DAY 1Arrive in Warsaw, Poland
Welcome to Warsaw!
This evening is a special welcome dinner at one of Warsaw’s excellent restaurants with members of the local People to People chapter.
Your local guide will tell you about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway city between East and West.See the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with its market square and 14th-century Cathedral, the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, Lazienki Palace, and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto.
DAY 3Warsaw and Krakow
Start with a visit to the impressive Warsaw Rising Museum before continuing to Krakow, for centuries the residence of Polish kings.Your Local guide in ancient Krakow will show you the Market Square, the 14th-century Jagiellonian University, St. Mary Church and the impressive Wawel Royal Castle.
This morning there is a chance to visit the Wieliczka salt mines. In the afternoon enjoy a special guided visit to the Oskar Schindler Factory, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. Stroll through Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter, and visit a Synagogue. Tonight, see a traditional Polish folklore show.
DAY 5Auschwitz and Wroclaw
Stop in Auschwitz, the most notorious among the World War II concentration camps, a chilling and moving reminder of the Holocaust genocide.Continue to Wroclaw, the historical capital of Silesia. This impressive city belonged over the ages to Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, Germany, and after 1945 to Poland. Hear about its turbulent history during your guided tour, and admire its highlights, such as the cathedral and the market square. Meet with a local priest and learn all about Catholicism in Poland.
Cross the border and arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendour. During your guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace courtyard to admire its impressive architecture.Afterwards, a great dinner with wine and local specialties awaits you in Dresden’s well-known Am Pulverturm restaurant.
DAYS 7Torgau and Berlin
See the monument in Torgau commemorating the meeting of US and Soviet forces during World War II, and hear about Joe Polowsky during your visit of the courtyard at magnificent
Hartenfels Castle.Continue to Berlin, capital of Germany. Sightseeing with a Local guide includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten.Visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church with its bomb- damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden Boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie.
Spend the morning visiting the capital of Brandenburg, to Potsdam, directly bordering Berlin.In the afternoon, experience first-hand Berlin’s underground world during a special guided visit of the Unterwelten bunker, the public bunker system built during World War II.Meet members of the local People to People chapter and enjoy a home cooked dinner.
DAY 9Weimar and Buchenwald
Following an official welcome in Weimar with a member of the city council, take a walk through the beautiful town. See the houses where great poets like Goethe and Schiller lived and the theatre where Germany’s first, although short lived, democratic republic was founded.In the afternoon, a special visit has been included to Buchenwald at the site of the former Buchenwald Concentration camp.
Arrive in Nuremberg and visit the Memorium Nuremberg Nazi Trials and Room 600, followed by visits to the impressive documentation centre and Zeppelin field.In the afternoon walk through the charming Old Town. Admire the impressive medieval ramparts; St. Sebald Church and the Schöner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire.Tonight, a special dinner to taste the traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste has been prepared for you at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant.
DAY 11Dachau and Munich
Visit the site of the former Dachau concentration camp, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents. Meet and take part in a discussion with a Holocaust survivor or his descendants.Then, continue to Munich, Bavaria’s capital. Explore Marienplatz with the Old and New Town Halls, and the Gothic Frauenkirche.
A morning excursion to Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, will let you see these historic sites to learn about their uses in WWII.This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared to say, “Auf Wiedersehen” to your travel companions and to share your feelings about this exciting and emotional encounter with World War II.
DAY 13Bon Voyage!
Enjoy a group breakfast before departing for home from your voyage of self-discovery with a wealth of memories and friendships that will last a life-time.