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Secret Waterways of Germany: Amsterdam to Hamburg

German Waterways

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Uncover Germany's lesser-explored waterways

Sail 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.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PersonCruise Host

Plus all this…

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink, cocktail party and Captain's dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

MapIncluded excursions

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

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam to Lemmer

Lemmer, Netherlands

Fly to Amsterdam where you'll embark MS Johannes Brahms.

Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board tonight as you cruise across IJsselmeer, an artificial lake created by closing off the Zuiderzee (South Sea) from the Wadden Sea.

Arrive in Lemmer late tonight, where the ship will remain moored.

Lemmer Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Lemmer to Groningen

Groningen, Netherlands

Set sail early this morning and enjoy breakfast and a leisurely lunch on board as you sail 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 moor overnight.

Groningen port Netherlands Europe

Day 3 Groningen


Today look forward to an included walking tour.

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. The rest of the day and evening are at leisure.

Moor here overnight.

Groningen port Netherlands Europe

Day 4 Groningen to Oldenburg


Leave Groningen before breakfast and cruise along the Canal van Starkenborgh and the Eems Canal across the border to Herbrum, so passengers can disembark to join an optional excursion to the Meyer Werft shipyard, located in Papenburg on the River Ems. 

Your cruise continues to Dörpen where excursion participants rejoin the ship.

Sail to Oldenburg for the night.

Oldenburg Lower Saxony Germany Europe

Day 5 Oldenburg to Bremen 🎧

Historic Bremen

Depart Oldenburg early this morning and sail to Bremen, arriving this afternoon.

After lunch, explore this Hanseatic city on an included tour. Attractions include 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.

Bremen Bremen Germany Europe

Day 6 Bremen to Nienburg

Nienburg, Germany

Depart Bremen before breakfast. Cruise through a meadow landscape to the picturesque city of Nienburg, on the banks of the River Weser. Arrive late this afternoon and moor overnight. The historic city has an array of half-timbered buildings, a pretty statue of the city symbol – the Little Nienburg Girl – created to mark the city’s 950th anniversary in 1979 and even an Asparagus Museum!

Nienburg Lower Saxony Germany Europe

Day 7 Nienburg to Hanover

View of Hanover city

Depart early and sail through the morning.

Perhaps take an optional tour of the city of Minden this afternoon. Later, MS Johannes Brahms negotiates the Schachtscleuse lock from the River Weser to the Midland Canal, continuing along the canal – Germany's longest artificial waterway – to Sachsenhagen, then on to Hanover.

Arrive late tonight and moor. 

Hanover port Lower Saxony Germany Europe

Day 8 Hanover to Wolfsburg

The 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.

After rejoining your ship in Wolfsburg, continue your cruise overnight.

Wolfsburg Lower Saxony Germany Europe

Day 9 Scharnebeck to Geesthact

After breakfast moor in Scharnebeck from where you can join an optional trip to the romantic city of Lüneburg, a picturesque Hanseatic town, once a trade hub thanks to its lucrative salt mines. Cruise through the afternoon to reach Geesthacht where you will moor overnight. 

Geesthacht Schleswig-Holstein Germany Europe

Day 10 Geesthact to Hamburg 🎧

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage 'Speicherstadt' in Hamburg, Germany

Cruise through the morning to arrive in Hamburg at lunchtime.

The modern and dynamic city has a rich maritime heritage stemming from its bustling sea port. Germany’s second-largest city – with a history dating back to Charlemagne – is a vibrant home to art and culture, extensive shopping facilities, baroque buildings and waterfront vistas. This is a city with something for everyone and you can see the highlights on an optional tour this afternoon. British visitors who remember the Swinging Sixties may like to visit the streets around Grosse Freiheit, where an unknown pop group called The Beatles gave their first public performances in various local clubs before achieving worldwide fame. There's also a vast network of canals – crossed by more bridges than any other city in the world.

Hamburg Hamburg Germany Europe

Day 11 Hamburg to UK

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

Lüneburg Walking Tour

This historic Hanseatic town features more than 1,000 historic buildings and has over 1,000 years of history. Its wealth stemmed from salt production, with the sale of ‘white gold’ securing its fortune. The Alter crane at the docks stands as a reminder of the profitable salt trade. Grand gabled houses were constructed during its medieval heyday and remained intact throughout the Second World War.

Wandering through the town centre today you can admire the beautiful architecture while doing a spot of window-shopping. Your tour will also take in the imposing Gothic churches, the town hall – one of the oldest buildings in Lüneburg – and the small harbour which once saw so much trade. Walking Grade 3

Four hours
The Alten Crane at the historic harbour of Lüneburg
Lüneburg Lower Saxony Germany Europe
  • Optional on 10 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 2

Three hours
Village of Minden at Weser River, Germany
Minden North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Meyer Werft shipyard

MEYER WERFT Shipyard, based in Papenburg, was founded in 1795 and is in its sixth generation of family ownership. The shipyard has achieved an excellent worldwide reputation over the last decades, particularly for its construction of large, modern and sophisticated cruise ships. Indeed, MEYER WERFT shipyard is where Saga’s new ocean cruise ship, due for delivery in summer 2019, is being built. Every year, about 300,000 tourists visit the shipyard to see behind the scenes of state-of-the-art shipbuilding. The visitor centre provides a comprehensive overview of MEYER WERFT’s history and resent-day production. There are also unique exhibits, informative films and a fully equipped mock-up cabin. Walking Grade 2

Four hours
Cruise shipyard
Oldenburg Lower Saxony Germany Europe
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Hamburg City Tour

Germany's second largest city and Europe's second largest port is officially known as the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and it was one of the core founders of the medieval Hanseatic trading league. To truly appreciate the sights of central Hamburg you will first enjoy a relaxed coach tour before exploring further on a guided tour which will take you to all the key attractions including Rathaus - the city hall - which resembles London's Houses of Parliament; Alster Lake in the heart of the city; the art deco-era Kontorhaus, which was Europe's first commercial district and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll also have time to stroll along the lakeside boulevard of Jungfernstieg and soak up the ambience of the bohemian, creative hub of Gängeviertel. Walking Grade 2

Three hours
Hamburg City Hall, Germany
Hamburg Hamburg Germany Europe
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours available for exploring independently in Bremen and Hamburg.

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

Secret Waterways of Germany: Amsterdam to Hamburg

German Waterways

2 passengers
Secret Waterways of Germany: Amsterdam to Hamburg

German Waterways

2 passengers