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Historical Paths of Germany (10/18/17 - 10/27/17)

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Tour Details:

Departure City: Pittsburgh
Duration: 10 Days
Overnights: Berlin 2, Erfurt 3, Munich 3

Learning Objectives:

  • Travelers will immerse themselves in the turbulent modern history of Germany.
  • Travelers will better understand the horrors of the Holocaust by visiting Dachau Concentration Camp and learning about the rise of the Nazi party.
  • Travelers will learn about King Ludwig II and his patronage of the arts during a visit to his fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein.


Oct 18, 2017 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Oct 19, 2017 Berlin
Arrive in Berlin, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore this eclectic and electric city. 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. (D)
Oct 20, 2017 Berlin
This morning, an expert local guide shows you some of Berlin’s most important historical touchstones, including a portion of the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz, and the infamous Checkpoint Charlie. The afternoon is free to explore. In the evening, you’ll have time to perhaps wander the hip Hackescher Markt searching for local treats. (B,D)
Oct 21, 2017 Erfurt
This morning, we will head to Wittenberg where Martin Luther lived and preached. In this town Luther began the Protestant Reformation. Visit the town including the Castle Church, Lutherhaus and the Reformation Museum. Then continue to the town of Erfurt. (B,D)
Oct 22, 2017 Erfurt
This morning discover more of Erfurt on a guided walking tour. See the unique Krämerbrücke, a bridge lined with half-timbered homes, and the synagogue, one of the oldest in Europe. In the afternoon, take an excursion to Eisenach to visit Wartburg Castle. (B,D)
Oct 23, 2017 Erfurt
Today's excursion takes you to Weimar where a walk around the historic center will bring its vast cultural heritage to life. A focal point in the German Enlightenment, it was home to writers Goethe and Schiller and later the Bauhaus movement's Gropius and Kandinsky. In the evening return to Erfurt. (B,D)
Oct 24, 2017 Munich
Bid farewell to Erfurt before driving south towards Munich. Stop en route at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, a grim reminder of Nazi atrocities during WWII. After arriving in Munich, check-in to your hotel and get acquainted with the city with your tour manager. (B,D)
Oct 25, 2017 Munich
Explore Bavaria's capital with an expertly guided sightseeing tour to sites like Marienplatz with its famed Glockenspiel, the Viktualienmarkt food and flower market and the surfers on the Isar River in the Englischer Gartens. (B,D)
Oct 26, 2017 Munich
Today enjoy a full-day excursion through the scenic countryside to the Bavarian Alps. Begin with a visit to 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. You may want to linger in this magical place, but we’ll press on to Oberammergau, whose residents perform the famous Passion Play only once each decade. Return to Munich. Cap off your day with a traditional German sausage dinner. (B,D)
Oct 27, 2017 Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $1,718
Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $1,223
Weekend Surcharge: $40
Adult Surcharge: $95
Double Room Supplement: $360
Total Group Fees 1:
1 Valid through 8/1/17 with deposit of $495

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Single Room Supplement: $760
Ultimate Protection Plan: $300
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $250

Full Payment Deadline: 8/1/17

What to See


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.



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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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.


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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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.


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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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.


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
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)
  • Berlin Tour with Guide
  • Dresden Tour with Guide
  • Weimar Tour with Guide
  • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
  • Munich Tour with Guide
  • German Sausage Dinner
  • Neuschwanstein Castle

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