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    The Reichstag in Berlin
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    The River Havel

Celebrated Cities of Hamburg and Berlin with the Havel River: From Berlin

The Elbe, Oder and German Waterways

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Sail the Elbe and the Havel through Germany

Begin your holiday by exploring Germany’s capital city Berlin. See the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and what remains of the Wall during an included coach tour before sailing to Potsdam and Brandenburg, where you can see the main attractions during optional tours. A highlight of your river cruise is sure to be a full-day included excursion into Germany’s highest mountain range, the Harz Mountains, to visit the UNESCO-listed towns of Goslar and Wernigerode, known for its half-timbered houses, medieval Town Hall, Crooked House and castle.

Continue sailing the Elbe to Luneburg, where you’ll enjoy an included tour, a historic Hanseatic town with over 1,000 years of history. The final destination on your itinerary is Hamburg, Europe’s second largest port and one of the core founders of the medieval Hanseatic trading league. Discover the sights of central Hamburg on foot, such as the city hall, Alster Lake and the art deco Kontorhaus.


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day

PersonCruise Host


  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Entertainment and activities on board
  • Return flights and transfers

MapIncluded excursions

  • Berlin city tour
  • Harz Mountains
  • Luneburg city tour

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration
†The free bar on board Johannes Brahms is open from midday to midnight and serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Day 1 UK to Berlin

Berlin at dusk, Germany

Fly to Berlin and transfer to the port where you embark your ship Johannes Brahams.

Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. Remain moored here overnight.

Berlin Berlin Germany Europe

Day 2 Berlin to Potsdam 🎧

Reichstag, Berlin

Spend the day in the capital, where this morning an included coach tour reveals the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and what remains of the Wall.

Originally a small port on the River Spree, the city of Berlin had developed into the capital of the German Empire by 1871. The physicist Albert Einstein, painter George Grosz and writer Bertolt Brecht all called the city home at some point. With the fall of the wall in 1989, the city was reunified and has regained some of its former glory, with the restoration of the Reichstag building as a shining example. Parts of the wall remain and serve as reminder of the Soviet era. Checkpoint Charlie, one of the most important crossing points between the East and West, is now a popular tourist attraction.

Early this evening your ship sails to Potsdam, arriving later this evening for an overnight mooring.

Potsdam Brandenburg Germany Europe

Day 3 Potsdam to Brandenburg 🎧

View over Potsdam, Germany

Spend the morning in Potsdam, which you can explore during an optional tour.

At lunchtime your ship will continue sailing to Brandenburg, arriving late this afternoon. See the city’s attractions on an optional walking tour.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Brandenburg Brandenburg Germany Europe

Day 4 Brandenburg

Old town hall in Brandenburg

Following an early departure from Brandenbrug, your ship will pause briefly for you to embark on an included full-day excursion into northern Germany's highest mountain range, the Harz Mountains. Explore the UNESCO-listed towns of Goslar and medieval Wernigerode.

Rejoin your ship shortly before dinner and sail through the night towards Luneburg.

Brandenburg Brandenburg Germany Europe

Day 5 Luneburg to Geesthacht


This morning you’ll arrive in Luneburg and can see more of this historic Hanseatic town with over 1,000 years of history during an included morning tour.

Its wealth stemmed from salt production and the Alter crane at the docks stands as a reminder of this profitable trade. Grand gabled houses were constructed during its medieval heyday and remained intact throughout the Second World War.

Admire the gabled houses, Gothic churches, the town hall and the small harbour before returning your ship and sailing through the afternoon to Geesthacht.

Your ship will moor here overnight.

Geesthacht Schleswig-Holstein Germany Europe

Day 6 Geesthacht

Spend the morning in Geesthact, where in 1866 Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel invented dynamite and built the first dynamite factory on the continent. He also founded the Nobel Prizes.

Set sail again during lunch and continue sailing through the night.

Geesthacht Schleswig-Holstein Germany Europe

Day 7 Hamburg 🎧

Hamburg, Germany

You'll have the whole day to explore Hamburg. This vibrant city blends its maritime heritage as a free Hanseatic city with a host of modern attractions. Perhaps explore further on an optional morning tour.

Hamburg Hamburg Germany Europe

Day 8 Hamburg to UK

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

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Berlin, Potsdam and Hamburg.

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

Walking Grades

1 – Walking at your own discretion. For example, on panoramic coach tours when the only walking is at photo stops.

2 – Minimal walking. Up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) on mainly flat terrain.

3 – Moderate walking. Between 1,640-4,920 feet (500-1500 metres) over mixed terrain with the possibility of some steps.

4 – Considerable walking. More than 4,920 feet (1500 metres) over uneven terrain with many steps.

5 – Strenuous walking. Long distances over rough terrain with climbing, steps and trekking.

Celebrated Cities of Hamburg & Berlin with the Havel River: To Berlin


Celebrated Cities of Hamburg and Berlin with the Havel River: From Berlin

The Elbe, Oder and German Waterways