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    Amsterdam by land and water
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    Climb the Harz Mountains
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    The Canals of Groningen
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    The Hanseatic city of Bremen

From the Elbe to Amsterdam

German Waterways

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Discover Germany's little-explored waterways

Enjoy a leisurely journey along the little-explored waterways of Germany, navigating canals and rivers that larger vessels can't while discovering historic towns and their sites.


23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners

Free bar open 12 hours a day†


  • Trip to the Harz Mountains
  • Bremen city tour
  • Walking tour of Groningen

†The free bar, open from 12pm to 12am, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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08/09/2019 UK to Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

Fly to Hamburg and transfer to the port where you embark MS Johannes Brahms. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you set sail this evening, sailing overnight towards Braunschweig.

Hamburg Hamburg Germany Europe

09/09/2019 Braunschweig to Hannover

Quedlinburg, Germany

Arrive after breakfast and disembark to join an included full-day excursion to the relatively undiscovered Harz Mountains, where you'll visit the historic towns of Goslar, Wernigerode and Quedlinburg with its UNESCO-listed medieval old town. Rejoin your ship this evening in Hannover where you will moor for the night. 

Hanover port Lower Saxony Germany Europe

10/09/2019 Hannover to Minden to Stolzenau

Minden, Germany

Depart Hannover in the early hours and sail to Minden where you can join an optional tour of the city this morning. Here you can discover fine examples of “Weser Renaissance” architecture, a monument to Kaiser Wilhem, the gothic town hall and 1000-year-old single-nave cathedral. After lunch set sail again and negotiate the Schachtscleuse lock from the Mittelland Kanal (Midland Canal) to the River Weser and cruise to Stolzenau where you'll moor overnight.

Stolzenau port Lower Saxony Germany Europe

11/09/2019 Stolzenau to Bremen

Bremen, Germany

Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Bremen where you arrive in the afternoon. Here, enjoy a fantastic included city tour exploring bohemian Viertel and its collection of independent shops, craft studios and galleries; the quirky neighbourhood of Schnoor, a maze of 15th and 16th century houses; and passing St Peter’s Cathedral, enter the main square where you will find the statue of Roland and historical town hall. And, don’t forget to grab the front legs of the donkey on the Brothers Grimm Bremen Town Musicians’ statue for a touch of luck. Remain moored in Bremen overnight. 

Bremen Bremen Germany Europe

12/09/2019 Bremen

Bremen, Germany

Depart Bremen in the early hours. Why not make the most of the the facilities on board  as you  sail through the morning and afternoon and cruise on to your overnight mooring.

Bremen Bremen Germany Europe

13/09/2019 Groningen

Groningen, Netherlands

Cross into the Netherlands as you spend the morning sailing to the ancient city of Groningen. In the afternoon join a walking tour of this bustling university city, which like many a Dutch conurbation is criss-crossed by canals. Groningen prides itself on its diverse architecture, the contrast of which is evident when comparing the public library, built in the 1992, and the neighbouring Calmershuis, a stone house built in 1250. Also, don’t miss the 13th-century Martini church and the Groningen Museum, with its eclectic collections of art.  You remain moored here overnight.

Groningen port Netherlands Europe

14/09/2019 Groningen to Lemmer

Lemmer, Netherlands

Early this morning you'll head to Lemmer, cruising across Lake IJsselmeer, formerly the Zuiderzee (South Sea) until it was separated from the Wadden Sea and North Sea by a man-made dyke. The project has created over six-hundred square miles of polders – fertile reclaimed land. Moor in the afternoon in Lemmer, where you will remain overnight, and explore the historic town and its network of attractive canals.

Lemmer Netherlands Europe

15/09/2019 Lemmer to Amsterdam


Depart Lemmer in the morning, arriving in Amsterdam at lunchtime for your overnight mooring. Explore the narrow streets, bridges, colourful markets and countless museums and galleries independently. Alternatively, join an optional sightseeing tour of the city’s greatest attractions first by coach, then board a canal boat to float through its watery arteries spotting the famous Skinny Bridge, Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter where Anne Frank's house can be seen.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

16/09/2019 Amsterdam to UK

Plane wing against a blue sky

After breakfast, disembark MS Johannes Brahms and travel by coach to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

From the Elbe to Amsterdam

German Waterways

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