GERMANY’S MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY: MUNICH / THE MOST GERMAN OF GERMAN CITIES: NUREMBERG / THE ALPS AT ZUGSPITZE / MAD KING LUDWIG’S MASTERPIECE / NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE / DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP / MOZART’S SALZBURG / BERCHTESGADEN AND THE EAGLE’S NEST / PRAGUE / THE RISE AND FALL OF ADOLPH HITLER AND THE THIRD REICH
Three countries… beauty, charm and culture, plus a historical study of the Rise and Fall of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Regime… in the city that was, as General Eisenhower called it, “The Cradle of the Nazi Beast”!
Depart: June 19th, 2020
Return: July 1st, 2020
Accompanying this tour is media personality Charlie James
Charlie James is a 25-year radio veteran with numerous broadcasting awards to his credit including two South Carolina Broadcasters (SCBA) Star Award for Radio Show of the Year (2016 & 2007), The Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for Radio Personality of the Year, as well as two Marconi Award Nominations.
When he’s not behind the microphone, Charlie is a voice-over artist who can be heard on commercials, corporate presentations, and audio books.
Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Charlie James made Charleston his home in 2011 when he moved from Columbia, SC to continue his broadcasting career. Charlie enjoys contributing his time to local charities and events including the Brain Tumor Society Walk, the Susan G. Koman Walk for Life, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Waters Edge Animal Rescue.
Charlie is (of course) an avid golfer and loves to spend time walking and swimming at the beach, he lives in downtown Charleston with his wife Sheila.
Visit the land that precipitated D Day and the Battle of the Bulge
2020 Marks the 76th Anniversary of D Day
To all those who’ve journeyed with Conservative Tours to the D Day Beaches you understand how we craft an event like this. Our goal is to savoir the beauty and exquisite culture of three European countries while also plunging into the not-so-distant history of a movement and an ideology that almost succeeded in conquering Europe, including Great Britain & Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union.
This tour adventure has been 2 years in the making and as with our similar events to Asia and Europe, it will be substantive historically and satisfyingly pleasurable, with great cities big and small, fine dining and elegant hotel properties for your lodging comfort and pleasure.
Day 1: Munich
Willkommen in München
Welcome to Munich, Germany’s “secret capital.” With its exuberant atmosphere and vitality, Munich is one of Europe’s great cultural centers and is considered Germany’s most enjoyable big city. Moreover, all the elegance and style that made Munich so lovely before the war are what make Munich so beautiful today as all the destruction via Allied bombing has been meticulously restored!
Your guide from Conservative Tours will meet your group at the airport and after a short panoramic tour of beautiful Munich you arrive at your hotel in the heart of the city. In the evening you’ll enjoy a hearty welcome dinner at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus in Munich, accompanied by live folkloric Bavarian music.
Day 2: Munich
Full day touring Munich: Hitler’s Third Reich, Nymphenburg Palace
In the morning you discover the highlights of Munich, like Marienplatz, Munich’s lovely medieval heart, and glimpse the famous Glockenspiel. Since Munich was the birthplace of the Nazi Party at nearly each turn in the city center we’ll be identifying Nazi haunts and edifices, many of which stand today. The official title in fact of Munich was Hauptstadt der Bewegung, which translates as: The Capital of the National Socialist Movement. Hitler was every bit the orator and Munich was his literal stage, from the early meeting places which were often beer halls, to the locations where he’d deliver major speeches, from the first meeting at the Hofbräuhaus to the unsuccessful attempt to come to power in the Beer Hall Putsch at the Feldherrenhalle. Kristallnacht also had its genesis here in Munich. We’ll learn more about the emergence of Nazism, Hitler’s rise and the inability of any great power to thwart the rise of the Third Reich before it was too late.
Additionally, we’ll walk to the scene of mass staged party meetings and rallies at Königsplatz and stop in the Hofgarten to talk about the White Rose resistance group. As American students of history we associate Munich with the epic event of the appeasement that handed the Sudeten Land to Hitler in exchange of his promise of peace. The building which held this monumental conference of Hitler, Mussolini, Chamberlain and Daladier still stands today near Konigsplatz. With nearly 900 years of colorful and charming history to its claim, it’s still easy to visit Munich’s dark past from a century ago.
