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Passage along the Elbe - Elbe Princesse II

An eight night river cruise from Prague to Berlin aboard the MS Elbe Princesse II

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  • Palace of Sanssouci, Potsdam

Join us aboard the delightful MS Elbe Princesse II as we discover the natural beauty of former East Germany’s dramatic landscape whilst we cruise along the Elbe River from beautiful Prague to historic Berlin. For those contemplating a tour of Middle Europe, the usual option is a land based coach tour offering overnight stops and long road journeys. This attractive eight night itinerary offers an ideal alternative of relatively short journeys by road, whilst the major part of the journey is undertaken aboard our delightful vessel the MS Elbe Princesse II which we have chartered for our sailings from our long standing associates, Croisi Europe. Accommodating a maximum of just 77 passengers and with a shallow draught, the vessel is ideally suited for our river cruise.

Our journey will take us from the graceful Czech capital of Prague through the lovely Elbe Sandstone Mountains, where the Elbe has cut a deep valley through sandstone rocks, to culturally rich Dresden, the famous porcelain producing town of Meissen, Luther’s home town of Wittenberg and historic Magdeburg, ending in the vibrant city of Berlin. This is the perfect trip for those who enjoy seeing something different every day. Our floating hotel, the MS Elbe Princesse II transports you in considerable comfort between the two great cities of Prague and Berlin. The slow speed of the vessel allows you to absorb the changing landscape of town and country and observe everyday life along the river.

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Elbe Princesse II

Elbe Princesse II

The delightful MS Elbe Princesse II is due to be launched in 2018. This modern vessel is designed to navigate the challenging conditions of the Elbe River using advanced engineering technologies. With a remarkably low draft, the vessel is able to navigate low waters and traverse areas that other vessels operating in this region are not. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 77 passengers, providing a warm and intimate atmosphere on board. With plenty of light and a large Sun Deck, there is ample opportunity to watch the world gently pass by as you relax on board your comfortable floating hotel.

Please note that owing to the fact that the Elbe Princesse II is currently under construction, the images shown are of her sister vessel, the MS Elbe Princesse. Whilst the vessels will be very similar, there may be some subtle differences with regards to decor.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Prague, Czech Republic.

Fly by scheduled flight and transfer to the MS Elbe Princesse II. Meet your fellow guests and crew this evening at the welcome cocktail and enjoy dinner on board.

Day 2 - Prague.

Our morning tour will focus on the Czech Republic’s capital in all its elegance. Our guided walking tour of this UNESCO Heritage City will include the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square and the castle. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing afternoon sailing to our next port of call in Germany.

Day 3 - Saxon Switzerland, Germany.

Enjoy a leisurely morning aboard before we arrive into Bad Schandau this afternoon. There will be a guided tour to the famous rock tower, known as the Bastei, which was formed by water a million years ago and from where we can enjoy stunning views of the Elbe. We continue on to Castle Konigstein, an impressive fortress overlooking the Elbe where Napoleon’s forces were billeted during his German campaign. Return to the vessel and sail to Dresden for an overnight mooring.

Day 4 - Dresden.

We will have the full day to explore this wonderful city known as ‘Florence of the Elbe’. Our guided morning tour will include the historic centre, the Frauenkirche and the Baroque Church of our Lady, which still shows signs of the Allied bombing during World War II. After lunch on board there will be the opportunity to explore this striking city independently.

Day 5 - Meissen.

After a relaxing morning spent sailing we will arrive at the beautiful city of Meissen with its enchanting Renaissance houses. During our guided tour we will visit the Meissen factory museum where fine porcelain has been produced since the early 1700s and see first-hand how this trademarked porcelain is created by hand.

Day 6 - Wittenberg.

Wittenberg was the home of Martin Luther and the centre of the Protestant Reformation. It was here at the Schlosskirche in 1517 that Luther nailed his 95 Theses in opposition to the Roman Catholic Church. On our half day excursion we will take a walk through the old town.

Day 7 - Magdeburg.

Our morning guided tour will include the historically significant cathedral and the Monastery of Our Lady, the town hall, Guericke Fountain, Old Market Square and of course, the Green Citadel. Return to the vessel for lunch and continue our sailing to Potsdam.

Day 8 - Potsdam.

This afternoon we will visit the Versailles of Prussia known for its palaces and parks. Here amongst the splendour of Frederick the Great’s creation we will see the park of the Palace of Sanssouci and the Tea House.

Day 9 - Berlin to London.

Disembark after breakfast and head to Germany’s capital to enjoy a city tour with lunch before we transfer to the airport for our return scheduled flight to London.

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
28 April 2018 to 6 May 2018 • 30 May 2018 to 7 June 2018 • 19 to 27 September 2018
Category Price
Main Deck Twin £2795
Upper Deck Twin £2995
Upper Deck Single £3195

Tour Reference Code: RCEPII

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, eight nights accommodation aboard the MS Elbe Princesse II on an all inclusive, full board basis (excluding premium brand alcohol), shore excursions, services of a Cruise Director, Tour Manager and Guest Speaker, gratuities, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance.

