Reader Holidays - Berlin, Colditz and Dresden from Hillingdon Times
Departing May - October 2015
*Price shown: 07 May 2015 - BYX
Sparkling cities of East Germany
Discover three of the most glorious cities of former East Germany. Spend two nights in reunified Berlin, and visit historic Leipzig, and the famous POW castle at Colditz, before a final two nights in stunning, Baroque Dresden - perhaps the greatest symbol of post-war restoration of all.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Experience Berlin, the historic, iconic German capital, on an included guided tour
- Time to explore the sparkling university city of Leipzig
- Step into a world of heroism, Allied ingenuity and escape on an included guided tour of Colditz
- A guided tour of stunning, Baroque Dresden - perhaps the greatest symbol of post-war restoration
- Four nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at three-star hotels in Berlin (2 nights) and Dresden (2)
- Return flights from your chosen airport to Berlin
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach transfers and travel throughout
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Berlin and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, head out for a first look at the city. Berlin's legendary, efficient U-Bahn (underground), trams and buses bring everything within easy reach - from the restored 18th-century Nikolaiviertel district to the courtyards of the ultra-trendy Hackesche Hofe market, full of shops, bars and restaurants.
Get to know Berlin on this morning's guided tour. See the city's symbol of reunification - Norman Foster's startling Reichstag building - which rises close to the majestic Brandenburg Gate and the wooded acres of the Tiergarten. Stroll down Unter den Linden, past the great Staatsoper, towards Schlossplatz, and see beautiful Gendarmenmarkt - home to two stunning cathedrals and the city's new Konzerthaus.Elsewhere in former East Berlin, Karl-Marx-Allee is a reminder of Socialist excesses, while our optional excursion to the giant TV Tower, the Fernsehturm, offers a bird's-eye view of the former course of the infamous Wall. Delve deeper into Berlin's turbulent past at the 'Checkpoint Charlie' museum, see the Olympic Stadium, or enjoy shopping your way down the famous 'Ku'damm'. There's simply an unending array of things to see and do.
This morning we'll journey south across the Elbe to historic Leipzig. This former home of Goethe, Bach and Schiller, university seat, and vibrant trade-fair venue epitomises the new Germany. Visit Europe's oldest coffee-shop, or stroll through the arcades and courtyards of the city's Altstadt.Later this afternoon, we'll continue to the pretty town of Colditz, overlooked by the iconic Renaissance castle turned WW2 POW camp. An included guided tour will bring to life tales of Allied ingenuity and escape, before you continue on to Dresden for a further two nights.
Discover Dresden on this morning's guided tour. In the south bank's Altstadt, the stupendous Frauenkirche lay in ruins for almost 50 years after WW2, and the Residenzschloss (former seat of Saxon kings) still houses a priceless jewel collection. On the northern bank, leafy Neustadt and neighbouring Aussere Neustadt brim with life, and are also home to several fascinating museums.
Say "auf Wiedersehen" to Dresden and Saxony, and transfer back to Berlin to board your flight home.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel in Berlin is approximately 45 minutes. The transfer time from your hotel in Dresden to the airport is approximately two hours.
Access at sites visited
Please note that there is an incline up to Colditz Castle, and that the tour of Dresden will be mostly on foot.
Day Three Excursions
The extensive programme on Day Three of your holiday will involve an early start and a late finish.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)