Tour: RVE - 2013 (RVE) - 2013

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Warsaw, Poland

Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Warsaw’s excellent restaurants. (Dinner)

The historic centre of Warsaw 
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DAY 2Warsaw

Your Local Guide will tell you about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway city between East and West. See the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with its market square and 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN, the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, neoclassical Lazienki Palace, and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto. In the HISTORICAL MUSEUM a moving film shows the city before and after wartime destruction. An optional excursion to Wilanow Castle is available. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Warsaw–Czestochowa–Krakow

This morning, visit JASNA GÓRA, the monastery near Czestochowa, and admire its BLACK MADONNA, which is venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. Continue to Krakow, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Stroll through the historic Krakow Square in Poland 
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DAY 4Krakow

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide in ancient Krakow features the Market Square, the 14th-century Jagiellonian University and ST. MARY’S CHURCH. Take pictures of the impressive Wawel Royal Castle, then enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special visit to the OSKAR SCHINDLER FACTORY, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. How about tonight’s optional Polish dinner and folklore show? (Breakfast)

Stroll through the historic Krakow Square in Poland Wawel Royal Castle 
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DAY 5Krakow–Auschwitz–Wroclaw

Stop in Auschwitz and visit what is left of the CONCENTRATION CAMP, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust and the most notorious among the World War II concentration camps. Continue to Wroclaw, the historical capital of Silesia. This impressive city belonged over the ages to Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, Germany, and after 1945 to Poland. Hear about its turbulent history during your guided tour, admire its highlights, such as the Centennial Hall (Hala Stulecia), built by Max Berg and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006. Tonight, a get-together will be organized to talk about your Auschwitz visit and about concentration camps during the war. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Austrian countryside The beautiful Austrian landscape The gorgeous rolling hills of the Austrian countryside A church on an Austrian mountaintop 
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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 6Wroclaw–Dresden, Germany

Cross the border and arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. Admire the architecture of the Zwinger Palace, then enjoy a special treat: an exclusive visit to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the magnificent baroque SEMPER OPERA, originally built in 1841, once destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985. Afterwards, a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite great dinner with wine and local specialties awaits you in Dresden’s well-known Am Pulverturm restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Dresden, Germany, situated along the River Elbe 
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DAY 7Dresden–Meissen–Leipzig

Stop in Meissen and visit the famous PORCELAIN FACTORY for which the city is famous. Continue to Leipzig, an important center since the Middle Ages. (Breakfast)

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Bach's Leipzig


"Johann Sebastian Bach was a lucky accident for Leipzig. In 1723, when the city sought a cantor for the Thomaskirche, the late gothic church in today’s Thomaskirchhof, Bach got the job only when the city’s first choice Georg Phillip Telemann refused. Their second choice turned out to be the best – and forever changed music history. "
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DAY 8Leipzig

Your guided walking tour includes a visit to the THOMASKIRCHE, where Johann Sebastian Bach worked, the MUSEUM, and the Market Square with its fine renaissance buildings. Afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 9Leipzig–Weimar–Buchenwald–Erfurt

Morning drive to Weimar for a walking tour with a Local Guide. Hear about the giants of German literature, Schiller and Goethe. Next, visit HERDER CHURCH with the wonderful painted sermons. A special stop has been included at the site of the former Buchenwald CONCENTRATION CAMP, before arriving in Erfurt. Your orientation features the fine gothic and renaissance buildings, which bring back the days of Master Eckhart and Martin Luther, who spent his student days here. Marvel at the medieval Krämer Bridge, on which 33 dwellings are built. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Erfurt–Nuremberg–Munich

Start your sightseeing of Nuremberg with Soldier’s Field, where the Nazi party rallies were held between 1933 and 1938, and visit the impressive DOCUMENTATION CENTER. Next, walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town, known for children’s toys and gingerbread, and admire the impressive medieval ramparts, St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction, and the Schöner Brunnen, a 14th century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings. Of course, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite you will also taste the traditional Nüremberger Bratwürste, before continuing to Bavaria’s capital, Munich. Your orientation features the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, Nymphenburg Palace, MARIENPLATZ with the Old and New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. (Breakfast)

View Marienplatz in Munich, Germany Nuremberg is a city located in the state of Bavaria, Germany Nymphenburg Palace in Munich was the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria 
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"Munich, Germany's Secret Capital"


"Munich is the only German metropolis that seems to have everything – wealth, beauty, prominence, fame. Some even call it Germany’s “secret capital.” Unlike Berlin, which some dub “architecturally challenged,” Munich bursts with historical buildings reconstructed after the devastation of World War II. Its grand Residenz, the former home of Bavarian kings, dominates the city center, which also boasts the flamboyant, gilded Cuvillié Theater. Nearby, the neo-gothic Neues Rathaus gives a medieval touch to the Marienplatz, the heart of Munich. "
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DAY 11Munich

Morning visit to the site of the former Dachau CONCENTRATION CAMP, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents and was the first concentration camp discovered by the Allies. Afternoon at leisure, and this evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared to say, “Auf Wiedersehen” to your travel companions and to share your feelings about this exciting and emotional encounter with World War II. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Munich–Berlin

This morning, journey by high-speed TRAIN (first-class) to Berlin with late-afternoon arrival at your hotel. (Breakfast)

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city Berlin is the capital of Germany and also its largest city Berlin The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany 
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DAY 13Berlin

Morning guided sightseeing and orientation includes the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial, Museum Island, and unique Unter den Linden Boulevard with its incredible ensemble of historic buildings. Time for a picture stop at one of the most famous German landmarks, BRANDENBURG GATE, a former entrance to Berlin. (Breakfast)

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city Berlin is the capital of Germany and also its largest city The Reichstag building is a historical building in Berlin, Germany that was built in 1894 The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany 
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church


"During World War II, Americans soldiers in occupied Germany got a booklet called the “Pocket Guide to Germany” that explained the ins and outs of occupation. In 1944, it read: “Don’t forget that you’re ordered into Germany now partly because your fathers forgot so soon what the war was about last time.” The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district is the eternal reminder. It was an unremarkable late 19th Century church until the allies bombed it in 1943. After the war, Berliners protested plans to demolish it. Today, the ruins are a symbol of what Germany lost by letting itself be seduced by Nazism. They could have roped it off and slapped a plaque on it. Instead, they left it open, free to the city. You can walk through it, under it, look up at the shattered bell tower."
Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie


"It’s just a white shed and a stack of sandbags filled with concrete, a replica of Checkpoint Charlie. Visitors to this traffic island on Friedrichstrasse pose from two directions – west and east – because they’re standing on the old symbolic border of the two Berlins. Checkpoint Charlie was for diplomats, Allied military and foreign tourists wanting to get into East Berlin, and that’s the source of its mystique. Today’s Cold War buffs have to be content with photos by the 1960s-era replica shed, a browse through the private collections of the nearby Haus am Checkpoint Charlie – and maybe a visit to the Allied Museum in Berlin’s Zehlendorf district, where the original Checkpoint Charlie building is on display. The huge portrait photographs over Checkpoint Charlie of two soldiers – one American, one Soviet – symbolize the Big Brother military presence of Cold War Berlin."
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DAY 14At Leisure in Berlin

Full day at leisure. Ask your local host for suggestions. (Breakfast)

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DAY 15Berlin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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