Day 1: Stuttgart - Paris
Arrival in Stuttgart in the morning. You will meet your guide for a city tour through Stuttgart. Afterwards to will drive to Paris. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Paris.
Day 2: Paris incl. Louvre and Centre Pompidou
After breakfast you will visit the Louvre incl. guided tour. The Louvre is the largest museum in the world and attracts more than 5 million visitors per year. During a tour of the Louvre, you will learn about the interesting exhibits. Next highlight is “The Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou”, better known as Centre Pompidou which is a public art and cultural center in Paris. It should ensure all residents and tourists free access to knowledge. It houses the Musée National d'Art Moderne with important works of the 20th Century, the library Bibliothèque Publique d'Information (BPI) with 2000 reading places, the music research center IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique), a children's workshop, cinema, theater and lecture rooms, a bookstore, a restaurant and a café. Afterwards you will do a cruise on the river Seine. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Paris.
Day 3: Paris incl. Versailles
In the morning you will see the main sights of Paris. Afterwards you go to the Palace of Versailles. During a walk through the park and gardens you will learn more about the details, stories and legends about the kings of Versailles. Then you have the possibility to visit the castle interior on your own. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Paris.
Day 4: Paris - Brussels - Amsterdam
On your way to Amsterdam you will stop in Brussels for a guided city tour. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Amsterdam.
Day 5: Amsterdam and Ijsselmeer
After breakfast you will explore the capital of Amsterdam with your tour guide. You will see many of the interesting sights. Afterwards you will do a tour to the North of the Netherlands. First highlight is Volendam, a town, well known for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing still worn by some residents. Then you will continue to the open-air museum Zaanse Schans. It has a collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses; the ca. 35 houses from all over the Zaanstreek were moved to the museum area in the 1970s. You will visit one of the windmills. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Amsterdam.
Day 6: Amsterdam - Hamburg - Berlin
On your way to Berlin you will stop in Hamburg for a guided city tour. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Berlin.
Day 7: Potsdam incl. Sanssouci
In the morning you will explore Potsdam. The tour takes you through historic Potsdam to the Glienicke Bridge which offers views of the palaces and parks of Babelsberg. You will take a stroll through the New Garden, an exterior tour of Cecilienhof Palace, and enjoy views of the Marble Palace. A visit to Sanssouci Park completes the tour. Afterwards you will go back to Berlin and you will have the possibility to explore the city on your own. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Berlin.
Day 8: Berlin & Hohenschönhausen
Breakfast in hotel. This morning you will have a guided tour of Berlin. You will see for example the famous Kurfurstendamm and the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche, which became the symbol of Berlin after WWII, the Reichstag and the Brandenburger Tor. In the afternoon you will visit Hohenschönhausen, the Stasi Museum, a formerly prison. From here the last minister Erich Mielke commanded the Ministry for State Security or so called “Stasi”. Dinner and overnight stay in Berlin.
Day 9: Departure
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