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Christmas Along the Elbe - Berlin to Prague - 2024

From Berlin, Germany to Prague, Czech Republic
Length: 10 Days - Departs: Wed, Dec 11, 2024
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Departure
Dec 11, 2024
Arrival
Dec 20, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Berlin
    Wed, Dec 11, 2024
    Arrive and check in to your hotel. In Berlin and across Germany, the lighting of the first Adventskranz candle on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve marks the start of the festive season. Christmas market stalls open for business, and decorated as picture-postcard scenes of winter, shop window displays brim with seasonal gift ideas. A stroll along Kurfürstendamm, or "Kudamm” as it is known to residents, is often referred to as the Champs-Élysées of Berlin and is a delight to explore during the holiday season.
  2. Day 2
    Berlin
    Thu, Dec 12, 2024
    The festive season in Berlin is a magical affair, with the scent of spices in the air and twinkling lights draped from lampposts throughout the city. Every district hosts its own Christmas market, and each carries its own traditions and flair. Colorful stalls display exquisite hand-painted wooden ornaments and delicate blown glass decorations alongside tasty treats such as lebkuchen, delicious gingerbread cookies. The winter climes add to the atmosphere with aromatic mulled wine served in boot-shaped mugs-perfect for warming chilled fingers against the cold.
  3. Day 3
    Potsdam
    Fri, Dec 13, 2024

    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin your journey to your embarkation city. Potsdam straddles one of the Elbe's main tributaries, the Havel River. It boasts a rich history that spans more than 1,000 years. From its humble beginning, Potsdam burgeoned into a royal city, hosting the residences of Prussian and German rulers until the early 1900s. A series of tumultuous events followed, but through it all, Potsdam maintained its prominent stature. And in 1990, with Germany's reunification, Potsdam was named Brandenburg's state capital. Today, the city's regal past lives on in its 16 well-preserved palaces and three elegantly landscaped parks.

    Transfer to your ship and settle into your stateroom. Wittenberg is an important center of culture and learning, known mostly as the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation. It was here that the Augustinian monk Martin Luther famously nailed his "95 Theses” against the selling of indulgences to the door of the palace church in 1517, launching the spread of a new religious movement throughout Europe. Wittenberg's incredibly preserved Old Town was spared destruction during World War II, and so its charming houses remain as they have for centuries, with those in the market square huddled around the beloved statue of Luther.

  4. Day 4
    Wittenberg
    Sat, Dec 14, 2024
    During the holiday season, Wittenberg is set against a backdrop of winter market stalls in small wooden houses as Christmas fragrances fill the air. Advent performances take center stage in the Church Square with dancers in colorful costumes, Christmas-themed puppet shows and traditional organ music creating an infectiously festive atmosphere. In the forest that once belonged to the famous German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach, regional crafts, delicious mulled wine and tasty treats, including the traditional Möllensdorfer Christmas sausage, are on offer.
  5. Day 5
    Meissen
    Sun, Dec 15, 2024
    Yuletide aromas and tasty treats can be enjoyed at the Christmas market in Meissen, one of Saxony's most picturesque historic cities. From the tower of the Church of Our Lady, spectacular views over the Market Square can be enjoyed. A festive stroll tracing the river on Elbstrasse reveals the city's twinkling lights. Every year, the grand Town Hall turns into a giant, real-life Advent calendar, with its windows and doors revealing new pictures each day of December until Christmas Eve.
  6. Day 6
    Dresden
    Mon, Dec 16, 2024
    The scent of gingerbread, aromatic glühwein and roasted chestnuts has been filling the air of Dresden's Old Market Square since the mid-15th century. Traditional crafts, such as Ore Mountain folk art, Lusatian blue-printed fabrics and Moravian stars, are popular gifts, as is the city's famous Dresdner Christstollen, a delicious spiced fruit loaf. Each year, a festival dedicated to the regional specialty takes place, where a giant stollen weighing several tons is presented to the town and sold to raise funds for charitable causes.
  7. Day 7
    Saxon Switzerland
    Tue, Dec 17, 2024

    Sail through the magnificent, soaring rock formations of Saxon Switzerland. This spectacular region earned its name from two Swiss painters who were reminded of their home while visiting. You will witness some of the wildest cliff formations imaginable, with nicknames such as Catapult, Locomotive and Wolf's Ravine. As you pass through, marvel at the Bastei, a 1,000-foot spectacle of tooth-like rocks connected by a footbridge. Sailing past these iconic monoliths is sure to be a highlight of your journey.

