Enchantment on the Elbe: German River Cruise - 2020

Berlin • Potsdam • Tangermünde • Dessau • Wittenberg • Torgau • Meissen • Dresden • Bad Schandau • Prague
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  • 12
  • 16
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DAY 1:

Depart home

Board your overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic.

DAY: 2

Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

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 took our Warsaw & Krakow pre-trip extension, you'll join your fellow travelers in Prague today.

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DAY 3:

Discover Prague’s castles & cathedrals

Today you’ll set out for 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! The city center here is a lovely UNESCO site and there is much to discover, including the infamous — and picturesque — Charles Bridge.

Lunch is on your own today, so you’ll have free time to make independent discoveries.

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DAY 4:

Czech out of Prague today, embark your ship

On the way to 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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

Dresden and scenic sailing

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.

Enjoy a city walking tour here before an afternoon of scenic sailing. Admire scenic valleys on the Elbe that will be complimented with commentary as you cruise. 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. Tonight, enjoy some onboard entertainment.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

Seeing green with a Vault tour

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.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, 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: $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 7:

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 8:

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.

Cultural Connection: This evening after dinner, be enchanted by live onboard entertainment. 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 9:

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

This morning’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 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.

In the afternoon, 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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 10:

Medieval splendor in Tangermünde awaits

This morning you’ll cruise on the Elbe, and in the afternoon dock 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. This evening is your Captain’s Farewell Cocktail Party and Dinner.

Cultural Connection: This morning you’ll also be treated to a lecture on Tangermünde’s role as a wealthy Hanseatic city. Although it later decreased in economic performance, that contributed to its charming architecture dating back hundreds of years, due to lack of redevelopment.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 11:

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, then transfer to check into your Berlin hotel.

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DAY 12:

Explore 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. In the evening, savor one final Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
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 13:

Fly home, or extend your time in Berlin

Transfer to the Berlin airport for your flight home, or relish more time in Berlin on an optional post-trip extension.

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Post-Trip Extension

Berlin, Germany


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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