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  • Germany, Czech Republic and Poland: three historical countries rail tour






    Germany, Czech Republic and Poland: three historical countries rail tour

    13 nights/14 days
    Berlin – Dresden – Prague – Krakow – Warsaw
    This rail touring holiday links three historical countries, each unique and fascinating in its own way. Begin your rail holiday in Germany, exploring Berlin and Dresden before travelling south to Prague and the ancient capital of Bohemia. Your last destination on this rail touring holiday is Poland, where you can discover the mediaeval streets and splendid, historic buildings of Krakow and the capital Warsaw.

    This luxury touring holiday by train begins with your arrival in Berlin either by air or rail. You spend 3 nights in the German capital, Berlin, which allows you time to discover the plethora of museums, galleries, architecture and gardens that the city has to offer. The momentous events of recent history that Berlin has witnessed are ever-present, from the still obvious socialist architecture of Alexanderplatz, the old crossing point of Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial, the Soviet War Memorial and Bebelplatz where books were burned in 1933. Berlin is a vast and imposing city. Dresden, the capital of the state of Saxony, is rich in history and is easily explored on foot or by bicycle. Having recovered from wartime damage, Dresden is full of art and culture blending modern architecture with historical buildings. Highlights of your visit to Dresden should be the Zwinger palace, inspired by Versailles, and housing Old Masters and a famous collection of Dresden porcelain. The Frauenkirche is a magnificent Baroque Protestant church, rebuilt after destruction in the Second World War. From Dresden you proceed south to the Czech capital, Prague. You have two full days to explore Prague’s charming and cobbled lanes. Cultural highlights include Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and Old Town Square. From Prague, a direct 7-hour train takes you to Krakow in Poland. Here you have two full days to explore the appealing old town and stunning Wawel Castle – the city’s historic centrepiece. From Krakow, it is a short journey north to Warsaw and time to explore the bustling capital of Poland, discovering the reconstructed Old Town and Royal Castle. Highlights of this important city range from the musical, with Chopin Museum, to the scientific, and the Copernicus Science Centre. The sense of both older and more recent history pervades the city and can be witnessed from the mediaeval cobbled streets of the Old Town, to the 17th Century royal Wilanow Palace, to the Soviet landmark Palace of Culture and Science, and the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Return to London by air.

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    Sample Prices
    Out by rail, return by air
    Rail from London throughout to Warsaw, return from Warsaw to London by air.
    Standard class on Eurostar and second class on all other trains included.
    Stay in 4-star hotels (apart from in Dresden) (Myer’s Hotel Berlin, Bulow Palais Dresden 5*, Hotel BoHo, Prague, Hotel Amadeus Krakow and Hotel Polonia Palace, Warsaw)
    Prices from £2,210 per person
    Stay in 5-star hotels (Hotel de Rome Berlin, Bulow Palais Dresden, Hotel Paris Prague, Hotel Copernicus Krakow and Mamaison Le Regina Warsaw)
    Prices from £2,590 per person
     Supplement: Standard premier on Eurostar and first class on all other trains £280 per person
     Out and back by air, rail in between
     By air to Berlin, second class rail from Berlin throughout to Warsaw, by air Warsaw to London.
     Stay in 4-star hotels (apart from in Dresden) (Myer’s Hotel Berlin, Bulow Palais Dresden 5*, Hotel BoHo, Prague, Hotel Amadeus Krakow and Hotel Polonia Palace, Warsaw)
     Prices from £2,130 per person
     Stay in 5-star hotels (Hotel de Rome Berlin, Bulow Palais Dresden, Hotel Paris Prague, Hotel Copernicus Krakow and Mamaison Le Regina Warsaw)
     Prices from £2,510 per person
     Supplement: First class rail travel between cities £130 per person
     What’s included
    Scheduled flights or rail travel from the UK to Berlin and flight from Warsaw to the UK
     First or second-class travel on all trains
     Accommodation in a double or twin room based on two people sharing with
     3 nights’ bed and breakfast in Berlin
     2 nights’ bed and breakfast in Dresden
     3 nights’ bed and breakfast in Prague
     3 nights’ bed and breakfast in Krakow
     2 nights’ bed and breakfast in Warsaw
     What’s not included
     Transfers in any cities. We recommend taking a taxi to your hotel for speed and cost.

