Poland, East Germany & World War II (RV)

13 days from Warsaw to Munich

2020 Tour Details

This tour of Poland and Eastern Germany is the perfect vacation for those who are interested in World War II. Your tour starts in Warsaw and ends in Munich. Along the way, you’ll visit cities, concentration camps, and places significant to World War II—with overnights in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Dresden, Berlin, Weimar, Nuremberg, and Munich.

Throughout this tour, visit some of the World War II concentration camps. Walk around the most infamous, Auschwitz and Birkenau, and see chilling reminders of the Holocaust: visit Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar; constructed in 1937, it was one of the largest concentration camps; and visit Dachau concentration camp, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents.

In Krakow, visit the Remuh Synagogue, and the Oskar Schindler Factory, a museum devoted to the wartime experiences of Krakow and made famous in the movie Schindler's List. Also visit the Memorium Nuremberg Trials and Courtroom 600 (if available), and learn about the background and repercussions of the trials at the original location where they were held, as well as the Documentation Center and Zeppelin Field, where thousands of people gathered for Nazi rallies. These experiences – plus specialty dinners at local restaurants in Warsaw, Dresden and Nuremberg are just some of the special inclusions Globus offers to ensure your vacation is unique.

World War II brought devastation to the cities that were bombed, and you'll visit some of those cities. In Dresden, participate in a guided walking tour of Dresden badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945 and since restored. In Berlin, visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a symbol of reconciliation.

All of this and much more is included in this impressive World War II tour to Poland and Eastern Germany.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

WARSAW
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of St. John

AUSCHWITZ/BIRKENAU
Visit the former concentration camps

KRAKOW
[LF] Guided walking tour of Kazimierz, visit the Remuh Synagogue and [LF] the Oskar Schindler Factory; guided sightseeing

WROCLAW
Guided sightseeing, visit the market square

DRESDEN
Guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace Courtyard; [LF] dinner at a local restaurant

TORGAU
See the monument commemorating the meeting of US and Soviet forces; visit the courtyard of Hartenfels Castle

BERLIN
Guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

WEIMAR
Orientation

BUCHENWALD
Visit the site of the former concentration camp

NUREMBERG
[LF] Visit the Memorium Nuremberg Trials and Courtroom 600 (if available), Documentation Center, Zeppelin Field; walking tour of the Old Town; [LF] dinner at a local restaurant

DACHAU
Visit the site of the former concentration camp

MUNICH
Visit Marienplatz; farewell dinner

Notes:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler
  • Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest is normally open from mid-May to end-September. Check with your Tour Director for the availability of this excursion

Transportation:

Motorcoach.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Warsaw, Dresden and Nuremberg

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN WARSAW, POLAND. Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Warsaw’s excellent restaurants.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

WARSAW. Your Local Guide will tell you about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway city between East and West. See the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with its market square and 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN, the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, neoclassical Lazienki Palace, and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto. Later, maybe join an optional excursion.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

WARSAW–AUSCHWITZ/BIRKENAU–KRAKOW. Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau, and see what is left of the notorious World War II CONCENTRATION CAMPS, chilling reminders of the Holocaust. Then, continue to Krakow, for centuries the residence of Polish kings.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi / 500 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

KRAKOW. This morning, consider an optional excursion to the Wieliczka salt mines. Back in Krakow, [LF] follow your Local Guide for a stroll through Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter, and visit the REMUH Synagogue. In the afternoon, visit [LF] the OSKAR SCHINDLER FACTORY, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. Perhaps join tonight’s optional Polish dinner and folklore show.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

KRAKOW–WROCLAW. Guided sightseeing in ancient Krakow features the 14th-century Jagiellonian University, St. Mary’s Church, and a walk to the Market Square. See the former Gleiwitz radio station on the way to Wroclaw, historical capital of Silesia. Through the ages, this impressive city belonged to Bohemia, Austria, Prussia, Germany, and (after 1945) to Poland. Hear about its turbulent history during your guided tour, and admire its highlights, such as the cathedral and the MARKET SQUARE with its fine patrician houses.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi / 300 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

WROCLAW–DRESDEN, GERMANY. Cross the border and arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, first destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. Afterward, [LF] dinner with local specialties awaits in Dresden’s well-known Am Pulverturm restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

DRESDEN–TORGAU–BERLIN. Hear about Joe Polowsky on your way to Torgau then, see the monument commemorating the meeting of US and Soviet forces during World War II. Visit the COURTYARD at magnificent Hartenfels Castle. Continue to Berlin, capital of reunited Germany. Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the boulevard Unter den Linden with its historical buildings like the Berlin Cathedral and State Opera House, and the Museum Island. Make a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, the restored Reichstag, the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park, Charlottenburg Palace, and the elegant Ku-Damm. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged bell-tower, have a picture stop at the Holocaust Memorial, and pass the former Allied Checkpoint Charlie.
Today’s Distance: 196 mi / 315 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

AT LEISURE IN BERLIN. A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Potsdam.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

BERLIN–WEIMAR. EXCURSION TO BUCHENWALD. Weimar has always been an important city for Germany in many ways, politically and culturally. During your walking tour, see the theater where the Weimar Constitution that governed Germany between the two World Wars was drafted. It was also the city where great poets like Goethe and Schiller lived and the birthplace of Weimar Classicism, a humanistic cultural movement. In the afternoon, a visit has been included to Buchenwald at the site of the former CONCENTRATION CAMP. Return to Weimar.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

WEIMAR–NUREMBERG. Arrive in Nuremberg and [LF] visit the MEMORIUM NUREMBERG TRIALS and COURTROOM 600 (if available), followed by visits to the impressive DOCUMENTATION CENTER and ZEPPELIN FIELD. In the afternoon, walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town, known for children’s toys and gingerbread. Admire the impressive medieval ramparts; St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction; and the Schöner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings. Tonight, dinner includes traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste at the Bratwurst Röslein restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 11

NUREMBERG–DACHAU–MUNICH. Visit the site of the former Dachau CONCENTRATION CAMP, which started out as a work camp for German dissidents. Then, continue to Munich, Bavaria’s capital, and explore MARIENPLATZ with the Old and New Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

MUNICH. Today an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest is available. This evening, look forward to a farewell dinner to say auf Wiedersehen to your traveling companions and to share your feelings about this intriguing and emotional encounter with World War II historic sites.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

WERNER HARTLIEB

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"I enjoy sharing insights about the always-changing countries of Central Europe. What I like just as much, if not more, is the camaraderie that guests form. With each tour, I am astonished by this. A group of strangers at the start, they get acquainted with each other in a pleasant way and sometimes take home friendships for life. I think it is great this takes place while exploring new regions and discovering new cultures."

Tour Director -  WERNER HARTLIEB

 Accommodations

BERLIN

ARCOTEL JOHN F

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

DRESDEN

HYPERION DRESDEN AM SCHLOSS

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

KRAKOW

INX DESIGN

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MUNICH

SHERATON ARABELLAPARK

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

NUREMBERG

NH COLLECTION NUERNBERG CITY

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

WARSAW

MERCURE WARSAW CENTRUM

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

WEIMAR

LEONARDO HOTEL WEIMAR

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

WROCLAW

AC HOTEL BY MARRIOTT WROCLAW

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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