• Visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Stralsund, and the island of Rügen, immortalised by Caspar David Friedrich
• Discover Güstrow, one of Germany’s finest Renaissance castles
• Visit Prenzlau, home to perhaps northern Germany’s most perfect Gothic brick church
Tom Abbott is an art and architectural historian associated with the Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens
Depart London Heathrow 1055 on British Airways, arriving Berlin 1345. Transfer to Güstrow for three nights at Hotel Am Tierpark. Welcome and introduction.
Morning visits in the fortified town of Güstrow: Güstrow Palace & Gardens (fine Renaissance castle), cathedral (Barlach Chapel of St Gertrude). Afternoon: walled market town of Teterow (town hall, church, medieval town gates), Malchin (Church of St John) and Schloss Burg Schlitz.
Whole day excursion to Ludwigslust (Baroque palace) and Schwerin (art museum with works by Cranach, Hal and Rubens; castle situated in landscape of lakes and forests).
Great Hanseatic port of Stralsund: town hall, churches of St Nicholas and St Mary, Stralsund Museum. Continue to island of Rügen for three nights at Hotel Schloss Spyker.
Vilmnitz (Church of Maria Magdalena), Putbus (19th century neoclassical town based on plans by Schinkel), by historical steam train to Jagdschloss Granitz. Return via prehistoric Lanchen-Granitz gravestones.
Morning lecture: The Art & History of Pomerania followed by boat trip from Sassnitz to view the famous chalkstone cliffs and Baltic Sea. Afternoon: Jasmund National Park, Waase (medieval wood-carved altarpieces).
Morning: some free time in Straslund. Afternoon: continue via Brandshagen Church and famous monastic ruins at Eldena (favoured motif of Caspar David Friedrich) to Greifswald for three nights at Mercure Hotel Greifswald Am Gorzberg.
Morning in Greifswald: Marienkirche, town hall, Cathedral of St Nicholas (where Caspar David Friedrich was baptised), Landesmuseum Pommern (Croy Tapestry and German Romantic paintings). Afternoon: Griebenow (Mannerist round church, Baroque Schloss Griebenow).
Morning: Ludwigsburg Castle and Church. Continue to former Swedish port of Wolgast (Petrikirche with ‘Dance of Death’ paintings) and island of Peenemunde (V2 rocket research station). Evening lecture: Caspar David Friedrich & the Art of Romantic Germany.
Anklam (Gothic Marienkirche, beautiful brick gate) and Prenzlau (brick Marienkirche and some free time). Continue to Oberuckersee for three nights at Panorama Hotel.
Whole day excursion to Neubrandenburg: spectacular medieval defences, multiple fortified gates, Church of St Mary (exterior) and some free time. Return via Altentreptow (short walking tour) and Wolfshagen (unusual Romantic architecture). Evening lecture: Pomerania Yesterday & Today.
Whole day excursion into Poland for visit to old Pomeranian Hanseatic port of Stettin (now Szczecin): cathedral, Church of St Peter & St Paul, Church of St John the Evangelist, Castle of the Pomeranian Princes and Town Hall Museum.
Transfer to Berlin for 1430 departure, arriving Heathrow 1535.
25 Aug — 6 Sep 2020
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Please note that this tour has a full itinerary with several hotel changes, and requires a good level of fitness. Some days involve up to 3 hours’ coach travel. On day 5 the group will enjoy a boat trip to view the chalkstone cliffs and the Baltic Sea.
For customers happy to organise their own flights or travel arrangements, we are happy to offer a reduction of:
Cost of £2995 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three lunches, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £395.