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Elegant Elbe

Discover the natural beauty of former East Germany’s dramatic landscape on a 10-day Elbe River cruise. Tour the opulent palaces of Saxon monarchs and stroll through beautifully landscaped gardens; 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. Walk in 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.

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Prague, Czech Republic

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.

Prague Clock, Czech Republic

Day 2 | Prague & Melnik, Czech Republic

Tour Prague, “City of a Hundred Spires.” Take a guided walk through Old Town; then ride to Hradčany to visit Prague Castle. After free time to have lunch and explore on your own, transfer to Melnik to embark your ship and enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner. (B, D)

Litomerice, Czech Republic

Day 3 | Litoměřice, Czech Republic

Spend the morning cruising through the scenic area of Porta Bohemia on the Elbe. Arrive just 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. Dine aboard; we remain docked overnight so feel free to take an evening stroll. (B, L, D)

Saxon Switzerland

Day 4 | 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)

Dresden Opera House, Germany

Day 5 | Dresden, Germany

Awaken in Dresden, nicknamed “Florence on the Elbe,” and embark on a tour just after breakfast. Drive through the 19th-century residential area to the Dresden Castle complex; enter the Green Vault to see a comprehensive collection of the Saxon monarchs’ crown jewels. 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. Dinner is served aboard, but feel free to enjoy Dresden’s many charms and attractions this evening; we remain docked until early morning. (B, L, D)

Meissen Meissenware, Germany

Day 6 | Meissen & Torgau, 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 aboard for lunch and an afternoon departure. Later, arrive in Torgau with its remarkable Renaissance houses. Join your Program Director for an evening stroll to see fortified Hartenfels Castle, Market Square and the “Elbe Day” monument that marks the day in 1945 when Russian and American troops shook hands. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)

Wittenberg, Germany

Day 7 | Wittenberg, Germany

Today we cruise the Elbe and arrive after lunch in Wittenberg, birthplace of the Reformation. Follow in Martin Luther’s footsteps to view many of Wittenberg’s time-honored 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 explore on your own. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Return to your ship for dinner then enjoy your evening at leisure. (B, L, D)

*Please note: If you are sailing on Viking Schumann or Viking Fontane, your ship departs Wittenberg during dinnertime and will dock in Dessau in the late evening.

Dessau Worlitz, Germany

Day 8 | Wittenberg & Magdeburg, Germany

This morning, 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 walk the grounds. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon departure. Dine aboard as we arrive in Magdeburg, where we dock for the night. This evening, join your ship’s Captain for a festive onboard dinner. (B, L, D)

Potsdam Magdeburg Sanssouci Palace, Germany

Day 9 | Potsdam & Berlin, Germany

After breakfast, disembark and travel to Potsdam, historic capital of the German state of Brandenburg. Tour either Sanssouci Palace, a perfect example of German rococo architecture, or the nearby New Chambers. Both are built by Prussian king Frederick the Great in the 18th century. Have lunch on your own, then we proceed to the dynamic German capital of Berlin. Check in to your hotel and take the rest of the day to explore the city. (B)

Berlin Brandenburg Gate, Germany

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)

The following meals are included: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

* Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises

Elegant Elbe - 2015 Prague to Berlin - Cruise Itinerary