Henriette Adelaide of Savoy built a beautiful summer residence west of Munich. The tour includes a guided visit of Nymphenburg palace with the massive great hall decorated in Rococo.
Day 3 “Mad King Ludwig” and The Fairy Tale Castles
Neuschwanstein & Linderhof
Don’t come to Germany without a fairy tale stop at one of Deutschland’s stunningly beautiful castles; and today we’re going to discover the best: Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, two of the most opulent castles, built by Ludwig II, the fairytale King of Bavaria. The excursion into the so-called “cleric” Pfaffenwinkel region includes a stop at Wieskirche, an amazing display of Bavarian Rococo art.
We’ll enjoy an extensive guided tour of the fairy-tale castle Neuschwanstein built by King Ludwig II on an imposing rock in the seclusion of the mountains, hard by the Alps. The King was exclusive, reclusive and most often a touch excentric……and you’ll see firsthand what we mean!
The scenery in this region, both natural and man-made, reminds you of why you came to Europe in the first place. The pristine medieval village beneath Neuschwanstein Castle is called Fussen; and from the perch of the castle one can see the village, the lakes and the colorful valleys that stretch as far as the eye can see. Close by are the old castle of Hohenschwangau and the crystal clear Alpsee Lake. Lunch stop will be in Oberammergau, famous for its woodcarvers and home to the famous passion play, held every 10 years for centuries.
Oberammergau is noted for its attractive and beautifully decorated painted houses, typical of Upper Bavaria. After lunch a guided tour invites you to discover Linderhof Castle, Mad Ludwig’s favorite castle surrounded by beautiful gardens. Be prepared—–Ludwig wanted to emulate Louis XIV and his playground we call Versailles! By the end of this Bavarian Wonderland day trip you’ll be back at your hotel in Munich.
Day 4 Dachau Memorial
Dachau Concentration Camp
Dachau was the first concentration camp built and operated by the Nazi regime. A few weeks after Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reich Chancellor a concentration camp for political prisoners was set up in this village near Munich. It served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a “school of violence” for the SS men under whose rule it stood. As with other
Nazi death camps it played an integral role in the “Final Solution” of European Jews but also was the place of death for other minorities targeted by the ideology of the regime (homosexuals, gypsies, mentally retarded and physically handicapped, et al.)
In the twelve years of Dachau’s existence: over 200,000 people from the four corners of Europe were imprisoned here and in numerous sub-camps, 41,500 were murdered.
On April 29, 1945, American troops liberated the camp and its few survivors. Explore the remaining buildings and reconstructions and be captivated by the biographies of former prisoners. Maintained as a memorial, this visit at Dachau will provide unvarnished insight into one of the most prominent features of The Third Reich: the systematic extermination of one’s opponents on a mass scale.
Day 5 Garmisch and Zugspitze
Garmisch & Zugspitze Mountain
Today we’ll meander to the foothills of the Alps and their rolling green valleys. Discover the picturesque town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on a walk through the streets and alleys from Richard-Strauss-Platz, the pedestrian zone, through narrow passageways replete with history and fables, painted “Lüftlmalerei” houses, and beautiful squares providing a green oasis in the village.
We then continue to the valley station of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, at 2963 meters tall.
With the new cable car we can reach the top of the mountain in a few minutes from where you can enjoy a spectacular four-country view into the two and three thousand meter peaks (and the only four thousand meter peak) of the Eastern Alps. The spacious terrace permits views of the Großglockner, the Piz Bernina and even the television tower in Munich!!!
Since December 2017, the ultra-modern Zugspitze cable car has been opening up the country’s highest mountain with maximum comfort for passengers. The two large-capacity cabins with floor-to-ceiling picture windows each offer space for up to 120 people and can transport up to 580 people per hour to the summit without waiting. The descent takes place on the historic rack railway, a leisurely way to drink in the marvelous views!
In the evening enjoy a dinner in one of the many brewery restaurants in Munich.
Day 6: The Eagle’s Nest
Berchtesgaden and Salzburg
Today you leave Munich and travel along the German Alpine Road through impressive valleys to Berchtesgaden, a typical traditional Alpine village at the foot of Mount Watzmann. Berchtesgaden National Park, created in 1978, is the only national alpine park in Germany.
