Wind your way through the dark green landscapes of Europe
Follow the mighty Elbe River as it winds its way through the dark green landscapes of Europe. From metropolitan Berlin, through 'Saxon Switzerland', take in the incredible cityscape of restored Dresden and marvel at magisterial Prague. This exciting Elbe adventure brings you Imperial cities and expansive, beautiful landscapes as we cruise serenely down one of Europe's grandest rivers.
We meet our group and Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras International. We catch the Eurostar service to Brussels and change for Cologne, before taking the train to Berlin where we overnight.
After a leisurely day in Berlin, we transfer across the city centre. Here, we board our ship, the MS Elbe Princesse, where we are greeted with a welcome cocktail.
Today you may like to join us for an optional tour of Berlin - a city with a turbulent past that is evident throughout its façade. You can visit portions of the Berlin Wall which are still intact, or see a site of former East-West tensions at Checkpoint Charlie, an enduring monument to the Cold War.
Alternatively, you may like to explore independently. This afternoon you can embark on an optional visit to the mesmeric gardens of the Sanssouci Palace, then tonight we enjoy a Gala dinner evening. The ship begins to sail just before we dine, bound for Brandenburg.
We leave for Burg in the morning, and on arrival you may choose to join an optional tour of Magdeburg. A town situated midway on the Elbe River and the iconic Roman Roads, Magdeburg's most prominent sight is the Lutheran Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice.
Standing imposingly over the city, this building is the oldest Gothic cathedral in Germany. We spend the night sailing to Wittenberg, enjoying an evening's entertainment on board.
We stop at Wittenberg today, renowned as the birthplace of the Reformation and where Martin Luther infamously nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Castle church.
Choose to discover the city centre and its Renaissance town houses and visit Martin Luther's house, a former Augustinian monastery now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, on an optional guided tour, or alternatively, explore at your own pace. The afternoon is spent cruising to Meissen.
This morning you may like to join the optional excursion to the historic city of Meissen, famous for its production of Porcelain. Later there is a chance to enjoy an optional excursion to the city of Dresden, the 'Florence of the Elbe.' Characterised by stunning cityscapes,
Dresden is a beautiful homage to German civilisation. The city is formed by predominantly Baroque architectural styles, though not exclusively. It has been painstakingly rebuilt after it was almost completely destroyed by allied bombing raids towards the end of the Second World War.
We cruise through the 'Saxon Switzerland' region this morning, passing wooded areas, grassy hills and sheer stony outcrops, as the Elbe winds its way to Bad Schandau a spa town wedged between the banks of the Elbe River and the rising verdant hills behind it.
Perhaps take an optional excursion to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, where you'll discover the Königstein Fortress. Overlooking the Elbe imperiously, and dating back to the 13th century, this is one of the largest hilltop fortresses in Europe. We return to our boat and continue onwards.
We continue onwards this morning, cruising towards Horin, admiring the verdant scenery as we float serenely down the Elbe. Take advantage of one of the activities on offer or simply relax on the sun deck and watch the rolling countryside saunter by. Later we arrive at Litoměřice, one of the oldest Bohemian cities.
Established in the 10th century Litoměřice is an ancient place, categorised by a mixture of colourful Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. You can enjoy an optional guided tour around this attractive town. After dinner, enjoy an evening's entertainment on board.
Today you are free to explore resplendent Prague, known as the 'city of 100 spires' for its striking skyline, which incorporates a myriad of copper-domed buildings and protruding spires. The 14th century Charles Bridge is also a delight to discover, decorated as it is with 75 stunning statues along its walls.
This afternoon you may choose to take an optional visit to the spectacular Prague Castle area, the largest medieval complex in Europe. We remain in port overnight.
After breakfast, we disembark our vessel and transfer to the station for the rail service back through Germany, arriving in Nuremberg, where we overnight.
Begin your return to England today, with the rail service to Brussels via Cologne. Once in the Belgian capital, transfer to the Eurostar for the service to St Pancras.
Optional shore excursions are not included in the price of your tour and are payable on board the ship.
For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Wind your way through the dark green landscapes of Europe