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Passage through Pomerania Stralsund to Berlin-Tegel

The Elbe, Oder and German waterways

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Traverse the scenic seaside delights of Pomerania

The historic region of Pomerania borders the south shore of the Baltic Sea and encompasses parts of Germany and Poland – discover the very best of the region by taking to the waters of the Oder. Explore historic cities, charming seaside resorts, diverse landscapes and nature reserves on this fascinating cruise.

Including...

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

7 days 2019

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Day 1 UK to Stralsund to Vitte

Stralsund

Fly to Berlin and transfer to Stralsund. Embark MS Johannes Brahms for dinner and the start of your cruise, sailing towards Vitte on the island of Hiddensee and mooring there overnight.

Vitte Hiddensee Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania Germany Europe

Day 2 Vitte to Stralsund to Lauterbach

The unspoilt beauty of Hiddensee

Vitte is the largest of the four villages on the small, peaceful traffic-free island of Hiddensee in the Baltic Sea. The island provides protected habitat for many bird species and opportunities for visitors to enjoy hiking, biking and horseriding. Here, fishing boats once unloaded their catch and the ferries now unload visitors. Spend the first part of the morning strolling through the village or perhaps join an optional horse-drawn carriage ride around the island this morning, discovering its many charms. Later this morning your ship cruises to Stralsund, a lively maritime city with a vibrant waterfront. After arriving at lunchtime you can join an optional city walk which reveals an old nunnery, the cathedral and market square, or perhaps visit the amazing Ozeanum – part aquarium, part marine biology museum. Depart Stralsund early this evening and cruise to Lauterbach on the island of Rügen, mooring for the night.

Lauterbach Rügen Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania Germany Europe

Day 3 Lauterbach to Wolgast

Explore the former imperial spa resort of Lauterbach or join an optional excursion to the island of Rügen, a mix of elegant Belle Epoque buildings and humble fishing villages. In addition to its 60 kilometres of fine, sandy beaches, Rügen has large national parks and the stunning Rügen chalk cliffs, famously captured by artist Caspar David Friedrich. Set sail after lunch and cruise to Wolgast this evening, where you moor for the night.

Wolgast Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Germany Europe

Optional excursions

Rügen is located off the Pomeranian coast in the Baltic Sea and is a popular holiday destination. Thomas Mann and the German Chancellor Bismarck were both fans of Rügen and its seaside resorts of Binz and Sellin. Once the height of sophistication, the resorts with their elegant luxury hotels still retain much of their nostalgic charm. In addition to its 60 kilometres of fine, sandy beaches, Rügen has a lot to offer, from large national parks to sleepy fishing villages and elegant manor houses. Your guided tour will allow you to explore the highlights of the island. Walking Grade 3

Sellin
Rügen Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania Germany Europe

Day 4 Wolgast to Swinemunde

Depart Wolgast in the Prussian province of Pomerania, in the early hours and sail to Swinemund, arriving at lunchtime and mooring for the rest of the day and overnight. This afternoon, join an included tour of the historic city, Look out for the 150-year-old Angel’s Fort, built as a replica of Hadrian’s Mausoleum in Rome, and the Western Fort, the HQ of the Soviet Red Army until the 1960s and now a concert and exhibition venue.

A monument honours the memory of Royal Air Force pilots shot down while raiding the town in April 1945 while the heritage on display is not just military. A Gothic church from the 15th century still contains its original altar and a pulpit from the 17th century while the 18th century Christ the King church in the town centre holds a wooden replica of a ship in its nave while the neo-Gothic Stella Maris church is known for its stained glass.

The maritime culture of the region is on constant display as a navigation beacon built in the shape of a windmill has stood on the breakwater since the 1800s while the 68 metre-high lighthouse, built in 1858, is the tallest on the Baltic Sea. The town also boasts a museum dedicated to local deep sea fishing.

Swinemunde Poland Europe

Day 5 Swinemunde to Szczecin

Szczecin

You’ll cruise over the border into Poland arriving this afternoon at Szczecin, an important seaport near the mouth of the Oder and the capital of the province of West Pomerania. Originally the German city of Stettin, it was effectively the 'port of Berlin' and so suffered heavy Allied bombing during World War II. Enjoy an included tour of this now Polish city which has since been rebuilt to recapture some of its original style and appeal, with wide tree-lined avenues and parks, based partly on Haussmann’s 19th-century rebuilding of Paris. Look out for the decorative Ducal Castle, the Cathedral Basilica of St Jacob the Apostle and the terraces of Waly Chrobrego, providing viewpoints alongside the River Oder. Moor here overnight.

Poland Europe Oder Szczecin

Day 6 Szczecin to Eberswalde

The Niederfinow boat lift

Depart Szczecin early this morning and spend the day cruising towards Eberswalde. En route you’ll stop at Schwedt, from where you’ll take an included trip to the ruins of Chorin Monastery. Set by the Amtssee lake in the middle of a forest, this ruined monastery, a masterpiece of early Gothic brick architecture, was completed in 1334, and for two centuries it was home to more than 400 Benedictine monks. It was the Reformation that caused it to be abandoned and eventually it fell into disrepair. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, restoration began and continues still. Afterwards, pause at Hohersaaten. You’ll pass a marvel of twentieth-century engineering – the Niederfinow boat lift. Built between 1927 and 1934 it's the oldest boat lift in Germany. Sail on and moor overnight in Eberswalde. 

Eberswalde Barnim Germany Europe

Day 7 Eberswalde to Berlin-Tegel

Berlin, Germany

Depart Eberswalde in the early hours and cruise to Tegel – the river port for Berlin. The city of Berlin has one of the most fascinating histories in Europe. Originally a small port on the River Spree, it had developed into the capital of the German Empire by 1871, and the growth of its influence as a cultural centre increased greatly up until its division into Soviet-controlled communist East Germany and capitalist West Germany. The Berlin Wall was erected to stop East Germans escaping to the West for a better standard of living. With the fall of the wall in 1989, the city was reunified and slowly began to regain some of its former glory, although parts of the wall remain as a reminder of the Soviet era. Perhaps join an optional city tour this afternoon, taking in the iconic sights of Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Museum District. Remain moored in Berlin overnight.

Berlin Berlin Germany Europe

Day 8 Berlin-Tegel to UK

Berlin

Disembark your ship after breakfast for your flight home to the UK.

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