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Prussia, Bohemia and Bavaria (4/11/20 - 4/19/20)

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TRIP AT A GLANCE



Tour Details:

Departure City: Richmond
Duration: 9 Days
Overnights: Berlin 2, Dresden 1, Prague 2, Munich 2

Cultural Connections:

Berlin Street Art Workshop

Field Trips & Extensions:

Berlin Street Art Workshop

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will better understand the impact of World War II on central Europe and learn how the war influenced the ordinary citizens of Dresden, Berlin, Prague and Munich
  • Students will learn about the reunification of Germany as represented by the Brandenburg Gate and its historic and on-going connection to the aim of peace.
  • Students will discover the many architectural styles that make up the Hradcany Castle.

Itinerary:

This is a preliminary itinerary for your group.

Apr 11, 2020 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Apr 12, 2020 Berlin
After arriving in Germany’s storied capital, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and get settled in. While Berlin was divided, Eastern and Western sections maintained separate opera houses and other institutions. Now the united city offers two of everything, and is known as a hub of European innovation. Begin to explore this historical and dynamic city. (D)
Apr 13, 2020 Berlin
This morning a sightseeing tour with an expert local guide shows you some of Berlin’s most important historical touchstones, including a portion of the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz, and the infamous Checkpoint Charlie. Then engage with modern German culture as you try something completely different: a street art workshop, where you’ll learn about this edgy modern art movement during a walking tour that will reveal many examples, including stencil art, paste-ups, graffiti, murals and tagging. In addition local experts will show you how to make your own street-savvy artwork, which you’ll take home as a one-of-a-kind personal souvenir. (B,D)
Apr 14, 2020 Dresden
This morning discover more of Berlin’s distinctive neighborhoods as you choose. Perhaps take in Museum Island and its impressive Pergamon Museum or stroll the paths of the Tiergarten. Travel on to the Baroque gem of Dresden in the afternoon. You’ll witness how the entirely reconstructed buildings rose from the ashes of WWII destruction. (D)
Apr 15, 2020 Prague
In the morning, we will have time for a guided sightseeing tour of Dresden viewing the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) and the massive Zwinger Palace before leaving. On our way to Prague, we will make a stop to visit Terezín (or Theresienstadt). This former ghetto and Nazi transit camp is now a pretty Czech town once again, and traces of its former existence are limited to two compelling museums, a crematorium, and a field of remembrance. We’ll continue on to Prague in the late afternoon. (B,D)
Apr 16, 2020 Prague
Left virtually untouched by World War II bombing, Prague is one of Europe's most beautiful cities as you'll see during your guided sightseeing tour. A local expert will show us the quaint Malá Strana (Czech for “Lesser Quarter,” named for its location at the foot of Prague's ancient castle) and the graceful Charles Bridge, built during the 14th century. We'll also visit the fortress-like Hradčany Castle complex, perched high above the city. This evening, we'll wander the checkerboard, cobblestone streets of the medieval Old Town to watch the street performers in the main square. (B,D)
Apr 17, 2020 Munich
Begin the day with a drive to Nuremberg, once considered the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Your tour manager will show you around the city, notable centuries ago for its contributions to early astronomy and printing. View the Zeppelintribüne at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds. From Nuremberg you'll continue to lovely Munich. This evening, explore Bavaria's capital with an expertly guided sightseeing tour of highlights like Marienplatz with its famed Glockenspiel, the Viktualienmarkt food and flower market and the surfers on the Isar River in the Englischer Garten. (B,D)
Apr 18, 2020 Munich
Today, we’ll hit the road to show you crazy King Ludwig’s fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein—literally the stuff of legends (and Disney dreams). The famous castle, with its many turrets and towers, was opened to the public in 1886 and clings to the top of the surrounding cliffs. Back in Munich, we'll celebrate our wonderful week together with a traditional German dinner at the Ratskeller. (B,D)
Apr 19, 2020 Departure
Depart for the USA. Optional Extensions and Extra Nights: Further immerse yourself in the culture and wonders of Bavaria with an extra night in Munich, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $3,577

$170/MONTH USING AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLAN

Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $3,797
Early Registration Discount: -$300
Weekend Surcharge: $80
Total Group Fees 1:
$3,577
1 Valid through 6/1/18 with deposit of $200

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Adult Surcharge: $95
Single Room Supplement: $665
Double Room Supplement: $315
Ultimate Protection Plan: $270
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $225

Full Payment Deadline: 12/1/19


What to See

Shopping
BERLIN

Alexa, U-Bahn/S-Bahn: Alexanderplatz
Opened in 2007, this gigantic shopping mall lies in the heart of Berlin's Alexanderplatz.  One of the exciting features is a food court, something that traditional German malls would be without.

