River Cruising the Elbe

Berlin to Prague

Departing september 18 for 14 days / 13 nights

Join us for this delightful European River Cruise Getaway. We journey to Berlin, Dresden & Prague - Discover Berlin’s modern chic, Potsdam’s rococo whimsy and Prague’s Gothic exuberance. Walk in Martin Luther’s footsteps in Wittenberg, birthplace of the Protestant Reformation. Admire delicate Meissen porcelain. Celebrate Dresden, a phoenix risen from the ashes of war. View Saxon Switzerland’s monoliths. See the Elbe Biosphere Reserve. The Elbe is one of Europe’s most unspoiled rivers and it awaits you—from Berlin to Prague—on our wonderful adventure. We sail the Elbe River to reaches seldom seen. Traversing the beauty of the Czech Republic and Germany, you will uncover an intimate side of Central Europe, pausing to explore Berlin and Prague. From the rock-strewn cliffs of Saxon Switzerland to historic Wittenberg, an Elbe River cruise presents a moving portrait of a fascinating nation. Enlightening insights greet you around every bend along Germany’s most treasured river. The once divisive Elbe River is today a symbol of unity. Along this scenic river, East Germany became free, and cities that once lay in rubble now stand tall. With much of this breathtaking river unaltered by mankind, it is a truly inspirational waterway. Here are some sample highlights you will see -

• Berlin’s ultra-modern, forward-thinking architecture
• Rococo splendor of Potsdam
• The incredibly preserved medieval city of Prague
• Dresden’s baroque wonders, risen from wartime ashes
• The natural beauty of the Elbe Biosphere Reserve
• Saxon’s Switzerland’s monoliths of natural rock formations
• Wittenberg, birthplace of the Protestant Reformation
• Meissen’s famed porcelain factory

Viking Beyla

Ship Highlights

Boasting many of the same popular design elements of the Viking Longships, their Elbe ships feature state-of-the art engineering, deluxe accommodations and streamlined Scandinavian interiors.

Viking Beyla

Viking Beyla

Elbe Ship Features:

  • 49 outside staterooms with river view (14 Standard Staterooms, 14 French Balcony Staterooms, 19 Veranda Staterooms, 2 Veranda Suites)
  • All Upper Deck staterooms feature a full-size veranda or a French balcony
  • Sun Deck with shaded sitting area & organic herb garden
  • Aquavit Terrace, a revolutionary outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship for al fresco dining
  • Lounge & Bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Restaurant with panoramic views
  • Library & onboard shop
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Laundry service
  • 42" flat-screen Sony TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic & more

Itinerary:


Day 1: Transfer from Rapid City & then fly from Sioux Falls to Berlin, Germany
Today enjoy your transfer from Rapid City to Sioux Falls before boarding our connecting flights and then overnight transatlantic flight to Berlin.
Aircraft Meals included

Day 2 — Berlin, Germany
Arrive at the Berlin airport, then transfer to your hotel. After check-in, you have free time to get acquainted with the city,or join our “welcome walk” to stretch your legs and get oriented.
Overnight Hotel in Berlin – no meals included

Berlin

Day 3 — Berlin, Germany
After breakfast, enjoy a panoramic tour of the vibrant German capital, which has seen its fair share of dramatic changes in the last century. See the Reichstag with its spectacular glass dome, the historic Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and many other iconic sites. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Overnight Hotel in Berlin – Breakfast included

Berlin

Day 4 — Wittenberg, Germany
After breakfast, travel to Potsdam. Tour Sanssouci Palace, a perfect example of German rococo architecture, built by Prussian king Frederick the Great in the 18th century. Built as a summer retreat, it became his personal sanctuary and place to relax in the company of his beloved dogs. Wander through the rooms of the elegant palace and stroll through the magnificent gardens. Enjoy free time and lunch on your own, then transfer to Wittenberg to embark your ship.
Overnight Ship – Breakfast & Dinner included

Wittenberg

Day 5 — Wittenberg, Germany
This morning, follow in Martin Luther’s footsteps to view many of Wittenberg’s historic landmarks. Tour inside Luther’s House and St. Marien’s Church, where he preached. See the Castle Church where Luther posted his “95 Theses”; then enjoy free time.
Overnight Ship – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Day 6 — Meissen, Germany
Today, cruise the Elbe and arrive in Meissen just after lunchtime. Then stop in at the Meissenware factory, producer of fine porcelain since the early 1700s. Discover how this trademarked porcelain is created by hand, then tour the museum. Proceed to Castle Hill for a walking tour through Old Town. Return on board for dinner and an evening at leisure. Your ship remains docked overnight.
Overnight Ship – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Day 7 — Dresden, Germany

After breakfast, disembark in Dresden, nicknamed “Florence on the Elbe.” We enjoy a visit to the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) to view some of the world’s great masterpieces, including works by Raphael, Vermeer, Rubens and Rembrandt. Continue on foot to see Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady) with its distinctive bell-shaped dome that survived World War II bombings but collapsed the following day. Later, it was rebuilt. Alternatively, enjoy more of Dresden on one of our optional tours. Select a full-day excursion and visit Dresden’s baroque castles, sweeping wine estates and opulent palace, once home to royal and lavish banquets. Or, you can visit car manufacturing giant Volkswagen, and gain Working World insight during a tour of their state-of-the-art-facility. Dinner is served on board your ship; after, feel free to enjoy Dresden’s many charms and attractions as we remain docked until early morning.
Overnight Ship – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Dresden

