Day 1 - London - Berlin - Dessau
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Berlin. On arrival, we transfer to the port in Dessau and embark MS Johannes Brahms (3T+) with time to settle in as we set sail. Enjoy the passing scenery as you sip on a welcome drink, take dinner, and enjoy an evening on board.
Day 2 - Wittenberg
Our morning is spent in Schwerin Castle, an idyllic fairytale fortress of turrets set on a small island on Lake Schwerin, Germany’s largest lake. It is a magnificent symbol of the power of Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II, with 653-rooms decorated exquisitely with carvings, gilding and stucco work, surrounded by beautiful Baroque gardens. See the wonderful list of highlights that includes the splendid throne room, and learn of the castle’s inhabitants before we return to our vessel to depart for Meissen.
Day 3 - Meissen - Dresden
Morning at leisure, or venture to elegant Meissen, a charming town of narrow lanes and lovingly renovated renaissance houses, renowned for its exquisite porcelain. Perhaps visit the factory to see items produced, by hand, over three centuries ranging from extravagant vases to tiny watch pieces. Or, visit Albrechtsburg Castle, a huge medieval masterpiece where the original Meissen porcelain factory was established in 1710, or the church of St Nicholas, transformed into a unique war memorial where the largest porcelain figures ever made are housed. Return to our vessel for lunch and an afternoon cruise to Dresden, where we dock early this evening and remain overnight.
Day 4 - Dresden
This morning we have an included tour of Dresden, a city that has risen from the rubble of WWII. Despite most of the city’s architectural treasures being levelled by bombs, their contents were safely stored and many of the wonderful landmarks have been painstakingly restored to their former glory, including the spectacular Frauenkirche, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Europe, with a striking alter reassembled from nearly 2,000 fragments. We also see Zwinger Palace, primarily a lavish royal party palace, and the grand Semper Opera House, which hosted premiers of famous works by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. The Royal Palace will also be viewed, a wonderful neo-renaissance building that has been rebuilt several times, the last completed in 2013 allowing it to display countless treasures to the public again. Our cruise continues while we enjoy lunch on board, offering picturesque scenes of the Elbe Valley and the impressive Elbe Sandstone Mountains as we sail to the Czech Republic and our final destination, Decin.
Day 5 - Decin
Enjoy a full day in Decin, considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic and ‘the gate of the north Bohemia’. A popular destination is Decin Castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the meeting of the Ploucnice and the Elbe. The castle has welcomed an impressive list of guests including Frederic Chopin, who composed the Decin Waltz here. Enter the castle to see the beautifully decorated halls and chambers, and learn amazing stories from a tour guide; or visit the wonderful Rose Garden, complimented by statues, for a rest with wonderful views of the town, the rivers and the surrounding hills.
Day 6 Prague - London
Disembark MS Johannes Brahms and transfer to Prague Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.