Berlin and the East of Germany

(1)  Monarchs, Poets and Reformers  (Private Tour)
(2)  Monarchs, Poets, Reformers and Christmas Markets  (Private Tour)

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Brandenburg Gate
Brandeburg Gate, Berlin
Elbe River, Dresden
Elbe River, Dresden
Sanssouci
Sanssouci, Potsdam

 

For more than three centuries the rulers of Brandenburg commissioned the best artists of their time to enhance the Royal residences in and around Berlin with elaborate palaces and gardens.  There was building activity under a long series of Prussian monarchs – from Joachim II to the Great Elector, and from Frederick the Great to the last of the German emperors, William II.  Visit the resulting works of architecture and landscape gardening, which are overwhelming.

Also visit the stunningly beautiful cities of Leipzig and Dresden in Saxony with their rich cultural heritage, follow Martin Luther’s footsteps in Wittenberg, Wartburg and Erfurt, visit Weimar, the town of poets and thinkers and enjoy its rich history from Luther to the iron curtain – and its opening!

 

This tour is offered in two slightly different versions, both offered as private tours to be scheduled at your convenience, subject to guide availability:

     -  The regular season version described in the Itinerary section below, and

     -  A special Christmas version, described in the Christmas Tour section.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1  –  DEPARTURE

 

Board your flight from home to Berlin's Tegel Airport.

This itinerary assumes this to be an overnight flight. 

Air fare independently arranged.

Day 2 – WELCOME TO BERLIN


Arrival in Berlin, the German Capital.  

The transfers to the hotel depart at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m.

Rest in the afternoon and take advantage of the hotel facilities, or to go for a first stroll in the city.

Tonight you'll meet your travelling companions and tour director and enjoy a great welcome dinner.

>  Your tour includes: Transfer from airport to hotel, dinner, hotel in Berlin

Reichstag, Berlin
Reichstag

Day 3 – BERLIN SIGHTSEEING, CHARLOTTENBURG PALACE

Start your day with an orientation tour of BERLIN, united Germany's capital.  Guided sightseeing in the once-divided metropolis features the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, the 210-foot Victory Column in the Tiergarten Park, the Holocaust Memorial, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church with its bomb-damaged tower.  Drive past the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie, and continue on foot in the old part of the city to Brandenburg Gate – the heart of old Prussia with many historical buildings.

After free time for lunch spend the afternoon at CHARLOTTENBURG PALACE, the largest residence of the Hohenzollern in Berlin.  Originally built by Elector Frederick III as a summer residence for his wife Sophie Charlotte, the palace was later extended into a stately building with a cours d'honneur.  The magnificent palace is surrounded by a baroque garden.  The entire palace presents itself with majestically equipped rooms and salons and with top-class art collections that offer outstanding masterpieces.

After dinner you have tickets for a revue show at FRIEDRICHSTADT PALAST !

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, guided city tour, inside tour Charlottenburg Palace, dinner, tickets Friedrichstadt Palast, hotel in Berlin

Charlottenburg Palace
Charlottenburg Palace

Day 4 – POTSDAM AND ITS PRUSSIAN MONARCHS

Today we focus on POTSDAM, the capital of Brandenburg.  This city, just outside Berlin, offers many unique cultural landmarks.  First visit SANS SOUCI.  No other palace is more closely connected with the personality of Frederick the Great.  The name Sans Souci - "without care" - should be understood as the aspiration and leitmotif of the king, because it is here that he most preferred to withdraw from the world with his dogs.  The location of the palace on the celebrated vineyard terraces and the originally preserved, 18th century interior decorations permit today's visitors to become immersed in the world of the philosophers.

Later today we visit CECILIENHOF, the palace of the Potsdam Conference in 1945.  Emperor William II had Cecilienhof Palace built between 1913 and 1917 in the north of Potsdam's New Garden for his eldest son, Crown Prince William, and his wife, Crown Princess Cecilie.  The palace's appearance was attuned to its scenic surroundings through the use of traditional materials like brick and wood.  In order to disguise the actual size of the palace, with its 176 rooms, individual building elements were cleverly grouped around several courtyards.

