Gems of Germany North

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $22,075
  • Length: 11 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Europe, Germany
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Tour Description

Explore the sights and sounds of Northern Germany on this incomparable journey through some of its most fascinating cities. Witness the reunited city of Berlin through its fine museums, grand churches and cathedrals, and some of the finest restaurants in the world. Ride the “Rasender Roland,” a narrow-gauge steam railway that ends in the small, neo-classical town of Putbus. And discover Reeperbahn, Hamburg’s famous red light district where The Beatles started their career.

  • Enjoy lunch at Cecilienhof Palace, built about 1913 in the style of an English country manor
  • Visit the Pergamon Museum, with its reconstructions of Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate, using pieces from the original ancient sites
  • Delight in a horse-drawn carriage tour around the island, followed by a delicious lunch of local specialties in the charming village of Kloster
  • View the Speicherstadt, the 100-year-old warehouse district on the harbor, the fish market, the Town Hall and the old Elbe tunnel

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive Berlin

You are met on arrival and taken to your hotel. This afternoon see the historic highlights of Berlin. Visit the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, the seat of German government, the Berlin Wall and infamous “Checkpoint Charlie.”

Hotel de Rome, Berlin

DAY 2

Potsdam Excursion

Today explore Potsdam, starting with a visit to Sanssouci Palace, built by Frederick the Great of Prussia in 1740. Stoll through the palace interior and its grounds to see the wonderful collection of Berlin and Meissen porcelain. Enjoy lunch at Cecilienhof Palace, built about 1913 in the style of an English country manor. Explore the palace, then tour through Potsdam’s Russian Colony and the Dutch Quarter.(B,L)

Hotel de Rome, Berlin

DAY 3

Berlin Hohen Demzin

This morning tour Berlin’s Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Pergamon Museum, with its reconstructions of Pergamon Altar, the MarketGate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate, using pieces from the original ancient sites. After lunch on the rooftop terrace of the Reichstag, take a tour of its famous glass cupola, before driving to Hohen Dezmin.(B,L,D)

Burg Schlitz, Berlin

DAY 4

Mecklenburg Stralsund to Rugen

This morning drive to Teterow, a small medieval town in the heart of the charming “Mecklenburgish Switzerland” area. Explore this historic town, then have a traditional German lunch at Ulrichshusen, a medieval castle, before heading north to the Baltic coast. Stop in Stralsund, a major trading center during the 14th and 15th centuries, whose architecture reflects its history and its 200 years of Swedish occupation. Arrive on Rugen Island, on the Baltic Sea by late afternoon.(B,L)

Travel Charme Kurhaus Binz, Ostseebad Binz

DAY 5

Rugen Island

Today explore Rugen Island, Germany’s largest, starting with a short walking tour of the seaside village of Binz. Next drive to Prora, a Nazi-planned resort with striking examples of 1930’s Third Reich architecture, and then to the chalk cliffs at Cape Arkona, a rock plateau over 150 feet high. Have lunch along the scenic coastline, and in the afternoon, ride the “Rasender Roland,” a narrow-gauge steam railway that ends in Putbus, a small town full of neo-classical buildings.(B,L)

Travel Charme Kurhaus Binz, Ostseebad Binz

DAY 6

Hiddensee to Sylt

This morning take a short ferry ride to Hiddensee, a car-free island off Rugen’s coast. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour around the island, followed by a delicious lunch of local specialties in the charming village of Kloster. This afternoon board a chartered flight to Westerland on Sylt Island, where you will be transferred to your hotel in Kampen. (B,L)

Hotel Village Kampen, Kampen

DAY 7

Sylt Island

Your tour of Sylt Island starts in the pleasant village of Kampen with its white sandy beaches and unspoiled natureland. Continue past the wildlife sanctuary of Listland before stopping in Keitum, the “Jewel of the Island.” With its thatched roofed houses and cottage gardens, Keitum presents wonderful examples of typical Frisian architecture; visit the Severin Church dating back to the 12th century.(B,L,D)

Hotel Village Kampen, Kampen

DAY 8

Sylt Island Hamburg

After a morning at leisure, and lunch at a popular seafood restaurant, board the train to Hamburg, arriving by late afternoon. Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city, and Germany’s gate to he world.(B,L)

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg

DAY 9

Hamburg

This morning’s sightseeing starts at Landungsbrücken, an area of old hanseatic brick houses by the historic banks of the river Elbe. View the Speicherstadt, the 100-year-old warehouse district on the harbor, the fish market, the Town Hall and the old Elbe tunnel. A must-see is Reeperbahn, Hamburg’s famous red light district where the Beatles started their career. Next, enjoy a one-hour boat trip on the Alster Lakes to see one of the biggest harbors of the world and sail underneath the romantic bridges. Enjoy a traditional lunch at Groninger, a working, family-owned brewery. In the afternoon, take a walking tour along famous Elbchaussee, with its fine examples of Baroque and Renaissance architecture, leading into the exclusive suburb of Blankenese. Explore the narrow alleys and stairs, passing by galleries, boutiques and antique shops.(B,L)

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg

DAY 10

Lübeck Excursion

Today, travel outside Hamburg to Lübeck, for a full day’s look at this well-preserved medieval town. Founded in 1143, Lübeck has kept its original image as an old Hanseatic town, with narrow cobbled streets, brick stone churches and steeples. Take a walking tour to the impressive Holsten Gate, with walls over 10 feet thick. See the 13th century Town Hall, one of the oldest of Germany, the Almshouse Court, the Buddenbrook House, and visit inside St. Mary’s Church, the third largest church in Germany. After lunch at Schiffergesellschaft, stroll through the town, perhaps stopping for a coffee and Marzipan cake at the world famous Niederegger Café.(B,L)

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg

DAY 11

Depart Hamburg

Today you are taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.(B)

Departures

Pricing Information

December 31, 2011

From $22,075.00 per person double occupancy.

From $15,345.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private deluxe A/C vehicle
  • Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each cityEntrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
  • Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
  • Local taxes
  • TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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