The region’s attractions include the salt mines, Lake Königssee and Obersalzberg with the Eagle’s Nest, once the site of Hitler’s mountain retreat. A special bus and tunnel lift will take you to the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest). After a visit to the infamous Eagle’s Nest (depending on the weather conditions) and the NS Documentation Centre on the Obersalzberg you will enjoy a break at lake Königssee.
Next we’ll travel on to Salzburg in Austria, birthplace of the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, where the tour ends for today.
Day 7: Salzburg
Salzburg including Fortress and the Mozart House
After breakfast start your day by diving into the medieval world of impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress, visit the Gothic princely
rooms and enjoy the fantastic view on Salzburg. Afterwards you discover the enchanting Old Town. Here you can find everything your heart desires, from shopping in noble boutiques and culinary delights to art and culture.
During a city walk enjoy the highlights of Salzburg such as the cathedral and the monastery St. Peter, the residence, the festival houses, the oldest pharmacy and the oldest coffee house, river Salzach and the city mountains.
Another highlight certainly is the inside visit of Mozart’s birth house which is particularly worth seeing. In the evening enjoy Austrian specialties in a typical local restaurant.
Day 8: Austria and Bavaria
Salzburg and Nürnberg including sightseeing & beer tasting
Today you leave Salzburg and continue to Nürnberg, a typical medieval town where visitors will find evidence of its 950 year history at every turn. In the afternoon you visit Nuremberg’s historic city center and learn more about its impressive history with a tour of the well-preserved Kaiserburg castle, the house of Albrecht Dürer, Gothic churches, romantic houses and peaceful squares. During the walking tour you are invited to taste 2 types of beer from 2 different local breweries.
Dinner takes place at a typical Frankonian Bratwurst restaurant where you can enjoy grilled sausages, a typical Frankonian specialty.
Day 9: Medieval Nuremburg, Prague
Nürnberg Nazi Party Rally Grounds, then Prague
After breakfast you visit the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Ground. Still today, the gigantic remains of buildings in the southern districts of Nuremberg are a reminder of the megalomania of the National Socialist regime. Across eleven square kilometers, a monumental backdrop was to be created for the self-staging of the Nazi Party. Today the unfinished Congress Hall, houses the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds.
Day 10: Prague
Prague including Boat Tour
In the morning enjoy a sightseeing tour in “the golden city” of Prague. Learn more about Prague’s thousand-year history and its architecture on a combined bus and walking tour across the courtyards of Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, the Jewish quarter
and the Astronomical clock at the Old Town square.
Discover the secrets of Old Prague during a boat tour of 45 minutes and cruise through Prague Venice and the waterways of old Prague. Afternoon at leisure for own activities.
In the evening enjoy a four course farewell dinner including a local folklore show and unlimited drinks.
Day 11: Departure Day
After breakfast you will have to say Good Bye. After check out transfer to Prague airport and home sweet home.
Pack your Lederhosen! I’ll see you at the Hofbrauhaus!
Kenneth G. Chase, President
Conservative Tours Inc.
- Ten (10) nights’ accommodation in four star hotel properties in the heart of Munich, Salzburg
Nuremberg and Prague.
- Five (5) dinners with wine or beer.
- Breakfast every day.
- Welcome dinner with live Bavarian music.
- Farewell dinner with folkloric show.
- Porterage at all hotels.
- Comfortable modern German motor coach throughout the tour.
- English speaking tour leader.
- Local Guide services as mentioned in the program.
- Additional WWII historical narration throughout the event.
- Entrances fees included:
- Nymphenburg Palace
- Dachau memorial site
- Zugspitze cable car and panoramic platform
- Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest
- Fortress Hohensalzburg
- Mozart House
- Nazi Party Rally Grounds
- Boat cruise in Prague.
- Round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Munich and return from Prague.
- All entrance fees as per the itinerary.
- All transportation as per the itinerary.
- COMPREHENSIVE GROUP TRAVEL INSURANCE FROM TRAVEL INSURED INTERNATIONAL — INCLUDES PRE-EXISTING COVERAGE
- Knowing that your tour leader has been leading tours to Europe since 1981!
Price: $4,789.00 per person
Deposit: $500.00 per person
What’s Not Included:
- Government air tax.
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