Enchantment on the Elbe: German River Cruise - 2020

Berlin • Potsdam • Tangermünde • Dessau • Wittenberg • Torgau • Meissen • Dresden • Bad Schandau • Prague
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Charmingly preserved and yet delightfully modern, Germany is a study in contrasts. Journey from cosmopolitan Berlin — where the cutting-edge food scene and thriving technological economy belies such iconic sites as the Brandenburg Gate — through beautiful Bavaria, a forested tapestry of rich woodcarvings and delicate artistic treasures like Meissen porcelain. Step back in time and into the footsteps of revolutionaries like Martin Luther — father of what is today Protestantism — Otto the Great, Prussian royalty, and more. Medieval castles dot verdant riverbanks and you’ll explore the culture of the villages, cities and towns here with the unrivaled insights of your expert Cruise Director during seven delightful days on our new Enchantment on the Elbe: German River Cruise, back by popular demand and enhanced for 2020. More time in historic Dresden, and its rise like a phoenix after WWII, is sure to be a highlight you’ll write home about, along with 10 included tours and six Cultural Connections.

Sail on board the intimate 112-traveler, newly refurbished Junker Jörg, and bookend your tour in deluxe hotels in Germany’s capital, along with the Czech Republic’s shining jewel, Prague. You’ll enjoy the best by water and land when you explore the Elbe with Vantage.

Berlin to Prague

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Depart home

Board your overnight flight to Germany.

DAY 2:

Arrive in 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. If you were already in Germany for our Berlin pre-trip extension, you'll meet the other travelers on your base tour today.

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DAY 3:

Exploring Berlin’s dark past and its renaissance

Once divided by the Berlin Wall, the city of Berlin is now reunited, and has emerged as Europe’s vibrant capital of innovation. One of the crowning glories of the rejuvenated city is the restored Tiergarten, the great central park that almost succumbed to damage and neglect, both during and after the war. Take time to stroll through it today, or opt for a special day with a bike-rental — how most locals get around — and cover more ground, including Berlin’s trendy restaurant scene.

On a city tour, get an overview of this vibrant city as you follow Berlin’s grand boulevards to such landmarks as Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and the trendy district of Tempelhof, best known for its decommissioned airport that was once a site of Nazi rallies and the Berlin airlift. Today it’s a huge park with picnic areas, gardens, and paths for cyclists. Cultural Connections: Your tour includes entrance to the grim yet fascinating “Topography of Terror” exhibit, which is located at the Berlin Wall Memorial. In it, the story of Nazi repression is revealed as you pass through the excavated remains of the Gestapo and SS headquarters.

The rest of the day is at your leisure, or you can participate in our WWII & Cold War optional tour, which includes the Allied Museum and its fascinating British transport plane as well as a nuclear bomb shelter.

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Optional Tour: WWII & Cold War

WWII & Cold War

  • Approximate Cost: $85 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3.5 hours
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • When: Afternoon tour
Be transfixed by fascinating historical content with a WWII & the Cold War optional tour that brings you to the Allied Museum of Berlin. The artifacts portray an interesting portrait of the politics, people and countries that divided the city into quarters. You’ll see uniforms, newspapers, and in warmer months, be able to step inside a Hastings TG 503, a British transport plane from the Airlift era. Afterwards, visit a nuclear bomb shelter and imagine yourself as one of the 3,592 people who could fit into this space that’s tucked below a hopping nightclub.

DAY 4:

Imperial splendor awaits in Potsdam

Transfer by motorcoach to Potsdam this morning. Formerly the residence of emperors and kings, Potsdam retains many vestiges of its imperial splendor, and its parks and palaces are collectively a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 and dinner on board.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5:

Medieval splendor in Tangermünde awaits

This morning you’re docked in the medieval town of Tangermünde, whose well-preserved city walls and historical buildings will enchant you on an included walking tour. Get out your camera to capture the unique brickwork of high-gabled City Hall on the tour, with insightful local commentary. You’ll also have free time, and you can see St. Stephen’s Church, featuring one of Europe’s most splendid organs, or perhaps you’ll grab a coffee for some extra energy to stroll to the castle.

