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Itinerary Germany - Prague

The Study of Propaganda Art
Propaganda in the 20th and 21st century

This  is a customized study tour  of Germany and Prague undertaken by a college from Colorado which  was  very successful – combining visits and stays in 4 historical European cities shaping our history in arts,  politics, literature  at  a very affordable rate.
  

WHAT TO SEE
Berlin has something for everybody’s taste: Grand public buildings, glorious museums and theatres, palaces and other sites of historic interest. It is also visually appealing with ample greenery and scenic lakes. Berlin's architecture is multifaceted: Though badly damaged during World War II, it is possible to see representatives of various historic periods within the compact city centre, from a few surviving medieval buildings near Alexanderplatz and Prussian architectural masterpieces to the ultramodern glass and steel structures at Potsdamer Platz. First-time visitors should see famous Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie Museum at the former border-crossing between West and East, the impressive Dahlem Museum and Frederick the Great's Sanssouci Palace & Gardens in Potsdam, on the outskirts.
NIGHT TIME VENUES
Once considered a culinary wasteland, finding good food in Berlin is no longer a challenge. The city’s multicultural population originates international flavours and an enormous variety of restaurants. Start the day with a leisurely breakfast and soak up the beer with a late night Currywurst (local sausage speciality). As Germany's cultural hub Berlin provides a dynamic and international scene, ranging from highbrow pursuits like opera, dance and theatre to pop and experimental culture. Numerous bustling pubs and vibrant clubs and are also an integral part of Berlin's nightlife.
PLACES TO SHOP
For penny pinchers and power shoppers – each Berlin district offers its own take on shopping, with a special mix of stores. “Ku`damm” (short for Kurfürstendamm) remains the main shopping street even now that the Wall has come down. KaDeWe at “Wittenbergplatz” is reputedly the biggest department store on Continental Europe - a must visit that still has an old world charm, with very helpful and friendly staff. “Friedrichstraße” is the upmarket shopping street in the former East Berlin with Galerie Lafayettes, impressed with wealthy shoppers.
  
Day 1 Arrival
About Berlin: City Description
      
River boat tour on the Spree This 1.5-hour tour follows the Spree River from West to East through the city centre of Berlin. The cruise starts next to the beautiful Charlottenburg Palace and brings you along the Spree River through the entire city centre. Enjoy a tour through the modern parliament district as well as the old historic city centre. On the way you will cross the former border between West and East Berlin.

Group dinner – included – Spend the night at centrally located hotel


Day 2 Guided bus tour of Berlin stopping at Brandenburg Gate with stop at Holocaust Memorial, DDR Museum (http://www.ddrmuseum.de/en/)  Spend the night in Berlin.


Day 3 Checkpoint Charlie Museum with lecture                

The history of the Berlin Wall is documented at the most famous border crossing point.
Films, original recordings, photos and texts are on display, along with objects that tell the story of sometimes spectacular escapes.
Talks with eyewitnesses give you a vivid feeling of the past in communist East Germany; tours are also possible. Entrance fee (students). Guided tour in English language (duration approx 1.5 hours)
Visit to Topography of Terror. (http://www.topographie.de/en/topography-of-terror/nc/1/)
Spend the night in Berlin Hotel Academy Berlin

Day 4 Underground Tour: “Subways, Bunkers and the Cold War!"    

Do you want to have an unconventional and unusual experience during your time in Berlin? Do you want to explore the dark sides of the German Capital, its fascinating underworlds? – Then you should not miss visiting Berlin Underworlds' Association at Gesundbrunnen, one of the city's most important traffic junctions! Because here you have the chance to take a close look behind the scenes of some of the most important public utilities, those institutions which are indispensable to modern urban life. Tour Name: “Subways, Bunkers and the Cold War!" This tour shows how deep the impact of the Cold War and the Division of Berlin (1961–1989) in the Underground world has been. In the first part you will pass through the “nuclear blast-proof” bunker beneath Blochplatz, its white-washed walls, large metal doors and modern ventilation systems. In the second part of the tour, we will take you – via a short Subway ride to a modern civil shelter at U 8 Subway Station – the fourth largest installation of its kind in Berlin for 3,346 people.
Underground Installations at Gesundbrunnen are not accessible to disabled visitors! Guided tour in requested language (90 min) Tour of underground bomb shelter with a guide**. Visit the Jewish Museum.
Spend the night in Berlin Hotel Academy, Berlin.
Day 5 Visit the Pergamon Museum Collection of Classical Antiquities
(http://www.smb.museum/smb/standorte/index.php?lang=en&objID=27&p=2) Visit the Bauhaus Museum (http://www.bauhaus.de)
      
