Welcome to Germany! Come and experience Northern Germany on this enticing 8-day program. We start in Leipzig, which is associated with composer Johann Sebastian Bach and the great German Romantic poets Goethe and Schiller. Highlights include visits to St. Nicholas’ Church and Schiller’s House, as well as the impressive St. Nicolas’ Church, one of the symbols of German reunification. Then, stop in Meissen where you will visit Albrectsburg Castle, the location the story of Meissen Porcelain began. Next, explore Dresden, the “Florence of the North,” and finally end at the bustling capital of Berlin, with its newly created Potsdamer Platz, and Potsdam with its famous Cecilienhof Palace and Sanssouci Gardens.
Day 1: Arrive Leipzig
Upon arrival at Leipzig Airport (flight not included in tour cost) you will be welcomed to Germany by your local representative in the arrivals hall and privately transferred to your hotel where you will be assisted with check-in procedures.
Your local representative is part of a unique network of over 75 ground representatives throughout Europe to ensure your vacation operates smoothly and to your absolute satisfaction. Your local representative is there to ensure that your travel arrangements run perfectly. He/she is on the end of the phone for you should you have any queries and is there to assist you.
The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.
You will be confirmed for 2 nights at the Hotel Fuerstenhof in a Classic Double Room, inclusive of buffet breakfast. Please note that official check-in time is 3.00pm. If your arrival is before this time we will request early check-in on your behalf however this cannot be guaranteed.
Day 2: Leipzig
This morning meet your local English-speaking guide and private vehicle for a half-day (4 hours) overview tour of the city. Leipzig is associated with the composer Johann Sebastian Bach, who was the organist at St Thomas’ Church with the great German Romantic poets Goethe and Schiller, who both lived in this area. You will also have time to admire the impressive St Nicholas’ Church and Schiller’s House, symbols of Germany’s reunification.
Hotel Fuerstenhof (B)
Day 3: Leipzig – Meissen – Dresden
Meet your English speaking driver to be transferred to Dresden. Stop en-route in Meissen where you will meet a local English-speaking guide for a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the Albrechtsburg Castle, where the story of Meissen porcelain really began and the Nikolai Church, which has the largest figurines ever made of this beautiful material. Continue the journey to your hotel in Dresden.
You will be confirmed for 2 nights at the Taschenbergpalais Hotel Kempinski - 5* in a Regent Room, inclusive of buffet breakfast. A highlight of baroque architecture, the Kempinski Taschenbergpalais constitutes one of the best-known luxury hotels of Germany, a place where timeless elegance and grand hospitality is combined with highest comfort. Built in the early 18th century by August the Strong for his mistress, the building was virtually destroyed in World War II, but has since been completely rebuilt and restored to its former glory; many original features, including the stucco work, baroque walls and staircases, the Cellar and fountains being faithfully preserved. So today, once again, it can be considered one of the most beautiful buildings in city, located in the heart of Dresden’s Old town only a few minutes from the Zwinger, Theatre Square and the Semper Opera House. Only few cities in Germany are blessed with outstanding landmarks, a vivid night life as well as history and culture on such a high scale. The worldwide unique ensemble of UNESCO world heritage baroque architecture paired with the charm of a modern and cosmopolitan city is reflected in the hotel’s design with its combination of luxurious comfort and, yet, all features of modern technology. The hotel features several restaurants from the award-winning Intermezzo, with its creative Mediterranean cuisine which has become popular with gourmets, to the more casual Italian café Solino. All this, complemented with the excellent wellness and spa facilities, the historic ambiance and sumptuous sublime design.
Taschenbergpalais Hotel Kempinski(B)
Day 4: Dresden
Enjoy a 4-hour walking tour of Dresden with your local English-speaking guide. You will visit the historical centre with the Zwinger Palace, which houses Rafael's Sistine Madonna and the Dresden Royal Palace with its New Green Vault. One of Europe's most sumptuous treasure chambers, the Vault has been on exhibition in the Albertinum for thirty years. Your tour will end back at your hotel.
