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Berlin, Dresden, Meissen and Colditz

5days from
£859*per person


5 Days - City Breaks

On this intriguingly varied tour, we experience two of Europe’s greatest cultural cities, Berlin and Dresden. Both have endured violent interludes in otherwise glittering histories and have now returned to their former glory at the heart of 21st- century Europe. The outpouring of joy and energy that accompanied the fall of the Berlin Wall over 30 years ago rekindled Berlin’s legendary vibrancy, and this modern city throbs with new life while doffing its cap respectfully to the past. Iconic locations abound – from Checkpoint Charlie with its spy stories, to the magnificent avenue of Unter den Linden with its many cafés and museums. Here we also see the Brandenburg Gate and the instantly recognisable Reichstag, symbol of the new Germany. Perhaps more sedate than Berlin, Dresden is a cultural jewel reborn as a beacon of hope and peace, revelling in the renewed splendour of its architecture, opera and museums. Before the last war it was Germany’s most beautiful city thanks to its imposing Baroque buildings and many art treasures. After huge bomb damage, Dresden has been almost completely restored as part of an extraordinary restoration project spanning 60 years, – and the results are breathtaking. But there is much more to this tour than these two re-energised cities as we experience Germany’s traditional side through its rolling countryside, small towns and picturesque villages. There will also be reminders of old East Germany, including an occasional Trabant, the still sought-after car that is so associated with the period. We explore the medieval town of Meissen, where highly skilled artisans craft exquisite porcelain in the only factory in Europe where the process is still completed entirely by hand. Finally, and in complete contrast to picturesque Meissen, we visit Colditz Castle, the infamous prisoner of war camp for serial would-be escapees – inmates included the legless fighter pilot Douglas Bader. This is a tour that reveals Germany’s delightful contrasts, from its vibrant modern cities to its charming rural landscapes, and lets you experience the past, present and future of this remarkable country. This tour can operate in reverse staying first in Dresden for two nights followed by two nights in Berlin. You will experience the same tours and visits.


