Magnificent architecture, iconic monuments and rejuvenated cities combine on a Berlin, Dresden and Prague tour, visiting three of the Continent's most important and most beautiful destinations on a journey into history.
Meet your group and Tour Manager at our exclusive Departure Office in St Pancras, before boarding the Eurostar to Brussels. Here we change trains and travel by high-speed rail to Cologne. The final leg of our journey takes us to Berlin, where we spend three nights at the 4-Star Maritim Hotel and enjoying a welcome drink on arrival.
Our first full day in Germany's capital begins with a coach tour around the oncedivided German capital, admiring impressive Imperial buildings and introducing the sights of the former East Berlin. Following the tour, you have plenty of time to explore at your own pace and the opportunities are nearly endless.
Within easy reach is the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and Unter den Linden avenue, which leads past the State Opera House to the soaring TV tower and World Clock. Alternatively, perhaps stroll past the shops, bars and restaurants in the west of the city, or pay a visit to Checkpoint Charlie and the engrossing history of the Berlin Wall.
A morning coach tour past the Wannsee Lakes brings us to Potsdam, a former imperial city with some magnificent examples of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, whose entire centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. During the day we visit the inspirational Sanssouci Park. 'Sanssouci' means 'carefree' and the park was designed as a leisure retreat for Frederick the Great. The park is home to a number of beautiful royal buildings, including Sanssouci Palace and the magnificent New Palace, where we enjoy a guided tour.
After time to explore the park and its wonderful gardens, we return to Berlin. The following day, we leave Berlin for the journey by rail to Dresden, one of Germany's most beautiful cities, known as the 'Florence of the Elbe'. Here we spend three nights at the NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt. On arrival, a guided walking tour introduces the city's famous sights including the Baroque Zwinger Palace, the grand Semper Opera House, and the rebuilt and reconsecrated Church of Our Lady.
Today we embark on a vintage steam train ride through the Saxony countryside to visit the exquisite Palace of Mortizburg, a former hunting castle of the Saxon royal family. Originally built in 1542, the castle was remodelled in the 1720's by a Saxon monarch named Augustus the Strong and sits in vast parkland countryside containing several ponds, which create a lake around the palace. After enjoying a guided tour we return to Dresden, where your afternoon is free. You could visit the magnificent Old Masters' Gallery. Here you can see close to 750 paintings dating from the 15th to 18th centuries. It includes the prominent Italian Renaissance works and other pieces from Dutch and Flemish painters. Amongst the collection you can see the Sistine Madonna by Raphael, Sleeping Venus by Girgione and Titan's The Tribute Money. The gallery also houses outstanding works from Spanish, French and German artists.
Alternatively you might like to see the Green Vault, which is a historic museum home to a diverse variety of exhibits. Founded in 1723, the Vault is said to hold the largest collection of 'treasures' in Europe.
On Day 6, we take a coach excursion to Colditz, where we take a guided tour of the iconic Castle. Built high on a crag above the sleepy town, the Renaissance fortress has served as a hunting lodge and hospital during its long history but its most famous period came during the Second World War, when it was one of Europe's most notorious PoW camps. A constant battle of wits between Allied prisoners and German guards resulted in more than 300 daring escape attempts; incredibly; just thirty prisoners were successful. We visit the castle's museum, which includes a variety of escape devices. Visitors can also descend to the tunnel built by French prisoners.
Bidding Dresden farewell, we travel by train through a picturesque region of dramatic crags, peaks and rocky gorges known as Saxon Switzerland. After travelling through the Bohemian countryside, we reach the Czech Republic and Prague, the 'City of 100 Spires'. The next day we enjoy a guided tour of the city, starting in the Castle district. We visit the castle itself, as well as St Vitus' Cathedral. We stroll down to Charles Bridge to marvel at Prague's wonderfully preserved Old Town. Here our guide will introduce the atmospheric Old Town Square, with its astronomical clock and Tyn Church. Day 9 is at leisure for you to continue exploring under your own steam. Perhaps you'd like to visit the popular Prague Zoo?
