Poland, East Germany & World War II
July 29 - August 12, 2018
This World War II escorted tour in Poland and East Germany is the perfect vacation for those who are interested in the past and seeing how it affected the future. From Warsaw to Munich, you'll have the chance to visit some of the most infamous concentration camps used during World War II, and visit some of the cities which were most devastated from the bombings of the era. Join us to see the restoration of so many historical sites and learn of an era that should never be repeated.
Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Warsaw's excellent restaurants. (Dinner)
Day 2: Warsaw
Your Local Guide will tell you about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway city between East and West. See the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with its market square and 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN, the "wedding cake" Palace of Culture and Science, neoclassical Lazienki Palace, and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto. An optional excursion to the Royal Castle is available. (Breakfast)
Day 3: Warsaw-Auschwitz/Birkenau-Krakow
Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau, and see what is left of the CONCENTRATION CAMPS, chilling reminders of the Holocaust and the most notorious among the World War II concentration camps. Then, continue to Krakow, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4: Krakow
This morning, there is a chance to join an optional excursion to the Wieliczka salt mines. Back in Krakow, follow your Local Guide for a stroll through Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter; a visit to the REMUH SYNAGOGUE; and a visit to the OSKAR SCHINDLER FACTORY, made famous in the movie Schindler's List. How about tonight's optional Polish dinner and folklore show? (Breakfast)
Day 5: Krakow-Wroclaw
Your sightseeing with a Local Guide in ancient Krakow features the Market Square, 14th-century Jagiellonian University, and ST. MARY'S CHURCH. Take pictures of impressive Wawel Royal Castle. Next is Wroclaw, historical capital of Silesia. This impressive city belonged over the ages to Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, Germany, and (after 1945) to Poland. Hear about its turbulent history during your guided tour, and admire its highlights, such as the CATHEDRAL and the MARKET SQUARE with its fine patrician houses. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6: Wroclaw-Dresden, Germany
Cross the border and arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, once destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. Afterwards, a great dinner with wine and local specialties awaits you in Dresden's well-known Am Pulverturm restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7: Dresden-Torgau-Berlin
Hear about Joe Polowsky on your way to Torgau, then see the monument commemorating the meeting of US and Soviet forces during World War II, and visit the COURTYARD at magnificent Hartenfels Castle. Continue to Berlin, capital of reunited Germany. Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku'damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. (Breakfast)
Day 8: At Leisure in Berlin
All day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city and to join an optional excursion to Potsdam. (Breakfast)
Day 9 Berlin-Weimar
Excursion to Buchenwald. In Weimar, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through this pretty town. See the houses where great poets like Goethe and Schiller lived and the theater where the Weimar Constitution was drafted. In the afternoon, a special visit has been included to Buchenwald at the site of the former Buchenwald CONCENTRATION CAMP. Return to Weimar. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 10: Weimar-Nuremberg
Arrive in Nuremberg and visit the MEMORIUM NUREMBERG TRIALS and COURTROOM 600 (if available), followed by visits to the impressive DOCUMENTATION CENTER and ZEPPELIN FIELD. In the afternoon, walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town, known for children's toys and gingerbread. Admire the impressive medieval ramparts; St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction; and the Schöner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings. Tonight, a special dinner to taste the traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste has been prepared for you at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 11: Nuremberg-Dachau-Munich
Visit the site of the former Dachau CONCENTRATION CAMP, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents. Then, continue to Munich, Bavaria's capital. Explore MARIENPLATZ with the Old and New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. (Breakfast)
Day 12: Munich
Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler's Eagle's Nest (available only from mid-May to end-September and weather-permitting). This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared to say auf Wiedersehen to your travel companions and to share your feelings about this exciting and emotional encounter with World War II. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 13 Munich
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
From $2649 per person, based upon double occupancy.
Single supplement is $571.
Airfare is additional cost and available upon request.
A deposit of $400 per person is required to hold your space on the tour.
Final payment will be due on May 1, 2018.
Have any questions about this trip?
But why do I want to go on this trip? At a young age, like plenty of other school children, I read the Diary of Anne Frank, and it opened my eyes to a very dark part of history. The impact that it made still holds me to this day. During this trip, we’ll be visiting the memorials that represent over 11 million dead men, women and children from the tragedies of World War II. So, here’s the real reason I want to go – need to go – on this trip: There are people in this world who say that the Holocaust never happened, that none of the horrors took place. I must go on this trip so that I can say that I was there, and so I can speak for the dead, voice what they cannot. We can never forget man’s inhumanity to man.