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Cosmos Discover Saxony (6000)

8 days from Berlin to Berlin 
On this Germany tour, discover the federal state of Saxony and some of its most famous cities. Spend five nights in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, your starting point for the discovery of Meissen, Erfurt, Weimar, and Leipzig.

In February 1945, Dresden was badly damaged by Allied bombing, with over two-thirds of the historical center destroyed. It has since been restored to its baroque splendor. A guided tour of the city includes the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), which was turned into a pile of rubble and finally re-opened in 2005, once again featuring one of Europe’s largest domes. Also visit Zwinger Palace, a baroque masterpiece that was once used for royal celebrations. Today, it is filled with museums, including an art museum featuring works by Rubens, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and more.

In Meissen, visit the famous Meissen Porcelain Workshop, where you’ll learn about the renowned Meissen pottery. Erfurt is known as the “City of Flowers” and was once home to Martin Luther. Leipzig was the hub of great composers, such as Bach and Wagner, and is still known for its music and culture scene, renaissance Old Town, baroque-period trading houses, and residences of rich merchants. Leipzig is also known for its modern car building industry, and you will enjoy the visit the iconic Porsche car factory. On this Germany tour you will also stop in Potsdam to visit Sanssouci Palace & Gardens, summer residence of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Built from 1745 to 1747 and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is often considered a rival to France’s Palace of Versailles.

With its rich history, fascinating architecture, impressive museums, and natural beauty, Saxony is a culturally enriching place to visit for value-minded travelers.

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Visits to Meissen, Erfurt, Weimar, Leipzig, Potsdam, Sanssouci Palace and gardens. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Cosmos Hotels

BERLIN City East Berlin (ST) or Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST)
DRESDEN NH Neustadt (F)

Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Arrive in Berlin, Germany.
 Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the German capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2Berlin–Dresden.
 On this morning’s included guided sightseeing, learn how the city is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once the city of contrasts with its West and East sides separated into two different worlds by a wall, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate; its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden; and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, modern architectural styles. Once again, Berlin is Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s most lively and interesting cities. Consider joining an optional tour to further explore this city before heading towards Dresden. (B,D)
Day 3Dresden. Excursion to Meissen.
 Situated near the Czech border, Dresden was long hailed as the “Jewel Box” because of its opulent rococo and baroque city center overflowing with grand architecture, impressive museums, orchestras of worldwide reputation, and notable art treasures. Capital of Saxony and the third-largest city in East Germany, it suffered heavy Allied bombing in February 1945, but has restored its baroque splendor over the decades. This morning’s guided tour of Dresden starts with a visit to the newly rebuilt CHURCH OF OUR LADY FRAUENKIRCHE, featuring one of the largest domes in Europe, and ZWINGER PALACE, which originally served as the orangery, exhibition gallery, and festival arena of the Dresden Court. This afternoon, travel along the riverbanks of the Elbe to Meissen, “Cradle of Saxony” and home to fantastic fairytale architecture. Due to the extensive deposits of china clay and potter’s clay in the area, Meissen is also renowned for its fine porcelain. Production of Meissen porcelain dates back to 1710 and was the first high-quality porcelain manufactured outside the Orient. Visit the MEISSEN PORCELAIN WORKSHOP for insight into the history, art, and creation of this elegant pottery. (B)
Day 4Dresden. Excursion to Erfurt & Weimar.
 Visit two of Thuringia’s most famous towns today. First is Erfurt with its richly decorated renaissance residences, known as the Blumenstadt, “City of Flowers.” Human settlement here dates to prehistoric times, and the city attracted important figures throughout history, including Luther, Goethe, Schiller, and Bach, to name just a few. Next, stop in Weimar, hub of German Enlightenment and an influential cultural center. This is where Germany’s first democratic constitution was signed, giving rise to the historical period known as the Weimar Republic. It was also birthplace of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Before returning to Dresden, consider joining an optional excursion to the former Buchenwald Concentration Camp. (B,D)
Day 5At Leisure in Dresden.
 A day to discover Dresden on your own, or consider joining an optional excursion to Colditz Castle, a renaissance castle overlooking the town, river, and lush surrounding forests. Its grandeur conceals its surprising history as a high-security POW camp during WWII for Allied officers who had repeatedly escaped other camps. Later, head for Torgau, where U.S. and Soviet forces met up during the “East Meets West” invasion of Germany in 1945. (B)
Day 6Dresden. Excursion to Leipzig.
 An important trade city dating back to the Holy Roman Empire, Leipzig grew into a major European center of culture and learning, and was a hub for great composers such as Bach, Wagner, Schumann, and Mendelssohn. It is home to an appealing renaissance Old Town, baroque-period trading houses and residences of rich merchants, and St. Nicholas Church, the site of peaceful demonstrations against communist rule in 1989. Leipzig is also known for its automobile industry. Why not place an order for your next car during the included visit to the PORSCHE FACTORY? (B,D)
Day 7Dresden–Potsdam–Berlin.
 Today, we head north to visit Potsdam, one of Germany’s major centers of science and learning since the 19th century. The city rose to international prominence in the summer of 1945 as host site of the Potsdam Conference, where Allied victors Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin gathered at Cecilienhof Palace to decide the future of Germany and post-war Europe. Visit SANSSOUCI Palace & Gardens, former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Meaning “without worries,” this UNESCO World Heritage Site is often considered a German rival of France’s lavish Palace of Versailles. See the “Bridge of Spies” (Glienicke Bridge), which inspired the 2015 Spielberg movie about the exchange of spies during the Cold War. Return to Berlin for an overnight. (B)
Day 8Berlin.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners

Cosmos Pricing Details

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in Berlin:
in single room $82-$88, in twin $48-$55, in triple $43-$55

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