Apr 02, 2023 — Apr 13, 2023

Cruising the Elbe River

With Dr. Carla Thorson

About the Tour

Begin with a stay in Prague before boarding the Elbe Princesse.  Embrace the broad sweep of history across this region from Bohemia to the former East Germany: Prague Castle, a sprawling 9th-century complex that has served as the seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of the former Czechoslovakia; the Wittenberg church where Martin Luther posted his 95 Reformation Theses; historic Jewish synagogues and cemeteries; World War II memorials; Meissen’s fine porcelain workshop; the treasures of Dresden’s Green Vault and Zwinger Palace; the famous Bauhaus school of 20th-century architecture; Potsdam’s whimsical Sanssouci palace and gardens, the summer residence of Frederick the Great, notable for the numerous temples and follies within its park; and the contrast of old and new in Berlin, Germany’s dynamic capital city and largest metropolis. An on-board lecture program and top-tier local guides will help provide context, perspective, and enrichment. 

From $7,990 per person plus airfare

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Council Leader

Dr. Carla Thorson is Vice President of Programs at the Commonwealth Club.  A political scientist who specializes in Russian politics and relations among the former Soviet states and East Europe, she holds a PhD from UCLA, an M.Litt. from the University of Oxford and a BA from the University of Wisconsin.  Prior to joining the Commonwealth Club, she was Senior Vice President at World Affairs in San Francisco and worked previously at UCLA’s International Institute, the RAND Corporation, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Inc, and the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX).  Her work has focused on the rule of law in socialist regimes and the process of democratization.  She enjoys travelling the world and has led and lectured on numerous tours including the Baltics, Finland, Iceland, Russia, Central Asia, China and Cuba.