Travel with Great Rail Journeys through the Czech Republic into Germany, passing four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a variety of medieval towns and cities.
Every twist and turn of the majestic River Elbe reveals a dramatic skyline of fairy-tale spires, Gothic turrets, and bold onion domes.
Our Elbe river cruises are designed with variety in mind; the traveller will be introduced to majestic cities such as Prague and Dresden, as well as the 'hidden gems' of Eastern Europe - Melnik, Litomerice, and Decin in the Czech Republic and Potsdam and Ketzin in Germany.
From opulent palaces that once housed kings of the past to cosmopolitan cities, every aspect of Europe's history and culture can be found along the banks of this graceful waterway.
Cruise the Elbe with Great Rail Journeys
The core of Great Rail Journeys' brochure of cruises is the guided excursion, a series of short tours around sites of interest. For example, at Wittenberg in Germany, you can visit All Saints Church on a tour of the city. This impressive 'castle church' is known for its association with reformist monk, Martin Luther, who nailed his seminal work, The Ninety-Five Theses, to the door in the 16th century.
However, while on-board entertainment and special outings are available to all our passengers, you will never be forced to participate in them; you are free to experience Elbe river tours as you see fit, whether that's socialising with your fellow travellers, exploring, or enjoying a quiet drink at the bar.
Every cruise ship on our Elbe tours is designed to capture the mesmerising panoramas along the river; consequently, all our boats are equipped with large picture windows throughout, as well as stylish lounges where you can admire the passing vineyards and castles in comfort.
The prices of our Elbe river cruises include accommodation and transport, as well as a selection of meals and outings.
On-board, guests are treated to a gourmet multi-course menu, which is accompanied by a selection of delectable wines. Breakfast is a buffet of eggs, pastries, fresh fruit, cheese, bread, and a variety of other dishes. Several courses are served for lunch, as well as a light alternative, such as salad.
You may also want to indulge in local specialities, such as a salty pretzel or a warming bratwurst sausage.
Guests on our Elbe river cruises are accompanied from London by a knowledgeable Tour Manager, who will stay with you throughout the tour to answer any questions you may have about the facilities on-board or the customs of the German and Czech people. On some of our ATOL-protected tours, local guides are employed to share their knowledge of the location.