Explore Berlin's world-class cultural institutions and the city's transformation since reunification during this special one-week Cultural Stay. Gaze in awe at important museum collections, experience poignant historic sites, and learn about the city’s tumultuous history. 

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 Brandenburg Gate, Berlin  The Reichstag, Parliament Building, Berlin  The striking contemporary glass dome of Berlin's Reichstag   The Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum, Berlin  Sign in four languages at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin  The formal gardens enhance the Bildergalerie Palace at Sanssouci in Potsdam, outside of Berlin.

Berlin

A One-Week Stay in Germany

9 days from $4,940

Explore Berlin's world-class cultural institutions and the city's transformation since reunification during this special one-week Cultural Stay. Gaze in awe at important museum collections, experience poignant historic sites, and learn about the city’s tumultuous history. 

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This trip was my retirement present to myself. It exceeded my expectations! It was great that travel details were well-handled, allowing me to focus on the country. I met extraordinary people, was inspired by the sights, and delighted in all I learned. Now, that's the way to kick-start a new life adventure!

- Katherine, M.

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Hilton Berlin

Berlin, Germany

With beautifully appointed accommodations and a location within the famous Gendarmenmarkt, the Berlin Hilton offers the perfect place to enjoy a stay in Germany’s capital. A short drive from the city’s two major airports, the hotel is within walking distance of Berlin’s major attractions, like the French and German cathedrals, the Concert House, Unter den Linden, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Jewish Museum. Take in the exceptional views over the German Dome from the Markt Brandenburg restaurant. Guest rooms feature modern furnishings and amenities and offer either city or courtyard views. The hotel has three restaurants and a popular lobby lounge as well as a fitness center, indoor pool, and sauna. Amenities include complimentary WiFi.

Number of nights: 7

Activity Level

Activity Level 2:  Moderate

Expectations: Week-long Cultural Stay featuring one city and hotel stay. Leisurely pace with some afternoons and evenings at leisure for personal pursuits. Walking tours of historic homes, outdoor sites, neighborhoods, and museums. Excursions outside the city by private motor coach and one excursion by local train. Hotel centrally located for easy access to museums, sites, shops, and restaurants, which is ideal for your time at leisure.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

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FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

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  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations on tour arrival and departure days. We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
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  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).
Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This trip was my retirement present to myself. It exceeded my expectations! It was great that travel details were well-handled, allowing me to focus on the country. I met extraordinary people, was inspired by the sights, and delighted in all I learned. Now, that's the way to kick-start a new life adventure!

