A call into Bremen – where your ship will have special permission to dock – kicks-off your journey of German discovery in style. Docking close to the centre of the city – rather than an hour away in Bremerhaven – means you don’t have to waste time on coach trips that guests on larger cruise ships would. Instead you can make the most of your extended stay to explore to at your leisure, taking in highlights such as the UNESCO-listed Market Square, the 15th century Town Hall and the contrasting sights of the medieval Schnoor and modern Überseestadt districts. After departing Bremen via the Weser River you’ll enjoy the first of two journeys through the Kiel Canal en route to Kiel. Here you can delve into the extensive seafaring history of the city at the interesting Maritime Museum and Laboe Naval Memorial; indulge in a little retail therapy at Holstenstraße, one of Germany’s longest shopping streets; or perhaps opt to escape to the beautiful Holstein Lakes on a memorable tour.
Then it’s on to the delightful resort town of Warnemünde, where you can make the most of the seasonal warmth on the inviting white sand beaches. Alternatively you could tour to one of Germany’s most enchanting historic cities, Rostock. After a boat trip along the River Warnow from Warnemünde you can take in Rostock’s beautiful City Hall and St Mary’s Church, pick up souvenirs at the market, and even visit a local microbrewery to sample a selection of traditional German brews. Yet more daytime scenic cruising follows, navigating the narrow Kiel Canal once more and sailing the winding River Elbe towards Hamburg. Here you’ll have time to discover landmarks such as the towering neo-Renaissance style Rathaus and St Michael’s Church; wander the pretty squares; and sample the vibrant atmosphere of the bustling HafenCity district. There’s a chance to see the striking cityscape from a different perspective during a boat ride on the Alster Lake too.
• 9 nights on board M.S Balmoral
• Fine dining, informal buffets and late night snacks throughout the day and early evening
• All evening entertainment, including cabaret and dancing
• Lectures and talks
• Port fees & taxes
• Sailing from Rosyth
• Exclusive Connoisseur Escort on board
• Exclusive welcome cocktail party on board
Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
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Thursday 31st May – Edinburgh (Rosyth)
Depart Edinburgh (Rosyth) late evening
Friday 1st June – At Sea
Saturday 2nd June – Bremen
Set on the River Weser, Bremen has beautiful examples of old Hanseatic Gothic architecture in the ‘Marktplatz’ and narrow timber buildings in the ‘Schnoor’ quarter – the oldest part of the city.
Sunday 3rd June – Bremen, Cruising Weser River & Kiel Canal Transit
Cruise the picturesque Weser River on a Baltic cruise with Fred. Olsen. Be on the look-out for the pretty shores of Harriersand – one of Europe’s longest river islands.
Kiel Canal Transit – The world’s busiest artificial waterway.
Monday 4th June – Kiel, Germany
Kiel is a long-established maritime city, a position it has maintained in part at least because of its location at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal.
Tuesday 5th June – Warnemünde (Warnemunde), Germany
With excellent links to Rostock and Berlin, there’s a host of fantastic tours and experiences to be had on a call to Warnemünde (Warnemunde).
Wednesday 6th June – Kiel Canal Transit & Cruising River Elbe
Enjoy a relaxing cruise along Germany’s Lower Elbe, a picturesque section of the River Elbe linking the historic port city of Hamburg to the North Sea.
Thursday 7th June – Hamburg, Germany
There’s water everywhere here in Germany’s principal port – from the Alster Lake to a web of canals and waterways spanned by 1,000 bridges.
Friday 8th June – At Sea
Saturday 9th June – Edinburgh (Rosyth)
Arrive back to Rosyth (Edinburgh) where you will disembark M.S Balmoral