Elbe River - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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Passing through pastoral and picturesque Central Europe, the Elbe is a major river flowing from the northern Czech Republic into Germany before ending at the North Sea. Enjoy a new view of Germany from its waters as you drift through history on a river cruise.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Cities & Waterways of Europe

8 days
$ 147 / day
$ 1,175
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Hamburg
  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise along Germany's Lower Elbe and Scheldt
  • Discover Amsterdam, beautiful sights and unique cultural delights.
  • Visit Antwerp, it's home to plenty of other gems to discover and enjoy too.
Visits:
Amsterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg
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Elegant Elbe

Viking River Cruises
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10 days
$ 260 / day
$ 2,599
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover Berlin’s modern chic, Potsdam’s rococo whimsy
  • Experience cruise along Elbe which is one of Europe’s most unspoiled rivers
  • Opportunity to visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Explore Wittenberg’s and see the historic landmarks.
  • Explore Prague
Visits:
Berlin, Dresden, Meissen, Prague, Wittenberg, Czech Republic, Germany
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Berlin To Dresden Bike Tour

6 days
$ 750 / day
$ 4,498
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Experience Germany from every angle: mellow countryside biking, urban exploration, cultural discoveries and culinary delights
  • Discover the World Heritage site of Potsdam and the extraordinary Biosphere Reserve of Spreewald
  • Incredible Michelin-starred dinners at Bayrisches Haus and Zur Bleiche
  • Raise a glass of Riesling to the Elbe Valley's 800-year-old winemaking history
  • Captivating gateway cities of Berlin and Dresden - ideal to visit before or after your trip
Visits:
Berlin, Berlin Wall, Dresden, Elbe River, Germany
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Essence of the Elbe: Berlin to Prague

13 days
$ 161 / day
$ 2,095
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy twelve days River Cruise vacation
  • Insightful and informative port tour
  • Land tours and shipboard programs
Visits:
Berlin, Dresden, Meissen, Potsdam, Prague, Wittenberg, Czech Republic, Germany
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German River & City Discovery

6 days
$ 216 / day
$ 1,296
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise along Germany's Lower Elbe
  • Visiting two of Germany’s most beautiful and historic cities, you’ll also enjoy Fred.’s maiden call into Heligoland.
  • Discover Hamburg
  • Explore Bremen, It has beautiful examples of old Hanseatic Gothic architecture in the ‘Marktplatz’
Visits:
Edinburgh, Hamburg, Germany, Scotland, United Kingdom
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A Cycling Journey: The Elbe River From Germany to ...

Road Scholar
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14 days
$ 233 / day
$ 3,259
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Discover the history and culture of the Elbe River Valley while pedaling along scenic bike paths
    • Learn about Hugo Junkers' works at an aircraft museum in Dessau and one million-year-old rock formations at Saxon Switzerland National Park
    • Enjoy a savory duck dinner with dumplings at a unique old-world Czech restaurant in the heart of the Old Town
    Visits:
    Dresden, Elbe River, Meissen, Prague, Wittenberg, Czech Republic, Germany
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    Top Elbe River Experiences and Attractions

    Top Elbe River Experiences

    Wandering through the first European water tunnel, the Old Elbe Tunnel, as you marvel at its structure and engineering.

    Cruising along the “Florence of the Elbe,” in Dresden, Germany.

    Walking in Martin Luther’s footsteps in the home of the Protestant Reformation, Wittenberg, Germany.

    Gazing upon the astonishing Elbe Sandstone Mountains as you stroll along the Bastei sandstone bridge.

    Hiking to the top of a free-standing peak in Saxon Switzerland National Park.

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    We enjoyed the entire experience; Normandy and Omaha Beach were especially moving. The food and service deserve praise too. This is our third Viking cruise and we'll do it again. Viking does it first rate all the way. Keep it up.

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    Elbe River Tours and Travel Guide

    Elbe River Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    Passing through pastoral and picturesque Central Europe, the Elbe is a major river flowing from the northern Czech Republic into Germany before ending at the North Sea. Enjoy a new view of Germany from its waters as you drift through history on a river cruise.

