Elegant Elbe - 2017

Berlin • Potsdam • Magdeburg • Wittenberg & Dessau • Torgau • Meissen • Dresden • Bad Schandau • Prague
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2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s historic nailing of his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg’s Castle Church, marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. You can celebrate this historic anniversary in Wittenberg, – as well as other cities across Germany – while more learning about the life of Martin Luther on the Elegant Elbe river cruise.

The former East Germany and the Czech Republic are wonderlands of massive Gothic cathedrals, medieval city squares, splendid royal palaces, and breathtaking natural beauty. For decades, these treasures were under Soviet control and off limits to visitors from the West. Now, you can enjoy them the best way: on a leisurely European River cruise aboard a ship chartered exclusively for Vantage travelers. On your Elbe River cruise, you'll discover how Meissen china is made, have lunch as an honored guest in a Czech castle, enjoy a private concert, and so much more. And framing both ends of your Elbe River cruise journey are stays at superior hotels in the dynamic world capitals of Berlin and Prague. Don't miss your chance to explore the enchanting Elbe on a uniquely rewarding European river cruise itinerary!

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DAYS 1-2:

Depart home / Overnight flight / Berlin, Germany

Board your overnight flight to Berlin, Germany. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, our representative will meet you and assist with your transfer to your centrally located hotel. Then, join a City Host for a Welcome Briefing and Dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Berlin

Once divided by the Berlin Wall, the city of Berlin is now a reunited, sprawling metropolis. Delve into the city’s history on a guided motorcoach and walking tour along Berlin’s grand boulevards. Visit the significant landmarks of Germany’s tumultuous past, including Brandenburg Gate, the remains of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and a drive by the Tempelhof Airlift Memorial. Cultural Connection: Visit the documentation center of the "Topography of Terror" and take some free time to learn about Berlin's complicated past during World War II. You may also join an optional World War II Tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: WWII & Cold War

WWII & Cold War

  • Approximate Cost: $85 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3-3.5 hours
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • When:
House of the Wannsee Conference
During this tour pass by the “House of the Wannsee Conference”, a former industrialist’s villa built in 1914-15 and used from 1941 to 1945 by the SS as a conference centre and guest house — on 20 January 1942, fifteen high-ranking representatives of the SS, the NSDAP [Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei] and various ministries met to discuss their cooperation in the planned deportation and murder of the European Jews. “The Solution of the Jewish Question”. 

(Entrance is not guaranteed and only can be confirmed upon location)

Allied Museum Berlin

The objects you see at the Allied Museum are almost exclusively originals, most of them from the museum's collection. When the Western powers marched into Berlin in the summer of 1945 and held a parade together with the occupying forces of the Soviet Union, the Soviets ordered the population to fly the flags of the four victorious powers to welcome the troops. One of the highlights of the permanent exhibition is the Hastings TG 503, a British transport plane from the Airlift era. It stands on the Museum grounds and has become a sort of emblem of the Museum. In the warmer months, generally from April to October, you can visit the interior of the airplane as well.


(The Museum is closed on Mondays)

Nuclear Bomb Shelter
Since 1974 Berlin has had a nuclear bomb shelter beneath the Ku’damm Karree, built to provide shelter for 3.592 people in the event of a nuclear attack. We will be visiting parts of this gigantic area. Just the mere thought is more than chilling, to imagine what it would be like to be amongst the “fortunate” 3.592 people in this environment. 

(This visit is not suitable for guests with claustrophobia)

DAY 4:

Berlin / Potsdam / Embark ship

Transfer by motorcoach to Potsdam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Formerly the residence of emperors and kings, Potsdam retains many vestiges of its imperial splendor. Here, your guided tour features a photo opportunity at Sanssouci, the fabulous landscaped park where King Friedrich II often sought retreat in one of many palaces. Then, take a guided tour inside the Cecilienhof Palace, where the Potsdam Conference was held in 1945. Enjoy lunch on your own in Potsdam, then embark your privately-chartered Elbe river cruise ship. Enjoy a Welcome drink on board.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5:

