Central European History

Central European History
Discover Berlin’s war-ridden past, tour Prague’s extravagant palace, visit Krakow’s Rynek Glówny—Europe’s largest Medieval town square and more.
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 Guten Tag Berlin
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Berlin city walk
AlexanderplatzBebelplatzHackesche HöfeNikolai QuarterMuseum Island
Details: Berlin city walk
Commence your city walk at Alexanderplatz, known to locals as simply "Alex". This public square is dominated by the impressive TV Tower, built by the former socialist East German government in the 1960's as a showcase to the West. Today the tower shapes the skyline of the city. See the World Time Clock, which shows the time for various cities around the world, and the Red City Hall, once again Berlin's administrative center since reunification. Take a stroll down the boulevard "Unter den Linden" to Bebelplatz, the site of the Nazi book burnings and see the memorial to commemorate the event. Walk through the Hackesche Hoefe - a courtyard complex built in the "Judenstil" or Art Nouveau style. Pass through the medieval Nikolai Quarter, famous for its vibrant restaurants and cafes which was destroyed by Allied bombing in WWII, but has since been rebuilt. Then view Museum Island, home to a complex of 5 major museums and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A city with a rich and complex past, your Berlin City Walk will be one of the most memorable parts of your trip!
Day 3 Berlin landmarks
Berlin guided sightseeing tour
Checkpoint CharliePotsdamer PlatzBerlin WallBrandenburg GateReichstagVictory Column
Details: Berlin guided sightseeing tour
Join a professional, licensed tour guide as you discover one of the most historical cities in Germany. Although nothing remains of the mortar and cement-block barrier between East and West Berlin, the Berlin Wall (built in 1961; destroyed in 1989) is still a main “site” in Berlin. View the well-known Brandenburg Gate, once a main gate hidden behind a 10-foot barrier and now known for celebratory dancing on its flat top during the reunification. Travel to the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, the most famous border crossing point. Checkpoint Charlie, once a wooden guard hut, was the most (in)famous border-crossing point between East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. All that remains of the checkpoint itself is a skeletal watchtower and a memorial of attempted escapees. Follow your guide as they lead you through the museum’s accounts of the most ingenious of these escape attempts— even a few by hot air balloon.
Details: Checkpoint Charlie Museum visit
Visit the museum that documents the history and significance of the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.
Details: Jewish Museum visit
Located on the line that once separated East and West Germany, this stirring museum was built in the shape of a warped Star of David and focuses on the realities of Jewish life in Germany, from ancient times up to the horrors of the Holocaust.
Day 4 Berlin--Warsaw
Travel to Warsaw by train
Warsaw city walk
Day 5 Warsaw landmarks
Warsaw guided sightseeing tour
Old ghetto visit
Jewish Institute
Pawiak Prison Visit
Details: Museum of Warsaw Uprising visit
Visit this moving memorial museum dedicated to honoring the brave Polish soldiers who fought against Nazi occupation in Warsaw and the innocent civilians who lost their lives during the battle. Hear first-hand accounts of those dark days, visit the virtual memory wall with the names of thousands of soldiers and civilians who lost their lives and see actual weapons, video footage and pictures from the uprising.
Day 6 Warsaw--Kraków
Travel to Kraków
Krakow guided sightseeing tour
Wawel Hill, Wawel Castle & Cathedralmedieval Market SquareCloth HallSt. Mary's BasilicaJewish Quarter
Details: Krakow guided sightseeing tour
Untouched by bombing during World War II, Krakow has maintained much of its delicate beauty and rich history. (UNESCO has declared the entire city one of the 12 most significant historic sites in the world.) Its magnificent airy castle, built by Sigismund the Old in an Italian villa style, was the seat of Poland's royal government. The Rynek Glówny, medieval Europe's largest town square, dealt with more mundane concerns, and the market stalls and merchants that still congregate here carry on the old traditions.
Day 7 Kraków landmarks
Traditional Polish dinner
Details: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum excursion
Travel to Auschwitz, Nazi Germany’s largest internment and extermination camp, to pay your respects and remember the millions of innocent men, women and children who were killed there during Hitler’s reign
Day 8 Kraków--Prague
Travel to Prague
Prague city walk
Charles BridgeMala StranaOld Town SquareJewish Quarter
Details: Prague city walk
Feel the inspiration for Franz Kafka’s novels as you stroll the medieval streets of the Mala Strana (Little Quarter). Cross the Charles Bridge (lined with 30 lifelike baroque statues) to 13th-century Old Town to see the 15th-century astronomical clock in Market Square. Stop in Josefov (Jewish Quarter), to view Europe’s oldest synagogue, dating from 1270.
Day 9 Prague landmarks
Prague guided sightseeing tour
Hradcany (Prague Castle)Visit St. Vitus Cathedral
KGB museum
Details: Prague guided sightseeing tour
Follow a professional licensed tour guide on a sightseeing adventure through the most prized city in Eastern Europe. As the former capital of the Holy Roman Empire, the city was built on beauty and decadence from a wide array of architectural styles (including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau). See Hradcany (Prague Castle) where Europe’s grand ruling family, the Habsburgs, lived and reigned. Wander into the castle’s courtyard to view the richly textured flying buttresses of St. Vitus Cathedral, the sacred structure that took 600 years to complete.
Day 10 End tour

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    Day 10 Start extension to Munich
    Travel to Munich via Nuremberg
    World War II Art Bunker guided tour
    Nuremberg Trial site visit
    Day 11 Munich Landmarks
    Munich guided sightseeing tour
    ResidenzNymphenburg Palace GardensAlte PinakothekDeutsches MuseumBMW Headquarters visitOlympic site of 1972FrauenkircheNeues RathausMarienplatz/ GlockenspielHofbräuhaus
    Details: Munich guided sightseeing tour
    Join a professional licensed tour guide for a whirlwind look at Munich. Founded in the 12th century by Henry the Lion, Munich now roars with the hustle and bustle of modern German life. As you pass by Marienplatz (named after the square’s gilded Virgin Mary and Child statue), mechanical knights joust and coopers dance to the folk-music chimes of the Neues Rathaus’s Glockenspiel. The twin onion-bulb towers of the Frauenkirche Cathedral frame this whimsical display, while the scents, sounds and colors of the nearby food market attempt to draw your attention elsewhere. Resist temptation and continue on to Olympiapark, a new suburb built for the 1972 Olympic Games. Pass by several museums, such as the BMW Museum, Alte Pinakothek (home to Munich’s most precious art collections), and the Deutsches Museum of science and technology.
    Details: Dachau Concentration Camp & Memorial visit
    A grim glimpse into the past, Dachau was the first of Nazi Germany’s camps and a model for the 3,000 work and concentration camps to come. A chilling memorial to the 206,000 prisoners who were interned in the camp from 1933 to 1945, the museum examines pre-1930 anti-Semitism, the rise of the Nazi party, and the documented lives of prisoners.
    Day 12 End tour
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 8 overnight stays (10 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Full European breakfast daily
    • Dinner daily
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
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    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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