Berlin: A City on the Move
Berlin has long recovered from World War II and is now Europe’s
hottest destination with all the buzz. Berlin has more of everything:
glamorous hotels, dazzling modern architecture, state of the art new train
station, young and hip population setting the pace, food that is both
traditional German and innovative, and the best beer in the world.
cultural world revolves around opera and concerts, its historical museums like
Pergamon and Schloss Charlottenburg, an exquisite baroque palace, should be on
everyone’s must see list (pencil them in on your Optional Day).
Arrive in Berlin. Transfer
to our hotel, with a great location in Potsdamer Platz, a five-minute walk to
the Brandenburg Gate. Our hotel is in the center of a lively area with
shopping, restaurants, an IMAX theatre and a train stop that whisks you to any
part of the city in minutes.
experience is that the day people arrive should have minor activities.
According to your energy, we will suggest an activity, most likely a walk
around the area.
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Urban
Insider Tour…Your introduction to Berlin covering the history of the Berlin wall
and the events connected with the Cold War. Insight into the lifestyle of
Berliners and the “new Berlin.”
Dinner on the Move,
a great opportunity
to try several restaurants all in one night. We sample five different
restaurants, each one a different cuisine with appropriate wine or beer.
Forty to sixty minutes stops, allowing you enough time to enjoy not only the
food but the ambiance of the place. Short walks between each restaurant.
Morning: City sightseeing
tour. On this bus tour, we get a traditional tour around all of Berlin. Not as
personal as the Insider Tour, but an overview of all of Berlin.
Afternoon: KaDeWe, the second largest department store in Europe (Harrod’s is
first), is a marvel. Wonderful shopping and eating. Their 6th
floor food complex rivals Harrod’s Food Hall and Fauchon in Paris. A nice
place for a counter lunch. A small Galeries Lafayette is within walking
distance of our hotel, in a complex with all the name designer boutiques. KaDeWe
is more affordable.
Potsdam: Day tour to visit Sansouci, Frederick the Great’s castle. An
intimate, even cozy castle. Only 1600 people have access to the castle each day
and the bus tour offers guaranteed access. Frederick the Great is a fascinating
character: stern general, music lover and philosopher. Voltaire was a guest at
Sansouci and lived there three years. Potsdam is a lovely town with its small
castles and winding river.
Urban Living Day:
Here’s your chance to go behind the facades of buildings that pique your
interest. The habitats we visit range from the grandiose housing of Karl Marx
inspiration built by Stalin, a GDR (German Democratic Republic) flat and a
luxurious loft that could make the cover of your favorite décor magazine.
Detail of The Pergamon Alter, Pergamon
Your Optional Day…Excursion
to Dresden (not included in tour price). Dresden is just an hour and a
half on the train, making it an easy day trip.
museums, shopping, just enjoying Berlin
Morning: Art Deco and
Art Nouveau design and insight into Berlin’s divas including Marlene Dietrich
and Romy Schneider. Stop at a historical coffee house and Potsdamer Platz
Suites… These rooms in the Sony Plaza complex have a fascinating history.
Originally part of the legendary Esplanade Hotel, home to Garbo, Chaplin,
Dietrich. Kaiser Wilhelm dined here. After 90% of the hotel was
destroyed by fire in 1945, the historical section of the hotel had to fight for
survival and was finally moved to be part of the Sony complex that opened in
2002 A rare treat.
Afternoon free for last-minute whatever.
Depart for home.
Note: Itinerary subject to changes and adjustments.
$3,400 (USD) includes seven nights hotel (single
occupancy), five dinners, all tours in itinerary except optional day in Dresden. The price does not include
airfare, airport transfers, breakfasts (hotel cost is 18 euros per day), coffee
stops, wine and alcoholic beverages, personal expenses. Transportation is
by shared cost taxi. There is also an excellent train system that we can take.
Our rooms all have kitchenettes. SWT Tours
will supply coffee and tea for breakfast. We can buy other things such as
eggs, breakfast pastries, and milk. If you like cereal, I always recommend
bringing a small zip lock bag with your favorite.