Discover an enticing mixture of nature and culture on this 12-day exceptional cruise aboard the MS Victor Hugo. Enjoy shore excursions and guided visits to cultural and historical sites, including Volednam village, Zaanse Schans museum, Meyer Werft shipyard, Neinburg's Town Hall, Postdam, the gardens of the Aanssoucis Palace, and the Charlottenburg Palace. This tour is perfect if you are looking for a truly European river adventure!
Join a guided visit of the traditional fishing village of Volendam
Stroll in charming Oldenburg, former residence of the Oldenburg's Dukes
Explore Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony and a main economic center
Visit Charlottenburg Palace, the biggest palace of Berlin
Today enjoy a guided visit of the traditional fishing village of Volendam and the Zaanse Schans, historical and traditional villages. In the afternoon, join an excursion to Madurodam, Holland in miniature. Have a free night to explore Amsterdam, and take part in an optional visit to the Red Light District with your onboard hostess.
Today have some free time for a brief stroll in Oldenburg, former residence of the Dukes of Oldenburg. Cruise to Bremen and enjoy a guided tour of the oldest maritime city in Germany and the second largest German trading port after Hamburg. Return on board for dinner and get off the ship for a free evening in Bremen.
Early in the morning, cruise to Nienburg. Upon arrival, you can ask to be transferred to the "red town": don't miss the magnificent Weser-Renaissance town hall. During this time, the boat will sail to Stolzenau. At night cruise to Minden.
Cruise to Hanover for a guided tour of the city, the capital of Lower Saxony and one of the main economic centers in Germany. Return on board in Anterten and cruise to Braunschweig. Get back on the ship and enjoy an on board gala evening.
This morning cruise to Bulstringen. Join a guided tour of Magdeburg, a city situated on the Elbe River and the Romanesque Road. Return on board in Magdeburg for dinner and get off the ship for a free evening in Magdeburg.
Early in the morning, depart for Brandenburg. Join a guided excursion to Potsdam and the gardens of the Sanssoucis Palace. Return on board in Potsdam, known for its historical heritage as a former Prussian city of residence. Enjoy an evening of dancing.
Today enjoy a guided visit of the Charlottenburg Palace, built by the Presidential elector Fréderic III in 1699 as summer palace for his wife Sophie-Charlotte: this royal domain is the biggest palace of Berlin. Then have a free afternoon and free evening in Berlin.
Day 12: Berlin | Disembark
Disembark the MS Victor Hugo after the buffet breakfast and begin your return home.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.