River Cruising the Castles of Bohemia
PRAGUE – STECHOVICE – SLAPY - MELNIK – DRESDEN - PRAGUE
8 days – 6 nights from NYC
* per person in double occupancy
most US gateways available
Travel Dates: MAY 31 - JUN 7, 2024
8 days, 6 nights accommodation, sightseeing, some meals and airfare from NYC. (most US gateways available).
Discover the many hidden treasures of Bohemia on this exclusive itinerary. Reconnect with nature on excursions to top destinations set in idyllic landscapes along the Elbe and Vltava Rivers. We’ll visit Prague and Dresden, authentic cities that exude charm and boast a rich cultural and architectural history. The castles of Bohemia, symbols of the nobility and aristocracy, house many surprising works of art. Enjoy a Konopiste Castle Guided tour of Prague featuring the Old City, the Castle District, Nelahozeves Castle and birthplace of Antonin Dvorak the town of Dresden, the “Florence of the Elbe" and the Royal Palace.
YOUR VESSEL: Laidback elegance and relaxing comfort are paramount features of our cruises. Enjoy panoramic views of “Old Europe” as you walk the outdoor track on the Sun Deck; or, for a more intimate experience, relax in your private cabin. Gourmet meals with wine are available each day in the dining room. You can also enjoy coffee and tea, which are available all day. Each cabin and suite boasts comfortable beds and other amenities, including a television and free WIFI. After a full day of touring, relax to live music in the ship's lounge.
MAIN PROGRAM INCLUDES:
• Round-trip air transportation from New York (NYC). Most other U.S. gateways available. Fuel surcharges and air taxes are included (valid at time of printing).
• ALL-INCLUSIVE 4 STAR CRUISING LUXURY:
- Transfers from airport to the riverboat and from riverboat to the airport, with luggage handling for one checked bag per person. Services of a professional cruise director throughout the program.
- Luxurious accommodations for 6 nights on a Croisi Europe luxurious “Paddle River Ship”
- Port charges.
- Welcome cocktails, daily gourmet meals onboard: a rich breakfast, a festive lunch and a multi-course dinner with free complimentary selection of wines, draught beers, tea & coffee throughout the day, house cocktails at the bar.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
- Applicable entrance fees, admission charges according to itinerary.
- Onboard entertainment.
- Headsets for all excursions.
Included Shore excursions:
• Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation for all transfers, tours and guided excursions.
• Headsets during excursions
• Daily shore excursion program (outlined and included in the itinerary) during the cruise with local English-speaking guides.
• Discover Prague, the Golden City
• The castles of Bohemia: Konopiste Castle, a former hunting lodge of the Habsburgs, and the Renaissance-style Nelahozeves Castle with its private artwork collection.
• The birthplace of Antonin Dvorak, the famous Czech composer
• Dresden, the “Florence of the Elbe” and its Royal Palace
Day 1- MAY 31, 2024: Depart the USA: Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to France.
Day 2- JUN 01 2024: PRAGUE: Welcome to the Czech Republic. A Jet Vacations representative will personally greet you and arrange your transfer to your river cruise ship in Prague. After you've comfortably settled in your cabin, we'll introduce our crew during our welcome cocktail party. You'll have dinner on board. We will remain in port overnight. (Dinner)
Day 3- JUN 02 2024: PRAGUE - STECHOVICE
We’ll spend the morning cruising the Vltava to Stechovice. Nestled in peaceful surroundings, the Vltava River reveals its bucolic landscapes and natural beauty. Once known for its gold mines, Stechovice is now famous for its traditional handmade pottery. In the afternoon, join us for an excursion to Konopiste Castle. Located in an idyllic setting, this 13th-century fortress—entirely renovated in the 18th century—was the Habsburg's hunting lodge. In addition to its sumptuously decorated apartments, the castle is home to an impressive collection of medieval weapons and armor that once belonged to Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. The castle was his last abode prior to his assassination in Sarajevo in 1914. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board.
DAY 4- JUN 03 2024: STECHOVICE - PRAGUE
We'll cruise on the beautiful Vltava River to the Slapy dam. We’ll follow the winding river lined with hillsides on each bank and catch glimpses of castles in romantic, restful landscapes so typical of central Bohemia. The Slapy Reservoir is a popular vacation spot for residents of Prague, offering water sports and numerous recreational activities. We’ll return to Prague at the end of the afternoon.
DAY 5- JUN 04 2024: PRAGUE
Join us this morning for a guided tour of the Old Town in Prague. Stare Mesto dates back more than 1,000 years and is one of the most important places in Bohemian history. As you stroll through the city’s narrow streets, you’ll discover many points of interest, including the Jewish quarter, the old town hall and its famous astronomical clock, the Gothic church of Our Lady before Tyn, and the Charles Bridge. We’ll enjoy lunch on board. In the afternoon, join us for a guided tour of the Prague Castle district: Palaces, churches, and convents stand harmoniously in the vicinity of the castle, sitting high on a hill watching over the city. We’ll discover St. Vitus Cathedral, the largest and most important church in the country and one of the most prestigious Gothic cathedrals in Europe; the Old Royal Palace; and the Golden Lane, named after the goldsmiths that thrived there during the 17th century. Enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment on board.
DAY 6- JUN 05 2024: PRAGUE - MELNIK
We’ll spend the morning cruising to Melnik, at the confluence of the Elbe. We’ll enjoy lunch on board. This afternoon, join us for a tour of Nelahozeves Castle and the birth house of Antonin Dvorak. We’ll visit one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Bohemia that was home to 23 different Bohemian queens and princesses. The castle walls are elaborately adorned with Italian-style stucco and wall paintings depicting scenes from the Old Testament and Greek mythology. It is also home to a rich, private collection of furniture and paintings—including works by Rubens, Velazquez, and many others—all belonging to the Lobkowicz family, the oldest and most eminent Bohemian noble family. We’ll discover the luxurious lifestyle of the Bohemian nobility during the Baroque period. At the end of our tour, you’ll enjoy tasting a selection of wines from the castle’s vineyard. Nelahozeves is the birthplace of Antonin Dvorak. During our visit to the house in which he was born, we’ll discover the life and works of one of the greatest composers of the 19th century, the man who composed the famous “New World Symphony.” The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.
DAY 7-JUN 06 2024: MELNIK - DRESDEN
Join us for a full-day excursion to Dresden, a fantastic city known as the “Florence of the Elbe.” A relatively recent city with Slavic origin, Dresden became the capital of the Margravate of Meissen in the 13th century and the seat of the Dukes of Saxony in the 15th century. Dresden offers a wide variety of attractions, including magnificent promenades on the bank of the Elbe, fascinating museums, monuments, and charming details. We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, join us for a guided tour of the Royal Palace, the former residence of the Saxon Dukes and Electors and the Kings of Saxony. Today, we can revel in the splendor of its architecture and its collections, including the historic Green Vault, which contains the largest collection of treasures in Europe. After our excursion, we’ll return to Prague by bus. Tonight is our festive gala evening.
Day 8-JUN 07 2024: PRAGUE: This morning you will be transferred* by your Jet Vacations Representative to your homebound flight. (Breakfast).