Berlin, the Harz Mountains & cruising the Baltic Isles


Berlin

Visit: Berlin, Germany

Wolin

Visit: Wolin, Poland

Ms Princess

Visit: Ms Princess, Transport

Berlin

Visit: Berlin, Germany

Reichstag Building

Visit: Reichstag Building, Germany

About the Tour

Tucked away in the calm waters of the Baltic Coast is a cluster of beautiful islands which offer the perfect holiday retreat - experience them on this delightful cruise.

Tour Includes


  • 7 nights full board cruising on the MS Princess
  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Welcome drink, Captain's get together, party night and entertainment on board the MS Princess
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    We head into Germany to Hannover or Goslar for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Goslar

    Goslar

    Today you have a day at leisure or why not join our full-day optional excursion to the picturesque Harz Mountains. We head first to the former Imperial city of Goslar. With over 1,000 years of history, Goslar was the favoured seat of government in northern Germany, for centuries. At the same time it was also a centre of Christianity and the spires of the 47 churches, chapels and monasteries delineated the town’s unique silhouette. Goslar was also referred to as the ‘Rome of the North’. Today the view of the townscape with the steeples of the five large parish churches is impressive when viewed from the knoll upon which the Imperial Palace stands. The many crooked, narrow, cobble-stoned streets in the Old Town are a joy to explore. After free time we take a scenic drive through the beautiful Harz region to the delightful town of Wernigerode. Wernigerode is an attractive destination on the Holtemme River, nestling against the northern foothills of the Harz Mountains. It has an impressive medieval town centre with rows of charming, centuries-old, timber-framed houses and is dominated by a fascinating, fairy tale castle. Enjoy free time exploring the town at your leisure before returning to our hotel in time for our evening meal.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Celle

    Celle

    We leave our hotel this morning and head to Berlin for a two night stay. En route we pause in the pretty town of Celle. Situated in a glacial valley, Celle is a town with a distinctive flair. It is located approximately 25 km south of the town of Bergen, the location of the largest concentration camp on German soil during World War II. It was here that Anne Frank was interned and later died. Celle was founded over 700 years ago, and managed to emerge from World War II virtually unscathed with its historical centre intact. There are over 400 half-timbered buildings in the Old Town alone, which has made it a popular tourist destination. There will be free time to explore this picturesque town. Be sure to see the three oldest buildings, the Ducal Palace, Town Church and the Old Town Hall. Another architectural delight is the New Town Hall, which is an impressive red brick building dating from the 19th century and one of the largest buildings of its kind in Germany. (Entrances to places of interest are not included).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Berlin

    Berlin

    Included excursion to Berlin where you can explore the city interdependently or to make the most of your visit why not join our optional sightseeing tour to introduce you to the city’s array of famous sights. During the “cold war” period the city was divided between east and west but is once again the flourishing capital of the unified Germany. Our guide will explain about the changes that have taken place since the unification of the city as well as pointing out and explaining the interesting stories behind many of the buildings. We see sights such as the Reichstag building, home of the German Parliament, the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, which was once Berlin’s showcase boulevard, and the famous border crossing site ‘Checkpoint Charlie’.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We head to Stralsund, a small German town on the Baltic coast and board our ship, the MS Princess for a seven-night cruise.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Stralsund

    Stralsund

    This morning join our optional guided walking tour of Stralsund to introduce you to the town. Stralsund was a major trading centre of the Hanseatic League in the 14th and 15th Centuries. In the 17th and 18th centuries it became a Swedish administrative and defensive centre for German territories. The town is famous for its characteristic Brick Gothic architecture. So much so, it is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Later today we set sail and cruise along the Baltic coast to the Old Hanseatic town of Griefswald where we berth overnight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Stettin

