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Germany in Summer: Fairytales and History - Itinerary

July 25 - August 3, 2020 
10 Days / 9 Nights 

Tour starts in Frankfurt and ends in Berlin

$3,950 per person/double occupancy 
$1,180 optional single supplement
$340 additional night / per room - optional
Includes all fees and taxes


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This tour may be combined with the Krakow and the Tatra Mountains Tour to Poland (July 15 - 23, 2020) or London and the English Countryside to United Kingdom (July 15 - 23, 2020) or the Cool Switzerland  tour (August 2020)  

This tour starts at 2:00PM on SaturdayJuly 25, 2020 in Frankfurt.
Your flight should arrive no later than 12:00PM on July 25, 2020.

Day 1: Arrivals, Tour of Frankfurt 

Welcome to Germany in Summertime! On your arrival at the Frankfurt International Airport, you will be met by a private chauffeur who will transfer you to our luxury hotel in the quaint spa town of Wiesbaden, known for its awe-inspiring architecture and nurturing hot springs. After some time to rest and refresh, we'll meet the rest of the group, and enjoy a panoramic tour of Frankfurt that will introduce us to this striking city. Beneath the futuristic facade of glass-fronted skyscrapers, Frankfurt, a cultural capital for over 2,000 years and the city of Goethe, powerful dukes and epic poems, blurs the new and the old, as it reveals its stories and hidden treasures. In the evening, we'll celebrate our upcoming adventure with a festive Welcome Dinner
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Schwarzer Bock Hotel, Wiesbaden

Day 2: Rhine Valley 

After a hearty German breakfast, we'll set out for a full day's exploration of the Rhine River Valley. The Middle Rhine region is Germany's most scenic and most sensual: the meandering river sweeps past the ancient half-timbered villages, fairytale castles hang above the patchwork of rolling vineyards and flowering valleys, and tiny inns and taverns welcome travelers with wine and local specialties. From the wine-producing village of Rudesheim, we'll cruise along the mighty Rhine, disembarking to explore the tiny, magical village of Bacharach, where we'll stop at a local winery to try the famous Rhine Riesling, then to tour the imposing Marksburg Castle sitting proudly on top of a hill, overlooking the river. In the evening, we'll enjoy a traditional German dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 
Radisson Blu Schwarzer Bock Hotel, Wiesbaden

Day 3: Heidelberg 

Today, we'll set out to explore a medieval and baroque gem, the ancient Germanic city of Heidelberg. Having inspired numerous poets and painters, the city rises like a dream from the past, as various historical eras and architectural styles reflect its turbulent history, and up from the Neckar River and above the narrow medieval streets, sits its immense Gothic and Renaissance castle. Our tour with a local guide will include the Baroque Old Town, the oldest German university, Karl Theodor's Old Bridge, the Heidelberg Castle and the town's lively Market Square. We'll also have time for individual exploration of the town with its red sloping roofs, green-clad hills and slim church spires. We'll return to our hotel in the evening and enjoy another memorable meal.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Schwarzer Bock Hotel, Wiesbaden

Day 4: Wiesbaden - Bamberg - Dresden 

This morning, we'll leave Wiesbaden and begin our journey east towards Dresden, the capital city of Germany's Free State of Saxony. En route, we'll stop in the Bavarian town of Bamberg, laid out over seven hills and where the Main and the Regnitz rivers meet underneath arching bridges. In 1007, Henry II of Bavaria intended to turn Bamberg into a "second Rome", and today this small town, with traditional fishermen's houses crowding along the river opposite two bishops' palaces and a muraled Town Hall on its own tiny island, is where German heritage comes to life. The Old Town is a picture book of architectural styles creating a most unique atmosphere. After a guided tour of the town, we'll have some time for unhurried exploration on our own, then we'll continue eastward to Dresden. In the evening, we'll check-in to our elegant hotel located in the heart of the city and enjoy a relaxed dinner in an Old Town restaurant. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hilton Dresden Hotel, Dresden