    One of the oldest and most important spa resorts in Saxon Switzerland, the beautiful resort city of Bad Schandau has retained much of the splendor and charm of bygone ages. After iron-rich springs were discovered here in the mid-18th century, hotels and spa houses soon dotted the landscape. In 1920, the town (then Schandau) was awarded the right to use the prefix "Bad,” meaning "Spa.” For refugees and emigrants during World War II, this was a place of hope. Many were helped to safety by climbers who knew secret passes through the mountains and out of Germany.

  8. Day 8
    Prague
    Wed, Dec 18, 2024
    Winter in Prague, while cold, is beautiful. Crackling fires in traditional pubs provide warmth to patrons as they step in from the chill of the outdoors. Once inside, an array of hearty fare awaits; traditional dishes include roast pork with dumplings and pickled cabbage or garlic soup. A leisurely stroll across the Charles Bridge on a frosty morning is a picture-postcard sight. Bustling Christmas markets also offer delicious yuletide treats alongside a warming glass of Christmas cheer with spiced mulled wine.
  9. Day 9
    Prague
    Thu, Dec 19, 2024
    Prague is known as the "City of a Hundred Spires” and it is easy to see why. The towering twin steeples of Týn Church and the beautiful baroque Church of St. Nicholas are among some of the city's most notable. Best explored on foot, Prague's Old Town is a maze of ancient cobblestone lanes with the Old Town Square at its core. Here, the medieval Astronomical Clock still chimes today and provides for its viewers a little theater with the "Walk of the Apostles” on the hour, every hour.
  10. Day 10
    Prague
    Fri, Dec 20, 2024
    Few cities embody the past as authentically as Prague, the Czech Republic's atmospheric capital on the Vltava River that clings to its history with unwavering passion. Prague's medieval architecture is its most prominent, but the city is also a rich repository of Romanesque, baroque and art nouveau buildings that stir the imagination. The city's graceful, pedestrian-only Charles Bridge served as the coronation route of the kings of Bohemia across the river to Hrad?any Castle and its rich complex of royal buildings. After breakfast, check out of your hotel and journey home.

Countries Visited

Czech Republic, Germany

Rivers Visited

Elbe

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Inclusions

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Port Charges: Included on all itineraires

Health and Safety Protocols for Viking

Pre-Departure Test
To ensure your journey is smooth and that you are able to fully enjoy your voyage as planned, we highly recommend that all guests take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, no more than three days prior to beginning your journey.

Purified Air
Enjoy fresh air in your stateroom, knowing that all staterooms on Viking river ships feature independent air handling units that do not share air with other areas of the ship. Take comfort in knowing that the air in the public areas of your ship has also been purified with new short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) lights and high-density filters, which kill 99.99% of all airborne viruses and bacteria.

Medical Services
While every precaution can reduce the risk of illness, we are also prepared for that outcome. Each of our vessels has always had a state-of-the-art Medical Center; those facilities have now been upgraded with more specialized equipment. We have also launched a new 24/7 hotline staffed by doctors, specifically for our river cruises.

Sanitization
Rest assured that the surfaces on your ship will be cleaned and sanitized continuously with daily scheduled deep cleanings. You will notice more hand sanitization stations throughout your ship. And on our ocean and expedition ships, we are using new sanitization robots that utilize UV-C light to treat surfaces in guest and crew public areas—an industry first.

Dining & Entertainment
On your ship, you can expect spacious, airy public areas and abundant options for al fresco dining. Also, on our ocean voyages, as always, you can enjoy complimentary 24-hour room service. Now, more options for spaced seating in all dining venues will allow for physical distancing; there will be additional table service at all bars and lounges; and new capabilities will allow you to watch more live events and enriching content through your in-room entertainment system.

Physical Distancing & Face Masks
Public health experts agree that proper physical distancing and the use of face masks are effective in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Face masks are optional while moving about the ship. Please note: Viking’s Medical Team continually monitors conditions and may deem face masks to be necessary while moving about the ship, based on conditions at the time of travel. While ashore, guests will need to comply with any local guidelines for face masks and physical distancing. Face masks continue to be required for all crew.

Local Partner Training
As part of the Viking Health & Safety Program, we will regularly train every local partner, including motor coach drivers and tour guides. While ashore, Viking’s measures will meet or exceed local guidelines for social distancing and other precautions.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.1
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
3.9
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 26 reviews - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

Tour behind the previous Iron Curtain¦..something I never thought would be possible. Sobering historical tours. Beautiful landscape. Wonderful art

The cabin was smaller than what we expected based on previous cruises with other operators. The staff was great. The included tours were average. We would have liked more walking tours but realize that would be difficult in large cities. We thought the Prague walking tour was poor. The Regent Hotel in Berlin was great. Nice room and convenient location. The Hilton in Prague was ok. The room setup was had little storage space, and the bathroom was small with no space around the sink for toiletries. The modern decor was aesthetically pleasing, but not very functional.

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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