Cultural Connection: After lunch on board, learn more about this fascinating town during a lecture on Tangermünde’s role as a wealthy Hanseatic city. Although it later decreased in economic performance, that contributed to its architecture dating back hundreds of years, due to lack of redevelopment. In later years, the town had a sugar refinery, which today has led to production of delicious chocolates by a major German candy company.

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:

Walk in the park, then in Martin Luther’s footsteps

Today you'll visit the Garden Kingdom Dessau-Wörlitz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you'll tour the Castle Wörlitz and view the beautiful grounds surrounding it. Then embark a weather-dependent gondola cruise before heading back to your ship for more cruising and lunch.

The afternoon’s discoveries are in Wittenberg, famous for one very special resident: Martin Luther. This German priest forever changed the face of the faithful in 1517 when he nailed his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, igniting the Protestant Reformation. You’ll visit his home today — a UNESCO site — and witness other important UNESCO markers: the Martin Luther memorial, and, if time allows, the historic Stadtkirche, where the first Mass was celebrated in German (not Latin) and where the congregation was able to partake in the bread and wine ceremony, now common practice in Catholicism, but unheard of in the 16th century.

This evening after dinner, be enchanted by live onboard entertainment. Cultural Discovery: Get ready for an entertaining lecture on “Katharina von Bora & the Debutante Ball” featuring the costumed wife of Martin Luther in an entertaining presentation on the music and dress of her era.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 7:

Touring Torgau

Today you’ll learn about Torgau with an insightful guided tour that illuminates more of this historic city where Russian and U.S. forces first met near the end of WWII, on April 25, 1945. Your discoveries will include a small collection highlighting the unique time period from 1949 through 1990, when the German Democratic Republic was a satellite state of the Soviet Union. Stroll the historic town center, before heading back to your ship for a scenic cruise along the Elbe River, dinner, and an onboard movie night exclusive to the region you’re traveling in.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

Castles, wine, and delicate treasures

Arrive in Meissen and begin your discoveries at the Albrechtsburg and Meissen Porcelain manufactories, where “white gold” has been crafted since 1710. Gain a deeper understanding of the history of handcrafted 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 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Dresden, Germany
  • When: Afternoon 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:

Discover Dresden, risen like the Phoenix

Completely rebuilt after WWII, Dresden, the capital of Saxony, features grand architecture like the iconic baroque Frauenkirche church and the Versailles-inspired Zwinger palace, whose gardens are almost as grand as its galleries. You'll take in these sights and more during a walking tour of the city (depending on docking and coach transfer into town).

Spend your afternoon at leisure, or embark on an optional tour of the Pillnitz Palace and Gardens. Tonight, enjoy some onboard entertainment. 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: $89 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Dresden, Germany
  • When: Afternoon 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:

Seeing green with a Vault tour, and scenic sailing

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. The Bastei rock formation and bridge is sure to take your breath away, and you’ll see why Dresden’s Elbe valley region was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers on board for a Captain's Farewell Cocktail Party and Dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 11:

Czech out Prague today

After disembarking from the ship in Bad Schandau, you will travel to the Nelahozeves Castle where you will have a bit of free time to discover the castle museum. Cultural Connection: Then, enjoy lunch and a chamber concert featuring music by Antonin Dvorak, who was born nearby the castle gates. You will then travel to Prague— whose charming historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and check in to your hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 12:

Discover Prague’s castles & cathedrals

Conclude your main tour with a lovely guided tour of Prague, featuring St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, and Golden Lane. You’ll delight in checking out the famous astronomical clock — and learn about the fascinating backstory of this engineering marvel that dates back to the 15th century!

Lunch is on your own today, as you’ll have free time to make independent discoveries before one final Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13:

Fly home, or embark on your extension to Warsaw

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

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Post-Trip Extension

Warsaw & Krakow

FROM: $1149 PER PERSON | 5 DAYS | $230 PER DAY

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. Should there be extreme water level fluctuations, Vantage will do everything possible to reorder included features or provide an alternate, similar excursion at your Cruise Director or regional expert’s discretion.

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

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