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This exciting vacation starts and ends in Berlin, the lively capital of Germany. In between, enjoy a 5-night stay in the capital of Saxony—Dresden. Included city sightseeing here introduces you to this fine city that is reborn since reunification. Visit the rebuilt Frauenkirche, and Rococo-style Zwinger Palace. Dresden will be your base for interesting day trips, including a visit to the Meissen Porcelain Workshop to see how the city’s world-famous pottery is made; to Erfurt to explore the city where Goethe, Luther, Schiller, and Bach spent time; and to Weimar, authentic birthplace of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. In Colditz, visit the renaissance castle to learn about its surprising history as a WWII POW camp. Also visit the world’s first Protestant Church in Torgau, and consider ordering your next car as you walk around the Porsche Factory in Leipzig. Finally, on the way back to Berlin, stop in Potsdam to stroll around Sanssouci Palace & Gardens, former summer residence of Fredrick the Great. Standard
8 days from RM5,586/pax
Day to day
ARRIVE IN BERLIN, GERMANY.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the German capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
On this morning's included guided sightseeing, learn how the city is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once the city of contrasts with its West and East sides separated into two different worlds, since the fall of the wall, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate, its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfurstendamm and Unter den Linden, and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, modern architectural styles. Once again, Berlin is Germany's capital and one of Europe's most lively and interesting cities. Consider joining an optional tour before heading towards Dresden. (B,D)
DRESDEN. EXCURSION TO MEISSEN.
Situated near the Czech border, Dresden was long hailed as the "Jewel Box" because of its opulent rococo and baroque city centre overflowing with grand architecture, impressive museums, orchestras of worldwide reputation, and notable art treasures. Capital of Saxony and the third-largest city in eastern Germany, it suffered heavy Allied bombing in February 1945, but has restored its baroque splendour over the decades. This morning's guided tour of Dresden starts with a visit to the newly rebuilt CHURCH OF OUR LADY FRAUENKIRCHE, featuring one of the largest domes in Europe, and ZWINGER PALACE, which originally served as the orangery, exhibition gallery, and festival arena of the Dresden Court. This afternoon, travel along the riverbanks of the Elbe and stop in Meissen, "Cradle of Saxony" and home to fantastic fairytale architecture. Due to the extensive deposits of china clay and potter's clay in the area, Meissen is also renowned for its fine porcelain. Production of Meissen porcelain dates back to 1710 and was the first high-quality porcelain manufactured outside the Orient. Visit the MEISSEN PORCELAIN WORKSHOP for insight into the history, art, and creation of this elegant pottery. Later tonight, consider joining the optional dinner cruise on the Elbe River. (B) NOTE: (For operational reasons the Optional Excursion dinner cruise will be available on Wednesdays instead of Mondays during the months of June, July and August.)
DRESDEN. EXCURSION TO ERFURT & WEIMAR.
Visit two of Thuringia's most famous towns today. First is Erfurt with its richly decorated renaissance residences, known as the Blumenstadt, "City of Flowers." Human settlement here dates to prehistoric times, and the city attracted important figures throughout history, including Luther, Goethe, Schiller, and Bach, to name just a few. Next, stop in Weimar, hub of German Enlightenment and an influential cultural centre. This is where Germany's first democratic constitution was signed, giving rise to the historical period known as the Weimar Republic. It was also birthplace of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Before returning to Dresden, consider joining an optional excursion to the former Buchenwald Concentration Camp. (B,D)
AT LEISURE IN DRESDEN.
A day to discover Dresden on your own, or consider joining an optional excursion to Colditz Castle, a renaissance castle overlooking the town, river, and lush surrounding forests. Its grandeur conceals its surprising history as a high-security POW camp during WWII for Allied officers who had repeatedly escaped other camps. Your guided visit offers fascinating insight into the lives of the guards and prisoners, displaying the escape tunnels, false uniforms, diaries, fake documents, and other escape equipment. Later, head for Torgau, where U.S. and Soviet forces met up during the "East Meets West" invasion of Germany in 1945. Visit the world's first Protestant church in Hartenfels Castle, whose chapel was consecrated by Martin Luther in 1544 during the Protestant Reformation. Return to Dresden for an overnight. (B)
DRESDEN. EXCURSION TO LEIPZIG.
An important trade city dating back to the Holy Roman Empire, Leipzig grew into a major European centre of culture and learning, and was a hub for great composers such as Bach, Wagner, Schumann, and Mendelssohn. It is home to an appealing renaissance Old Town, baroque-period trading houses and residences of rich merchants, and St. Nicholas Church, the site of peaceful demonstrations against communist rule in 1989. Leipzig is also known for its automobile industry. Why not place an order for your next car during the included visit to the PORSCHE FACTORY? (B,D)
Today, we head north to visit Potsdam, one of Germany's major centres of science and learning since the 19th century. The city rose to international prominence in the summer of 1945 as host site of the Potsdam Conference, where Allied victors Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin gathered at Cecilienhof Palace to decide the future of Germany and post-war Europe. Visit SANSSOUCI Palace & Gardens, former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Meaning "without worries," this UNESCO World Heritage Site is often considered a German rival of France's lavish Palace of Versailles. See the terraced garden, lush flora, and the complex fountain system-a great thorn in Frederick's side as he fought in vain to get the hydraulics working. Return to Berlin for an overnight. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
- INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
- INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES. Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
- SIGHTSEEING. Visits to Meissen, Weimar, Erfurt, Leipzig, Potsdam.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS. Saxony.
- GUIDES. Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Dresden; professional Tour Director while touring.
- TRANSPORTATION. Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.
- HOTELS. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges.
- MYACCOUNT. Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
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