Grand Cities of Central Europe

Grand Cities of Central Europe

Delight in Old-World grandeur in Germany and the Czech Republic! Explore the celebrated cities of Berlin, Dresden and Prague over eight nights at deluxe hotels with a small group. Enjoy an enriching, music-filled journey featuring guided excursions, cultural insights and three concerts! Witness the Berlin Wall Memorial, see Dresden’s beautiful Church of Our Lady, step inside Prague Castle and savor a scenic cruise on the Elbe River!

Trip Itinerary:

September 10 Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Berlin, Germany. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: BER.

September 11 Berlin, Germany

Arrive at Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

Transfer to the Hilton Berlin. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

This evening, get to know your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner in the hotel.

September 12 Berlin

Enrichment: A Tale of Two Cities: East Berlin and West Berlin. Split at the end of World War II, Berlin was reunited after the infamous Berlin Wall was torn down in 1989. While now unified, elements of the city’s past still linger. Delve into the lasting impact in its two former sectors.

Panoramic Berlin and Berlin Wall Memorial. Get acquainted with one of Europe’s most exciting cities – free-spirited, progressive and layered with complex history. Freed from its divided past, Berlin has energetically revitalized itself with impressive contemporary architecture, an exuberant arts scene and pleasant parks. On a scenic guided tour,see top sites including the Brandenburg Gate, Gendarmenmarkt, the Reichstag and the stately Unter den Linden boulevard. Drive along leafy Kurfürstendamm lined with exclusive shops, restaurants and cafés. Next, take a guided walk at the Bernauerstrasse Wall Memorial and view the last section of the Berlin Wall preserved in place as well as the original fortifications and watchtower. Stop for lunch along your excursion route. (Moderate)

Free Time: Pursue your own interests in Berlin. You may choose to take a Spree River cruise, walk along Unter den Linden, visit the Reichstag Parliament building (tickets need to be secured in advance), or tour the Jewish Museum Berlin. Your Travel Director will be happy to help with dining, shopping and sightseeing suggestions.

September 13 Potsdam | Berlin

Enrichment: Music in Berlin. Join a local expert for an insightful look at the city’s musical history.

Potsdam. Visit Cecilienhof Palace, designed in the style of an English country manor for Crown Prince Wilhelm and completed in 1917. It also famously served as the setting for the Potsdam Conference, where President Harry S. Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin met in the summer of 1945. Then meander through the stunning, terraced Sanssouci gardens, planned by Frederick the Great in 1743 as part of his summer retreat, where he could live sans souci or “without cares.” Afterward, enjoy time at leisure for sightseeing, shopping and lunch in Potsdam’s charming Dutch Quarter. (Moderate)

Concert at Piano Salon Christophori. Delight in a truly unique and authentic Berlin experience tonight at Piano Salon Christophori, located in the working-class neighborhood of Berlin Wedding. Housed in a converted industrial complex and decorated with eclectic memorabilia, this wonderfully intimate and unusual venue offers top-notch classical music with a cool vibe. (Moderate)

September 14 Dresden

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and travel to Dresden.

Dresden City and Culinary Tour. Take an engaging walk in Dresden’s splendid old town area as your guide shares fascinating details about its history and architecture. Although it was virtually destroyed during World War II, Dresden has undergone a remarkable transformation with faithfully rebuilt historic architecture. Visit the magnificent Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), built in 1743, then ravaged by bombings and now lovingly restored to its earlier baroque splendor. In the heart of the Theaterplatz, see the celebrated Semper Opera House. Along your route, stop to sample delectable Saxon culinary specialties that honor the region’s traditions. (Moderate)

Check into the Hilton Dresden.

Free Time: Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. You might like to tour the nearby Green Vault, which houses Europe’s largest treasure collection, featuring spectacular decorative objects and jewelry amassed by August the Strong and other Saxon rulers.

September 15 Dresden

Old Masters Picture Gallery. View exceptional paintings and sculpture from the 15th to 18th centuries on a guided tour at this excellent museum. Its collection includes works by Rembrandt, Rubens and Vermeer as well as Italian luminaries Raphael, Titian and Botticelli, among others. (Moderate)

Free Time: Create your own agenda this afternoon. Perhaps set off on a leisurely stroll along the Elbe River to take in the scenery and riverfront activity.

Concert at Dresden Zwinger. Tonight, attend a classical concert at the Rampart Pavilion within the Dresden Zwinger, an enchanting complex of baroque buildings surrounded by fountains and sculptures. (Moderate)

After the performance, sit down for a satisfying dinner in town with your group.

September 16 Prague, Czech Republic

This morning, check out of the hotel and head toward Prague.

Elbe River Cruise. On your way, embark on a short cruise along the Elbe River through the Saxon Alps. Nicknamed for its similarity to Switzerland, this picturesque area is dotted with forested riverbanks, green meadows, red-roofed houses and the towering Elbe Sandstone mountains. Marvel at these unusually shaped, craggy rock formations created by water erosion millions of years ago. (Mild)

Continue to Prague by motor coach and pause for a delicious lunch on the way.

Check in to the Art Deco Imperial Hotel. Spread along both banks of the Vltava River, Prague is recognized as one of the most breathtaking cities in Europe. Its historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, abounds in stately architecture, a rich array of monuments, buildings, palaces, churches and bridges that reflect its evolution over eight centuries.

Enrichment: Velvet Revolution. Learn about the Velvet Revolution, a pivotal event that led to the end of communism in Czechoslovakia and preceded the country’s split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Free Time: Make your own plans for dinner tonight. Your Travel Director can offer ideas and assist with reservations.

September 17 Prague

Old Town Prague. This morning, set out on a guided walk that reveals Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and baroque buildings. Appreciate the grandeur of the Old Town Square, dominated by the spire-topped towers of the 14th-century Church of Our Lady before Tyn. Be sure to check out the famous astronomical clock, which is more than 600 years old, and watch the wooden figures of the twelve Apostles appear on the hour. (Moderate)

Free Time: Pursue your own passions for the rest of the day. Maybe you’ll admire Prague’s many spires from the renowned Charles Bridge, lined with 30 statues commemorating saints and other religious figures.

September 18 Prague

Prague Castle. This sprawling castle, one of the largest ancient castle complexes in the world, has been the seat of Czech rulers since the ninth century. See the Castle Square, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, the Prague Castle Picture Gallery and the old Royal Palace. Step inside St. Vitus Cathedral, a Gothic landmark built in 1344 by Czech King Charles IV, and admire St. Wenceslaus Chapel, decorated with gilded panels inset with Bohemian gems. Stroll on Golden Lane, lined with colorful, tiny, 16th-century homes once occupied by the castle’s guards, goldsmiths and servants. (Active)

Concert at Lobkowicz Palace. Within the castle complex, enter Lobkowicz Palace, built in the late 16th century as the residence of the Lobkowicz princes. Under the ornately frescoed ceiling of its 17th-century baroque hall, enjoy a musical performance featuring pieces by esteemed baroque composers including Bach, Beethoven and Mozart as well as the Czech masters Dvořák and Smetana.

Free Time: See more of Prague on your own this afternoon.

This evening, celebrate your marvelous journey with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

September 19 Depart for gateway city

After breakfast, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Václav Havel Airport Prague for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.


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