Cruise from Prague to Berlin aboard the Elbe Princesse and explore the timeless treasures and traditions of the Elbe River Valley.

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 Dresden, situated along the Elbe River  Prague and the Vltava River and historic Charles Bridge   Old Town Square, Prague  Prague's astronomical clock near the main square  Meissen, located along the Elbe River  Plaza in Wittenberg, Germany  Magdeburg, located along the Elbe River  Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Elbe River Cruise

From Prague to Berlin Aboard the 80-guest Elbe Princesse

12 days from $4,990

Cruise from Prague to Berlin aboard the Elbe Princesse and explore the timeless treasures and traditions of the Elbe River Valley.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. View Special Air Rates/Services to learn more.

This new voyage showcases medieval towns, World Heritage sites, and stunning countryside of the Czech Republic’s Bohemia and Germany’s “Saxon Switzerland.”

Highlights Include

  • Prague: Explore the Old Town during a walking tour and the next morning visit either Prague Castle or the Jewish Quarter. Enjoy your afternoons at leisure to explore independently.
  • Dresden and Meissen: Take a panoramic city tour and walking tour of lovely Dresden or a more intimate walking tour with a culinary interest. After cruising to Meissen, tour the world-famous porcelain factory or take a bicycle ride along the popular Elbe Cycle Route.
  • Wittenberg: Learn about native son Martin Luther, whose 95 Theses gave birth to the Reformation, during a special walking tour. Then continue to the Luther House and the university where he taught or change your pace and enjoy a brewery tour and tasting.
  • Berlin and Potsdam: See lively Berlin’s historical highlights and contemporary architecture during a city tour and canal boat ride. In nearby Potsdam take a morning tour of grand Cecilienhof Palace and Sanssouci Gardens. Enjoy afternoons at leisure to visit museums.
  • Elbe Princesse: Built in 2016, our river ship features a sleek, contemporary décor, modern amenities, a spacious Sun Deck for watching the scenery, and advanced double paddlewheel technology to navigate low water.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 – Depart the U.S.

Smithsonian travelers depart the U.S. on evening transatlantic flights to Prague in the Czech Republic. After a morning arrival at Prague’s Ruzyně International Airport, transfer to the luxurious Art Deco Imperial Hotel. The Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available to help with suggestions for independent activities. There’s time to relax and settle in before a Smithsonian Journeys welcome reception and dinner in the early evening. (R,D)

Day 3 – Prague

Start each day with a hearty buffet breakfast at the hotel. Attend a morning talk by an expert local speaker on the “Czech Velvet Revolution". Later, explore the historic and cultural highlights of Prague’s Old Town, including its city center, a designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. After a leisurely afternoon, embark the Elbe Princesse. This evening, join the ship's captain for a welcome reception and dinner aboard the Elbe Princesse. (B,R,D)

Day 4 – Prague

After breakfast on board, personalize your Prague experience with a choice of tours ashore.

Choice #1 – Prague Castle: This Prague icon has been the seat of Czech governance since the 9th century. See the Castle Square, with its beautifully adorned gate, and discover the Castle Gallery, showcasing paintings by Titian, Rubens and other esteemed artists. Visit the Royal Palace and St. Vitus Cathedral and see St. Wenceslas Chapel, embellished with remarkable Gothic murals and semi-precious stones. Stroll along the Golden Lane, past colorful old houses and down the Old Castle steps to the lower town.

Choice #2 Prague’s Historic Jewish Quarter:  Explore the Jewish Quarter of Prague that has survived the Nazi and Communist regimes. Visit the Prague National Jewish Museum founded in 1906 and showcases Jewish history and remarkable religious treasures. The collections are housed in six synagogues and offer a comprehensive narrative of Judaism in Eastern Europe.

Before dinner, join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert in the Smithsonian Travelers Corner for an informal overview of the day’s experiences. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Litomerice

This morning, join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for a fascinating presentation. There’s a leisurely morning, cruising the picturesque Elbe River toward Litomerice. After arrival, join a tour of the town that’s one of the oldest in Bohemia and situated on the site of an old Slavic fort. Back on board, enjoy lunch and a leisurely afternoon of cruising. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Bad Schandau / Saxon Alps / Dresden

Begin the day with an engaging talk by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. On arrival at Bad Schandau, an excursion is planned to explore the breathtaking Saxon Alps. See the Königstein Fortress, set high atop a hill overlooking the river and one of the largest fortresses in Europe. See the Bastei rock formation caused by water erosion over a period of a million years. Join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert in the Travelers Corner for a discussion of the day’s discoveries. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Dresden / Meissen

Customize your day with a choice of tours ashore.

