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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

Journey to Berlin, Dresden & Prague

See the Elbe Biosphere Reserve. Walk in Martin Luther’s footsteps in Wittenberg, birthplace of the Protestant Reformation. Admire delicate Meissen porcelain. Celebrate Dresden, a phoenix risen from the ashes of war. View Saxon Switzerland’s monoliths. Discover Berlin’s modern chic, Potsdam’s rococo whimsy, Dessau’s Bauhaus genius and Prague’s Gothic exuberance. The Elbe is one of Europe’s most unspoiled rivers and it awaits you—from Berlin to Prague—on our 10-day cruisetour.

Cities & Attractions More
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Elbe River
Ship Name
  • Viking Astrild

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Viking River Cruises Travel Reviews & Ratings
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5.0 Guide
5.0 Activities
5.0 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
5.0 Meals
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Elegant Elbe

R&F

Recommends

We enjoyed the entire experience August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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Operator Viking River Cruises

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Incredible experience August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Incredible experience sailing on the Grand European tour from Amsterdam to Budapest! Just wonderful! The tours were interesting, and most allowed for adequate free time to explore the areas visited. But the staff! Beyond compare.
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Operator Viking River Cruises

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Already planning our next cruise August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We talked about doing a cruise with Viking ever since we were made aware of them back in 2008. We just arrived home yesterday and are still floating on air! The spectacular time we had is almost beyond description. First, we loved our stateroom. It was the basic 150 square foot space. This room was so well designed. We met new friends and always had someone new to share a conversation with. The gem in the hospitality crown was our Program Director, who had more energy than any five people put together. I could go on and on but I will say this: we are already planning our next cruise with Viking.
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Operator Viking River Cruises

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Every bit as good as it looks January 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Viking was the only European river cruise company we knew about because of their TV commercials, so we booked with them. .We were extremely pleased with our Danube cruise, especially the port excursions, then we went with them to Russia. Having done two river cruises I now know there are lots of other cruise lines, but I don't see any reason to switch at this point. One thing to mention: most of the people on board are in their 50s and 60s , so I wouldn't bring kids or grandkids along -- they won't have any companions their own age. But we did enjoy meeting the other people on board -- many of whom had responded to their TV commercials, too, we discovered!
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Operator Viking River Cruises

Itinerary

Day 1: Berlin, Germany

Arrive at the Berlin airport, then transfer to your hotel.* After check-in, you have free time to get acquainted with the city, or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.

Day 2: Berlin, Germany

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a panoramic tour of the vibrant German capital, which has seen its fair share of dramatic changes in the last century. See the Reichstag with its spectacular glass dome, the historic Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and many other iconic sites. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Day 3: Potsdam & Wörlitz, Germany

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast, travel to Potsdam. Tour Sanssouci Palace, a perfect example of German rococo architecture, built by Prussian king Frederick the Great in the 18th century. Continue to Wörlitz Park, Germany’s first landscaped park with English-style gardens. Tour inside Wörlitz Castle, fashioned after an English country home, and stroll the grounds. Then, transfer to Wittenberg to embark your ship.

Day 4: Wittenberg, Germany

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, follow in Martin Luther’s footsteps to view many of Wittenberg’s historic landmarks. Tour inside Luther’s House and St. Marien’s Church, where he preached. See the Castle Church where Luther posted his “95 Theses”; then enjoy free time. Return to your ship and for our afternoon departure as we cruise along a very pretty stretch of the Elbe. Or, you may choose to take an optional excursion to Torgau to see fortified Hartenfels Castle, Market Square and the riverside monument that commemorates the day in 1945 when Russian and American troops shook hands.

Day 5: Meissen, Germany

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, cruise the Elbe and arrive in Meissen during lunchtime. Then stop in at the Meissenware factory, producers of fine porcelain since the early 1700s. Discover how this trademarked porcelain is created by hand, then tour the museum. Proceed to Castle Hill for a walking tour through Old Town. Return aboard for dinner and an evening at leisure. Your ship remains docked overnight.

