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Hanseatic Route

DAY 1 MADRID – BERLIN Meeting in Madrid-Barajas Airport to leave on a regularly scheduled flight for Berlin. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Lunch. In the afternoon panoramic tour of the city, unique in Europe due to its history, apearance and atmosphere, in which are prominent its neobaroque Cathedral, main temple of Prussian Protestantism constructed between 1893 and 1905, Town Hall, Brandenburg Gate, symbol of Berlin, the Victory Column, 69 meters tall and crowned by a golden Victory. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 BERLIN Breakfast. Morning Tour of the Pergamon Museum, which forms part of a complex known as “Museum Island” that groups together several of the most representative buildings of Berlin. The originality of this museum resides principally in its conceptualization: the building was not constructed to house works of art, but rather first the works of art were brought and then afterward, around them was constructed the building. This way, the marvels themselves, the largest part of them architectural, constitute the walls and the columns of this museum. The most prominent areas of the museum are those dedicated to Islam, Rome, Greece and the Helenistic period (including the city of Pergamon, which gives name to the Museum) and in addition, Mesopotamia and the Near East. Between some of the works it is worth mentioning the Altar of Zeus of the city of Pergamon, the Gate of the Roman Market, of Mileto, the Gates of Istar, of Babilonia, the famous Espinario and part of the Residence of a Caliphate. Lunch. Tour also of the Egyptian Museum, where the famous limestone and plaster bust of Nerfetiti (which means “the lovely lady has arrived”), first wife of the pharaoh Amenophis IV. The pharaoh is without doubt the most beautiful woman from Berlin. The bust of the queen was discovered next to several objects of great importance in an German excavation done in 1912. Afternoon to enjoy this city. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 BERLIN – (EXCURSION TO POSTDAM) Breakfast Full day excursion to Postdam, where we will visit the Sanssouci Palace , which still maintains inside the richness of the years of Prussian splendor of Frederick the Great. The city has some lovely gardens that surprise us with marvelous palaces at every step. Lunch. Return to Berlin and free time to enjoy the city. Dinner in a typical Berlin beerhouse . Lodging.

DAY 4 BERLIN – (230km) ROSTOCK –(123 km) LUBECK –(67 km) HAMBURG Breakfast. Departure for Rostock, and tour of the almost 800-year old Hanseatic city. In the heart of Rostock are found the most important churches of the city, Santa María, which houses an astronomical clock from the year 1472 and Saint Peter, from whose tower there is a good view of the historic center of the city and of the port. Lunch and continuation to Lubeck. The medieval atmosphere and the historic tourist attractions caracterize the image of the city: the Holsten Gate, massive defense construction with double towers that date from the 15th century and is the emblem de Lübeck. The Church of Saint Mary, original basilica with three naves, is the third largest church in Germany and has the highest brick vaults in the world. Town Hall, the Chancellery Building, the Marzipan House, etc. Continuation to Hamburg. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 HAMBURG Breakfast. Full day tour of the city with lunch in restaurant. Hamburg, the port of the world, the beauty, the splendor of the North: the green city on the banks of the water, not in vain is it considered one of the prettiest cities in Germany. “Michel,” the symbol of Hamburg, stands out. St. Michaelis, constructed between 1751 and 1762, not only is the most important baroque church in the North of Germany, but it also has the largest bell tower clock in Germany, with spheres with a permiter of more than 24 meters. Its tower, the “Michel”, is 132 meters tall. An historic monument and an idyllic part of old Hamburg are the Krameramtswohnungen (houses for small merchants) that date from the 15th century, the Rathausmarkt (Town Hall Square) with the Rathaus (City Hall 1886-1887), Seat of the Senate of Hamburg, the Buergerschaft (Parliament of the city), the bridge Trostbrücke and the Stock Exchange building, the oldest of its style in Germany. Hamburg is a city full of contrasts, on one side the neighborhood of St.Pauli, colorful and the poorest in the city with the street Reeperbahn, the the most sinful mile in the world. On the other hand, the orderly and rich neighborhood of Blankenese and highlighting chiefly the port de Hamburg, the heart of the city, where boats from all over the world dock. We will take a boat ride for an hour through the port to get to know its ins and outs and also we will have the opportunity to get to know the Miniature-Wonderland, the largest museum of miniature trains in the world. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 HAMBURG – KIEL – HAMBURG Breakfast. Departure to take a full day excursion to the port city of Kiel. Kiel is the capital ofofde Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost in Germany. Situated on the banks of the Baltic Sea, the city has been one of the principal German naval bases since the decade of 1860. The Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal in Germany), 45 m wide and 14 m deep, runs 96 km from Kiel to the mouth of the Elbe River. The city has the largest shipyards in the country, from amongst which stands out the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, which manufactures the most modern non-nuclear submarines in the world. Lunch. In the afternoon, panoramic tour of the city that will allow us to get to know its City Hall, the shipyards and Saint Nicholas Church. Return to Hamburg. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 HAMBURG – BREMEN – MÜNSTER Breakfast. Departure for the gorgeous city of Bremen. Among the most representative emblems of the Hanseatic city are counted the proud City Hall, example of the Renaissance style that flourished on the banks of the Weser River, the distinguished silouette of Rolando in the historic Market Square (Marktplatz), declared world heritage site in 2.004, the neighborhood of Schnoor, the oldest in Bremen, the peculiar architecture of the traditional Böttcherstrasse and the Cathedral of Bremen (Dom). Special attention is deserved by the musicians of Bremen from the story by the Grimm brother, whose fame knows no borders. Lunch. In the afternoon continuation of the journey to the city of Münster. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 8 MÜNSTER – COLOGNE – DÜSSELDORF – MADRID Breakfast. Departure for the city of Cologne. The fourth city German by size (after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich) stands out because of its impressive Cathedral, World Heritage Site since 1996. They began to construct it in 1248, interrupting the works for a long period and beginning them later to conclude them in 1880, with the patronage of the Emperor of the recently unified Germany, despite the fact that due to the disagreements between the Church and State in that moment, the Archbishop was in exile. It is said that it contains the remains of the Three Magi, supposedly transported from the Cathedral of Milan to turn Cologne into a pilgrim center. In addition to the Cathedral and tts attractive historic center, Cologne houses around 12 splendid Romanesque churches, partially destroyed during the Second World War and reconstructed: Sankt Gereon, St. Aposteln, Sankt Maria im Kapitol, St. Georg. Gross St. Martin, St. Ursula, St. Severin, etc. Lunch. Departure for Dusseldorf where before leaving for the airport, we will take a small panoramic tour of its historic center. At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to leave on a regularly schedule flight on Iberia for Madrid. Arrival and END OF TRIP