Magdeburg

Cultural Connection: Let a morning lecture by a local guide on Magdeburg and its connection to Otto the Great serve as an introduction to this wonderful city as your ship cruises on the Elbe. After docking in Magdeburg, you will embark on a guided tour of the city, with highlights that include the Cathedral of Magdeburg and the great bronze statue of Otto the Great along with insights into the history of the Holy Roman Emperor. This evening, gather with your fellow Vantage travelers and toast your Elbe river cruise at the Captain's Dinner and Cocktail Party on board the ship.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

Dessau / Wittenberg, Germany

Today you'll visit the Garden Kingdom Dessau-Woerlitz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you'll tour the Castle Woerlitz and view the beautiful grounds surrounding it. You will then enjoy a canal cruise (weather dependent) as you make your way to Wittenberg. You'll also get to enjoy an entertaining lecture on Katharina von Bora and the Debutante Ball.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 7:

Torgau / Meissen, Germany

Five-hundred years ago on October 31, 1517, a German priest named Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, becoming the father of the Protestant Reformation. Today, visit his home – which is now  museum – on a guided tour, then continue your city tour that stops at Market Square, the ancient University of Wittenberg, and the Melanchthon House.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

Meissen / Dresden, Germany / Cruising Saxonian Switzerland

Arrive in Meissen and begin your discoveries at the Albrectsburg and Meissen Porcelain Manufactories, where “white gold” has been crafted since 1710. Gain a deeper understanding of the history of hand-crafted porcelain as you view precious porcelain artifacts at the Museum of Meissen Art and visit the artists’ workshops. Cultural Connection: While here, witness an astonishing performance of the world’s only porcelain organ. You may then explore the city at your own leisure, or go on an optional excursion to Moritzburg Castle and a wine tasting at Castle Wackerbarth.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Moritzburg Castle & Wine Tasting at Castle Wackerbarth

Moritzburg Castle & Wine Tasting at Castle Wackerbarth

  • Approximate Cost: $109
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Dresden, Germany
  • When: Half-day tour

Enjoy this optional tour of historic Moritzburg Castle, where you’ll be able to spend free time exploring the unique French-style gardens. You’ll then visit the winery of Schloss Wackerbarth, complete with an included wine tasting.


DAY 9:

Dresden

Enjoy a city walking tour of Dresden (depending on docking and coach transfer into town), or embark on an optional tour of the Pillnitz Palace and Gardens. Tonight, enjoy some jazz and swing music during Motown Night. Cultural Connection: Learn about the "Reunification of Germany” during an onboard presentation by a local expert. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Pillnitz Palace & Gardens

Pillnitz Palace & Gardens

  • Approximate Cost: $79
  • Approximate Time: 3.5 hours
  • Location: Dresden, Germany
  • When: Half-day tour

View the historic Pillnitz Castle and Gardens in Dresden on this optional tour. You’ll get an inside glimpse of the workings of the castle, which was the summer residence of many electors and kings of Saxony, and enjoy some complimentary coffee and cake as well.


DAY 10:

Dresden / Bad Schandau

After breakfast, venture once more into Dresden for a visit to the New Green Vault at Dresden Royal Palace, where you’ll find a number of rare and precious artifacts during a very special guided tour. The final leg of your Germany vacation is through scenic valleys on the Elbe that will be complimented with commentary as you cruise through it. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 11:

Prague, Czech Republic / Disembark Ship

After disembarking from the ship in Bad Schandau, you will travel to the Nelahozeves Castle where you will enjoy lunch and a chamber concert featuring music by Antonin Dvorak, who was born nearby the castle gates. You will then travel to Prague and check in to your hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 12:

Prague

Enjoy a choice of guided tour during your day in Prague: Embark on a tour of Prague Castle that includes St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace and Golden Lane. Enjoy some free time to have lunch and either return to the hotel or explore the Castle District on your own. Or, you can also explore the city's Jewish town during a guided walking tour. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13:

Prague / Return home

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or begin your optional post-trip extension.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice:The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.

Please Note: Port Times & Itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.

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