13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE REFORMATION (ELBE RIVER CRUISE)

Czech Republic: Prague
Germany: Berlin - Dresden - Eisenach - Erfurt - Frankfurt - Potsdam - Rhineland - Wittenberg
Starting from $5,280 (Land Only)

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE REFORMATION (ELBE RIVER CRUISE)

The historical European pearl of Prague, the Imperial City of Dresden, Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt as well as the castle town of Potsdam and finally, Berlin - along our route, these famous places of interest and beautiful landscapes line up like a string of pearls on a necklace. Our river cruise begins in Prague and ends in Berlin. At the same time you have the unique opportunity to travel in the footsteps of the Reformation on a pre-tour to include Eisenach with its impressive Wartburg Castle, Erfurt, Eisleben - Martin Luther’s place of birth and death, and Leipzig. An absolute highlight is our visit to Wittenberg, the cradle of the German Reformation! You will travel through one the richest cultural landscapes of Europe along the rivers Vtlava, Elbe and Havel home to numerous World Heritage sites. Description of MS Sans Souci: "Sans Souci", put into service in 2000, is flying the German flag. It counts more than 40 cabins, spread over the main and upper deck. All cabins are outside cabins with 11-12m² and are equipped as twin cabins with air-conditioning, hairdryer, TV and bathroom with toilet and shower. On the main deck all passengers will gather in the elegantly equipped dining room for the meals. A lift connects the main with the upper deck. Here you find the nice panorama lounge with a bar in the front part. For any leisure activities a small library, a small sauna with fitness area as well as an extensive solar deck are at your disposal.

INCLUDES
  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure.
  • Airport transfer to/from first/last hotel.
  • Round trip as per programme by a/c coach with toilet, kitchenette, reclining seats, DVD
  • MS Sans Souci cruise from Prague to Berlin based on the chosen cabin category (7 overnights)
  • Hotel accommodation based upon double occupancy in a double room (bath/shower and toilet in room) including all service charges and taxes in middle and first class hotels according to pre- and main-tour
  • Meal plan: pre-tour: 3xbreakfast buffet + 3xdinner; main-tour: (8)9xbreakfast buffet + 7xlunch (from day 4 to day 11) + 8xdinner
  • Comprehensive sight-seeing tours and excursions including English-speaking tour guide throughout
  • Local city guides if mandatory
  • All entrance fees according to itinerary
  • All port- and lock fees
  • Head-set system
  • Porter fees hotels in/out (1 piece per person)
EXCLUDES
  • Tips for bus driver, local guide, tour guide, hotel and cruise staff
  • All extra and personal expenses
ITINERARY
Day 1 - MONDAY - ARRIVAL IN FRANKFURT- RHINE RIVER CRUISE - MAINZ (160KMS)

Upon arrival at Frankfurt International airport meet your local guide. You board the coach and drive to the Rhine Valley for a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the Rhine River, one of the most picturesque stretches of this majestic waterway. You sail past magnificent castles and the famous Loreley rock. You continue onto Mainz to visit the birthplace of printing, the Gutenberg Museum: the evolution of printing is documented, and Gutenberg’s first Bible is on display, also the world‘s tiniest Bible. Then tour St. Martin's Cathedral, built in the 8th century and towering with all its might and grandeur over the city. Overnight in Mainz. D


Day 2 - TUESDAY- EISENACH - ERFURT (290KMS)

Eisenach: “Almost all of my relatives live in Eisenach, and I’m known to them there and well-respected; no other city knows me better”, said Luther. Explore his city on a walking tour highlighting St. George’s Church; Luther House where Luther lived as a student with the Cotta family from 1498-1501 (view only from the outside); Bach Museum, the birth house of the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The next stop takes you to the magnificent Wartburg Castle with a tour of the Palas (Great Hall), Art exhibition, the Elisabeth Hallway and the Luther Room where “Junker Jörg” (the Knight George) translated the New Testament into German. You continue on to Erfurt, the spiritual home of Martin Luther for overnight. B, D


Day 3 - WEDNESDAY- ERFURT - EISLEBEN - ERFURT (200KMS)

This morning, you tour Erfurt. It was here that Luther took the decisive step to turn to theology and the monastic life and obtained a degree, a doctorate in the faculty of philosophy and where he. Our walking tour includes St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Luther was ordained as a priest, St. Severus Church, where Luther preached his sermons and the Augustinian Monastery with a permanent exhibit depicting Luther’s life as a monk in Erfurt. The 11th-century Old Synagogue of Erfurt was undiscovered for centuries, today houses a museum of extraordinary medieval artifacts and received the award of the “Best European Tourism Project” in 2011. You then visit Eisleben and tour the Luther Houses where he was born and where he died, St. Peter’s Church where Luther was baptized and St. Andrews Church where Luther preached his last four sermons and where his body was laid in state. You return to Erfurt for overnight. This evening is at leisure in the lovely restored market place to enjoy dinner on own at one of the local cafes and restaurants. B


Day 4 - FRIDAY, THURSDAY - LEIPZIG - PRAGUE (400KMS)

