Highlights of the East
Begin your journey with a stay at a baroque Jewel on the Elbe.
Travel by luxury car with your own personal tour guide and stay in exclusive hotels. We will be pleased to adapt this travel itinerary to your personal requests and interests.
Highlights: 5 Days/4 Nights
· Transportation by car or minivan during the entire tour
· English speaking driver-guide during the entire tour
· Visits and excursions as mentioned
· Admission to Moritzburg (Apr-Oct) and Wartburg Castles and to the Meissen Museum
· Boat ride from Dresden to the Pillnitz Castle (Apr-Oct)
· Accommodation in the 5* hotels
· Daily breakfast & city tax
*This program is also available as a self-drive tour
Day 1 Berlin - Dresden
Travel to Dresden. Dresden is one of the most charming cities in Central Europe, nicknamed “Florence on the Elbe”. Panoramic visit where you will know the recently restored Frauenkirche church, the famous Dresden Opera House, the Imperial Zwinger palace and stroll along the
Day 2 Dresden - “Saxon Switzerland” – Dresden
“Saxon Switzerland”, located southeast of Dresden, features exotic sandstone formations
that dot the landscape. Sail by steamboat on the Elbe River to the Pillnitz Palace. Distinctly different from other German palaces and castles, this palace was built in a Chinese style. Continue to the “Bas-tion”, the symbol of Saxon Switzerland. The lookout on top of this 305 meter high rock offers an impressive view of the Saxon Swiss landscape, the Elbe River and the Bastion Bridge. This sandstone bridge, constructed in 1851, crosses a 40 meter deep gorge. Overnight in Dresden.
Day 3 Dresden - Meissen – Weimar
Depart for Weimar. Along the way visit Moritzburg Castle. Nestled in a romantic landscape of lakes and forests, this baroque castle served as the movie set for “Three Wishes for Cinderella”. Then continue to Meissen, the first town in Europe to manufacture porcelain. Visit the city’s historic center and tour its main attraction: the Meissen porcelain factory. Next travel to Weimar, the hometown of famous historic figures such as Goethe, Schiller, Bach and Liszt.
Day 4 Weimar - Eisenach - Erfurt – Weimar
Today travel to Eisenach and explore the impressive castle of Wartburg, where Luther translated the New Testament into German. Then continue to Erfurt, also known as “Thuringian Rome” because of its architectural beauty. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and visit the Augustine monastery and the Merchants´ Bridge (Krämerbrücke). Return to Weimar.
Day 5 Weimar - Leipzig – Berlin
Travel to Berlin. On the way to Berlin visit Leipzig and enjoy a sightseeing tour. For several centuries Leipzig was the economic and spiritual center of Europe. Continue to Berlin.