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Edition 2024

From Berlin to Hamburg: Discover the Medieval Charms of Hanseatic Cities



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.



  • A luxury cruise on an authentic paddle riverboat ONLY WITH CROISIEUROPE
  • Discover all the must-see sites(1):
    • 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 inclusive on board


  • 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


Discover your itinerary day by day
Elbe Princesse II on the Elbe river

Passengers are welcome to board our ship in Berlin starting at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll enjoy dinner on board.

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This morning will be dedicated to an optional guided tour of Berlin, the capital that once illustrated the division of the world into East and West. After our tour, we’ll return on board and begin to cruise to Nedlitz. Discover the idyllic charm of the lakes formed by the Havel River and enjoy the scenery and admire the historical buildings as we pass by Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island). We’ll then leave on an optional visit to the gardens at the Sanssouci Palace, once the residence of Frederick the Great. After our excursion, we'll return on board and begin to cruise to Brandenburg. Join us for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

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We’ll spend the morning cruising. This afternoon, take an optional guided tour of Magdeburg—situated midway on the Elbe River and also on the historic Roman Roads. This former Hanseatic League city is a melting pot of cultural and architectural riches. We’ll return on board and continue cruising to Calvörde. Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing.

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Elbe Princesse II

Join us for an optional visit to the Autostadt theme park, dedicated to German automobile design. Opened during Expo 2000 in Hanover, the Autostadt is every car-lover’s dream—a huge campus full of museums, games, restaurants, and a five-star hotel. After our excursion, we’ll return on board the ship. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Luneburg, and we’ll arrive in the evening.

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Join us this morning for an optional guided tour of Luneburg, one of the best-preserved Hanseatic cities. During the Middle Ages, its salt deposits made it one of Germany’s wealthiest areas. The Old City has conserved its traditional brick architecture from this prosperous time. After our excursion, we’ll return on board the ship. Our ship will begin to cruise. We'll ride on the Scharnebeck twin ship lift, one of the highest in Europe with a maximum vertical lift of 125 feet (38 meters).

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HAMBURG - Lübeck

In the morning, join us for an optional guided tour of Hamburg. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the maritime charm of Germany’s second-largest city. Our guided tour will bring you to the top sites, including the main shopping street Mönckebergstraße in the city center, the Alster Lakes, the Rathausmarkt (City Hall Marketplace), the stock exchange, and St. Michael's Church. We'll continue on foot through the historical center—one of the oldest sections of Hamburg.

After our excursion, we’ll return on board for lunch.

This afternoon, we’ll leave by coach for an optional 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. Afterwards, we’ll return on board in Hamburg. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking. End of our services.

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%


Several ships available for this cruise

Shore Excursions

No shore excursion on the non listed days
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FormalitiesSome administrative formalities to take into account in order to prepare your trip

For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary.

(1) Optional excursions.

Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.

Ask for the detailed program of the opposite-direction cruise, Ref. HLB_PP, with a different itinerary.