Germany : Berlin to Bavaria - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2023)

Capture the essence of eastern Germany and Bavaria, from thatched-roof villages to bustling cities where the Nazi and Communist eras still echo, and embrace the best of today’s art, culture and cuisine, on a refined and revealing adventure.

Journey Overview

Capture the essence of eastern Germany and Bavaria, from thatched-roof villages to bustling cities where the Nazi and Communist eras still echo, and embrace the best of today’s art, culture and cuisine, on a refined and revealing adventure.

Journey Highlights

  • Meet with a local artist in Berlin who lived in the shadow of the Berlin Wall and learn the significance of the mural display at the East Side Gallery
  • Discover the production secrets of Europe’s oldest porcelain maker on a guided visit that includes a private recital on their historic porcelain organ
  • Explore privately owned Proschwitz Castle and taste wines in the castle’s vineyards on an A&K-exclusive experience
  • Step into Boros Bunker, a former World War II air-raid shelter, for a privately guided look at its impressive contemporary art collection
  • Savour the authentic taste of Munich’s beer culture on a foodie tour, a brewery visit and dinner in a lively beer hall
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Berlin, Germany

Arrive in Berlin, the capital of Germany, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, gather for cocktails followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel de Rome | Meals: D

Day 2: Berlin | History & Art of a Vibrant City

Discover historic Berlin, starting with a visit to the Reichstag Building, viewing panoramas of the city from its large glass dome. Stroll through Potsdamer Platz and stop at Checkpoint Charlie, a former border crossing between East and West Berlin. After lunch, step into the Boros Bunker for a privately guided viewing of the contemporary art collection housed in this former World War II air-raid shelter. Finish with a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the city, before dinner.

Hotel de Rome | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Berlin | Stories of the Berlin Wall

Today, meet a local artist to learn about the history of the Berlin Wall at the iconic East Side Gallery, a series of murals painted on the longest section of wall still standing. Continue to a privately guided tour of the Stasi Museum to discover how East Germany’s secret police exerted control over every aspect of society. Round out your experience with a complimentary pass to a range of other museums.

Hotel de Rome | Meals: B

Day 4: Meissen | Exclusive Castle Visit & Wine Tasting

Delve into the world of exquisite Meissen porcelain on a guided visit to the manufacturer’s workshop that includes lunch and a private organ recital on their famous porcelain organ. Afterward, drive to Proschwitz Castle for a guided walk of this medieval manor, exclusively opened for A&K guests, and savour a wine tasting in the castle’s vineyards. Continue to Dresden, where you check in to your hotel before dinner.

Gewandhaus Dresden | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Dresden | Splendours of a City Reborn

Uncover the splendour of Dresden on a guided walk, starting with the Zwinger Complex, a historic Baroque-style palace built in 1728 for the Dresden Court. Visit the Dresden Frauenkirche, and then explore the New Green Vault, a museum in the Dresden Castle containing Europe’s largest treasure collection. Eat lunch at the renowned Pfunds Dairy followed by time at leisure to explore the city your way.

Gewandhaus Dresden | Meals: BL

Day 6: Leipzig | Musical Giant of Baroque

Depart for Munich, stopping en route in Leipzig for a guided walk revealing St. Thomas’s Church, where the legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach worked as music director for 27 years. Enjoy some time to explore on your own, and then Ride Like a Local by high-speed train to Munich. Arrive at your luxury hotel with time to relax before dinner.

The Charles Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 7: Munich | The Best of Bavarian Cuisine

This morning, set out on a walking excursion to see why the city is a global centre of art, culture and architecture. Stroll through Marienplatz in the heart of Munich’s Old Town and watch the famous Rathhaus-Glockenspiel as it displays its stories of 16th-century Bavarian culture. Marvel at the Frauenkirche cathedral’s twin onion-style domes, and then, at lunchtime, set out for an extensive foodie tour to indulge in the best tastes of the region, such as schmalznudel (a Bavarian-style doughnut), sausages, local cheeses and beers. Later, on a Chef’s Table experience, delight in a brewery visit and eat dinner in a traditional beer hall.

The Charles Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 8: Munich | Alpine Adventure with a Fairy-Tale Castle

Discover the fairy-tale landscape of southern Bavaria, exploring “Mad” King Ludwig’s iconic Neuschwanstein Castle. Continue to the Alpine village of Oberammergau, walking its charming streets to see the detailed, storytelling murals on its buildings. Return to Munich for an evening at your leisure.

The Charles Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 9: Munich | Design your Day

Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

Discover the Dachau Memorial on a guided visit, and explore history at the Documentation Centre.

Experience Munich by Bike, cycling with a local guide who expertly reveals the fascinating sights and cultures of the bustling Bavarian capital.

Explore the Deutsches Museum with a Guide, taking in its extensive collections devoted to science and technology.

Tonight, savour an elegant farewell dinner and toast your journey through Germany.

The Charles Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 10: Depart Munich

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your departing flight.

Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 9.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Luxury Small Group Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 9, 2023 - May 18, 2023
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May 16, 2023 - May 25, 2023
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May 30, 2023 - Jun 8, 2023
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Jun 6, 2023 - Jun 15, 2023
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Jun 13, 2023 - Jun 22, 2023
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Jul 11, 2023 - Jul 20, 2023
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Aug 15, 2023 - Aug 24, 2023
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Sep 5, 2023 - Sep 14, 2023
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Oct 24, 2023 - Nov 2, 2023
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