NEW: Loop the loop on a round-trip river cruise with Saga to discover Germany’s Lakes and Mountains

Monday 6 March 2017

80-passenger MS Johannes Brahms navigates route larger vessels cannot reach

  • Flight options from London Heathrow, Bristol, Manchester and Norwich airports

Saga’s new Germany’s Lakes and Mountains’ river cruise loops serene lakes and mountain scenery on 80-passenger MS Johannes Brahms, a ship which navigates a route larger vessels cannot reach.

Guests fly to Berlin for the round-trip and sail to Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg, to discover stunning architecture, lavish palaces, parks and gardens before cruising through lakelands to Rathenow, on the River Havel.

Havelburg is next on the itinerary, a wealthy Hanseatic city which became an important ship-building site in the 17th century. MS Johannes Brahms sails on to Lauenburg, where guests can explore the old town, church and castle ruins, which offer lovely views over the River Elbe.

At Scharnebeck, a passenger ship lift transfers MS Johannes Brahms to the Elbe Seiten Canal for a cruise to Wolfsburg, home to the vehicle manufacturer, Volkswagen.

Guests can also enjoy an included excursion to the Harz Mountains, exploring Goslar’s half-timbered houses, and Werningerode, with its medieval old town and castle.

Elegant MS Johannes Brahms continues to glide along the Elbe and there is an optional half-day walking tour in Magdeburg, once the home town of the first Holy Roman Emperor, Otto 1.

In the evening, guests can discover Ketzin before the cruise continues to Werder, known for its beautiful lakes and canals. From here, an included city tour of Berlin features the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Museum District.

  • MS Johannes Brahms has a warm and informal atmosphere – perfect for making new friends.
    Meals are taken in the comfortable restaurant which features buffet-style breakfasts, three-course buffet-style lunches and waiter-served four-course dinners.


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Eight nights from £1,249 departing on June 2, 2017 from London Heathrow, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester and Norwich airports. Price includes UK travel package, return flights and transfers, all meals, welcome cocktail party, entertainment and activities on the ship, Saga cruise director and cruise escort, porterage, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or a discount if passenger has own insurance.

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