Cruising German Waterways - L1925

Cruising German Waterways - L1925

You can uncover a string of delights with ease on this classic, nine-night German jaunt, thanks to Balmoral’s ability to dock closer to centre and the main highlights of three stunning cities on your itinerary. What’s more, the river routes into each destination showcase some of Germany’s finest scenery, so hours of daytime scenic cruising is just as memorable and rewarding as time spent ashore.

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You can uncover a string of delights with ease on this classic, nine-night German jaunt, thanks to Balmoral’s ability to dock closer to centre and the main highlights of three stunning cities on your itinerary. What’s more, the river routes into each destination showcase some of Germany’s finest scenery, so hours of daytime scenic cruising is just as memorable and rewarding as time spent ashore.

In total, six days of this enticing cruise will be spent in Germany and each will be packed with sights and experiences that are sure to leave a lasting impression. A scenic sailing of the picturesque Kiel Canal starts your adventure. Gorgeous German countryside will be revealed as Balmoral glides along this size-restricted waterway en route to Warnemünde. A pretty seaside city, Warnemünde boasts wide, white sand beaches and an historic lighthouse offering unspoilt views of the Baltic Sea; take advantage of your ship’s convenient docking location and an overnight stay here to discover these attractions at your leisure.

 

You’ll then cruise back along the Kiel Canal, before diverting down the winding River Elbe all the way to Hamburg. Showcasing a mix of stunning Hanseatic-era architecture and stylish, contemporary districts, the diverse, cosmopolitan city of Hamburg never fails to impress. With a day to explore, you could seek-out architectural treasures such as the magnificent Rathaus and the towering St Nikolai Church; see the world’s largest train set in action at the Miniatur Wunderland; and indulge in a little retail therapy at the high-end stores. To learn of Hamburg’s seafaring traditions and see the city’s striking skyline from a unique perspective, take a memorable boat tour of the Alster Lake too. Finally, it’s on to Bremen, where Balmoral once again has permission to dock closer to the city centre after cruising the Weser River. The highlights of this fascinating destination will be within reach to discover at your leisure; the gothic-style structures of Markplatz, Bremen Cathedral and the 15th century Town Hall are among the medley of architectural gems to see on a walking tour. Be sure to explore the medieval Schnoor and modern Überseestadt districts too.

 

 

Date

Destination

Arrive

Depart

Fri 27 September 2019

Newcastle

 

PM

Sat 28 September 2019

Cruising

 

 

Sun 29 September 2019

Cruising Kiel Canal

Late AM

Late PM

Mon 30 September 2019

Warnemunde, Germany

Early AM

 

Tue 01 October 2019

Warnemunde, Germany

 

Late PM

Wed 02 October 2019

Cruising Kiel Canal & Elbe River

Early AM

Late PM

Thu 03 October 2019

Hamburg, Germany

Early AM

Late PM

Fri 04 October 2019

Bremen, Germany

Early AM

Late PM

Sat 05 October 2019

Cruising

 

 

Sun 06 Oct 2019

Newcastle

AM

 


Fri 27 Sep 2019

Newcastle, UK
Travel to Newcastleand board the ship in the early afternoon.

D, AI

Sat 28 Sep 2019

Cruising
Enjoy the facilities on-board the Balmoral whilst you cruise to Germany.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Sun 29 Sep 2019

Kiel Canal Transit, Germany
Connecting the North Sea, at the mouth of the Elbe River, to the Baltic Sea at Holtenau, the Kiel Canal is one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping routes. Slicing a man-made path through the German countryside, this 61-mile-long marvel of engineering allows vessels to avoid 250 nautical miles of sea sailing on average, ensuring a faster and safer passage through Europe.

As picturesque as it is important, the Kiel Canal is a popular route for ‘pleasure’ crafts and smaller-sized cruise ships such as those in the Fred. Olsen fleet. Sailing slowly along the canal presents an opportunity to take in gorgeous scenes of lush-green countryside and a collection of interesting villages and towns flanking the still waters, and marvel at several impressive bridges. Maritime enthusiasts will delight at the various shapes, sizes and sheer volume of the ships and vessels navigating this busy waterway too.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

30 Sep - 01 Oct 2019

Warnemünde, Germany
A delightful seaside town with excellent links to many of Germany’s gems, such as historic Rostock and vibrant Berlin, Warnemünde is a wonderfully rewarding destination. With its wide, sandy beaches, traditional pubs and fantastic restaurants serving delicious, locally caught seafood, it is no wonder that pretty Warnemünde situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea is one of Germany’s most popular holiday resorts and busiest cruise ports.

While many visitors to Warnemünde choose not to stray away from the coast here, especially in summer when the beach becomes a haven for sun-worshippers, there are plenty of highlights to uncover elsewhere in the town. Those who opt to explore are rewarded with interesting attractions such as Warnemünde Church, the 19th century Lighthouse, and the quaint cottages and marina of the idyllic Alter Strom old river district, all of which are within easy reach of your ship’s docking location closer to the town centre.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Wed 02 Oct 2019

Cruising Kiel Canal & Elbe River
There's another chance to savour the Kiel Canal before Balmoral transists the Elbe River into Hamburg. The River Elbe is one of the main waterways in Central Europe. Stretching from the Czech Republic all the way to the North Sea via Germany, this beautiful waterway winds its way through tall hills, past vast plains and alongside pretty towns and cities.

