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Brick Gothic tour in Germany and Poland



Hanseatic Cities at the North Sea and Baltic Sea

Day 1: Arrival in Hamburg. Check in to hotel for 5 nights.

Day 2: Hamburg, called the 'Gateway to the World'. Bus tour to the Outer Alster and the Jungfernstieg waterfront at the Inner Alster, a lively street next to the terraces and Alster pavilions. Go on a cruise on the Alster for a view of the city and the five spires of the tallest churches of Hamburg (all more than 100 m tall). Go on to the Reeperbahn in the St. Pauli district with its numerous clubs, bars, restaurants, the wax museum and more. In the afternoon go on a guided tour starting at the town hall at the market square. Cross over the Alsterfleet on the Schleusenbrucke Bridge to see the historic Kontorhaus office buildings with their glowing red clinker bricks in the business district. In the south the large warehouses of the Speicherstadt overlook the Zollkanal canal. End the tour at the Deichstrasse mercantile street. The restored facades of the old warehouses give a true impression of historic Hamburg. Return to hotel.

Day 3: Day trip to Bremen. Guided tour of the historic center: the old town and market square, the Roland statue, Gothic town hall and the bronze statue of the Bremen Town Musicians, the Bremen Cathedral of St. Peter and the 16th century Stadtwaage building. Go on to Bottcherstrasse, a street of Brick Gothic houses, art galleries, museums, book shops, theaters and restaurants. Return to hotel.

Day 4: Continue to Lubeck, 'Queen of the Hanseatic League' and a charming city of Brick Gothic architecture. In a guided tour of the city see the Hospital of the Holy Spirit, the Holsten Gate, town hall, Fuchtingshof Courtyard and Lubeck Cathedral. Continue to Rostock. Guided tour to the town hall, market square with its gable-fronted houses and the Gothic St. Mary's Church, to the 'Goat Market', the front of the Rostock Mint and Korpeliner Street with its numerous merchant's buildings. Check in to hotel for 2 nights.

Day 5: Day trip to Wismar and Bad Doberan. The Hanseatic city of Wismar is a gem of medieval architecture. In a guided tour walk to the market square, town hall, the oldest preserved town house of Wismar "Old Swede", and the Churches of St. Nicholas and St. Mary. Continue to Bad Doberan. Visit to the Doberan Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery and gem of the Brick Gothic of Northern Germany. The Minster's rich medieval furnishings have been preserved for centuries and include objects of sublime artistic craft. Return to hotel.

Day 6: Day trip to Rugen, the largest island of Germany. Bus tour of the island and its captivating landscape to St. Mary's Church and through the wonderful beech woods of the Jasmund National Park to the 117 m tall 'King's Chair' lookout point at the center. Opportunity to go on a 2 hour boat tour from Sassnitz harbor to the chalk cliffs of Stubnitz. Cape Arkona is the northernmost tip of Rugen and its lighthouses, fortifications of the Rani tribe, Vitt chapel and the fishing village Vitt, as well as the seaside resorts of Sellin, Gohren and Binz are well worth seeing. Continue via Putbus and the German Avenue Road to Stralsund. Overnight stay in Stralsund.

Day 7: Stralsund. Go on a guided tour through the old town to the famous town hall and Gothic parish churches, monasteries, fortifications and town houses, all surrounded by ponds and parks. Continue to Greifswald where the famous artist Caspar David Friedrich was born. Greifswald is one of the most beautiful German cities on the Baltic Sea. In a tour of the city see the three medieval Churches of St. Mary, St. James and the Greifswald Cathedral, as well as the town hall and market square. Continue to Gdansk, Poland. Check in to hotel for 2 nights.

Day 8: Gdansk. Go on a stroll through the old town to the Golden Gate, Highland Gate, walk along lanes lined with patrician houses to D?ugi Targ Long Market, the Golden House, Artus' Court and the new town hall, go on to the Green Gate and Gdansk's landmark - the Crane. Visit to the Gothic Oliwa Cathedral and the Cistercian Abbey. Return to hotel

Day 9: Continue to Poznan for a guided tour of the rebuilt old town including the historic old market, the Renaissance town hall, and the Fountain of Proserpine. Continue to Berlin. Overnight stay.

Day 10: Berlin. In a bus tour around the city in the morning see Berlin's most iconic sights such as the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. Discover the old town of Berlin, called "Nikolaiviertel", with its historic architectural monuments in a walking tour to St. Nicholas' Church where hymn writer Paul Gerhardt worked as a deacon. The church has been rebuilt as a museum after it was destroyed during WWII. Departure.

Tour includes: Coach rides and day trips in a modern long-distance coach, experienced driver, and accommodation in mid-price hotels, double rooms with ensuite bathroom; breakfast and dinner, guided tours by trained local tour guides, maps and informative material.

Not included: tips, admission fees, beverages, personal expenses, possible increases in fuel prices.

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