2018 : Elegant Elbe - Berlin to Prague
Journey to Berlin, Dresden & Prague
See the Elbe Biosphere Reserve. Walk in Martin Luther's footsteps in Wittenberg, birthplace of the Protestant Reformation. Admire delicate Meissen porcelain. Celebrate Dresden, a phoenix risen from the ashes of war. View Saxon Switzerland's monoliths. Discover Berlin's modern chic, Potsdam's rococo whimsy, Dessau's Bauhaus genius and Prague's Gothic exuberance. The Elbe is one of Europe's most unspoiled rivers and it awaits you-from Berlin to Prague-on our 10-day cruisetour.
All This Is Included 10-day cruisetour (6-day cruise) visiting 2 countries, 6 ports & 4 additional cities by land2 nights each at the Hilton Berlin & Hilton Prague Hotel (or similar)Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites8 included shore excursions with local guide & headsetCulture Curriculum®: enjoy baroque chamber music & a Czech folkloric performance; listen to an eyewitness account of Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution; attend lectures on surprising Saxony & modern-day Czech Republic; learn some basics of the German languageComplimentary Wi-FiBeer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinnerMeals included on board & ashore: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinnersOnboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classicsWelcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled waterOrganic herb gardenRiver-view stateroom Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping serviceEvening turndown serviceHotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows42" flat-panel TV, with interactive programmingComplimentary Movies On DemandSecurity safeHair dryer110/220 volt outletsDirect-dial satellite phoneRefrigeratorBathrobes & slippers (upon request) Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrorsGlass-enclosed showerPremium Freyja toiletries24/7 Guest Services for special requestsPort taxes & feesAirport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program
Day 1 - Berlin, Germany
Arrive at the Berlin airport, then transfer to your hotel.* After check-in, you have free time to get acquainted with the city, or join our "welcome walk" to stretch your legs and get oriented.
Day 2 - Berlin, Germany
After breakfast, enjoy a panoramic tour of the vibrant German capital, which has seen its fair share of dramatic changes in the last century. See the Reichstag with its spectacular glass dome, the historic Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and many other iconic sites. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. (B)
Day 3 - Potsdam & Worlitz, Germany
After breakfast, travel to Potsdam. Tour Sanssouci Palace, a perfect example of German rococo architecture, built by Prussian king Frederick the Great in the 18th century. Continue to Worlitz Park, Germany's first landscaped park with English-style gardens. Tour inside Worlitz Castle, fashioned after an English country home, and stroll the grounds. Then, transfer to Wittenberg to embark your ship. (B, D)
Day 4 - Wittenberg, Germany
This morning, follow in Martin Luther's footsteps to view many of Wittenberg's historic landmarks. Tour inside Luther's House and St. Marien's Church, where he preached. See the Castle Church where Luther posted his "95 Theses"; then enjoy free time. Return to your ship and for our afternoon departure as we cruise along a very pretty stretch of the Elbe. Or, you may choose to take an optional excursion to Torgau to see fortified Hartenfels Castle, Market Square and the riverside monument that commemorates the day in 1945 when Russian and American troops shook hands. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Meissen, Germany
Today, cruise the Elbe and arrive in Meissen during lunchtime. Then stop in at the Meissenware factory, producers of fine porcelain since the early 1700s. Discover how this trademarked porcelain is created by hand, then tour the museum. Proceed to Castle Hill for a walking tour through Old Town. Return aboard for dinner and an evening at leisure. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Dresden, Germany
After breakfast, disembark in Dresden, nicknamed "Florence on the Elbe." Drive through the 19th-century residential area to the Dresden Castle complex; enter the Green Vault to see a comprehensive collection that houses what many claim is the world's largest collection of treasures, including priceless jewels and emeralds. Continue on foot to see Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady) with its distinctive bell-shaped dome that survived World War II bombings but collapsed the following day. Later, it was rebuilt.
Dinner is served aboard your ship; afterward, feel free to enjoy Dresden's many charms and attractions as we remain docked until early morning. (B, L, D)
*Please note : If you're in Dresden on a Tuesday, The Green Vault is closed, therefore you will instead visit Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) to view some of the world's great masterpieces, including works by Raphael, Vermeer, Rubens and Rembrandt.
Day 7 - Saxon Switzerland, Germany
This morning, cruise through the magnificent, soaring rock formations of the Saxon Switzerland region, then dock at the spa town of Bad Schandau. From here we make our way to the famous rock tower known as the Bastei (bastion), formed by water a million years ago, to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Elbe. Return aboard for dinner and evening cruising. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Decin & Prague, Czech Republic
Awaken in Decin; after breakfast, disembark and transfer to Prague. Upon arrival, you tour Prague, the "City of a Hundred Spires." After a guided walk through Old Town, take some free time to explore on your own. Then ride to visit Hradcany Castle. Return to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own. (B)
Day 9 - Prague, Czech Republic
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this celebrated city, or join an optional tour to Lobkowicz Palace. (B)
Day 10 - Prague, Czech Republic
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Prague and discover more of this celebrated city. (B)
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