn more about on an optional excursion. Europe’s first white porcelain was produced in Dresden in 1708 meaning it no longer had to be imported from China at great expense. In 1710 the factory was moved to Meissen, where it was easier to protect the secret processes. Meissen also has a castle straight out of a fairy tale, a historic cathedral, and glorious views over the Elbe Valley.
07/05/2018 Meissen to Wittenberg
Set off in the early hours from Meissen for a late afternoon and evening exploring Wittenberg, the town where, so the story goes, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church, setting in motion the Protestant Reformation. Find out more on an optional guided walk which visits the former monastery where Luther lived and the vast UNESCO-listed Market Square, with its bronze statue of Luther.
08/05/2018 Wittenberg to Magdeburg
Leave Wittenberg this morning and arrive in Magdeburg mid-afternoon. You might like to join an optional walking tour of this historic town, which was the home of the first Holy Roman Emperor, Otto 1. Your ship remains moored here overnight.
09/05/2018 Magdeburg to Brandenburg
Set sail in the early hours and cruise through the day to arrive in Brandenburg late this afternoon. You’ll have time to join an optional walking tour before dinner. Remain moored here overnight.
10/05/2018 Brandenburg to Potsdam to UK
fter a short cruise to Potsdam early this morning, disembark after breakfast and transfer to Berlin airport for your return flight to the UK..
Lucerne Walking tour
With its panoramic vista of mountains, an enviable lakeside setting and picturesque old town, the compact city of Lucerne is a photographer’s dream. On this introductory tour you’ll weave your way through narrow alleyways and delightful town squares to see one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe – medieval Chapel Bridge – with its octagonal water tower dating from the 14th century. You’ll also walk along part of the ancient fortifications of Musegg Wall and pass the imposing Culture and Convention Centre, a very recent addition to the city.
Optional on 11 nights itinerary
Obernai: Undiscovered Treasure of the Alsace
Situated 25 km to the south-west of Strasbourg, Obernai lies in the heart of Alsace region. Located on the Wine Route and tucked into the foot of the Vosges mountains and Mont Sainte Odile, it’s a delightful and atmospheric place to visit. The inner ramparts of the old town have 20 towers and four gates, and within these walls you’ll find traditional half-timbered houses, secluded courtyards, fountains and a six-bucket Renaissance well. A local guide will reveal the highlights and you’ll have some free time to explore. Perhaps sample a glass of Vin de Pistolet, a local wine, or an eau-de-vie – the local fruit brandy.
Optional on 11 nights itinerary
Rudesheim Wine Tasting
Board a tourist train and travel into the centre of Rudesheim 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 3 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!
Optional on 11 nights itinerary
Post-extension with breakfasts included
After your holiday, spend two nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis at the locally rated 4-star Golden Tulip Hotel Hamburg. The hotel is centrally located within Germany’s capital where there is much to explore, from historic monuments such as the Brandenburg Gate and Charlottenburg Palace to a fantastic selection of modern attractions, including museums, art galleries and shopping arcades. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and lounge bar. All 189 rooms have a television, telephone, hairdryer, minibar and safe.
†The free bar on the ship is open from 12pm to 12am, serving non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including wines, sparkling wine, beer and selected spirits.
#This departure follows a reverse itinerary, ports of call and timings vary.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.