  • Arrive at the airport for your flight to Berlin. On arrival, we transfer to either the four-star Marriott Courtyard or the four-star superior Maritim Pro Arte for two nights. 
  • Berlin is an incredible place. Originally two separate 14th-century towns, it has long been a city of contrasts and never more so than in its recent past, which makes it such a fascinating place to visit. This morning we have a guided tour taking in many landmarks, including Checkpoint Charlie, a poignant symbol of the Cold War when the city was divided between East and West. You’ll see the Brandenburg Gate – one of Germany’s most iconic landmarks – and the Reichstag, the parliament of the reunified Germany that is steeped in history and partially reconstructed by Norman Foster. We also take in Unter Den Linden, the city’s most famous boulevard, the imposing cathedral and of course what remains of the Berlin Wall – now a protected historical monument. The afternoon is free for you to explore. Berlin’s turbulent political past makes it such an absorbing place, but it is also an incredibly vibrant city with a character and optimism to match. It strongly rewards exploring by foot – visit the impressive Charlottenburg Palace and the legendary Olympiastadion stadium, or you may wish to take a short train ride to Potsdam and the Sanssouci Palace, home of the famous Prussian king Frederick the Great. Signature experience: For an experience that is truly unique to Berlin, this evening we'll dine in the world's only public restaurant that's located inside an active parliament building. As the sun sets and night falls over the German capital, we'll head to the top of the imposing Reichstag where we'll dine at the Käfer restaurant next to its famous glass dome. Enjoy a seasonally inspired menu and take in panoramic views of the Eastern part of the cityscape at night.
  • After breakfast we drive through gentle rolling woodland and fields into Saxony, crossing the mighty River Elbe en route to somewhere synonymous with the heroic art of escape: Colditz. The supposedly escape-proof castle towers on its clifftop, looming over the town below. Next we visit the town of Meissen, famous for producing the first porcelain to be made outside of China. We have a remarkable tour revealing how, since 1710, highly skilled artisans have created these unique works of art. Many porcelain pieces take weeks or even months to finish, and in the museum you can enjoy many of the splendid examples from throughout the company’s existence. We soon arrive in Dresden for two nights, at the centrally located four-star superior Hotel Steigenberger. On some tour dates we'll stay at the four-star superior Maritim Hotel situated on the banks of the River Elbe.
  • Sitting majestically astride the stately waters of the River Elbe and dating from the 12th century, Dresden is a strikingly beautiful place to visit. It rose to artistic prominence during the early 18th century when August the Strong, ruler of Poland and Saxony, gathered many of Europe’s best musicians, architects and artists in his capital. Its pre-eminence as a centre for art, classical music and science saw the emergence of fine Renaissance, Baroque and Classical buildings, the majority of which – though destroyed by the Allied bombings of 1945 – have been wonderfully restored in recent years, returning Dresden to its former glory. This morning we have a walking tour around these revitalised architectural gems, and in the afternoon you’re free to explore as you wish. Absorb the ambience of Dresden’s many enchanting shops, seek out a cosy restaurant down one of the quaintly cobbled streets, or simply enjoy the numerous talented street musicians that keep Dresden’s musical heritage alive.
  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of Berlin, home to Norman Foster’s Reichstag, ‘Check Point Charlie’, the DDR (former East Germany) Museum, and some of the world’s finest archaeological and fine art museums
  • Walking tour of Dresden, ‘Florence of the Elbe’, home to one of the world’s greatest art collections, formerly the capital of the Kings of Saxony
  • Visit Meissen and take a guided tour of the world-famous porcelain studio
  • Visit Colditz Castle
  • Four nights in four-star superior accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, with daily breakfast
  • This Signature Tour includes all of the above as well as the following:
  • Enjoy an experience that’s unique to Berlin with dinner at the top of the Reichstag Building - the only public restaurant in a parliament building in the world - while admiring beautiful views of the city
  • Enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group with an average of 22 guests

Our Price Includes

  • The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes:
  • Return flights
  • Four nights accommodation in four-star superior hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • All touring as mentioned
  • All local accommodation taxes
  • Transfers to and from the hotels
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • Included excursions are a guided tour of Berlin, a walking tour of Dresden, visit to Colditz Castle, entrance to and a guided tour of Meissen porcelain factory.
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4* Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Center -


Within easy walking distance of Museum Island, the magnificent Gendarmenmarkt and Checkpoint Charlie, this chic and modern hotel provides the perfect base to explore Berlin’s sights. Beyond the spacious welcoming lobby, enjoy light bites in the coffee shop and international cuisine in the elegant restaurant before a cocktail or two in the stylish bar. Relax at the end of the day in light and bright fully air-conditioned rooms, furnished in contemporary tones with safe, mini-fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.

4* superior Hotel Steigenberger de Saxe - Dresden -

The Hotel Steigenberger is four-star superior rated and centrally located just a few minutes walk from the historic centre. Beautifully designed, this modern and well-managed property makes extensive use of marble throughout, has a very good quality restaurant, bar and wellness centre. The extremely comfortable rooms are superbly decorated, fully air-conditioned with minibar, safe and tea and coffee making facilities.

4* Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz -


Situated in the centre of the city, the Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz is the highest hotel in Berlin offering unique views over the capital from the rooftop terrace. The 4* hotel is home to a restaurant, bar and lounge as well as a spa and fitness centre and all rooms have free Wi-Fi, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

4* superior Maritim Dresden - Dresden -

The Maritim Dresden is four-star superior rated, situated on the banks of the Elbe, housed in a building that is a protected monument. The hotel has a restaurant piano bar, and a wellness centre with a pool (a charge may apply to some of the facilities) . All rooms are air-conditioned and have satellite TV with pay TV channels, mini bar, telephone, safe and hairdryer. Excellent restaurant, comfortable bar with live music, wellness centre, indoor pool and sauna.

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