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Elegant Elbe

Prepare for an extraordinary odyssey that brings you to the forefront of Europe’s rich landscapes and beyond.

Experience the grandeur of Dresden with panoramic tours and soul-stirring musical performances: visit the breathtaking Bastei in Saxon Switzerland and bask in Prague’s historical and cultural landmarks.

Enjoy the luxury of a Viking River cruise both onboard and off-board your ship. Complete with a spectrum of excursions and an array of amenities, your Elegant Elbe cruise is sure to leave you with a treasure trove of souvenirs and a lifetime of memories.

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  • Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises
  • Ship: Viking Beyla & Viking Astrild
  • Duration: 9 Nights
  • Departure: Sep - Nov & Mar - Jul
£2,845pp
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Elegant Elbe Cruise Itinerary

Explore iconic landmarks, indulge in culinary delights, and bask in the cultures along the sloping neck of the Elbe. Delve into Berlin’s rich history, visit Martin Luther’s legacy in Wittenberg and uncover the artistry of Meissen porcelain. In Dresden, experience baroque beauty and panoramic views. Venture into Prague, its Old Town and its Jewish Quarter. Enjoy authentic and exciting cultural experiences on your luxurious river cruise.

Note: On the Day 6 excursion to the Green Vault, the Green Vault is closed on Tuesdays; you will instead visit the Old Masters Picture Gallery. Further, on the Day 3 excursion to the Sanssouci Palace, on Mondays you will visit the wonderful New Palace instead.

Day 1

Berlin

Arrive at the Berlin airport and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy free time to explore the city or embark on the optional Welcome Walk.

Day 2

Berlin

Go on a guided tour of Berlin’s highlights. Or, embark on a Culinary tour of Berlin. Enjoy dinner and a beer tasting at the Brauhaus Spandau microbrewery. Go on a bicycle tour through the neighbourhoods of Berlin.

Day 3

Wittenberg

Visit the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, the summer home of Frederick the Great, and enjoy a guided tour of the palace rooms and gardens.

Day 4

Wittenberg / Leipzig

Embark on a walking tour in Wittenberg. After, enjoy a tour of the city of Leipzig.

Day 5

Meissen

Visit the Meissen porcelain factory and learn of the fascinating porcelain-making process.

Day 6

Dresden

Enjoy the Panoramic Dresden tour. Or, enjoy a guided tour of Dresden and its surroundings. Alternatively, visit Volkswagen’s “Transparent Factory”. Delight in a classical music performance by the Dresden Residence Orchestra at Zwinger Palace. Or, embark on an E-bike ride along the Elbe River.

Day 7

Saxon Switzerland / Dresden

Visit the panoramic Bastei. Return to Dresden for a classical music performance by the Dresden Residence Orchestra at Zwinger Palace.

Day 8

Prague

Explore Prague’s UNESCO-listed Old Town.

Day 9

Prague

Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Lobkowicz Palace, complete with an elegant lunch and a private concert in the concert hall. Explore the Jewish Quarter during a walking tour. Enjoy an optional evening village gala at Číčovický Dvůr with traditional Czech food, dance, and music. Or, experience a mediaeval Prague walking tour after dark.

Day 10

Prague

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, if you purchased a post-cruise extension, continue to enjoy your trip.

Day 1

Prague

Arrive in Prague, then transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Prague

Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Lobkowicz Palace, complete with an elegant lunch and a private concert in the concert hall. Explore the Jewish Quarter during a walking tour. Enjoy an optional evening village gala at Číčovický Dvůr with traditional Czech food, dance, and music. Or, experience a mediaeval Prague walking tour after dark.

Day 3

Prague

Explore Prague’s UNESCO-listed Old Town.

Day 4

Saxon Switzerland / Dresden

Visit the panoramic Bastei. Return to Dresden for a classical music performance by the Dresden Residence Orchestra at Zwinger Palace.

Day 5

Dresden

Enjoy the Panoramic Dresden tour. Or, enjoy a guided tour of Dresden and its surroundings. Alternatively, visit Volkswagen’s “Transparent Factory”. Delight in a classical music performance by the Dresden Residence Orchestra at Zwinger Palace. Or, embark on an E-bike ride along the Elbe River.

Day 6

Meissen

Visit the Meissen porcelain factory and learn of the fascinating porcelain-making process.

Day 7

Wittenberg / Leipzig

Embark on a walking tour in Wittenberg. After, enjoy a tour of the city of Leipzig.

Day 8

Wittenberg

Visit the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, the summer home of Frederick the Great, and enjoy a guided tour of the palace rooms and gardens.

Day 9

Berlin

Go on a guided tour of Berlin’s highlights. Or, embark on a Culinary tour of Berlin. Enjoy dinner and a beer tasting at the Brauhaus Spandau microbrewery. Go on a bicycle tour through the neighbourhoods of Berlin.

Day 10

Berlin

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, if you purchased a post-cruise extension, continue to enjoy your trip.

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Elegant Elbe

  • Berlin
  • Dresden
  • Meissen
  • Saxon Switzerland
  • Wittenberg
  • Wittenberg / Leipzig
£2,845pp Est. Price per person
  • Viking Beyla & Viking Astrild  

Elegant Elbe Cruise Review

“What a wonderful time I had on this cruise! I loved visiting the Meissen porcelain factory but I have to say that Dresden stole my heart with its old-world charm and those classical music performances were simply divine. The Bastei in Saxon Switzerland also left me in awe. The Lobkowicz Palace visit and the private concert and exploring Prague’s Jewish Quarter were moments I’ll cherish forever. If you’re a history and culture enthusiast like me this cruise is an absolute must-do.”

Claire Bell, Colchester, Essex

Elegant Elbe FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What should I expect during shore excursions?

Shore excursions will range from city tours to concerts to outdoor adventures. We advise that you prepare thoroughly for any excursions you wish to participate in by packing the correct attire and supplies.

What should I pack for the cruise?

Dress comfortably and modestly, especially when visiting temples, mosques and other holy or religious sites. Lightweight, breathable clothing and comfortable walking shoes are also recommended, particularly in hot weather.

What currency should I carry for purchases during the cruise?

Euros are widely accepted along the Elegant Elbe cruise route. It’s a good idea to carry some local currency for small purchases in each destination.

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