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Poland, Prague & the Elegant Elbe

16 days with Viking  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
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 Potsdam & Wörlitz, 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. Continue to Wörlitz Park, Germany’s first landscaped park with English-style gardens. Tour inside Wörlitz Castle, fashioned after an English country home, and stroll the grounds. 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. Marien’s Church, where he preached. See the Castle Church where Luther posted his “95 Theses”; then enjoy free time. Return to your ship and for our afternoon departure as we cruise along a very pretty stretch of the Elbe. Or, you may choose to take an optional excursion to Torgau to see fortified Hartenfels Castle, Market Square and the riverside monument that commemorates the day in 1945 when Russian and American troops shook hands. (B, L, D)
 
DAY 5 Meissen, Germany
Today, cruise the Elbe and arrive in Meissen during 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 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. (B, L, D)
 
DAY 7 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)
 
DAY 8 Decín & Prague, Czech Repulic
Awaken in Decín; 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 Hradcany 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
Enjoy your final day in Prague at leisure. (B)

DAY 11 Krakow, Poland
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to Kraków. Situated on Poland’s Vistula River, it is one of the country’s oldest cities. Stop in Olomouc for free time and lunch on your own. (B)

DAY 12 Krakow, Poland
Discover the beautifully preserved Old Town of Kraków, including its vast 13th-century Market Square. It is one of the more unique public squares of Old Europe, thanks to the enormous Renaissance Cloth Hall that stands at its center. Exotic imports such as colorful silk and aromatic spices once passed through its doors for trade. You will also visit Wawel Castle on Wawel Hill, once the residence of the kings of Poland and now a fascinating art museum. If you’d like, you can explore the magnificent Wieliczka Salt Mine on an optional excursion. This evening, enjoy a lively performance of klezmer folk music with dinner. (B, D)

DAY 13 Krakow, Poland
After breakfast, journey just outside the city to Auschwitz. This preserved camp serves as a solemn reminder of the horrors of World War II and urges all who visit to never forget the sacredness of human life and dignity. Back in Kraków, you will have the afternoon on your own to visit the National Museum with its excellent collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and military artifacts. Or visit Wawel Cathedral, where royal coronations were held and national heroes are entombed. (B)

DAY 14 Czestochowa & Warsaw, Poland
Check out of your hotel this morning and travel to Warsaw. En route, you will visit the city of Czestochowa. Here, at the Pauline monastery of Jasna Góra, the famous Black Madonna painting draws millions of Catholic pilgrims from all over the world. Upon arrival in the Polish capital of Warsaw, you will have time to get to know the city on your own. (B)

DAY 15 Warsaw, Poland
This morning, discover the incredible restoration of Warsaw’s Old Town. Completely demolished during World War II, historians and architects painstakingly rebuilt it to mirror its original beauty, using bricks and decorative elements salvaged from the rubble whenever possible. You will also visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum to learn about the valiant attempt of resistance fighters to liberate their city from Nazi Germany. (B)

DAY 16 Warsaw, Poland
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* (B)
Tour Map
All This Included
Complement your Elegant Elbe itinerary with stays in four historic cities. On this inspiring cruisetour, you’ll sail the lilting waters of the Elbe past the sandstone cliffs of Saxon Switzerland. Spend two nights in Berlin; three nights in vibrant Prague; three nights in Kraków, where you can join a moving excursion to Auschwitz; and two nights in Warsaw, home of the courageous Jewish Ghetto Uprising and a stunningly reconstructed Old Town.
  • 6-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 3 nights in Prague: Marriott Prague; 3 nights in Kraków: Radisson Blu Kraków; 2 nights in Warsaw: Sofitel Warsaw; 2 night in Berlin: Hilton Berlin (or similar)
  • 12 guided tours with audio headset
  • All onboard meals: 5 breakfasts; 4 lunches; 6 dinners + daily breakfast at the Prague, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin hotels
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy baroque chamber music & a Czech folkloric performance; listen to an eyewitness account of Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution; attend lectures on Luther & the Reformation; modern-day Czech Republic & the Elbe flood of 2002; visit a local market
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
Accommodations on this Tour
Prague: Marriott Prague or similar
Kraków: Radisson Blu Kraków or similar
Warsaw: Sofitel Warsaw or similar
Berlin: Hilton Berlin or similar
Cruising: Cabin aboard Viking Beyla or Viking Astrild
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Extension: Berlin
2-night post-extension - From $499 per person

Encounter the historic capital of Germany and see its many landmarks, including Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Cathedral, Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall remains. Explore the city’s vibrant culture, tour one of its many museums or venture to Charlottenburg Palace with its baroque styling and fine gardens. Two nights in the First-Class Hilton Berlin (or similar), daily breakfasts, guided city tour and all transfers between your hotel and ship are included, along with the services of a Viking host.
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • * Airport meet & greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking River Cruises.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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