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Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam, Germany

History and Music of Germany

The musical heritage and political history are more closely interconnected in Germany than perhaps any other European country. We uncover details of its past with sight visits, learn about Prussian Kings to the World Wars while becoming immersed in today’s modern German culture.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Berlin Arrival

After a warm welcome from your specialist tour guide depart for Potsdam. Located about 45 minutes southwest of Berlin, Potsdam is known as the former residence of the Prussian Kings until 1918. After check-in into your hotel take time off to relax and settle in before your first traditional dinner.

Overnight Potsdam

 

Day 2 – Potsdam Sightseeing

Today join a local guide for a tour of Potsdam. Start the day with a visit of Schloss Sanssouci Palace, Fredrerick the Great’s summer residence. Later on, tour the Cecilienhof Palace, the last palace built by the Hohenzollern family. Cecilienhof was also the location of the Potsdam Conference in 1945. The resulting Potsdam Agreemeent signed by Atlee, Truman and Stalin determined how to administer the defeated Nazi Germany. Tonight enjoy a traditional dinner.

Overnight Potsdam

 

Day 3 – Potsdam – Erfurt

This morning depart Potsdam for Erfurt. En route make a stop at Magdeburg for a walking tour. Ideally situated mid-way along the course of the Elbe, Magdeburg in the German heartlands was an important trade centre before the Middle Ages. Sadly only a few ecclesiastical buildings, notably the cathedral, remain from the bombardments of 1945. Visit the Magdeburg Cathedral, the second tallest in Germany after Cologne, then continue to Erfurt. Overnight Erfurt

 

Day 4 – Erfurt Sightseeing

This morning follow your specialist tour guide for a city tour. Founded in 742 by an English Missionary, Erfurt was the town in which Luther studied philosophy and entered the Augustine monastery in 1505. Next we visit the Buchenwald Memorial Concentration Camp where thousands of people lost their lives during the Nazi Regime. Overnight Erfurt

 

Day 5 – Excursion to Eisenach

Today travel west for a full day excursion to Eisenach, Johann Sebastien Bach’s hometown. Enjoy a tour of his birthplace followed by a visit of the Bachhaus Einsenach, the first museum in the world dedicated to Johan Sebastien Bach. In the afternoon see the Wartburg Fortress, a medieval castle where Luther sought refuge following his excommunication in 1521. Following the tour head back to Erfurt for overnight. Overnight Erfurt

 

Day 6 – Erfurt - Leipzig

Depart Erfurt and make a stop to Weimar on the way to Leipzig. Not only did the city give its name to the Weimar Republic but it has also attracted personalities as diverse as Luther, Bach, Schiller and Goethe. Admissions to the Buchenwald Memorial and the Schiller Museum and House are arranged. Afterwards continue to Leipzig. Overnight Leipzig

 

Day 7 – Leipzig Sightseeing

Today discover the vibrant city of Leipzig. See the tomb of J.S. Bach in the famous St Thomas Church. This afternoon visit the Bach Museum, widely recognised as the world’s pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship. The rest of the day is set aside to explore at your own pace. Overnight Leipzig

 

Day 8 – Excursion to Halle

After breakfast depart on your executive motorcoach for a full day excursion to Halle. Visit Handel’s birthplace, now converted into a museum exhibition of music. Later attend a concert performance before heading back to Leipzig.

Overnight Leipzig

 

Day 9 – Excursion to Dresden

Leave Leipzig and drive east to Dresden. Dresden was incinerated by Allied bombers during World War II claiming over 50,000 lives. Today Dresden stands magnificently on the River Elbe and has undergone much reconstruction to restore some of its former glory. Enjoy a guided tour of the reconstructed Frauenkirche and a backstage tour of the Semper Opera House. Overnight Leipzig

 

Day 10 – Leipzig – Berlin

This morning leave Leipzig and head back to Berlin. En route visit the city of Wittenberg set in a pleasant situation between the wooded hills of Fläming and the Elbe. Wittenberg is mainly known because of its connection with Martin Luther. Enjoy a visit to the Schlosskirche Wittenberg and afterwards continue to Berlin. Overnight Berlin

 

Day 11 – Berlin Sightseeing

Today your specialist tour guide takes you on a guided tour of the city. Once the capital of Prussia and leading cultural centre of the 1920s, Berlin is today the new capital of Germany. It is characterised by its dazzling modernity and breathtaking architecture. Today’s sightseeing includes a visit to the recently opened Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. Overnight Berlin

 

Day 12 – Departure

This morning an executive motorcoach is provided for our transfer to the airport.

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

This is a sample itinerary

Our tours are tailor made to the exact specifications of the group planner. Please contact us for your custom quotation and itinerary.

POTSDAM

Schloss Sanssouci palace

magdeburg cathedral

bach’s home in eisenach

leipzig

HALLE

erfurt cathedral

Some of the tour’s sights.

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