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Art Treasures of Dresden

15 Oct — 19 Oct 2018 | Tour Director: Lars Tharp




• Discover the rich cultural heritage and treasures of Dresden on this five-day tour accompanied by historian Lars Tharp

• Explore the city’s artistic history, influences and innovations

• Visit some of the world’s finest art and ceramics collections


"There are unbelievable treasures of all kinds in this beautiful place”, wrote Goethe of Dresden, where the magnificent Baroque dome of the re-consecrated Frauenkirche, in which Bach and Wagner once performed, vies with Augustus the Strong’s Zwinger Palace as the city’s dominant landmark.

Dresden’s Royal Palace, the former seat of the Saxon government, hosts the fabulous Green Vault treasure chamber, whilst the Zwinger is a vast complex of formal gardens, ornate fountains and grand pavilions – and home to the Porcelain room which, flooded with natural light, displays the Dresden Porcelain collection.

We also visit the Old Masters Picture Gallery, with works by Raphael (notably his Sistine Madonna), Botticelli, Velázquez, Dürer, Vermeer and Rembrandt. Meissen, a medieval hotch-potch of red-tiled roofs and stucco architecture, is Saxony’s oldest town. Here we will tour the Gothic cathedral and look behind the scenes at the celebrated porcelain factory.

We will enjoy a leisurely trip along the River Elbe, and there will also be an opportunity to attend an optional performance at the Semper Opera House, one of Europe’s most glorious music venues, where Wagner’s Flying Dutchman and Richard Strauss’ Rosenkavalier premiered.


15 Oct - 19 Oct 2018
DAYS | 5
COST | £1595


 Make an enquiry for your bespoke departure now.
Cost per-person includes:
return flights, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three dinners and one lunch, excursions & admissions, gratuities.


Not included:

travel insurance, optional evening concert at the Semper Opera House (cost to be advised), single room supplement £195.








Lars Tharp, MA, FSA

Danish-born art historian, lecturer and broadcaster who is particularly well known for his work on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, as well as Hidden Treasures and Art of the Baroque.

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Arrive Berlin Tegel Airport. Transfer to Dresden. Continue with audio guide to the Historic Green Vault (Grunes Gewolbe). Check-in to The Hotel Hyperion Dresden am Schloss for four nights. Dinner at a local restaurant.



All day excursion to the town of Meissen. Visit to Meissen’s castle, the Albrechtsburg and citadel cathedral. Lunch at the Domkeller Restaurant. Stroll through Meissen Centre. Continue by coach to visit the modern Meissen Factory for demonstration of manufacturing processes, their exhibition of wares and the Meissen shop. Return to Dresden. Dinner in local restaurant.



Visit Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Master Paintings). Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the Christmas market. Return to Dresden by coach. Dinner at a local restaurant.



Visit to the Zwinger Porcelain Museum Depart by coach for a guided tour of the Panometer. Independent dinner. (Optional) Visit for concert performance at Semper Opera house) Programme is TBA.



Depart Dresden by coach for Berlin. Guided tour of Charlottenburg Old Palace inc Porcelain Cabinet. Depart Berlin for London.


To make a reservation please call Gillian Harvey to reserve a place. A booking form should be completed and returned along with a deposit of £300 per person to Gillian Harvey, ACE Cultural Tours, Stapleford Granary, Bury Rd, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP.
Telephone: 01223 841055