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    Magdeburg’s Cathedral towers over the Elbe
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    The canals of Groningen
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    Bremen’s Market Square
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    Medieval Goslar

Secret Waterways of Germany: Berlin to Amsterdam

German Waterways

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

Cruise Germany's lesser-explored waterways

Embark on an all-inclusive river cruise in 2023 that sails through the Dutch provinces of Friesland and Groningen before enjoying a leisurely journey along the lesser-explored waterways of Germany, navigating canals and rivers that larger vessels can't.


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

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate 29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners

Cocktail Free bar open 12 hours a day on board

Cocktail Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

Person Cruise Host


  • Return flights and transfers
  • Drinks reception and Captain's dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Gratuities on board
  • Entertainment and activities on board

MapIncluded excursions

  • Tour of Groningen
  • Tour of Bremen
  • Walking tour of Magdeburg
  • Trip to the Harz Mountains.

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

The free bar, open from 12pm to midnight, serves unbranded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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01/07/2023 UK to Berlin


Fly to Berlin where you'll embark MS Johannes Brahms and enjoy dinner on board tonight.

Berlin Berlin Germany Europe

02/07/2023 Berlin to Potsdam to Brandenburg 🎧

Cecilienhof Palace

Depart Berlin early this morning and either join an optional tour of the capital or begin your cruise to Potsdam, arriving before lunch.

This afternoon you have the opportunity to explore Potsdam and visit Cecilienhof Palace on an optional excursion.

Your ship departs Potsdam late this afternoon and continues to Brandenburg to moor overnight.

Brandenburg Brandenburg Germany Europe

03/07/2023 Brandenburg to Magdeburg

View across Magdeburg, Germany

Set sail early this morning and journey through a series of locks to reach Magdeburg early this afternoon.

Magdeburg is one of the oldest cities in Germany's new federal states and, as an imperial seat, Hanseatic power and fortified city, it has been repeatedly ravaged by war. The city boasts many significant buildings, including the Cathedral of St Mauritius and St Catherine. This famous landmark was Germany's first Gothic cathedral, and it contains a wealth of sculptures and carvings, as well as the tomb of Otto the Great, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 962, who once called Magdeburg home.

An included afternoon tour also reveals some of its avant-garde architecture such as the 'Green Citadel' – a quirky complex of shops, bars and apartments which is actually bright pink!

Depart Magdeburg later this afternoon and sail overnight towards Wolfsburg.

Magdeburg Saxony-Anhalt Germany Europe

04/07/2023 Wolfsburg to Hanover

Harz Mountains

Enjoy an included full-day excursion to the Harz Mountains, northern Germany's highest range.

You'll visit the historic UNESCO-listed towns of Goslar, whose streets are lined with half-timbered houses, and Wernigerode, a beautiful, medieval city dominated by a hilltop castle.

Following your trip you’ll rejoin your ship and continue your cruise to Hanover for an overnight mooring.

Hanover port Lower Saxony Germany Europe

05/07/2023 Hanover to Nienburg

The canal crossing at Minden

Depart early and sail through the locks of Minden, Petershagen and Schlüsselburg before pausing in Stolzenau for the opportunity to disembark for an optional tour of the city of Minden this afternoon.

Later, MS Johannes Brahms negotiates the Landesbergen lock en route to Nienburg, where you will arrive early this evening and moor overnight.

Nienburg Lower Saxony Germany Europe

06/07/2023 Nienburg to Bremen 🎧

Bremen Market Square

Following an early departure from Nienburg, your ship will navigate several locks this morning before arriving in Bremen after lunch.

Look forward to exploring this Hanseatic city on an included tour. Among the city’s attractions are St Peter's Cathedral, whose history spans 1,200 years, and the 15th-century UNESCO-listed town hall, both in the market square. Close to the town hall is the statue of the Bremen Town Musicians, the characters in a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The Schnoor quarter is a maze of streets of tiny 15th and 16th-century houses while the bohemian area offers quirky shops, galleries and museums.

Your ship remains moored overnight in Bremen.

Bremen Bremen Germany Europe

07/07/2023 Sailing day

Cruise through a series of locks and along the Eems Canal to Herbrum, here you can disembark for an optional afternoon excursion to the Meyer Werft shipyard, located in Papenburg on the River Ems.

08/07/2023 Groningen

Martini church tower in Groningen, The Netherlands

Enjoy the scenery as you cruise through the morning, along the Princess Margriet canal, through extensive polders (reclaimed land).

MS Johannes Brahms will arrive in the lively university city of Groningen this afternoon where you'll enjoy an included city walk. Often referred to as the 'Metropolis of the North', Groningen, as with many other Dutch cities, has a number of canals running through its historic centre. In the Grote Markt square you’ll see the Gothic Martini Tower next to the Martini Church. Contrast this with the quirky, ultra modern Groninger Museum of Art…

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Groningen port Netherlands Europe

09/07/2023 Groningen to Lemmer

IJsselmeer in Lemmer

Today your ship will cruise towards the IJsselmeer, an inland bay in the central Netherlands region.

Your journey will take you along the Princess Margriet canal to arrive in Lemmer later this afternoon.

Lemmer Netherlands Europe

10/07/2023 Lemmer to Amsterdam 🎧


After an early departure from Lemmer you will arrive in Amsterdam shortly after lunch.

You may like to join an optional tour and canal cruise or explore the city’s culture and cuisine on an optional culinary themed walking tour.

Your ship moors here overnight, giving you plenty of time to explore.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

11/07/2023 Amsterdam to UK

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

Secret Waterways of Germany: Berlin to Amsterdam

German Waterways