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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

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Chopin Concert The piano music of Poland's national composer, Frederick Chopin, perfectly encapsulates the spirit of this once war-torn land. Enjoy an exclusive private concert of evergreen mazurkas, waltzes, and polonaises, performed by a leading pianist. A treat for all music lovers! A glass of sparkling wine is served during the intermission.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Royal Castle Together with your local guide, explore the beautiful Royal Castle. The history of this palace goes back to the 14th century when the Great Tower was erected. In the 16th and 17th century during the reign of Sigismund III Vasa, the Castle underwent large-scale expansion and was transformed into a 5-winged edifice with an inner country yard. In September 1939 the Castle was bombed by the Germans; however musicologists under the leadership of Prof. Stanislav Lorentz, managed to salvage some elements of the interiors and also some of the works of arts. In September 1944 the Castle was blown up by the Germany army and in 1984 the reconstructed interiors were opened to the general publics.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

Polka Party with Dinner The Polka is a Central European dance originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia. Tonight, why not join your Tour Director and traveling companions for an authenitc Polish evening? Savor a 4-course meal with coffee and wine included. Original home-style entertainment has been organized while dining. At the end of the show you will have the chance to join in the fun!

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person

World Famous Wieliczka Salt Mines Europe's oldest salt mines and considered to be one of the world's wonders. The Wieliczka salt mine is still operative, reaching a depth of 327 meters (1,073 ft) and is over 300 kilometers (190 mi) long. The rock salt is naturally grey in various shades, resembling unpolished granite rather than the white crystalline look that many visitors may expect. The mine's attractions include dozens of impressive statues and an entire chapel that has been hand carved out of the rock salt by the miners. A visit to this thousand-year-old salt "theme park" will be a memorable experience!

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Berlin Dinner Savor a 3-course meal with drinks in a local restaurant. A choice of six main courses is available.

Approximate value: €57 EUR per person

Excursion to Potsdam Stroll through the stunning gardens of Sanssouci Palace. Visit Cecilienhof Palace, the last palace built by the Hohenzollern dynasty, erected in the early 19th century for Crown Prince Wilhelm and his wife Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the architecture emulates the English Tudor style. This historical building was used by the allied heads of state US President Truman, the Soviet leader Stalin and British Prime ministers Churchill & Attlee in the summer of 1945, for the famous Potsdam Conference, where the victorious Allies of World War II discussed peace treaties and post-war order. There is also a chance to see the Glienicker Brucke, the bridge that connects the state capital of Potsdam with the federal capital of Berlin. This was one of the most renowned monuments of the Cold War up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Until the political change in 1989, the bridge also known as "The Bridge of Spies" was the location of the famous spy-swaps of FBI and KGB secret agents between the US and the Soviet Union.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Bavarian Evening Where is the beer capital of the world? Where can you find so many beer-halls, beer-gardens, beer-cellars and the legendary Oktoberfest? ... Obviously it is MUNICH!!! Tonight join your Tour Director and dive into the heart of Munich's food and beer culture. Try a Bavarian three course dinner with coffee and a stein of beer (or wine or soft drink) and be ready to say "Prost!".

Approximate value: €58 EUR per person

Excursion To Berchtesgaden With Visit To Eagle's Nest Drive out of Munich into the Bavarian heartland. On the way to Berchtesgaden pass by the Chiemsee - the biggest lake in Bavaria. Stop on Obersalzberg, the compound area of Hitler's second headquarters, to see a model of the area as it was before bombing in 1945. Then, special buses transport you up the private road to Hitler's "Eagle's Nest." Enter the original tunnel and elevator that goes up into the actual building. At the top, stop to view the magnificent panorama and to walk along the ridge to enjoy the view of the Austrian and Bavarian Alps. Before returning to Munich stop at beautiful lake Konigsee to admire the majestic surroundings.

Approximate value: €75 EUR per person

Excursion to Linderhof Castle and Oberammergau Drive into the most scenic region of Bavaria to King Ludwig's Linderhof Castle, famous for its Italian-style terraced gardens, graced by a string of pools and cascades. Then, proceed to the Passion Play village of Oberammergau.

Approximate value: €46 EUR per person