DAY 1: December 20, 2017 - BERLIN TEGEL
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll enjoy dinner on board and remain in port overnight.
DAY 2: December 21, 2017 - BERLIN - CECILIENHOF PALACE
We’ll enjoy an optional panoramic tour of Berlin to catch a glimpse of all the must-see sites and visit the city's Christmas market. In the afternoon, join us for an optional tour of Cecilienhof Palace. After the end of World War II in Europe, the Potsdam Conference attended by Stalin, Churchill and Truman was held in the palace from July 17 - August 2, 1945.
DAY 3: December 22, 2017 - MAGDEBURG
We’ll spend the morning cruising the river. This afternoon, take an optional guided tour of Magdeburg situated midway on the Elbe River and also on the historic Roman Roads. The Lutheran Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice is the highest church building in eastern Germany. Enjoy some free time on your own at the local Christmas market before returning to the ship. We'll begin to cruise to Lutherstadt Wittenberg. After dinner, we’ll enjoy an evening of entertainment.
DAY 4: December 23, 2017 - LUTHERSTADT WITTENBERG - MEISSEN
Join us for an optional visit of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. You’ll discover the city center and its noble Renaissance-style houses. We’ll return to the ship, and the afternoon will be spent cruising to Meissen. All meals served on board. Tonight will be our gala dinner and evening. Our ship will cruise through the night.
DAY 5: December 24, 2017 - MEISSEN - DRESDEN
We’ll leave on an optional guided tour of the city, famous for its trademark porcelain, to admire its Renaissance-style houses and Gothic façades. We’ll then spend some time browsing the magnificent holiday market in the old town. The stands display and sell not only the city’s famous porcelain, but also traditional Christmas candles and decorations. We’ll return to the ship and spend the afternoon cruising to Dresden. This evening, revel in our festive Christmas Eve dinner on board. Christmas services will be celebrated in Dresden (possibility of transportation: €15/person; reservation and payment on board(2)). We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 6: December 25, 2017 - DRESDEN
Christmas day services will take place at the Dresden Frauenkirche for those who would like to attend. The afternoon will be dedicated to an optional tour of Dresden on foot. As we cross the city, you’ll discover the historical monuments that have contributed to its glory. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a symphony of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach at the Dresden Frauenkirche.
On the program:
• Cantata BWV 91 “All Praise to Thee, Jesus Christ”
• Canonical variations of Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
• Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540
DAY 7: December 26, 2017 - DRESDEN
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.