Upon arrival into Berlin today, your English-speaking driver-guide will greet you outside baggage claim for your transfer to the recently rebuilt Kempinski Hotel Adlon. This historic hotel was completely destroyed during WWII and then had the misfortune to be located in the “no-man’s land” just on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall. With the opening of the new Hotel Adlon in 1997, and located just steps away from the Bradenburg Gate, Berlin regained its grand hotel. After check-in, you’ll have some time to settle in.
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This morning, your English-speaking driver-guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to accompany you on an extensive tour that will introduce you to Berlin’s fascinating history.
First your tour will include the former West Berlin including the exclusive Boulevard Kurfurstendamm and the Charlottenburg Palace, where you may explore the famous Gallery of Romantic Art at the Palace at your leisure (your driver-guide will not be able to escort you through this museum).
This afternoon, your driver-guide will take you to the former East Berlin. Your tour will include the Reichstag, the historical avenue, "Under the Linden Trees," the Alexander Square, the Museum Island with the imposing Dom Cathedral and the famous Pergamon Museum.
Your time here would not be complete without a visit to the Pergamon Museum, filled with a fabulous collection of ancient Greek art. To fully appreciate this museum, we have arranged a private English-speaking museum guide for you. If time allows, we recommend a visit to Hamburger Banhnhoff (modern and contemporary art) or perhaps the Gemäldegalerie, a world-famous collection that illustrates the history of European painting from the 13th - 18th centuries.
Please note: Driver-Guides are not permitted to escort you through museums. If you would like to hire museum guides at specific sights, please inquire for additional cost involved.
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Today we recommend you spend a day outside of the city to tour the world famous Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam and its surrounding park complex. You will tour the old residence of the Prussian Dynasty, which today is a center of culture and history. Potsdam is a picturesque city and you may want to walk around the center of town and take in the sights.
Your driver-guide will also take you to visit the Cecilienhof Palace, the historical venue of the Postdam Agreement. There is a lovely restaurant located adjacent to the palace where you may wish to have lunch. (Lunch is not included in your tour today).
Upon return to the city, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to plan with your guide.
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Your driver-guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel at 10 AM. Morning visit to Potsdamer Platz and the New National Gallery, where a private museum guide will be arranged for you.
Today your guide will take you to the Jewish Quarter and on a visit inside the New Jewish Museum (with museum guide), followed by a visit to the New Jewish Synagogue this afternoon for the public guided tours.
Afterwards, we suggest you visit the Gemaldegalerie, Gemäldegalerie, a world-famous collection that illustrates the history of European painting from the 13th - 18th centuries. Or, for modern art don’t miss the Hamburger Bahnhof!
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Morning check-out and transfer to the train station for your departure to Dresden by First Class train (approximate duration 2 hours; schedule to be advised). Late morning arrival into Dresden and transfer to the Kempinski Hotel Taschenbergpalais (*****), the former palace of Countess Cosel, the mistress of August the Strong!
At 2 PM, your English-speaking guide will meet you in the hotel lobby to begin your walking tour of Dresden. You guide will introduce you to the fascinating history of Saxony, from August the Strong to today! You will see the famous Green Vault and its one of a kind collection of gemstones, gold, ivory, objets d’art and historic treasures.
After touring the “Zwinger,” Bruhlsche Terrace and the ornate exteriors of the Semper Opera and Castle, your guide will take you into the Old Masters Museum to see Dresden’s priceless art collection including Raphael’s famous angels. Your guide will also explain to you the extraordinary effort now taking place in Dresden to rebuild the main cathedral in the center of the town- with the help of computer simulations, the entire cathedral is being rebuilt from fifty year old rubble back into it former glorious structure. Evening at leisure in Dresden.
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Today your English-speaking driver-guide will take you into the Saxon countryside to visit one of the most famous towns in northern Germany, Meissen. After a tour of the famous porcelain factory and its vast museum, your driver-guide will take you on a walking tour through the ancient town of Meissen. Recently reconstructed with the help of UNESCO, much of this enchanting town has been rebuilt to its former glory!
After lunch in Meissen (lunch not included in your tour), your driver-guide will take you to August the Strong’s hunting lodge, Moritzburg. As one of the finest castles of its kind in Europe, Moritzburg is unforgettable- indeed, not many castles are located in the middle of a lake!
This morning, you will be privately transferred to the airport for your onward flight home. Consider combining this itinerary with Munich, Prague or Vienna, just to name a few.
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For 25 years, Exeter International has established itself as the leading deluxe specialist operator to Central and Eastern Europe, Russia & Central Asia. We use our intimate regional knowledge and expertise to create unique, often limited access travel experiences. Our multi-national, multi-lingual specialists craft authentic insider experiences, created with imagination. When you book with Exeter International you can expect the top guides in each city pre-reserved weeks in advance, matched to your preferences. Our specialists have also been recognized by the Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure top agent list since their inception.
