A Journey from Berlin to Prague

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. 

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September 06 - 20, 2020

$7,795.00 from Toronto based on double occupancy.

SIngle supplement: $2,920.00

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ITINERARY

Day 1 - Sunday, September 06: Toronto to Berlin

Evening departure from Toronto to Berlin with Air Canada Rouge. Dinner and a light breakfast will be served on board.

Day 2 - Monday, September 07: Berlin

(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

Day 3 - Tuesday, September 08: Berlin

Breakfast and a general introduction to Museum Island & Berlin museum scene at the hotel before we activate our all inclusive Berlin Welcome Card (The sightseeing pass for Berlin’s attractions, museums, and public transport) then take the subway to ‘Berlin Mitte’ for a casual stroll toward Museum Island one of Europe’s most comprehensive museum complexes. We begin at Gendarmenmarkt, one of Berlin’s most impressive squares framed by three monumental Neo Classical buildings; Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Berlin Concert House, the French Cathedral, and the German Cathedral. We continue on to Bebelplatz to peer into the unique Memorial to May 10, 1933 Nazi Book Burning. Moving onto Unter den Linden there are fine views of Humbolt University, the University Library, and State Opera House.  A few steps away we can visit The New Gard, a fine classicist structure with a Goddess of Victory adorning the gable. Inside is Kathe Kollwitz’, lamentation sculpture, Mother with Dead Son. Before stepping onto Museum Island we pass by the Zeughaus and I.M.Pei’s deconstructivist spiral stairway attached to the German Historic Museum. Pausing in the Lustgarten we look across to the grand historic Royal Palace (under restoration), the Berliner Dom, and the Altes Museum and then gather in the Colonnade Courtyard before entering the the museums through the newly opened James Simon Gallery . The internationally famous Pergamon Museum is a recommended starting point because of the unparalleled sculptural frieze of the Hellenistic Pergamon Altar, historically one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’, as well as Babylon’s Ishtar Gate. The New Museum houses the Egyptian Collection which includes the radiantly beautiful Bust of Nefertiti, Queen to the enigmatic Pharaoh Akhenaton! Three additional superb museums; the Old Museum, with its prized collection of Greco-Roman antiquities; the Old National Gallery, featuring 19th century art, including the French impressionists; and the Bode Museum, highlighting Byzantine and Renaissance art. (For more information on these museums, see http:// www.museumsportal-berlin.de/en). Remainder of the day at leisure. Group dinner this evening at one of Berlin’s fine restaurants.

Day 4 - Wednesday, September 09: Berlin

(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. 

Day 5 - Thursday, September 10: Embarkation

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.

Day 6 - Friday, September 11: BERLIN - NEDLITZ - WÜSTERWITZ

(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.

Day 7 - Saturday, September 12: WÜSTERWITZ - MAGDEBURG

(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.

Day 8 - Sunday, September 13: WITTENBERG

(B,L,D) Once we arrive in Wittenberg, we’ll leave for a guided tour of the city, where Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of a church and sparked the Reformation. You’ll discover the city center and its noble Renaissance-style houses. We’ll also visit Luther’s house, a former Augustinian monastery which is now the Reformation Museum and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Afterwards, we’ll return on board and spend the afternoon cruising. This evening, take part in our Quiz Night. Our ship will cruise through the night.

Day 9 - Monday, September 14: MEISSEN – DRESDEN

(B,L,D) Once we arrive in Meissen, we’ll set out on a guided tour of the city, famous for its trademark porcelain. Discover how porcelain has been made for more than 300 years and admire the magnificent pieces displayed in the museum. We’ll then head for the city center to see the outside of the Albrechtsburg and the cathedral. We’ll return on board in Dresden. After lunch, join us for a visit of the city known as the “Florence of the Elbe.” A relatively recent city with Slavic origin, Dresden became the capital of the Margravate of Meissen in the 13th century and the seat of the Dukes of Saxony in the 15th century. Its breathtaking architectural and artistic heritage makes it one of the most important tourist destinations in Germany. Tonight’s dinner will be followed by an evening of dancing. We’ll remain in port overnight. 

Day 10 - Tuesday, September 15: DRESDEN – USTI

(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. 

Day 11 - Wednesday, September 16: USTI – LITOMERICE – KRALUPY

(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.

Day 12 - Thursday, September 17: KRALUPY – PRAGUE

(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. 

Day 13 - Friday, September 18: Disembark - Prague

(B)  Breakfast on the ship before disembarking and boarding your private coach for a visit to Strahov Monastery, seat of the Premonstensian Order since the 12th century, where we can look over phenomenal views of Prague, then stroll along historic Nerudova Street with time to stop along the way in some of the interesting shops and perhaps the Gingerbread Museum. After a lunch break in one of the Bistros surrounding St.Nicolas, we examine the restoration progressing on the outstanding Baroque interior of this cathedral. Boarding our bus, we continue to St. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral. Within the foundations of this 18th.C Baroque Church we find a moving memorial to the seven Czech paratroopers who were involved in the assassination of Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich in 1942. The memorial exhibit includes a video about Nazi persecution of the Czechs.  After a photo op of Frank Ghery’s Deconstructionist office building, nick-named the ‘Dancing House’ with rooftop restaurant you will arrive at your home for the next two nights, the 4 star, centrally located Hotel Rott (https:// www.hotelrott.cz/). The afternoon is at leisure with a suggested stroll around Prague’s  ‘Old Town’. No group dinner this evening.

Day 14 - Saturday, September 19: Prague

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. 

Day 15 - Sunday, September 20: Return flight to Toronto

Breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Prague airport for your return flight to Toronto. 

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INCLUDED

• 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

NOT INCLUDED

• Meals and beverages with meals not specified in the itinerary • Items of a personal nature • Optional travel insurance. Please contact the office for rates.

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