• Explore the history of the Cold War in the 30th anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin Wall
• See the last authentic remains of the Berlin Wall on Bernauerstrasse, and cross from East to West at Checkpoint Charlie
• Go underground to see the shelters the West Berlin authorities built to protect some of the population in the event of nuclear war
after a career in the British Army John now lectures on a variety of subjects
Depart Heathrow 1255, arriving Berlin 1550. Transfer to Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz Hotel for five nights. Evening introductory lecture: Der Untergang – The Downfall of Berlin, 1945.
Morning: site of the Führerbunker, Reichstag (visit to roof terrace and Norman Foster’s dome). Afternoon: Karlshorst for German-Russian Museum followed by Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park.
Morning: Bernauerstrasse (last authentic stretch of the Berlin Wall), Mauer Museum, Checkpoint Charlie and Asisi Panorama. Afternoon: Gesundbrunnen for Berlin Unterwelten tour of Cold War nuclear shelters. Evening lecture: The Nuclear Arms Race.
Morning: Tränenpalast (former border checkpoint) and former Stasi Headquarters. Afternoon: Hohenschönhausen (former Stasi Prison). Free evening.
DDR Museum followed by social and cultural tour of East Berlin (exploring lives, work, home and social activities of ordinary citizens). Evening lecture: The End of the Cold War followed by dinner at the top of the Fernsehturm (TV Tower).
Some free time. Depart Berlin 1435, arriving Heathrow 1540.
11 Sep — 16 Sep 2019
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Cost of £1745 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £220.