    There are many ways to travel along the Elbe River, from cruises to cycling trips, there is a tour for every travel preference along the Elbe. Flowing through the northern Czech Republic into the northeastern region of Germany, the Elbe River expels into the North Sea at Cuxhaven, Germany.

    Rich with history, the Elbe River was a central location for German colonization and settlement starting in the 12th century. It was a prominent landmark in World War II and existed as a physical divide between eastern and western Germany until the end of the Cold War.

    The Elbe River is broken up into three main regions; the Upper Elbe, the MIddle Elbe, and the Lower Elbe. Starting in the Great Mountains of the Czech Republic, The Upper Elbe flows northwest into Middle Elbe region in the German State of Saxony. The Lower Elbe twists through Hamburg as makes its way to the North Sea.

    Why Take an Elbe River Cruise?

    There are many reasons to take an Elbe River cruise. The most obvious reason to sail along the Elbe River is to experience convenient and direct exposure to culture, nature, and history of Germany and the Czech Republic. Escaping the hassle of booking flights, trains, or buses, you can’t beat this mode of travel.

    Most cruise vessels are equipped with entertainment, dining experiences, and activities, which will preoccupy you during your travel time aboard. A river cruise is a perfect mix of relaxation and tourism!

    Elbe River cruises hit the most prominent landmarks and cities along the Elbe River. Passengers can get a taste of the modern culture of German river cities, while also experiencing the rich history of Germany’s past. Another benefit to an Elbe River cruise is that most tours generally start and end in prominent cities that reside slightly off the course of the Elbe River. In Germany, river tours often start in the great Berlin, Germany and end in the picturesque city of Prague in the Czech Republic.

    Top Activities Along the Elbe River

    Marvel at the exceptional architecture and aesthetics of the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam. Located on the border of Berlin, Potsdam was adopted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990 and is equipped with a landscape that will blow you away. The grand Sanssouci Palace, Sanssouci Park, and The New Palace at Sanssouci are among the many frequented locations in Potsdam.

    Sail into Hamburg, a prominent port city in northern Germany. Here you will find an abundance of waterways comprise with river-related attractions and landmarks. Visit the astonishing Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse in the world, built on oak piles and sitting on a series of canals. In addition, take some time to saunter through the first European water tunnel, the Old Elbe Tunnel. Built in 1911, the tunnel was as structural and engineering wonder, running 24 meters (79 feet) below the surface.

    Cruise along the “Florence of the Elbe,” in Dresden, Germany. Dresden is the capital of Germany’s eastern State of Saxony. It is well known for its beautifully restored town, classic architecture, historic sightseeing, and museums.

    Walk in Martin Luther’s footsteps while you tour Wittenberg, Germany, the home of the Protestant Reformation. This quaint, rural town is located in eastern Germany along the Elbe River. Wittenberg is most famously known for its ties to Martin Luther’s teachings. People travel from all over the world to visit the spot where the Protestant Reformation began. One of the frequented landmarks is the Castle Church, where Luther nailed his 95 Theses in 1517.

    The Elbe Sandstone Mountains sit along the border of Germany and the Czech Republic. A popular destination for avid hikers, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains can also be enjoyed by those seeking a nature trip without the physical exertion. There are dozens of trails and paths for every level of hiker (or walker). A picture perfect and popular location for tourists is the Bastei sandstone bridge. This bridge stretches through the mountain range at a height of 194 meters (636 feet) directly above the Elbe River.

    View stunning rock formations in Germany’s only rock national park, Saxon Switzerland National Park. Only 30 kilometers (19 miles) southeast of Dresden, the park includes over 1200 kilometers (746 miles) of hiking trails with options for every fitness level. However, the towering, free-standing peaks in Saxon Switzerland National Park are frequented by avid rock climbers.

    Cycling & biking along the Elbe River is an active and intimate way to experience all that the river has to offer. Bike tours will provide an array of cycling experiences, such as serene countryside biking, cultural adventure, and urban area exploration.

