7 Days / 6 Nights
Day 1: Sunday - Arrive in Berlin
Arrive in Berlin today. You are welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel Nh Berlin City Ost****.
Day 2: Monday - Berlin (B)
In the morning we start the day with a visit of the TV Tower. After visiting of the capital's historic highlights, such as "Unter den Linden" boulevard, remnants of the wall and the Brandenburg Gate, we will also explore the more modern parts of the city, including the German parliament and Potsdam Square. Afternoon free to visit Berlin at your leisure.
Day 3: Tuesday Berlin - Potsdam (B)
After breakfast we travel to Potsdam. Visit the incredibly picturesque Potsdam, with its many palaces, lakes, manicured gardens, statues and water fountains dotted over hundreds of green acres, but it is brimming with an equally fascinating history. Stroll around the Dutch Quarter, an ensemble of red-brick buildings that is unique in Europe. See the stunning Sanssouci Palace set in beautiful parkland scattered with temples, churches and follies. After crossing the Glienicke 'spy swapping' Bridge we visit Cecilienhof, which was used to host the Potsdam Conference in 1945.
Day 4: Wednesday Berlin - Dresden (B)
Depart for Dresden this morning. Walking tour of (the outside of) the principal city centre sites, the Frauenkirche, the protestant church rebuilt since reunification in 1990 (finished in 2005), the Semper Opera House (1840s), the Brühl Terrace walkway along the River Elbe, the Zwinger palace and gardens (1720s), & the Renaissance Elector’s Palace (Residenzschloss). Later this afternoon marvel at the stunning Panorama "Baroque Dresden" by Yadegar Asisi: an enormous panorama painting / photo montage of what Dresden might have been like in its 18th-century heyday, as seen from a church tower. An all-round experience, with superb sound and light effects. After, inside the Frauenkirche - extravagant Baroque interior; chance to walk up to the top of the Dome. You now have a choice between visits inside the Zwinger - gallery of Renaissance, Baroque and Dutch art - the Elector’s Palace - 'Green Vault’ rooms with crafts displays - or the Germany Army Museum of Military History, an excellent 2011 recreation of an old museum. Overnight in Dresden at Hotel Nh Dresden Neustadt****.
Day 5: Thursday Dresden - Meissen - Colditz - Leipzig (B)
Drive to Meissen this morning to visit the famous Meissen Porcelain Museum. Walk around the town before continuing on to Colditz. Climb up to the Castle for a tour of the World War II Prisoner of War camp. Hear about the famous escapes - and the glider that the prisoners were building! Later this afternoon drive to Leipzig via the huge memorial to the October 1813 Battle of the Nations (or Battle of Leipzig), a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars. Check in at the Hotel Mercure Am Johannisplatz****.
Day 6: Friday Leipzig - Weimar - Eisenach - Leipzig (B)
Drive to Weimar. The writer Goethe lived and worked here, along with the poet and philosopher Schiller. Enjoy a walking tour of the city taking in the (outside of) the main sites - fine squares and palaces, Goethe’s and Schiller’s residences, and the Theatre where the 'Weimar Constitution" of 1919 was drawn up. Visit the Bauhaus Museum - the design group was founded here in 1919. Continue on to Eisenach to visit Wartburg Castle. This is where Luther took refuge in 1521/22 - and where he translated the New Testament into German, a significant step in the development of a single German language. Return to Leipzig.
Day 7: Saturday Leipzig - Berlin (B)
Morning walking tour of (the outside of) the principal city centre sights: the Old Town Hall (1550s), the Old Exchange building (1680s), the Thomaskirche where Bach was the cantor (15th-century), the Augustusplatz with its 1980s Opera House, and the Nikolaikirche which housed the protests in 1989 that led eventually to the fall of East Germany. Visit the Museum of Contemporary German History, the Stasi Museum and the Bach Museum. Leave mid-afternoon for Berlin, where the tour ends.