BERLIN & PRAGUE
BERLIN & PRAGUE
HISTORY & CULTURE
7 Days / 6 Nights
September 25 - October 1, 2022
Prague's River Vitava
Berlin's Historic Brandenburg Gate
Kupfergrabenat Canal Through Central Berlin
There is not a better time of year to be in Germany and the Czech Republic than in autumn... Oktoberfest time!
Join us for seven wonderful days and six nights discovering the extraordinary proud cultures and learning about the complex histories of two spectacular European capital cities... Berlin and Prague... and enjoying your trip staying in the ambiance of luxury five-star hotels.
We'll start the tour in Prague, Bohemia's historic capital, where we'll stay our first three nights.
Set on the River Vitava, Prague has been the center of Czech cultural, economic and political activity for over 1,000 years.
Prague is a city of great cultural and architectural wonders, with a fairy-tale atmosphere, and a very special destination for architectural lovers.
We'll explore, with our local historian guide, Prague's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its stunning Astronomical Clock at the picturesque Old Town Square... Wenceslas Square... the Municipal House, a jewel of the art nouveau architecture... the former Jewish Quarter... Charles Bridge, the medieval stone arch bridge that crosses River Vltava... Powder Tower... Prague Castle, Strahov Library and St. Vitus' Cathedral... and Estates Theatre where Mozart once conducted his operas.
We'll visit Prague's baroque gardens... see the city's many gothic towering spires, stone bridges crossing River Vitava, and the art nouveau architecture... meander through the city's winding cobblestone lanes... and learn about Czech's centuries of complex historical heritage -- learning about the anti-papal sentiments in Prague and greater Bohemia in the 15th and 16th centuries, learning about the arrival of the Habsburg family as rulers and their installation of the Jesuit order, learning about how Czech lands played into the political upheaval that rocked Europe when the continent became embroiled in the Thirty Years War, and learning about Prague communism, the history of 20th century Prague and the influence of the Soviet Union.
We'll engage with Czech people... enjoy autumn cuisine... visit a Prague brewpub to taste Czech beer & sausage... stop into local fin-de-siècle coffee houses and experience Bohemian cafe culture... listen to local musicians.
You'll have free personal time for... exploring Prague on your own... shopping in local boutiques... taking a bike ride along River Vltava... or relaxing at an outdoor cafe.
Mid-week we'll board an international fast train and travel First-Class on the 350 klm 4-1/2 hour train ride from Prague to Berlin... enjoying autumn countryside scenery as we travel from the Czech Republic to Germany.
We'll arrive to Berlin early-afternoon. After checking into our luxury five-star hotel we'll be ready to start exploring this magnificent city.
Berlin is Germany's capital and largest city, with an enormously rich and boisterous history... and today has the reputation as the 21st century's most innovative, intriguing, vibrant European capital city. We'll explore with our local historian guide both sides of remarkable Berlin... past and present.
We'll visit iconic Berlin landmarks, including... Pariser Platz & Brandenburg Gate... the Reichstag... Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Mitte neighborhood... Holocaust Memorial... Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral) and Französischer Dom (French Cathedral)... Berlin Wall Memorial & Checkpoint Charlie, the famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War era.
We'll visit what was Soviet East Berlin, touring the Topography of Terror museum, located at the former headquarters of the Gestapo and SS... we'll spend time discussing former Soviet architecture, Stalin’s immense building projects and the striking boulevards that are still in place today. And we'll discuss the former GDR's decision to quash modernism and replace with a new wave of socialism.
We'll unwind taking a relaxing boat ride along the Spree River.
There will free time to explore Berlin as you please... visit Berlin’s Museumsinsel (Museum Island,) a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprising of five world-class museums.... visit the Jewish Museum Berlin... tour Charlottenburg Palace, the restored Baroque elegance palace dating from 1695... stroll to Hackesche Höfe or visit Prater Garten, the city's oldest beer garden, for a good German meal or an Oktoberfest beer... chocolate lovers can visit and have a tasting session at Rausch Schokoladenhaus, Berlin's famous family-owned traditional chocolatier... take an elevator to the top of Berliner Fernsehturm (TV tower) for a bird's-eye view of Berlin... check out Berlin's contemporary art scene in the Midde district or explore the East Side Gallery with the largest remaining intact section of the Berlin Wall that's covered with over 100 paintings by artists from all over the world... visit nearby Potsdam and tour Sanssouci Palace, the grand summer palace built by Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site... go shopping in Berlin's famous Kaufhaus des Westens department store... or hop on an S- or U-Bahn like a local resident and visit another exciting part of the capital.
After your Berlin visit... you'll have a greater understanding of Berlin’s complex past... and an appreciation of the city's exciting future.
We'll stay in luxury five-star hotels located in the heart of each city. You'll enjoy breakfast at the hotels each morning.
We'll have a farewell gala dinner with traditional German autumn cuisine.
The trip is ideal for friends, couples and single travelers desiring a fun and WORRY-FREE autumn vacation!
Berlin & Prague Combination Discovery Tour is Designed to Provide:
Fabulous vacation to see the "Best of Berlin & Prague" during one very special seven day trip!
Friendly and fun small group environment limited to 15 persons. Enjoy the camaraderie and begin friendships with like-minded travelers.
A week packed with activities -- private tours with local historian guides... visits to Prague's and Berlin's most famous landmarks and sites... having a "local German & Czech experience" of meeting and interacting with local residents... going to local patronized restaurants, brewpubs and coffee houses.
Free personal time to discover and enjoy Berlin & Prague at your own pace.
Optional group morning pleasure walks led by Tom Harter, WalkEurope president.
Recommendations of local restaurants to explore on your own... yet everyone is invited to join local cuisine group meals each evening at personal selected restaurants.
Concierge service & support – fully escorted tour, personal & customized service for a WORRY-FREE vacation!
Six nights in luxury five-star hotels to provide a local Czech and Germanic experience.
Daily hotel breakfasts.
Welcome Reception - featuring Czech wines and hors d'oeuvres -- an opportunity to meet fellow tour members and review the week's activities.
Farewell Gala Dinner - featuring traditional German autumn cuisine.
Tour of Prague's major landmarks with a local historian guide, visits to... Prague's Old Town with its Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Municipal House, the former Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, Powder Tower, Prague Castle, Strahov Library, St. Vitus' Cathedral, and Estates Theatre.
Tour of Berlin' major landmarks with a local historian guide -- visits to Pariser Platz, Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Unter den Linden Boulevard & the Mitte district, Holocaust Memorial, Deutscher Dom & Französischer Dom, Berlin Wall Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and Topography of Terror.
Cruise along the Spree River.
Morning pleasure walks - optional before breakfast group walks.
Palace, castle, cathedral and museum entrance fees - for all group activities and day trips.
First class train ticket from Prague to Berlin.
Ground transportation for all group activities.
Concierge service & support.
Arrival/Departure Cities & Airports:
Arrival - Prague, Czech Republic (PRG)
Departure - Berlin, Germany (BER)
Luxury Five-Star Hotel Accommodations
$5,975 – 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. For solo travelers, we will try to find you a roommate. Tour cost does not include airfare.
Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option - $1,725
Upgrade Accommodations Option - Grand Deluxe Suite in Prague / Executive Suite in Berlin - limited availability
$6,975 – 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room
Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option - $2,175
Space Is Limited... Reserve Early!
Small Group - Limited to 15 persons.
Please Note: WalkEurope strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the itinerary, adjustments may be necessary. Hotels and itinerary are subject to changes. Tour is subject to meeting eight person participation.