Day 8 — Saxon Switzerland, Germany
This morning, cruise through the magnificent, soaring rock formations of the Saxon Switzerland region, then dock at the spa town of Bad Schandau. From here we make our way to the famous rock tower known as the Bastei (bastion), formed by water a million years ago, to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Elbe. Return on board for dinner and evening cruising.
Overnight Ship – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Switzerland

Day 9 — Prague, Czech Republic
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Prague. Upon arrival, you tour Prague, the “City of a Hundred Spires.” After a guided walk through Old Town, take some free time to explore on your own. Then ride to visit Hradcany Castle. Return to the hotel for check-in and dinner on your own.
Overnight Hotel in Prague – Breakfast included

Day 10 — Prague, Czech Republic
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this celebrated city, or join an optional tour to Lobkowicz Palace.
Overnight Hotel in Prague – Breakfast included

Prague

Day 11 — Prague, Czech Republic
Using your centrally located First-Class Prague Marriott Hotel as a base, take the day to explore on your own and sample some of the hearty local cuisine. This evening, see the city’s monuments, like the National Theater, Prague Castle and the famous Charles Bridge, beautifully illuminated. A Viking host is available to help you plan your time in Prague so you can make the most of your visit.
Overnight Hotel in Prague – Breakfast included

Day 12 — Prague, Czech Republic
The day is yours to visit more of the city’s landmarks or museums. Spend more time in the Old Town or check out some of Prague’s more modern sights like the Frank Gehry–designed Dancing House, an unusual office building inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Walk across the Charles Bridge, see the mesmerizing Astronomical Clock and the poignant Lennon Wall, and stand in historic Wenceslas Square. Wander past the colorful cottages in Golden Lane, where Franz Kafka lived and worked. Or in the Jewish Quarter, see the 13th-century Altneuschul, Europe’s oldest, active synagogue.
Overnight Hotel in Prague – Breakfast included

Prague

Day 13 – Prague to Sioux Falls
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your return flight to Sioux Falls. Tonight we overnight near the airport.
Overnight Hotel in Sioux Falls – Breakfast included plus meals on aircraft

Day 14 – Sioux Falls to Home
Today we drive back to the Black Hills. Welcome home.
Breakfast included

Staterooms & Pricing:

Viking Beyla offers you a choice of stateroom category. From Standard Staterooms to spacious Veranda Staterooms and French Balcony Staterooms with a sliding glass door.

All Staterooms offer:

  • Hotel-style beds 79 inches x 63 inches (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Voltage: 220V and 110V in stateroom & roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Individual climate control & space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Telephone, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Private bathroom with shower and premium bath products
  • Sony 42-inch flat-panel TV with premium entertainment package including: BBC News, CNBC, CNN National Geographic, TNT Series, Sky Sports, videos on demand and “View From the Bridge”
Different Stateroom Types:

Standard Stateroom is a 140 sq. ft. Stateroom with a half-height picture window:

Standard Stateroom

$6,995 per person based on Double Occupancy

French Balcony Stateroom is a 122 sq. ft. Stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to create a French balcony


French Balcony Stateroom

$7,995 per person based on Double Occupancy

Veranda Stateroom is a 180 sq. ft. Stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to a full-size veranda

Veranda Stateroom

$8,495 per person based on Double Occupancy

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Itinerary at a Glance

Starts: Wednesday September 18th 2019
Ends: Tuesday October 1st 2019

Itinerary

What's Included

  • Roundtrip transfers from Rapid City to Sioux Falls
  • Round trip coach class air from Sioux Falls to Berlin and return from Prague 
  • Overnight Transatlantic Flight, all transfers, accommodations & River Cruise
  • All meals once on board with complimentary Beer and House Wines served with lunch and Dinner
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites plus Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water & unlimited free WI-FI
  • All onboard Gratuities at recommend levels.
  • All taxes and fees plus one complimentary shore excursion in each port
  • Overnight in Sioux Falls on return home

Pricing

  • Price: from $6,995pp (double occupancy)
  • Single Supplement: Call for pricing

  • IF BOOKED AND PAID IN FULL BY DECEMBER 31st 2018 DEDUCT $300 PER PERSON!

Tour Brochure

How to Book

  • Deposit of $1,500pp due at time of booking
  • February 1st 2019 - Further $1,500pp due
  • June 7th 2019 - Final Balance due
  • Booking Form

What You'll Need

  • A camera is a must
  • Binoculars would be a great idea
  • Passports are required for this tour
  • The currency in Europe is the Euro - you may wish to buy currency or carry travelers checks
  • Providing you have a major credit or debit card (VISA or MasterCard) you will be able to use local ATMs. Remember to check the charges with your bank prior to departure

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