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German Rivers & Waterways

25th Oct 2018 9 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M1826
FROM ONLY £1,099 per person *
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FROM ONLY £1,099 per person *
Featuring scenic cruising of beautiful, size-restricted waterways and calls into four cultural destinations, this incredible journey of discovery showcases the very best that Germany has to offer in just nine nights.


Boasting an engrossing mix of stunning Hanseatic architecture, historic squares and youthful, recently developed districts, Hamburg – the first stop on your rewarding autumn escape – offers something for everyone. Here you could opt to admire centuries-old structures such as the imposing Rathaus and the striking steeple of St Nikolai; head into the vibrant city centre for a little retail therapy; or perhaps join a very special boat tour of the Alster Lake and learn of Hamburg’s seafaring traditions as you take in views of the impressive skyline. Thanks to Braemar’s smaller dimensions you will then depart Hamburg via the picturesque River Elbe and transit the Kiel Canal overnight before sailing the size-restricted Flensburg Fjord to Flensburg. Enjoy views of the unspoilt countryside lining both the German and Danish shores of the fjord; then go ashore to discover interesting museums, a selection of excellent cafés and restaurants, and several impressive churches. In nearby Glücksburg the wonderful Renaissance-style water castle is well worth taking a tour to see too. [ReadMore]

Then it’s on to Travemünde, a seaside resort town situated at the mouth of the Trave River. You’ll dock close to the charming centre of Travemünde, so you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy a relaxing wander along the delightful promenade lined with friendly pubs and bars; take in the historic highlights of the Old Town; and see the impressive steel barque sail ship Passat. Travemünde is also your gateway to the UNESCO-listed city of Lübeck, where an array of gabled houses and stunning churches from the Hanseatic era are yours to admire if you wish. Finally after navigating the Kiel Canal once again, Braemar will sail into Bremen via the River Weser – a route only permitted to smaller ships. Once docked, be sure to make the most of your overnight stay to explore the city to the full. Packed with attractions including the UNESCO-listed Market Square – home to several stunning gothic-style structures – and the contrasting delights of the medieval Schnoor and modern Überseestadt districts; Bremen has much to recommend it.

Refurbished in 2017, elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities.

Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.