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Highlights of this History Program are:
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Private charter buses are used for all transfers on this program
A dedicated Program Director will lead the group on this program
Day 1 Berlin
Arrive in Berlin
Check-in to the hotel and unwind
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Transfer to the airport and catch your flight back home