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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.
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4 Nights in Berlin

4 Nights in Berlin

5 days in Berlin

4 Nights in Berlin

A vibrant cosmopolitan city that’s rich in history and contemporary culture, Berlin is constantly evolving. From the ruins of World War II to the Cold War division of the Berlin wall, Berlin has always managed to rebuild. Germany's largest city, this sprawling (by European standards) metropolis has excellent public transportation, from subways to an official rowboat ferry. 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, each with 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 constantly evolving. From the ruins of World War II to the Cold War division of the Berlin wall, Berlin has always managed to rebuild. Germany's largest city, this sprawling (by European standards) metropolis has excellent public transportation, from subways to an official rowboat ferry. 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, each with 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 Berlin TXL airport and have transport arranged to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Berlin

Berlin City Group Tour

Berlin City Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Enjoy a three hour walking tour of Berlin as part of a group. Your guide will introduce you to this surprisingly diverse capital, share some interesting facts and stories and give you further recommendations if asked. Being part of the group will also give you the chance to learn more about the fellow participants suggestions for Berlin.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

A Museum Paradise

Suggestion to explore on your own

Berlin’s past as an imperial capital, and current status as a global cultural hotspot are made clear by its sheer variety of museums, which will spoil you for choice. If you have any interest in art and archaeology, you need to visit Museum Island, home to a UNESCO-listed museum complex that contains one of the world’s great art collections, stretching across seven museums. Next door, on the site of a failed assassination attempt against Hitler, the German History Museum covers German history from its first settlement to today, making it the best way to get an overview of German history, from kings to peasants.

The mile-long Berlin Wall Memorial explains the wall with plaques, art, museums, and a rebuilt section of the wall complete with a viewing platform (it is distant from the East Side Gallery, which has the wall's most famous murals). At the memorial you'll find excavations of buildings destroyed by the wall’s construction, giant murals, and a modern church built on the grounds of an older temple destroyed for the wall. This stretch featured more escape tunnels than any other area, and their routes are traced on the ground, next to plaques giving their history. The route ends near Mauerpark, a “Wall Park” that turns into one of the city’s most popular spots every Sunday, when crowds flock to its flea market, grassy lawns, and karaoke amphitheater.

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Berlin

Cold War Group Walking Tour

Cold War Group Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Join a group with a professional guide and learn more about the historical sites of Berlin during the Cold War. Besides the sights, your guide will also share some interesting and shocking stories and facts of espionage, street art, and wall's death strip.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

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.

Day 4

Day 4 - Your Third Full Day in Berlin

Potsdam Group Tour by Train

Potsdam Group Tour by Train

Included in your vacation package price.

Just a short train ride from Berlin, Potsdam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will impress you with its marvellous charm and grandeur. On this tour with an expert local guide you'll see everything Potsdam has to offer, starting with the stunning Sanssouci Palace, the favorite residence of Frederick the Great. Set amongst beautiful parkland scattered with temples, churches and grottoes, it is a sight to behold. From lovely gardens to amazing architecture, there is an amazing diversity of royal opulence in Potsdam, making it one of our favorite day trips from Berlin.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Group Tour

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Group Tour

Visiting the Sachsenhausen concentration camp will certainly be one of the most emotionally resonant things you do in Berlin. On this six-hour tour, qualified guides will uncover the realities of life and death in the camp.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 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 and the journey takes under two hours. 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

Dresden by Private Transfer with a Moritzburg Palace Stop

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

(PRIVATE GROUP) Berlin Private Walking Tour
Moderate3 hours
Beer and Brewing Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Berlin Food Crawl Private Tour
Moderate3 hours 30 minutes
Berlin Highlights Bike Tour
Moderate3 hours

2 Nights in Dresden

2 Nights in Dresden

3 days 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.

The Jewel Box of Europe

Suggestion to explore on your own

For something unique, visit the “Green Vault” in the Neumarkt section of the old town. Here you will find the largest treasure trove in Europe, if not the world. Located within Dresden’s main palace, the architecture alone is exceptional, with its mix of modern and Baroque elements, to say nothing of its glittering collection. A true gem, you could spend a good portion of the day just looking over its literal gems.

