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Berlin Founder’s Tour with Greg Tepper

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The largest and most modern of the Central European capitals, Berlin has reinvented itself since reunification into Europe’s powerhouse city. With over 80 museums from contemporary art to WWII history, and the outstanding Berlin Philharmonic, now joined by the Frank Gehry designed Pierre Boulez Saal concert hall, high culture predominates. From ancient Egyptian art to Street Art, or cold-war history, Berlin has something of interest for all. 

Berlin has a vibrant restaurant scene and is also truly a 24 hour city. A sprawling capital, with many districts, the city has a decidedly bohemian feel outside the very central heart of Mitte.

Stay at the five-star  Regent Berlin.  Located on our favorite square – Gendarmenmarkt, you could not ask for a better location.  Rooms are very traditional and spacious and the service here is top-notch.  

Wednesday October 16 to Tuesday October 22 2019

 
Highlights of the trip include:

  • Private Pre-Opening Tour of the Pergamon Museum
  • Private tour of the Hoffmann Collection
  • View of the Art collection at the American Embassy
  • Private visit of the Holocaust memorial documentation center
  • Private After-Hours Tour of the Neues Museum

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ITINERARY

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$5,550 per person, based on two guests traveling together. Single Supplement is $575.

Day 1
Arrival | Arrival

Arrival into Berlin, where you will be welcomed by our guide and met by your driver for your transfer to your hotel in the center of the city, Mitte.

The largest and most modern of the Central European capitals, Berlin has reinvented itself since reunification into Europe’s powerhouse city. Each area has its own unique character, from the historical heart in Mitte to the hipster center of Kreuzberg. With over 80 museums from contemporary art to WWII history, and the outstanding Berlin Philharmonic—now joined by the Frank Gehry designed Pierre Boulez Saal concert hall— high culture predominates.

In the evening, you will enjoy a Welcome Dinner at Käfer in the Reichstag and tour the Dome.

The Reichstag was built in the late 19th Century to house the German Parliament. The building was badly damaged by fire, and renovations did not start until well after the end of the Second World War – in 1957. As part of the rebuilding, the dome and most of the ornaments on the facades were removed. The latest rebuilding project began in 1995 transformed the Reichstag into a modern parliamentary meeting hall with an elliptical dome.

Exeter Services: Arrival Transfer; Evening Transfer; Guide (Welcome & Evening Event)

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Hotel: Regent

Day 2
Berlin | Berlin

This morning, we will depart the hotel for a private pre-opening visit to the Pergamon Museum, a short walk from our hotel. The museum has a fabulous collection of ancient art, sculpture and even architecture. The museum is also home to the impressive Ishtar Gate from the ancient city of Babylon, dating back to the 5th century BC. We will also see the monumental Gate of Miletus, an outstanding example of Roman architecture from the 2nd century AD. Please note that the Pergamon Altar Hall is closed for reconstruction until 2025.

Afterwards, continue with a walk with our guide along Unter den Linden. Berlin's magnificent boulevard and the centerpiece of the Old Berlin, Unter den Linden leads from the Schlossbrücke Bridge to Pariser Platz at the Brandenburg Gate.

You will see the renewed beauty of the Pariser Platz. The new buildings which have been added to this historic square are based on their historic forbearers. This area was originally a parade ground. Noble villas, embassies and the luxurious Hotel Adlon arose around the square, which was then destroyed in the Second World War. You will also see the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s only remaining city gate and a symbol of the city. Situated as it was in the no man’s land just behind the Berlin Wall, it also became symbolic of the division of the city.

After some time for lunch, will be welcomed by the American Embassy, located on Pariser Platz at the top of Unter den Linden, to view the significant art collection that includes works by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure.

Optional: We can arrange tickets for a concert at the Pierre Boulez Saal this evening. Inquire for details.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (8 Hours)

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Hotel: Regent

Day 3
Berlin | Berlin

This morning, meet our guide and driver for your visit to the Neue Synagogue. The synagogue was first inaugurated in 1866 and features the oriental-influenced architecture that was popular at the time. The synagogue was heavily damaged by Allied bombing in World War II and was essentially demolished in 1958, except for the front façade and entrance. In 1995 it was reopened as a museum showing the history of the synagogue and of Jewish life in Berlin. Today it serves at the Jewish Center and the museum is also renewing its permanent exhibition. We will be met by Dr. Chana Schütz, curator and alumni of the Hebrew University.

