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BERLIN - POTSDAM - BRANDENBURG - BURG
MAGDEBURG - CARLVOERDE - WOLFSBURG - ANDERTEN
MINDEN - NIENBURG - HOYA - BREMEN - OLDENBURG
DÖRPEN - PAPENBURG - GRONINGEN – AMSTERDAM
Join us as we cruise the Elbe and Havel Rivers, exploring northern canals and eclectic cities from Berlin to The Netherlands! You will discover the history of Berlin, awe at the Charlottenburg Palace in Potsdam, sightsee in Hanover, and so much more before journeying onward to charming Dutch cities. Our home for 11-nights, the MS Victor Hugo, is a completely refitted, intimate-sized ship complete with a first-class restaurant, lounge bar, dance floor, and sun deck. Now is the time to take the European summer vacation you’ve always dreamed of…space is limited so reserve your cabin today!
Day 1: OUR ADVENTURE BEGINS
We’ll depart our scheduled pick-up locations before flying out of Chicago.
Day 2: “WILLKOMMEN” TO BERLIN
Today, we arrive in Germany where we will board our ship in the evening. After comfortably settling into our cabins, we will enjoy a welcome cocktail and an introduction to the crew of the MS Victor Hugo.
Day 3: BERLIN BY DAY & NIGHT
Whether it’s hip neighborhoods, galleries or gastronomy, music or fashion, there is always something new to discover in the German capital of Berlin! The capital’s diversity and its virtually inexhaustible possibilities excite visitors from around the world! Our day begins with a tour of the city and later in the afternoon, you’ll enjoy free time to further explore Berlin as you wish. Finally, in the evening we will head out for a nighttime tour of the city when the lights and sites really shine.
Day 4: PALACES & POTSDAM
Today you’ll feel like royalty as we head out on an excursion to Charlottenburg Palace. Once a royal summer residence, today it stands as Berlin’s largest and most magnificent palace. Afterwards, we will cruise south-west to Potsdam, the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg. While there, we’ll visit the luxurious gardens of Sanssouci Palace, once home to Frederick the Great.
Day 5: THE HISTORIC ROMAN EMPIRE (MAGDEBURG)
Our ship will begin to cruise early in the morning for Burg, eventually arriving in Magdeburg. There, we will tour the historic, 1,200-year-old city situated midway on the Elbe River. Its cathedral, the Cathedral of Saints Maurice and Catherine, boasts one of the most stunning Gothic-style edifices in all of Europe. After the tour, you’ll have some free time in the evening to explore the city on your own.
Day 6: AUTOSTADT AUTOMOTIVE THEME PARK & MUSEUM
We'll begin to cruise early this morning for Carlvoerde before visiting the Autostadt. Situated on 28 hectares of parkland, this automotive theme park and museum is a sight to behold. While we’re there, our boat will sail to Wolfsburg, where we’ll reboard later in the afternoon before cruising to Anderten.
Day 7: HANOVER IN LOWER SAXONY
We’ll arrive early in the morning at the capital of Lower Saxony, Hanover, for a tour of the town, which is one of the main economic centers in Germany. While on our excursion, our boat will journey to Minden. We’ll rejoin the ship there and cruise to Neinburg for the rest of the day.
Day 8: NIENBURG, THE "RED TOWN"
Our day begins with time to discover beautiful Nienburg individually. It is nicknamed the “red town” after the red bricks that are used on countless buildings throughout this enchanting destination. Afterwards, we will meet our boat in Hoya and spend the afternoon cruising to Bremen.
Day 9: MARITIME BREMEN & HISTORIC OLDENBURG
Join us for a walking tour of Bremen, one of the largest trading ports and oldest maritime cities in Germany. Narrow streets, statues, and half-timbered houses accessorize the town that’s historically known for both the coffee and cotton trades. Next, we will cruise to Oldenburg. Originally founded as an ancient castle fortress, you’ll have some time to stroll around before we reboard our vessel and spend the evening cruising towards Dörpen.
Day 10: THE MEYER WERFT SHIPYARD IN PAPENBURG
We'll begin to cruise early in the morning towards Papenburg where we will tour the Meyer Werft shipyard, one of the largest and most modern shipyards in the world, and learn about how these majestically large vessels are built and distributed. Then, we’ll return to the MS Victor Hugo and journey towards Groningen.
Day 11: CRUISING OUR WAY TO THE GALA
Today we will spend all day on the river as we cruise towards Amsterdam. Tonight is extra special as it is our gala evening, a long-practiced tradition in the world of cruising. It’s an opportunity to dress up, although no formal dress code is enforced. The crew present in their dress uniforms and the chef serves a banquet that pays special tribute to French gastronomy. After dinner, we will dance the night away in the lounge bar.
Day 12: “WELKOM” TO AMSTERDAM
Our day begins with a tour of the city of Amsterdam. Often considered a place for tolerance and diversity, Amsterdam surprises and fascinates in equal measure. Its numerous canals, picturesque streets, museums and unusual features create an atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else. Water is everywhere you look and provides a stunning backdrop to the city's historical center.
In the afternoon, we’ll leave for an excursion to Volendam, a captivating village that has preserved its character for over six centuries and is well known for its Dutch seafood specialties. Then, we’ll travel to Zaanse Schans, an open air museum with wooden windmills, barns, and houses before heading back to Amsterdam where you will have a free evening to explore the Dutch capital as you wish.
Day 13: WE JOURNEY HOME
You’ll have some time to enjoy Amsterdam on your own this morning before we disembark and begin our journey home, full of amazing memories of our European adventure!
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
32 meals (11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, & 11 Dinners)
Drinks While Onboard the Ship (with exceptions from a select list)
Excursions and Activities Described
Double-Occupancy Accommodations with In-Cabin Shower
All Flights and Transportation to and from the Airport
Gratuities for Timi's Tours Directors
...and much more!
Please Note:For the safety of passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. Depending on mooring availability, the stopover in Amsterdam may be replaced by another location in The Netherlands. While we do expect to tour Amsterdam, it is not guaranteed. All excursions/activities are subject to change.
Cancellation for any reason within 180 days of this tour, including the duration of the trip, is NON-REFUNDABLE (including airfare). Payment of the deposit to Timi's Tours constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Dates, prices, and itineraries are subject to change. Please read the Timi's Tours Policy on our website for more information regarding our terms & conditions. A valid U.S. Passport is required.
This trip is booked in conjunction with CroisiEurope who have additional policies and conditions for travel that are above and beyond our normal policy including but not limited to cancellation deadlines, non-refundable deposits, travel document requirements, and more. Complete terms are available; please inquire when booking. By booking this trip, you agree to those additional policies.
To accommodate the unique luggage needs of each passenger, luggage fees charged by airlines are NOT included in the price of your trip (unless otherwise stated) and will vary based on the airline's policies, fees, restrictions, etc., which are beyond Timi's Tours control.
Airfare is subject to change. Should an increase occur, the difference will be the responsibility of the traveler.
Gratuities for the drivers transporting you to and from the airport in the US are not included; please plan accordingly.
Single Occupancy is limited; please call to inquire
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