We return to Berlin for dinner this evening.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, tours of Sanssouci  and Cecilienhof, service of local guide, dinner, hotel in Berlin

Sanssouci
Sanssouci

Day 5 – LUTHERSTADT WITTENBERG, LEIPZIG, ERFURT

 

Today first we visit LUTHERSTADT WITTENBERG, the home town of Dr. Martin Luther, the Great Reformer, and the city affectionately known as the “Cradle of the Reformation”.  See the Luther House, the Castle Church where Luther posted his 95 critical theses in 1517, provoking the Protestant Reformation, and the Town Church where he often preached.

On to LEIPZIG where the city's colourful past and lively present can be glimpsed everywhere.  Take a stroll through the city centre – there's plenty to explore! Visit the market place with the Old Town Hall, St. Thomas Church where Bach was cantor, St. Nicholas Church, and the Mädler Passage with its legendary restaurant, Auerbachs Keller.  Each place will help you discover more about the diverse traditions, personalities and history of Leipzig.

Late afternoon arrival in ERFURT, the capital of Thuringia.  Go for a stroll in the old town followed by dinner in a local brewery.

> Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, tours of Wittenberg and Leipzig , service of local guide, dinner, hotel in Erfurt

Old Town Hall, Leipzig
Old Town Hall, Leipzig

Day 6 – WARTBURG CASTLE, WEIMAR

A beautiful drive this morning to the WARTBURG CASTLE overlooking Eisenach in the Thuringia Forest, constructed between 1155 and 1180.  It is one of the best preserved secular buildings of the late Romanesque period north of the Alps, and it is surely one of the most beautiful.  It was here that Luther translated the Bible. Enjoy your guided tour of this wonderful castle!

Our next stop today is WEIMAR, home of the famous German writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller, and honoured as the "Classical Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 "Here, you feel as grand and free as the wondrous nature before your eyes."  Goethe's words still ring true today, and are a perfect description of what awaits visitors in and around Weimar.

Go for stroll with a local guide, and visit the National Goethe Museum, the most important monument to the classical period.

Go for stroll with a local guide.

Return to Erfurt where you have free time for dinner tonight.

> Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrance fee Wartburg, tour in Weimar, service of local guide, hotel in Erfurt

Wartburg Castle
Wartburg Castle

Day 7 – DRESDEN

Leave the state of Thuringia and drive back into Saxony to DRESDEN, one of Germanys most beautiful cities and a jewel of history.  Dresden today ranks as a world-class city of art and culture.

Set in a magnificent landscape in the Elbe valley it went through a blossoming of architectural and artistic brilliance that earned it the name "The Jewel Box". On our orientation tour we see the Royal Palace, Zwinger Palace, the Semper Opera House, Elbe castles, Villa Quarter, Hellerau garden city, award-winning modern buildings, and the "Blue Wonder" bridge east of the city centre. Inside visit at The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), one of Germany's most amazing post-WW2 reconstructions.

Augustus the Strong and his successors filled the Grüne Gewölbe (Green Vault) and Türckische Cammer (Turkish Chamber) with treasures from all over the world, collected paintings and porcelain, and were patrons of the great composers. Inside visit at the Green Vault.

Later enjoy a dinner overlooking the Elbe.

> Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, Tour Dresden, entrance fee, dinner, hotel in Dresden

Frauenkirche, Dresden
Frauenkirche

Day 8 – ELBE CRUISE, CASTLE PILLNITZ, BERLIN

Today a special treat – board a boat and cruise on the Elbe River to CASTLE PILLNITZ and its wonderful gardens acquired by Elector Augustus the Strong for his favorite lady Anna Constantia von Cosel, who immediately began its Baroque conversion.

When Saxony’s best-known mistress fell out of favor, the Elector himself had the hillside and waterside palaces erected. The grand castle and park grounds directly situated on the banks of the Elbe river are considered a perfect example of the chinoise style that has the architecture of the Far East amalgamate with the Baroque style. The English, Dutch and Chinese gardens on the extensive garden grounds will urge you to take a stroll and visit the famous 250-year-old Japanese camellia.

Return to Berlin for mid afternoon arrival. Get your final shopping done and join your tour director and traveling companions for a fabulous farewell dinner.

> Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, River Cruise, inside visit Pillnitz Castle, dinner, hotel in Berlin

Pillnitz Castle, Dresden
Castle Pillnitz

Day 9 – HOME FROM BERLIN

Time to say "Auf wiedersehen".

