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Dresden: River Sightseeing Boat Cruise

1. Dresden: River Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Discover Dresden's charm and history on a boat cruise down the Elbe River. See the Elbe Valley's most beautiful landmarks and the historic old town of Dresden on this sightseeing boat cruise. Begin at the Terrassenufer and discover the three Elbe palaces: Albrechtsberg Palace, Eckberg Palace, and the Lingner Palace. Travel to the Loschwitz Villa Quarter and pass four of the famous Elbe Bridges, including Loschwitz Bridge, affectionately known as the "Blue Wonder".

Hamburg: Panoramic Streetkart Tour

2. Hamburg: Panoramic Streetkart Tour

After meeting with your group, you will receive a detailed and professional briefing on the functions of the karts, before starting your fun tour. You will set off from the south of Hamburg in the municipality Seevetal, driving in the direction of the Hamburger Hafen. The Köhlbrandbrücke takes you to the harbor, and after a short break you will turn off towards Elbuferstrasse, where you will be able to really accelerate your vehicle. The trip on the Elbe dike is extremely scenic, and will also provide you with some time for great photos. You can look forward to an exciting and fast-paced tour, which can be adjusted depending on weather or traffic conditions. Your tour will be discussed and agreed with the participants, allowing you to form the best tour according to your group's desires.

From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

3. From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

Choose from a hiking tour, a fantasy highlights tour and a winter tour, and discover Prague in a unique way. Visit National Parks, ancient castles, or snow-covered landscapes. Learn about your surroundings from your local expert guide. Your guide will pick you up from your Prague accommodation early in the morning. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle while learning about Czech culture, history, and the main highlights on your way to the national park. Taste snacks and enjoy beverages throughout the entire day.  Enjoy an abundance of time to admire the filming sites of the 'Chronicles of Narnia' movie in a group of a maximum of 10 persons. Spend an unforgettable day in the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park, one of the unique natural reserves in Europe, by choosing one of the following Tour options:  Hiking Tour Choose this tour if you want to see the main highlights of both National Parks. Visit two countries in one day. The first destination is the magnificent Bastei Bridge. Feast on the breathtaking views of the Elbe river canyon, surrounded by unique sandstone rock formations. Then enjoy the rolling landscape full of tiny German villages and famous table mountains. The following hike brings you near the main symbol of Bohemian Switzerland — the Pravcicka Gate — the largest sandstone arch in Europe. After tasting the rich local cuisine (lunch included), sail on gondola-style boats through the soothing Kamenice river gorge (a 12-hour, 10-kilometer active hike). Fantasy Highlights Tour This tour brings together the two main fantasy filming sites of the region. Visit Saxon Switzerland and walk across the magnificent Bastei bridge and visit Neurathen Castle ruins. Cross to Bohemian Switzerland and adore the amazing views from the Sneznik lookout tower. Enjoy a tasty lunch (included) in a local restaurant and continue to experience Narnia while hiking through the sandstone labyrinth of Tyssa Walls (a 10-hour, 9-kilometer moderate hike).  Winter Tour Go on this tour for an active winter visit to the region. Marvel at the beauty of snow-covered sandstone towers. Stroll across the Bastei Bridge to reach the medieval ruins of Neurathen Castle. Enjoy the Pravcicka Gate during the season pictured in Narnia. Hot beverages and lunch in a local restaurant (included) will help you regain all your energy (10-hour, 7-kilometer moderate hike).

Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cultural Heritage Group Tour

4. Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cultural Heritage Group Tour

Pass romantic riverside castles as you cruise to Blasewitz the Blue Wonder Bridge on this group boat tour of Dresden on the Elbe river. Immerse yourself in Dresden's old town and its bridges with this steamer cruise. Once you get to the Blue Wonder bridge, head back to see Dresden's old town. Sail by the Augustus Bridge, the Semper Opera House, and the congressional center to Pieschen. Take in stunning views of of the famous Canaletto view.

