Tour: RVE - 2013 (RVE) - 2013 / 2014

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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; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

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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.

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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.

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Berlin Full Day Private Guided Tour Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Berlin. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system, whether by bus, U-bahn (underground), S-bahn (overground rail), tram or taxi. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe-the choice is yours!

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Berlin Half Day Private Guided Tour (Afternoon Excursion) Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Berlin. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system, whether by bus, U-bahn (underground), S-bahn (overground rail), tram or taxi. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe-the choice is yours!

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Berlin Half Day Private Guided Tour (Morning Excursion) Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Berlin. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system, whether by bus, U-bahn (underground), S-bahn (over ground rail), tram or taxi. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe - the choice is yours!

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City-Circle Sightseeing - Full Day (Anytime Excursion) See Berlin's most important and beautiful sites on this half-day hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour. Among the 16 stops are KaDeWe, the second-largest department store in Europe; Potsdamer Platz; the Jewish Museum; Checkpoint Charlie; and Brandenburg Gate. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours.

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Jewish Berlin: Destruction & Rebirth Berlin's Jewry has a unique and special history, from the days of the Enlightenment movement, through the horrors of the Holocaust, up to the revival of the present day, as Berlin fosters one of the world's fastest-growing Jewish communities. Mendelssohn and Einstein are just two examples of Berliner Jews who have been responsible for some of the most significant events in intellectual and cultural development, changing the way all of us - Jews and non-Jews alike - live and think. Yet their achievements came against a backdrop of anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination, which came to a head in the 20th century, with devastating effect. See the site of the ancient Jewish Cemetery where Mendelssohn is buried, and understand his significance in world philosophy and Jewish history. Walk through the courtyards where working-class Jewish immigrants dreamed of a better world; hear stories of women who aspired to be Rabbis and rich people who wanted to be poor. See the magnificent New Synagogue and hear the amazing story of this building, which reflects the story of Berlin's Jewry before, during and after Nazi persecution. See places where non-Jews risked their lives in order to hide their Jewish neighbors; visit the Workshop for the Blind in which a courageous Berliner deemed one of the Righteous Men of the World's Nations risked his life to save the lives of Jewish neighbors and employees.

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Jewish Museum - Ticket (Anytime Excursion) Famed for its innovative use of space and design, the Jewish Museum, opened in 2001, explores Jewish history from Roman times through present day, with particular emphasis on the holocaust. The site is in the shape of a disrupted Star of David, representing the dislocation and exile of Jews in Europe. It consists of two buildings: the old Kollegionhaus, a former courthouse built in the 18th century, and a new addition specifically built for the museum, designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. One of the most moving areas of the museum is the Holocaust Tower, where visitors enter a cold concrete void, where the only source of light, air, and sound comes from small shafts at the top, representing the isolation and fear of the Nazi extermination camps. It is the first Jewish museum in Berlin since the last one was destroyed by the Nazis in 1938.

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Pergamon Museum - Ticket (Anytime Excursion) Visit the Pergamon Museum, opened in 1930 as the last of five museums built on Berlin's famed "Museum Island." The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts from the ancient world, including the huge altar from the Zeus Temple in Pergamon and Babylon's legendary Ishtar Gate. The Pergamon is subdivided into the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Museum of Islamic Art.

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Third Reich Berlin: Hitler & WWII - The Final Days Starting in the heart of west Berlin before the cragged spire of the bombed out Memorial Church, get a full description of: the ferocity of the Allied bombing campaign and the defense of the Nazi Reich Capital; the Cross of Coventry and the Madonna of Stalingrad; where the mammoth flak towers stood; and the experiences of those caught in the onslaught of the Soviet forces.

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Ticket To Berlin Zoo (Anytime Excursion) Spend time at one of the oldest zoos in Europe with its mix of historical and modern animal houses and its history of 150 years of animal keeping. Learn about its successful animal breeding program, and its efforts at safeguarding endangered species such as black and Indian rhinoceroses, gaurs, and deer. All animals are housed in enclosures that are specially designed to recreate their natural habitat. Enter the zoo through one of the most photographed sights in Berlin-the famous Elephant Gate of 1899, which was completely destroyed during WWII and resurrected in all its original detail in 1984.

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Ticket To Berlin Zoo And Aquarium (Anytime Excursion) Spend time at one of the oldest zoos in Europe with its mix of historical and modern animal houses and its history of 150 years of animal keeping. Learn about its successful animal breeding program, and its efforts at safeguarding endangered species such as black and Indian rhinoceroses, gaurs, and deer. All animals are housed in enclosures that are specially designed to recreate their natural habitat. Enter the zoo through one of the most photographed sights in Berlin - the famous Elephant Gate of 1899, which was completely destroyed during WWII and resurrected in all its original detail in 1984. Also visit the Berlin Aquarium, which has been home to a diverse array of fish, reptiles, and amphibians for the past century. See Crocodile Hall, the world's first walk-in animal enclosure for visitors. This building provides terrariums and aquariums for over 9,000 animals of almost 800 species. A special highlight for kids is the petting basin with the popular Japanese koi. This is biodiversity at its best!

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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!

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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!

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Dinner In Leipzig Enjoy a 3-course dinner, with drinks, at a typical German restaurant in the city known for its role in the reunification of Germany in 1989, with peaceful demonstrations at St. Nicholas Church.

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Footsteps of Martin Luther: Excursion To Wittenberg Wittenberg is known for its role in the early days of the Protestant Reformation. Here, Martin Luther, a Christian theologian, declared his intolerance for the Roman Catholic Church's corruption on October 31, 1517, by nailing his 95 Theses of Contention to the Wittenberg Church door. Your guided walking tour of the Old Town includes entrance to the Luther House, a well-preserved museum dedicated to Luther and the Reformation.

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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!".

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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.

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