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Duration: 8 days | Departures Sundays | For travel between 07 May to 08 October 2016
Location: Starts Berlin | Dresden, Meissen, Erfurt, Weimar, Leipzig, Potsdam
Price: From $1,910* pp twin share (Single travellers can pay the same with a “Guaranteed Share” ask us)

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  • cosmos-toursThis exciting vacation starts and ends in Berlin, the lively capital of Germany. In between, enjoy a 5-night stay in the capital of Saxony—Dresden. Included city sightseeing here introduces you to this fine city that is reborn since reunification. Visit the rebuilt Frauenkirche, and Rococo-style Zwinger Palace. Dresden will be your base for interesting day trips, including a visit to the Meissen Porcelain Workshop to see how the city’s world-famous pottery is made; to Erfurt to explore the city where Goethe, Luther, Schiller, and Bach spent time; and to Weimar, authentic birthplace of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. In Colditz, visit the renaissance castle to learn about its surprising history as a WWII POW camp. Also visit the world’s first Protestant Church in Torgau, and consider ordering your next car as you walk around the Porsche Factory in Leipzig. Finally, on the way back to Berlin, stop in Potsdam to stroll around Sanssouci Palace & Gardens, former summer residence of Fredrick the Great.

    • DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN BERLIN, GERMANY

      Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the German capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
    • Day 2 – BERLIN-DRESDEN

      On this morning’s included guided sightseeing, learn how the city is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once the city of contrasts with its West and East sides separated into two different worlds, since the fall of the wall, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate, its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfurstendamm and Unter den Linden, and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, modern architectural styles. Once again, Berlin is Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s most lively and interesting cities. Consider joining an optional tour before heading towards Dresden. (B,D)
    • Day 3 – DRESDEN – EXCURSION TO MEISSEN

      Situated near the Czech border, Dresden was long hailed as the “Jewel Box” because of its opulent rococo and baroque city centre overflowing with grand architecture, impressive museums, orchestras of worldwide reputation, and notable art treasures. Capital of Saxony and the third-largest city in eastern Germany, it suffered heavy Allied bombing in February 1945, but has restored its baroque splendour over the decades. This morning’s guided tour of Dresden starts with a visit to the newly rebuilt CHURCH OF OUR LADY FRAUENKIRCHE, featuring one of the largest domes in Europe, and ZWINGER PALACE, which originally served as the orangery, exhibition gallery, and festival arena of the Dresden Court. This afternoon, travel along the riverbanks of the Elbe and stop in Meissen, “Cradle of Saxony” and home to fantastic fairytale architecture. Due to the extensive deposits of china clay and potter’s clay in the area, Meissen is also renowned for its fine porcelain. Production of Meissen porcelain dates back to 1710 and was the first high-quality porcelain manufactured outside the Orient. Visit the MEISSEN PORCELAIN WORKSHOP for insight into the history, art, and creation of this elegant pottery. Later tonight, consider joining the optional dinner cruise on the Elbe River. (B)
    • Day 4 – DRESDEN – EXCURSION TO ERFURT & WEIMAR

      Visit two of Thuringia’s most famous towns today. First is Erfurt with its richly decorated renaissance residences, known as the Blumenstadt, “City of Flowers.” Human settlement here dates to prehistoric times, and the city attracted important figures throughout history, including Luther, Goethe, Schiller, and Bach, to name just a few. Next, stop in Weimar, hub of German Enlightenment and an influential cultural centre. This is where Germany’s first democratic constitution was signed, giving rise to the historical period known as the Weimar Republic. It was also birthplace of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Before returning to Dresden, consider joining an optional excursion to the former Buchenwald Concentration Camp. (B,D)
    • Day 5 – AT LEISURE IN DRESDEN

      A day to discover Dresden on your own, or consider joining an optional excursion to Colditz Castle, a renaissance castle overlooking the town, river, and lush surrounding forests. Its grandeur conceals its surprising history as a high-security POW camp during WWII for Allied officers who had repeatedly escaped other camps. Your guided visit offers fascinating insight into the lives of the guards and prisoners, displaying the escape tunnels, false uniforms, diaries, fake documents, and other escape equipment. Later, head for Torgau, where U.S. and Soviet forces met up during the “East Meets West” invasion of Germany in 1945. Visit the world’s first Protestant church in Hartenfels Castle, whose chapel was consecrated by Martin Luther in 1544 during the Protestant Reformation. Return to Dresden for an overnight. (B)
    • Day 6 – DRESDEN – EXCURSION TO LEIPZIG

      An important trade city dating back to the Holy Roman Empire, Leipzig grew into a major European centre of culture and learning, and was a hub for great composers such as Bach, Wagner, Schumann, and Mendelssohn. It is home to an appealing renaissance Old Town, baroque-period trading houses and residences of rich merchants, and St. Nicholas Church, the site of peaceful demonstrations against communist rule in 1989. Leipzig is also known for its automobile industry. Why not place an order for your next car during the included visit to the PORSCHE FACTORY? (B,D)
    • Day 7 – DRESDEN-POTSDAM-BERLIN

      Today, we head north to visit Potsdam, one of Germany’s major centres of science and learning since the 19th century. The city rose to international prominence in the summer of 1945 as host site of the Potsdam Conference, where Allied victors Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin gathered at Cecilienhof Palace to decide the future of Germany and post-war Europe. Visit SANSSOUCI Palace & Gardens, former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Meaning “without worries,” this UNESCO World Heritage Site is often considered a German rival of France’s lavish Palace of Versailles. See the terraced garden, lush flora, and the complex fountain system-a great thorn in Frederick’s side as he fought in vain to get the hydraulics working. Return to Berlin for an overnight. (B)
    • Day 8 – BERLIN

      Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning
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  • Breakfast: 7
    Lunch: 0
    Dinner: 3

    • Sightseeing: Visits to Meissen, Weimar, Erfurt, Leipzig, Potsdam
    • Scenic Highlight: Saxony
    • Guides: Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Dresden; professional Tour Director while touring.
    • Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.
    • Hotels: Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges.
    • Optionals: Choice of optional excursions available at reasonable prices to customise your own experience.

 

  • *TERMS & CONDITIONS

    Cosmos guarantees most Europe departures that are still in operation 35 days prior to the published departure date, UK departures 45 days prior, and USA & Canada departures 30 days prior. Throughout our European peak periods, from 1 May to 15 October, Cosmos guarantees most UK departures that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure. Throughout our American peak periods, from 15 May to 15 October, Cosmos guarantees most USA & Canada departures that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure.

    PLEASE NOTE: This guarantee does not apply in any situation where the safety of clients is at potential risk or in the case of global health warnings; or when the operation of a tour is not possible for reasons beyond our control (such as industrial action/strikes and operational restrictions); or in the case of multiple coach departures (i.e. “A” coach) or late cancellation of group parties; or a Force Majeure event.

    A Force Majeure event is an inevitable or unpredictable event including fire, flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane (or other natural disaster), act of war, invasion, act of foreign enemies, hostilities (regardless of whether war is declared), civil war, rebellion, revolution, insurrection, military or usurped power or confiscation, terrorist activities, nationalisation, government sanction, political unrest, blockage, embargo, labour dispute or strike.

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