Oct 19 - 30, 2020
12 days
$4,950per person, twin share (land content only). $1,775 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Thomas Abbott
Oct 19 - 30, 2020

Tour Leader

Thomas Abbott$4,950per person, twin share (land content only). $1,775 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
  • Tour Info
  • Itinerary
  • Tour Leader
  • Hotels
  • Inclusions

Overview

Complex, conflicted and evolving: Berlin is a unique city with an infamous past and a vibrant present. Divided for more than a generation, the reunification of the city signalled a modern-day renaissance, creating one of Europe’s most interesting and diverse capital cities with a thriving contemporary cultural scene. This 12-day study tour provides a detailed examination of Berlin’s history, through museum and gallery visits, walking tours and background lectures. Accommodation is in centrally-located, self-contained apartments, providing an ideal base for independent exploration for those with a passion for modern history and the arts.

Highlights

  • The Third Reich’s lingering impact, in the architecture and memorials that colour the city’s landscape
  • The Cold War Capital, where history was part of daily life in the divided city
  • Contemporary Berlin, including the KW Institute for Modern Art, cutting-edge galleries and street art
  • The German Baroque at Charlottenburg and Sanssouci palaces, and their modern histories
  • Live like a local: the freedom and flexibility of a fully-equipped apartment
  • In-depth lectures, providing a crucial context for this fascinating city

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–4: Explore the 19th-century city and the Weimer Republic. Visits to the German Historical Museum, Museum Island, and the Reichstag. Experience a burlesque cabaret.

Days 5: Charlottenburg and Museum Bergguren.

Days 6–7: Examine the rise of the Third Reich and WWII Berlin, including a Third Reich walking tour, visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial, and thematic museums.

Day 8: Excursion to Potsdam and stunning Sanssouci Palace.

Days 9–12: Survey the impact of the Cold War, a city and people divided by the Wall, Berlin’s extraordinary revival post-reunification, and its contemporary cool.

Start & Finish

The tour begins and ends at our apartments in Berlin. Qatar offers direct flights into and out of Berlin from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Detailed Itinerary

A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming weeks. To receive a copy of the published itinerary once available, please register your interest below and we will be sure to email you a copy. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 9235 0023.


Thomas Abbott

Specialises in the music, art and architecture of Germany, studied in the USA and Paris, and has lived in Berlin since 1987.

Thomas has lived in Germany since 1988 and has led many cultural tours throughout Germany with leading UK and other organisations, specialising in the architecture of Berlin, the art of 18th-century Germany and the Bauhaus.

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Hotel

In order to avoid unnecessary transfers and allow for individual exploration, we select comfortable, centrally-located hotels wherever possible. Designed to provide in-depth intellectual stimulation for the independent traveller. Study Tours feature: daily background lectures; guided site visits; longer walking tours of historical cities and use of public transport for short journeys; time for individual exploration; and, self-contained accommodation where possible, allowing you to live like a local.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.

Deposits

A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

Tour Details

Fitness Requirement

Grade Three
i

A Grade 3 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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Speak to a consultant

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:
Jamal Fairbrother 02 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699
(outside Sydney)
jamal@academytravel.com.au

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