WWII, Poland, and East Germany: June 13 – 26, 2016 = $2327**

World War II, Poland, and East Germany

13 Day Tour from Warsaw to Munich

June 12 – 25, 2017*

July 24 – Aug. 6, 2017*

Aug. 21 – Sept. 3, 2017*

Other dates are available.

 

**$2669. MRTA Member Price if booked by Nov. 29, 2016, is $2327.*

Add a Rhine river cruise that begins in Switzerland, continues through France and Germany, and ends in Amsterdam, Holland.

 

*Based on double occupancy (two to a room). Seats are limited. Air fare is not included in price but is available for purchase.

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Vacation Overview

This World War II tour in Poland and East Germany is the perfect vacation for those who are interested in World War II. Your tour starts in Warsaw and ends in Munich. Along the way, you’ll visit cities, concentration camps, and places important during World War II—with overnights in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Dresden, Berlin, Weimar, Nuremberg, and Munich.

Throughout this tour, you’ll visit some of the concentration camps used during World War II. Visit the most famous, Auschwitz and Birkenau, where you’ll see chilling reminders of the Holocaust. You’ll visit the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar. Constructed in 1937, it was one of the largest concentration camps. You’ll also visit the site of the former Dachau concentration camp, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents.

In Krakow, you’ll visit the Oskar Schindler Factory, a museum devoted to the wartime experiences in Krakow and made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. You’ll visit the Memorium Nuremberg Trials and Courtroom 600 (if available), where you’ll learn about the background and repercussions of the trials at the original location where they were held. You’ll also visit the Documentation Center and Zeppelin Field, where thousands of people gathered for Nazi rallies.

These experiences are some of the special inclusions we offer to ensure your vacation is unique.

World War II brought devastation to the cities that were bombed, and you’ll visit some of those cities. In Dresden, enjoy a guided walking tour of this city that was badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945 and has since been restored. In Berlin, visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a symbol of reconciliation.

All of this and much more are included in this fabulous World War II tour in Poland and East Germany.

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Warsaw, Poland

Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Warsaw’s excellent restaurants.

Day 2Warsaw

Your Local Guide will tell you about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway city between East and West. See the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with its market square and 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN, the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, neoclassical Lazienki Palace, and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto. An optional excursion to the Royal Castle is available.

Day 3Warsaw-Krakow

Travel to Krakow, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. Your sightseeing with a Local Guide in ancient Krakow features the Market Square, the 14th-century Jagiellonian University, and ST. MARY’S CHURCH. Take pictures of the impressive Wawel Royal Castle.

Day 4Krakow

This morning, there is a chance to join an optional excursion to the Wieliczka salt mines. Then, enjoy Globus Local Favorite a special guided visit to the OSKAR SCHINDLER FACTORY, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. During your stroll through Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter, visit the REMUH Synagogue. How about tonight’s optional Polish dinner and folklore show?

Day 5Krakow-Auschwitz/Birkenau-Wroclaw

Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau, and see what is left of the CONCENTRATION CAMPS, chilling reminders of the Holocaust and the most notorious among the World War II concentration camps. Continue to Wroclaw, the historical capital of Silesia. This impressive city belonged over the ages to Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, Germany, and after 1945 to Poland. Hear about its turbulent history during your guided tour, and admire its highlights, such as the CATHEDRAL and the MARKET SQUARE with its fine patrician houses.

Day 6Wroclaw-Dresden, Germany

Cross the border and arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, once destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. Afterwards, Globus Local Favorite a great dinner with wine and local specialties awaits you in Dresden’s well-known Am Pulverturm restaurant.

Day 7Dresden-Torgau-Berlin

Hear about Joe Polowsky on your way to Torgau, then Globus Local Favorite see the monument commemorating the meeting of US and Soviet forces during World War II, and visit the COURTYARD at magnificent Hartenfels Castle. Continue to Berlin, capital of reunited Germany. Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie.

Day 8At leisure in Berlin

All day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city and to join an optional excursion to Potsdam.

Day 9Berlin–Weimar. Excursion to Buchenwald

In Weimar, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through this pretty town. See the houses where great poets like Goethe and Schiller lived and the theater where the Weimar Constitution was drafted. In the afternoon, a special visit has been included to Buchenwald at the site of the former Buchenwald CONCENTRATION CAMP. Return to Weimar.

