Cruising River Elbe

River Elbe, Germany
River Elbe, Germany

The River Elbe is one of the main waterways in Central Europe. Stretching from the Czech Republic all the way to the North Sea via Germany, this beautiful waterway winds its way through tall hills, past vast plains and alongside pretty towns and cities.

The Lower Elbe – known locally as Unterelbe – is Fred. Olsen's route into Hanseatic Hamburg, Germany's historic second city. This 110 kilometre stretch of water serves as a vital shipping link between Hamburg's busy container port – the second largest in Europe – and the North Sea, but is also very picturesque – perfect a relaxing scenic cruise.

As you sail to and from the very heart of Hamburg, you'll take in views of the lush-green German countryside, pass by pretty river islands and nature reserves such as Schwarztonnensand and Pagensand and see the delightful towns of Glückstadt and Brunsbüttel.

Cruises to Cruising River Elbe

Hamburg city center at Christmas time, Germany Hamburg city center at Christmas time, Germany Hamburg city center at Christmas time, Germany

Explore Western Europe Cities & Rivers • S2231

 Liverpool
Borealis
Mon 05 Dec 2022
9 nights
  • Visit Christmas Markets in Hamburg
  • Sample wine, calvados & camembert in Honfleur
  • Explore the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
Christmas at Tivoli gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark Christmas at Tivoli gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark Christmas at Tivoli gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

European Christmas Markets • L2327

 Southampton
Balmoral
Wed 13 Dec 2023
8 nights
  • Start your festive celebrations amongst the Christmas Markets of European cities
  • Enjoy sights and scents emanating from huts and decorations in Hamburg, Oslo and Copenhagen
  • Experience scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal, River Elbe and beautiful Oslofjord
Christmas markets in Hamburg Christmas markets in Hamburg Christmas markets in Hamburg

Classic Christmas Markets • S2325

 Liverpool
Borealis
Thu 14 Dec 2023
8 nights
  • The perfect festive getaway before Christmas arrives
  • Explore the Christmas markets of cities such as Hamburg and Bruges
  • Enjoy plenty of other highlights too, such as a boat tour of Amsterdam’s canals
Warehouse district of Hamburg at night with view towards the city center including the St. Catherine's Church and St. Nikolai Warehouse district of Hamburg at night with view towards the city center including the St. Catherine's Church and St. Nikolai View towards the city center including the St. Catherine's Church and St. Nikolai, Hamburg

Easter Escape to Germany & the Lowlands • T2405

 Southampton
Bolette
Thu 28 Mar 2024
7 nights
  • Enjoy an Easter break spent discovering the delights of three arresting European cities
  • Delve into the maritime heritage of Hamburg; explore Amsterdam’s canals; and revel in Bruges’ Flemish charm
  • See maritime industry in action as you sail the River Elbe and the North Sea Canal
Balmoral cruising the Kiel Canal, Germany Balmoral cruising the Kiel Canal, Germany Balmoral cruising the Kiel Canal, Germany

German Cities & Scenic Waterways • M2325

 Dover
Braemar
Sun 08 Oct 2023
8 nights
  • Delve into Germany’s rich maritime history and industry
  • Discover busy ship yards, naval bases and fascinating museums
  • Experience scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal and River Elbe
Tulips and traditional dutch windmills near the canal in Zaanse Schans, Netherlands Tulips and traditional dutch windmills near the canal in Zaanse Schans, Netherlands Windmills in Amsterdam, Netherlands

European River Cities with Springtime Tulips • M2410

 Southampton
Braemar
Wed 24 Apr 2024
8 nights
  • Escape to a trio of European cities and take in their sights for the perfect springtime break
  • A visit to Amsterdam is a highlight, timed to see the Dutch capital’s tulips in full bloom
  • Explore Hamburg and sail the River Elbe, and revel in the gems of Antwerp