Magnificent architecture, iconic monuments, and rejuvenated cities combine on holiday to Berlin, Dresden, and Prague. Visit 3 of the continent's most important and most beautiful destinations on this journey into history.
We meet 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 NH Berlin Kurfurstendamm Hotel.
Day 2 is our first full day in Germany's capital begins with a coach tour around the once divided 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 Saxony's countryside to visit the enchanting town of Mortizburg, home to Moritzburg Palace. Later in the afternoon, we take a coach excursion to Colditz for a tour of the iconic Castle, one of the most feared Second World War POW camps in Germany.
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, featuring the impervious and indomitable Hradčany District before enjoying a cruise on the Vltava. As we sail this famous river, we get a fantastic view of the city's buildings. Day 8 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.
We journey back via Cologne to Brussels. In the Belgian capital we connect with the Eurostar to London.
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.
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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 hotel NH Berlin Kufurstendamm is located in the Old Bohemian quarter of Berlin, within walking distance from some of the city's major tourist attractions, including the Kaiser Wihelm Memorial Church, Theatre des Westens, and Charlottenburg Castle. Each of the 167 rooms are decorated in a neutral colour palette, and are equipped with Wi-Fi, a television set, a hairdryer, a safe, a minibar, and tea & coffee making facilities. There's also an onsite gym, while the restaurant boasts 2 terraces available for open-air dining.
In Dresden we stay at the 4-Star Maritim Hotel, in a listed building on the banks of the River Elbe close to the Zwinger Palace, the Frauenkirche and Dresden's main sights. The hotel boasts a restaurant, bar, pool, saunas and fitness room. The rooms are equipped with individual climate control, a telephone, television, minibar and a hairdryer.
The Holiday Inn Prague is a 4-Star hotel located in the heart of the city, which boasts a garden restaurant, a lobby bar, and a 24-hour mini gym. Each room is climate-controlled and offers a pillow menu. Each also has hanging closets, a mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities, a satellite television, a telephone, and a desk with a lamp. There is also a massage centre (payable locally) for relaxation purposes.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!