Day 10Weimar-Nuremberg

Arrive in Nuremberg and Globus Local Favorite visit the MEMORIUM NUREMBERG TRIALS and COURTROOM 600 (if available), followed by visits to the impressive DOCUMENTATION CENTER and ZEPPELIN FIELD. In the afternoon, walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town, known for children’s toys and gingerbread. Admire the impressive medieval ramparts; St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction; and the Schöner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings. Tonight, a Globus Local Favorite special dinner to taste the traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste has been prepared for you at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant.

Day 11Nuremberg-Dachau-Munich

Visit the site of the former Dachau CONCENTRATION CAMP, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents. Then, continue to Munich, Bavaria’s capital. Explore MARIENPLATZ with the Old and New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche.

Day 12At Leisure in Munich

Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. (available only from mid-May to end-September and weather-permitting). This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared to say auf Wiedersehen to your travel companions and to share your feelings about this exciting and emotional encounter with World War II.

Day 13Munich

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Vacation Highlights

WARSAW
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of St. John

KRAKOW
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Mary’s Church; [LF] guided visit of the Oskar Schindler Factory; guided walking tour of Kazimierz, visit the Remuh Synagogue

AUSCHWITZ & BIRKENAU
Visit the sites of the former concentration camps

WROCLAW
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral and the market square

DRESDEN
Guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace Courtyard; [LF] dinner at a local restaurant

TORGAU
[LF] See the monument commemorating the meeting of the US and Soviet forces; visit the courtyard of Hartenfels Castle

BERLIN
Guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

WEIMAR
Orientation

BUCHENWALD
Visit the site of the former concentration camp

NUREMBERG
[LF] Visit the Memorium Nuremberg Trials and Court Room 600 (if available), Document Center, Zeppelin Field; walking tour of the Old Town; [LF] a special dinner at a local restaurant

DACHAU
Visit the site of the former concentration camp

MUNICH
Visit Marienplatz; farewell dinner

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveller
  • Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest is normally open from mid-May to end-September. Check with your Tour Director for the availability of this excursion
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Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Warsaw, special dinners in Dresden and Nuremberg, and a farewell dinner in Munich.

Hotels

Warsaw

Hilton

Deluxe

Admire contemporary design and city views at Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre. Stay within walking distance of downtown Warsaw’s office buildings, shops and lively dining and entertainment scene.

Krakow

Holiday Inn Krakow

Superior First-Class

Located in heart of Old Town – Walk to main square, 1 km to Wawel Castle, Kazmierz Jewish Quarter.

Wroclaw

Sofitel Wroclaw Old Town

Hotels will be as shown, or similar.
Deluxe

Step from Hotel Sofitel Wroclaw Old Town into the medieval heart of the buzzing city of Wroclaw in western Poland. Guests are sure to be enchanted by the unpretentious elegant interiors and the impressive glass atrium. The modern Polish architecture is set against the backdrop of the wonderful historic buildings surrounding the hotel.

Dresden

Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe

Deluxe

A grand 185 room property with Saxony architecture is situated directly opposite the famous Frauenkirche in the old baroque city centre of Dresden and offers Free Wi-Fi internet access. The Restaurant serves enticing international cuisine with al-fresco dining on the terrace during warmer months, for cocktails, aperitifs and light snacks there is a delightful lobby bar situated under the glass roof atrium. The hotel also boasts a wellness area with Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam bath and relaxation area (entrance fee payable locally).

Berlin

Crowne Plaza Postdamer Platz

Superior First-Class

A 256 room hotel occuping a former post office building with an Art Déco flair. Broad corridors with natural stone floors, high ceilings, wood paneling and an open fire in the lobby convey glamorous Berlin city life. Facilities include Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout, an elegant restaurant with a show kitchen and seasonal outside terrace, a hip cocktail Bar serving drinks and casual food and a spa with a fitness area, sauna and steam room.

InterContinental Berlin

Hotels will be as shown, or similar.
Deluxe

A modern upscale hotel, perfectly placed for exploring the city with a central location close to the Berlin Zoo. This 558 room property combines comfort with courteous service and has a a gourmet restaurant, an all day dining café a bar and English style cigar & rum lounge. For relaxation there is a SPA with fitness center, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool.

Weimar

Leonardo Hotel Weimar

Superior First-Class

Situated in a quiet area of Goethe’s native city with 294 rooms, a regionally inspired restaurant, bar and bistro. Other recreational facilities include an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness area, two bowling lanes and a billiard table.

Nuremberg

NH Nuernberg City

Superior First-Class

The NH Nuernberg City hotel was built in 2005 as the latest and most modern 4-Star Hotel in Nuremberg. With modern design and fresh ideas, the hotel’s 244 rooms are all spacious double rooms, bathed in warm colors and elegant wood floors.

