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Prague, Bohemia and the Elegant Elbe

7 Day River Cruise

Czech Republic, Europe

Discover the many hidden treasures of Bohemia as you journey between the charming cities of Prague and Dresden and cruise along the picturesque Elbe and Vltava Rivers. Bohemia's idyllic landscapes, peppered with grand castles built by the nation's nobility, are only the start of the treasures you will uncover during this trip.

2022 Dossier

2023 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Cruise along the picturesque Elbe and Vltava Rivers, passing scenic landscapes and opulent castles
  • Explore Prague, the Golden City and its stunning old town
  • Tour Dresden and its historic Royal Palace
  • Discover the 13th-century Konopiste Castle, a former hunting lodge of the Habsburgs
  • Cruise on an authentic paddle riverboat with on-board evening entertainment
  • Visit the Renaissance-style Nelahozeves Castle, the birth house of Antonin Dvorak
  • Enjoy a wine tasting from Nelahozeves Castle's very own vineyard
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Itinerary

Day 1
Prague to Stechovice

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning your boat will cruise along the Vltava River to Stechovice. Nestled in peaceful surroundings, take in the view as you sail past rural landscapes. Once known for its gold mines, Stechovice is now famous for its traditional handmade pottery. This afternoon join an excursion to Konopiste Castle. This 13th-century gothic fortress became the Habsburg's hunting lodge and has been renovated throughout history in Renaissance and 19th Century styles. Lavishly decorated, the castle was the former home of Archduke Franz Ferdinand who lived here prior to his assassination in Sarajevo which triggered the first world war. Enjoy an evening of entertainment onboard.

Day 2
Stechovice to Slapy

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Continue your cruise on the Vltava to the Slapy dam, following the river as it winds past castles in romantic, restful landscapes so typical of central Bohemia. The reservoir made by the dam is a popular bathing site for residents of Prague, with numerous recreational activities available. Later that afternoon the ship will return to Prague where you will stop for the night.

Day 3
Prague

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Prague's Old Town. Stroll through the citys narrow streets and discover one of the most important places in Bohemian history as you visit the Jewish quarter, the old town hall with its famous astronomical clock, and the Charles Bridge. After lunch on board either spend the afternoon relaxing or disembark again to explore Prague's Castle District. Visit the St. Vitus Cathedral; one of the most stunning Gothic cathedrals in Europe; the Old Royal Palace; and the Golden Lane, famed for the many goldsmiths who set up shop here in the 17th Century. Return to the ship for an evening of traditional entertainment on board.

Day 4
Melnik

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning cruise to Melnik, at the confluence of the Elbe River. After lunch on board, join a tour of Nelahozeves Castle, the birth house of Antonin Dvorak - one of the greatest composers of the 19th century, and one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Bohemia. The castle's elaborate interiors are adorned with Italian-style stucco home to an incredible collection of art including works by Rubens and Velazquez collected over time by one of the oldest Bohemian noble families. Finish the tour with a wine tasting from the castle's own vineyard before returning to the ship for an evening at leisure.

Day 5
Melnik to Prague via Dresden

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the German city of Dresden, known as the 'Florence of the Elbe' and former seat of the Dukes of Saxony. Picturesquely situated on the banks of the Elbe, Dresden offers a wide variety of attractions, including several fascinating museums and beautiful promenades along the riverbank. Have lunch in a local restaurant before a guided tour of the Royal Palace in the afternoon. Return to the ship for a farewell gala evening as you continue back to Prague.

Day 6
Prague

Breakfast

Have breakfast on board this morning before disembarking and transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
June 2022
from £1,599
2 Dates
2nd Jun - 8th Jun
£1,599
26th Jun - 2nd Jul
£1,899
August 2022
from £1,499
2 Dates
1st Aug - 7th Aug
£1,499
25th Aug - 31st Aug
£1,499
September 2022
from £1,699
2 Dates
18th Sep - 24th Sep
£1,799
30th Sep - 6th Oct
£1,699
November 2022
from £1,899
2 Dates
3rd Nov - 9th Nov
£1,899
9th Nov - 15th Nov
£1,899

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
MS Elbe Princesse II
6 nights
River Cruise, Czech Republic
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Important Information

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This cruise is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness. It involves some climbing of steep steps, and getting on and off boats. This cruise is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned in your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks.