RIVER CRUISES / THE ELBE: CRUISE FROM BERLIN TO PRAGUE

Itinerary

DAY 1: BERLIN

Passengers are welcome to board our ship in Berlin ( Spandau ) starting at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our new crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 2: BERLIN – NEDLITZWÜSTERWITZ

All meals served on board. This morning, join us for  an optional tour  of Berlin, once the iconic representation of a world divided in two. After our visit, we’ll return to our ship and cruise towards Nedlitz. You’ll discover the idyllic charm of the lakes formed by the Havel River as we glide past the Pfaueninsel and admire its historical buildings. We’ll then leave on an optional visit  to the gardens at the Sanssouci Palace, once the residence of Frederick the Great. We’ll return on board in the evening, and begin to cruise towards Wüsterwitz. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 3: WÜSTERWITZ – MAGDEBURG

All meals served on board. Our ship will leave early in the morning for Magdeburg. Take advantage of your free time this morning while we cruise to admire the landscapes or participate in our onboard activities. We’ll arrive in Magdeburg at the beginning of the afternoon and leave for an optional visit  of the city, situated midway on the Elbe River and also on the historic Roman Roads. The Lutheran Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice is the highest church building in eastern Germany. We’ll then return onboard to continue our cruise. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by an evening of dancing on board. Our ship will cruise through the night.

DAY 4: LUTHERSTADT WITTENBERG – ELSTER

All meals served on board. Once we arrive in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, we’ll leave on  an optional guided tour  of the city, where Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of a church and sparked the Reformation. You’ll discover the city center and its noble Renaissance-style houses. We’ll visit Luther’s house, a former Augustinian monastery which is now the Reformation Museum and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll return on board in Elster, and spend the afternoon cruising to our next destination. Tonight will be Quiz Night. Our ship will cruise through the night.

DAY 5: MEISSEN - DRESDEN

All meals served on board. Once we arrive in Meissen, we’ll leave on  an optional guided tour  of the city, famous for its trademark porcelain. Discover how the porcelain has been made for more than 300 years and admire the magnificent pieces displayed in the museum. We’ll then head for the city center to see the outside of the Albrechtsburg and the cathedral. We'll return on board in Dresden. The afternoon will be dedicated to  an optional visit  of the city known as the “Florence of the Elbe”. A relatively recent city with Slavic origin, Dresden became the capital of the Margravate of Meissen in the 13th century and the seat of the Dukes of Saxony in the 15th century. Its breathtaking architectural and artistic heritage makes it one of the most important tourist destinations in Germany. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by an evening of dancing on board. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 6: DRESDEN – BAD SCHANDAU – LOVOSICE

All meals served on board. Our ship will begin to cruise early in the morning for Bad Schandau. Once we arrive, we’ll leave on  an optional excursion  to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. We’ll discover the Königstein Fortress, overlooking the Elbe and one of the largest hilltop fortresses in Europe. Thought to have been built in the 13th century, it was for centuries used as a state prison. We’ll then stop at the Bastei rock formation towering above the Elbe and formed by water erosion over one million years ago. Back on board, we’ll continue to cruise through the magnificent Saxon Switzerland area (which really is a part of Germany) gliding by the prairies, woods, lakes, vineyards and chateaux. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 7: LOVOSICE – LITOMERICE - PRAGUE

All meals served on board. Our ship will leave early in the morning for Litomerice. Once we arrive, join us for  an optional tour  of one of the oldest Bohemian cities established in the 10th century on the site of a Slavic fort. The multi-colored Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance buildings in the city center are not to be missed. We’ll return on board in Horin and spend the afternoon cruising towards Prague. There will be table shuffleboard games and other activities on board this afternoon. We’ll enter the capital of the Czech Republic in the evening. Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the crew. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 8: PRAGUE

All meals served on board. We’ll spend the morning on  an optional tour  of Prague’s Old Town. Staré Msto dates back more than 1,000 years and is one of the most important places in Bohemian history. While strolling through the streets, you’ll discover the Jewish Quarter, the town hall, the infamous astronomical clock, and the Church of Mother of God in front of Týn. The afternoon will be spend on  an optional visit  of the Prague Castle area: a collection of a half dozen palaces, several churches and monasteries, and gardens overlooking the city. We’ll see Saint Vitus Cathedral, the most recognizable landmark in the city, the Prague Castle, and the Golden Lane. Tonight will be our gala dinner and evening. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 9: PRAGUE

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary.  2015 PRE-CRUISE PROGRAM, subject to changes . (1) Optional excursions. Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.