Historic Cities & Waterways of Germany

17th Sep 2020 7 nights Sails from Dover Balmoral L2024
FROM ONLY £949 per person
Bremen square, Germany Bremen square, Germany
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.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

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.