Fred. Olsen – German Waterway with Kiel Week – 2022
Sails from Edinburgh
This discovery of German waterways and cities is unique; a sailing expertly planned and specially timed to coincide with the world’s largest sailing event. In between two memorable journeys along the beautiful Kiel Canal, only navigable by smaller ships such as Braemar, you visit Kiel for a chance enjoy all the excitement, charm and tradition of the Kieler Woche extravaganza. You’ll get to enjoy a relaxing amble around the harbour, where historic tall ships will be docked and proudly on show, and experience the authentic German festivity of the occasion.
Elsewhere in Germany, you’ll have ample time in Hamburg, to visit attractions such as the Rathaus, towering St Nikolai Church and Miniatur Wunderland, and take a boat tour of Alster Lake, while there’s a day in Bremen too. Braemar docks in the heart of Bremen, so you can step ashore and seek out sights including the UNESCO-listed Market Square, 15th century town hall and medieval Schnoor district with ease. Make the most of your smaller ship’s berth, close to the promenade, pubs and cafés, in Travemünde – which is also your starting point for tours to UNESCO-listed Lübeck – and in Flensburg, where a collection of architectural, cultural and historical delights await.
Tuesday 21 June 2022
Tuesday 21 June 2022
Departure from Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Board the ship mid-afternoon before you set sail.
Wednesday 22 June 2022
Enjoy a full day of cruising.
Thursday 23 June 2022
Positioned at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal – the busiest man-made waterway in the world – Kiel is long-established maritime city with a busy seaport and a rich history of ship and submarine building. Beyond its dramatic port, Kiel’s university town has a vibrant, youthful feel.
Almost completely destroyed in World War Two, Kiel has been extensively rebuilt since the 1950’s and now features broad boulevards and wide squares. Today’s modern structures, open-air cafes, bars and restaurants sit alongside the older monuments that survived the war such as the 13th century St. Nikolai Church and the Town Hall.
Friday 24 June 2022
The viewing platform on top of the 107m tower of the Rathaus (City Hall) provides spectacular views, while the along the Kiel Fjord, the Maritime Museum displays model ships and nautical instruments in a former fish auction hall. The Hindenburg Embankment alongside the waterfront is another popular spot, particularly during Kiel Week, when the town hosts the internationally famous Regatta.
Saturday 25 June 2022
Travemünde is a coastal suburb of Lübeck – a magnificent UNESCO-listed town steeped in history and former capital of the Hanseatic League. Home to many wealthy merchants during the Hanseatic era, an array of wonderful gabled houses, stunning churches and public buildings with huge gates, vast towers and gilded steeples were built in Lübeck. These monuments of a by-gone era have to be seen to be believed and all are within easy reach of Travemünde.
Sunday 26 June 2022
Flensburg, in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, is one of the northernmost towns in Germany. A delightful town with a breath-taking skyline and welcoming atmosphere, Flensburg is located on the Germany-Denmark border and uniquely combines elements from the cultures of both countries.
Monday 27 June 2022
Flensburg & Kiel Canal Transit, Germany
The town’s waterfront is a central attraction, and is the ideal place to experience this unique cultural blend. There are several cafes and restaurants to enjoy plus bars serving locally brewed beers. Events such as regattas, festivals and concerts often take place here and tourists are always encouraged to get involved.
Connecting the North Sea, at the mouth of the Elbe River, to the Baltic Sea at Holtenau, the Kiel Canal is one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping routes. Slicing a man-made path through the German countryside, this 61-mile-long marvel of engineering allows vessels to avoid 250 nautical miles of sea sailing on average, ensuring a faster and safer passage through Europe.
As picturesque as it is important, the Kiel Canal is a popular route for ‘pleasure’ crafts and smaller-sized cruise ships such as those in the Fred. Olsen fleet. Sailing slowly along the canal presents an opportunity to take in gorgeous scenes of lush-green countryside and a collection of interesting villages and towns flanking the still waters, and marvel at several impressive bridges.
Tuesday 28 June 2022
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.
Wednesday 29 June 2022
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, features a restaurant with original Hanseatic era décor, as well as 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.
Thursday 30 June 2022
Enjoy a full day of cruising.
Friday 01 July 2022
Arrival at Edinburgh, United Kingdom
After an early breakfast, disembark the ship for your journey home.
Braemar Ship Information
Braemar’s timeless style and elegance will capture your senses. Large windows bathe the ship’s interior in natural light and provide spectacular views while polished wooden fixtures, shining brass fittings, decadent fabrics and carefully designed decor assume the feel of a traditional country house.
All of the 485 comfortable and stylish rooms are equipped with private facilities which include an en-suite bathroom (some are fitted with a bathtub), a desk, telephone, interactive Smart TV, hairdryer, air conditioning and tea & coffee making facilities. According to your needs you can chose between different room types, like Interior, Porthole, Ocean View, Balcony and Suites.
There are five elegant and intimate dining venues oboard, including two main restaurants, cafe, bar & lounges as well as ‘The Grill’ offering an extra special dining experience so you’ll always find something heavenly to tantalise your tastebuds. A selection of soft drinks, wines and beers are included as well of course.
As well as a choice of comfortable accommodation, dining venues, bars and lounges, Braemar features all the facilities and amenities you need for a comfortable, restful and stress-free stay on board, including heated pools and bubbling jacuzzis, a library, gaming tables & card rooms, and even a self-service Laundry Room. Stroll through the Port or Boutique shop whether you need any essentials or a holiday bargain.
During the day several talks, lectures and classes take place and in the evening fantastic live performances, including cabaret, stand-up comedy and concerts will keep you entertained throughout the duration of your cruise.
|Date||Arrival||Departure||Port of Call|
Tue 21 June 2022
|Late PM||Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
|Wed 22 June 2022||Cruising|
|Thu 23 June 2022||Late Night||Early PM||Kiel Canal Transit, Germany|
|Thu 23 June 2022||Late PM||Kiel, Germany|
|Fri 24 June 2022||Late Night||Kiel, Germany|
|Sat 25 June 2022||Early AM||Late Night||Travemünde, Germany|
|Sun 26 June 22||Early AM||Flensburg, Germany|
|Mon 27 June 2022||Late Night||Flensburg, Germany|
|Mon 27 June 2022||Early AM||Early PM||Kiel Canal Transit, Germany|
|Tue 28 June 2022||Late Night||Early PM||Hamburg, Germany|
|Tue 28 June 2022||Late PM||Late Night||Cruising Elbe River, Germany|
|Wed 29 June 2022||Early AM||Early PM||Bremen, Germany|
|Wed 29 June 2022||Early PM||Late Night||Cruising Weser River, Germany|
|Thu 30 June 2022||Late PM||Late Night||Cruising|
|Fri 01 July 2022||Early AM||Edinburgh, United Kingdom|