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    Germany, Czech Republic and Poland: three historical countries rail tour

    Day-by-Day Itinerary

    Berlin – Dresden – Prague – Krakow – Warsaw
    DAY ONE: Travel from the UK to Berlin
    Begin your holiday by travelling to Berlin by air or by rail. If you opt to travel by rail, you catch an early morning Eurostar from London to Brussels. After a change of trains in Brussels, carry on to Cologne, where you will change trains once more before arriving in Berlin in the evening. Check in to your hotel for 3 nights.
    You have two days to explore Berlin at your leisure. Berlin has a fascinating history stretching back hundreds of yours although it is really for its more recent history that it is best known. Berlin has been at the epicentre of two world wars and the Cold War in the course of the 20th Century and is now the capital of a re-united Germany. Its rich history means that there is a vast amount to discover. Major attractions include The Reichstag, German Parliament, which was built in the 19th century and destroyed in 1933 and Brandenburg Gate, which was inspired by the Acropolis in Athens, and at the head of the long boulevard, Unter den Linden (named after the rows of linden trees planted almost 400 years ago). Another important cultural place of interest is Museum Island where 5 museums are located. These include the Pergamon Museum which houses 3 separate collections; the Museum of Antiquities (from Greece and Rome), the Museum of Near Eastern Antiquities and the Museum of Islamic Art as well as Neues Museum which hosts Egyptian and prehistoric items. Apart from all of the museums that the city has to offer, Berlin is also home to one of the oldest zoos in Germany situated in Tiergarten park. Why not take a stroll by the Landwehr Canal which is seven miles in length which will take you through some of the cities sights including Kreuzberg’s café-lined embankments and part of Tiergarten Park. Berlin is a very large city and covers an area of just under 900 sq kms.
    DAY FOUR: Berlin to Dresden by rail
    After 3 nights in Berlin, depart your hotel and board a direct train to Dresden where you will arrive in under 2 hours. You will have one full day to explore Dresden.
    DAY FIVE: Dresden
    Spend your time in Dresden exploring the palaces and historical buildings that the city has to offer. Dresden has a prominent creative scene and is often hailed as the most attractive city in Germany. For history enthusiasts, a visit to Frauenkirche and Neumarkt Sqaure is a must. The Frauenkirche was rebuilt after World War Two and has become a symbol of reconciliation. A fine example of well-preserved Renaissance architecture is the Residenzschloss (Royal Palace) situated in the historic town centre. Semper Opera House is visually stunning and is the main venue for Dresden’s Saxon State Orchestra. Another architectural gem to visit is the Zwinger Palace. This palace is built in baroque style after the Palace of Versailles and combines architecture, sculpture and painting. Dresden is known for its porcelain and a national collection can be found in the Zwinger.
    DAY SIX: Dresden to Prague by rail
    Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel by rail from Dresden to Prague. The journey will take just over 2 hours. After departure from Dresden, the train runs along the river Elbe (on the left-hand side of the train as you head south). Look out for river boats and the occasional paddle steamer. The last stop in Germany is the pretty spa town of Bad Schandau and the first stop in Czech Republic is Decin where you can observe the Decin Castle. The river views continue as the train runs along the river Vlatava. On the approach to Prague, you may be able to spot Prague’s old town cathedral towers in the distance.
    You have two full days in Prague to take in the city’s cultural highlights. Take a stroll across Charles Bridge as it spans the River Vltava and links the old town with the Mala Strana (lesser or little town) and continue uphill towards Prague Castle, one of the city’s most popular sights. St Vitus Cathedral is near to the castle and can be seen from around the city. Spend another day exploring Prague’s old town where you can enjoy Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock (dating from 1410 and the oldest astronomical clock in the world that is still working) and Wenceslas Square. Prague enjoys a cultural reputation of immense stature in Europe and there are numerous opera and concert performances that can be booked. Unique to Prague is the Laterna Magika where classical principles of non-verbal theatre mingle with dance, film images and black light theatre.
    DAY NINE: Prague to Krakow by rail
    Leave Prague behind you and board a direct train to Krakow mid-morning. This is an all-day journey arriving into Krakow late afternoon. You have two full days to explore Krakow on arrival.
    Unlike other parts of Eastern Europe, Krakow escaped destruction in WWII which means the city enjoys enchanting streets and buildings dating back to mediaeval times. The highlight of the city is the striking Wawal Castle situated on Wawel hill, just south of the Old Town. Popular attractions to visit include the State Rooms and the Royal Private Apartments as well as visiting Wawel Catherdral, the coronation and burial place for Polish royalty for four centuries. South of the castle you can find, Kazimierz, the former Jewish quarter home to bars and shops. In the Old Town, explore Rynek Glówny (Main Market Square) which features the 15th century Town Hall Tower which you can climb. If you would like to explore further afield, why not visit Wieliczka Salt Mine or take a train to Auschwitz (Oswiecim) which takes around 1 hour 40 minutes.
    DAY TWELVE: Krakow to Warsaw by rail
    After 3 nights in Krakow, leave the city behind departing on a direct train to Warsaw. You will arrive in just under 2 hours 30 minutes. Check in to your hotel in Warsaw for a final 2 nights.
    DAY THIRTEEN: Warsaw
    Warsaw is divided by the Vistula River and the majority of historic attractions are situated on the left-bank of the city. Here you will find the Old Town which was completely rebuilt after the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. We recommend visiting King Sigismund’s Column on Plac Zamkowy as well as the neo-Gothic cathedral of St John the Baptist. Old Town Square is lined with pretty coloured houses and typical polish eateries. Another place of interest is the Royal Castle, a former residence of Polish Royalty from the 16th – 18th centuries and rebuilt after its destruction in WWII. We also suggest a stroll along the Vistula River and to admire the views from the top of the Palace of Culture and Science. There are also various museums of interest which include the Historical Museum of Warsaw, the Museum of Warsaw Uprising and the Chopin Museum.
    DAY FOURTEEN: Warsaw to London by air
    On the final day of your holiday, travel back to the UK by air from Warsaw.
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    Hotel information
    These are our personally selected, luxury hotels that are featured in this touring holiday. Alternative hotels are available in some destinations – please contact us for full details.

