• Discover Berlin’s rich art collections and historical architecture
• Enjoy a day of guided tours in the Gemäldegalerie, part of the Kulturforum, viewing works of art from a range of time periods
• Visit the royal hunting lodge in the Grunewald – Berlin’s oldest existing palace building
Tom Abbott is an art and architectural historian associated with the Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens
Depart Heathrow 1010 on British Airways, arriving Berlin 1305. Transfer to Hotel Albrechtshof for six nights. Orientation walking tour followed by evening lecture.
Tour of Berlin by coach including East Side Gallery, French Quarter and Gendarmenmarkt, Alexanderplatz (including the Fernsehtrum and Stalinist architecture of former East Berlin), Unter den Linden, Kreuzberg, Kurfürstendamm, the Embassy district, Potsdamer Platz, and the Government Quarter around the Reichstag. Evening lecture.
Morning: tour of the Italian Old Masters in the Gemäldegalerie. Optional visits to the Sony Centre and Daimler Chrysler Centre on Potsdamer Platz. Afternoon: continuation of tour of the Gemäldegalerie concentrating on early German and Flemish paintings and 17th century Dutch and Flemish art.
Morning lecture followed by tour of the Alte Nationalgalerie, with special focus on 19th and 20th century German painting and sculpture. Afternoon: Bode Museum (European sculpture collections).
Morning: optional independent visits to the Neues Museum (including Nefertiti and the Egyptian collection), Altes Museum and the Pergamon Museum. Afternoon excursion to Charlottenburg for visits to the Berggruen Museum (Picasso, Klee, Matisse and Giacometti) and Bröhan Museum (collections of Art Deco glass, silver and ceramics).
Morning excursion to the 16th century Jagdschloss Grunewald (important collection of paintings by Lucas Cranach). Afternoon: Käthe Kollwitz Museum followed by some free time on Kurfürstendamm. Free evening.
Visit to Schloss Charlottenburg (New Wing and Park). Depart Berlin 1635, arriving Heathrow 1730.
18 Mar — 24 Mar 2019
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Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £275.