Day 1 - Home – Prague, Czech Republic
Transfer today to Boston Logan International Airport with your Tours of Distinction Tour Director for the overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic.
**The itinerary is written with the shore excursions included (bolded). Shore Excursions are not included and optional. The shore excursion package can be booked at time of reservation. If you would like to pre-arrange select shore excursions, please advise at time of booking for individual shore excursion pricing. Shore excursions can also be booked onboard and paid locally (dependent on availability of shore excursion).
Day 2 - Prague
Upon arrival in Prague, have some free-time to explore before we are welcome to board the MS Elbe Princesse II starting at 6:00 PM. After comfortably settling into your cabin, we’ll introduce the crew at a welcome cocktail meeting. We’ll enjoy dinner onboard and remain in port this evening.
Day 3 - Prague
We’ll spend the morning on a tour of Prague’s Old Town. Staré Maestro dates back more than 1,000 years and is one of the most important places in Bohemian history. While strolling through the streets, you’ll discover the Jewish Quarter, the town hall, the infamous astronomical clock, and the Church of Mother of God in front of Týn. The afternoon will be spent with a visit of the Prague Castle area which includes: a collection of a half dozen palaces, several churches and monasteries and gardens overlooking the city. We’ll see Saint Vitus Cathedral and the most recognizable landmark in the city, the Prague Castle.
Day 4 - Prague - Litomerice, Czech Republic
We’ll spend the morning cruising; take advantage of free time to admire the landscapes or participate in our onboard activities. Once we arrive, we embark on 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 onboard and continue cruising. After dinner, we’ll enjoy an evening of onboard, local entertainment.
Day 5 - Litomerice - Bad Schandau - Dresden
We’ll spend the morning cruising through the magnificent Saxon Switzerland area (which really is a part of Germany) gliding by the prairies, woods, lakes, vineyards and chateaux. We’ll stop in 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. Thought to have been built in the 13th century, it was used as a state prison for centuries. We’ll then stop at the Bastei Rock Formation towering above the Elbe. We’ll return onboard and continue our cruise, reaching Dresden in the evening.
Day 6 - Dresden - Meissen
The afternoon will be dedicated to a visit of the city known as the “Florence of the Elbe”. A relatively recent city with Slavic origin, Dresden became the capital of the Margravate of Meissen in the 13th century and the seat of the Dukes of Saxony in the 15th century. Its breathtaking architectural and artistic heritage makes it one of the most important tourist destinations in Germany. After our tour, we’ll return onboard and cruise toward Meissen. Once we arrive in Meissen, we’ll leave on a guided tour of the city, famous for its trademark porcelain. Discover how the porcelain has been made for more than 300 years and admire the magnificent pieces displayed in the museum. We’ll then head for the city center to see the outside of the Albrechtsburg and the cathedral. This evening, we have some entertainment provided by the crew; we cruise through the night.
Day 7 - Lutherstadt Wittenberg - Magdeburg
We’ll leave on a guided tour of Lutherstadt which is the city where Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of a church and sparked the Reformation. 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 Magdeburg. For some fun tonight, it is the MS Elbe Princesse II Quiz Night!
Day 8 - Magdeburg - Hohenwarthe - Genthin - Berlin
Our ship will leave for Hohenwarthe early in this morning. Once we arrive, we visit Magdeburg, situated midway on the Elbe River and also on the historic Roman Roads. The Lutheran Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice is the highest church building in eastern Germany. Once we return onboard in Genthin, we’ll continue toward Berlin.
Day 9 - Berlin
This morning, we tour Berlin which was 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 evening.
Day 10 - Berlin - Home
After breakfast, we disembark and have some free-time this morning to explore Berlin and do some shopping before transferring to the airport for the flight. Upon arriving back in the USA, we’ll transfer home.