Arrive at the airport, then transfer to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy free time to get acquainted with the city or join our "Welcome Walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented. This evening, admire Berlin's grand sights illuminated after dark.
After breakfast, enjoy a panoramic tour of the vibrant German capital and browse the stalls of the city's famed Christmas market as you breathe in the scent of grilled sausages and spiced pastries. After lunch, spend time exploring Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or join an optional tour to savor the flavors of Berlin. This evening, perhaps immerse yourself in German culture during a visit to one of its famed breweries. (Breakfast)
After breakfast, travel to Potsdam. Tour Sanssouci Palace, a perfect example of German rococo architecture constructed by Prussian king Frederick the Great during the 18th century. Built as a summer retreat, it became his personal sanctuary and place to relax in the company of his beloved dogs. Wander through the rooms of the elegant palace and stroll through the magnificent gardens. Enjoy free time and lunch on your own, then transfer to Wittenberg to board your ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)
This morning, enjoy scenic sailing along the Elbe, then disembark and follow in Martin Luther's footsteps to view many of Wittenberg's historic landmarks during a walking tour. Enjoy free time to explore the small wooden huts of the Christmas market and shop for handmade seasonal gifts. Around dinnertime, you will arrive in Torgau. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
During your cruise this morning, celebrate a festive tradition at a gingerbread decorating class on board, arriving in Meissen just after lunchtime. Then stop in at the Meissenware factory, producer of fine porcelain since the early 1700s. Discover how this trademarked porcelain is created by hand, then tour the museum. Stroll around the Christmas market and take in its festive yuletide aromas. Return on board for dinner; your ship remains docked overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, 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 housing what many claim is the world's largest collection of treasures.* Continue on foot to see Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady) with its distinctive bell-shaped dome. Visit the Striezelmarkt, one of Germany's oldest recorded Christmas markets whose stalls have celebrated festive traditions since 1434. You may also join an optional tour and step inside a Dresden bakery to sample stollen, a delicious spiced fruit bread and celebrated Christmas delicacy. Or perhaps soak up the festive atmosphere in Bautzen, a medieval gem.
Dinner is served on board your ship; after, feel free to enjoy Dresden's many charms and attractions as we remain docked until early morning. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
*Please note: If you are in Dresden on a Tuesday, the Green Vault is closed; instead, enjoy a visit to the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) to view some of the world's great masterpieces, including works by Raphael, Vermeer, Rubens and Rembrandt.
This morning, cruise through the magnificent, soaring rock formations of the Saxon Switzerland region and partake in a festive cookie demonstration. Dock at the spa town of Bad Schandau and set out on an included tour 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 on board for dinner and evening cruising. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Prague. Upon arrival, tour Prague, the "City of a Hundred Spires,” and shop at the colorful winter market for handcrafted gifts and traditional fare. After a guided walk through the city's Old Town, take some free time to explore at your leisure. Return to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own. (Breakfast)
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this celebrated city or join an optional tour; perhaps head out for an all-day visit to Prague Castle and Lobkowicz Palace. Or, immerse yourself in Prague's food scene during a culinary experience. You may enjoy more of Czech culture this evening during a folklore dinner or attend a classical music concert. (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. (Breakfast)
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The cruise segment was very nice; however, the Sheraton hotel in Berlin disappointed us in lack of inadequate charging connections for our phones. The Prague Hilton was superior in such amenities and other services. Our cruise director, Simon, was outstanding. Our return flights had too many connections and especially delays in departures which resulted in missing flight connections. Delta was several hours late leaving Amsterdam and again leaving Detroit. Having to leave our hotel in Prague at 3:00 am to start our travel home was difficult, but all the flight delays made it even more exhausting. Overall, we had a wonderful time and sincerely appreciate Derek and Affordable Tours for arranging our trip.
This was our 5th river cruise on Viking. We loved this last one as well as all the previous cruises. Viking is very consistent and you know exactly what to expect and you get it. Total care from pick up at the airport to start the tour through to helping with departure at the airport at the end of the tour. The excursions, the cabin, the food, the crew. Absolutely fantastic. Wonderful company.
Food was great. Some outside tour guides were not up to our expectations.
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