Three beautiful cities, rich in history, culture and sublime architecture, are the focus of this exceptional discovery tour, staying in well-located hotels throughout. In Prague, admire fairytale Gothic spires, the romantic Charles Bridge and spectacular castle views; in Dresden, restored to its pre-war glory, explore streets lined with Baroque townhouses and world class art galleries and museums; and, in Berlin, perhaps the city that defines 20th century Europe better than any other, appreciate iconic landmarks such as the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the remains of the Berlin Wall, now the backdrop for a burgeoning art, music and fashion scene.
9 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Prague. On arrival we transfer to the Park Inn (4T) or Andel’s Hotel (4T). Dinner is served at your hotel this evening.
Day 2 Prague
Our morning walking tour will confirm, if you are not already convinced, that Prague is one of Europe’s most attractive capitals. The afternoon is at leisure for further sightseeing and shopping.
Day 3 Prague
Today, you are free to explore the exciting city of Prague.
Day 4 Prague - Meissen - Dresden
This morning we travel towards the capital city of the Saxony region, Dresden. Before arrival, we visit the historical cradle of Saxony, Meissen with its Albrechtsburg castle, built in a late Gothic style between 1471 and 1524 and referred to as the first castle construction in the German-speaking area. We include a tour of Meissen’s most popular tourist attraction, the Porcelain Museum, where we discover the making of porcelain wares, known all around the world as masterpieces in ‘white gold’. We later reach our hotel for the next three nights, the Westin Bellevue Hotel (4T) located in the heart of Dresden along the River Elbe. Dinner is included at your hotel tonight.
Day 5 Dresden
After breakfast we will join a local guide on an included walking tour of this historic city. Despite the damage it suffered during World War II, Dresden has rebuilt itself to its former splendour and attracts many visitors from all around the world with its true Baroque atmosphere and its historical landmarks. We return to our hotel where the rest of the evening is free for your own exploration.
Day 6 Dresden - Elbe cruise
Today, we explore Dresden and the Elbe Valley from a captain’s point of view by joining a river sightseeing tour. The Pillnitz Cruise departs from Dresden, and will pass beautiful vineyards and impressive Elbe Palaces - Albrechtsberg Palace, Lingner Palace, Eckberg Palace and finally arriving at Pillnitz Palace, the Baroque jewel and once the summer residence of the Saxon kings. The cruise includes lunch before returning to Dresden where you are at leisure, for the remainder of the day.
Day 7 Dresden - Colditz Castle - Leipzig - Berlin
After breakfast we commence our journey to Berlin but first we visit Colditz Castle, built on rocks high above the town and overlooking the valley of the River Mulde. Without doubt this was the most notorious of prisoner-of-war camps and was the inspiration of the film ‘The Colditz Story’. This afternoon we continue to Leipzig, a city standing at the confluence of the Weisse Ekster and Pleisse rivers, and at the crossroads of two great trading routes. On arrival we commence our orientation tour, passing St Thomas Church, the burial place of Johann Sebastian Bach, their choirmaster for over a quarter of a century. We later reach Berlin and our hotel, the Maritim Hotel (4T), located between the Tiergarten and the river.
Day 8 Berlin
Today we start with a guided orientation tour of the bewitching capital of Berlin, passing well-known sights such as The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The German and French Cathedrals dominate one of Berlin’s most beautiful squares, the Gendarmenmarkt, named after the King Sergeant Friedrich Wilhelm’s ‘Gens d’Armes’. Also not to be missed is the famous Brandenburg Gate, for so many years a symbol of a divided city. This afternoon is at leisure to shop along fashionable Kurfurstendamm and Tauentzienstrasse.
Day 9 Berlin
Today you are free to roam the German capital at your leisure. The remainders of the Berlin Wall or wide range of monumental museums including the Deutsches Historisches or the DDR Museum are not to be missed.
Day 10 Berlin - London
After our final breakfast our coach transfers us to Berlin Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
Following orders to find a means of making gold, the scholars of King Augustus the Strong instead discovered the secrets of porcelain. Opened in 1710, the Porcelain Manufactory in the Saxon town of Meissen became famous for its ‘white gold’, the history and manufacture of which is enthrallingly explained in its unique museum and workshop.
You will be provided with audio headsets for your tour and be able to see the various stages of production by the skilled workers of some of Europe’s most exquisite porcelain.