    Top Cities on the Elbe River

    1. Berlin, Germany Start your Elbe River tour in Germany’s resilient capital city. Tour the many top sights, rich with culture and history. Learn about Germany’s tempestuous past within Worl War II and the Cold War, and visit the monuments that illustrate Germany’s history.

    2. Potsdam, GermanyBordering Berlin’s southwestern end is the beautiful Potsdam. Here you will be amazed by the striking parks and palaces that saturate Potsdam. Make sure to bring your camera, because you will not want to miss capturing the marvelous Renaissance-style architecture and the Italian-style gardens and fountains.

    3. Hamburg, GermanyHamburg is the most prominent port city in Germany. Offering picturesque canals, ample harbors, delicious seafood, and remarkable architecture, you will have a packed schedule touring all of Hamburg’s must-see spots.

    4. Dresden, Germany - Float along the “Florence of the Elbe” and experience all that Dresden has to offer. With its charming bridges and waterways and classical architecture, you will enjoy the many views of the historic city.

    5. Wittenberg, GermanyWalk in Martin Luther’s steps as you visit Wittenberg, the home of the Protestant Reformation. Here you can visit several museums attributed to Martin Luther, including his home and the Wittenberg Castle Church, where he famously nailed his 95 theses.

    6. Magdeburg, GermanyThis central German city is located directly on the Elbe River. With roots in medieval history, this German city is full of museums and structures rich in culture exhibiting Gothic-style architecture.

    7. Meissen, GermanyThis Elbe River city is home to the world-famous Meissen Porcelain. Make sure to check out the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, along with the beautiful landscapes of Albrechtsburg Castle and the Meissen Cathedral.

    8. Prague, Czech RepublicEnd your Elbe River tour in the majestic capital of the Czech Republic, Prague. When touring “the City of a Hundred Spires,” make sure to visit the historic old town and gaze upon the vibrant baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and the medieval Astronomical Clock.

    Food Along the Elbe River

    If taking a river cruise along the Elbe, you typically will be supplied with wonderful dining options. You should not, however, let that deter you from experiencing the delectable German cuisine you can find along the Elbe River. In port cities along the Elbe River, you can often find quaint floating boat restaurants, traditional German food, and fresh seafood. Some of the most popular food items to try along the Elbe River are:

    The Seafood

    It’s no surprise that you would find delicious seafood options throughout the Elbe River’s major port cities. Travelers have raved about the fresh assortment of lobster, prawns, fish, oysters, and even sushi! Some seafood dishes specific to German port cities are:

    1. BratheringThe English translation of this dish is “fried herring.” This marinated herring is a typical dish of northern Germany and can be found in both upscale or more casual restaurants.

    2. Finkenwerder ScholleThis fish dish is traditional to Hamburg. Scholle is the German word for plaice and is pan-fried to perfection with bacon, onions, and shrimp.

    3. PanfischeThis fried German fishcake is a must-have on your Elbe River tour. Often referred to as Hamburger Pannfisch, this northern German cuisine is garnished with potatoes and mustard sauce.

    Other dishes to sample along an Elbe River cruise:

    1. Spätzle - This popular German cuisine is a delicious, fresh egg pasta. It is a staple in German meals and can be found in most restaurants. It can be eaten plain or paired with creamy sauces, meat, or vegetables.

    2. SchnitzelThis meat dish is prepared by thinning, or pounding, meat into patties. The meat is then covered in delicious breading created from flour, eggs, and bread crumbs, and fried to create this flavorful traditional German recipe.

    3. BratwurstBratwurst is a German sausage made from either beef, veal, or pork. This flavorful dish is commonly served on a bun with sauerkraut, onions, mustard, or cheese.

    Elbe River Photography Tips

    The Elbe River has many photo ops for photographers at any level. The landscape views along the river are to die for, and can be captured by avid photographers, or with a click of a smartphone. Popularly photographed landscapes along the Elbe River are beach sunsets, bridge panoramic views, city skylines, and blue port skylines. You will constantly be presented with breathtaking photo ops while traveling along the Elbe River!

