from berlin to hamburg: discover the medieval charms of hanseatic cities
locationBerlintegel - Berlin - Nedlitz - Brandenburg - Magdeburg - Wolfsburg - Luneburg - Hamburg - Lübeck - Hamburg
From Berlin to Hamburg: Discover the Medieval Charms of Hanseatic Cities
From Berlin to Hamburg: Discover the Medieval Charms of Hanseatic Cities
From Berlin to Hamburg: Discover the Medieval Charms of Hanseatic Cities
From Berlin to Hamburg: Discover the Medieval Charms of Hanseatic Cities
From Berlin to Hamburg: Discover the Medieval Charms of Hanseatic Cities
From Berlin to Hamburg: Discover the Medieval Charms of Hanseatic Cities
From Berlin to Hamburg: Discover the Medieval Charms of Hanseatic Cities
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Duration
7 days
Trip code
BHL_PP
Operator
CroisiEurope Cruises

Overview

Travel back in time to discover medieval Hanseatic cities between Berlin and Hamburg. Explore two of Germany’s largest metropolises and admire the cities’ outstanding architecture along the banks of the Elbe.

Highlights

  • A luxury cruise on an authentic paddle riverboat ONLY WITH CROISIEUROPE
  • Discover all the must-see sites(1):Berlin, symbolic capitalPotsdam and the gardens at the Sanssouci PalaceMedieval Hanseatic cities: Magdeburg, Luneburg, Hamburg, and LübeckPassage on the Scharnebeck twin ship lift, one of the highest in EuropeThe Wolfsburg Autostadt, a unique attraction showcasing German automobiles
  • Berlin, symbolic capital
  • Potsdam and the gardens at the Sanssouci Palace
  • Medieval Hanseatic cities: Magdeburg, Luneburg, Hamburg, and Lübeck
  • Passage on the Scharnebeck twin ship lift, one of the highest in Europe
  • The Wolfsburg Autostadt, a unique attraction showcasing German automobiles
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

What's Included



    Itinerary



    Shore Excursions

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    We'll leave by coach from Berlin-Spandau with a local guide who will help us discover the history, monuments and fascinating facets of this particularly historic city. We'll travel up the 17th of June Street to see the famous Victory Column, the Bismarck Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building with its steel and glass cupola. We'll then arrive at the renowned Unter den Linden and head to Museum Island—a complex of five internationally significant museums that occupy the island's northern part—including the Pergamon Museum, and the Alte Nationalgalerie. Beyond Museum Island are the modern Alexanderplatz and its famous Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower). You'll be able to go through Checkpoint Charlie, the symbol of the Cold War and passage between the American and Soviet zones during this time. This might seem like just a glance, but you'll be able to discover the monuments that make Berlin one of the most cultural cities in Europe.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The tour primarily takes place in a coach with stops for photos.
    • Depending on the tour guide, there can be small steps to climb, and the order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_BER

    Pre-paid: $115

    On-board: $127

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    We'll leave by coach from Berlin-Spandau with a local guide who will help us discover the history, monuments and fascinating facets of this particularly historic city. We'll travel up the 17th of June Street to see the famous Victory Column, the Bismarck Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building with its steel and glass cupola. We'll then arrive at the renowned Unter den Linden and head to Museum Island—a complex of five internationally significant museums that occupy the island's northern part—including the Pergamon Museum, and the Alte Nationalgalerie. Beyond Museum Island are the modern Alexanderplatz and its famous Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower). You'll be able to go through Checkpoint Charlie, the symbol of the Cold War and passage between the American and Soviet zones during this time. This might seem like just a glance, but you'll be able to discover the monuments that make Berlin one of the most cultural cities in Europe.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The tour primarily takes place in a coach with stops for photos.
    • Depending on the tour guide, there can be small steps to climb, and the order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_BER