NB. Ports subject to change, water levels and weather conditions may affect the itinerary.

  • Deckplan

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Elbe Princesse II

The delightful MS Elbe Princesse II is due to be launched in 2018. This modern vessel is designed to navigate the challenging conditions of the Elbe River using advanced engineering technologies. With a remarkably low draft, the vessel is able to navigate low waters and traverse areas that other vessels operating in this region are not. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 77 passengers, providing a warm and intimate atmosphere on board. With plenty of light and a large Sun Deck, there is ample opportunity to watch the world gently pass by as you relax on board your comfortable floating hotel.

Please note that owing to the fact that the Elbe Princesse II is currently under construction, the images shown are of her sister vessel, the MS Elbe Princesse. Whilst the vessels will be very similar, there may be some subtle differences with regards to decor.

 
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Reception
    Reception
  • Upper Deck Cabin
    Upper Deck Cabin
  • Main Deck Cabin
    Main Deck Cabin
  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Meals are taken in the single sitting restaurant on the vessel’s Main Deck. The restaurant seats all passengers in an open seat arrangement and tables are arranged to seat groups of four, six and eight. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and feature both hot and cold dishes, whereas dinner is served to your table with a choice of main course. Cuisine is a selection of regional specialties and international dishes. Alcoholic and soft drinks are included in your holiday price (excluding premium brands) as are tea and coffee which are available throughout the day on a self-serve basis and with meals.

  • Life Onboard

    Life Onboard

    The vessel is comfortable with a convivial and informal atmosphere on board. The friendly crew will do their utmost to ensure your stay is enjoyable, informative and agreeable throughout. A daily briefing by the Cruise Director will give you information on the next day’s activities and expert, English-speaking local guides provide insider knowledge into the local culture, architecture, history and traditions.

  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    The cabins are spread across the Main and Upper Decks and all are outside facing. All cabins are located above water level affording outside views from their large windows and there is plenty of natural light both within the cabins and in the public areas. All cabins are fitted with a bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC. Cabins also feature a safe, ample storage space, flat screen television, small desk and seating area, hair dryer, plus all have their own climate control units. All cabins have two separate mattresses laid together forming a double bed, although these can be separated on request (please note cabins 116 and 216 feature fixed double beds). Cabins measure 14.5 m2 except for the three single cabins which measure 12 m2.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    Spread over three decks, the onboard facilities include a delightful restaurant which accommodates all guests in one sitting. The lounge is a pleasant space for relaxation and the large panoramic windows create a bright and airy ambience. The Lounge also features a large TV and bar area which is accessible from the reception area. On the large, spacious Sun Deck there is comfortable deck furniture where you can relax in the shade or enjoy the pleasant weather. The onboard shop sells various practical and souvenir items.

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

    The booklet below contains some further details pertaining to the vessel.
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  • Deck plans
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Tour Extensions

    • 6th to 8th May; 7th to 9th June & 27th to 29th September 2018

      If you would like to spend some time in Berlin after disembarking the MS Elbe Princesse II we are offering an optional two night extension based at a centrally located, four star hotel.

      Brandenberg Gate, Berlin Brandenberg Gate, Berlin
    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £350
      Single £450

      Price Includes: Two nights hotel accommodation on a breakfast only basis, dinner on day 1, transfer from the vessel to hotel with brief city tour en route, transfer from hotel to airport.

      Not Included: Travel insurance.

River Guides

  • To see our current selection of tours for the river Elbe click here.
     
    • View from Bastei in Saxon Switzerland Germany to the town Wehlen and the river Elbe
      Elbe

    The River Elbe is 1094 km (680miles) long and it has one of Europe’s biggest river basins, nearly 150,000 sq km (57,000 sq miles). It has many tributaries including the Vitava, Saale, Havel, Mulde, Schwarze Elster and Ohre. Its source is in the Giant Mountains (Krkonose) in the Czech Republic and in its early stages it comprises falls and rapids through gorges and glens and it passes through the region known historically as Bohemia. The river continues through Germany, flowing through major cities including Dresden and Hamburg towards the North Sea in a region characterised by flat marshlands and farms. Due to the river’s flooding in the past, dikes and canals have been constructed, while viaducts have been built above it and tunnels below. It flows past the entrance to the Kiel Canal and thence into the North Sea at Cuxhaven.

    The Elbe has long been important for commercial traffic and, besides the Kiel Canal, it connects to the Elbe-Lubeck Canal (and the Baltic Sea) and numerous canals that link it to cities throughout Germany including Berlin. For much of its length in Germany it was the frontier between East and West before reunification during the Cold War and, as a result, its banks are surprisingly rural and untouched for a commercial waterway in the heart of Europe. However, cruising on the Elbe and connected waterways is mostly focused on its historic cities – Berlin, Prague, Dresden, Wittenberg, Magdeburg and Potsdam – as well as the many sites situated along the river’s banks, including castles and towers, museums and churches and the scenes of battles from the Second World War and going back to Napoleon.

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