Day 5: Dresden 

Draped above the River Elbe, Dresden is arguably the finest Baroque city in all of Europe, with the ornamental ease of its gardens, Baroque murals stretching over entire city blocks, ornate portals leading to grand courtyards, sounds of trickling fountains filling the air, and the fabulous Baroque style merchants' houses. The fabled Semperoper House is covered in intimately sculpted faces, the Zwinger Palace houses an impressive art collection, including Raphael's Sistine Madonna, and above all sits the Frauenkirche, the Protestant answer to St. Peter's Basilica. Much of the city was destroyed during World War II, then painstakingly restored to its former glory, and today it is again alive with an abundance of cultural and artistic history. Today, we'll spend the day touring all these riches with an expert local guide, and the afternoon will be free to enjoy the city according to your own interests.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hilton Dresden Hotel, Dresden

Day 6: The Elbe River, Pillnitz Castle, Saxon Wine Route 

Today, we'll start the day with a romantic paddle steamer cruise on the Elbe River, taking us to Pillnitz Palace, past palaces, gardens and terraced vineyards lining the riverbanks and glorious castles clinging to hillsides. The ornamental Pillnitz Palace was built by Augustus the Strong as his summer residence, and is surrounded by elaborate gardens, including the famous Camellia Gardens. After touring the palace and some free time for lunch here, we'll travel along the Saxon Wine Route, stopping at quaint wine taverns to sample some of the best vintages produced in Saxony. Germany may be lauded for beer, but wine lovers are happy for Saxony's 850 year tradition of wine growing. We'll end the day with dinner at the romantic Wackerbarth Castle, which along with its excellent wines serves award-winning modern Saxon cuisine.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hilton Dresden Hotel, Dresden

Day 7: Dresden - Meissen - Moritzburg - Berlin 

This morning, we'll leave Dresden and travel north towards Berlin. Our first stop will be the Gothic town of Meissen, sitting in the shadow of its impressive Albrechtsburg Castle. Meissen has long been known for its delicate, richly decorated porcelain, and it was this porcelain along with wine and silver that 300 years ago brought fame and fortune to Saxony. We'll tour the Porcelain Manufactory, where we'll witness the process of making and decorating porcelain, before visiting the porcelain museum and showroom. Afterwards, we'll continue to the Moritzburg Castle. Originally an Electoral hunting lodge, today it appears as an ocher and white fantasy floating above a lake. After touring the castle's interior, we'll have some time for lunch or an optional visit to a museum devoted to a German Expressionist artist, Kathe Kollwitz. Then, we'll drive directly to Berlin, where we should arrive in the mid-afternoon. After checking into our hotel, we'll have some time to rest, before meeting for dinner in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Berlin Marriott Hotel, Berlin

Day 8: Berlin 

Today's Berlin is modern, funky and full of contagious energy, an ode to the people who unify it. Yet, there is no escaping its history and the events that took place here during the city's troubled past. This morning, we'll get introduced to Berlin with a private guided tour leading past the monuments of its both tragic and glorious past: the Tiergarten, the Gendarmenmarkt, the Brandenburg Gate, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Reichstag and Unter den Linden, the remains of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, and the futuristic architecture along the Spree River. After a relaxed lunch, we'll visit Berlin's Jewish Museum, a striking example of Berlin's contemporary architecture, designed by Daniel Libeskind. The museum's exhibits on two millennia of German-Jewish history are a timeless testament to Jewish history and life in Germany, a lasting expression of Jewish presence and dislocation, and an attempt at integrating, both physically and spiritually, the meaning of the Holocaust into the memory and consciousness of the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Berlin Marriott Hotel, Berlin

Day 9: Berlin 

After breakfast today, we'll set out to explore Berlin's Museum Island, including the famous Pergamon Museum which houses an exquisite set of treasures from the last 6,000 years. Afterwards, we'll take a cruise down the Spree River and see the city's famous architectural and historical landmarks from a completely new angle. The afternoon will be free to explore the city according to our individual interests, and we'll end the day with a visit to the new Reichstag Parliament Building with its enormous glass enclosed dome, before enjoying our Farewell Dinner with the best views of the city from the Reichstag rooftop terrace.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Berlin Marriott Hotel, Berlin

Day 10: Berlin - Departures 

Sadly, today is our last day in Germany, and we'll have to say good-bye after breakfast. Your private airport transfer will be arranged in accordance with your flight departure time from the Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL).
Meals: Breakfast

This tour ends after breakfast in Berlin on August 3, 2020.

Itinerary details subject to change.

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