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Treasures of Berlin & Dresden: 21 April 2022
|5 days and 4 nights|
Treasures of Berlin & Dresdenn
4-nights, only €1149pps
Departing 21 April 2022
Direct flights from Ireland
BOOKING DEPOSIT ONLY 150 EURO PER PERSON
Enjoy four-nights in cultural Berlin with a day trip to Dresden and immerse yourself in Germany’s rich cultural history.
Berlin is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, ranked as one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. Berlin offers a myriad of things to do and see. See the city sights on a city tour, visit the Pergamonmuseum, see Nefertiti in the Neues Museum and visit Charlottenburg Palace. In your free time, enjoy the many museums on offer, do some shopping or simply relax and enjoy a coffee at one of Berlin’s many cafés. One of the tour highlights is a full day excursion to Dresden, a stunningly beautiful city, sitting majestically astride the stately waters of the River Elbe. It rose to artistic prominence during the early 18th century when August the Strong, ruler of Poland and Saxony, gathered many of the Europe’s best musicians, architects and artists to his capital. Indeed, many of Wagner’s works were first performed here, whilst Canaletto captured Dresden for posterity on numerous occasions, from many different views. Its pre-eminence as a centre for art, classical music, culture and science saw the emergence of fine Renaissance, Baroque and Classical buildings, the majority of which – though destroyed by the allied bombings of 1945 – have been wonderfully restored in recent years, returning Dresden to its stunning former glory in probably the world’s most remarkable restoration.
Day 1 – Thursday 21 April 2022
Your tour will start with a morning flight to Berlin airport. Flight times will be announced in June 2021 once the airlines announced the April schedule. (please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion)
On arrival, meet your local guide for coach transfer to the 4*NH Berlin Kurfürstendamm where you are booked for four-nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
Your hotel: NH Berlin Kurfürstendamm
Grolmanstr. 41-43, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, 10623 Berlin
The 4-star NH Berlin Kurfürstendamm is located an approximate 200 m from Berlin's Kurfürstendamm shopping street with local bars and restaurants juts a short walk away.. Rooms at the hotel are warmly decorated. Hotel facilities include a lobby bar and spa and fitness area.
On arrival, a welcome lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant. After lunch, see the city sights on a guided city tour by coach.
Your City Tour will take you past the famous sights of Berlin including; The Kurfürstendamm, the most popular boulevard in Berlin; The Emperor William Memorial Church, a monument to peace and reconciliation, and the internationally famous symbol of Berlin's desire to rebuild itself in the aftermath of the war; The Brandenburger Tor, (The Brandenburg Gate), Berlin's most famous landmark, The Reichstag; the seat of the German Bundestag or federal government and The Gendarmenmarkt, considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
As part of today’s tour, you will have a guided tour in The Pergamonmuseum, one of Germany’s most visited museums. The museum is world-renowned for its impressive collection of art and antiquities from Turkey and the Middle East. The museum sits on Berlin’s UNESCO-listed Museum Island and is split into three permanent exhibitions—the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Museum of Islamic Art. Please note that the Pergamon Altar itself cannot be seen at this time as the monument is under restoration until 2025.
Dinner this evening will be held in the hotel restaurant.
Day 2 – Friday 22 April 2022
Today, visit Dresden, a stunningly beautiful city, sitting majestically astride the stately waters of the River Elbe.
After breakfast in your hotel, depart by coach for transfer to Dresden (an approximate 2.5 hours drive). On arrival in Dresden, lunch will be served in one of Dresden’s local restaurants.
After your lunch, meet your local Dresden guide for a guided walking tour of Dresden. The city is a pleasure to walk through as you pass-by tasteful shops and walk down the city’s cobbled streets. In spite of vast destruction during the Second World War, the old part of city of Dresden still offers fascinating architecture. The most famous symbol of reconstruction in the city center is Frauenkirche Church whose bell shaped dome has for centuries been an iconic landmark on the city skyline, and whose inside decoration is an outstanding display of baroque art at its best. Many important cultural institutions are situated along the Old Town side of the Elbe banks, including the Old Masters Picture Gallery and the Green Vaults, treasure chamber of the Saxon electors and kings.
