Eastern Germany and Poland have undergone a major revival since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and their rich histories, from medieval kingdoms to modern cultural centres, are now more accessible than ever before. This 18-day tour explores the history and culture of this region in depth, from Renaissance Krakow, to the exceptional musical and artistic heritage of Dresden and Leipzig, and the rebirth of Berlin and Warsaw as modern capitals. Stays in each of these cities allow you to experience their thriving cultures, visit excellent collections of antiquities and Old Masters, enjoy musical performances, and explore their turbulent histories.
The world of the Saxon kings, warriors, lawmakers and art patrons
The beautifully preserved palaces of Poland and Germany, including baroque Nieborow and neo-classical Sanssouci and Łazienki palaces
From medieval cityscapes to stunning contemporary architecture and some of Europe’s best collections of Old Masters
Romanticism and its discontents: Chopin, Caspar David Friedrich, and extraordinary imperial art collections
The turbulent and sometimes tragic history of central-northern Europe, and its resurgence after the Berlin Wall
The palaces and parks of Warsaw’s Royal Route, and the extravagance of Nieborow and Łazienki palaces
Krakow, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities with a World Heritage-listed Renaissance town centre
Dresden’s masterpieces of art, old and new: from Raphael to Titian, Rodin to Caspar David Friedrich
The extraordinary antiquities, jewellery, sculptures and porcelain of the Green Vault
Musical Leipzig, from Handel to Bach
Outstanding collections of Greek, Egyptian and Persian antiquities on Berlin’s Museum Island
Days 1–4: Arrive Warsaw, tour the Royal Route, historic Jewish quarter, sumptuous Nieborow and Łazienski palaces and Chopin’s birthplace.
Days 5–7: In Krakow, explore the medieval city and its Jewish Quarter, including Wawel Palace, where Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine is preserved.
Days 8–10: Travel to Dresden, stopping to visit Wrocław. Tour the 18th-century New Town, visit the Albertinum, Zwinger and Pillnitz palaces.
Days 11–12: Explore Leipzig, including the Bach church, house and museum.
Days 13–18: Discover historic Berlin and enjoy its world-class galleries and museums. Day trip to Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace.
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Emirates has flights into Warsaw, with connections in Germany from Berlin. Contact us for quotes and bookings.
A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming months. Bookings are open for this tour, however if you would like to receive the detailed itinerary booklet once available, please register your interest below and we will send you a copy.
Holds a degree in art history, specialising in the architecture of Berlin, the art of 18th-century Germany and the Bauhaus. He has led many tours in Germany.
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.
Hotels will be selected principally for their central location. All hotels used are a comfortable four-star standard.
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
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
You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.
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.
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.
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.
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.