    Pre-paid: $127

    On-board: $142

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Set off by coach to visit Hamburg. Viewed as one of Germany's prettiest cities, this Hanseatic town has preserved a rich heritage through the centuries. We'll start off with a panoramic tour of the city by coach. You'll get to see Hamburg's main spots such as the city center with the Mönckerberstrasse, the Alster, the Rathaus (Town Hall) located in Rathausmarkt square (the market square), the Stock Exchange and St Michael's Church. We'll move on through the historic center, the oldest district in the city. There, you'll get to see the Alster, a large lake located right amidst the city, the imposing 1897 Neo-Renaissance style building that is the Town Hall, the 10-story Chilehaus which stands as an emblem of expressionist architecture with its Eastern façade resembling a ship's bow, and Deichstrasse, an old shopping street with trading posts and houses dating from the 17th and 19th centuries. Free time before returning on board by coach.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_HAMBO1

    Pre-paid: $122

    On-board: $136

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Set off by coach to visit Hamburg. Viewed as one of Germany's prettiest cities, this Hanseatic town has preserved a rich heritage through the centuries. We'll start off with a panoramic tour of the city by coach. You'll get to see Hamburg's main spots such as the city center with the Mönckerberstrasse, the Alster, the Rathaus (Town Hall) located in Rathausmarkt square (the market square), the Stock Exchange and St Michael's Church. We'll move on through the historic center, the oldest district in the city. There, you'll get to see the Alster, a large lake located right amidst the city, the imposing 1897 Neo-Renaissance style building that is the Town Hall, the 10-story Chilehaus which stands as an emblem of expressionist architecture with its Eastern façade resembling a ship's bow, and Deichstrasse, an old shopping street with trading posts and houses dating from the 17th and 19th centuries. Free time before returning on board by coach.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_HAMBO1

    Pre-paid: $136

    On-board: $150

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Guided tour of Lübeck. Known as the “Queen of the Hanseatic League,” Lübeck was founded in 1143 by Adolf II, Count of Schauenburg and Holstein. UNESCO lists the city as a World Heritage Site because of its aristocratic homes and numerous red-brick Gothic monuments. Founded on the banks of the Trave River, the historic center is home to a unique collection of monuments from different eras—namely the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. We’ll discover the Holsten Gate leading to the old city center, Lübeck’s most well-known landmark and a symbol of the power once possessed by this former Hanseatic city; St. Mary’s Church, an absolute Gothic gem; and the castle monastery. We’ll wrap up our excursion by visiting a tea room where we’ll enjoy some delicious marzipan, a local specialty.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_LUBECK

    Pre-paid: $147

    On-board: $163

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Guided tour of Lübeck. Known as the “Queen of the Hanseatic League,” Lübeck was founded in 1143 by Adolf II, Count of Schauenburg and Holstein. UNESCO lists the city as a World Heritage Site because of its aristocratic homes and numerous red-brick Gothic monuments. Founded on the banks of the Trave River, the historic center is home to a unique collection of monuments from different eras—namely the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. We’ll discover the Holsten Gate leading to the old city center, Lübeck’s most well-known landmark and a symbol of the power once possessed by this former Hanseatic city; St. Mary’s Church, an absolute Gothic gem; and the castle monastery. We’ll wrap up our excursion by visiting a tea room where we’ll enjoy some delicious marzipan, a local specialty.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_LUBECK

    Pre-paid: $150

    On-board: $167

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Guided tour of Lüneburg, undoubtedly one of the best preserved Hanseatic towns. In the Middle Ages, it was one of the richest towns in Germany, thanks to its salt deposits. From this prosperous time, the old town has preserved all its traditional architecture in cabled bricks, forming coiled gables and spirals. In the harbour area, you cannot miss the old crane (Alter Kran, from the 14th century). Then you will see the Town Hall, whose construction was spread out between the 13th and 18th centuries. You will admire the gothic-style Princes' Hall (Fürstensaal), the Court Hall (Gerichtslaube) with a barrel vault dating from the 14th century, and the great meeting room, a Renaissance masterpiece ornate with frescoes from the 16th century. Entirely paneled in wood, it is the very symbol of the rapid growth of the city. 

