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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.

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Finding Cruises
  • Prague and the Castles of Bohemia

    CroisiEurope
    Choice of Ships
    Dresden 6 Nights Cruise Only from £1090pp Exclusive Blue Water Holidays package! From just £1395pp Prague (Czech Republic), Prague - Slapy - Stechovice, Stechovice - Prague, Prague - Melnik, Melnik - Dresden, Prague

    Discover the hidden treasures of Bohemia, on this 6-night cruise from Prague, along the Vltava River and to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

  • Berlin to Prague River Elbe cruise

    CroisiEurope
    Choice of Ships
    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin 8 Nights Cruise Only from £1867pp Save 25% or no single supplement on all departures! Berlin, Berlin - Nedlitz - Wusterwitz, Wusterwitz - Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Meissen - Dresden, Dresden - Saxon Switzerland - Usti, Usti - Litomerice - Kralupy, Kralupy - Prague

    This unique cruise on paddlewheel ship Elbe Princesse travels all the way from Berlin to Prague on the Elbe, Havel and Vltava rivers, visiting Berlin, Potsdam, Magdeburg, Meissen, Wittenberg, Dresden, Saxon Switzerland, and Prague.

  • The Medieval Charms Of Hanseatic Cities

    CroisiEurope
    Elbe Princesse
    Berlin 6 Nights Cruise Only from £1233pp Berlin (Germany), Berlin - Nedlitz, Brandenburg - Magdeburg, Wolfsburg, Luneburg - Hamburg, Lubeck, Hamburg
  • Berlin to Amsterdam

    CroisiEurope
    Choice of Ships
    Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam 11 Nights Cruise Only from £1638pp Spandau/Berlin, Potsdam, Wusterwitz, Magdeburg, Rothensee, Wolfsburg, Anderten, Hanover, Hannover, Minden, Nienburg, Hoya, Bremen, Oldenburg, Küsten Canal, Papenburg, Delfzijl, Groningen, Amsterdam
  • Elegant Elbe

    Viking River Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin 9 Nights Fly Cruise from £2795pp UK - Berlin (Germany), Potsdam - Worlitz - Wittenberg, Meissen, Dresden, Saxon Switzerland, Decin - Prague (Czech Republic), Prague - UK
  • Waterways of Hamburg, Rotterdam & Bruges

    Explora Journeys
    Explora I
    Hamburg, Germany 3 Nights Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Southampton  

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.

CroisiEurope offers an exclusive cruise from Berlin to Hamburg which includes visits to medieval Hanseatic cities such as Magdeburg, Luneburg, Hamburg, and Lubeck, you can also visit the outstanding Wolfsburg Autostadt on this cruise. Additionally, they have a unique Prague roundtrip itinerary where striking Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance-style architecture await your arrival in ports such as Melnik and Dresden. This cruise also visits the castles of Bohemia, Konopiste Castle and Nelahozeves Castle, two magnificent structures that are surrounded by lush greenery. Each cruise takes place on one of CroisiEurope’s spacious and innovative paddle-wheeler ships, Elbe Princesse and Elbe Princesse II, both of which were specifically designed for the Elbe River

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

Berlin

Berlin

Dresden

Dresden

Litomerice

Litomerice

Magdeburg

Magdeburg

Meissen

Meissen

Prague

Prague

Saxon Switzerland

Saxon Switzerland

Wittenberg

Wittenberg