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History and Culture in Prague and East Germany

Visit three very different yet equally alluring Central European cities on a custom tour. Combining capital-of-cool Berlin with magical Prague and phoenix-city Dresden will give you a great understanding of what makes this such a fascinating part of Europe. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.
One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

4 Nights in Berlin

4 Nights in Berlin

4 Nights in Berlin

A vibrant cosmopolitan city that’s rich in history and contemporary culture, Berlin is a place that is constantly evolving. From the ruins of World War II to the Cold War division of the Berlin wall, Berlin has always emerged intact. The largest city in Germany and the capital of the country, this is a sprawling city that fortunately has excellent public transportation, both above and below ground. You’ll find a little of everything here, from history to high gastronomy, art museums to palaces, and plenty lively bars. The nightlife here is world-class, but there’s more than enough to see during the day. Berlin is made up of distinctive neighborhoods, and each of them has a different character. We recommend several ways of exploring the city, from a Cold War walking tour to a bike tour to see all the must-see sights in a simple and easy way. An exploration of the long and volatile history of Jewish culture in the city is eye-opening as Jewish life in Berlin has been meticulously documented. Many of the city’s art and culture museums offer unforgettable glimpses into history. Potsdam offers the perfect diversion for an afternoon, and Sanssouci Palace, with its well-tended gardens, is a beautiful reminder of the city’s impressive past. The past comes alive in Berlin, but the present is very much alive as well.

A vibrant cosmopolitan city that’s rich in history and contemporary culture, Berlin is a place that is constantly evolving. From the ruins of World War II to the Cold War division of the Berlin wall, Berlin has always emerged intact. The largest city in Germany and the capital of the country, this is a sprawling city that fortunately has excellent public transportation, both above and below ground. You’ll find a little of everything here, from history to high gastronomy, art museums to palaces, and plenty lively bars. The nightlife here is world-class, but there’s more than enough to see during the day. Berlin is made up of distinctive neighborhoods, and each of them has a different character. We recommend several ways of exploring the city, from a Cold War walking tour to a bike tour to see all the must-see sights in a simple and easy way. An exploration of the long and volatile history of Jewish culture in the city is eye-opening as Jewish life in Berlin has been meticulously documented. Many of the city’s art and culture museums offer unforgettable glimpses into history. Potsdam offers the perfect diversion for an afternoon, and Sanssouci Palace, with its well-tended gardens, is a beautiful reminder of the city’s impressive past. The past comes alive in Berlin, but the present is very much alive as well.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Berlin

Welcome to Berlin! You will be met at the airport and have transport arranged to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Berlin

City Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll be taking a group walking tour. You’ll stroll down Berlin's royal boulevard and retrace the city's evolution from a pagan fishing village into the capital of Prussia, and the capital of Bismarck's German empire. Your guide will help you discover the memorial for the Nazi book burning close to where Marx studied and Einstein taught. Walk across the final battlefield of World War II and find out how the peculiar events surrounding the Reichstag fire led to the Nazis' rise to power in 1933. Stand at the site of Hitler's bunker and get an in-depth account of the claustrophobic last days spent inside. You'll also explore the controversial Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Pick up some very Berlin souvenirs

Suggestion to explore on your own

Berlin's definitely a design forward city so what better to bring home as a reminder of your time here than something from one of the city's many local designers. Several neighborhoods lend themselves to a shopping expediton. Prenzlauer Berg is great for strolling and dropping into designer shops, Kreuzberg is all about the vintage stores. The highest concentration of designer shops however is to be found in the Hackescher Markt, Germany’s largest enclosed courtyard area and you'll find it chock full of Berlin-made goods.

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Berlin

Explore some of Berlin's diverse neighborhoods

Suggestion to explore on your own

Berlin's a vast and sprawling city with some very diverse neighborhoods. You definitely couldn't explore all of our suggestions in a day so we feel it's best to pick one that fits your interests, from artsy Kreuzburg, bustling Mitte or leafy Prenzlauer Berg and more besides, Berlin's a city with something for everyone. Get some inspiration from our blog post about six of Berlin's distinct districts or pick a cafe to hang out in.

Green Space: Tiergarten, Beer Gardens and More

Suggestion to explore on your own

Berlin in the summer is a real treat, as you have the combination of the rich history and a spectrum of outdoor entertainment. Today we suggest exploring some of the city’s outdoor life. The Tiergarten is the city’s largest park and is centered around The Victory Column, which offers incredible views over the city. Many neighborhoods throughout the city also have beer gardens, where you can enjoy a cold pilsner in classic summer style. Areas such as Kreuzberg are also great places to wander when it’s warm. You’ll find outdoor dining and drinking, markets, and more.

