|Purpose:||River Cruising, Relaxation, History, Culture|
|No. of days:||7 days - 6 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Berlin, Hamburg|
|Other cities:||Postdam, Magdeburg, Tangermünde, Bleckede, Lüneburg|
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Day 1: Berlin, Spandau
Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, join us for a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner.
Day 2: Berlin, Spandau, Potsdam
Join us for a tour of Berlin. Afterwards, we'll begin to cruise to Potsdam. When we arrive, we'll set off on an excursion to Potsdam and the gardens of Sanssouci Palace. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment. We'll remain in port overnight in Wusterwitz.
Common excursion: We’ll leave by coach from Berlin-Spandau with a local guide who will help us discover the history, monuments and fascinating facets of this particularly historic city. We’ll travel up the 17th of June Street to see the famous Victory Column, the Bismarck Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building with its steel and glass cupola. We’ll then arrive at the renowned Unter den Linden and head to Museum Island—a complex of five internationally significant museums that occupy the island's northern part—including the Pergamon Museum, and the Alte Nationalgalerie. Beyond Museum Island are the modern Alexanderplatz and its famous Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower). You’ll be able to go through Checkpoint Charlie, the symbol of the Cold War and passage between the American and Soviet zones during this time. This might seem like just a glance, but you'll be able to discover the monuments that make Berlin one of the most cultural cities in Europe.
Common excursion: We'll leave by coach with local guides who will help you discover the history of Former Prussia and its illustrious monarchs. In Potsdam, the visit will begin with a walk through the gardens at the Sanssouci Palace. You'll walk the flower-lined pathways and staircases leading through the terraced garden to the residence of Frederick the Great, built between 1745 and 1747. The personal tastes of the king had such an influence on the design and the decoration of the palace that its style is often referred to as “Frederician Rococo”.
We'll get back on the coach and take a spin around the Sanssouci Park to admire its fabulous structures before heading to Cecilienhof Palace. Cecilienhof Palace was built from 1914 to 1917 for Crown Prince William and his wife, Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, as a gift from Emperor Wilhelm II. After the end of the war in Europe, the Potsdam Conference - attended by Stalin, Churchill and Truman - was held in the palace from July 17 - August 2, 1945. Here, Churchill and Truman also defined the terms of surrender together for Japan.
After our visit, we’ll head back to downtown Potsdam for some free time in the Dutch district before returning to the ship by coach.
Day 3: Magdeburg, Tangermunde
Our morning will be spent cruising the Elbe. Join us for a tour of Magdeburg. We'll return on board for dinner, and continue cruising to Tangermünde. We'll arrive late in the evening. We'll remain in port overnight.
Common excursion: Departure by coach for Magdeburg where we will meet up with local guides.
Magdeburg was once the cradle of the German nation. The first Germanic Holy Roman Emperor, Otto the Great, had an imposing cathedral built here and made the town into an archbishopric. Magdeburg became a center for Western Christianity and the High Court of judicial power in the Middle Ages. We’ll begin our tour with the Magdeburg Cathedral, home to the tomb of Emperor Otto I the Great. Magdeburg is a Hanseatic city located midway on the Elbe River and the Roman Roads—in the heart of Germany rich with a multi-faceted history. Its other sacred monuments include the Magdalenekapelle, St. Petrikirche, Wallonerkirche, Monastery of Our Lady and St. John’s Church. We’ll continue our panoramic tour by seeing the city’s main monuments, including the citadel. Once located in East Germany, the city has retained its grey, square, Soviet-style buildings which are embellished today with molding and decorations. We’ll visit the marketplace to see the magnificent replica of the Magdeburger Reiter, as well as the town hall and its bronze door. You’ll finish up the tour with some free time on your own.
Day 4: Tangermunde, Bleckede
Enjoy some time on your own in Tangermünde this morning. The afternoon will be spent cruising the Elbe. Tonight's entertainment will be provided by the crew.
Day 5: Bleckede, Luneburg, Bleckede, Hamburg
Join us for an excursion to Lüneburg. The afternoon will be spent cruising to Hamburg.
Common excursion: Set off by coach from Geestacht to Lüneburg. Guided tour of Lüneburg, undoubtedly one of the best preserved Hanseatic towns. In the Middle Ages, it was one of the richest towns in Germany, thanks to its salt deposits. From this prosperous time, the old town has preserved all its traditional architecture in cabled bricks, forming coiled gables and spirals. In the harbour area, you cannot miss the old crane (Alter Kran, from the 14th century). Then you will see the Town Hall, whose construction was spread out between the 13th and 18th centuries. You will admire the gothic-style Princes' Hall (Fürstensaal), the Court Hall (Gerichtslaube) with a barrel vault dating from the 14th century, and the great meeting room, a Renaissance masterpiece ornate with frescoes from the 16th century. Entirely paneled in wood, it is the very symbol of the rapid growth of the city. Enjoy some free time before heading back to Geestacht by coach.
Day 6: Hamburg
Join us for a tour of Hamburg. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time sightseeing on your own.
Common excursion: Set off by coach to visit Hamburg. Viewed as one of Germany’s prettiest cities, this Hanseatic town has preserved a rich heritage through the centuries. We’ll start off with a panoramic tour of the city by coach. You’ll get to see Hamburg’s main spots such as the city center with the Mönckerberstrasse, the Alster, the Rathaus (Town Hall) located in Rathausmarkt square (the market square), the Stock Exchange and St Michael’s Church. We’ll move on through the historic center, the oldest district in the city. There, you’ll get to see the Alster, a large lake located right amidst the city, the imposing 1897 Neo-Renaissance style building that is the Town Hall, the 10-story Chilehaus which stands as an emblem of expressionist architecture with its Eastern façade resembling a ship’s bow, and Deichstrasse, an old shopping street with trading posts and houses dating from the 17th and 19th centuries. Free time before returning on board by coach.
Day 7: Hamburg
Enjoy breakfast before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
Note: For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
Alcohol can damage your health. Please drink in moderation.
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Prices are per person and may change without notice.
Sailing dates may not be available at time of booking due to heavy demand
Capacity is controlled and specific cabins may not be available at time of booking.
Tour Code: DE_ BHA_AIPP