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Berlin & Dresden

7 days from £1019 per person*

*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers

  • Zwinger Museum, Dresden

Overview

Join us on this two centre tour combining Berlin, Germany’s vibrant capital, and the beautifully reconstructed and culturally rich city of Dresden. We will come away from this memorable tour with in-depth knowledge of the many cultural highlights of these two fascinating German cities.

Itinerary

Day 1
We depart for the journey to the airport and fly directly to Berlin. On arrival in Berlin we will be met by our local coach and guide for our transfer to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included this evening.

Day 2
After breakfast we will get to know the city with a guided tour of Berlin. Highlights will include various historical and cultural sites such as the remains of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, Berliner Dom and the Reichstag. We will stop for coffee and cake in the Reichstag rooftop restaurant which also offers spectacular 360 degree views of Berlin. It was designed by architect Norman Foster and built to symbolise the reunification of Germany.

Day 3
After breakfast we set off for Museum Island for a guided visit of the Pergamon and Neues museums. The Pergamon is one of the world’s greatest, named after its main display, the Pergamon Altar, a monumental Hellenistic Greek altar discovered in what is now Turkey and dating from 2nd century BC. We will then visit the Neues Museum which, after being badly damaged during WWII, has been elaborately restored under the direction of the British architect David Chipperfield and now provides the new home for some of the world’s most renowned archaeological treasures. The remainder of the afternoon will be free for personal exploration of further museums or nearby attractions.

Day 4
Today we visit the nearby town of Potsdam for a visit to Sanssouci Palace & Park, followed by a visit to Cecilienhof Palace. The Sanssouci Palace is the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, and is often counted among the German rivals of Versailles. It was built above the terraced vineyard following the King’s ideas and sketches. A tour will take you through the wonderful rooms with works of art and paintings that are on show in the picture gallery. After lunch (not included) we vist the Cecilienhof. Churchill, Truman and Stalin wrote world history here. From 17th June to 2nd August 1945, the victorious powers of World War II met in the venerable halls of Cecilienhof Palace for the Potsdam Conference. Originally, Cecilienhof Palace was built from 1914 to 1917 for Crown Prince William and his wife in the Tudor style. Today, the castle is an historic memorial.

Day 5
This morning we check out of our hotel and travel to Dresden, with a guided tour of Colditz en route. Colditz Castle is a former residence of the King of Saxony but later became a German PoW camp in WWII, and the site of many daring escape attempts by Allied officers. On arrival in Dresden we will have an orientation tour including a visit to the Old Masters Picture Gallery. The gallery is considered one of the most important art collections in the world. Many masterpieces are displayed here including Raphael’s Sistine Madonna and works by Giogione, Titian, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Later this afternoon we check in to our hotel with time at leisure.

Day 6
Today we spend the day in Dresden for a city tour including visits to the Frauenkirche, the Cathedral, The Semper Opera House and the Royal Palace. The Frauenkirche was built between 1726 and 1743 and is arguably the most important Protestant church in Germany. Bach and Wagner performed here. A visit to the world famous Semper Opera House will follow. Semper Opera House specialises in the great Italian operas as well as works of the twentieth century. Dresden’s Royal Palace was once the hub of power for the Saxon princes and kings and now is home to the Dresden State Art Collections, with highlights including the Turkish Chamber, and the Armoury. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7
After checking out of our hotel we visit the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory to see the world famous porcelain being made in the demonstration workshops and the museum shows. We will have free time for lunch (not included) in Meissen before continuing to Berlin Airport for our return flight home.

Exact order of the itinerary is subject to change and dependent on flight times.

Hotels

Park Inn Alexanderplatz

The 4* Park Inn Alexanderplatz, Berlin Located a 10 minute walk away from Museum Island, all en-suite rooms come equipped with high-quality furnishings and a modern design in warm, elegant wood tones.

Hotel Am Terrassenufer

The 4* Hotel Am Terrassenufer is situated near the historic part of Dresden and offers an international restaurant with terrace, and modern comfortable rooms. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, desk and en-suite bathroom.

Inclusions

What’s included
• Return flights from selected UK airports
• 4 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Berlin
• Dinner at the hotel on the first night in Berlin
• 2 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Dresden
• Farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Dresden
• Porterage
• Coach travel and guide throughout
• Inclusions as per itinerary

What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance

To Book

Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.

For further details please contact one of the team on 01225 764205 or sales@successtours.com