Historic Cities & Waterways of Germany

17th Sep 2020 7 nights Sails from Dover Balmoral L2024
FROM ONLY £949 per person
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FROM ONLY £949 per person

On this classic German itinerary, hours of relaxing scenic cruising and visits to three enticing destinations combine to offer an insightful, highly rewarding week away. You’ll pass by beautiful countryside while sailing canals and rivers to fascinating towns and cities where iconic architectural, historical and cultural highlights await ashore. This is Germany at its finest.[ReadMoreMob]

Packed with memorable experiences throughout, your German jaunt begins with a journey along the River Weser, your picturesque route to Bremen. Bypassing coastal Bremerhaven – which is used by larger ships –smaller-sized Balmoral will present you with views of pretty fields, valleys and river beaches, before docking close to Bremen city centre. A walking tour is a great way to take in Bremen’s medley of highlights, including gothic-style structures of Marktplatz, Bremen Cathedral and the 15th century, Renaissance-style Town Hall. Be sure to explore the medieval Schnoor and modern Überseestadt districts too. After Bremen, you’ll then have a chance to admire the beauty of the size-restricted Kiel Canal. A full-day transit of this 61-mile-long engineering marvel allows plenty of time to take in gorgeous countryside scenes, marvel at impressive bridges and spot ships of various shapes and sizes from the comfort of Balmoral. [ReadMoreDesk]

Visiting the handsome seaside town of Warnemünde affords an opportunity to relax at one of Germany’s best beaches, known for its white sands and ‘Strandkorb’ beach baskets; and enjoy panoramic views from the historic lighthouse, looking out across the Baltic Sea. There’s plenty to discover a little further afield too; nearby Rostock – within easy reach on tour – is a Hanseatic treasure brimming with an impressive array of monuments, gorgeous gabled houses, mighty churches, towers, spires and much more. Finally, after a journey through peaceful German countryside via the winding River Elbe, Hamburg awaits with its mix of stunning Hanseatic-era architecture and diverse contemporary attractions. Enjoy ample time to take your pick of the city’s highlights, from the magnificent Rathaus and the towering St Nikolai Church to the charming Miniatur Wunderland. For unique views of Hamburg’s striking skyline, don’t miss boat tours of the stunning Alster Lake.

Real ships
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.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.