    Hotel de Rome - 5-star

     Hotel de Rome is located in the Mitte district, within walking distance of Museum Island and Brandenburg Gate. The building of the hotel was once home to the headquarters of Dresdner Bank and the jewel vault is now the hotels 20-metre indoor pool. The hotel also enjoys an Italian restaurant, rooftop terrace with views across Berlin and spa area with pool, sauna and steam room.

    Myers Hotel Berlin – 4-star 
     Myers Hotel Berlin is located a short walk from Alexanderplatz and Museum Island in a quiet area. The hotel was built in the late 19th century and maintains a classical style throughout with parquet flooring and historical furniture. There is a small spa, breakfast area and lovely garden to relax in after a day of sight-seeing.

    Bülow Palais – 5-star

    Hotel Bülow Palais, a member of the prestigious Relais and Châteaux, is situated in the Baroque quarter of Dresden, only a short walk from landmarks including Zwinger Palace and Frauenkirche. The hotel enjoys 2 restaurants, a gourmet option and a bistro, as well as a spa area. There are 58 elegantly decorated rooms and suites spread over three floors for you to choose from.

    Hotel Paris Prague – 5-star

     Hotel Paris Prague is situated in the old town of Prague and was built in 1904 in neo-Gothic style with Art Nouveau influences. The hotel was declared a historical monument in 1984 and guests can enjoy elegantly appointed rooms with replicas of original furniture. There is also a restaurant which combines French cuisine with modern Czech specialities and small wellness centre.

    Hotel BoHo – 4-star
     Hotel BoHo is located steps away from the Old Town Square making it an excellent location for exploring Prague, the city of 100 spires. The restaurant offers a range of international dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere and rooms are comfortable and modern.

    Hotel Copernicus – 5-star

     Hotel Copernicus is situated on Kononicza, the Old Town of Krakow’s best-preserved street lined with architecture from Renaissance and Baroque eras. The hotel is superbly located for exploring the main sights including Wawel Royal Castle, Market Square and Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter. Inside the hotel boasts many original features and 16th century décor with period furniture. The hotel opened in 2000 and offers 29 rooms and suites as well as a restaurant and spa area.

    Hotel Amadeus – 4-star
     Hotel Amadeus is a 4 star boutique hotel situated in the centre of Krakow. The hotel enjoys an intimate restaurant and is well-placed for exploring the attractions of Krakow on foot.

    Mamaison Le Regina – 5-star

     Mamaison Le Regina is situated within the historic Mokrowski Palace. The hotel is a blend of historic charm and modern interiors and is close to the main attractions including the Royal Castle, and Old Town Square. The hotel offers 61 rooms and suites, an award-winning restaurant with summer patio and spa area with pool and sauna.

     Hotel Polonia Palace – 4-star
     Hotel Polonia Palace is situated close to the Palace of Culture and Science. The restaurant offers a mix of European and Polish dishes and there is also a lobby bar with live music.

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