Taschenbergpalais Hotel Kempinski(B)
Day 5: Dresden – Berlin
Today you will be privately transferred to Berlin. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
You will be confirmed for 3 nights at the Hotel de Rome in a Standard Double/Twin Room, inclusive of buffet breakfast.
Hotel de Rome (B)
Day 6: Berlin
Today you will enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour (4 hours) with your local English-speaking guide and private vehicle. Begin your tour at the newly created Potsdamer Platz, dubbed “Europe's largest construction site” during the mid 1990s. Visit the nearby Checkpoint Charlie, the famous crossing point between East and West Berlin, where you will also visit the Museum dedicated to the area. Visit the Reichstag, new home of the German Parliament with its stunning Norman Foster designed dome. Finally, visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, whose ruin stands as a dramatic reminder of World War II.
Hotel de Rome (B)
Day 7: Berlin – Potsdam – Berlin
Depart Berlin with your private vehicle and English-speaking guide to the city of Potsdam (8 hours). Your first stop will be Cecilienhof Palace. Built in the early part of the 20th century, the palace served as an important place in world history when the Potsdam Agreement was signed in 1945 by Truman, Stalin and Churchill. It is said that each party had a private entrance to the castle so that no one would know the arrival time of the others.
After lunch at leisure, you will continue to the Sanssouci Gardens, the royal residence of Frederick the Great. Strolling through the gardens you come upon the Chinese teahouse with a small but elaborate porcelain collection; a Dutch mill; a Greek temple and even Roman ruins, erected on a hill opposite the dream palace of Sanssouci. The rococo-style Sanssouci is the best-known palace in the complex and it rests on a hilltop of vineyards. The inside is a display of it's original furnishings.
Hotel de Rome (B)
Day 8: Depart Berlin
You will be privately transferred to the Berlin Airport (flight not included in tour cost). Bon voyage!
***This is a proposal only and is subject to availability at the time of confirmation. We are not holding any spaces for this itinerary at this time.***
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|2013 Northern Germany Program||Price per Person (USD)|
One person traveling alone
Two ppl sharing one double/twin room
- Buffet breakfast
- Accommodation in Classic Double Room(s) at the Hotel Fuerstenhof, Leipzig
- Accommodation in Standard Room(s) at the Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski, Dresden
- Accommodation in Classic Room(s) at the Hotel de Rome, Berlin
- Private transport where stated by Audi A4 (or similar) for 1-2 persons and Mercedes Vito (or similar) for 4 persons. Please note that the vehicle provided allows for two pieces of luggage per person. For additional luggage, larger vehicles can be provided for a supplementary cost
- Qualified local guides for stated tours
- Entrance fees to all stated sights and museums in the itinerary
- The services of a local representative to meet the clients at Leipzig airport upon arrival, telephone monitoring at each hotel and reconfirmation of all services in advance of the guests’ arrival
- Welcome pack (one per room)
- All taxes
- 24 hour emergency contact service
- All air travel and associated costs
- All meals EXCEPT breakfast
- Any visas and related costs
- Entrance fees not stated in the itinerary
- All items of a personal nature (e.g. beverages, telephone calls, laundry, personal insurance)
- Anything not specifically mentioned in the “Inclusions” list above.
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.
Options and Extras
Hotel Fuerstenhof in Leipzig: Twin rooms are not available within the classic double room category. Should clients wish to have a twin room instead of a double room they would have to upgrade to a Deluxe room category in this hotel (upgrade cost is EUR 26 net per room per night, same throughout the year).
Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden has different weekday and weekend rates. Stated costs are based on the least expensive days of the week which are Monday to Thursday and Sunday nights. For stays that overlap onto a Friday or Saturday night then a net supplementary charge of EUR 58 per room per night will apply.