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Elbe River Cruise – Prague to Berlin

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  • May 02, 2018 - May 13, 2018


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Elbe River Cruise – Prague to Berlin

The Elbe River has long been an important delineator of east and west in Europe. Linking two of the most fascinating capitals of Europe—Prague and Berlin—it traverses a land filled with captivating treasures, including cosmopolitan cities and picturesque towns; terraced vineyards and lush orchards; fortress-crowned crags; and the spectacular gorges of “Saxon Switzerland.”

Study Leaders
For the past 30 years, Mary Werner DeNadai, FAIA, has focused her architectural career on the field of historic preservation. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and on the Boards of Directors of Preservation Action (past chair), of Cliveden of the National Trust and of Preservation Pennsylvania (currently vice-president and formerly president). She is a past chairman of the Historic Preservation Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 1999, Ms. DeNadai was the recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award, Pennsylvania’s highest recognition for contributions by an individual for lifetime achievement in the field of historic preservation. She has led numerous international tours for the National Trust.
Peter Burgard
is in his 29th year on the Faculty at Harvard. He arrived in 1989 as an Assistant Professor straight out of graduate school, having received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University. He was Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities from 1994 to 1997 and since 1997 has been Professor of German.

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The 80-passenger Frederic Chopin was launched in 2002 in Germany. With its moderate draft, the vessel is ideally suited to navigate rivers and canals in virtually the whole of Europe. Public areas are spacious and elegantly decorated. The restaurant accommodates all passengers in one sitting and serves delicious regional and international cuisines, and the salon with its resident pianist is a superb place to end your evening with your choice of beverage from the ship’s bar. All cabins feature an en suite bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, television, telephone, hairdryer, minibar, and a safe. Double/twin-bedded cabins are furnished with either a double bed with two mattresses, or one sofa bed and one separate fixed single bed. Deluxe cabin 201 is equipped with one sofa bed and a fixed, single bed; deluxe cabin 202 is equipped with a double bed with two mattresses. All single cabins are equipped with one fixed sofa bed.

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Wednesday & Thursday, May 2 & 3
Depart home on an overnight flight to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Arrive on Thursday and transfer to your hotel, located on the edge of Prague’s historic Old Town. Prague Marriott

Friday, May 4
Set out on a walking tour of charming Old Town Prague, largely unchanged for centuries. See Old Town Square, home of an intricately decorated astronomical clock and the iconic pointed spires of Tyn Cathedral. Stroll among the artists and musicians across the Charles Bridge, which spans the Vltava River and offers spectacular views of Prague Castle and the domes and turrets of Old Town. The afternoon is at leisure before a gala welcome reception, dinner, and private concert at an impressive 17th-century chateau with panoramic views of the redroofed city and the Vltava River below. Prague Marriott (B,R,D)

Saturday, May 5
Prague (Embark)
Today explore Prague Castle, a royal residence as far back as the 10th century and still the seat of the Czech government. Its walls encompass Renaissance-era St. Vitus Cathedral, an imposing structure that incorporates a unique mix of Gothic and Baroque elements; and the Old Royal Palace, one of the oldest parts of the castle, with its elongated throne room and soaring Vladislav Hall, once the site of coronation banquets and indoor jousting tournaments. Still within the walls, stroll along Golden Lane, a charmingly quaint street that dates back to the 15th century. Inside the 11 historic houses that line the lane are period scenes depicting the life of the goldsmiths and other artisans who once lived and worked here; the upper levels contain a medieval armory and textile displays. Conclude the day with a visit to the magnificent Strahov Library for a private viewing of original prints and manuscripts. Embark the Frederic Chopin for the first of seven nights aboard. Frederic Chopin (B,L,D)

Sunday, May 6

Explore Prague’s Jewish Quarter, visiting the haunting Old Jewish Cemetery and the 13th-century Old-New Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in Europe. Frederic Chopin (B,L,D)

Monday, May 7
Bad Schandau / Germany
Enjoy a morning of cruising along the beautiful Elbe River through “Saxon Switzerland” to the picturesque spa town of Bad Schandau, a summer resort for more than two centuries. Travel uphill and inland by motorcoach to see the spectacular Bastei Rock and the maze of pinnacles, ravines, and bizarre stone formations said to have inspired Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin. Drive to Dresden to meet up with the ship again. Frederic Chopin (B,L,D)