Friedrichstrasse, U-Bahn: Friedrichstrasse
After being heavily destroyed during WW2, this major culutre and shopping district in the center of Berlin was redesigned and rebuilt. There are many shops and classy boutiques along the three block stretch.

Gesundbrunnen-Center, Gesundbrunnen Station
Located right next to the train station is the Gesundbrunnen shopping center. Everything you wish to find in a typical mall will be available to you at this location.

Tegel Borsighallen
The Tegel area is located in the Reinickendorf district of Berlin and is a popular spot for day trippers. Built up from a former locomotive manufacturing hall, Borsighallen is one of Berlin's largest shopping malls. The mall contains many of the well known, but not too expensive stores like H&M.

 

PRAGUE

Czech Tradition
With 6 locations around the center of the city, and one near the airport, this shop is the easiest place to go to purchase traditional Czech handicrafts like wooden toys and other gifts.

Myslbek, Na Príkop? 19/21
The Myslbek Shopping Gallery became one of the first malls in Prague when it opened in 1996. It connects the New Town to the Old Town, stretching between the busy Na Príkop? Street and the historic Ovocný trh (Fruit Market) behind the Estates Theater. Overall, you can browse over 30 shops and boutiques, and a few restaurants.

Palác Flóra, Vinohradská 144
One of the larger malls in Prague, the environment is bright and airy, with four floors and 120 shops.  There is of course a food court, and a cinema with an IMAX.

 

MUNICH

Hugendubel, Marienplatz 22
This bookstore, the largest in Munich, offers many titles in English, including travel books and helpful maps.

Exatmo, U-Bahn: Giselastrasse
One of the most unusual clothiers in Munich, Exatmo sells garments inspired by the puffy sleeves and dramatic flair of 17th-century fashions.

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Museums
BERLIN

Museumsinsel, S-Bahn: Hackescher Markt or Bus #157
You will have seen the world-famous Pergamon Museum and its collection from classical antiquity during your guided city tour and will have surely noticed that Berlin's museum island in the Spree River is worth coming back to. There are several other art museums there, most notably the Alte Nationalgalerie, with its paintings by such noted masters as Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne and Degas. More art of the nineteenth century can be found in the Altes Museum, right next door. All museums here are open daily, closed Mon. For a look at the famous Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, do not miss the Egyptian Museum right next to Charlottenburg Palace ( U-Bahn: Richard-Wagner-Platz). The art galleries in the palace are also worth a visit. Both are open daily.

Juedisches Museum Berlin, U-Bahn: Kochstrasse or Hallesches Tor
The new Jewish Museum opened its doors to the public in 2001. But even before its opening, the museum's unique architecture (by American star architect, Daniel Libeskind) was highly acclaimed, with people touring the empty building at the time. Today, the museum is filled with amazing exhibits and artifacts on Jewish life and culture in Germany over the ages. From Roman times through the troubling days of the Third Reich, every aspect of the rich culture of Jews in Central Europe is shown on three floors. This is one of the best museums in Europe and well worth the visit. Open daily.

PRAGUE

Dvorak Museum, Subway Stop: I. P. Pavlova
This little museum is devoted to Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak, who lived nearby. Although perhaps not the most definitive collection of memorabilia of the composer of the New World symphony, the building and its gardens are well worth a visit. The house was built around 1720 as a Baroque summer palace and the rooms are tastefully preserved in period style. The museum is open daily, closed Monday.

Mucha Museum, Kaunický palác, Panská 7
Dedicated to the life and work of famous Czech artist Alphonse Mucha.  Known for his art nouveau posters, you can also see paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia.

