CRUISETOUR

Elegant Elbe (10 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Varies by Departure
Berlin, Germany to Prague, Czech Republic
DAY
PORT
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ARRIVE DEPART
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
Berlin, Germany
Potsdam, Germany
Cruise starts
Wittenberg, 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. Built as a summer retreat, it became his personal sanctuary and place to relax in the company of his beloved dogs. Wander through the rooms of the elegant palace and stroll through the magnificent gardens. Enjoy free time and lunch on your own, 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. Mary's Church, where he preached. See the Castle Church where Luther posted his "95 Theses", then enjoy free time. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Meißen, Germany

Today, cruise the Elbe and arrive in Meissen just after 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 was destroyed as a result of a World War II bombing raid. Later, it was rebuilt. Alternatively, enjoy more of Dresden on one of our optional tours. Select either a full-day excursion and visit Dresden's Baroque castles, sweeping wine estates, and opulent palace—once home to royal and lavish banquets. Or, you can visit car manufacturing giant Volkswagen, and gain Working World insight during a tour of their state-of-the-art-facility. Dinner is served onboard 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 7
Bad Schandau, Germany
Bastei, Germany
Bad Schandau, 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
Děčín, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic

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 Hradčany 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 two additional nights in Prague and discover more of this celebrated city. (B)

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