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CRUISE OPTIONS

The Peter Deilmann river cruises have, sadly, been discontinued, but one other carrier follows similar routes.

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Viking River Cruises, 800-304-9616, http://www.vikingrivercruises.com. 10-day Elbe cruise from Berlin to Prague, plus a stop in Dessau. Packages start at $2,000.

ONSHORE LODGING

Berlin Marriott, Inge-Beisheim-Platz 1, Berlin, 011-49-30-220-000, http://www.marriott.com. The chain bills itself as a "no surprises" option for Americans, and we found this property to be reliable and clean, with some easy choices for a get-you-goin' breakfast. Rates in May start at about $184.

InterContinental Praha, Parí{zcaron}ská 30, 011-420-296-631-111, http://www.icprague.com. Cold War architecture on the outside, but warmth and comfort on the inside. A supremely able concierge staff had good guidance for all tastes. Rates in May start at about $218.

ONSHORE DINING

Paris Bar, Kantstrasse 152, Berlin; 011-49-30-313-80-52. This French bistro is an art lover's hangout and a gallery in itself, with fellow guests the works of art. I liked the Dover sole. Entrees from about $19.

Cartouche, Bilkova 14, Prague; 011-420-224-819-597, http://www.cartouche.cz. This lower-level hideaway has a dungeon vibe -- blazing fireplaces, dripping candles -- but the food is hearty and the lighting good. Entrees from about $16.

U Modre Kachnicky (Blue Duckling), Nebovidská 6, Mala Strana, Prague; 011-420-257-320-308, http://www.umodrekachnicky.cz. One of many haute Czech options, tasty, inventive and close to the Old Town Square. Lots of duck, of course, as well as wild game and Czech specialties. Entrees from about $25.

-- N.M.


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