A highlight of today’s excursion is a guided tour of the Old Masters Picture Gallery. Here you will find works by Rubens, Cantalleto, Van Dyke and Raffael’s Sistine Madonna.
End the day with some free time to wander about the quaint streets and afterwards coach transfer back to Berlin.
Dinner this evening will be in the hotel restaurant.
Day 3 – Saturday 23 April 2022
Today visit the Neues Museum to see Nefertiti’s Bust and then it’s on to Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin’s largest palace, where you can experience the pomp and majesty of the Hohenzollern Dynasty.
The Nefertiti Bust is a 3,300-year-old painted limestone bust of Nefertiti, the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, and one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. It is believed to have been crafted in 1345 BC by the sculptor Thutmose. A German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt discovered the Nefertiti bust in 1912 in Thutmose's workshop in Amarna, Egypt. It has been kept at several locations in Germany since its discovery, including a salt mine in Merkers-Kieselbach, the Dahlem museum (then in West Berlin), the Egyptian Museum in Charlottenburg and the Altes Museum. It is currently on display at the restored and recently re-opened Neues Museum in Berlin, where it was displayed before World War II.
After your guided tour in the Neues Museum, transfer by coach to Charlottenburg Palace for a guided tour of the New wing. On arrival, you will have free time before your guided tour for coffee and cake or lunch (not included).
Built in the 17th and 18th centuries, Charlottenburg Palace combines rococo and baroque decor and architecture, and is surrounded by landscaped gardens in the manner of Versailles. The treedgrounds are ideal for leisurely strolls.
Arrive back at your hotel ca.15:30.
Dinner this evening will be in the hotel restaurant.
Day 4 – Sunday 24 April 2022
Free day at leisure to explore Berlin independently.
We end the tour with a farewell dinner in the Rooftop Restaurant Käfer in the German Bundestag. The restaurant offers breathtaking views over the city and modern German cuisine.
Day 5 – Monday 25 April 2022
Coach transfer with your local guide to Berlin airport for your return flight.
(Please note that flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).
• Return flight from Dublin, taxes and transfers
• Four-nights in the with breakfast in NH Berlin Kurfürstendamm Hotel
• Welcome lunch
• Guided coach tour of Classic Berlin
• Guided tour of the Pergamon Museum
• Full day excursion to Dresden with lunch, walking tour of Dresden and guided tour of the Old Masters Gallery in Dresden
• Guided tour of Neues Museum
• Guided tour of Charlottenburg Palace
• Farewell dinner in the Rooftop Garden Restaurant Käfer in the German Bundestag
• All coaching with local guide as indicated in the itinerary
Booking deposit is €150 pp. Second deposit of €200 pp is due 30 November 2020. Balance is due 8 weeks prior to departure date. No credit card charge on deposit payments.
Price does not include
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Checkedi in Luggage
One standard piece of hand luggage is included in your tour price. (10 kilos). Checked in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel, prices may vary. Please note this must be booked with a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. Bags booked within 14 days prior to travel will incur an administration fee of €25 per piece.
It is your responsibility to ensure your passport will be valid for your holiday. Please contact IFC should you have any queries regarding your passport. EU passport holders do not require a visa to travel within the EU. As a rule of thumb for European travel your passport should be valid until your intended date of return to Ireland. For travel outside the EU a validity of a minimum of 6 months beyond your return date is required. A visa may be needed for your holiday and information regarding this will be sent closer to travel.
Keeping you safe during COVID-19
• Social distancing as requited by local guidelines enforced throughout experience
• Regularly sanitised transportation vehicles
• Guides required to regularly wash hands regularly
Please note that dates are provisional and that the itinerary is subject to change until airline flights are released by the airline.