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The Best of Eastern Europe 2015

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Trip Extensions

Pre-trip: Berlin, Germany

During your three-night stay, you’ll explore the city with your Program Director—and have ample time to make your own discoveries. Many of us never thought we’d see the Berlin Wall fall in our lifetime; here’s your chance to see how the city has adapted to reunification over the past 26 years.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 3 nights at the Superior First-Class Andel's Hotel Berlin or similar
3 meals: 3 breakfasts
Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Pass to explore Berlin on Day 3
Exclusive services of a Grand Circle Program Director
All transfers
Now included for 2015
Gratuities on this extension are now included for local guides and motorcoach drivers
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    Depart the U.S. today on your flight to Berlin. Please refer to your individual air itinerary for exact departure and arrival times.

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    Arrive today in Berlin, where a Grand Circle representative will meet you at the airport and assist with the transfer to your hotel. The rest of your day is free.

    This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and briefing before enjoying dinner on your own.

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    After breakfast, explore Berlin with your Program Director using your included Hop On/Hop Off Bus Pass. The city's history is represented in the remains of the original Berlin Wall, built by the Soviets in 1961 and torn down by people power in 1989—signifying the reunification of Germany and the end of the Cold War.

    The rest of the day is free for your own discoveries. Use your one-day bus pass to hop on and off the bus as often as you want. Perhaps you’ll choose to view the famous “Checkpoint Charlie,” the point where travel between East and West was monitored during the Cold War. The familiar guard tower has been rebuilt, and you can visit the museum that chronicles methods used to prevent people fleeing from East Berlin.

    Or travel along Unter den Linden, a magnificent boulevard in the historic center of the city—passing by the Museum of German History, Prussian Parliament buildings, Humboldt University, German State Opera, Berlin Cathedral, Crown Princes and Princesses Palace, and St. Hedwig’s Cathedral with its famous dome. You’ll see many of Berlin’s older buildings and churches as you pass through the area that surrounded the original city.

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    After breakfast, your day is free for your own explorations. Perhaps no city is more central to the history of post-World War II Europe, the Cold War, and the recent reunification of Germany. Berlin, surrounded by what was communist-controlled East Germany, was itself divided into Eastern and Western sectors—the East was once unthinkable for Americans to visit, but now the entire city is completely open for visitors.

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    • Meals included:

    Your morning is at leisure for your own explorations in Berlin.

    This afternoon, you’ll join your fellow travelers as they arrive in Berlin for your Best of Eastern Europe Land Tour.