2018 : Elegant Elbe - Prague to Berlin
Journey to Berlin, Dresden & Prague
Discover Berlin's modern chic, Potsdam's rococo whimsy, Dessau's Bauhaus genius and Prague's Gothic exuberance. 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. See the Elbe Biosphere Reserve. The Elbe is one of Europe's most unspoiled rivers and it awaits you-from Berlin to Prague-on our 10-day cruisetour.
Discover East Germany's dramatic landscape with a 10-day river cruise along the Elbe River, plus overnights in both Berlin and Prague.
Day by Day
Day 1 - Prague, Czech Republic
Arrive in Prague, then transfer to your hotel.* After check-in, enjoy free time to explore this celebrated city, or join our "welcome walk" to stretch your legs and get oriented.
Day 2 - Prague, Czech Republic
This morning, tour the "City of a Hundred Spires." A guided walk takes you through Old Town to the famed Charles Bridge. Then, travel to Hradcany for a guided tour inside Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure; you can see the Town Hall's intricate 15th-century astronomical clock, spend some time in historic Wenceslas Square. You also have the opportunity today to join an optional tour to Lobkowicz Palace. (B)
Day 3 - Prague, Czech Republic
Enjoy your final morning in Prague at leisure, or join an optional excursion to discover the city's rich Jewish heritage in the Josefov Quarter. This afternoon, continue to Decin to embark your ship. (B, D)
Day 4 - Saxon Switzerland, Germany
After breakfast, 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 lunch and afternoon cruising through the magnificent, soaring rock formations of the Saxon Switzerland region. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - 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 Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) to view some of the world's great masterpieces, including works by Raphael, Vermeer, Rubens and Rembrandt.
Day 6 - Meissen, Germany
This morning, you'll arrive in Meissen where you'll 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. Continue on to Castle Hill for a walking tour through Old Town. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon departure. Later, arrive in Torgau with its remarkable Renaissance houses. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Wittenberg, Germany
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 for dinner and a leisurely evening. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Wittenberg, Germany
Disembark and travel to Wörlitz Park, Germany's first landscaped park with English-style gardens. Tour inside Wörlitz Castle, fashioned after an English country home, and stroll the grounds. Continue to Potsdam and tour Sanssouci Palace, a perfect example of German rococo architecture, built by Prussian king Frederick the Great in the 18th century. Transfer to your hotel in Berlin in the afternoon. (B)
Day 9 - 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 10 - Berlin, Germany
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 fascinating Berlin, giving you time to see more of the city's highlights. (B)
Viking Inclusive Value
Your included features and services:8 included shore excursions with local guide & headsetComplimentary Wi-FiComplimentary beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinnerMultiple dining venues with open seating24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled waterAll port taxes and feesAirport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program
Your experience:10-day cruisetour (6-day cruise); 2 countries, 6 ports & 4 additional cities by land; 2 nights each at the Hilton Berlin & Hilton Prague (or similar)Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage SitesCulture 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 languageMeals included on board & ashore: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinnersOnboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classicsWelcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell DinnerOrganic herb gardenOpen-air walking track24/7 Guest Services for special requests
Your stateroom:Riverview stateroomRoom steward & twice daily housekeeping serviceHotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows40" flat-screen LCD TV & complimentary Movies on DemandRefrigerator, security safe, hair dryer110/220 volt outlets & USB portHeated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrorsGlass-enclosed showerPremium Freyja® toiletries, bathrobe & slippers (upon request)
Pre & Post Cruise Extensions
More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Maximize the value of your overseas flight and enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.
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