Current Itineraries

Berlin’s Cultural Treasures

May 26-June 1, 2019

 

Trip Highlight

This Spring venture to the avant-garde city of Berlin, deemed one of the “hottest destinations on the planet” by The New York Times. Discover the city’s blend of grand museums, contemporary architecture, and cutting-edge culture. Learn how Hitler rose to power and how the shadow of the Third Reich’s enormous crimes influences post-war Germany, and experience the city’s amazing transformation since the fall of the Berlin Wall.  
This 5-night tour will cover old and new Berlin with a special focus on culture and featuring two world class performances the Staatsoper and Berlin Philharmoniker. For over 25 years, Carew Travel has partnered with Theatre Development Fund and tdf endorses this trip.  
 
 Deposit due immediately.
 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1, Sunday, May 26 
We depart from JFK  at 8:44pm aboard a Delta Airlines, non-stop flight to Berlin.  Dinner is served on board. 
(Dinner and Breakfast-in flight)
 
Day 2.  Monday, May 27
We arrive at 11:0am, meet our local guide and travel directly to Berlin for lunch and then a panoramic guided tour of former West Berlin.  The tour takes you along Kurfürstendam, West Berlin’s most famous avenue, and through the vast Tiergarden, a park situated in the central part of the City. We view Charlottenburg Palace, the Brandenburg Gate and the remarkable new glass Houses of Parliament, a masterpiece of architecture.  Following this introduction to the city we check into the 4 star H10 Berlin Ku’damm. Tonight, we have a welcome dinner in a local restaurant.  (L/D)
 
Day 3, Tuesday, May 28
Travel to POTSDAM, a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its Prussian royal palaces, villas, pavilions, gardens, and parks. We’ll visit the celebrated, pastel-toned rococo palace, Schloss Sanssouci, built as a retreat for King Frederick the Great. Our next stop is the imposing, late-baroque Neues Palais, Frederick the Great’s baroque state palace, built to demonstrate the undiminished power of the Prussian state following the Seven Years War. The interior attests to the high level of artistry and craftsmanship of the time, with frescoes, gilded stucco ornamentation, ornately carved wainscoting, and fanciful wall covering alongside paintings and richly crafted furniture. Back to Berlin for our dinner and the Staatsopera performance. (B/L/D)
 
Day 4, Wednesday, May 29
Begin the day on Berlin’s Museum Island complex home to the city’s most important exhibition centres: the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Neues Museum (New Museum) the Bode Museum, the Pergamon Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery). The collections in these buildings encompass over 6,000 years of art and cultural history.
 
Our group will have docent led tours of the Pergamon and Neues Museum. Lunch will be on your own and the afternoon free to spend time at museums of your choosing. The coach will return to the hotel for a group dinner and concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker.  (B/D) 
 
Day 5, Thursday, May 30
This morning we tour the former East Berlin visiting the two most recognized structures in Berlin. First the Reichstag, an internationally recognizable symbol of democracy and the current home of the German Parliament. The original building is designed by Paul Wallot and modelled after the Memorial Hall in Philadelphia. Next The Brandenburg Gate, one of the most iconic sights in today’s vibrant Berlin and its only surviving historical city gate. This site is both a symbol of Berlin’s Cold War division into East and West and now a reunified Germany. The sandstone Brandenburg Gate also represents one of the earliest and most attractive examples of a neo-classical building in Germany.
Next, we visit “Checkpoint Charlie” the name comes from the NATO phonetic alphabet. After the border crossings at Helmstedt-Marienborn (Alpha) and Dreilinden-Drewitz (Bravo), Checkpoint Charlie was the third checkpoint opened by the Allies in and around Berlin.
 
Our last stop is the Holocaust Memorial, a place of contemplation, remembrance and warning. Architect Peter Eisenman placed 2711 concrete slabs of different heights on a slight slope, the wave-like form is different wherever you stand. Immerse yourself in the fully accessible spatial structure, it’s openness and abstractness give you space to confront the topic in your own way. The sheer size of the installation and its lack of a central point of remembrance calls into question the conventional concept of a memorial. An open-air exhibition on the corner of Schützenstraße and Zimmerstraße tells the story of those that failed and those that succeeded. An installation by the artist Frank Thiel and a commemorative plate also mark the memorial. Return to the hotel. You have a free afternoon and evening.  (B)
 
Day 6, Friday, May 31
We visit the Jewish Museum today which tells the history of Jews in Germany. Here you find yourself inside the artwork. The edifice (inside and out) reflects the museum’s subject matter. Architect Daniel Libeskind’s building unfurls in zigzagging corridors like a lightening flash, or a broken Star of David. Empty spaces, known as ‘voids’, appear throughout the building. These voids are not accessible until you reach the Memory Void. They remind visitors of the voids the Holocaust has left behind. Lunch on-site. 
 
In the afternoon, we tour the German Historic Museum. Housed in the baroque Zeughaus on Unter den Linden, the Deutsches Historisches tells the story of 2,000 years of German history. Across 8,000 square metres and 7,000 exhibits you can chart the conquests of Charlemagne, uncover Luther’s Theses, learn about the origins of the Second World War and get acquainted with German reunification. A chronologically-arranged layout takes you from the early-Middle Ages to the present day. Return to the hotel for a farewell dinner.  (B/L/ D)
 
Day 7, Saturday June 1
After breakfast, we transfer from the hotel to the airport for 12:55pm flight to JFK, arriving at 358pm.  (B) (Lunch-in flight)
 

Pricing Details

TOUR COST: $3650 per person (double occupancy)
Single Supplement $450
 
DEPOSIT:  $400 non-refundable deposit per person due immediately  
BALANCE:  Due by February 20, 2019 and non-refundable after this date.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS ADVISED
 
This engaging experience includes:
•5 nights’ accommodation in the central 4 star H10 Berlin Ku’damm hotel (double occupancy) all rooms with private bathroom 
•Full buffet breakfast daily
•4 dinners 
•3 lunches 
•Luggage handling 
•Local English speaking tour guides throughout 
•All transfers, excursions and transportation by private deluxe vehicles
•Entrances and tours as per itinerary
•Concert tickets for Berliner Philharmoniker and Staatsoper subject to availability
 

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