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Dresden

Dresden Private Walking Tour

Dresden Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

If you'd like to explore Dresden's beautiful and historic Old Town, we recommend this private tour with an expert local guide. You'll be picked up from your accommodation and accompanied through Old Town, where you'll explore some of the city's most famous art and architecture. Your guide knows all of the city's secrets and you'll learn about the incredible history that has made Dresden the destination it is today.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

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.

Richard Wagner Private Tour

Wander in the Footsteps of Wagner

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

If you're a classical music fan you're in luck, because none other than the great German composer Richard Wagner spent many productive years in Dresden. We recommend taking a walking tour with an expert local guide who'll show you all of the most significant Wagner sites in the city, including places where he composed and conducted. You'll practically hear the music as the past comes alive for you.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

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 with a Stop in Terezin

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

Dresden Group Walking Tour
Moderate2 hours
Elbe Group Sightseeing Cruise
Easy1 hour 40 minutes
New Town Private Walking Tour
Moderate2 hours
Private Day Trip to Saxon Switzerland by Train
Strenuous8 hours

3 Nights in Prague

3 Nights in Prague

4 days 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 from the magnificent Old Town Square with its 600-year old astronomical clock. From exploring 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, evident on every street, especially in 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 from the magnificent Old Town Square with its 600-year old astronomical clock. From exploring 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, evident on every street, especially in 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.

Stroll the Centuries

Suggestion to explore on your own

One of the main reasons to visit Prague is because it steadily grew for centuries, building and preserving grand examples of various architectural styles. Largely spared from the effects of WWII, this city is a showcase of many styles at their best, from Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance, to Art Nouveau and even styles popular among Communist architects. If you would like a closer insight in how to distinguish these styles, don't hesitate to book a local tour guide for a special tour.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Prague

Prague Private Walking Tour

Prague Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This three-hour walking tour of the Golden City is the ideal way to get to know the beautiful historic center of Prague. You will walk the Royal Route, originally used for the king's coronation procession. The walk takes you through the center of Old Town, where you'll see all of the most famous sights, and also learn about the fascinating history that has made Prague a unique destination throughout the ages. Crossing Charles Bridge, your guide will tell you all the stories of the past as you head up to Lesser Town, where the tour finishes.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Prague Castle Private Tour with Interiors

Prague Castle Private Tour with Interiors

This tour of Prague Castle is the best way to quickly and easily take in the main star of the city's skyline. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the castle by tram. Once inside the castle grounds, you'll see the most impressive sites while your guide fills you in on the vibrant history of the area and its importance for the Czech nation. Highlights of the tour include the Basilica of St. George, the Golden Lane, Daliborka Tower, the Royal Gardens and the Old Royal Palace, to name just a few. In three hours you'll take in all the must-sees at the castle, as well as a few hidden gems.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Prague

Karlstejn Castle Half Day Trip

Karlstejn Castle Half Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

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

For Art and History Lovers

Suggestion to explore on your own

Prague is so full of fascinating sights that it's easy to miss some of the best. For a little bit of peace and quiet, you should visit the Convent of Saint Anges of Bohemia, which was founded in the 13th century. Here you'll find an exhibition on medieval art, and can find tranquility in the gardens, which are decorated by two dozen sculptures from contemporary Czech artists. This Convent is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Our second tip is the Clementinum, a large complex of chapels and other buildings that collectively host the National Library. You can join one of the daily guided tours, or take in a concert in the Mirror Chapel.

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 Tasting Group Tour
Easy1 hour 45 minutes
Beer and Czech Tapas 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 TXL
Berlin City Group Tour
Cold War Group Walking Tour
Potsdam Group Tour by Train
Berlin - Dresden Train

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
Karlstejn Castle Half Day Trip
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

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Tami & Joseph

Tami & Joseph

Wisconsin

I highly recommend using JayWay Travel! It made our customized trip planning extremely easy! Martina was very helpful and had great suggestions and good info.

I highly recommend using JayWay Travel! It made our customized trip planning extremely easy! Martina was very helpful and had great suggestions and good info.

Year : 2019
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Berlin, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Berlin, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Maria & Gus

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
Review by Howard & Dayna

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

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