Krakow was the favorite stop of our December 2022 trip. Following our Elbe River cruise with Viking that took us from Berlin to Prague, we continued on a land extension into Poland that started in Krakow. Upon arriving at our hotel there, our guide Ivan urged everyone on the extension to join him on a … Continue reading Krakow

Prague & Olomouc

It was tough leaving the comforts of the Viking Astrild that we had enjoyed for the past five nights. On our last morning, we were docked in Decin, which is just inside the Czech Republic. As our bus drove away, we were able to look back across the Elbe to take the photo above. We … Continue reading Prague & Olomouc

The Bastei

After departing Dresden during the night, the next morning we continued sailing upstream towards our next stop at Bad Schandau. Along the way, we caught sight of another Christmas cruise on the Elbe, though on a much smaller vessel! The excursion for this day of the cruise was a visit to the National Park of … Continue reading The Bastei

Dresden & the Elbe Valley

During our time in Dresden we embarked on a wide-ranging tour of the surrounding Elbe Valley with a wonderful guide, a driver, and just one other couple from our cruise, making for a cozy, personalized excursion. Our small bus first wound around central Dresden and some of the surrounding suburbs and then headed out to … Continue reading Dresden & the Elbe Valley

Elbe & Meißen

Our ship departed Torgau in the middle of the night, but we woke up to much clearer skies with this sunrise to help get us going: We spent the morning sailing through a scenic stretch of the Elbe where bridges were few and far between. Along the way we passed the dock for a pedestrian … Continue reading Elbe & Meißen


The final new port on our Iceland’s Natural Beauty cruise was at Djúpivogur, a small fishing village of 400 on the southeast coast of Iceland. Even though the Viking Sky was carrying well short of its 930 passenger capacity, our presence was certainly evident in the village. We took a walking tour on a gorgeous … Continue reading Djúpivogur