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Day 1
London to Berlin

Depart St Pancras International to Brussels by Eurostar in Standard Premier Class, enjoying a light meal and drinks served on board. On arrival in Brussels, you will be changing trains for a journey through Cologne (Standard Class) along Germany’s high-speed line to Berlin (First Class). Dinner is included in the hotel this evening.

Day 2
Berlin

Morning city tour by coach around the once-divided German capital, admiring impressive Imperial buildings and introducing the sights of the former East Berlin. Afternoon will be free for you to explore Berlin at your leisure. Within easy-reach of our hotel are the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and Unter den Linden avenue, which leads past the State Opera House to the soaring TV tower and World Clock. Alternatively, you can stroll past the shops, bars and restaurants of Kurfürstendamm in the west of the city or pay a visit to the Checkpoint Charlie Museum to recall the poignant history of the Berlin Wall.

Day 3
The Palaces of Potsdam

A morning coach tour past the Wannsee Lakes will bring you to Potsdam, a former imperial city with some magnificent examples of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture. During the day you will be visiting Frederick the Great’s inspirational Sanssouci Park, which features acres of wonderful gardens and palaces. You will also enjoy a visit to the park’s grandiose New Palace before returning to Berlin.

Day 4
Berlin to Dresden

You will depart Berlin for the relatively short journey by rail to Dresden, known as the ’Florence of the Elbe’, and one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. On arrival, a guided walking tour introduces the city’s famous sights including the Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the rebuilt Church of Our Lady. Dinner is included in the hotel this evening.

Day 5
Dresden and Moritzburg Palace

After breakfast, you will enjoy a vintage steam train ride through the Saxony countryside to visit the exquisite Palace of Moritzburg, a former hunting castle of the Saxon royal family. Originally built in 1542, the castle was remodelled in the 1720s by a Saxon monarch named Augustus the Strong and sits in vast parkland containing several ponds which create a lake around the palace.

Day 6
Excursion to Colditz Castle

After breakfast, full day excursion to Colditz, where you will be taking a guided tour. Perched above the sleepy town is the castle and site of the infamous ’bad boys’ camp, known for its role as a maximum security prisoner of war camp during the Second World War. A constant battle of wits between the Allied officers imprisoned there and the German guards resulted in more than 300 daring escape attempts. You will visit the castle’s museum, which includes a variety of escape devices. Visitors can also descend to the tunnel built by French prisoners. Dinner is included in the hotel this evening.

Day 7
Dresden to Prague

Morning train journey through a picturesque region of rocky gorges known as Saxon Switzerland. After travelling through the Bohemian countryside you will reach Prague, the ’City of 100 Spires’, where you will be spending three nights. Dinner is included in the hotel this evening.

Day 8
Prague sightseeing

Morning guided sightseeing tour, beginning in the castle district above the city and visiting St Vitas’ Cathedral. You will then stroll down to Charles Bridge to marvel at Prague’s wonderfully preserved Old Town, where your guide will introduce the atmospheric Old Town Square, with its Astronomical Clock and Tyn Church. Dinner is included in the hotel this evening.

Day 9
A day at leisure

You are free to spend today exploring Prague at your leisure. Perhaps stroll along Charles Bridge to revisit the Old Town or discover Josefov, the Jewish District, or Wenceslas Square.

Day 10
Prague to Nuremberg

Train journey back into Germany heading for the city of Nuremberg in northern Bavaria. You will spend here your final night at the Maritim Hotel, situated a short walk from the Old Town. Dinner is included in the hotel this evening.

Day 11
To Brussels and London

Return journey to Brussels, where you will be joining the connecting Eurostar to St Pancras International. A light meal and drinks will be provided before your arrival.

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