Munich

Sheraton Munich Westpark

First-Class

Modern, sophisticated city hotel providing luxury accommodations; fine dining; multilingual staff; 2.5 km from railway station.

 

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

CITY: Warsaw

Chopin Concert The piano music of Poland’s national composer, Frederick Chopin, perfectly encapsulates the spirit of this once war-torn land. Enjoy an exclusive private concert of evergreen mazurkas, waltzes, and polonaises, performed by a leading pianist. A treat for all music lovers! A glass of sparkling wine is served during the intermission.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Royal Castle Together with your local guide, explore the beautiful Royal Castle. The history of this palace goes back to the 14th century when the Great Tower was erected. In the 16th and 17th century during the reign of Sigismund III Vasa, the Castle underwent large-scale expansion and was transformed into a 5-winged edifice with an inner country yard. In September 1939 the Castle was bombed by the Germans; however musicologists under the leadership of Prof. Stanislav Lorentz, managed to salvage some elements of the interiors and also some of the works of arts. In September 1944 the Castle was blown up by the Germany army and in 1984 the reconstructed interiors were opened to the general publics.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

CITY: Krakow

Polka Party with Dinner The Polka is a Central European dance originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia. Tonight, why not join your Tour Director and traveling companions for an authentic Polish evening? Savor a 4-course meal with coffee and wine included. Original home-style entertainment has been organized whilst dining. At the end of the show you will have the chance to join in the fun!

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person

World Famous Wieliczka Salt Mines Europe’s oldest salt mines and considered to be one of the world’s wonders. The Wieliczka salt mine is still operative, reaching a depth of 327 meters (1,073 ft) and is over 300 kilometers (190 mi) long. The rock salt is naturally grey in various shades, resembling unpolished granite rather than the white crystalline look that many visitors may expect. The mine’s attractions include dozens of impressive statues and an entire chapel that has been hand carved out of the rock salt by the miners. A visit to this thousand-year-old salt “theme park” will be a memorable experience!

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

CITY: Berlin

Berlin Dinner Savor a 3-course meal with drinks in a local restaurant. A choice of six main courses is available.

Approximate value: €57 EUR per person

Excursion to Potsdam Stroll through the stunning gardens of Sanssouci Palace. Visit Cecilienhof Palace, the last palace built by the Hohenzollern dynasty, erected in the early 19th century for Crown Prince Wilhelm and his wife Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the architecture emulates the English Tudor style. This historical building was used by the allied heads of state US President Truman, the Soviet leader Stalin and British Prime ministers Churchill & Attlee in the summer of 1945, for the famous Potsdam Conference, where the victorious Allies of World War II discussed peace treaties and post-war order. There is also a chance to see the Glienicker Brücke, the bridge that connects the state capital of Potsdam with the federal capital of Berlin. This was one of the most renowned monuments of the Cold War up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Until the political change in 1989, the bridge also known as “The Bridge of Spies” was the location of the famous spy-swaps of FBI and KGB secret agents between the US and the Soviet Union.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

CITY: Munich

Bavarian Evening Where is the beer capital of the world? Where can you find so many beer-halls, beer-gardens, beer-cellars and the legendary Oktoberfest? … Obviously it is MUNICH!!! Tonight join your Tour Director and dive into the heart of Munich’s food and beer culture. Try a Bavarian three course dinner with coffee and a stein of beer (or wine or soft drink) and be ready to say “Prost!”.

Approximate value: €58 EUR per person

Excursion to Linderhof Castle and Oberammergau Drive into the most scenic region of Bavaria to King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle, famous for its Italian-style terraced gardens, graced by a string of pools and cascades. Then, proceed to the Passion Play village of Oberammergau.

Approximate value: €46 EUR per person

Spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest Drive out of Munich into the Bavarian heartland. On the way to Berchtesgaden pass by the Chiemsee – the biggest lake in Bavaria. Stop on Obersalzberg, the compound area of Hitler’s second headquarters, to see a model of the area as it was before bombing in 1945. Then, special buses transport you up the private road to Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest.” Enter the original tunnel and elevator that goes up into the actual building. At the top, stop to view the magnificent panorama and to walk along the ridge to enjoy the view of the Austrian and Bavarian Alps. Before returning to Munich stop at beautiful lake Königsee to admire the majestic surroundings.

Approximate value: €75 EUR per person

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$617

Triple room reduction per person:
$46

Extra nights per person in Warsaw:
in single room $108-$158, in twin $54-$79, in triple $47-$64

Extra nights per person in Munich:
in single room $118-$248, in twin $66-$137, in triple $60-$107

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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