Day 6: Dresden, Germany

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After 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 that houses what many claim is the world's largest collection of treasures, including priceless jewels and emeralds. Continue on foot to see Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady) with its distinctive bell-shaped dome that survived World War II bombings but collapsed the following day. Later, it was rebuilt.

Dinner is served aboard your ship; afterward, feel free to enjoy Dresden’s many charms and attractions as we remain docked until early morning.

*Please note : If you’re in Dresden on a Tuesday, The Green Vault is closed, therefore you will instead visit Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) to view some of the world’s great masterpieces, including works by Raphael, Vermeer, Rubens and Rembrandt.

Day 7: Saxon Switzerland, Germany

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, cruise through the magnificent, soaring rock formations of the Saxon Switzerland region, then dock at the spa town of Bad Schandau. From here we make our way 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 aboard for dinner and evening cruising.

Day 8: Děčín & Prague, Czech Republic

Meals: Breakfast

Awaken in Děčín; after breakfast, disembark and transfer to Prague. Upon arrival, you tour Prague, the “City of a Hundred Spires.” After a guided walk through Old Town, take some free time to explore on your own. Then ride to visit Hradčany Castle. Return to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own.

Day 9: Prague, Czech Republic

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this celebrated city, or join an optional tour to Lobkowicz Palace.

Day 10: Prague, Czech Republic

Meals: Breakfast

After 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.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,599

Price Per Day:

$ 260 per person
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 500
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

Viking Astrild

Ship Stats

Boasting many of the same popular design elements of our Viking Longships, our new Elbe ships - scheduled to set sail in 2015 - feature state-of-the art engineering, deluxe accommodations and streamlined Scandinavian interiors. Plus, the ships feature customized hulls and engines specially built to navigate this historic river.

Ship Description
  • All staterooms are outside with river view
  • Veranda Suites are 250 square feet, have separate sleeping & sitting quarters, a full veranda & French balcony & 2 flat-panel TVs
  • All staterooms & suites have hotel-style beds with optional twin-bed configuration
  • All Upper deck staterooms have a full veranda or French balcony
  • Private bathroom with shower; premium bath products; bathrobe & slippers upon request
  • 42" flat-panel Sony TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic & more
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer & individual climate control
  • The Lounge & bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to an open air Aquavit Terrace
  • Restaurant with windows for panoramic views
  • Sun deck with shaded sitting area & organic herb garden
  • Library corner & onboard boutique
  • Free wireless Internet
  • Laundry service
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Voltage: 220V & 110V in stateroom (U.S. outlet)
Deck & Cabin Plans

Features

Trip Includes
  • 6-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 2 nights in First-Class Hilton Berlin (or similar)
  • 2 nights in First-Class Hilton Prague Hotel (or similar)
  • 8 guided tours with audio headset
  • All on board meals: 5 Breakfasts; 4 Lunches; 5 Dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner plus breakfast at the Prague & Berlin hotels
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Enjoy baroque chamber music & a Czech folkloric performance; listen to an eyewitness account of Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution; attend lectures on Surprising Saxony & modern-day Czech Republic; learn some basics of German language
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
Optional Activities

Extend Your Cruise With 2 Nights In Berlin

Begin your European journey in Berlin, giving you time to see the many landmarks of this vibrant world capital.

All this is included:

2 nights in Berlin: Hilton Berlin (or similar)

2 breakfasts

Services of a Viking host

Hotel & ship transfers

2017 SEASONAL PRICING

Mar - Apr; Jul - Aug; Nov $499

May - Jun; Sep - Oct $549

Meals Included:

5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 5 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Berlin
End City
Prague
Cancellation Policy:

For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full and air-inclusive packages paid in full, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket to Viking. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $100 per person | 120-90 days is 15% of full fare | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-0 days is 100% of full fare.

Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from Viking.

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