Cruise on the Vltava and Elbe Rivers

  • May 5 - 13, 2019 | 9 days / 8 nights
  • 4,480

From Prague to Berlin

The Elbe River and its tributaries connect two of Europe’s most fascinating capitals, Prague and Berlin. Join us for this exclusive river cruise itinerary that takes place in the plains of eastern Germany through the rolling hills of western Czech Republic, stopping in multiple towns & cities steeped in centuries of history.

Cruise on the Vltava and Elbe Rivers

$4,480.00

From Prague to Berlin

The Elbe River and its tributaries connect two of Europe’s most fascinating capitals, Prague and Berlin. Join us for this exclusive river cruise itinerary that takes place in the plains of eastern Germany through the rolling hills of western Czech Republic, stopping in multiple towns & cities steeped in centuries of history.

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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 | May 5 Prague EMBARKATION
Welcome cocktail, dinner, and entertainment
2 | May 6 Prague Sightseeing tour of the Prague
3 |May 7 Litomerice Discover the city of Litomerice
4 | May 8 Bad Schandau Excursion to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains
5 | May 9 Dresden
Meissen
Explore Dresden, “Florence of the Elbe”
Optional guided tour of Meissen
6 | May 10 Lutherstadt Wittenberg Guided tour birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther
Quiz night on board
7 | May 11 Magdeburg Excursion to Magdeburg
Evening entertainment on board
8 | May 12 Berlin Discover iconic Berlin and its landmarks
Visit Sanssouci Palace
9 | May 13 Berlin Enjoy last buffet breakfast
DISEMBARKATION

Additional Information

Days

May 5 – 13, 2019, 9 days / 8 nights

Pace

Casual

DAY 1 | May 5

PRAGUE | EMBARKATION

Own transfer arrangements to the pier to board your CroisiEurope ship. Embarkation starts at 6pm. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll enjoy dinner on board and remain in port overnight.

Accommodation: onboard MS Elbe Princesse I

DAY 2 | May 6

PRAGUE

We’ll spend the morning on a tour of Prague’s Old Town. The afternoon will be spend on a visit of the Prague Castle area: a collection of a half dozen palaces, several churches and monasteries, and gardens overlooking the city. We’ll see Saint Vitus Cathedral, the most recognizable landmark in the city, the Prague Castle, and the Golden Lane.

DAY 3 | May 7

PRAGUE | LITOMERICE

We’ll spend the morning cruising. Once we arrive, join us for a tour of Litomerice, one of the oldest Bohemian cities established in the 10th century on the site of a Slavic fort. The multi-colored Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance buildings in the city center are not to be missed. We’ll return on board in Roudnice and continue our cruise towards Litomerice. Evening of entertainment on board.

DAY 4 | May 8

LITOMERICE | BAD SCHANDAU | DRESDEN

We’ll spend the morning cruising to Bad Schandau and leave on an excursion to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. We’ll discover the Königstein Fortress, overlooking the Elbe and one of the largest hilltop fortresses in Europe. We’ll then stop at the Bastei rock formation towering above the Elbe and formed by water erosion over one million years ago. We’ll return on board and continue our cruise, reaching Dresden in the evening.

DAY 5 | May 9

DRESDEN | MEISSEN

The morning will be dedicated to a visit of the city known as the “Florence of the Elbe”. After our tour, we’ll return on board and cruise towards Meissen. Once we arrive in Meissen, we’ll leave on an optional guided tour of the city, famous for its trademark porcelain. Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the crew.

DAY 6 | May 10

LUTHERSTADT WITTENBERG | MAGDEBURG

We’ll leave on a guided tour of the city. You’ll discover the city center and its noble Renaissance-style houses. We’ll also visit Luther’s house, a former Augustinian monastery which is now the Reformation Museum and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to our next destination. Tonight will be CroisiEurope Quiz Night. We’ll moor in Magdeburg for the night.

DAY 7 | May 11

MAGDEBURG | HOHENWARTHE | GENTHIN | BERLIN

Our ship will leave for Burg early in the morning. Once we arrive, join us for a visit of Magdeburg, situated midway on the Elbe River and also on the historic Roman Roads. Once we return on board in Genthin, we’ll continue towards Berlin. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board.

DAY 8 | May 12

BERLIN

This morning, join us for a tour of Berlin, once the iconic representation of a world divided in two. The afternoon will be dedicated to a visit of the gardens at the Sanssouci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great. Tonight will be our gala dinner and evening. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 9 | May 13

BERLIN | DISEMBARKATION

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.

