Tour Itinerary

Tentative Tour Schedule*

Sunday, June 14 - Depart from Minneapolis to fly to Berlin.

Monday, June 15 - Arrive in Berlin. You will meet your Gateway Tour manager who will be with you for your entire tour to handle travel arrangements. You will check into your hotel and have a welcome dinner later that evening.

Tuesday, June 16 - A local city guide will join you on the motorcoach for a 4-hour city tour through the capital of Germany, leading you to the main attractions of the city. Some attractions include Kurfürstendamm Boulevard and Boulevard Unter den Linden, including Zeughaus, National Opera and the Brandenburg Gate. You will be visiting Friedrichstraße Avenue, Gendarmenmarkt, Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag building with its glass dome, along with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial. Lunch will be on your own. Later in the afternoon you will tour the Berliner Dom and have some free time. Before a group dinner at a local restaurant you will attend an organ recital given by Dr. Gregory Peterson at Mattahuskirche.

Wednesday, June 17 - Today you will follow the footsteps of Dietrich Bonhoeffer on a 5-hour tour, guided by a member of the Bonhoeffer House. You will visit Humboldt University (former University of Berlin) where Bonhoeffer taught in the early 1930’s. The tour ends at the Bonhoeffer House and Museum, built in 1935 for Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s parents. Hidden here, the manuscript of Bonhoeffer’s analysis of the German resistance survived the war. Lunch and Dinner are on your own.

Thursday, June 18 - You will travel from Berlin to Leipzig today. The journey will take approximately 2 hours without stops. Lunch is on your own. After checking in at the hotel, you will be joined by a local guide for a two-hour walking tour of the city’s cultural highlights. Over the course of today and tomorrow, see the exteriors of the old Renaissance City Hall and Opera House. Also tour St. Thomas Church where Luther preached and Bach was organist and choirmaster. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure and dinner is on your own.

Friday, June 19 - Meet a local guide this morning and continue touring Leipzig by visiting the Mendelssohn House and Gewandhaus. Lunch and Dinner are on your own. Later in the evening you will attend a Bach Festival concert at the Gewandhaus.

Saturday, June 20 - Travel to Wittenberg where Luther lived for 38 years. Your tour includes a visit to the Castle Church to see the famous door and Luther’s nearby grave. You will visit Lutherhalle, an important Luther museum located in the Augustinian monastery in which Luther lived, first as a monk and later as owner with his wife and family. You may remain in Leipzig to attend activities, exhibitions and concert performances at the Leipzig Bach Festival today. Lunch and Dinner are on your own.

Sunday, June 21 - You will visit the Bach Museum this morning to learn more about one of the most famous figures in music history, Johann Sebastian Bach. Here you will not only have the opportunity to interact with many of the exhibits, but you will also be able to see some of the composer’s original manuscripts. Lunch is on your own. Later in the afternoon you will attend a Bach Festival concert at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. Later, enjoy a rustic dinner at Auerbach’s Keller (cellar), Leipzig’s most famous inn.

Monday, June 22 - Travel from Leipzig to Dresden today. The journey will take approximately 1 ½ hours without stops. Lunch is on your own. Your city tour of Dresden includes the magnificent palatial buildings around the Theaterplatz and the Brühl Terraces, and Semperoper (outside visits). You’ll also view the Frauenkirche, the most important Protestant Church in pre-war Germany. Later you will check into your hotel. Dinner is provided this evening at your hotel or a local restaurant.

Tuesday, June 23 - Today is at your leisure to explore Dresden. You may choose to shop in the downtown area along the Prager Straße (Dresden’s longest shopping district). Although much of the city was destroyed during World War II, most of the buildings have been rebuilt and restored. You are able to visit the completely rebuilt Zwinger Palace or Dresden Castle (entrances not included). Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Wednesday, June 24 - Travel from Dresden to Prague today via Flossenbürg. The travel time to Flossenbürg is 3 hours without stops. Lunch is on your own. Today you will take a guided tour of Flossenbürg Concentration Camp. The camp was established in 1938 to house criminals, “asocial” persons, Jews and political prisoners. After the tour, you will continue from Flossenbürg to Prague. The travel time will be 2 ½ hours without stops. You will later arrive in Prague and check into your hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Thursday, June 25 - Your guided city tour of Prague begins in the Prague Castle complex on a hillside above the city, which includes the Golden Lane and majestic Gothic-style St. Vitus Cathedral. You will cross historic Charles Bridge, lined with thirty Baroque statues and filled with Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors. See the 15th century astronomical clock, Wenceslaus Square and Old Town Square. Your tour also includes entrance to Hradcany castle. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Friday, June 26 - Today you will have the opportunity to tour and explore Prague. A full-day public transportation pass is included in lieu of a motorcoach. You can visit Prague's Jewish Quarter, which is the largest complex of Jewish historical monuments in the whole of Europe. The six synagogues, Jewish Town Hall and Old Jewish Cemetery are all part of the Jewish Museum. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to shop and continue sightseeing around Prague. Lunch is on your own while dinner is provided this evening at a local restaurant.

Saturday, June 27 - Transfer to the airport for your return journey. You will arrive in the United States later this afternoon.

* Subject to change

St. Thomas Church - Leipzig, Germany