Discovering Historic Berlin & Dramatic Dresden

This twin centre packaged tour has something that will appeal to everyone. Few cities have experienced as much fascinating history as Berlin and Dresden and this interesting itinerary showcases the best of human brilliance and resilience.
Day 1 Arrival
After an overnight stop, we make our way across Germany to Berlin, and arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Cecilienhof & Sanssouci Palaces, Potsdam 82km/51 mile round trip
This morning, we will visit Cecilienhof Palace (closed Mondays). Built in the style of an English manor house between 1913 and 1917 by Crown Prince William, the palace is effectively the last castle to be built by the Hohenzollern dynasty. Not only is it an extremely beautiful building, it was also where Sir Winston Churchill, President Truman and Stalin met for the so-called ‘Potsdam Conference’ in 1945 to decide how to partition Germany following its surrender. This afternoon, we will visit Sanssouci Palace (closed Mondays) which is a short 10 minute drive from Cecilienhof Palace. Here, we will discover the summer residence of King Frederick the Great where we will be able to soak in the sumptuous grandeur of the “Philosopher of Sanssouci”. With its vineyard terraces and originally preserved 18th century interior, characterized by elegant and stylish displays of grandeur, we will be immersed in beautiful surroundings.

Day 3 Berlin 20km/13 mile round trip
Today, we will enjoy a half day ‘step on’ guided tour of Berlin’s monumental past that will include visits and commentary relating to the city’s medieval origins, its Prussian and Nazi past and its legacy as a divided post-war city and the resulting reunification in 1989. We will see the famous Bornholmer Bridge, which is one of the important sites of the “Cold War” period. We will then drive towards Berlin-Mitte and stop at the Berlin Wall Memorial Sites where we can stretch our legs. We will stop at Checkpoint Charlie & the Gendarmenmarkt before making our way to the Reichstag. From here, we will enjoy a short yet pretty walk towards the Brandenburg Gate, the Pariser Platz and the Holocaust Memorial. We have the afternoon at leisure to discover more of Berlin for ourselves. We could visit the Museum Island which is a magnificent work of art in its own right, and an extraordinary ensemble of five world renowned museums on an island in the River Spree right in the city’s centre. Alternatively we could enjoy Berlin from a different perspective from one of the many boat cruises on offer, or simply indulge in a little retail therapy - Berlin has over 50 shopping centres to explore!

Day 4 Dresden via Colditz Castle 316km/196 miles
Today we will leave Berlin behind and travel to Colditz Castle, a stunning 1,000 year old hunting lodge that was notoriously used by the Nazis as a Prisoner of War camp in WWII. We will be able to see first-hand the escape routes designed by the ingenious British prisoners (since dubbed ‘the birdmen’) incarcerated within, including information regarding the glider that they built using sleeping bags, gramophone springs and porridge! We will then return to our coach and continue on our journey to the Pullman Dresden Newa Hotel, our base for the next three nights.

Day 5 Dresden Driver’s Day Off
Today, we will spend at leisure in Dresden. We may choose to visit the magnificent Zwinger Palace, widely considered to be a baroque masterpiece, and which was originally built as an orangery and festival ground before being rebuilt following bomb damage during WW2. It now houses numerous fascinating museums including The Old Masters Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister) featuring masterpieces such as Raphael’s ‘Sistine Madonna’ and works by Holbein, Rubens and Rembrandt.

Day 6 The World of Meissen & Pillnitz 108km/67 mile round trip
This morning, we will make our way to the famous town of Meissen and visit the Museum of Meissen Art, the most comprehensive collection of Meissen Porcelain from 1710 to the present day. We can then visit the demonstration workshops where we will witness the craftsmanship that goes into making Meissen Porcelain during a four stage process. We can then perhaps enjoy lunch in Café Meissen (with a unique opportunity to indulge in the Meissen Tart – not included in pricing) prior to re-joining our coach and travelling to Schloss & Park Pillnitz, overlooking the Elbe River and positioned at the foot of the Pillnitz vineyards. We can visit the Palace Museum and witness its Domed Hall, Royal Kitchen and Catholic Chapel and learn about life in the Royal Saxon court. We can also explore the Museum of Decorative Arts before wandering through the spectacular Castle Park and the English and Chinese Pavilions. We will then board the river cruise from Pillnitz to Dresden (1 hour single journey) where our coach will meet us and return us to our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 7 Departure
Today, we will leave Dresden behind and make our way across Germany to our overnight hotel.
Legend

Pullman Dresden Newa Hotel

Dresden, Germany
AAA+
Located in Dresden’s most popular shopping boulevard, the 4 star Pullman Dresden Newa hotel offers subtle, classic design, as well as floor to ceiling panoramic windows that present a unique view of the baroque Dresden skyline. All 319 lift-accessible bedrooms are equipped with TV and hairdryer. The large, stylish restaurant serves good quality international dishes, whilst the cocktail and coffee lounge bar offers a relaxed atmosphere in which to unwind after a day’s touring. The hotel also has a steam room, sauna and gym. Coach parking is off-site, approximately 500m from the hotel and costs around €8 per day.

Wyndham Garden Berlin Mitte

Berlin, Germany
AAA
The stylish 4 star Wyndham Garden Berlin Mitte Hotel is located in the northern part of Berlin city centre. The hotel features high ceilings with stucco details, panoramic windows and a charming courtyard. All 172 bedrooms are equipped with hairdryer and TV and furnished in a contemporary style with high ceilings and lots of natural light. The spacious restaurant is bathed in light and serves regional and international specialities. The hotel bar with its glass–covered terrace is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon coffee or a relaxing drink in the evening. Coach parking is off-site and is free of charge.

Wyndham Garden Berlin Mitte

Berlin, Germany
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Pullman Dresden Newa Hotel

Dresden, Germany
6 Nights Half Board
April – September 2018
(Selected Dates)
Twin from £499pp to £524pp
Single Supplement from £140

Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
3 Nights Half Board at Wyndham Garden Berlin Mitte Hotel
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of sparkling wine or orange juice
• 3 course buffet menu, 2 choices per course
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Guided visit Cecilienhof Palace & Park
• Guided visit Sanssouci Palace & Park
• Step-on guided tour of Berlin
• Guided visit Colditz Castle (1 hour)
3 Nights Half Board at Pullman Dresden Newa Hotel
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of sparkling wine, beer or juice served at dinner
• Set menu on arrival night
• 3 course buffet dinner with choice of main on 2 nights (min. 30 pax)
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• All guests receive 10% off additional food & beverage bought in hotel
• Entrance to Museum of Meissen Art & Demonstration Workshops
• Entrance to Pillnitz Castle & Gardens
• River Cruise: Pillnitz – Dresden (1 hour)
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Prices starting from...

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Features of this tour


  • Guided visit Cecilienhof Palace & Park

  • Guided visit Sanssouci Palace & Park

  • Step-on guided tour of Berlin

  • Guided visit Colditz Castle (1 hour)

  • All guests receive 10% off additional food & beverage bought in hotel

  • Entrance to Museum of Meissen Art & Demonstration Workshops

  • Entrance to Pillnitz Castle & Gardens

  • River Cruise: Pillnitz – Dresden (1 hour)