Later, our guide will take you on a walking tour of the immediate area, one of the most vibrant in Berlin, and full of Jewish history. We will see the site of the first Jewish cemetery where Moses Mendelssohn was buried and the Jewish high school named after him. We will also visit the Museum of Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind. Known as the “Schindler of Berlin,” this museum will introduce you to the efforts of Otto Weidt to protect his Jewish employees from persecution and deportation. He employed mainly blind and deaf Jews who produced brooms and brushes. Enjoy some free time in the area to shop and have lunch on your own.

In the afternoon, you will enter one of the most famous apartments in Berlin – that of Erika Hoffmann. Once per week she opens their apartment for viewings of part of their personal art collection and today you will have the opportunity to visit this unique space privately. The pieces displayed in the apartment change annually, and whatever you see will be thought provoking. The exhibition occupies two floors of a renovated factory building that Erika bough with her husband Rolf so they could expand and live with their collection, which was their passion. After Rolf’s death, Erika continued collecting and has now decided to gift the entire collection to the city of Dresden, where it will slowly move over the next five years.

After the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (8 Hours)

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Regent

Day 4
Berlin | Berlin

This morning, meet our driver and guide who will transfer you to East Berlin. You will first drive by Checkpoint Charlie. After the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the checkpoint remained an official crossing point until the reunification in October 1990 when the booth was removed, and the watchtower was later destroyed. The course of the former wall is now marked on the street with a line of bricks and a copy of the booth and sign that once marked the border crossing was later erected where Checkpoint Charlie once stood.

Next, you may stop by the “East-Side Gallery.” This is the longest cohesive section of the Berlin Wall. This stretch of the Berlin Wall has been painted by various artists after the fall and it stretches for a mile or so. We recommend that you walk a bit and explore some of the different subjects portrayed.

Continue the tour with a visit to the Topography of Terror. This indoor/outdoor museum on the site of the former headquarters of the Gestapo and SS is an essential visit. After the war, the original buildings were destroyed and razed to the ground. Later, the Berlin Wall border between East and West was exactly at this location and 200 meters of the Wall at Niederkirchnerstraße—which marked the border between the districts of Mitte (East Berlin) and Kreuzberg (West Berlin)—have been preserved. Along the wall is the outdoor portion of the museum that documents the rise of the Nazi Party and its rule in German politics. The indoor documentation center was opened in 2010 and houses the permanent exhibition: Topography of Terror: Gestapo, SS and Reich Security Main Office on Wilhelm- and Prinz-Albrecht-Straße and temporary exhibitions.

Afterwards, our driver will transfer you to KaDeWe where you can enjoy lunch independently in the food hall. The rest of your afternoon will be at leisure.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (4 Hours)

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Regent

Day 5
Potsdam | Potsdam

This morning, depart Berlin with our driver and guide and make your way to Potsdam. Today we will have a private tour at Neues Palais, located on the grounds of Sans Souci. This is plain on the outside but has a fantastic collection of art inside, including Italian Renaissance masters and Flemish and Dutch Baroque.

After the visit, our driver will transfer you to the Dutch Quarter in Potsdam for lunch and some time to explore independently.

Later this afternoon you will visit Cecilienhof Palace, the historical venue of the Potsdam Agreement. Built in the style of an English country manor, this was the family home of the Hohenzollern dynasty after they lost the crown. Today we will see the rooms used by Churchill, Truman and Stalin as they discussed the partition of Germany. This historic event led to the division of Europe by the Iron Curtain and consequently, the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Afterwards, return to the hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (8 Hours)

Meals: Breakfast

Hotel: Regent

Day 6
Berlin | Berlin

Enjoy your morning at leisure.

In the afternoon, meet our driver and guide for your visit of Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial, which opened in May 2005, the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. The location is directly behind the Hotel Adlon. The memorial commemorates the Jewish victims of Nazi terror and consists of approximately 2,700 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on unevenly sloping ground, symbolizing an undulating graveyard. You are able to enter and walk through the field of slabs from all four sides and you will experience the wavelike form differently from each position. This moving and solemn memorial contains the names of 4.4 million murdered Jews. Don’t skip the information center located underground. The Memorial Documentation Center will be closed, so you will be able to enjoy a private visit.

In the evening, our driver and guide will transfer you to the Neues Museum, where we will enjoy a private after- hours tour of the David Chipperfield-designed Neues Museum. Here you will find the famous bust of Nefertiti in her stunning new environment. This museum also houses a large collection of Egyptian art and artifacts, as well as, pre- and early-history collections.

Afterwards, we have arranged a farewell dinner at the Brasserie Gendarmenmarkt.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (4 Hours)

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Regent

Day 7
Departure | Departure

This morning after check-out, your driver will meet you in the lobby of the hotel for your transfer to the airport to catch your onward flight.

Exeter Services: Departure Transfer

Meals: Breakfast

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