Sunday September 6 to Sunday September 20, 2020
Join the Port Hope Architectural Society for this exclusive river cruise itinerary that takes place in the plains of eastern Germany through the rolling hills of western Czech Republic, stopping in multiple towns and cities steeped in centuries of tradition.
Evening departure from Toronto to Berlin with Air Canada Rouge. Dinner and a light breakfast will be served on board.
(B, D) Morning arrival at Berlin’s Tegel Airport. On our way to the hotel, a panoramic tour of selected sights of former East Berlin takes us along Karl-Marx Avenue, and to the East Side Gallery, a collection of about 100 works of art painted directly on a preserved section of the Berlin Wall (www.eastsidegallery-berlin.com). Arrival at the hotel. Check in, and free time to settle in and get some rest after the overnight flight. Group dinner this evening at a restaurant near the hotel. Hotel: Innside by Melia Berlin Mitte https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/germany/ berlin/innside-berlin-mitte/index.htm
(B) After breakfast we depart for a panoramic bus & walking tour featuring the highlights of Berlin including the Reichstag building, Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial, Bellevue Palace, the nearby Victory Column, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, where we step down to explore one of West Berlin’s finest shopping areas and take time for lunch. We then continue on to Potsdamer Platz square, CheckPoint Charlie, and the Berlin Wall Memorial near our hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Today is set aside for individual pursuits in one of Europe’s most vibrant and culturally rich cities. Later in the afternoon, we gather at our hotel for transfer to the pier and board your Croisi Europe ship. Welcome cocktails on board. Accommodation: onboard MS Elbe Princesse I.
(B,L,D) This morning, relax on board or enjoy an optional half day panoramic tour of Berlin. Return onboard for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll leave the boat for a visit to the gardens at the Sanssouci Palace, former residence of Frederick the Great. Afterwards, we’ll return to the ship and begin to cruise to Wüsterwitz. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.
(B,L,D) Our ship will depart early this morning for Magdeburg. Take advantage of your free time this morning while we cruise to admire the landscapes or take part in our onboard activities. This afternoon, join us for a tour of Magdeburg, located midway on the Elbe River and the historic Roman Roads. Its cathedral is one of the major Gothic edifices in Germany. Afterwards, we’ll return on board and continue our cruise. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by an evening of dancing. Our ship will cruise through the night. Headsets are included for all Croisi land excursions.
(B,L,D) This morning’s excursion to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains takes us to the Königstein Fortress, overlooking the Elbe and one of the most interesting hilltop fortresses in Europe. Thought to have been built in the 13th century, it was for centuries used as a state prison. We’ll then stop at the Bastei rock formation towering above the Elbe and formed by water erosion over one million years ago. Back on board, we’ll continue to cruise through the magnificent Saxon Switzerland area (which really is a part of Germany) gliding by the prairies, woods, lakes, vineyards and chateaux. We’ll remain in port overnight with an evening of onboard entertainment.
(B,L,D) Join us for a tour of one of Bohemia’s oldest cities established in the 10th century on the site of a Slavic fort. Afterwards, we’ll return on board in Roudnice and spend the afternoon cruising towards Kralupy. Admire the pastoral and urban landscapes from the outer decks or take advantage of this time to participate in our onboard activities. Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the crew. We’ll remain in port overnight.
(B,L,D) This morning will be dedicated to a tour of Prague’s Old Town: you will love its narrow streets, Town Hall and astronomical clock as well as the famous Church of Our Lady before Týn. The afternoon will be spent on a visit of the Prague Castle area. We’ll see Saint Vitus Cathedral, the most recognizable landmark in the city, the Prague Castle, and the Golden Lane. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner. We’ll remain in port overnight.
B,D An optional walking tour includes the Jewish Quarter and Jugendstil/Art Deco/Art Nouveau architecture. The Art Nouveau has left Prague with a wealth of beautiful buildings and interiors. The Municipal House , the insurance house in Spálená Street, today’s headquarters of the Goethe Institute on Masaryk Quai, the main railway station with the Fanta Café or the bridge “Cechuv most” and the monument of Jan Hus on the Old Town Square among many other modernist buildings add to Prague’s bountiful architectural heritage. Remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight will be our farewell dinner at one of Prague’s fine restaurants.
Breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Prague airport for your return flight to Toronto.
• Return flights from Toronto on Air Canada Rouge • Airport taxes and security fees • Transportation throughout • 3 nights accommodation in Berlin & 2 nights in Prague • 8 night cruise in main deck cabin on the MS Elbe Princesse I. Please add $400.00 for an upper deck cabin. • Daily breakfast, 7 lunches & 11 dinners with beverages during meal times while on cruise • Sightseeing as per the program • Fully escorted • All gratuities • Cruise port charges
• Meals and beverages with meals not specified in the itinerary • Items of a personal nature • Optional travel insurance. Please contact the office for rates.
March 05 - 14, 2020
Land only: $3,345.
March 31 - April 04, 2020
$1,575 CAD taxes included based on double occupancy
April 14 - 27, 2020
$4,895 from Toronto, including air, based on double occupancy