Day 4

Day 4 - Your Third Full Day in Berlin

20th Century Berlin History Day

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Berlin is full of museums but there are two we recommend highly, the Berlin Wall Memorial and the German History Museum. Why not explore their very informative exhibitions today? The Berlin Wall Memorial is an open-air stretch of 1.4 kilometers of the wall. At Bernauer Strasse, you’ll find the graffiti-covered wall as well as a proper museum/visitor center that’s full of historical insight. The German History Museum, on the gorgeous and historical avenue Unter den Linden, is the most impressive authority on the history of the German nation. You’ll find an incredible collection of art and artefacts from throughout history but the most resonant for most visitors is the section devoted to the 20th century. The permanent collection is huge, and there are also regular exhibitions.


Another great option is our Cold War Group Walking Tour, which will teach you all about the experience of Cold War Berlin.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Dresden by Train

Discover a very different German city - Dresden. Regular train connections between Berlin and Dresden mean you can choose your departure time. Your hotel reception will be able to arrange a taxi for you to Berlin's Hauptbahnhof station, much more economically than a transfer service, so we haven’t included that in your package but can do should you wish. Once on the train all you need to do is unwind and watch the German countryside speeding by. Your package includes second class tickets with seat reservations, upgrades to first are available but are much more expensive.

You can upgrade your transfer

By Private Transfer to Dresden with a Stop in Spreewald

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Berlin

Beer and Breweries Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Berlin Food Crawl Private Tour
Moderate3 hours 30 minutes
Berlin Private City Tour by Car
Easy3 hours
Berlin Private Walking Tour
Moderate3 hours

2 Nights in Dresden

2 Nights in Dresden

2 Nights in Dresden

Dresden has had one of the most volatile histories of any city in Europe, being almost totally reduced to rubble in World War II. The city today is a unique combination of remembered and honored history and a vibrant, entertaining present. There are several historical buildings throughout the city that attest to the destruction here, but Dresden has rejuvenated itself since World War II, and today is one of Germany’s most tourist-friendly cities, with an enchanting energy and entertainment all year round. Famous for its Christmas markets, Dresden also has plenty to offer in the warmer months, from museums and memorials, to intriguing new architecture, pleasant parks, and nearby destinations for day trips. History comes alive everywhere you look in Dresden, and we highly recommend taking a closer look at the city’s museums and the traces of the past in the architecture. The city also has a rich cultural program, with numerous galleries and concert taking place quite regularly. You can certainly sample hearty German cuisine here, as well as more modern Continental flavours. You’ll love exploring this lovely city and the surrounding region.

Dresden has had one of the most volatile histories of any city in Europe, being almost totally reduced to rubble in World War II. The city today is a unique combination of remembered and honored history and a vibrant, entertaining present. There are several historical buildings throughout the city that attest to the destruction here, but Dresden has rejuvenated itself since World War II, and today is one of Germany’s most tourist-friendly cities, with an enchanting energy and entertainment all year round. Famous for its Christmas markets, Dresden also has plenty to offer in the warmer months, from museums and memorials, to intriguing new architecture, pleasant parks, and nearby destinations for day trips. History comes alive everywhere you look in Dresden, and we highly recommend taking a closer look at the city’s museums and the traces of the past in the architecture. The city also has a rich cultural program, with numerous galleries and concert taking place quite regularly. You can certainly sample hearty German cuisine here, as well as more modern Continental flavours. You’ll love exploring this lovely city and the surrounding region.

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Dresden

When you arrive at Dresden Hauptbahnhof you will easily find the station’s taxi rank signposted. We haven’t included a transfer here because in our experience meet & greet transfer services in Dresden are very overpriced, unreliable and the driver can be hard to locate in the station. Dresden's taxis are honest, reasonably priced and you’ll have no problem finding one at the station’s taxi rank, so you’ll save both time and money by taking one to your centrally located accommodation.

Get to Know Dresden on a Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll be setting out on a private walking tour of Dresden. Your guide will meet you at your accommodation at the agreed upon time. Wear comfortable shoes and don't forget your camera!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Dresden

A Day Trip to Meissen

Suggestion to explore on your own

Meissen is a quaint German city that is one of our favorite destinations for a day trip outside Dresden. Here you can explore a 15th century castle and cathedral, and also admire the lovely architecture and cobblestone streets. The city is world-famous for its porcelain, so a visit to the factory shop should definitely be on the agenda. Domkeller and Frauenkirche are Meissen's two famous cathedrals, and each is beautiful. You'll love settling into the slow pace of life here. For more information about Meissen, please read our blog post.