Choice #1 – Dresden City Tour: Dresden is a trove of cultural and historic treasures. Explore the city on a tour that includes a drive over the Blue Wonder, an iron bridge built in the late 19th century, the affluent Weisser Hirsch neighborhood; Albertplatz, Koenigstrasse, and the Theaterplatz. Begin a walking tour through the heart of this historic royal capital. Stroll past the Zwinger, a museum housed in an ornate 18th-century palace and the famous Taschenberg Palace. Marvel at the Royal Castle, the Royal Catholic Cathedral, and the world’s largest painting done on porcelain tiles. See the Church of our Lady and stop to visit the Old Master’s Gallery.

Choice #2 – Dresden Old Town Culinary Experience: After the devastation of WWII, the Old Town of Dresden has regained its reputation as a quarter known for stunning period architecture. Begin a culinary tour that offers an introduction to various regional Saxon food specialties. Along the way, enjoy a less-known narrative about Dresden.

The ship sails to the town of Meissen where you can personalize your travel experience with a choice of shore excursions.

Choice #1 – Meissen Porcelain: Visit the world-famous factory where the “white gold” Meissen pottery has been produced since 1710. Explore the workshops that have given the world its finest porcelain vases, tableware, and decorative objets d’art.

Choice #2 – “Bike Hike” Along the Elbe: Enjoy a cycling tour along the Elbe River, Germany’s second-longest river and voted its most popular biking route by the German Cyclists’ Federation.

Day 8 – Wittenberg

Select your choice of shore excursions in Wittenberg.

Choice #1 – Wittenberg and Martin Luther: Follow the path of Martin Luther in Wittenberg where he spent 36 years of his life. See the City Church where Luther preached and the Castle Church where he posted his Ninety-Five Theses that brought the Protestant Reformation to life. It’s here that Luther is buried. See the University and the Luther House a showcase of Reformation history.

Choice #2 – Wittenberg, Luther and Brewery Tour: Visit the historic highlights of Wittenberg that are connected with the life and times of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Next, learn about German beer at the Brauhaus where you’ll enjoy a brewery tour and sample its renown beer.

This afternoon, enjoy time cruising the Elbe. Later this afternoon, gather for an engaging talk by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Magdeburg

This morning, a local speaker will board the ship and offer a talk about life in “Contemporary Germany. Later, there’s a tour of Magdeburg and the nearby Roman Roads, built between 950 and 1250 that linked several medieval towns. Continue to visit the Magdeburg Cathedral. Rejoin the ship in Genthin and continue the cruise to Berlin. This evening, join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and new friends in the Travelers Corner. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Berlin

This morning, an expert local speaker will make a presentation on “A Tale of Two Cities” that focuses on the Berlin Wall and the trials of the divided city. Learn about the re-unification of Germany in 1990. Berlin today is a vibrant capital city. Begin exploring on a tour that highlights the Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, the Federal Chancellery, the Reichstag, Unter den Linden, the Gendarmenmarkt, and the Kurfurstendamm. Continue with a cruise on the River Spree through the heart of Berlin to see the Reichstag, the Berliner Dom, Museum Island and the Tiergarten. The afternoon is at leisure to follow your own path. This evening, join fellow travelers for a gala farewell reception aboard ship. (B,L,R,D)

Day 11 – Berlin

Disembark the ship this morning after breakfast and drive to Potsdam, home to the July 1945 Potsdam Conference where the end of WWII was negotiated. A tour of Potsdam includes the magnificent Cecilienhof Palace and the Sans Souci Gardens. Continue to visit the Dutch Quarter for lunch. Drive to Berlin and check-in at the upscale Hilton Berlin Hotel for an overnight stay. This evening, join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for a final talk and discussion. (B,L)

Day 12 – Return to the U.S.

After an early breakfast, transfer to Berlin Airport for the flight to your U.S. gateway city. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)