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Viking - Elegant Elbe
Journey to Berlin, Dresden & Prague
Tour the opulent palaces of Saxon monarchs; sail between the dramatic sandstone cliffs of Germany’s “Saxon Switzerland”; marvel at the baroque splendor of Dresden; and see how Meissenware porcelain is produced. You’ll trace the footsteps of Martin Luther in historic Wittenberg and learn about the Protestant Reformation. Your journey is bookended by one night in multicultural Berlin and one night in graceful Prague.
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.
Potsdam & Magdeburg, 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. Have lunch on your own, then transfer to Magdeburg to embark your ship for a dinnertime departure. (B, D)
Arrive this morning in Dessau and take a journey 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. Return to the ship for a lunchtime departure and scenic afternoon cruising; enjoy a traditional German dinner as we sail into Wittenberg. (B, L, D)
Wittenberg & Torgau, Germany
After breakfast, 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 lunchtime departure we cruise along a very pretty stretch of the Elbe.
After dinner aboard, arrive in Torgau with its wonderful Renaissance houses. Join your Program Director for an evening stroll to see fortified Hartenfels Castle, Market Square and the riverside monument that commemorates the day in 1945 when Russian and American troops shook hands. We depart at midnight. (B, L, D)
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 a short cruise to an evening arrival in Dresden. (B, L, D)
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.
Enjoy some free time to explore more of Dresden, or join one of our master chefs on a shopping trip to the local farmers’ market. You also have the opportunity to see some local arts and crafts this afternoon. (B, L, D)
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)
Litoměřice, Czech Republic
Arrive after lunch in Litoměřice, one of the prettiest towns in the Czech Republic. See St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Jesuit Church, historic Market Square and many residential buildings from the baroque, Renaissance and Gothic periods. The tour ends with a tasting of Bohemian beers. Alternatively, take an excursion to Terezin, a historic city founded by the Hapsburg Dynasty and commandeered by the Nazis. Visit a former concentration camp and pay respects to those who perished here, then tour the town's small fortress, used to detain political prisoners. This evening, join your ship’s Captain for a festive onboard dinner. (B, L, D)
Mělník & Prague, Czech Republic
Awaken in Mělník; after breakfast, disembark for 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 Hradčany Castle. Return to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own. (B)
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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