After breakfast you travel eastward to Leipzig, the city of music, the city of Johann Sebastian Bach and the cradle of the German peaceful revolution. You tour the Old City with St. Thomas’ Church where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as choir master and music director, the “Alte Rathaus” (Old Town Hall), St. Nicholas Church, starting point of the peaceful revolution, the “Völkerschlachtdenkmal” (Monument to the Battle of the Nations), important Leipzig landmark. After time at leisure and lunch on your own, you cross the German-Czech border and drive to Prague for overnight. B, D Main-Tour “Elbe river cruise”, September 19th - 28th


Day 5 - SATURDAY - PRAGUE - EMBARKATION

Start your sightseeing tour following breakfast. You tour the largest ancient castle in the world, "Hradcany" with St. Vitus Cathedral and Vladislav Hall. After lunch you continue on with the Golden Lane, cross the famous Charles Bridge and into the Old City. Here you view the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock, the Jan Hus Memorial, and Wenzel Square. In the afternoon embarkation MS Sans Souci and overnight of seven nights. In the evening you have the chance to attend worship. (B,) L, D


Day 6 - SUNDAY - PRAGUE - VTLAVA CRUISING

Early this morning MS Sans Souci departs for the lock of Roztoky. You board the coach and return to Prague and tour the Jewish Prague with the Jewish City Hall (view from outside), Altneuschul - oldest existing synagogue in Europe and one of the other synagogues as well as the infamous Old Jewish cemetery. You return aboard for lunch. In the afternoon you sail to Velke Zernoseky. B, L, D


Day 7 - MONDAY - BAD SCHANDAU - PILLNITZ - DRESDEN

During the morning MS Sans Souci sails along the Elbe River to Bad Schandau. From here you visit the Bastei, a rock formation towering 194 meters above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. Afterwards you visit Pillnitz Castle, a restored Baroque castle with Chinese elements and located on the bank of the Elbe River. Early this evening you reembark in Dresden. After dinner you have the opportunity to visit a performance of the Semper Opera (tbc and optional costs). B, L, D


Day 8 - TUESDAY - DRESDEN - TORGAU

This morning, you tour impressive and historical Dresden on a walking tour which includes the Theatre Square, Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera, Castle and Castle Church and a guided tour of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady). This baroque cathedral was destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II. It was reconstructed and completed in 2004 as a landmark symbol of reconciliation between former warring enemies. After lunch you board the coach for a short drive to Torgau. The city was the Saxonian residential city and political center of the Reformation in the 16th century. Martin Luther sanctified the Castle Church as the first Protestant church. The tombstone of Katharina von Bora, Martin Luther’s wife, can be found in St. Mary’s church. The only existing memorial for her is located in her last residence. You re-embark and continue your cruise. B, L, D


Day 9 - WEDNESDAY - WITTENBERG - MAGDEBURG

This morning, we enjoy our relaxing cruise passing magnificent landscapes on our way to Wittenberg. The city was from 1508 the main workplace of Martin Luther. You visit Luther Hall, the Augustinian monastery where Luther lived as a monk and later, in 1525, as owner with his wife and family (Luther Hall is the largest museum of Reformation history in the world), the Market Square and the Town Hall; view from outside “All Saints Church“ Schlosskirche”, the famous site where Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door sparking the beginning of the Reformation (it is here that Luther is buried along side his fellow reformer, Philipp Melanchthon); tour St. Mary’s Church, where Luther did the majority of his preaching. You board the coach and reembark your ship to continue on to Magdeburg. B, L, D


Day 10 - THURSDAY - MAGDEBURG

Following breakfast, you tour the capital of the state of Saxony-Anhalt and home city of the Emperor Otto the Great, founder of the Holy Roman Empire. You visit the Gothic Cathedral where Otto the Great is buried, the Magdeburg Rider, the Cloister Church (Wallons Church) where Martin Luther prayed several times. In the afternoon you cruise on the Elbe-Havel-Channel to the Havel River. B, L, D


Day 11 - FRIDAY - POTSDAM - BERLIN

After breakfast, you meander through the quaint streets of Potsdam through the “Holländisches Viertel” (Dutch Quarter) or the Russian colony “Alexandrowka” and experience a time long past. You then continue on to Sanssouci Palace, the summer residence of the Prussian Kings often referred to as the “Prussian Versailles”. You return aboard for lunch and cruise a short way to Berlin, the re-unified capital of Germany. In the afternoon a panoramic sightseeing tour of Berlin with the Reichstag (Parliament), the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the refurbished city center and Gendarmenmarkt, Alexanderplatz, the famous boulevard “Unter den Linden,” the Berlin Cathedral (the Hof- and Domkirche of the Hohenzollern dynasty) gives you a first impression of this vibrant and lively capital. Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner on board with your German companions. B, L, D


Day 12 - SATURDAY - BERLIN

After disembarking you drive to Museum Island to visit the world-famous Pergamon Museum with its many treasures including the Ishtar Gate and the Market Gate of Miletus. In the afternoon time at leisure for your last minute souvenir shopping. Overnight in Berlin. B, D


Day 13 - SUNDAY - DEPARTURE

Early this morning you are transferred to the airport for your flight home to the USA.


DEPARTURE & RATES

Gold Plan

Land Only
Dates Price
From October 01 2016 to October 31 2017 $5280
Single Supplement
Dates Price
From October 01 2016 to October 31 2017 $905
Notes
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