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From Hamburg to Berlin: Discover the Medieval Charms of Hanseatic Cities

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From Hamburg to Berlin, go on an unforgettable voyage along the Elbe, one of Europe's largest rivers. Experience the charm of two of Germany's greatest cities and the interesting beauty of stunning, historically molded landscapes: Allow yourself to be taken away by the Elbe's hidden riches. Discover ancient Hanseatic cities between Hamburg and Berlin on a time travel adventure.
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Highlights
  • Learn about the history, culture, monuments and architecture of Berlin.
  • Visit Magdeburg, melting pot of cultural and architectural riches.
  • Join a tour of Hamburg, considered as one of Germany’s prettiest cities
  • Explore Luneburg, one of the best-preserved Hanseatic cities.
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Hamburg | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board our ship in Hamburg starting at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll enjoy dinner on board.

Day 2: Hamburg | Lübeck

In the morning, join us for a guided tour of Hamburg. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the maritime charm of Germany’s second-largest city. Our guided tour will bring you to the top sites, including the main shopping street Mönckebergstraße in the city center, the Alster Lakes, the Rathausmarkt (City Hall Marketplace), the stock exchange, and St. Michael's Church. We'll continue on foot through the city's historical center—one of the oldest sections of Hamburg. We’ll enjoy lunch on board.

This afternoon, we’ll leave by coach for a guided tour of Lübeck. Known as the “Queen of the Hanseatic League,” Lübeck was founded in 1143 by Adolf II, Count of Schauenburg and Holstein. UNESCO lists the city as a World Heritage Site because of its aristocratic homes and numerous red-brick Gothic monuments. Founded on the banks of the Trave River, the historic center is home to a unique collection of monuments from different eras—namely the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. We’ll discover the Holsten Gate leading to the old city center, Lübeck’s most well-known landmark and a symbol of the power once possessed by this former Hanseatic city; St. Mary’s Church, an absolute Gothic gem; and the castle monastery. We’ll wrap up our excursion by visiting a tea room where we’ll enjoy some delicious marzipan, a local specialty. After our tour, we’ll return on board in Hamburg. Join us for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 3: Lüneburg | Wolfsburg

We’ll spend the morning cruising. We'll ride on the Scharnebeck twin ship lift, one of the highest in Europe with a maximum vertical lift of 125 feet (38 meters). Join us this morning for an optional guided tour of Luneburg, one of the best-preserved Hanseatic cities. During the Middle Ages, its salt deposits made it one of Germany’s wealthiest areas. The Old City has conserved its traditional brick architecture from this prosperous time. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Wolfsburg, and we’ll arrive in the evening.

Day 4: Wolfsburg | Magdeburg

Join us for an optional visit to the Autostadt theme park, dedicated to German automobile design. Opened during Expo 2000 in Hanover, the Autostadt is every car-lover’s dream—a huge campus full of museums, games, restaurants, and a five-star hotel. After our excursion, we’ll return on board the ship. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Magdeburg, and we’ll arrive in the evening.

Day 5: Magdeburg | Potsdam

This morning, take a guided tour of Magdeburg—situated midway on the Elbe River and also on the historic Roman Roads. This former Hanseatic League city is a melting pot of cultural and architectural riches. We’ll return on board and continue cruising to Potsdam.

Day 6: Berlin | Nedlitz

We’ll leave on an optional visit to the beautifully landscaped gardens of the Sanssouci Palace, once the residence of Frederick the Great. This afternoon will be dedicated to an optional guided tour of Berlin, the capital that once illustrated the division of the world into East and West. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 7: Berlin | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking. End of our services.

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MS Elbe Princesse

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Cabins aboard the MS Elbe Princesse
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Main Deck-Cat A
15 cabins equipped with a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, safe, desk/storage/mini bar area, flat-screen satellite TV, cabin-to-cabin phone, radio.
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Main Deck- Cat B
3 double cabins- equipped with a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, safe, desk/storage/mini bar area, flat-screen satellite TV, cabin-to-cabin phone, radio.
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Main Deck- Cat C
2 double cabins- equipped with a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, safe, desk/storage/mini bar area, flat-screen satellite TV, cabin-to-cabin phone, radio.
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Upper Deck-Cat A
24 cabins (23 double-occupancy, 1 for passengers with reduced mobility), equipped with a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, safe, desk/storage/mini bar area, flat-screen satellite TV, cabin-to-cabin phone, radio.
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Upper Deck-Cat B
1 double cabin 1 PRM -equipped with a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, safe, desk/storage/mini bar area, flat-screen satellite TV, cabin-to-cabin phone, radio.
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Upper Deck-Cat C
3 double cabins -equipped with a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, safe, desk/storage/mini bar area, flat-screen satellite TV, cabin-to-cabin phone, radio.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin
Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
  • Excursions included in the package selected
  • All port fees
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance

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