Tuesday, May 8
One of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Dresden is renowned for its splendid Baroque architecture and world-class art collections. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, including Theater Square and the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), an outstanding example of Protestant sacred architecture that was rebuilt and reconsecrated in 2005 after being leveled by Allied bombs during World War II. This afternoon choose from one of two optional excursions (both at additional cost): (1) Travel to nearby Schloss Wackerbarth, a historic chateau where nobles once resided, known today as Saxony’s oldest sparkling wine producer. Explore the vineyards, sip the famous bubbly, and sample the wines. (2) Visit Dresden’s Transparent Factory, a glasswalled facility designed by Volkswagen for the production of its top-of-the line Phaeton and expanded into a fascinating interactive exhibition space for innovative future technologies. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit to the production line for the new e-Golf. Or enjoy free time to explore Dresden independently. Frederic Chopin (B,L,D)

Wednesday, May 9
Dresden / Meissen
This morning visit the Zwinger Palace museum and explore the Old Masters Gallery, where works by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Raphael are displayed. Also marvel at the glittering displays of precious objects from the late Renaissance and Rococo periods at Dresden Castle’s Green Vault. This afternoon drive to Meissen, where the formula for hard-paste porcelain was developed in 1708. Visit the workshop that continues to make the “white gold” by hand, and see the exquisite collection at the Porcelain Museum. Optionally, enjoy a bike ride along the river. Frederic Chopin (B,L,D)

Thursday, May 10
Call at Wittenberg for a visit to the Castle Church, where in 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door, beginning the Protestant Reformation. Wittenberg’s historic Market Square, spared by the Allies during bombing raids, is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. On a walking tour of Old Town, visit Luther’s home as well as St. Mary’s Church, where he preached. Frederic Chopin (B,L,D)

Friday, May 11
Founded by Charlemagne in 805, Magdeburg was one of the most important medieval cities in Europe. Visit the cathedral, the oldest Gothic example in Germany, and the highly imaginative Green Citadel of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, for whom straight lines were anathema. Optionally, enjoy an E-bike (electric bike) tour along the riverside promenade, with photo opportunities and a river crossing by ferry. An afternoon of cruising is followed by the captain’s farewell reception and dinner. Frederic Chopin (B,L,D)

Saturday, May 12
Potsdam (Disembark)
Disembark in Potsdam and explore the magnificently Rococo Sanssouci Palace and Park, originally sketched by Frederick the Great and now the largest UNESCO World Heritage site in Germany. Also visit Cecilienhof Palace, where Churchill, Truman, and Stalin met at the historic Potsdam Conference in 1945 and redrew the map of Europe. Overnight in Potsdam or continue to Berlin for the optional extension. Steigenberger Hotel Sansscouci (B,L)

Sunday, May 13
Potsdam / Berlin / Home
Transfer to Berlin Tegel airport for return flights home.(B)

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Optional Post-Trip Extension • Berlin
May 13–16, 2018

Enjoy a three-night post-trip extension in this exciting European capital. On a motorcoach tour of the city, observe icons of past and present, including the Brandenburg Gate (left) and the remains of the Berlin Wall. Admire Berlin’s eclectic architecture, from the historic Potsdamer Platz and the new train station to Nicolai, the city’s oldest residential quarter. Enjoy lunch in the rooftop restaurant of the Norman Foster–enhanced Reichstag and marvel at the fashion, food, and home décor displays at the KaDeWe department store, the German equivalent of London’s Harrods. Stroll through the eight interconnected courtyards of Hackesche Hofe, a congenial mix of cafes, galleries, boutiques, and entertainment venues designed in the Jugenstil or Art Nouveau style in the early 1900s. Visit the Berlin Cathedral for a private tour of its 7,000-pipe organ, and explore your choice of the grand institutions that make up Berlin’s Museum Island, among them the Neues Museum, which houses Egyptian and pre-history collections including the bust of Nefertiti. Westin Grand Hotel (3B,2L,D).

Rates: $2,290 per person, double occupancy; $2,990 per person, single occupancy

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