Overview

In 1989 something unique happened in world history. In Berlin, Germany the wall came down. The once divided country was reunited again.
What exactly had happened?
How was life in East Germany compared to life in West Germany?
What happened on both sides of the wall before it come down?
How is life in the reunited Germany today?
How do both parts of Germans handle their heritage?
Find the answer to these questions is our unique tour of Germany.
It is not one of the usual tourist tours. It enables you to take a look behind the scene, it makes you learn, helps you to understand the country you’re interested in – the once divided and now reunited Germany.

Day 1 Frankfurt

Your flight from the US arrives in Frankfurt today. We will transfer you to your centrally located hotel in Frankfurt. Time to rest or explore the city on your own.
In the evening tour briefing and dinner at your hotel, the ****MARITIM  Frankfurt.

Day 2 Frankfurt – Coblence – Cologne – Bad Sassendorf

After a short drive through the famous wine growing area “Riesling” we arrive in the little wine town of Ruedesheim where we board a steamer to take us on a cruise down the River Rhine.
Enjoy miles and miles of steep vineyards and medieval castles along the river.
In St. Goarshausen we get back on the coach again for a scenic drive past  Coblence to Cologne, home of the famous 12th century gothic cathedral.
Enjoy some free time in this bustling city before we move on to the charming little town Bad Sassendorf, where we stay overnight at a historic hotel, built into a setting of 200 years old barns and farm buildings. Dinner and overnight at the ****MARITIM Schnitterhof Hotel.

Day 3 Bad Sassendorf – Marienborn – Magdeburg

Today we will be leaving “former West Germany” and entering “former East Germany”. Near Hanover we will be driving on the historic “Transit Highway” and stop at the former Border Checkpoint in Marienborn, which is a national memorial today.
Our tour director, who remembers very well how crossing this border was like before reunification, will walk with you through the historic barracks and along the original watchtowers and describe to you the rude way travellers were treated in by the east German and Russian soldiers.
Afterwards spend some time individually in the memorial to experience the atmosphere of this unique place. Onwards to Magdeburg. Orientation tour in the historic center and overnight stay at the ****MARITIM Magdeburg Hotel.

Day 4 Magdeburg – Zicherie – Tangermuende

Via Wolfsburg, where we will be passing the famous Volkswagen plant we will follow the former border east/west germany and visit one of the most unique places in the whole country – the village of Zicherie, which was divided by the east/west border.
In the afternoon we will visit the nearby agricultural museum, an indoor and outdoor museum dedicated to farming during the times of East Germany.
Onwards to the little town Tangermuende by the river Elbe. Here you will feel like being set back right into the middle ages. The fortification, cobblestoned streets, a monastery – everything beautifully restored. We will visit St. Stephans Cathedral and will have the unique chance to walk through the 12th century roof construction. Todays highlight is the castle of Tangermuende, towering above the river Elbe, built by the Prussian emperors in 1700 and today serving as a ****castle hotel. Here we have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 5 Tangermuende – Potsdam – Berlin

Spend some time of leisure walking the medieval streets of Tangermuende before we move on to Potsdam, home of the Prussian kings. The famous Potsdam treaty was signed here by Stalin, Attlee and Truman in 1945. We will go on an inside visit and walk in the beautiful castle gardens.
In late afternoon arrive in Berlin, old and new capital of Germany. Overnight at the ****MARITIM Hotel Berlin.

Day 6 Berlin

In the morning a history professor of Berlin University will give us an overview of Berlins history, especially the times of WWII, the allied occupation and the construction of the wall. Afterwards we take you on a city tour through Berlin incl. the famous rebuilt Reichstag, (the German parliament), Brandenburg Gate, the last part of the Berlin Wall and famous Checkpoint Charlie.
Balance of the day at leisure to rest or time for your own explorations.
Overnight at the ****MARITIM Hotel Berlin.

Day 7 Berlin – Leipzig – Dresden

A leisurely morning drive to LEIPZIG, former east Germanys most industrialized city and headquarter of the famous STASI secret police of East Germany. We will visit their headquarter and learn how in former East Germany Stasi agents spied upon their own countrymen. We will also see Nicolai Church where the East German liberation movement started before the wall came down.
Leipzig is also the home of St. Thomas Church, where the famous german composer Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked. We will visit his tomb in the church.
Onwards to Dresden, where we will admire the Semper Opera Building and make an inside visit to the famous Green Vault and see the treasures of the medieval Saxonian Kings.
As an optional activity we offer tickets for the Semper Opera.
Overnight at the ****MARITIM Dresden Hotel.

Day 8 Dresden – Pillnitz – Dresden

This morning we take you on a river tour on river Elbe on board a historic paddle wheel steamer.
Our destination is the castle and the gardens of Pillnitz, one of the most beautiful spots in Germany, situated directly by the river.
Take a walk through the park and gardens by the river, before we return by boat to the center of Dresden. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the ****MARITIM Dresden Hotel.

Day 9 Dresden – Weimar – Erfurt

Drive through the rolling hills of Saxonia to Weimar, the town of the famous german poets Schiller and Goethe. See their houses during a walk through the center.
In the afternoon short drive to Erfurt, visit the St. Augustine Monastery, where Martin Luther lived while he was a monk.
Overnight at the ****RADISSON Hotel.

Day 10 Erfurt – Wartburg – Point Alpha – Bad Homburg

On this last day of our east-west tour we offer you two highlights.
First a guided visit to the legendary 900-year-old Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther lived while he translated the bible into german language..
Then we drive across the former east-west german border again and come to Point Alpha, which was a top secret US installation for the surveillance of the former german border.
During the times of the “cold war” Point Alpha was “the hottest spot in the cold war”.
We will also visit demolished houses and farms and control towers of the GDR forces. A seminar with a historic witness will enable us to really understand the significance of this amazing place.
In the evening we will arrive in Bad Homburg, a spa and recreation area near Frankfurt.
Tonight’s destination for our Farewell Dinner – the famous restaurant “Wasserweibchen”. This building from out of the year 1866 was a historic mill. We have dinner at this unique place and rest assured that this will be a most memorable evening. Overnight at the **** Maritim Hotel Bad Homburg.

Day 11 Bad Homburg – Frankfurt

We will transfer you to Frankfurt airport for your homebound flights.

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