Cities Along the Elbe
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Linger longer with multi-night city stays as you explore the historic sites along the Elbe and Vltava Rivers. Experience Berlins modern chic, Dresdens baroque castles and Pragues architectural gems. This journey offers a rich blend of traditional hotel stays, Viking ships showcasing their elegance as fine floating hotels, and scenic excursions. Unlike our traditional cruises, every night is spent in port, providing an opportunity to experience enriching Viking evening excursions.
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. (Breakfast)
Day 3 Potsdam & 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 Viking shipa fine floating hotel that remains your docked home away from home until Day 5. (Breakfast, Dinner)
*Please note: If you are in Potsdam on a Monday, Sanssouci Palace is closed; instead, enjoy a visit to the New Palace, considered the last great Prussian baroque palace.
Day 4 Wittenberg, Germany
This morning, follow in Martin Luthers footsteps to view many of Wittenbergs historic landmarks. Tour inside Luthers House and St. Mariens Church, where he preached. See the Castle Church where Luther posted his 95 Theses; return to your ship for lunch. After lunch you may join an afternoon tour to Torgau. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Meissen & Dresden, Germany
Today, enjoy a comfortable motor coach ride to Meissen, where you will stop in at the Meissenware factory, producer 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. You will join your sister ship in Dresden while your luggage is seamlessly transferred and delivered to your awaiting stateroom. Enjoy dinner on board and an evening at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Dresden, Germany
After breakfast, explore 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 worlds 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. Alternatively, enjoy more of Dresden on one of our optional tours. Select a full-day excursion and visit Dresdens 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 on board your ship; after, feel free to enjoy Dresdens many charms and attractions, among them our optional classical concert at Zwinger Palace. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
*Please note: If you are in Dresden on a Tuesday, the Green Vault is closed; instead, enjoy a visit to the Gemldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) to view some of the worlds great masterpieces, including works by Raphael, Vermeer, Rubens and Rembrandt.
Day 7 Dresden & Saxon Switzerland, Germany
Today enjoy another morning in Dresden and, water levels permitting, a brief sail along the Elbe. This afternoon, we make our way to Saxon Switzerland, a stunning natural park and home of the famous rock tower known as the Bastei (bastion), formed by water a million years ago, to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Elbe. Return on board for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 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 Hradany Castle. Return to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own. (Breakfast)
Day 9 Prague, Czech Republic
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this celebrated city, or join an optional Privileged Access tour to Lobkowicz Palace. Or choose to immerse yourself in the Josefov, or Jewish Quarter, of Prague during an enlightening walking tour. Jews are thought to have settled in the city as early as the 10th century; today, the small district lies within the larger Old Town and is a rich repository of history. (Breakfast)
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 2 additional nights in Prague and discover more of this celebrated city. (Breakfast)