Day 1 - Newcastle
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Newcastle, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in preparation for a late night sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
Relax and enjoy the facilities on board Balmoral today. Perhaps take a dip in one of the two pools or indulge in a massage in the spa centre.
Day 3 - Kiel Canal Transit - Kiel
Today, Balmoral transits the Kiel Canal, the world’s busiest manmade waterway, which runs for 98km through the state of Schleswig-Holstein, linking the Baltic with the North Sea. This evening there will be free time in the university city of Kiel, which was extensively rebuilt after the Second World War. One of Kiel’s oldest surviving buildings is the 13th century St Nicholas’ Church, while other sights of interest include the Rathaus (Town Hall), with its Venetian-style tower, and the city’s two botanical gardens.
Day 4 - Wismar, Germany
You have a full day to discover the picturesque Hanseatic city of Wismar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its fine brick Gothic architecture and charming Market Square, one of the largest of its kind in Northern Germany. The square is surrounded by historic buildings in a variety of styles, while at the centre stands the elegant 17th century Wasserkunst fountain. Wismar’s Bürgerpark, meanwhile, is the ideal place for a leisurely stroll. We depart tonight.
Day 5 - Kiel Canal Transit - Hamburg (overnight)
We make a return journey through the Kiel Canal today, arriving in the city of Hamburg, where Balmoral will dock for the next two nights.
Day 6 - Hamburg (overnight)
Located on the River Elbe, Hamburg was a leading member of the Hanseatic League and is today Germany’s second-largest city. The grand 19th century Town Hall, the baroque St Michaelis Church and Miniatur Wunderland - the world’s biggest model railway system, are all worth a visit, as is the Hamburg Kunsthalle, which houses a vast collection of art, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Caspar David Friedrich and Paul Klee. You could also use the time to relax in Hamburg’s ‘green heart’ - the attractive city-centre park known as Planten un Blomen.
Day 7 - Hamburg - cruising Elbe and Weser Rivers - Bremen (overnight)
Leaving Hamburg early this morning, Balmoral sets sail on the River Elbe, passing historic towns and a number of little islands on the way. We join the River Weser in the afternoon, another of Germany’s major waterways, flanked by woodland, rolling hills and beaches, arriving in Bremen this evening, where we will spend the night.
Day 8 - Bremen
Set on the River Weser, the Hanseatic city of Bremen - familiar, perhaps, from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, ‘The Town Musicians of Bremen’ - is home to some beautiful examples of Gothic architecture, including the 15th century Town Hall - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The narrow lanes of the Schnoor Quarter, with its attractive half-timbered buildings, is a pleasant place to wander, while Überseestadt - the former docklands - offers a completely different experience, with a selection of trendy bars and cafes. We leave tonight.
Day 9 - At sea
Enjoy your final day aboard Balmoral as we sail back across the North Sea towards the UK, maybe catching up with friends in the Observatory Lounge or simply relaxing on the Sun Deck.
Day 10 Newcastle
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.