Dresden: E-Bike Tour and Dresden Heath Forest Trails

5. Dresden: E-Bike Tour and Dresden Heath Forest Trails

Avoid the public streets with this adventurous bike tour. Begin your tour in Neustadt, Dresden and head towards the Schönfelder Highlands.  Visit Wachbergschänke, a popular inn with a beer garden, where you can experience a spectacular view of Dresden. Travel into Alaunplatz and pass through Dresden Heath on incredible forest trails. Leave the forest and head towards Dresden TV tower, the highest viewing point on the route. Journey downhill until you reach the Dresden Elbe Valley. Enjoy riding on the bike paths along the Elbe river, back to Neustadt, Dresden.  

From Kiel: Best of Hamburg Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

6. From Kiel: Best of Hamburg Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

Make the most of your time onshore and explore Hamburg on a guided tour from Kiel. Learn about Hamburg's essential role in the historic Hanseatic League, visit the ruins of St. Nicholas Church, and stroll down Hamburg's oldest street, Deischstrasse. Meet your driver in front of your cruise ship just after docking and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. After a relaxing journey, arrive in Hamburg and meet your local tour guide. Enjoy a stroll through the historic heart of Hamburg and see the stunning Town Hall. As you walk, learn about Hamburg's role in the Hanseatic League from your guide. Continue to cross the ancient Trost bridge and visit the St Nikolas Church. As you stand next to this burnt-out shell of a church, learn how it acts as a way to remember the near-total destruction of the city during World War II. Leave the church and head down Deichstrasse, the oldest street in Hamburg. As you walk down this historic street, enjoy the view of the nearby Elbe River. Before returning to the bus, continue wandering down the river and through the scenic Landungsbrucke river walk. Drive over to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Speicherstadt, and see where historically traders stored their goods. Explore the Hafencity, the newest area of Hamburg which includes the iconic Elbphilharmonie. After your guided tour ends, enjoy 1 hour to explore Hamburg on your own. Grab lunch, buy some souvenirs, or explore one of Hamburg's museums. After returning to Kiel, you will have about 1.5 hours before your cruise departs, giving you time to explore Kiel or relax with a coffee.

Dresden: Inflatable Boat Tour to the Wine-Town of Radebeul

7. Dresden: Inflatable Boat Tour to the Wine-Town of Radebeul

Discover the Saxon capital of Dresden in an unconventional and unique way onboard a rubber dinghy and admire the picturesque landscape of the Dresden Elbe Valley. Pass Dresden's splendid castles, the Saxon Ministry of Finance, and Parliament before paddling to the pristine landscapes of the Elbe. Start in DD-Loschwitz, home of the historic funicular and suspension railway, before passing another landmark of Dresden, Loschwitz Bridge. Shortly after, Dresden's famous Elbe castles greet you along the Elbe slope: Eckberg Castle, the Lingner Castle and last but not least, Albrechtsburg Castle. Get a magnificent view of Dresden's old town as it opens up to you. In addition to the Brühlsche Terrasse, the Dresden Frauenkirche, the Hofkirche and the famous Semperoper can be seen. Keeping to the right, paddle past the Saxon Ministry of Finance and the Saxon State Parliament. After these breathtaking impressions of Dresden, head into the seemingly untouched landscapes of the Elbe along the Saxon Wine Route. Finally, in Altkötzschenbroda, your crew awaits you at the Radebeul water sports center on the right bank of the Elbe.

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What people are saying about Elbe River

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,149 reviews

This trip exceeded our expectations and we will definitely recommend this trip further to our friends and family. The nature and views were extremely beautiful and the food was amazing. We really enjoyed that the guided gruop was small with only 10 persons which gave it the feeling of a private guided tour. The cars (mini busses) were also extremely comfortable and the driver made the trip smooth. The guides were professional and had a lot of knowledge, they gave intresting information about the trip, further extra information about Prague and answered all of our questions. They planned the trip perfectly and we are more then thankful for this experience.

I wasn’t sure to go or not, but then my friend told me lets try, and I was thanking him for this all the day. Its an amazing trip, the trip organisers were super lovely and supportive all the time, they did not just gave us knowledge and information but they were letting us feel the history and the natural information about it.

Very enjoyable cruise with great views of Dresden and the surrounding villages upriver. The only downside was that the website indicated the narration would be available in English, but it was not.

It was a memorable trip. The guide was well prepared and we had 3 nice activities, in different places, with great views.

The journey started and ended surprisingly on time. Everything was very professional and very friendly.