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Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in Berlin's musical heritage, history.
  • Visit to museums, palaces, and landmarks, and provides insight into its music.
  • Enjoy engaging presentations on the city's musical history by your Smithsonian Journeys expert.

Join us on an exhilarating music and art program and immerse yourself in the excitement of a yearlong celebration as Berliners and the world celebrate the 25th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall!

Berlin has always been renowned as a center for the arts. Eighteenth-century Berlin was considered the “Golden Age” for music making, and many important musical figures lived and worked here. In the 20th century, the city became one of the most musically endowed places in Europe since orchestras previously divided between east and west were merged under the banner of one unified city. Visitors also come to Berlin for its wealth of art collections; its breadth of architecture and its incredible history.

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Itinerary

Day 1-2: U.S., Berlin, Germany

Meals: Dinner

Depart the U.S. for Berlin, Germany. Arrive in Berlin and transfer to the Hotel de Rome (or similar).

Day 3: Berlin: Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Berliner Dom

Meals: Breakfast

This morning enjoy a guided tour of this historic city, celebrating 25 years since reunification including: the Brandenburg Gate, a defining symbol of the united nation; Checkpoint Charlie, the main crossing point in the Berlin Wall for non-Germans; the reconstructed Reichstag Parliament; and the neo-Renaissance Berliner Dom, Berlin's Cathedral, once the court church of the Hohenzollerns. Continue exploring Berlin on your own this afternoon. Enjoy our first concert this evening.

Day 4: Berlin: Pergamon Museum, Jewish Museum

Meals: Breakfast

Visit the famed Pergamon Museum spending the morning exploring its unrivalled collection of ancient art and architecture, including the Pergamon Altar, the Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate. Later visit the Jewish Museum, located on historic Potsdamer Platz, which traces the history and contributions of German Jews, including a poignant exhibit on the Holocaust. Even before entering the museum, the architecture of this modern structure embodies the varied experience of the Jewish people in Germany. The afternoon is at leisure to continued exploring this wonderful city on your own.

Day 5: Berlin, Chorin, Berlin

Meals: Breakfast

The Gemaldegalerie, part of the Berlin State Museums, is our destination this morning. Home to one of the world's greatest collections of European paintings from the 13th to the 18th centuries, this vast collection includes work by such renowned artists as Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein, Raphael, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Vermeer. This afternoon travel to the small town of Chorin, about 35 miles outside of Berlin, to visit the Kloster Chorin. Founded as a Cistercian monastery in the 13th century, the abbey is considered to be one of the finest Gothic red-brick buildings in northern Germany. Enjoy a concert in a historical venue.

Day 6: Berlin, Potsdam, Berlin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today enjoy a full-day excursion Potsdam, home to marvelous 17th-century palaces built by Frederick the Great, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and host to the historic Potsdam Conference in 1945 which set the stage for the division of Europe following WWII. Our visit includes: the fantastical Rococo Sansouci Palace and Park; the English country manor styled Cecilienhof Palace, where the Potsdam Conference took place; and view the Charlottenhof Palace, modeled after a Roman villa.

Day 7: Berlin: Schloss Charlottenburg

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning visit Schloss Charlottenburg, the largest palace in Berlin, and the only former royal residence remaining in Berlin. This palace is an eclectic amalgamation of Baroque and Rococo styles and is surrounded by large formal and informal gardens and woodlands in the Baroque style. Spend the afternoon at leisure, and enjoy our last concert this evening.

Day 8: Berlin, U.S.

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for flights to the U.S.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 5,565

Price Per Day:

$ 696 per person
 
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Expertise of a Smithsonian Journeys Expert and tour management throughout the tour.
  • Six nights in Berlin at the Hotel de Rome (or similar).
  • Meals, including special Welcome and Farewell Receptions, as noted in the itinerary.
  • All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates.
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare and air and departure taxes.
  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Transfers and baggage handling abroad for those not traveling on the designated program departure and arrival dates.
  • Beverages and meals other than those specified as included.
  • Personal expenses, such as Internet service, telephone calls, faxes, laundry, and other items not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Expenses incurred by the tour operator in making additional travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour.
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Berlin
End City
Berlin

Trip ID#: theartsmi

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