The New Berlin: A City Reunited
May 24th- June 1st, 2019
Friday, May 24th - Departure from your chosen US gateway. Overnight: Plane
Saturday, May 25th - Upon arrival at Berlin’s Tegel airport, you’ll be met for the transfer to our city-center hotel. With time to unpack and relax from your overnight flight, you’ll have an opportunity to settle in before meeting for a welcome reception and dinner. Overnight: Berlin
Sunday, May 26th - Today we have a panoramic tour with a local guide, including the “Museum Island,” Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Tiergarten, and Charlottenburg Palace. After a break for lunch, we’ll take a boat ride through the heart of the city on the River Spree. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are free for individual exploration. Overnight: Berlin
Monday, May 27th - Today we’ll explore the Berlin of the Cold War era. We’ll visit the Berlin Wall memorial, where we’ll see a section of the Wall preserved in its original state; Bornholmer Strasse, where the Wall came down on November 9, 1989; the Karl-Marx-Allee, a boulevard built as a monument to Stalin; the headquarters of East Germany’s secret police, the Stasi; and Alexanderplatz, the site of the iconic TV tower. The rest of the afternoon and evening will be free. Overnight: Berlin
Tuesday, May 28th - An excursion today takes us to Dresden. Our sightseeing in the city will include visits to the restored Frauenkirche and the New Green Vault, a collection of wondrous treasures housed in the Castle. We’ll return to Berlin where dinner is included. Overnight: Berlin
Wednesday, May 29th - A free day to explore Berlin with your 3-day museum pass, giving you entrance to over 40 museums around the city. This evening we will have tickets to a concert performance. Overnight: Berlin
Thursday, May 30th - Our first stop of the day is to the Allied Museum, which shows the military and political scenery of the region from the end of World War II to the reunification. We continue to the site of the infamous Wannsee Conference of 1942, where the Nazis planned their “Final Solution” to the Jewish “problem.” Then we head to the Cecilienhof Palace, the site of the Potsdam Conference at the end of the war and then to Sanssouci, the the summer residence built for Frederick the Great between 1745-47, frequently called the “Prussian Versailles.” We return to Berlin for a free evening. Overnight: Berlin
Friday, May 31st - A final free day with your museum pass. This evening we will gather at the hotel and venture out to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner. Overnight: Berlin
Saturday, June 1st - Morning transfers to Berlin’s Tegel Airport for returning flights to the U.S.
Liz O. - The New Berlin - 2018
There aren't enough adjectives to describe my emotions during the trip and upon my return!
I tagged along with my parents and our best family friend. There was one other couple on the tour, and they were an absolute joy to travel with. All had traveled with Discover Europe before, except for me. The stories they all told about their other trips with Discover Europe were indeed a testimony to how well run the tours are, as well as how wonderful the guides are - with their knowledge, attentiveness, and flexibility.
The pre-trip communications were very informative, and the email we received from Matthias was very helpful. As a native of Berlin (and, in fact, what used to be East Berlin), Matthias shared with us many of his own personal experiences, observations, and sites of historical importance, while taking us around Berlin and the surrounding area.
We were given plenty of time everywhere we went to dig deep into the history and learn about the culture in the past and in the present. As my father said, it may not all have been pleasant or "feel good" moments, but it was necessary to gain a better understanding of Berlin now - by digging into how it has transformed and continues to do so.
The hotel we stayed in was fabulous. The staff were quite friendly, always with smiles on their faces. The bar staff were extremely accommodating, as the group enjoyed relaxing with a drink before and after dinner. Breakfast was a full buffet, and quite delicious. Matthias recommended places to go to when we had our free time, including places to eat so we could enjoy more of the local flavor.
Matthias was well informed historically, culturally, and politically. His unique perspective and ability to explain all sides of different issues really made the tour that much more special.
Honestly, Berlin was not on my bucket list of places to go, and I didn't expect to love it as much as I did! I highly recommend this tour, and highly recommend Matthias as a guide - for this, or any other tour he is a part of. He did a marvelous job - sharing his knowledge, patience with the participants (and meeting their needs in terms of elevators vs. stairs, time to rest, etc.), and his joy of sharing his home town - history and culture - with us. Matthias is truly a gem!
$3,450 per person based on double occupancy
7 nights’ accommodation in a first-class hotels in Berlin
Arrival and departure transfers and all ground transportation throughout tour as detailed on full itinerary
Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
3-Day Berlin Museum pass
Discover Europe tour guide, Matthias Kort, throughout. Learn more about Matthias here.