 

MUNICH

BMW Museum, U-Bahn: Olympiapark
A tour of this museum, adjacent to the company's main plant and headquarter building, traces the history of the famous firm that was founded in 1916. High performance sports models, luxury automobiles, and motor bikes from throughout the ages are on display, and numerous interactive multimedia exhibits on the company's future projects make it worth seeing. Open daily.

Deutsches Museum, U-Bahn: Fraunhoferstraße
Allegedly the largest technological museum in the world, this building complex is located on an island in the Isar River. Extensive interactive exhibits cover every phase of technology and science from the earliest flint tools to modern space and computer research. Seeing all of the museum's halls would take more than one day, so be sure to prioritize. Do not miss the lightning demonstration!  Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Museum Quarter, U-Bahn: Odeonsplatz
In this area, three of Germany's most famous art collections are housed. The Alte Pinakothek exhibits European art from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries. Recently completely remodeled, the portraits feature works by world famous masters such as Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas and Monet, to name just a few.

The Neue Pinakothek focuses instead on more recent art from the eighteenth through the nineteenth century.

The latest addition to the museum quarter is the Pinakothek der Moderne, featuring modern and contemporary art. The building and its exhibits are widely acclaimed and well worth a visit. All three museums are open daily, closed Monday.

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Outdoors
BERLIN

Kurfürstendamm, U-Bahn: Kurfürstendamm or Uhlandstrasse
Berlin's answer to the Champs Elysées flourished as the main traffic artery of West Berlin (Berliners usually shorten its name to Ku'damm). It still unites the cafés, restaurants, theaters, cinemas, luxury hotels, nightclubs and fashionable boutiques that made this area the center of cosmopolitan high-life in the capital. Stroll down this broad avenue and sip a cup of coffee at the famous Café Kranzler, or go for the best shopping in Berlin at the Kaufhaus des Westens, or KaDeWe for short.  For an inexpensive meal with a great view of the city, try the store restaurant on the seventh floor!

Nikolaiviertel, U-Bahn: Klosterstrasse
The St. Nicholas Quarter is centered around Berlin's oldest church, St. Nicholas. The quarter, with its narrow cobbled streets and its numerous outdoor cafés and restaurants, is the most vibrant pedestrian-only center of the old city. Here you will find street acts, sidewalk artists, many art galleries, and souvenir shops. Its location on the Spree River adds to the atmosphere, especially in the evening. Short but picturesque day and evening boat rides on the river are also available.

East Side Gallery, S-Bahn: Hauptbahnhof
Also called Wall Gallery. Located near the city’s main train station stands the longest remaining portion of the infamous Wall that divided the city for so long. This particular section (almost one mile long) was decorated at the time of the fall of the Wall by artists from both East and West. It remains a lasting reminder of the Iron Curtain, and a great photo opportunity. Another smaller remnant of the once 26 mile-long Berlin Wall can be found at U-Bahn Bernauer Strasse, between Ackerstrasse and Bergstrasse.

Fernsehturm TV Tower, U-Bahn/S-Bahn: Alexanderplatz
Affectionately known as the Alex, this TV tower is the only one in Europe located in the center of a city. Built in 1969 in what used to be Communist East Germany, it was used to scramble Western TV programs. Today, it offers premier views of Berlin and its environs, from two revolving viewing platforms at 700 feet. The fee is minimal, but lines can be long; it is well worth the wait! Open daily.

PRAGUE

Charles Bridge, Subway Stop: Staromestska
The most obvious place to see and be seen is the crowded pedestrian-only bridge connecting the Old Town with Castle Hill. Marvel at the 32 remarkable statues lining the fourteenth century bridge, or shop for prints, drawings and other hand-crafted souvenirs sold by merchant stands on the bridge.  On warm summer evenings, the bridge becomes a gathering place for teenagers from all over the world. For a great view of all the action, you can climb up the castle-side bridge tower. The tower is open daily.

Old Jewish Quarter, Subway Stop: Staromestska
The Old Jewish Cemetery, with its cramped, haphazard headstones, serves as a poignant reminder of life and death in the crowded Jewish ghetto.