TOUR COST PER PERSON* (cruise only)

Main Deck:
CDN $4,480 per person based on twin occupancy

Upper Deck:
CDN $4,980 per person based on twin occupancy

*Price are per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin stateroom.
A limited number of single staterooms are available upon request.
The above rates do not include airfare.

MS Elbe Princesse I

MS Elbe Princesse I

Year Built Length Number of decks Number of Cabins Passengers Capacity
2016 95.4m 3 40 79 More Details
  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the last date of travel in the Czech Republic or Germany (EU).

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    No visa is required for citizens of Canada travelling to the Czech Republic or Germany for leisure stays of up to 90 days.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

Not permitted anywhere indoors. There are designated areas on the outside decks.

April / May & October: Day time temperatures typically from the mid to high 10s. At night it can dip into the single digits. Occasional spring rains.

June and September: During the day the temperature is typically in the low 20s and in the evening it often dips into the high 10s. Usually fairly dry.

July/August: Very warm during the day in the mid to high 20s and the low 20s at night.

Upon booking, we will provide detail instructions on how to meet your ship on embarkation day. If you have not made any pre or post tour arrangements with us, you will have to arrange your own transportation to and from the port of embarkation. We are happy to provide advice or to assist in arranging transfers.

The ship will not be ready for check-in before mid-afternoon. If you have luggage that you need to deposit so you can enjoy some free time in port, the purser may be able to accommodate you provided we know in advance.

The cruise will finish in the morning (usually around 9am) on the final day. It is necessary to have settled your onboard account and to have disembarked by this time as instructed by the cruise director on the day before.

The currency is the EURO. It is uncommon for local shops and restaurants to accept any other currency.

Credit cards are acceptable for larger purchases in retail shops, but often not in restaurants or cafés.

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in abundance.

As always, gratuities are at your own discretion. If you feel the service has met or exceeded your expectations, the ship suggests an amount of EURO $ 5-10 per person per day.

Unfortunately there are no laundry facilities on board so bring what you need for the cruise.

Most of our programs include a full complement of excursions. Some additional excursions may be available on board at an extra cost. Please check with us or consult the purser onboard for additional information.

Excursions will usually involve a lot of walking, often on cobblestone streets. If you have difficulty walking any distance, please let us know in advance and we will advise how best we can accommodate you.

Regrettably, most of our excursions are not suitable to those confined to a wheelchair.

Light – At most, participation in the shore excursions requires the ability to walk reasonable distances and some stairs.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in your cruise fare so you shouldn’t be too hungry. It is worthwhile to sample the local cuisine though.

Czech cuisine is quite heavy with meat/poultry and potatoes or dumplings being standard fare. Classic dishes include “Sviĉkova” which is a braised beef in sauce usually served with bread dumplings. Our personal favourite is the roast duck with red cabbage and dumplings. You will find this on menus everywhere. Of course the drink of choice in the Czech Republic is beer with the most well-known brand being Pilsener Urquell.

In Germany, pork dishes are very popular and if you’re looking for a quick snack, try one of the many sausages that you can find at street vendors all over. One of the most hearty dishes to try in Berlin is the “Eisbein” or pork knuckle. It tastes much better than it sounds.

Germany is also well known for its beer, but you might try some German white wine from the Rhine or Mosel regions. Generally known to be sweeter, if you opt for a dry variety, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Your shipboard staff all speak English of course, but when you are wandering through the shops in small villages, the local folk may have little English, particularly in the Czech Republic. A phrasebook or translation app is highly recommended.

There are no medical personnel onboard the ship. However, the purser can contact onshore medical people for emergency and non-emergency situations and rapid evacuation can easily be facilitated in the most urgent cases.

There is a phone in each cabin. As is typical, the charges for overseas calls are relatively high.

Free Wi-Fi is available in the main public areas of the ship but not necessarily in all cabins. As internet is provided through a mobile network, bandwidth (speed) will vary depending on the number of concurrent users, the proximity to a cell tower and other factors.

If you would like to have regular data and phone connection, we suggest either arranging an overseas roaming plan with your mobile operator, or pick up a local SIM card if you have an unlocked phone.

There are no vaccinations required to travel in Germany or the Czech Republic. As always, we recommend being in good health prior to any long distance travel. Consult your physician with any specific concerns in regard to this program.

Despite recent events in Europe, both the Czech Republic and Germany are extremely safe. Particularly the small cities and towns on this voyage, you should have nothing to be concerned about. This being said, being constantly aware of your surroundings and not taking unnecessary valuables with you is always recommended. Leave your passport, extra money and any other belongings you do not need during the day in the safe in your cabin.

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