Poland, East Germany & World War II (RV) - 2015

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13 Day Tour from Warsaw to Munich


Poland, East Germany & World War II
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city
View Marienplatz in Munich, Germany
Berlin is the capital of Germany and also its largest city
Stroll through the historic Krakow Square in Poland
The Reichstag building is a historical building in Berlin, Germany that was built in 1894
Checkpoint Charlie
Berlin
Munich, Germanys Secret Capital
The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany

Vacation Overview

This is the perfect vacation for those interested in World War II, historical Poland, and the concentration camps that are living memorials of those dark days. Start in Warsaw with guided sightseeing and see the city before and after wartime destruction during a moving film in the Historical Museum. Also visit the Warsaw Rising Museum before continuing to Krakow. Stroll around the Kazimierz quarter and visit the synagogue. A special visit to the Oskar Schindler Factory, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List, has been included. Visit what is left of the Auschwitz concentration camp, and in Wroclaw, admire the cathedral and market square. Continue to Dresden, badly damaged during the war but now restored to its baroque splendor, and visit the courtyard of Zwinger Palace during your guided walking tour. Also enjoy a special dinner with local specialties in the well-known Am Pulverturm restaurant. Stop in Torgau to see the monument commemorating the meeting of US and Soviet forces during World War II, and visit the courtyard of Hartenfels Castle before arriving in Berlin, where guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Also see Checkpoint Charlie, and a fascinating guided visit has been included to the Unterwelten Bunker. Continue to Weimar, and enjoy a pleasant walk through this pretty town, followed by a special visit to the former Buchenwald concentration camp. In Nuremberg, visit the Memorium Nuremberg Trials and Room 600 (if available), the impressive Documentation Center, and Zeppelin Field. A special dinner at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant gives you the opportunity to taste traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste. Before arriving in Munich, visit the former Dachau concentration camp. In Munich, explore lively Marienplatz, and a full day at leisure gives you the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions to share your feelings after this exciting and emotional encounter with World War II.

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Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

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*Book a select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and December 2, 2014 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit, Cosmos $50 coupon and Cosmos Single Supplement promotion. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

Receive a $150 per person Vacation Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

*Book a 2015 Globus or Monograms air-inclusive Europe vacation of six nights or more on United Airlines from a US point of origin to receive the $150 per person Vacation Credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between October 29 and December 20, 2014 for travel in 2015; not applicable to instant purchase air; not combinable with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and Monograms Wanderlist promos. Air must be purchased through Globus or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see our Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

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Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


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 the Royal Castle is available. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Warsaw–Krakow

Start with a visit to the impressive WARSAW RISING MUSEUM before continuing to Krakow, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. Your 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Wawel Royal Castle Stroll through the historic Krakow Square in Poland 
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DAY 4Krakow

This morning there is a chance to join an optional excursion to the Wieliczka salt mines. Then, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special guided visit to the OSKAR SCHINDLER FACTORY, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. During your stroll through Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter, visit a Synagogue. How about tonight’s optional Polish dinner and folklore show? (Breakfast)

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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, and admire its highlights, such as the CATHEDRAL and the MARKET SQUARE with its fine patrician houses. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland The beautiful Austrian landscape The Austrian countryside The gorgeous rolling hills of the Austrian countryside 
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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. During your guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, once destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. Afterwards, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a 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–Torgau–Berlin

Stop in Torgau. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite See the monument commemorating the meeting of US and Soviet forces during World War II, and hear about Joe Polowsky during your visit of the COURTYARD at magnificent Hartenfels Castle. Continue to Berlin, capital of reunited Germany. Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. (Breakfast)

Berlin The Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate and a main symbol of Berlin 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 8Berlin

Morning at leisure with the chance to join an optional excursion to Potsdam. In the afternoon, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite experience first-hand Berlin’s underground world during a special guided visit of the UNTERWELTEN BUNKER, the public bunker system built during World War II. (Breakfast)

Berlin is the capital of Germany and also its largest city The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city 
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DAY 9Berlin–Weimar. Excursion to Buchenwald

In Weimar, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through this pretty town. See the houses where great poets like Goethe and Schiller lived and the theater where the Weimar Constitution was drafted. In the afternoon, a special visit has been included to Buchenwald at the site of the former Buchenwald CONCENTRATION CAMP. Return to Weimar. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Weimar–Nuremberg

Arrive in Nuremberg and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the MEMORIUM NUREMBERG TRIALS and ROOM 600 (if available), followed by visits to the impressive DOCUMENTATION CENTER and ZEPPELIN FIELD. In the afternoon, walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town, known for children’s toys and gingerbread. 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. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tonight, a special dinner to taste the traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste has been prepared for you at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Nuremberg is a city located in the state of Bavaria, Germany 
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DAY 11Nuremberg–Dachau–Munich

Visit the site of the former Dachau CONCENTRATION CAMP, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents. Then, continue to Munich, Bavaria’s capital. Explore MARIENPLATZ with the Old and New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. (Breakfast)

View Marienplatz in Munich, Germany 
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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 12At leisure in Munich

A full day at leisure to explore the city. An exciting optional excursion to Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, is available. 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 13Munich

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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Transportation

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Warsaw, special dinners in Dresden and Nuremberg, and a farewell dinner in Munich


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Years of Experience: 20 years

I enjoy sharing insights about the always-changing countries of Central Europe. What I like just as much, if not more, is the camaraderie that guests form. With each tour, I am astonished by this. A group of strangers at the start, they get acquainted with each other in a pleasant way and sometimes take home friendships for life. I think it is great this takes place while exploring new regions and discovering new cultures.

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Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

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*Book a select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 17 and December 2, 2014 for travel in 2015. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offer not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit, Cosmos $50 coupon and Cosmos Single Supplement promotion. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

Receive a $150 per person Vacation Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

*Book a 2015 Globus or Monograms air-inclusive Europe vacation of six nights or more on United Airlines from a US point of origin to receive the $150 per person Vacation Credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between October 29 and December 20, 2014 for travel in 2015; not applicable to instant purchase air; not combinable with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and Monograms Wanderlist promos. Air must be purchased through Globus or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see our Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.