Boudicca's German Waterways - Fred. Olsen Boudicca
Departs Dover, England
22nd Mar 2020
Prices from AU $4,459
7 Night Cruise sailing from Dover roundtrip aboard Boudicca.
Featuring calls into alluring destinations and hours of daytime scenic cruising, this immersive itinerary packs plenty of classic German highlights. With Boudicca as your guide, you’ll take in beautiful countryside scenes as you sail size-restricted waterways charming cities and seaside resorts, where a plethora of diverse attractions are your rewards on this wonderful week away.
Whether it’s during time spent sailing along picturesque rivers and canals or during time exploring ashore, your five days in Germany will be filled with unforgettable sights and experiences. You’ll begin with a transit of the Kiel Canal, a picturesque waterway only navigable by smaller ships such as those in the Fred. Olsen fleet, admiring gorgeous German countryside en route to Warnemünde, your first port of call. A pretty seaside city, Warnemünde boasts wide, white sand beaches and an historic lighthouse offering unspoilt views of the Baltic Sea; take advantage of Boudicca’s convenient docking location to discover these attractions with ease. Warnemünde is also your gateway to Berlin; perhaps opt for a tour to the German capital to see iconic landmarks such as Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz and the remnants of the Berlin Wall.
Another helping of the Kiel Canal’s captivating scenes follows, before your ship sails the winding River Elbe straight into Hamburg. Showcasing a mix of stunning Hanseatic-era architecture and stylish, contemporary districts, the diverse, cosmopolitan city of Hamburg never fails to impress. With a day to explore, you could seek-out architectural treasures such as the magnificent Rathaus and the towering St Nikolai Church; see the world’s largest train set in action at the Miniatur Wunderland; and indulge in a little retail therapy at the high-end stores. To learn of Hamburg’s seafaring traditions and see the city’s striking skyline from a unique perspective, take a memorable boat tour of the Alster Lake too. Finally, it’s on to Bremen, where Boudicca once again has permission to dock closer to the city centre after cruising the Weser River. The highlights of this fascinating destination will be within reach to discover at your leisure; the gothic-style structures of Markplatz, Bremen Cathedral and the 15th century Town Hall are among the medley of architectural gems to see on a walking tour. Be sure to explore the medieval Schnoor and modern Überseestadt districts too.
Highlights of this cruise:
A delightful seaside town with excellent links to many of Germany’s gems, such as historic Rostock and vibrant Berlin, Warnemünde (Warnemunde) is a wonderfully rewarding destination.
With its wide, sandy beaches, traditional pubs and fantastic restaurants serving delicious, locally caught seafood, it is no wonder that pretty Warnemünde – situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea – is one of Germany’s most popular holiday resorts and busiest cruise ports.
While many visitors to Warnemünde choose not to stray away from the coast here, especially in summer when the beach becomes a haven for sun-worshippers, there are plenty of highlights to uncover elsewhere in the town. Those who opt to explore are rewarded with interesting attractions such as Warnemünde Church, the 19th century Lighthouse, and the quaint cottages and marina of the idyllic Alter Strom old river district, all of which are within easy reach of your ship’s docking location closer to the town centre.
And, thanks to its close proximity to a number of attraction-packed towns and cities, Warnemünde is also a gateway to some of Germany’s most famous sites. Berlin’s iconic monuments, such as the Brandenburg Gate and the remains of the Berlin Wall; the gabled houses and Brick-Gothic structures of UNESCO-listed Wismar; and the Hanseatic-era treasures of Rostock can all be uncover on tours.
Located on the River Elbe, Hamburg is the country’s largest port and regarded as Germany’s gateway to the world.
A vibrant, historic city boasting an impressive Hanseatic League heritage that harks back over 700 years, Hamburg’s maritime soul permeates the city. From its architecture to its cuisine, water is ever present in Germany's principal port. The city is crossed by hundreds of canals, and spanned by 1,000 bridges. Near its centre, the charming Inner Alster Lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by divine cafes.
Hamburg is awash with historic buildings and monuments typical of Hanseatic culture. The steeple of St. Nikolai – a church almost destroyed in World War II, the 17th century Zollenbrücke Bridge and Hamburg Rathaus are must-visit sites. The central Jungfernstieg Boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town), home to the impressive 18th century St. Michael’s Church.
In the city centre, the amazing Miniatur Wunderland museum is highly recommended, as is the ocean-liner-shaped Chilehaus, the crowning glory of the UNESCO-listed Kontorhaus District. The flourishing swathe of stylish shops, excellent restaurants and legendary nightlife – a celebration of cosmopolitan Hamburg – add more exciting dimensions to this city.
Hamburg's waterfront district offers much to enjoy. Visit the popular Fischmarkt, discover an array of lively bars and restaurants at the harbour, watch Europe's second largest port in action or head to Hafen City, a newly developed urban quarter.
The key maritime role played by the city of Bremen, which straddles the Weser River in northwest Germany, is underlined by its impressive Hanseatic buildings. Bremen’s Hanseatic Gothic architecture in the Marktplatz and narrow timber buildings in the Schnoor Quarter are the standout highlights in the oldest part of the city. The ornate Gothic Town Hall, originally built between 1405 and 1410, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has within its walls a restaurant with original Hanseatic era décor and the Bremer Ratskeller,a public house in the basement.
The Town Hall is also home to a number of large model ships in its upper hall and 12 of the oldest wines in the world. Nearby is the Roland Statue, a giant stone figure that symbolises freedom of trade.
In contrast, Überseestadt - the former docklands - offers a completely different experience and is a fine example of modern Bremen. Here, a selection of trendy bars, stylish cafes and fine restaurants can be found, as well as a beautiful harbour and yacht-filled marina.
PRICE BASED EX SYDNEY or BRISBANE AIR ADD-ONS AVAILABLE:
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BOUDICCA'S GERMAN WATERWAYS - Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
- Return economy class airfare with a full service carrier from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne to London
- Transfer in London from Airport to Hotel
- 3 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in London
- Full Day Total London Experience^* - Begin with a panoramic tour of the city’s most famous monuments, taking in the Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Changing of the Guard, the Tower of London, a Thames cruise and the London Eye.
- Transfer from London Hotel to Dover Port
- 7 nights German Waterways cruise onboard Fred. Olsen Boudicca from Dover return
- Main Meals~ and entertainment onboard
- Transfer from Dover Port to London Airport
- Airport taxes, Port charges and government fees
Disembark Fred. Olsen Boudicca, transfer from Dover Port to London Airport
Fly London to Australia
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