One final breakfast and then a complimentary transfer to the Berlin Airport where you arrived for your return flight home. Return flights may leave anytime today.

> Buffet breakfast, transfer to Airport


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Christmas Tour


The Christmas version of this tour – Berlin and the East of Germany - Monarchs, Poets, Reformers and Christmas Markets – has the same route and accommodation arrangements as the regular season version.

It visits all the major destination features of the regular tour.  We just can't cruise to Castle Pillnitz.

But there are extras.  This Christmas version of the tour adds visits to charming Christmas Markets in Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, Erfurt, Weimar, and Dresden.  Take in the sights.  Join in the festivities.  Shop if you wish, or just window-shop.  Soak up the atmosphere.  Soak up some glühwein too!

We pass along savings from travel in the off-peak season to help your shopping budget.

We've prepared a separate itinerary just for this trip:

Complete printable Christmas Tour itinerary in PDF format >

Berlin and the East of Germany -
Monarchs, Poets, Reformers and Christmas Markets


Charlottenburg Palace Christmas Market, Berlin

Dresden Christmas Market

 

 

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Tour Features 

  • Private tour
  • All features as per itinerary
  • Door-to-door transportation (all modes).  Leave the navigating to us.
  • 7 breakfast buffets
  • 6 three-course dinners with menu choices, one beverage, and coffee or tea after dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and local guide fees paid
  • No hidden extras, no optional excursions – already included
  • The tour language is English only.
  • The days are well planned to offer you many highlights, but you are never rushed.
    Ideal combination of free time and planned activities.
  • Skip the lines at must-see attractions.
  • All visits are inside, not drive-by.  Learn the stories that bring old buildings to life.
  • You will see not only the highlights but also the spots where only the locals go.
  • Tour director – Let our experts make every day and destination fascinating!
  • Satisfaction assured – backed up by our money-back guarantee.

 

Complete printable itinerary for regular season tour in PDF format >

Berlin and the East of Germany - Monarchs, Poets and Reformers

 


Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin

 


Pillnitz Castle on the Elbe River

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Images


Victory Column, Berlin

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin

Cecilienhof Palace, Potsdam

Town Square, Lutherstadt Wittenberg

JS Bach at St Thomas Church, Leipzig

Cathedral Square, Erfurt

Luther's Chamber, Wartburg Castle

Cathedral and Royal Palace, Dresden

Semper Opera House, Dresden

Zwinger Palace, Dresden

Castle Pillnitz, Dresden

 

There are more pictures in the Gallery in the In Depth section below.

 

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Berlin and the East of Germany Tour  In Depth

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Itinerary Destination Map
Berlin and the East of Germany tour destinations map from the top of this web page.

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Other website pages, shared with other tours, also provide in depth information.

Tours Characteristics
Notes on the distinguishing features of the various tours offered. 
What's so special about these tours?  How do they differ from each other?

References
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References

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Comments, experiences and recommendations from guests on past tours are featured in our  References Video .

 

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Cost and Date Information

 

These tours are both offered on the following basis:

Tour prices are for the land segment only.  Air fare is not included.

A deposit of US $ 300 per person is required to secure a reservation.

Final payment is due 45 days before departure.

Participation in Astrid Baur Travel tours is conditional on acceptance of the
Astrid Baur Travel Terms and Conditions (including Cancellation Policy).

 

 

Berlin and the East of Germany – Private Tours
(1)  Monarchs, Poets and Reformers
(2)  Monarchs, Poets, Reformers and Christmas Markets

These private tours are offered on a year-round basis, apart from scheduling conflicts.

Prices are per person, in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.
Please contact us for Single and Triple Occupancy rates.
A child 8 to 16 years old sharing a room with two adults receives a 30% reduction.

 

 

 

2 persons (minimum)

4 persons

6 persons (maximum)

 

US $ 3,399 per person

US $ 2,999 per person

US $ 2,799 per person

 

Contact us with your preferred dates and specific requirements:

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.... or phone one of the numbers below, or write to the address on our Contact page.

 

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Contact Information

Contact the Tour Director, Astrid Baur, in Germany (Eastern Time + 6 Hours)

U.S. Phone:  (202) 580 - 8732  /  German Phone:  011 - 49 - 171 - 546 68 39

  

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