Day by Day Itinerary for:

 

Exploring the Art, Music, and Architecture

in Bountiful Berlin and Potsdam 

 

 

 

Day 1:  Friday, September 20th 2013:

Arrive at Berlin’s Tegel Airport and take a taxi to your hotel. (it will be a very easy 20 minute ride, costing about 18-20 Euros) Settle in at the comfortable Four Star BERLIN MARK HOTEL or, if you haven chosen the upgrade, the tony H10 HOTEL,  conveniently located in downtown (former) West Berlin, just one block off the world famous Kurfuerstendamm. After a short orientation walk and an informative Welcome Meeting you will enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
(Dinner included)

 

Day 2: Saturday, September 21st, 2013: 

Theme of the Day: Europe’s Cultural Metropolis Up Close!

You will start the day with a fascinating lecture aptly named: “Berlin: Europe’s Cultural Metropolis” by German historian and founder of A&M Tours, Anette Isaacs. After a delicious Lunch at a local restaurant, Ms. Isaacs will take you on a comprehensive three hour long discovery of the city by private bus and on foot. Together we will see an array of world famous sites, such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz, (designed by German- American Architect Helmut Jahn), the Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind, Museum Island, Charlottenburg Castle, and many more!
After taking it all in, you might want to relax a little by having a quiet independent Dinner in a restaurant of your choice and by enjoying an evening at leisure.
(Breakfast and Lunch are included)

 

Day 3: Sunday, September 22nd, 2013:

Theme of the Day: Berlin: Musical Capital of Germany!

As anyone who has ever visited Germany knows, the country’s cultural life is of legendary proportions. Although only half the size of your state of Texas, Europe’s most populous nation boasts 130 professional orchestras, 820 theaters and 6200 museums! Because most of Germany’s cultural scene is funded by taxes, the recent financial and economic crisis has proven challenging to the country’s cultural politics. Join your hostess, Anette Isaacs, as she discusses the traditions, the bountiful expressions, and the challenges of her native country's artistic life in a morning lecture.
After having an independent Lunch at a restaurant of your choice, you are in for a real treat: Berlin’s and Prussia´s musical cultural heritage will come alive as you enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the Museum of Musical Instruments located in the Philharmonie Building Complex. (this photo shows one of Anette Isaacs' last groups having a fun and educational experience at the Museum.)

Here you will not only see the flute collection of Frederick the Great, but also the harpsichord that Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, son of Johan Sebastian, played when he performed the chamber music concerts with the Prussian King in Sanssouci Castle. One of the oldest collections in Berlin, the Museum of Musical Instruments has about 3000 objects on display among them a “Mighty Wurlitzer Organ” from 1929.
No exploration of Berlin’s Musical Life would be complete without actually attending a performance! So, tonight, after a delectable Dinner, we will have the pleasure of seeing and hearing a memorable production of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, performed by the Staatsoper unter den Linden (Daniel Barenboim’s world famous Opera company), which is currently performing at the Schiller Theater on Bismarckstrasse. 

(Breakfast and Dinner are included)

 

 

 

Day 4: Monday, September 23rd, 2013 :


Theme of the Day: Operation Freedom: the 65th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift!

It was perhaps one of the greatest adventures in American military history: the Berlin Airlift which took place exactly 65 years ago this May! When Soviet troops closed all access routes to West- Berlin by land, sea, and rail, thus threatening the lives of 2,5 million people and provoking the first major international crisis of the Cold War, American General Lucius D. Clay did not hesitate and proceeded to build a bold and fantastic bridge across the sky, involving 700 planes and 250 000 flights over a period of 14 months! Join your hostess Anette Isaacs for a fascinating morning lecture of this exciting time in her country’s postwar history.
After an independent Lunch, enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure! There is just so much to do! For example, you could deepen your knowledge of the Berlin Airlift by visiting the Allied Museum in the leafy and tony district of Grunewald-Zehlendorf, or by exploring the vast and fascinating collection of the German History Museum (GHM) on Unter den Linden. 
Or you could also relax and discover Berlin on the water by taking one of the many architectural boat tours that are offered throughout the Spring and Summer!
(Breakfast is included).

Day 5, Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 :

Theme of the Day: Berlin’s Magnificent Museum Landscape

This morning you will be introduced to Berlin´s amazing art world! Our renowned Art Historians and A&M Tours Specialist will lead a guided visit of the fascinating Gemäldegalerie (photo) , also nicknamed “Berlin’s Louvre”. 

This is a magnificent museum that houses works by such important artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio, Rubens and many more!
Lunch today will be at a special place: Potsdamer Platz- the exciting city within a city!
Continue your exploration of Berlin’s fabulous Museums with a visit to the world famous Museum Island! A&M Tours will provide you with a three day pass that you can use on three consecutive days and that will give you free entry to all of the City’s major Museums!

(Breakfast and Lunch are included)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6, Wednesday,  September 25th, 2013:

Theme of the Day: Berlin: Europe’s Center of Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture

Berlin’s ultra-hip and artsy Mitte District will be our playground this morning! An A&M Tours History expert will take you on a fascinating walking tour through this unique gallery district around the Hackesche Markt. We will learn about the area's jewish roots and its tragic history.  
Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure starting perhaps with a shopping extravaganza at the world famous Kaufhaus des Westens (KADEWE), the largest department store in continental Europe?! The food emporium on the 6th floor is to die for! Or head over to the former Eastern part of Berlin and visit the Gendarmenmarkt in the former French Quarter, sampling an incredibly delicious Croissant at the Galleries Lafayette! But be sure to explore the wonderful stores, cafes and restaurants in the French quarter and especially the flagship store of Berlin’s own Fassbender and Rausch, the city’s premier chocolate maker, a chocolate lover’s delight.
(Breakfast is included)

 

Day 7, Thursday, September 26th, 2013:

Theme of the Day: Frederick the Great and his Royal Artistic Vision: Excursion to Potsdam and Guided Visits of Sanssouci Palace and Cecilienhof Palace.

Today you will explore not only the lives but also the castles of the royal family that turned Berlin and Potsdam into cultural and political centers: the Hohenzollerns.
You will begin this day with a morning guided visit of Sanssouci Palace, once summer residence of Frederick, the Great, a walk in the palatial gardens, and an overview of the city of Potsdam.
We will take our lunch break in the enchanting Dutch quarter of Potsdam where you can choose between an array of wonderful little restaurants and coffeeshops. 
Afterwards, our A&M Tours expert will guide you through the most interesting Cecilienhof Castle, where, in 1945, the Potsdam Conference took place. No exploration of Potsdam would be complete without a visit of this impressive Castle and a discussion of the conference that changed the course of German history.
You will return to Berlin in the early afternoon which will give you some time to relax before departing for our exciting last night in Germany’s electrifying capital: After a scrumptious Farewell Dinner at a posh local restaurant you will have the pleasure of attending a symphony concert in the world famous Philharmonie Hall!
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(Breakfast and Dinner are included)

 

Day 8, Friday,  September 27th, 2013:

After enjoying a hearty Breakfast at your hotel, take a taxi back to Tegel airport and
return home with many wonderful memories of your time in Bountiful Berlin and Potsdam!
(Breakfast is included)

 

Your A&M Tours Seminar Includes:

-7 nights at the 4 star Berlin Mark Hotel (or, if you choose to upgrade: at the upscale H10 Hotel)

-7 Breakfasts
-3 Dinners
-2 Lunches
-All lectures, guided tours, expert led excursions!
-All entrance fees for group events!
-A three day Berlin Museum Pass!
And:
2 exquisite Musical Performances