- Amsterdam by land and water
Discover Amsterdam’s fascinating history on a tour by coach and canal boat.
- Climb the Harz Mountains
Germany's highest mountains have an enchanting landscape.
- The Canals of Groningen
Groningen is a city of picturesque canals, innovative architecture and cyclists everywhere!
- The Hanseatic city of Bremen
Bremen has many historic attractions, including St<0x00A0>Peter's Cathedral and the 15th-century town hall.
- Full board
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†
- 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)
- UK travel service
- Return flights and transfers
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- 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.
08/09/2019 UK to Hamburg
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.
09/09/2019 Braunschweig to Hannover
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.
10/09/2019 Hannover to Minden to Stolzenau
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.
11/09/2019 Stolzenau to Bremen
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.
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.
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.
14/09/2019 Groningen to Lemmer
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.
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.
16/09/2019 Amsterdam to UK
After breakfast, disembark MS Johannes Brahms and travel by coach to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Giving you the chance to get under the skin of a destination by enjoying the local food and culture.
Amsterdam Culinary Walking Tour
After disembarking your ship and meeting your guide, take a tram to Central Station from where you will begin a walking tour of the Dutch capital. Along the way look forward to tasting local delicacies including herring, cheese and croquettes and rounding it off with a sweet treat from a bakery. Walking Grade 4
Please be advised that this excursion is PRE BOOKABLE ONLY up to 7 days before departure and has a minimum number of 7, if this is not reached then the excursion may be cancelled.
Optional on 8 nights itinerary
Amsterdam city and canals
This cosmopolitan capital delights visitors with its pretty tree-lined canals – criss-crossed by over a thousand bridges – exquisite architecture and world-class art collections. Enjoy a canal cruise to view such treasures as the famous Skinny Bridge, the Montelbaanstoren tower and the Jewish Quarter, where Anne Frank’s house can be seen. Walking Grade 3
Optional on 8 nights itinerary
Minden City Tour
Minden sits at the crossing of the River Weser and the Mittelland Canal. Discover this characterful city on a walking tour that reveals the beautiful 1,000-year old cathedral and cobbled streets of merchant and nobles’ houses. Look out for their typical Weser Renaissance features – ornate façades featuring carved wood and sandstone decoration. Admire timbered buildings in the Upper Old Town and architecture influenced by Prussian Classicism. In the heart of Minden you’ll also see the town hall with its 13th century Gothic balcony, the oldest Renaissance-style loggia an outside ‘gallery’ supported by columns in Westphalia. Walking Grade 3
Optional on 8 nights itinerary