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Elbe River Cruises

Elbe River Cruises

Discover Eastern Germany and the Czech Republic on an Elbe river cruise, visiting Berlin, Prague, Dresden, Meissen and Wittenberg.

The River Elbe rises in the mountains of Bohemia and flows through the Czech lowlands into Germany. Just over the German border it cuts through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, known locally as the Saxon Alps or Saxon Switzerland, which have been eroded over the millennia into fantastic rock formations.

Cruise Collection 2022

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  • The Medieval Charms Of Hanseatic Cities

    Elbe Princesse
    Berlin 6 Nights Cruise Only from £1430pp Flight-inclusive package from just £2710pp! Berlin (Germany), Berlin, Nedlitz, Brandenburg, Magdeburg, Wolfsburg, Luneburg, Hamburg, Lubeck, Hamburg
  • Prague and the Vltava River

    Elbe Princesse II
    Dresden 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1493pp Flight-inclusive package from just £1895pp! Prague (Czech Republic), Prague - Stechovice, Stechovice - Slapy, Prague, Melnik, Melnik - Dresden - Litomerice, Roudnice - Saxon Switzerland, Prague
  • Berlin to Prague River Elbe cruise

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    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin 8 Nights Cruise Only from £2229pp Flight-inclusive package from just £2237pp! Berlin, Berlin - Nedlitz - Wusterwitz, Wusterwitz - Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Meissen - Dresden, Dresden - Saxon Switzerland - Usti, Usti - Litomerice - Kralupy, Kralupy - Prague
  • Elegant Elbe

    Viking River Cruises
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    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin 9 Nights Fly Cruise from £2345pp Save £500 per person on 2022 departures! Plus FREE drinks package UK - Berlin (Germany), Potsdam - Worlitz - Wittenberg, Meissen, Dresden, Saxon Switzerland, Decin - Prague (Czech Republic), Prague - UK
  • Hamburg to Berlin River Elbe Cruise

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    Potsdam 6 Nights Hamburg (Germany), Hamburg - Bleckede, Bleckede - Tangermunde, Tangermunde - Magdeburg, Hohenworth - Genthin - Potsdam, Potsdam - Berlin  
  • Treasures of the River Elbe

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    Wittenberg 8 Nights Berlin (Germany), Brandenburg – Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Meissen – Dresden, Prague (Czech Republic)  

Elbe River Info

As the river continues north-westwards towards Hamburg and the North Sea, the landscape alternates between tranquil meadows and steep slopes covered with vineyards that have been producing wine for more than eight hundred years.

Explore Germany's historic capital, Berlin, with its Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, and remains of the infamous Berlin Wall. Voyage from Magdeburg down the Elbe to Wittenberg, where Martin Luther founded the Protestant Reformation, and through the Torgau to Meissen, one of the world's renowned names in porcelain.

Dresden, now rebuilt after its WWII bombing, has a fabulous cultural heritage, with many fine buildings near the River Elbe. The Elbe continues into the Czech Republic, ending with a transfer to Prague for a visit or overnight stay. The Czech capital with its castle and many bridges, and famous Wenceslas Square, is a fascinating place to end this exciting holiday.

Brandenburg Gate, BerlinBrandenburg Gate, Berlin

River Elbe Highlights

Here are a few highlights of a cruise along the Elbe:

  • Brandenburg Gate in the city of Berlin
  • Dresden, known as the ‘Florence of the Elbe’
  • Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture in Litomerice
  • Magdeburg, overlooked by a stunning Gothic cathedral
  • Beautiful town of Meissen, renowned for its iconic pottery
  • Charles Bridge in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic
  • Striking rock formations of Saxon Switzerland
  • Wittenberg and its UNESCO World Heritage Sites linked to Martin Luther
  • Ornate Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, capital of Brandenburg
  • Pretty town of Melnik and its Renaissance castle

River Elbe Ports








Saxon Switzerland