The Lower Elbe known locally as Unterelbe is Fred. Olsen's route into Hanseatic Hamburg, Germany's historic second city. This 110 kilometre stretch of water serves as a vital shipping link between Hamburg's busy container port the second largest in Europe and the North Sea, but is also very picturesque.

As you sail to and from the very heart of Hamburg, you'll take in views of the lush-green German countryside, pass by pretty river islands and nature reserves such as Schwarztonnensand and Pagensand and see the delightful towns of Glückstadt and Brunsbüttel.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Thu 03 Oct 2019

Hamburg, Germany
A vibrant, historic city boasting an impressive Hanseatic League heritage that harks back over 700 years, Hamburg’s maritime soul permeates the city. From its architecture to its cuisine, water is ever present in Germany's principal port. The city is crossed by hundreds of canals, and spanned by 1,000 bridges. Near its centre, the charming Inner Alster Lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by divine cafes.

Hamburg is awash with historic buildings and monuments typical of Hanseatic culture. The steeple of St. Nikolai, a church almost destroyed in World War II, the 17th century Zollenbrücke Bridge and Hamburg Rathaus are must-visit sites. The central Jungfernstieg Boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town), home to the impressive 18th century St. Michael’s Church.

In the city centre, the amazing Miniatur Wunderland museum is highly recommended, as is the ocean-liner-shaped Chilehaus, the crowning glory of the UNESCO-listed Kontorhaus District.

Hamburg's waterfront district offers much to enjoy. Visit the popular Fischmarkt, discover an array of lively bars and restaurants at the harbour, watch Europe's second largest port in action or head to Hafen City, a newly developed urban quarter.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Fri 04 Oct 2019

Bremen, Germany
The key maritime role played by the city of Bremen, which straddles the Weser River in northwest Germany, is underlined by its impressive Hanseatic buildings. Bremen’s Hanseatic Gothic architecture in the Marktplatz and narrow timber buildings in the Schnoor Quarter are the standout highlights in the oldest part of the city. The ornate Gothic Town Hall, originally built between 1405 and 1410, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has within its walls a restaurant with original Hanseatic era décor and the Bremer Ratskeller,a public house in the basement

The Town Hall is also home to a number of large model ships in its upper hall and 12 of the oldest wines in the world. Nearby is the Roland Statue, a giant stone figure that symbolises freedom of trade.

In contrast, Überseestadt - the former docklands - offers a completely different experience and is a fine example of modern Bremen. Here, a selection of trendy bars, stylish cafes and fine restaurants can be found, as well as a beautiful harbour and yacht-filled marina.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Sat 05 Oct 2019

Cruising
Enjoy your last few days on board the Balmoral.

L, D, AI, EB, AT

Sun 06 Oct 2019

Newcastle
Disembark the ship after breakfast and make your way home.

EB

L=Lunch Included, D=Dinner Included, AI=All Inclusive, EB=English Breakfast, AT=Afternoon Tea

Prices:

Inside 2 berth cabin from           £1315.00 per person

Outside 2 berth cabin from         £1399.00 per person

 

Inside 1 berth cabin from           £2249.00 per person

Outside 1 berth cabin from         £2499.00 per person

 

Your Cruise Price includes:

  • Cabin Accommodation as chosen - cabin number will be advised upon confirmation

  • Hot & Cold Buffet Breakfast each morning

  • Lunch - Buffet or a la carte (on-board the ship)

  • Afternoon Tea (on-board the ship)

  • 5-Course à la Carte Dinner

  • Late Night Buffet

  • Self-Service Tea & Coffee

  • Varied Daytime Activities

  • Lectures & Talks

  • Swimming Pools

  • Jacuzzis & Gyms

  • Choice of Live Evening Entertainment

 

Greatdays Holidays Added Value - Included for you at no extra cost

  • All Inclusive Drinks-Package*

  • Gratuities

  • Port Parking at Southampton or Eavesway Travel coach transer from designated pick-up points

 

*The All Inclusive Drinks Package includes selected beers, house wines by the glass, spirits and soft drinks plus tea and coffee in the restaurants and buffet areas.  Many premium drinks and cocktails will be available at a 50% discount. Drinks subject to availability, only 1 drink may be ordered at a time and are for the consumption of the those who have the drinks package included.

 

Drinks ordered on room service,(other than those listed in room); mini-bar; drinks bought ashore, Bookmark Cafe chocolates and beverages, all speciality coffees are excluded from the drinks package.

 

Additional Information

 

Please note that we are unable to offer insurance on this cruise but please contact 247 Travel Insurance on the following number 02392 419 044 and quote reference GRE0578 for a personalized quotation.  Insurance must be purchased prior to travel in order for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to allow boarding, should you book your cruise and not be able to get insurance, deposits are none-refundable.

 

A variety of shore excursions are available in each port and are booked directly with Fred Olsen closer to departure.

 

A stage deposit will be required within 21 days of booking and the amount due will be advised on confirmation.

 

Balance will be due 16 weeks prior to travel

 

You can request either the early dinner sitting (18.15hrs) or late sitting (20.30hrs) at time of booking and we will endeavour to  book this with Fred Olsen but please be aware that the time is subject to availabilty and is not guaranteed.

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