- Katherine, M.
Reading List

Highly Recommended

Berlin: Portrait of a City Through the Centuries
By: Rory MacLean
A Washington Post Best Book of the YearBerlin is a city of fragments and ghosts, a laboratory of ideas, the fount of both the brightest and darkest designs of history's most bloody century. The once arrogant capital of Europe was devastated by Allied bombs, divided by the Wall, then reunited and reborn as one of the creative centers of the world. Today it resonates with the echo of lives lived. No other city has repeatedly been so powerful and fallen so low; few other cities have been so shaped and defined by individual imaginations.Berlin tells the volatile history of Europe's capital over five centuries through a series of intimate portraits of two dozen key residents: the medieval balladeer whose suffering explains the Nazis' rise to power; the genius Jewish chemist who invented poison gas for First World War battlefields and then the death camps; the iconic mythmakers like Christopher Isherwood, Leni Riefenstahl, and David Bowie, whose heated visions are now as real as the city's bricks and mortar. Alongside are portrayed some of the countless ordinary Berliners whose lives can only be imagined: the ambitious prostitute who refashioned herself as a baroness, the fearful Communist Party functionary who helped to build the Wall, and the American spy from the Midwest whose patriotism may have turned the course of the Cold War.Berlin is a history book like no other, with an originality that reflects the nature of the city itself. In its architecture, through its literature, in its movies and songs, Berliners have conjured their hard capital into a place of fantastic human fantasy. No other city has so often surrendered itself to its own seductive myths. Berlin captures, portrays, and propagates the remarkable story of those myths and their makers.
Pergamon Museum, Berlin - 66 Masterpieces (Scala's Masterpieces)
By: Scala Publishers
One of the world's great museums, the Pergamon Museum, lies on Berlin's Museumsinsel (Museum Island) complex, which is located between the Rivers Spree and Kupfergraben. Five museums were built on this site between 1824 and 1930 to house archaeological treasures and art collections. The last of the five to be built was the Pergamon Museum, which was designed by Alfred Messel and houses spectacular works of architectural antiquities, including collections of Assyrian, Far Eastern, Greek and Islamic art. Highlights include the Pergamon Altar, with a 394 foot frieze, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate from Babylon.
Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History
By: Simon Winder
Germania is propelled by a wish to reclaim the brilliant, chaotic, endlessly varied German civilization that the Nazis buried and ruined, and that, since 1945, so many Germans have worked to rebuild. A very funny book on serious topics---how we are misled by history, how we twist history, and how sometimes it is best to know no history at all. It is a book full of curiosities: odd food, castles, mad princes, fairy tales, and horse-mating videos. It is about the limits of language, the meaning of culture, and the pleasure of townscape, and "a book you will return to time and again" (The Florida Times-Union).
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Berlin: 2019
By: DK Eyewitness
DK Eyewitness travel guides: award-winning guidebooksFind your corner of Berlin with this essential travel guide to this great city, designed to help you create your own unique trip and to transport you there before you’ve even packed your case – marvel at ancient treasures on Museumsinsel, explore Berlin’s complex history at Checkpoint Charlie or walk in the footsteps of royalty at Schloss Charlottenburg.  The DK Eyewitness Guide to Berlin covers the must-see sights and the hidden corners, so you won’t miss a thing.• Gorgeous, all-new color photography so you can imagine yourself there• Reasons to love Berlin: vibrant street art, the legendary nightlife, peaceful canal walks – what will yours be?• See Berlin from a different angle - 26 pages of fresh ideas for exploring the city• A year-long calendar of events in Berlin gives a selection of local events and festivals for all seasons• Sturdy, laminated pull-out city map includes transport information and a map of U-Bahn and S-Bahn lines• Expert advice covers the practical stuff: get ready, get around and stay safe• Over 20 detailed, color maps help you navigate the city with ease• Expert tips to make memories that last – where to snap and share the perfect photo, take in stunning views and escape the crowds• The most authentic places to stay, eat, drink and shop• Easy-to-follow walks and itineraries take you on a tour of each area, with plenty of eat and drink stops en route.• Hand-drawn illustrations show the inside of the must-see attractions, including the Berliner Dom, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, Schloss Charlottenburg and the Neues Palais• Covers Museumsinsel; Around Unter den Linden; Alexanderplatz; North Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg; Friedrichshain; Tiergarten; Kreuzberg; Around Kurfürstendamm;  Around Schloss Charlottenburg; Dahlem; Potsdam; plus more sights beyond the city centreDK Eyewitness Travel Guide Berlin is a detailed, easy-to-use guide designed to help you create your own unique trip.DK Eyewitness: winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017. Staying for longer? Try our DK Eyewitness guide to Germany.About DK Eyewitness Travel: For 25 years, DK’s beautifully practical Eyewitness guides have been combining inspiring ideas and expert advice with easy-to-read maps and vivid photography to inform and enrich your holiday. This year they have been given a stunning new look that you will love even more.  DK is the world’s leading illustrated reference publisher, producing beautifully designed books for adults and children in over 120 countries.

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Music at its Best: The Berlin Philharmonic
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Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe
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Prost!: The Story of German Beer
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Hitler and the Holocaust (Modern Library Chronicles)
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Hitler and the Holocaust is the product of a lifetime’s work by one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of anti-Semitism and modern Jewry. Robert S. Wistrich examines Europe’s long history of violence against its Jewish populations, looks at the forces that shaped Hitler’s belief in a “satanic Jewish power” that must be eradicated, and discusses the process by which Hitler gained power and finalized his plans for mass genocide. He concludes by addressing the abiding legacy of the Holocaust and the lessons that can be drawn from it. Combining a comprehensive picture of one of the most cataclysmic periods in recent history with contemporary scholarly developments and fresh historical inquiry, Hitler and the Holocaust is an indelible contribution to the literature of history.
Leaving Berlin: A Novel
By: Joseph Kanon
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In a German Pension: Thirteen Short Stories
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