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Prague by Train

You're headed south to the capital of the Czech Republic, magical Prague. Your hotel reception will be able to arrange a taxi for you, much more economically than a transfer service, so we haven’t included that in your package but can do should you wish. From there you will take a train to Prague. Your package includes 2nd class tickets with seat reservations. 1st class tickets can be arranged for an additional fee.

You can upgrade your transfer

Prague by Private Transfer

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Dresden

Dresden Group Walking Tour
Easy2 hours
New Town Private Walking Tour
Light2 hours
Private Day Trip to Saxon Switzerland by Train
Strenuous8 hours
Private Dresden Jewish Tour
Light2 hours

3 Nights in Prague

3 Nights in Prague

3 Nights in Prague

“The Golden City,” “The City of 100 Spires,” “The Mother of Cities,” Prague has no shortage of nicknames paying homage to its charm and beauty. Prague’s winding cobblestone streets, gorgeous architecture and atmospheric bridges are fabled. Get up early and stroll across the statue-lined Charles Bridge. Soak it all in standing in the magnificent Old Town Square and admiring the craftsmanship of its 600-year old astronomical clock. From exploring the history and modern culture on foot, to traveling farther afield to take in the picturesque countryside and fairytale villages, you’ll have an itinerary full of adventure and relaxation. Besides the city’s history, which is evident on every street, including the beautifully preserved former Jewish Quarter, you can delve into the city’s gastronomy. You can literally dive into some of Europe’s best beers by visiting a beer spa, or explore its beloved breweries with walking tours, or enjoy a dinner cruise. Day-trip destinations include scenic castles, the perfect spa town, and Kutna Hora with its “bone church” and gothic cathedral. Prague is a city of history that comes to life for every visitor, no matter their interests.

“The Golden City,” “The City of 100 Spires,” “The Mother of Cities,” Prague has no shortage of nicknames paying homage to its charm and beauty. Prague’s winding cobblestone streets, gorgeous architecture and atmospheric bridges are fabled. Get up early and stroll across the statue-lined Charles Bridge. Soak it all in standing in the magnificent Old Town Square and admiring the craftsmanship of its 600-year old astronomical clock. From exploring the history and modern culture on foot, to traveling farther afield to take in the picturesque countryside and fairytale villages, you’ll have an itinerary full of adventure and relaxation. Besides the city’s history, which is evident on every street, including the beautifully preserved former Jewish Quarter, you can delve into the city’s gastronomy. You can literally dive into some of Europe’s best beers by visiting a beer spa, or explore its beloved breweries with walking tours, or enjoy a dinner cruise. Day-trip destinations include scenic castles, the perfect spa town, and Kutna Hora with its “bone church” and gothic cathedral. Prague is a city of history that comes to life for every visitor, no matter their interests.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Prague

When you arrive at Prague's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Prague

Get to Know Prague on a City Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Prague's main historic sights are situated on the so-called Royal Route between the Old Town and Prague Castle, crossing the river on the Charles Bridge. You could take a private walking tour which follows this route, putting you in touch with all the history and romanticism of this wonderful city. Since the tour ends in the courtyard of Prague Castle, we would suggest continuing the day by following one of the tour routes in the castle.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Experience the Life Monastic

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

One of the most breathtaking interiors in the city is to be found at the Strahov Monastery. The halls of the library here have featured in several Hollywood films. After feasting your eyes you'll have the chance to feast on some Czech classics and brewed on-site beer at the monastery brewery.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Prague

Explore Bohemia on a Day Trip from Prague

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Take a break from the city and get out into the Bohemian countryside. 2 hours to the north is the ornate spa town of Karlovy Vary, or Carlsbad to its neighbors. With elegant colonnades, luxury and medicinal spas, a local herbal liquor distillery and a crystal factory, there's plenty to fill your day here! If you'd prefer a shorter journey and a more traditional Bohemian town then we'd recommend UNESCO-listed Kutna Hora - you can read about a trip there by a blogging couple we hosted. It's best-known for its "bone church," the Sedlec Ossuary, but is actually listed for its beautiful historic Old Town, St. Barbara's cathedral and the Italian court. You could also go for a private wine tasting in a chateau, or take a guided trip to the imposing Karlstejn Castle.

