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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Return to Berlin for mid afternoon arrival. Get your final shopping done
and join your tour director and traveling companions for a fabulous
> Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, River
Cruise, inside visit Pillnitz Castle, dinner, hotel in Berlin
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