Berlin Explorer 2019
6 days with Trafalgar Rating:
Day 1 Arrive Berlin (5 Nights)
Embrace the effervescent energy of Berlin - a city that epitomises a spirit of freedom and unity having shrugged off the shackles of a dark past. Spend time meandering through its abundant green spaces before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception. ( Welcome Reception)
Day 2 Berlin Sightseeing and At Leisure
Delve into a city reunited only decades ago, exploring the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and the Reichstag Building - all major points of focus in 1989 during the reunification of East and West Germany. Cross through the Cold War gateway of Checkpoint Charlie and visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial) before spending the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city's creative pulse. This evening we gain a Cultural Insight into hearty German hospitality at a local brewery where we'll indulge in some of the city's finest brews and encounter first-hand its strong brewing traditions. Later, ask your Travel Director for suggestions on where to dine this evening. ( Buffet Breakfast)
Day 3 East Side Gallery, Hackescher Markt and Iconic Museums
This morning, we trace vivid splashes of colour along the wall murals of East Side Gallery - an ironic celebration of freedom on a tyrannical wall that once divided this vibrant city. We continue to Hackescher Markt where we join our Local Specialist for a fascinating walking tour of this cultural area, visiting the Courtyard of Haus Schwarzenberg which today retains its artistic flair from yesteryear. After free time for lunch, we return to central Berlin with a drop off at Museum Island where we have an opportunity to visit its museums. Amble through the Pergamon Museum housing monumental buildings such as the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Market Gate of Miletus reconstructed from the ruins found in ancient Middle East and Turkey. This evening, we ascend the iconic Berlin TV Tower where we'll enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on the observation deck before visiting a local restaurant and indulging in traditional German flavours for dinner with newfound friends. ( Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal)
Day 4 Berlin At Leisure or Optional Excursion to Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum
Spend a full day at leisure exploring this spacious city - its buildings old and new set amidst verdant parks and along the River Spree. Perhaps consider an Optional Experience to Sachsenhausen Memorial Museum built on the site of a concentration camp that fell under the command of Heinrich Himmler and was the model for other camps during World War II. Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through its tragic corridors which once housed hundreds of thousands of prisoners and gain a deep understanding of the atrocities that occurred here. Get a real taste of the city with Trafalgar's exclusive Eatwith Optional Experiences. Share delicious traditional flavours with a local family in their home. ( Buffet Breakfast)
Day 5 Excursion to Potsdam
An air of royalty awaits as we travel to the seat of Prussian kings over centuries. Enjoy an excursion to Potsdam, stopping en route on the shores of Greater Wannsee, the incongruously beautiful setting for the infamous 1942 conference to plan the 'Final Solution'. Next we'll cross Glienicke Bridge, the so-called "Bridge of Spies" of Cold War spy swaps fame. Reaching Potsdam, we continue to King Frederick's beautiful Park Sanssouci, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dotted with castles and temples, before returning to Berlin for a Farewell Dinner to mark our memorable visit. (Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner)
Day 6 Depart Berlin
This morning we say a fond Auf Wiedersehen to our Travel Director and travel companions as our journey comes to an end. Transfers to Berlin Tegel Airport are available. Conditions apply. (Buffet Breakfast)
All This Included
The verve of a modern metropolis rising from a turbulent and divided past is yours to explore on this At Leisure jaunt through cosmopolitan Berlin. From its Cold War trappings to its cultural rebirth, the colourful murals of the East Side celebrating freedom, and flavours of delicious Currywurst - this leisurely exploration will see you linger at monuments and museums as you meander through this spacious capital.
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