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Journey through Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic


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Day 1: Arrival in Berlin

Overnight stay in Berlin.

Day 2: Berlin

After your arrival we will take you to the city’s famous Museum Island, one of the most important museum complexes in the world. Here you can enjoy rare archaeological collections and works of 19th century art all in the same place. Later you will visit Berlin Cathedral and travel along the Unter den Linden, one of the city’s most beautiful boulevards. You will see fragments of the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate – a symbol of Peace and Freedom and the site of military parades and workers’ demonstrations in the past. It was also here that celebrations marking the birth of the Third Reich and Hitler’s ascent to power were held. The façade of the Reichstag and its publicly accessible glass dome is a symbol of Berlin as the new capital of Germany.

Overnight stay in Berlin.

Day 3: Berlin

After breakfast you will visit Potsdam, nestled in among the many branches of the River Havel and the River Nute. The town offers picturesque views of the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site: the summer residence of Frederick the Great, who would celebrate this year his 300th birthday; the castle and park Sanssouci replete with fountains and vine terraces. Later you will see parts of the West Berlin, including Charlottenburg Castle – the biggest and most beautiful of the Hohenzollern palaces in Berlin. You will stroll through the famous bustling shopping boulevard of Kurfürstendamm, a Berlin landmark and the very symbol of the unusual diversity of the western centre of the city.

Overnight stay in Berlin.

Day 4: Berlin – Poznań (281 km)

In the morning you will head for Poland and the city of Poznań. Poland’s first prince, Mieszko I, took a liking for this stronghold and in the 10th century he built there the biggest castle in the country. Together with Gniezno, Poznań functioned as Poland’s first capital. Your tour will most certainly include a visit to the Old Town with its Market Square and Town Hall, the Parish Church of St. Stanislaus and Ostrów Tumski Island, one of the first capitals and chief strongholds of the Piast state. It was here in 968 that the first Polish bishopric was founded and shortly after that the city’s wonderful cathedral was built. The cathedral boasts a Byzantine-style Golden Chapel containing the tombs of the first Polish rulers. In the evening you will havea dinner together with a beer tasting session in the Brovaria restaurant where you will also have an opportunity to see how beer is produced.

Overnight stay in Poznań.

Day 5: Poznań – Warszawa (323 km)

Today you will head for Poland’s capital – Warszawa. When you look at the city today it is difficult to believe that it was almost entirely razed to the ground during World War II. Known at the time as the “Paris of the North” and blessed with a rich array of 18th-century architecture, it was bombed and dynamited out of existence. The Old Town’s colourful tenements and surrounding defensive walls, its church steeples and the main mass of the Royal Castle – all of these things were rebuilt from scratch. Amidst glass skyscrapers and broad streets you will discover restored palaces, historic houses and entire streets.

Overnight stay in Warszawa.

Day 6: Warszawa – Kraków (297 km)

In the morning you can take a walk through Łazienki - palace-park complex featuring many classical buildings and monuments. It was founded in the 18th century as an initiative of King Stanislaw August Poniatowski and was designed by royal architects. Nowadays it is a venue for numerous cultural, academic, entertainment and sporting events. It is also a favourite walking place for Varsovians. In the afternoon you will travel to Kraków, visiting on the way Częstochowa– a shrine which attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 7: Kraków – Wieliczka – Kraków

After breakfast you will take part in a tour of the thousand-year old city of Kraków. Its crowning glory is the Market Square, the biggest of its kind in Europe, with a street layout that has remained unchanged since the city’s foundation in 1257. You will walk from the Market Square along the Royal Way to the castle on Wawel Hill. From the 11th century the castle was the seat of Polish rulers who were crowned in the cathedral alongside. It is also their final resting place. From the top of the cathedral’s Sigismund Tower you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city. In the afternoon you will visit Kazimierz, the old Jewish Town, which during World War II was turned into a ghetto where thousands of people were murdered. Kazimierz still has its original synagogues, prayer rooms and Jewish cemeteries. Today the district is a major cultural hub and its special atmosphere draws millions of tourists from all over the world.

In the afternoon we offer you an optional excursion to Wieliczka, the site of the oldest continuously operating company in the world today. Salt has been extracted from the Wieliczka Mine since the 13th century. The tour of the mine passes through 20 chambers situated on three underground levels where visitors can find lakes, chapels with figures sculpted out of salt, bas-reliefs and chandeliers.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 8: Kraków – Brno – Prague (552 km)

In the morning you will set off for Prague.

On the way you will have a chance to see Brno. Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. It lies at the crossroads of ancient trade routes that have joined Northern and Southern European civilizations for centuries. You will commence your walking tour with a stroll through the city’s beautiful medieval streets. You will visit the St Peter and Paul's Cathedral, then make your way down into the town, stopping off en route at the Cabbage Market Square and the Parnassus Fountain. You will then continue onto Namesti Svobody Square featuring the Monument to the Plague built in 1680 and surrounded by townhouses with ornate façades.

You will then reboard your coach and continue on your journey to Prague.

Overnight stay in Prague.

Day 9: Prague

 

After breakfast you will visit the Hradcany district – a complex of castles, churches and museums dominating the city’s skyline and which today is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. Later on you will enter Vladislav Hall in the Royal Palace and then continue on to the great “unfinished” Cathedral of St. Vitus, which has been under construction for the past six centuries. The cathedral is the burial site of Charles IV and King Wenceslas and incorporates an unusual blend of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements, which has earned Prague the title “the City of a Hundred Spires”.

 

 

 

During your tour you will see the famous medieval Charles Bridge, which is embellished with many Baroque figurines.

Overnight stay in Prague.


Day 10: Prague – Dresden – Berlin (360 km)

Today you will return either to Berlin or on the way pay a visit to the Old Town of Dresden, an outstanding gem of Baroque architecture and nicknamed the Florence on the Elbe. Dresden’s architectural showpiece is the Semper Opera House on Theatre Square, a wonderful edifice and the venue for premieres of the most famous operas. Other outstanding historic buildings and monuments include the Hofkirche, a catholic cathedral also known as the “Polish church” and the “Stone Bell” of the Frauenkirche, which was rebuilt with cash donations from more than 200 nations around the world. You will also marvel at the world’s biggest paintings made on Meissen porcelain.

Departure from Berlin.