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_LUNEB

    Pre-paid: $109

    On-board: $122

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Guided tour of Lüneburg, undoubtedly one of the best preserved Hanseatic towns. In the Middle Ages, it was one of the richest towns in Germany, thanks to its salt deposits. From this prosperous time, the old town has preserved all its traditional architecture in cabled bricks, forming coiled gables and spirals. In the harbour area, you cannot miss the old crane (Alter Kran, from the 14th century). Then you will see the Town Hall, whose construction was spread out between the 13th and 18th centuries. You will admire the gothic-style Princes' Hall (Fürstensaal), the Court Hall (Gerichtslaube) with a barrel vault dating from the 14th century, and the great meeting room, a Renaissance masterpiece ornate with frescoes from the 16th century. Entirely paneled in wood, it is the very symbol of the rapid growth of the city. 

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_LUNEB

    Pre-paid: $118

    On-board: $131

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Departure by coach for Magdeburg where we will meet up with local guides.
    Magdeburg was once the cradle of the German nation. The first Germanic Holy Roman Emperor, Otto the Great, had an imposing cathedral built here and made the town into an archbishopric. Magdeburg became a center for Western Christianity and the High Court of judicial power in the Middle Ages.
    We'll begin our tour with the Magdeburg Cathedral, home to the tomb of Emperor Otto I the Great. Magdeburg is a Hanseatic city located midway on the Elbe River and the Roman Roads—in the heart of Germany rich with a multi-faceted history. Its other sacred monuments include the Magdalenekapelle, St. Petrikirche, Wallonerkirche, Monastery of Our Lady and St. John's Church. We'll continue our panoramic tour by seeing the city's main monuments, including the citadel. Once located in East Germany, the city has retained its grey, square, Soviet-style buildings which are embellished today with molding and decorations. We'll visit the marketplace to see the magnificent replica of the Magdeburger Reiter, as well as the town hall and its bronze door. You'll finish up the tour with some free time on your own.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Beware! Depending on the water level of the Elbe river, the boat could stop at the lock of Rothensee instead of mooring in Magdeburg.
    • Return to the boat will be on foot or by coach depending on water level.
    • The boat will sail during the excursion.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_MAGDEB

    Pre-paid: $127

    On-board: $142

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Departure by coach for Magdeburg where we will meet up with local guides.
    Magdeburg was once the cradle of the German nation. The first Germanic Holy Roman Emperor, Otto the Great, had an imposing cathedral built here and made the town into an archbishopric. Magdeburg became a center for Western Christianity and the High Court of judicial power in the Middle Ages.
    We'll begin our tour with the Magdeburg Cathedral, home to the tomb of Emperor Otto I the Great. Magdeburg is a Hanseatic city located midway on the Elbe River and the Roman Roads—in the heart of Germany rich with a multi-faceted history. Its other sacred monuments include the Magdalenekapelle, St. Petrikirche, Wallonerkirche, Monastery of Our Lady and St. John's Church. We'll continue our panoramic tour by seeing the city's main monuments, including the citadel. Once located in East Germany, the city has retained its grey, square, Soviet-style buildings which are embellished today with molding and decorations. We'll visit the marketplace to see the magnificent replica of the Magdeburger Reiter, as well as the town hall and its bronze door. You'll finish up the tour with some free time on your own.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Beware! Depending on the water level of the Elbe river, the boat could stop at the lock of Rothensee instead of mooring in Magdeburg.
    • Return to the boat will be on foot or by coach depending on water level.
    • The boat will sail during the excursion.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_MAGDEB

    Pre-paid: $127

    On-board: $142

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    We will reach the Autostadt either on foot - a 5 min walk crossing a bridge over the Mittelandkanal - or by coach, depending on mooring and sailing conditions. We'll meet up with our guides in the entrance hall or Piazza, and start off with a visit of the Forum, an area dedicated to road safety and new energies. We'll then move on to the "ZeitHaus", the automobile museum with educational areas. Our tour will end with a visit to the Customer Center located right next to the Car Towers where customers who have ordered Volkswagens are welcome to collect them. We'll still have some free time to visit the Brand Pavilions carrying such names as Audi, Lamborghini, Skoda and more. Why not try your hand on some driving simulators or a Volkswagen SUV on rough terrain?
    Return on board by coach in Sülfeld/Fallersleben or on foot in Wolfsburg.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The tour does not include a visit of the production line. Passengers would have to plan their visit during their free time.
    • Commentaries on the tourist train are provided in German.
    • Depending on sailing, departure is either from Wolfsburg with return to the boat by coach, or by coach with return to the boat in Wolfsburg.
    • The boat sails during the excursion.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_WOLFSB

