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10 Day Viking River Cruise from Berlin to Prague 2023
Christmas Along the ElbeStarting from $3,999
River Cruise DescriptionTake part in time-honored European holiday traditions on this 10-day cruisetour. Stroll among colorful stalls and mingle with locals as you sample glühwein. Revel in Berlin’s festive atmosphere and discover the treasured recipe for Dresden’s famous Christstollen. Shop for handmade porcelain in Meissen and cap your cruise with two days in Prague, delving into the city’s Jewish history while its famed Christmas market exudes an abundance of good cheer.
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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Berlin, GermanyArrive at the airport, then transfer to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy free time to get acquainted with the city or join our “Welcome Walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented. This evening, admire Berlin’s grand sights illuminated after dark.
Day 2 Berlin, GermanyAfter breakfast, enjoy a panoramic tour of the vibrant German capital and browse the stalls of the city’s famed Christmas market as you breathe in the scent of grilled sausages and spiced pastries. After lunch, spend time exploring Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or join an optional tour to savor the flavors of Berlin. This evening, perhaps immerse yourself in German culture during a visit to one of its famed breweries.
Day 3 Potsdam & Wittenberg, GermanyAfter breakfast, travel to Potsdam. Tour Sanssouci Palace, a perfect example of German rococo architecture constructed by Prussian king Frederick the Great during the 18th century. Built as a summer retreat, it became his personal sanctuary and place to relax in the company of his beloved dogs. Wander through the rooms of the elegant palace and stroll through the magnificent gardens. Enjoy free time and lunch on your own, then transfer to Wittenberg to board your ship.
Day 4 Wittenberg, GermanyThis morning, enjoy scenic sailing along the Elbe, then disembark and follow in Martin Luther’s footsteps to view many of Wittenberg’s historic landmarks during a walking tour. Enjoy free time to explore the small wooden huts of the Christmas market and shop for handmade seasonal gifts. Around dinnertime, you will arrive in Torgau.
Day 5 Meissen, GermanyDuring your cruise this morning, celebrate a festive tradition at a gingerbread decorating class on board, arriving in Meissen just after lunchtime. Then stop in at the Meissenware factory, producer of fine porcelain since the early 1700s. Discover how this trademarked porcelain is created by hand, then tour the museum. Stroll around the Christmas market and take in its festive yuletide aromas. Return on board for dinner; your ship remains docked overnight.
Day 6 Dresden, GermanyAfter 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 housing what many claim is the world’s largest collection of treasures.* Continue on foot to see Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady) with its distinctive bell-shaped dome. Visit the Striezelmarkt, one of Germany’s oldest recorded Christmas markets whose stalls have celebrated festive traditions since 1434. You may also join an optional tour and step inside a Dresden bakery to sample stollen, a delicious spiced fruit bread and celebrated Christmas delicacy. Or perhaps soak up the festive atmosphere in Bautzen, a medieval gem.
Day 7 Saxon Switzerland, GermanyThis morning, cruise through the magnificent, soaring rock formations of the Saxon Switzerland region and partake in a festive cookie demonstration. Dock at the spa town of Bad Schandau and set out on an included tour 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 on board for dinner and evening cruising.
Day 8 Prague, Czech RepublicAfter breakfast, disembark and transfer to Prague. Upon arrival, tour Prague, the “City of a Hundred Spires,” and shop at the colorful winter market for handcrafted gifts and traditional fare. After a guided walk through the city’s Old Town, take some free time to explore at your leisure. Return to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own.
Day 9 Prague, Czech RepublicEnjoy a full day at leisure to explore this celebrated city or join an optional tour; perhaps head out for an all-day visit to Prague Castle and Lobkowicz Palace. Or, immerse yourself in Prague’s food scene during a culinary experience. You may enjoy more of Czech culture this evening during a folklore dinner or attend a classical music concert.
Day 10 Prague, Czech RepublicAfter breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your journey with 2 additional nights in Prague and discover more of this celebrated city.
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