    Sailing or biking along the Elbe River are not the only times where you will want to pull out your camera. Many of the top-destination stops along the Elbe River present magnificent structures and scenery to snap a photo of. Some of the top photo ops along an Elbe River tour include:

    1. Capturing History in BerlinBerlin is a city of tumultuous, yet rich, history. Along with that history comes several landmarks that are popular photography destinations for tourists and visitors. Some of the most photographed locations are East Side Gallery exhibiting murals along the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the magnificent structures of museum island, including the Berlin Cathedral Church, and the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

    2. Experiencing the Beauty of the Palaces and Parks of PotsdamPotsdam is filled with majestic landscapes, scenery, and architecture. Astonishing photo locations you will not want to miss include the Renaissance Orangery Palace, which overlooks picturesque Italian-style gardens and fountains, the prominent Sanssouci Palace and Park, and the quaint Schloss Cecilienhof.

    3. Photographing the Striking Canals and Ports of HamburgKnown for being a distinguished German port city, most photo ops in Hamburg focus around the Elbe River itself. The architecture along the canals, the lights lining the ports, and the bridges stretching across the river are all must-see, picture-perfect locations the makeup Hamburg.

    4. Catching a Glimpse of the Wonders of Saxon Switzerland National Park and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains - If you are looking for nature, scenery, and landscape photography all wrapped in one, Saxon Switzerland National Park is the spot for you! Here you can capture the magnificent rock formations and unique sandstone, a photography enthusiast's dream.

    Some of the most popular and incredible photo ops lie within the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, most specifically along the Bastei Sandstone Bridge. Along this bridge you will experience breathtaking panoramic views of the cascading mountain range along with an aerial view of the Elbe River, flowing 194 meters (636 feet) below.

    What to Wear on the Elbe River

    Wondering what to pack for your Elbe River cruise? First, you will have to take into consideration what time of year you will be traveling, what mode of transportation you will be taking, and what activities you plan to partake in along your Elbe River trip. Since the weather can change depending on your location along the river, it is wise to pack layers and be prepared for warm to colder temperatures.

    In the winter, you will want to consider packing warmer layers and coats for any outdoor activities or tours. In the summer months, however, there may be opportunities for dips in the river, sunbathing on the beach, and rafting along the river stream, so make sure to pack your bathing suit and sunscreen!

    If you are traveling by cruise, you will have temperature controlled cabins during the course of your travel. Here is another instance where layers will serve you well. If you plan on partaking in outdoor activities, such as hikes, walks, or cycling excursions, you will want to make sure to pack your athletic gear and comfortable walking or hiking shoes, depending on the level of intensity.

    For those planning to bike along the Elbe as their primary mode of transportation, it is very important to come prepared with the proper cycling gear and necessities. Be sure to communicate with your tour guides and tour companies in advance to make sure you are accurately prepared for the tour.

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    Common Elbe River Cruise Routes

    Cruises along the Elbe River most commonly start in Berlin, Germany and twist their way along the river’s course to Prague, Czech Republic. Although the Elbe River does not connect directly to either city, they are nearby, prominent landmarks and essential stops for travelers and tourists. Tours along the Elbe River consist mostly of river cruises, group tours, and cycling journeys.

    Starting from Berlin and heading south to Prague, the most common Elbe River cruise route is as follows:

    Berlin, Germany: Kick off your Elbe River journey in Germany’s capital city of Berlin. Rich with history, culture, and prominent monuments, this vibrant metropolis is a perfect start to your Elbe River vacation.

    Potsdam, Germany: Home to many exquisite castles, palaces, and parks, Potsdam is a bordering city of Berlin. Frequented by tourists and locals, alike, you will get a great taste of German culture, history, and architecture when visiting this city.

    Magdeburg, Germany: Embark on your Elbe River cruise starting in Magdeburg. Here you will marvel at the Gothic-style architecture, including that of the magnificent Magdeburg Cathedral.

    Wittenberg, Germany: Another eastern Germany city along the Elbe River is Wittenberg. Here you will find an exciting mix of modern and historic culture. Although a university town in its modern years, Wittenberg is closely linked to Martin Luther and the Lutheran religion as the city of the Protestant Reformation.

