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 $4,740

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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SPECIAL OFFER

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Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. Visit the Tour Details tab and click on "Special Air Rates/Services" drop down. 

Overview

Join us in Berlin and experience this European cultural capital fully transformed since reunification. Masterful contemporary architecture and a strong new visual identity are balanced with carefully preserved art treasures and the best of its cultural legacy, along with iconic sites that reflect its turbulent history. Stay at the Hilton Berlin, ideally located on Berlin’s most beautiful square.

Highlights Include

  • Political Berlin: Take a city tour featuring Berlin’s historic sites, visit the last standing section of the Berlin Wall, and get up close to the impressive architecture of the Reichstag. In the Schoeneberg neighborhood, see a poignant exhibit about the Jewish residents who lost their lives during the Holocaust and the site where President Kennedy made his famous 1963 speech.
  • Art and Music: Explore the Old Masters collection of the Gemäldegalerie, the jewel of the Kulturforum museum complex. Tour the imposing Pergamon Museum, showcasing magnificent collections of ancient treasures. Enjoy an evening musical performance, plus a behind-the-scenes tour of the State Opera House.
  • Local Insight: Join discussions with local experts about wartime Berlin and the Cold War and learn about the city’s musical legacy.
  • Potsdam: Tour the Rococo palace of Sanssouci and Schloss Cecilienhof, site of the decisive Potsdam Conference at the end of World War II.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Depart the U.S. on an overnight transatlantic flight to Berlin, Germany.

Day 2 — Berlin

Arrive at Berlin’s Tegel International Airport and transfer to the upscale Hilton Berlin close to the city’s historic quarter and situated on the famous Gendarmenmarkt. Upon arrival at the hotel, you’ll receive a Welcome Package with maps and general information about Berlin and its environs. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available this afternoon and throughout the program for suggestions regarding sightseeing, restaurants and independent activities. There’s time to unpack and settle in before joining fellow Smithsonian Journeys Travelers for an orientation walk of the neighborhood surrounding the hotel. The evening begins with a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 — Berlin

A full American-style buffet breakfast is served at the hotel each morning during your stay.

Gather for a presentation: A Tale of Two Cities: East Berlin and West Berlin. Learn about Berlin’s Cold War past as a city divided into East and West sectors from a local expert.

Set-out on a panoramic motor coach tour of Berlin that includes the iconic Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, the Federal Chancellery, Unter den Linden, a lovely tree-lined boulevard, the Gendarmenmarkt and a drive along the fashionable Kurfurstendamm. Visit the Bernauerstrasse Wall Memorial to see the last remnant of the infamous Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds, barbed wire, and guard tower, it provides a moving impression of how the wall divided the Eastern and Western sectors of this great city until late 1989. Following lunch at a local restaurant, the afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. (B,L)

Day 4 — Berlin / Postdam

Depart Berlin on a full-day excursion to historic Potsdam, known for its beautiful landscape of palaces and gardens. Discover Sanssouci, the former summer residence of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Admire the rococo architecture, extravagant furnishings, and manicured gardens. See the Neues Palais, a magnificent baroque castle. Then visit Cecilienhof Palace, a Tudor-style palace built in the early 20th century. Truman, Churchill, and Stalin gathered at this beautiful country house in 1945 to discuss the future of post-war Europe. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Potsdam. Explore Potsdam’s Dutch Quarter independently, an ensemble of 18th-century houses and buildings designed to bring a touch of the Netherlands to the city. In the early evening, gather in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for a discussion of the day’s discoveries. (B,L)

Day 5 — Berlin

Gather for a presentation by a local expert that highlights music in Berlin. Depart the hotel for a behind-the-scenes visit to the Staatsoper Unter Den Linden, the Berlin State Opera House. Later, visit the Gemaldegalerie for an escorted tour of one of the world’s finest collections of European art. This evening, gather with fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant followed by an evening concert performance at the unique Piano Salon. (B,D)

Day 6 — Berlin

In mid-morning, depart the hotel for a guided tour of the iconic German Reichstag including the interior and rooftop terrace. Later, have lunch at a local Bavarian-style beer garden. The remainder of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Gather in early evening in the Smithsonian Travelers Corner for lively conversation. (B,L)

Day 7 — Berlin

Begin the day with a guided tour of the impressive Jewish Museum. Afterward, continue to Schoneberg Town Hall where you will see the famous balcony where JFK made his famous speech in 1963, proclaiming “Ich bin ein Berliner.” Also, see the exhibit Wir waren Nachbarn which documents the lives of the Jewish residents who lived in this neighborhood and were deported to concentration camps and died during WWII. The balance of the day is free to explore the city on your own. This afternoon, you’re invited to the home of a local Berliner who will offer a personal account of life in Berlin during WWII and the Cold War years and see a private collection of art and antiques. In early evening, gather in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner to discuss the day’s experiences. (B)

Day 8 — Berlin

This morning, depart the hotel for a short walk to the Pergamon Museum for a guided tour showcasing magnificent collections of Greek, Roman, and Islamic treasures. Note: The Pergamon Altar exhibit is currently under restoration and closed until 2023. Each traveler will receive a full-day Museum Island Pass that provides entrance to all five museums in the complex. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to explore the museums on your own. This evening, gather with fellow Smithsonian Journeys Travelers for a festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9 — Return to the U.S.

Early this morning, transfer to Berlin’s Tegel Airport for return flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)