    Stettin

    We set sail early this morning and spend the full day cruising towards Poland. Sit back and relax as we sail across the tranquil waters of the Peene River and the Stettin Lagoon to the city of Stettin arriving late afternoon. Stettin or Szezecin as it is known in Polish, is the capital of West Pomerania and is a lively city with fine architecture. Enjoy free time perhaps exploring the Old Town, Pomeranian Dukes Castle and the late Gothic Loitz House. Alternatively, why not join our optional guided sightseeing tour to make the most of your visit.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    This morning we leave Stettin and sail towards Wollin, Poland’s largest island, and to the sea port of Swinoujscie. One of the leading ports on the Baltic Sea Swinoujscie is also a health-resort which attracts visitors all year round and the only town in country located entirely on islands, a total of forty-four of them. We spend time at leisure today in the town and maybe visit the nearby Spa Park, a large park with a 19th century garden designed by the royal architect Peter Joseph Lenne. We remain berth in Swinoujscie overnight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Isle Of Usedom

    Isle Of Usedom

    This morning we set sail from Swinoujscie and cruise to the small German town of Karnin on the banks of the Peene River. The Isle of Usedom is our destination today, one of Germany’s most popular holiday resorts due to its stunning natural beauty. From the port of Karnin you can join our included excursion which takes you on a scenic drive through the hills to visit Ahlbeck, a popular seaside town. We pause for a photo stop at the Ahlbeck historic pier and then continue to Heringsdorf. After free time we continue our journey back to the ship travelling through the countryside. In the afternoon we set sail to Peenmunde on the Island of Rugen where we berth overnight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    The Rushing Roland Steam Train

    The Rushing Roland Steam Train

    This morning there will be the opportunity to join our optional ‘Rushing Roland’ excursion. We start by travelling to the town of Putbus where we join the Rugensche Baderbahn train, lovingly known as ‘Rushing Roland’. The train has been chugging from station to station at the stately speed of 18.64mph since 1895. We travel on board the historic steam locomotive to Binz. Here we re-join our coach and return to our ship in Lauterbach and set sail to Vitte on the idyllic island resort of Hiddensee. Hiddensee has a unique atmosphere and is often referred to as the ‘jewel of the Baltic’. It is a car-free island which can only be reached by ship.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Hiddensee

    Hiddensee

    Hiddensee is often referred to as the ‘jewel of the Baltic’, and is a car-free island. Hiddensee is the largest of the islands in the Western Pomeranis Logoon Area National Park and is approximately 16.8km long by 250m wide. The island has stunning scenery and because of this has inspired many artists and authors such as Lutz Seiler for his best selling novel Kruso in 2014 which is set on Hiddensee. So what better way to explore this renowned island with our optional excursion that takes you by horse-drawn carriage to see the beautiful landscape. Our cruise returns to Stralsund on the mainland of Germany.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We disembark in Stralsund and head to Holland for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Visit to Celle
    • Visit to Berlin
    • Visit to Stettin
    • Visit to Karnin
    • Visit to Peenemünde
    • Visit to Hiddensee

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Goslar
    • Harz Mountains
    • Berlin Sightseeing Tour
    • Stralsund Walking Tour
    • Stettin Walking Tour
    • Rushing Roland Steam Railway
    • Horse drawn carriage in Hiddensee

    Notes

    Cabin Upgrade (per person)Twin 
    Upper Deck Cabin£250 

     No single rooms/cabins available. 

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for seven nights on board the MS Princess. The MS Princess is an extremely warm and welcoming ship, which combines sophisticated comfort with cosiness in a unique way. Whether you relax in the pretty bar, lounge or the welcoming restaurant, it certainly wont take long to feel at home on board this ship.

    The ship has a capacity of 100 passengers in 50 cabins spread across two decks - main and promenade. Cabins have mini-safe, air-conditioning, T.V., telephone, hairdryer and en suite facilities. All decks, including the sundeck, are accessible with normal stairs and with a chairlift.

    Stays in Germany, Holland and Belgium will be in city-style hotels.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are between £1/1.25 Euros and £3/3.75 Euros per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and air holidays, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services near Folkestone. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express, operate to and from the U.K. interchange. You will join your main tour coach at the interchange.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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