Alternatively, you could see the Lesser Quarter, one of Prague's most historic quarters. Other options include the Petrin Tower, an observation tower offering tremendous views over the city, you may also like to return to the Castle District - the buildings here representing virtually every architectural style of the last millennium and are one of Prague's most famous draws. Whatever it is you wish to see, Prague is one of Europe's most popular and varied destinations.
Gourmet restaurants, cocktail bars and trendy cafés are easy to find. If you are looking for something more authentic, you can feast on pork and dumplings washed down with beer in a traditional pub.
Many of Prague's main sites are just a short journey away and trams and public transport are available throughout the city. Day passes may be purchased for the extensive tram, bus and metro network. You can take a leisurely stroll along the Vltava River, or possibly cruise gently through the city, the most relaxing way to see the sights.
Departing from Prague we travel by coach back into Germany heading for Nuremberg. Here we spend our final night at the Maritim Hotel, situated a short walk from the city's Old Town and close to the stunning Cathedral building. Tonight, we enjoy a farewell meal together at our hotel. If you have chosen our fly home option, you will transfer to Prague airport for your flight home today.
We journey back via Cologne to Brussels. In the Belgian capital we connect with the Eurostar to London.
We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for departures on this tour. You can find out which class each departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing grid.
For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
Probably one of Europe's finest high speed trains, the jewel in German Rail's crown is the InterCityExpress or ICE.
Linking all Germany's major cities and selected destinations outside Germany, the ICE trains offer some of the most comfortable and well-designed accommodation around, so you can really get the most out of your journey.
Named after the famous British express service, InterCity trains are long-distance services operating in a variety of different countries, such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria. InterCity trains are distinct from Inter City Express (ICE) and EuroCity services in that they operate on domestic routes within country borders.
Thalys is a brand run by two companies, Thalys International, whose shareholders are French, Belgian and German rail companies, with Dutch Railways (NS) as a privileged partner, and also The Railway Company THI Factory, 60% of whose capital is held by SNCF, and 40% by SNCB.
It runs rail services linking Paris and Brussels with Amsterdam or Cologne. The trains are similar in design to French TGVs and can reach up to 190mph (305km/h) when travelling on dedicated high speed lines.
Comfort 1 (First Class) passengers benefit from spacious seating and are usually served complimentary light refreshments once underway. Both Comfort 1 and Comfort 2 (Standard Class) passengers have access to the Thalys Bar, which serves a selection of snacks, meals and hot and cold drinks during most journeys.
The 4-Star Maritim Hotel Berlin is situated close to Potzdamer Platz and not far from all the main sights of central Berlin, such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. Designed in the style of the 'golden 20's' the hotel marries classic ambience with modern comforts. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, saunas, solarium and fitness room. The rooms come with individual climate control, a telephone, television, minibar and a hairdryer.
Boasting of an enviable location in the centre of Dresden, the 4-Star Hotel NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt is the perfect base for our explorations whilst here. Situated nearby are a myriad of fabulous tourist destinations, including the Frauenkirche, Zwinger, and the Albertinum museum. The hotel itself has a beautifully modern feel, decorated in neutral colours with accents of dark wood. Amenities on offer here include a gym, a steam room, a sun terrace, a restaurant, and a bar - ideal to relax in with a drink after a day of exploring. The comfortable rooms come equipped with an en-suite bathroom, tea & coffee-making facilities, an in-room safe, a minibar, a television, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The 5-Star Hotel Ambassador is located in the historic centre of Prague, directly on the centrally-located Wenceslas Square. Featuring a Thai & Wellness Club, the hotel provides a unique combination of relaxation and tranquility. Other services on offer include a hairdresser and beauty treatment, laundry service, concierge, tourist information and a 24-hour front desk. All rooms at the hotel feature a phone, voice mail, free Wi-Fi, minibar, safe deposit box and satellite television. Each bathroom has a water-massage bath, shower, beauty mirror and hair dryer.
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