WORLD WAR II History Tour: Poland - Germany
14 days / 13 nights
Arrival in capital of Poland, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
Our guided morning sightseeing tour reveals the historical center and the heart of the capital, which was restored after World War II to its former splendour so carefully that it is now included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Also we see the site of the Warsaw Ghetto. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
After breakfast we drive to Czestochowa to visit the 14th century Pauline Monastery at Jasna Gora. According to tradition, the icon was painted by Luke the Evangelist. Then on to medieval Krakow. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Our morning sightseeing tour begins with a short walk along the streets of the former Jewish district of Kazimierz. Next, Wawel Hill, crowned by Wawel Royal Castle and Wawel Cathedral. A walk up Grodzka street leads you to the heart of Krakow, the Rynek Glowny, or Main Market Square. The last sightseeing stop is the twin-spired St. Mary’s Church. In the evening enjoy dinner at our Polish Polka Party. Overnight in Krakow.
Guided visit of the former Nazi concentration camp. Ausschwitz was the largest of the German Nazi extermination centers. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Depart for Wroclaw. In the afternoon, discover Silesia’s ancient capital. Known as the Venice of Poland, Wroclaw is located at the confluence of four rivers, which form 12 islands linked by 120 bridges. Despite major destruction during the World War 2, it still possesses numerous Gothic monuments. Dinner and overnight in Wroclaw.
After breakfast, we are off to Dresden, capital of the Free State of Saxony whose blend of tradition and modernity is fascinating! Lunch at local restaurant. Afterwards discover the hometown of Saxon prince-electors and kings during a guided tour of the magnificent city centre. See the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera House. Dinner and overnight in Dresden.
Morning departure to Berlin. Upon arrival enjoy a tour of the city’s west side including Charlottenburg Palace, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Reichstag building, Brandenburg Gate, the site of Hitler’s bunker and the holocaust memorial. Our day ends at the immense 1936 Olympic complex including the stadium, the Bell Tower boasting fine views over the city and the Langemarckhalle: these are probably the best examples of National Socialist architecture in Berlin. Dinner and overnight in Berlin.
This morning we are heading to Potsdam. Experience a brief visit to Grunewald station, a major site for the deportation of Berlin Jews. Visit Wannsee Conference Villa where the ‘Final Solution’ was planned. We cross the Glienicke Bridge en-route to the Cecilienhof Palace, host to the Potsdam Conference in 1945, where the ‘Big Three’ met to decide the fate of Germany and the post-war boundaries for the war-torn Europe. Guided tour of one of the castles in the park of Sanssouci and stop in the picturesque old Dutch quarter, which has a relaxed charm of its own. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Berlin.
After breakfast we will head to Nuremberg, a city famous for its old architecture, delicious beer, and the site of the trials of Nazi war criminals. On our way we will stop in Leipzig and enjoy a short city tour. See Augustusplatz with the opera, the “Gewandhaus”, a renowned concert hall and St. Nicholas Church, where Bach composed some of his organ pieces. Dinner and overnight in Nuremberg.
This morning our local guide shows you the city that once acted as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. After the Second World War, Germany rebuilt Nuremberg and the historic buildings with the original stone to help return to the former grace and grandeur to the streets that have survived more than a millennium. The Palace of Justice has an unassuming exterior, but remains a working courthouse in which the Nuremberg Trials took place. Our guide will lead you into Court Room 600 where the likes of Goring, Hess, and Speer sat in judgment. Film and photographs offer background on the trials and their impact on international law. Nearby, the old town bustles around Hauptmarkt, the site of the daily market. Remainder of the day is free. Overnight in Nuremberg.
This morning we make our way outside of Nuremberg to visit the grounds of Dachau. The offices processed more than 200,000 people in its time, and now acts as a memorial to those once interned. You can pass through the original entrance, finding the same slogan that framed the camp at Auschwitz. Upon reaching Munich, you will find a refreshing, jovial ambiance around the outdoor cafes and bustling beer gardens. Overnight in Munich.
After breakfast, we will visit Obersalzberg, location of Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s summer home perched high in the Bavarian Alps, with beautiful views of both Germany and Austria. Afterwards, we will have lunch at the Koenigsee (King’s Lake), the deepest and cleanest lake in Germany, and enjoy a cruise. Overnight in Munich.
Coach transfer to Munich airport.
Our prices include:
- Deluxe motor coach throughout as per itinerary
- English speaking tour escort throughout
- Accommodation in 4★ hotels in double/twin room
- Guided visits: Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Dresden, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg
- Admission to the following sights: Pauline monastery Jasna Gora (guided visit), Jewish district of Kazimierz, Wawel Royal Castle, Ausschwitz former concentration camp, Olympia Stadion Berlin, Haus der Wannsee Konferenz, Sanssouci Palace, Dachau former concentration camp, Eagles Nest - Kehlsteinhaus
- 2 nights with half board in Warsaw
- 3 nights in Krakow (2x HB, 1 x BB)
- 1 night with half board in Wroclaw
- 1 night with half board in Dresden
- 2 nights with half board in Berlin
- 2 nights in Nuremberg (1x HB, 1 x BB)
- 2 nights with bed & buffet breakfast in Munich
- Lunch in Dresden, Koenigsee
- Polish Polka Party including dinner
- Cruise on Koenigsee
- Porterage at hotels in / out
- All taxes and charges
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