New Jewish Cemetery, Subway Stop: Jiriho Z Podebrad
Another of Prague's famous cemeteries.  Here you can find where Franz Kafka is buried.  Open Tuesday and Thursday.

Strahov Monastery, Tram 22 from Subway Stop
With chapels, a church and a superb medieval art gallery, this Premonstratensian abbey is known for its libraries. The entrance fee will get you into both the Philosophical and the Theological Library Halls. Both contain tens of thousands of books within their richly gilded and frescoed Baroque rooms.  Open daily.

MUNICH

Olympic Park and Tower, U-Bahn: Olympiapark
The Olympiaturm is the television tower built in 1968 for Munich's 1972 Olympic Summer Games. It is located in the midst of the city's Olympic facilities, including major competition venues, the Olympic Village, and the vast Olympic Park. An elevator takes you 623 feet up the tower to a terrace with a fantastic panorama of the city, and the Bavarian Alps. Also available in the park are rollerblade rentals (passports required!), a skating ring, and indoor swimming at the Olympic Aquatic Center. The tower is open daily.

Marienplatz, U-Bahn: Marienplatz
The center of Munich is a pedestrian-only area which has plenty of department stores, cafés, restaurants, and the colorful open-air market, Viktualienmarkt. It is often atmospheric in the evening with street acts and plenty of people out strolling. For a small fee, you can climb the stairs up St. Peter's bell tower, and enjoy a magnificent view of the city, on clear days as far south as the Alps! Only a five minute walk from here is the famous Hofbräuhaus. It is well worth a peek inside.

English Gardens, U-Bahn: Marienplatz
Here you’ll find a beautiful park next to the Isar River where people jog, stroll and sunbathe. At the Chinese Tower, near the center of the Gardens, there is a popular beer garden that serves lemonade, sodas and snacks, as well as the best Bavarian Lager for adult participants. Most locals bring their own snacks to the outdoor restaurant, buying only drinks there! Braver travelers may want to go for a swim in the appropriately named Eisbach, a cold, swift current in the park.

 

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Restaurants
BERLIN

Die Zwölf Apostel (the Twelve Apostles)
A very hip pizza restaurant that boasts twelve different types of pizza named after the Twelve Apostles. There are three different locations around Berlin!

Zum Nussbaum
Located in the historic Nikolaiviertel district is a reconstruction of Berlin's oldest Kneipe, or pub, it's a good place for your classic German fare. The original was destroyed in 1943.

PRAGUE

Kavárna Slavia, Subway Stop: Narodni Trida
With spectacular views of the National Theater and the Prague Castle, this is definitely one of the best cafés in the city.  Slavia serves light snacks and coffee as well as basic check cuisine like roast duck and potato pancakes.  Sandwiches and pasta dishes are also available for good prices.

Kolkovna, Subway Stop: Staromestska
Well known amongst the locals, this popular spot is the best place for traditional Czech cuisine.  If you want to avoid the overcrowded tourist spots in the square this is a great place to drop in.

Bohemia Bagel, Subway Stop: Staromestska
For those early mornings before hopping on the tour bus, head over to Bohemia Bagel for some breakfast and a bottomless cup of coffee.  The eatery is full of flavor and is popular amongst the local students.  It is also a community center where groups can meet and post on the free bulletin boards.
 

MUNICH

Donisl, Weinstrasse 1
Opened in 1715, Donisl is Munich's oldest beer hall.  It has a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and English is also spoken there. The menu offers standard Bavarian food and prices are inexpensive. A zither plays at noon and an accordion player entertains diners in the evening.

Hundskugel, Hotterstrasse 18
Another historic restaurant, Hundskugel is Munich's oldest tavern.  Local legend says that the menu is the same as it was in 1440. The alpine-style building is within walking distance of Marienplatz.

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What's Included

  • Round-Trip Flights
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Berlin Tour with Guide
  • Berlin Street Art Workshop
  • Dresden Tour with Guide
  • Terezín Concentration Camp
  • Prague Tour with Guide
  • Hradcany Castle
  • Munich Tour with Guide
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Ratskeller Dinner


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