Rise, Fall and Rebirth : Germany

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07 Days
Dubai or Abu Dhabi
Berlin
Min Age : Grades 6 & above

Program Overview

Highlights of this History Program are:

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Alexanderplatz
  • Berlin City Orientation
  • Berlin Wall
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Leipzig City Orientation – Augustusplatz, Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) Bach museum, Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)
  • Dresden City Orientation – Old Town, Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), Semper Opera House, River Elbe, Zwinger Palace
  • Potsdam City Orientation – Sanssouci Palace, Sanssouci Park, Cecilienhof Palace, Dutch quarters, Glienicker Brücke Russia Town, Baroque squares Alter Markt and Neuer Markt

Flights

Etihad Airways for flights on The Explorers Lab Program

or

Lufthansa Airlines for flights on The Explorers Lab programs

Accommodation

Hotels

Twin or triple sharing rooms with a separate bed for every student

Travel Insurance

AIG Gold cover up to USD 100,000 in emergency medical expenses

AIG Travel Guard for participants on The Explorers Lab Programs

Ground Transportation

Private charter buses are used for all transfers on this program

Program Director

A dedicated Program Director will lead the group on this program

Inclusions

  • Flights
  • Stay
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Program Director
  • Explorars Travel Kit
  • Travel Insurance
  • Activities & Workshops
  • Mandatory Gratuities Applicable Taxes

Exclusions

  • Visas
  • Service Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft drinks
  • Snacks
  • Laundry
  • Room services
Itinerary

Day 1     Berlin

Arrive in Berlin
Check-in to the hotel and unwind

Brandenburg Gate
A witness to the tumultuous history of Europe and Germany, Bradenburg Gate was a symbol of Germany’s division during the Cold War. After the historic re-unification of Germany in 199o, the Gate is now a national symbol for peace & unity

Alexanderplatz
Used extensively for its underground bunkers during the Second World War, Alexanderplatz was one of the main targets for the enemies of Adolf Hitler.
In the present day, it is a large public square and a transport hub of the central Mitte district in Berlin

Day 2     Berlin

Berlin City Orientation
Learn in depth about Hitler and World War II while you walk around historic sites in Berlin – the cragged spire of the bombed out Memorial Church, the ferocity of the Allied bombing campaign and the defence of the Nazi Reich Capital.
Understand the Post Great War Germany, the Nazi’s rise to power, Hitler’s ‘Lebensraum’ Policy and Europe’s subsequent destruction

Day 3     Berlin

Berlin wall
Visit this famous historic site and see some of the major landmarks the Berlin wall has left behind – the east side gallery, guard towers, and the wall memorial.
Recount the stories of horror and triumph from wall escapes and forced conscription

Checkpoint Charlie
Stop at one of the ultimate symbols of the Cold War, the famous border crossing between East and West Berlin. For nearly thirty years, this checkpoint represented not only a divided Germany but a world in political turmoil

Day 4     Berlin – Leipzig – Berlin

Drive to Leipzig
Transfer in a private coach to Leipzig (2 hours)

Leipzig City Orientation
Known as the city of music, of commerce, of heroes and site of the Peaceful Revolution. Take a step back into history exploring Romanesque churches, Art Nouveau buildings, and 16th century cellars.
Its an art lover’s dream come true, thanks to its extensive range of galleries, museums, and concert halls

Augustusplatz
Visit Leipzig’s largest square with historical landmarks, cathedrals, and concert halls including the Museum of Fine Arts, Neues Theater, Leipzig Opera, and Augusteum (the main building of University of Leipzig)

Thomaskirche (St Thomas Church) & Bach Museum
Visit this 12th century Romanesque and neo-Gothic church, associated with well-known composer Johann Sebastian Bach who worked here as a Kapellmeister (music director). This church also holds the remains of Bach.
Visit the adjoining Bach museum which celebrates the famous compositions of Bach with interactive musical displays & original manuscripts

Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)
Visit the popular Old Town Hall, a prime example of Renaissance architecture. This hall was the venue for the speech of Joseph Goebbels on November 9, 1938 which is known as the prelude for the Kristallnacht (The Night of the Broken Glass) – an antisemitic pogrom against the Jewish population in Nazi Germany

Transfer to Berlin
Drive to Berlin in a private coach (2 hours)

Day 5     Berlin – Dresden – Berlin

Transfer to Dresden
Drive to Dresden in a private coach (3 hours)

Dresden City Orientation
Absorb the wealth of culture, elegant architecture and collection of German arts found in Dresden. Explore the restored Old Town, and observe the defensive rampart on the River Elbe historically regarded as the balcony of Europe.
The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its Baroque and Rococo styled city centre. It was rebuilt from rubble and serves as a reminder of WWII

Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
Visit this Lutheran church popular for having one of the largest domes in Europe in the 18th century

Semper Opera House
Visit the historic Opera House which has premiered the major works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss

Zwinger Palace
Visit this medeival fortress that houses the Old Masters Gallery, featuring the works of Raphael, Rembrandt, and Rubens

Drive to Berlin
Transfer to Berlin in a private coach (3 hours)

Day 6     Berlin – Potsdam – Berlin

Drive to Potsdam
Transfer to Potsdam in a private coach (1 hour)

Potsdam City Orientation
The capital of Brandenburg, Potsdam is located on the banks of the Havel River at a short distance from Berlin. With its authentic charm, picturesque brilliance and rich history, the city is a cultural gem well worth visiting. Explore Potsdam’s impressive Sanssouci Palace, and Sansscoui Park identified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Cecilienhof Palace
Built in 1916, this palace hosted the historic Potsdam Conference where Stalin, Truman and Churchill negotiated the future of Germany

Glienicker Brücke (Glienicker Bridge)
Visit the 18th century Dutch quarters, passing across the Glienicker Brücke – the infamous historic location where the US and Soviet spies were exchanged. The recounts of this bridge are brought to life in the popular Hollywood movie – Bridge of Spies.
Continue your journey through the Russia Town with popular Baroque squares like the Alter Markt and the Neuen Markt

Transfer to Berlin
Drive to Potsdam in a private coach (1 hour)

 

Day 7     Berlin

Departure
Transfer to the airport and catch your flight back home

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