Karlovy Vary Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Enjoy a trip to the legendary spa town Karlovy Vary. Hot springs were discovered here in 14th century by King Charles IV. Your private driver and tour guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Prague and drive you about two hours to Karlovy Vary. On the way to Karlovy Vary you will stop in a nearby castle Loket, which was built in 13th century and where Casino Royale was filmed. At the end of the day you'll be driven back to Prague.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 9 hours

Kutna Hora Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Take a trip to Kutna Hora, the medieval center of silver-mining and once the second richest town in the Czech Kingdom. The variety of architectural monuments and its well-preserved town center reflects its ancient fame and wealth. During your walk you will visit the gothic cathedral of St. Barbara and also one of the most interesting burial places in the world. Kutna Hora has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995 and on this excursion you'll see why.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Melnik Chateau Private Trip and Wine Tasting

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Experience wine, history and love on this unique private day trip only one hour away from Prague. The town's history is closely connected with wine production, a tradition that has lasted here more than a thousand years. You will visit the place where 23 Czech queens and princesses have lived. After the private Chateau tour you will have a chance to explore medieval wine cellar and try local royal family wine - Lobkowicz.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 5 hours

Karlstejn Castle Half Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

If there's one excursion you should take from Prague, it's Karlstejn. Located about 20 miles outside the city, this High Gothic castle was founded by Emperor Charles IV in the mid-14th century for the safekeeping of his collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire. You'll be picked up in Prague and driven to the edge of the castle grounds, then have a pleasant stroll to the castle where you'll join a group for an hour-long tour of the historical interiors of the imperial palace, including Charles IV's private rooms and reception halls.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

A driver will pick you up at your accommodation based on your flight time and transfer you to Prague airport for your departure.

We also offer the following excursions in Prague

A la Carte Dinner Cruise
Light3 hours
Beer Spa Private Experience
Light1 hour
Beer and Czech Tapas Small Group Tour
Light4 hours
Bohemian Flavors and Neighborhoods Small Group Tour
Light4 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Berlin

4 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Berlin Airport Transfer
Berlin Group City Tour
Berlin - Dresden Train Tickets 2nd Class

Dresden

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Dresden Private Walking Tour
Dresden - Prague Train Tickets

Prague

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Prague Train Station Transfer
Prague Private Walking Tour
Prague Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.8 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations

Maria & Gus

South Carolina

JayWay Travel is a first class experience! We were taken care of throughout the entire process (planning phase and the travel phase) A kind of boutique concierge service. I love the effort & detail JayWay Travel puts into their guest page, it's filled with so much valuable information.

JayWay Travel is a first class experience! We were taken care of throughout the entire process (planning phase and the travel phase) A kind of boutique concierge service. I love the effort & detail JayWay Travel puts into their guest page, it's filled with so much valuable information.

Year : 2018
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5

Howard & Dayna

Oregon

We have not regretted for a moment, we entered the Jay Way world. Within minutes they had sent us an itinerary for our proposed trip and later gave us several selections for accommodations at various levels of comfort. We saved ourselves hours of self inflicted searching, pondering, reserving and unnecessary risk. We were comforted greatly at the transition points, i.e., being met as we arrived at each location, having a city tour to orient us to each city, and then transport to either the train station or by shuttle to our next destination. We recommend Jay Way Travel without any reservation. The time, energy, and effort they saved us was worth every dollar of their fee, which by any accounts was very reasonable.

We have not regretted for a moment, we entered the Jay Way world. Within minutes they had sent us an itinerary for our proposed trip and later gave us several selections for accommodations at various levels of comfort. We saved ourselves hours of self inflicted searching, pondering, reserving and unnecessary risk. We were comforted greatly at the transition points, i.e., being met as we arrived at each location, having a city tour to orient us to each city, and then transport to either the train station or by shuttle to our next destination. We recommend Jay Way Travel without any reservation. The time, energy, and effort they saved us was worth every dollar of their fee, which by any accounts was very reasonable.

Year : 2018
Visited : Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Split, Sarajevo, Plitvice, Rovinj, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Berlin
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Split, Sarajevo, Plitvice, Rovinj, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Berlin
Rating :
4.8 / 5

Jennifer, Matey, Millie, Harriet, Henry & Kenneth

South Carolina

JayWay Travel made our trip. Without them, our trip would have lost its luster.

JayWay Travel made our trip. Without them, our trip would have lost its luster.

Year : 2018
Visited : Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
Itinerary : Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Berlin
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
Itinerary : Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Berlin
Rating :
4.6 / 5

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