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Berlin, Dresden & Prague

(Tour code: BDC17)Explore three fascinating cities on this 11-day tour

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.

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Tour Highlights
  • Berlin including a city tour
  • Potsdam
  • Palace of Moritzburg
  • Dresden including a walking tour
  • Vintage steam train excursion
  • Colditz Castle
  • Prague including a sightseeing tour
  • Sanssouci Park and Palace
  • Time at leisure to explore each city
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
    Total Group Porterage on selected departures

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Brandenburg Gate
Days 1-2

London to Berlin by First Class rail

We meet at our exclusive Departure Office in St Pancras, enjoying a welcome drink and then take 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. 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.

Includes:
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Potsdam
Days 3-4

The Palaces of Postdam and to Dresden

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 Maritim Dresden. 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.

Includes:
  • Excursions
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Moritzburg Castle
Days 5-6

Moritzburg Palace and Colditz Castle

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.

Includes:
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Palace of Moritzburg trip
  • Vintage steam train ride
Prague
Days 7-9

Prague

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', a beautiful city where copper-domed churches line the banks of the River Vltava. The next day we enjoy a guided tour of the city, starting in the Castle district. This huge fortress complex covers the area of seven football pitches and is Europe's largest fortification. 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. The Lesser Quarter is less busy than Old Town and is certainly worth a visit. 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.

Includes:
  • Days 7-8 Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Free Day
Nuremberg
Day 10

Prague to Nuremberg

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Eurostar
Day 11

First Class to Brussels and London

We journey back via Cologne to Brussels. In the Belgian capital we connect with the Eurostar to London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal
Reichstag
Guest Speaker

Tatjana Rossa

9th June, 21st July, 9th Sep, 8th Oct departures feature a talk from a special guest speaker - Tatjana Rossa. Mrs Rossa has a background in Cultural Studies and as an informative tour guide. Tatjana will be leading a sightseeing tour on Day 2 giving us a fascinating insight into the history and political turmoil in Germany. Mrs Tatjana Rossa was brought up in what was East Germany, and her family came under intense scrutiny from the Intelligence Services due to their contacts in the west. She was forced out of Leipzig University cutting short her studies. After reunification she was able to acquire her Stasi-File; it revealed a tale of intrigue and espionage that was common place in Germany divided after WWll. Tatjana will lead Day 2's sightseeing tour on the departures highlighted giving us an insignt into Berlin's political turmoil in the Cold War. Guests also have the unique opportunity to enjoy an exclusive talk at the hotel on the evening of Day 3.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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