DAY 1 | June 6. In Transit
DAY 2 | June 7. Berlin
Upon arrival, transfer to the Hilton Berlin. Tonight, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
DAY 3 | June 8. Berlin
Excursion: Berlin. See the highlights of city, including the Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Federal Chancellery, Unter den Linden and more. Drive on Kurfürstendamm, the leafy boulevard lined with exclusive shops, restaurants and cafés. Then cruise along the Spree River as a canal boat takes you through the heart of the city to Tiergarten Park.
DAY 4 | June 9. Berlin
Independent Exploration: The day is at leisure in Berlin.
DAY 5 | June 10. Leipzig
Depart for Leipzig. Check in to the Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof.
Excursion: Leipzig and Luther. Take a walking tour through historic Leipzig. The city hosted the famous debates between Luther and Johann Eck, a Catholic theologian, in the summer of 1519. It was here Luther revealed his beliefs, including that the pope had no authority over man. This set in motion Luther’s excommunication. Visit St. Thomas Church, where Luther preached in 1539. Enjoy a performance by the St. Thomas Boys Choir, which was founded 800 years ago. A statue of J.S. Bach, the church’s most famous choir director, stand outside the church.
DAY 6 | June 11. Wittenberg
Excursion: Luther’s Wittenberg. Visit the Schlosskirche, where Luther unveiled his 95 Theses. See the University of Wittenberg, where he taught. Visit Luther’s home, now a museum devoted to his life.
DAY 7 | June 12. Eisenach/Erfurt
Excursion: Luther in Eisenach and Erfurt. Luther attended school in Eisenach. The city again became his home as an adult when he was whisked away by friends for his safety. While at Wartburg Castle, Luther translated the New Testament into German. Visit the castle and the Bach Museum. Visit Erfurt, where Luther decided to become a monk. Visit St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Luther was ordained, as well as the city’s Town Hall and other highlights.
DAY 8 | June 13. Meissen/Dresden
Depart for Dresden and The Westin Bellevue, Dresden.
Excursion: Meissen Porcelain. Visit the town of Meissen, which became an important porcelain producer in the 18th century. Tour the factory and museum. Learn about the porcelainmaking process, which has remained unchanged for centuries.
DAY 9 | June 14. Dresden
Excursion: Dresden. Almost totally destroyed by Allied bombing in World War II, the city has been restored to its former splendor. See the Zwinger, Taschenbergpalace, castle, cathedral and much more. Visit the Old Master’s Gallery, which has one of Europe’s best art collections.
DAY 10 | June 15. Elbe River/Prague
Excursion: Elbe River Cruise. Cruise through some of the most scenic areas along the Elbe River. Enjoy lunch onboard. Continue to Prague and the InterContinental Prague.
DAY 11 | June 16. Prague
Excursion: Prague. See the Castle Square; the Chapel of the Holy Cross; and the Prague Castle Gallery, home to works of art by Titian, Rubens and other renowned artists. Visit the Royal Palace and St. Vitus Cathedral. Walk along the Golden Lane, then continue to Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. Attend a Farewell Reception and Dinner.
DAY 12 | June 17. In Transit
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.