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Visas & Passports –
Russia requires visas of United States citizens and Exeter International will arrange for the invitation required for a visa upon
booking. Each traveler will be responsible for one passport photo, a completed visa form, one photo copy of the information pages of his/her passport, the invitation, and the visa processing fee. If the traveler would like, Exeter International will obtain all visas at additional cost. Each traveler is responsible for his/her own passport, which must be valid for six (6) months after the completion of the participant’s tour. Exeter International is not responsible for the refusal of a visa to any traveler by any consulate. In the event of visa refusal, any and all expenses/cancellation fees shall be borne by the traveler.
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Small Group Tours - Deposits ($500) per person, for group tours are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and are non-refundable and nontransferable. We will hold your reservation for one week after you book your tour without a deposit. Some special programs (cruises and trains) may have different deposit policies.
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Final payment is due 60 days prior to the commencement of travel. If final payment is not received 60 days prior to departure, your reservation will automatically be canceled. Some special programs (cruises and trains) may have different final payment policies.
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Payments must be made in Tampa, FL to Exeter International at least eight weeks prior to departure and are accepted by check, cash or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card for credit card payment. Please note that payment for any services a traveler wishes to add once travel commences must be made in United States Dollars to the Exeter International local representative. We cannot accept personal checks or travelers checks overseas.
The tour cost assumes double occupancy in all hotels. Single supplements will be calculated based on exact dates of travel. We reserve the right to substitute hotels of equal or superior quality.
Transfers & Vehicles –
Exeter International will supply its travelers with personal transportation to and from all train stations, airports and ports, as described in the tour description. Baggage assistance is included for one piece of luggage per person, but tour participants should be prepared to handle their own bags at certain times during the tour. Please read carefully the Exeter International Travel Tips publication. We cannot guarantee air-conditioned vehicles in some cities. Touring and transfers will be by regular 4 passenger cars unless you have specifically ordered a
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Please note that due to circumstances beyond the control of Exeter International, the tour may not be deliverable exactly as described (i.e. theater scheduling, hotel occupancy, etc.), BUT Exeter International will substitute scheduled or advertised events, hotels, and restaurants with alternatives of equal or greater value and quality. All hotels, restaurant and airline space is subject to their management’s approval. Exeter International will make every effort to guarantee this package as is, but conditions will sometimes mandate minor changes to the program. Reservations are nontransferable.
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Up to 8 weeks prior to departure: Deposit is nonrefundable 8 weeks to 14 days prior to departure: 50% cancellation fee 13 days or less prior to departure: 100% cancellation fee Reservations made at Russian and non-Western hotels are nonrefundable within 30 days of departure. Travelers are liable for airline and hotel cancellation fees as stated in their agreements. For all cruise and train bookings, please refer to the cancellation policies outlined in the specific Terms & Conditions for that program. All cancellations must be received in writing. If Exeter International must cancel your trip, you will be fully refunded.
Guaranteed Departures and Small Groups -
All Exeter International tours are guaranteed departures unless specifically noted with a minimum group size in the tour description. In small groups (less than 8 guests), the guides will act as the tour mangers in each of the cities. For all groups larger than 8 guests a tour manger will meet the group upon arrival in the first city of the tour and travel with this group throughout the duration of the tour. Certain events and meals may be changed slightly for small groups, as described in the brochure.
No Smoking –
For the enjoyment of all passengers, smoking is not allowed on Exeter International buses and cars or while the group is together on tour or at meals.
Exeter International highly recommends that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. This may be purchased directly through Exeter International or through your travel agent.
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Your tour includes everything that is specifically stated in the tour description. Breakfast (usually buffet) is usually provided daily; lunch and dinner will be provided only as stated in the tour description. Meals always include tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages and mineral water are not included in meals, unless specifically noted. Visa fees are not included in tour prices.
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Exeter International reserves the right, but is not obligated, to not accept or retain as a tour passenger any member whose
condition or physical needs or conduct impede the operation of the tour or affect the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of the tour’s other participants. A refund of the unused portion of the tours is the limit of Exeter International’s liability if such a person is asked to leave the tour.
Exeter International acts only on behalf of hotels, restaurants, train lines, boat lines, its owners, operators or contractors (all herein called contractors) providing services in connection with Exeter International’s tours. In the absence of negligence on Exeter International’s part, Exeter International is not responsible for personal injury or property damage or loss arising out of the act or negligence of any direct air carrier, hotel or other person rendering any of the services or accommodations offered herein. The traveler agrees to the foregoing, and also agrees that Exeter International will not be or become liable or responsible for any loss, default, or injury of any person, company, or other legal entity engaged to supply the same. Exeter International accepts no responsibility for losses or expenses due to delays or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strikes, hotel overbooking, social and labor unrest, terrorist activities, war, quarantine, or any other causes, actions or omissions, or conditions over which it has no control.
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