    Meissen, Germany: Continue your Elbe River cruise to the city of Meissen. Meissen is a quaint eastern German city famous for its porcelain production, coined as “Meissen porcelain.”

    Dresden, Germany: Dresden is the capital city of the German State of Saxony. Rebuilt after World War II, this river city’s decorativebaroque architectural style was restored to the beautiful design we see today.

    Saxon Switzerland National ParkMake sure to check out this breathtaking national park in the German Free State of Saxony. Located close to Dresden, you can explore the rocky canyon landscape on your Elbe River tour!

    Elbe Sandstone Mountains: Straddling the German/Czech Republic border, this remarkable mountain range is a must-see on your Elbe River journey. With varying levels of hikes and walking routes, there will be a scenic activity for every traveler in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains!

    Prague, Czech Republic: Elbe River cruises generally end in the popular Czech Republic city of Prague. With its colorful baroque buildings and historic center, Prague is a a top-hit tourist destination, full of life and rich with culture.

    What is the weather like in the Elbe River region?

    The Elbe River flows from the North Sea down the northeastern region of Germany into the Czech Republic. The weather along the Elbe’s course is variant based on region and time of year. However, weather is considered to be moderate, overall. In the northern and coastal regions, you can find an oceanic climate, characterized by warm summers and mild, cloudy winters. On your Elbe River cruise, Hamburg, Germany is a major northern port city that experiences this oceanic climate.

    Moving south, more inland, the weather is continental, with greater contrast between seasons; warmer summers, and colder winters. Cities along the Elbe located in this central region are Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Meissen, and Dresden. When approaching the southern end of the Elbe River, the weather becomes moderately continental, where winters have colder, freezing temperatures, and summers are enjoyably warm. The vivacious capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague, falls into this moderately continental weather region.

    Where is the Elbe River?

    The Elbe River is primarily located in the northeastern region of Germany. With the North Sea as its outlet, the Elbe River flows from the Krkonoše Mountains of the Czech Republic north through Germany. Hamburg is the most famous northern port city along the Elbe River and sits 110 km (68 miles) southeast of Cuxhaven, the point at which the Elbe River flows into the North Sea. It is one of the most prominent rivers in central Europe and runs 1,094 km (680 miles) in total.

    Who will enjoy an Elbe River cruise?

    Elbe River tours offer a wide range of opportunities for several different styles of travel. Whether you are interested in active hiking or cycling tours, or more apt to relaxing, leisurely cruises, there is an adventure awaiting you on the Elbe River! On Stride you'll find seven exciting Elbe River cruise options for travelers of all ages, ranging from value to luxury travel. Elbe River tours highlight must-see tourist spots, as well as off-the-beaten-path locations, so there is a cruise option for all your tour styles and travel preferences.

    Physical Level Requirements

    The physical level of a large majority of Elbe River tours is “easy.” The physical level recommended for each tour depends on the tour style. Active tours, such as “A Cycling Journey: The Elbe River From Germany to Czech Republic,” will be more physically intensive than a river cruise tour.

    While traveling along the Elbe River, you can find different activities for every physical fitness level. The remarkable region of Saxon Switzerland National Park offers many outdoor activities, ranging from comfortable strolls throughout the sandstone formations, to more rigorous rockclimbing adventures. Regardless of your level or desire for physical activity on your travels, you will find an Elbe River cruise that best suits you on Stride!

    When is the best time to take an Elbe River cruise?

    The most popular times for an Elbe River cruise are between the months of May to September. These months are warmer and lead to enjoyable cruises and outdoor activities in route. For this reason, some Elbe River cruises only run from mid-March to mid-November. If you can brave the cold, however, you will find that the off-season winter months are much less crowded, and prices tend to also be cheaper.

    One thing to be prepared for with a river cruise is that there are times when water levels are either too low or too high. This is beyond the operators’ control and can be hard to predict. These water fluctuations are more common in the months of June and July. 

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