    Pre-paid: $131

    On-board: $145

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    We will reach the Autostadt either on foot - a 5 min walk crossing a bridge over the Mittelandkanal - or by coach, depending on mooring and sailing conditions. We'll meet up with our guides in the entrance hall or Piazza, and start off with a visit of the Forum, an area dedicated to road safety and new energies. We'll then move on to the "ZeitHaus", the automobile museum with educational areas. Our tour will end with a visit to the Customer Center located right next to the Car Towers where customers who have ordered Volkswagens are welcome to collect them. We'll still have some free time to visit the Brand Pavilions carrying such names as Audi, Lamborghini, Skoda and more. Why not try your hand on some driving simulators or a Volkswagen SUV on rough terrain?
    Return on board by coach in Sülfeld/Fallersleben or on foot in Wolfsburg.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The tour does not include a visit of the production line. Passengers would have to plan their visit during their free time.
    • Commentaries on the tourist train are provided in German.
    • Depending on sailing, departure is either from Wolfsburg with return to the boat by coach, or by coach with return to the boat in Wolfsburg.
    • The boat sails during the excursion.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_WOLFSB

    Pre-paid: $140

    On-board: $156

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    We'll leave by coach with local guides who will help you discover the history of Former Prussia and its illustrious monarchs. In Potsdam, the visit will begin with a walk through the gardens at the Sanssouci Palace. You'll walk the flower-lined pathways and staircases leading through the terraced garden to the residence of Frederick the Great, built between 1745 and 1747. The personal tastes of the king had such an influence on the design and the decoration of the palace that its style is often referred to as "Frederician Rococo”.
    We'll get back on the coach and take a spin around the Sanssouci Park to admire its fabulous structures before heading to Cecilienhof Palace. Cecilienhof Palace was built from 1914 to 1917 for Crown Prince William and his wife, Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, as a gift from Emperor Wilhelm II. After the end of the war in Europe, the Potsdam Conference - attended by Stalin, Churchill and Truman - was held in the palace from July 17 - August 2, 1945. Here, Churchill and Truman also defined the terms of surrender together for Japan.
    After our visit, we'll head back to downtown Potsdam for some free time in the Dutch district before returning to the ship by coach.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Good walking shoes are recommended: walk in the Sanssouci gardens with stairs to climb and a walk in the Cecilienhof gardens.
    • The boat is sailing during the excursion (only in the Amsterdam-Berlin cruise).
    • Beware! We'll only visit the gardens of the Sanssouci palace, with no further visit inside the palace.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_POTSDA

    Pre-paid: $118

    On-board: $131

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    We'll leave by coach with local guides who will help you discover the history of Former Prussia and its illustrious monarchs. In Potsdam, the visit will begin with a walk through the gardens at the Sanssouci Palace. You'll walk the flower-lined pathways and staircases leading through the terraced garden to the residence of Frederick the Great, built between 1745 and 1747. The personal tastes of the king had such an influence on the design and the decoration of the palace that its style is often referred to as "Frederician Rococo”.
    We'll get back on the coach and take a spin around the Sanssouci Park to admire its fabulous structures before heading to Cecilienhof Palace. Cecilienhof Palace was built from 1914 to 1917 for Crown Prince William and his wife, Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, as a gift from Emperor Wilhelm II. After the end of the war in Europe, the Potsdam Conference - attended by Stalin, Churchill and Truman - was held in the palace from July 17 - August 2, 1945. Here, Churchill and Truman also defined the terms of surrender together for Japan.
    After our visit, we'll head back to downtown Potsdam for some free time in the Dutch district before returning to the ship by coach.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Good walking shoes are recommended: walk in the Sanssouci gardens with stairs to climb and a walk in the Cecilienhof gardens.
    • The boat is sailing during the excursion (only in the Amsterdam-Berlin cruise).
    • Beware! We'll only visit the gardens of the Sanssouci palace, with no further visit inside the palace.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_POTSDA

    Pre-paid: $131

    On-board: $145



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