Dinner             

Day 6 Travel to Wittenberg to visit the Martin Luther House
(http://www.sacred-destinations.com/germany/wittenberg-luther-house)    
The Luther House (German: Lutherhalle or Lutherhaus  in Wittenberg, Germany, is the most important and interesting Reformation museum in Germany. It is located in the Augustinian monastery where Luther lived, first as a monk and later as owner with his family. In addition to the well-preserved rooms that were used by Luther, the museum contains an unsurpassed collection of Reformation manuscripts and artifacts
with a local guide** And visit Schlosskirche in Wittenberg.  Get back on train to travel to Weimar with a free afternoon after checking in hotel. Spend the night in Weimar   Hotel: Leonardo Weimar www.leonardo-hotels.com

Day 7 Walking tour of Weimar with a local guide** same as last time. Guided tour of National Goethe Museum** new permanent exhibition

Goethe is and will remain of great topical interest and this will be graphically demonstrated by the new exhibition. Opening on 29th August 2012, it will show on two floors Goethe's fascinating life and work from the standpoint of issues still topical today. Original items from Goethe's collections are related to everyday life in his home on Frauenplan, his works and his concepts of creativity, order and outlook. Contemporary contexts illustrate Goethe's diverse works going far beyond his literary achievements. Group dinner – included Spend the night in Weimar
Day 8 Bauhaus Museum Free afternoon Spend the night in Weimar
Day 9 Travel to Dresden Walking tour with local guide including Zwinger Palace and cathedral. 3-hour city sightseeing tour of Dresden

The walking tour provides an all-round impression of Dresden and introduces the visitors to the most beautiful aspects of the city. Through the historic district of Dresden you pass the most important sites and let yourself be captivated by exciting tales. Historical city centre with the Semper Operea, Church of our Lady, the Palace and the Zwinger courtyard (late Baroque palace garden).

Spend the night in Dresden  

Day 10 Travel to Prague Guided walking tour with local guide (Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral). Free. Spend the night in Prague at centrally located hotel.      

Day 11 Visit the Mucha Museum (http://www.mucha.cz/index.phtml?S=home&Lang=EN) Free afternoon. Spend the night in Prague at centrally located hotel.

Day 12 Travel to Kutna Hora from Prague by rail. Visit the famous bone church Sedlec Ossuary  (http://www.sedlecossuary.com) Free time in town before travel back to Prague Group dinner - included when back in Prague Farewell dinner in Novomestsky Brewery incl. aperitif, 3 course meal, coffee, unlimited drinks and live accordion music. Spend the night in Prague at Hotel Harmony.

Day 13 Travel to Airport

RATE*:             $ 2,890 per student for min. 16 paying students and 2 faculties in a double room
$ 2,790 per student for min. 20 paying students and 2 faculties in a double room
                       
NOTE: In case of a group less than 16 students, there would be a supplement ranging from $ 100-200 per student pending on the final number.

*Rates for 2016/17 are based on the current exchange rate of the Euro to the Dollar (1 Euro = $1.16) and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.

INCLUDES:
 

  • Twin or triple accommodation  ( at the most two triples ) with private facilities in selected  three *** or four **** star class hotels near the railway stations  for 12  overnights
  • Daily breakfast
  • Three (3) dinners with local specialties in selected establishments
  • English speaking tour escort  through out the tour, from the arrival to the departure
  • Rail transportation between all cities, Berlin – Weimar – Dresden – Prague
  • All local guides as mentioned  for the visits in the itinerary
  • Local transportation in the cities by metro, bus or when no public transport is available private charter bus  to and from the railway stations  (Note: In Berlin Welcome card for 72 hours  is included for free rides on three zones and reduced rates on museums)Dresden walking to and from the hotel
  • Private bus to the airport in Prague (on return)
  • Our assistance from our local reps- upon arrival in the BERLIN RAILWAY STATION and upon departure in Prague
  • Admission fees to the museums and monuments in the itinerary

Not included:
Transportation from the Berlin Airport to the Berlin Railway Station
2 lectures at additional charges, $ 70 estimated per student
Transatlantic airline tickets from the US to Berlin and from Prague to the US
Meals not mentioned
Gratuities to drivers and guides    (suggested: 3 Euro per student per day for guide and tour escort, driver)

 

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