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Elegant Elbe – Your Journey with Viking Cruises

From exciting Berlin to beautiful Prague, with a hotel stay in each of these cities. Opulent palaces and landscaped gardens, medieval towns and contemporary cities, baroque architecture and stunning scenery – for sheer splendor and variety, the River Elbe is in a class of its own.

DAY 1 BERLIN

Viking Fontane cruiser on Elbe

From Berlin airport Viking takes you to your hotel where you can settle in and enjoy free time in Germany’s historic capital. Explore the city’s famous landmarks, including the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburg Gate. If you wish, join a ‘Welcome Walk’ in the evening to get acquainted with the city.

DAY 2 POTSDAM AND MAGDEBURG

After breakfast, we take you to Potsdam. Enjoy a tour of the rococo Sanssouci Palace or the 200-room baroque New Palace, both built by Prussian King Frederick the Great in the 18th century. After lunch, transfer to your ship at Magdeburg.

Included excursion: guided tour of rococo Sanssouci Palace or baroque New Palace.
Included meals: breakfast, dinner.

DAY 3 DESSAU

Enjoy an excursion to the beautiful parks and gardens of Wörlitz Park, Germany’s fi rst landscaped garden and UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a guided tour inside Wörlitz Castle, styled on an English country house. Cruise the beautiful Elbe to Wittenberg and enjoy a dinner of traditional German cuisine.

Included excursion: tour of Wörlitz Park and Gardens.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4 WITTENBERG AND TORGAU

In Wittenberg, birthplace of the Reformation, follow in Martin Luther’s footsteps, with a tour inside Luther’s house and the church where he preached. See Castle Church where he posted his 95 Theses on the door.

Enjoy free time to explore the town, before an afternoon’s scenic sailing. In the evening, take a walk through Torgau, with its Renaissance houses, Hartenfels Castle, Market Square and the riverside monument marking the historic 1945 meeting between US and Soviet troops.

Included excursions: guided walk in Wittenberg featuring Martin Luther’s house and Castle Church and escorted walk of Torgau.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5 MEISSEN

With remarkable views of the river, the town of Meissen is as enchanting as it was hundreds of years ago. On a visit to the Meissen porcelain factory, see how the porcelain is made and trademarked with the famous
crossed swords. Your tour takes you past Albrechtsburg, the 15th-century Meissen castle.

Included excursions: porcelain factory tour and demonstration, guided city walk.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6 DRESDEN

In Dresden, drive through the 19th-century residential area to the Dresden Castle complex, where you can see the vast collection of the Saxon monarchs’ crown jewels in the Green Vault.

Continue on foot to see the baroque Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the stunning Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady). Enjoy some free time in this beautiful city that has been almost completely rebuilt since the war.

Included excursions: city tour featuring Dresden Castle and Green Vault; guided walk to Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera House.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7 SAXON SWITZERLAND

Cruise a spectacular stretch of the Elbe, through the soaring rock formations of Saxon Switzerland. From the picture-book beauty of Bad Schandau, travel to the 636-foot high Bastei (Bastion) tower, with sweeping, panoramic views of the Elbe.

Included excursion: Bastei Tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8 LITOMER ICE

After sailing through the beautiful area of Porta Bohemia, arrive in the pretty Czech Republic town of Litomeˇrˇice. On your walking tour, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Market Square and other buildings from the baroque, Renaissance and Gothic periods. Enjoy a tasting of several Bohemian beers. The evening brings the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Included excursions: guided tour through city centre and sampling of regional Bohemian beers.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 9 MELNIK AND PRAGUE

After breakfast, leave your ship and enjoy a drive to Prague. Join a panoramic tour of this beautiful city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, including a visit to Hradcany Castle with its palaces, St. Vitus Cathedral,
and museums.

Visit the Old Town with the famous 15th-century Astronomical Clock. After your tour, check in to your hotel and enjoy free time.

Included excursion: panoramic city tour.
Included meal: breakfast.

DAY 10 PRAGUE

After breakfast, Viking takes you to Prague airport for your return flight.

Included meal: breakfast.

Viking River Cruises Itinerary: Elegant Elbe

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