Elbe River Cruise Itinerary and Rates



Cruise ITINERARY: July 30th to August 7th, 2017  

Day 0, July 29th - Arrival into Prague

You will arrive today and be met by Sovereign personnel at Prague International Airport for your quick transfer to our official Ligonier Ministries hotel.

You may wish to enjoy Prague on your own for dinner tonight. Additional pricing for hotel rates and joining the last night of the Pre-Cruise tour group's dinner will be provided at final payment.

HOTEL:   Luxury Accommodations



Day 1, July 30th (Cruise) - Prague to Decin via Litomerice, Cruise Embarkation

We will board luxury motor coaches and ride to Decin with a visit in Litoměřice, one of the prettiest towns in the Czech Republic. See St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Jesuit Church, historic Market Square and many residential buildings from the baroque, Renaissance and Gothic periods. The tour ends with a tasting of Bohemian beers.

After free time to have lunch and explore on your own, we will board our ship and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner.




Day 2, July 31st (Cruise) - Saxon, Switzerland

This morning we will cruise through the magnificent soaring rock formations of the Saxon Switzerland region, and then dock at the spa town of Bad Schandau.

From here we make our way to the famous rock tower known as the Bastei (bastion) to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Elbe. Return aboard for dinner and a lecture during our evening cruising.




Day 3, August 1st (Cruise) - Dresden

Awaken in Dresden, nicknamed "Florence on the Elbe," and embark on a tour just after breakfast. Drive through the 19th-century residential area to the Dresden Castle complex; enter the Green Vault to see a comprehensive collection of the Saxon monarchs' crown jewels.

Continue on foot to see Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the Frauenkirche, the great testimony to Lutheran Protestantism, with its distinctive bell-shaped dome that survived World War II bombings but collapsed the following day, and was later rebuilt.


Day 4, August 2nd (Cruise) - Meissen & Torgau

After an early breakfast, we will arrive in Meissen where we'll stop in at the Meissenware factory, producers of fine porcelain since the early 1700s. During the Reformation, the town council closed all cloisters in 1523.

Citizens of Torgau destroyed the paintings and statues of saints in the churches and stormed the Franciscan monastery during the period of iconoclasm under the direction of Andreas Karlstadt. After Luther had driven Karlstadt from Saxony in 1524, he enforced the expulsion of Karlstadt's followers in Torgau in 1529.

We will visit the grave site of the beloved Katharina von Bora, wife of Martin Luther, who is buried in St. Marien, Torgau. We will also learn of the Torgauer Artikel, a draft of the Augsburg Confession composed by Luther, Melanchthon, Bugenhagen and Jonas in the electoral superindenture in 1530 (Wintergrün). The Lutheran Formula of Concord was written in Torgau in 1576.




Day 5, August 3rd (Cruise) - Wittenberg

Our journey now takes us to Wittenberg, located in northeastern Germany on the Elbe River. Five hundred years ago, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, igniting the Protestant Reformation.

Luther taught at the University in Wittenberg for years as well. During our time in Wittenberg, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Reformation Museum/Luther House, St. Mary's Church where he preached, and Castle Church where he posted his 95 Theses. Also visit Martin Luther's Tomb, the home of Philipp Melanchthon, Martin Luther's right-hand man and a scholar of the early Reformation.


Day 6, August 4th (Cruise Disembarkation) - Wittenberg – Dessau – Magdeburg - Berlin

Today, we will travel via luxury coaches to Dessau, which was the last of the principalities to adopt the Reformation when Prince George III officially professed the Lutheran doctrine in 1534. Prior to then, the Catholic widow and regent princess, Margaret of Münsterberg, had resisted the reform movement with all of her strength.

In 1525 she founded the 'League of Dessau' (Dessauer Bund), an alliance of Catholic rulers who stood against the proliferation of Luther's teachings. As a preacher, Martin Luther paid frequent visits to St. Mary's church in Dessau. In 1545, Luther ordained George III of Anhalt-Dessau as Bishop of Merseburg, whereby the latter became the only German prince to serve as an official member of the Lutheran clergy.

Our final journey takes us to a town rich with Lutheran heritage: Magdeburg. Martin Luther attended school in Magdeburg, where he was exposed to the teachings of the Brethren of the Common Life.

In 1524, he was called to Magdeburg, where he preached and caused the city's defection from Catholicism. The Protestant Reformation had quickly found adherents in the city, where Luther had been a schoolboy. The rule of the archbishop was replaced by that of various administrators belonging to Protestant dynasties.

In the following years Magdeburg gained a reputation as a stronghold of Protestantism and became the first major city to publish the writings of Luther.

HOTEL: Luxury Accommodations



Day 7, August 5th (Continued Cruise Tour) - Berlin – Potsdam and UNESCO Site

After breakfast, travel to Potsdam where "The Big Three" — Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (replaced on July 26 by Prime Minister Clement Attlee), and U.S. President Harry Truman—met in Potsdam, Germany, from July 17 to August 2, 1945, to negotiate terms for the end of World War II. Tour Sanssouci Palace, a perfect example of German rococo architecture, built by Prussian king Frederick the Great, who left his father's calvinist legacy, in the 18th century.

HOTEL: Luxury Accommodations


Day 8, August 6th (Continued Cruise Tour) - Berlin - Museum Island - Pergamon

The Museum Island was a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique ensemble of buildings and cultural artefacts. The opening of the Altes Museum in 1830 made historically significant collections and art accessible to the general public for the first time. The museum collection includes the original Ishtar Gate, the Processional Way, the Market Gate of Miletus, and the bust of Nefertiti.

HOTEL: Luxury Accommodations



Day 9, August 7th - Departure from Berlin

After enjoying a continental breakfast, Sovereign's Guardian Angels will assist you to your private chauffeured cars to depart to Berlin Tegel Airport.


We would also like to invite you to join Ligonier for a special event, which falls conveniently after our Reformation Study Tour & Cruise on August 11th, 2017: The Ligonier Wittenberg Conference with  W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, R. Albert Mohler, Matthias Lohmann, and Steffen Mueller: http://www.ligonier.org/events/2017-regional-conference-wittenberg/.  It promises to be an encouraging and edifying time of remembering the past and looking to how it informs our future.  All cruise and tour guests will receive complimentary admission.


Please Note: Schedule of tour events is subject to modification without notice.

To fully participate in this event, you must be able to walk long distances, have good balance capabilities and be able to walk on uneven terrain. There will also be some climbing involved as well as long periods of standing. Due to the historical nature of some of our destinations, not all facilities will be ADA compliant.



Questions? Call Sovereign at 877-661-6458 ext. 100