Any listing of Europe's great cities must include these three, where a banquet of travel thrills awaits you.
Beginning in Berlin and ending in Vienna — with Prague, Dresden, and the Danube in between — our dozen-day adventure explores the very heart of Europe.
From the music of Strauss to the dynasty of the Habsburgs and the idealism of the Velvet Revolution, these remarkable cities have sparked the dangers, hopes, and beauty of Europe — yesterday and today. We'll begin our day with a walking tour through the historic heart of Berlin.
Join us for the Best of Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days! At the Brandenburg Gate, we'll hear how locals felt on the day in 1989 when the Berlin Wall suddenly became irrelevant.
We'll continue our walk with a look at a Cold War metro "ghost station" and the Berlin Wall Memorial before setting you free for the afternoon. Today we'll board our bus and head south to delightfully Baroque Dresden. We'll continue south to the Czech Republic today, stopping in the fortified town of Terezín, which was converted into a concentration camp in 1941. Let's begin with a walking tour of Vienna's historic core, starting with St. We'll continue by tram to the elegant Belvedere Palace for a tour, including a roomful of Gustav Klimt's wildly gilded — he called them "erotic" — paintings. This morning we'll stroll through Vienna's most sophisticated sights: the elegant Opera House (when available), royal Hofburg Imperial Apartments, and jewel-filled Hofburg Treasury.
Tonight we'll be Berliners, gathering at a nearby park for fun and a cultural Q&A with a local. We'll start our visit with a walking tour of the reborn-from-the-ashes city, including the city's greatest symbol of pride: the inspiring Frauenkirche, destroyed during World War II and rebuilt since the 1990s with donations from around the world. Today it's the Terezín Memorial, and we'll go inside to learn its story. We'll find out by sampling one during lunch together at the Strahov Monastery brewery, followed by free time for more sightseeing on your own. Today we'll hop on our bus and head for the centuries-old town of Český Krumlov. After an early morning drive to the Danube Valley, we'll tour the artistic treasures and Baroque wonders of Melk Abbey and cruise Austria's prettiest stretch of the Danube: the Wachau Valley. (Ponder and decide for yourself.) Your afternoon is free to explore a world-class museum or two, or slow down to enjoy sipping a coffee in the city where Europe's café scene was born. The rest of your day is free to explore more of Vienna's highlights, and maybe stop to savor every chocoholic's dream: Viennese Sacher torte.
The beautiful music in such a setting made for a special moment." This tour is a bit more demanding than others we've been on, both physically (5 cities in 12 days) and emotionally (Nazi history), but we are happy to have experienced it with the extraordinary Caroline, Sandra, and all the local guides. "Discovering the beautiful interior courtyards of Berlin's gritty graffiti-covered buildings." Caroline, Sandra and all of our tour members helped to make this a fabulous trip!
What a great group of people and fascinating and interesting sights.
I loved the tour but wish we had additional time in Prague and Vienna, particularly Vienna.
Dresdan was enjoyable but I could have done without it if it meant an additional day in one of the other cities. The balance of organized to free time is better than it used to be, more free time now than before.
After a full day of sightseeing, you'll be set free to take in the city's vibrant culinary scene, or simply relax at a neighborhood beer garden. We'll start with a once-destroyed Jewish neighborhood now renewed with a flourish, visiting the workshop of heroic Otto Weidt.