Join our optional guided walking tour through Dresden’s historic old town. You will see, hear and experience a wealth of history and anecdotes linked to Dresden’s famous attractions: the Zwinger Palace; the world-renowned Semper Opera House; the Catholic Hofkirche; Dresden Castle; and the Taschenberg Palace. The 'Procession of Princes' (the longest porcelain image in the world), the Brühl Terrace (known locally as the 'Balcony of Europe) and the Frauenkirche (the Church of Our Lady) are also included in the route. We later head to Freital, where we board the Weisseritztalbahn, one of Saxony's oldest narrow gauge railways offering a public service. The Weisseritztalbahn follows a course regarded as one of the most beautiful routes in Europe, passing through the picturesque valleys, winding rivers and numerous bridges of the eastern Ore Mountains from Freital to Dippoldiswalde near the Czech border. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Rabenau Gorge, as we climb nearly 350 metres, on a line which was originally constructed in the 1880s.
Board one of the famous Elbe paddle steamers for a 90-minute cruise to Pillnitz Palace, the former summer residence of the Saxon royal court. Beautifully situated on the banks of the River Elbe on the southern edge of the city, the palace is one of Saxony's architectural treasures and was built to rival the Palace of Versailles. The beautiful gardens and the architecture of the Chinese-style palace are a true delight. Enjoy the unique nostalgic charm of the paddle steamers as our cruise takes us along the Elbe past beautiful palaces, vineyards, and the famous Blue Wonder suspension bridge. At the time of its completion, the bridge was one of the longest bridges ever built that wasn't supported by pillars and the citizens of the city declared it a masterpiece of technology, painting it blue.
Join our included excursion as we travel to Radebeul for a train ride to the sleepy village of Moritzburg. Travelling on the Lößnitzgrundbahn narrow gauge railway, we head through the pretty scenery along the 16 kilometre track, passing vineyards, forests and ponds. If the weather is suitable, you may get the opportunity to sit in the open summer car. In Moritzburg you will see the impressive 15th century Baroque palace, surrounded by water, and one of the finest castles of its kind. This 15th century hunting lodge was converted and expanded by Augustus the Strong in the early 1700s, turning it into the Baroque palace that you see today. Later, we visit nearby Meissen, where you may wish to visit the famous Meissen Porcelain Factory. We include a guided tour of the workshop and you will learn the processes involved in the production, which lead from a rather unimpressive chunk of porcelain to a beautiful ornamented cup or plate.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will
consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or
guardian aged over 18 years old.
You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Superior Park Inn by Radisson Dresden, situated in the district Dresden-Neustadt with its numerous restaurants, pubs, cafés and shops. The hotel is located within walking distance of the historic city centre with the Albertinum Art Museum and the Zwinger Palace, approximately 40 minutes walk away. All bedrooms have a shower or bath, W.C., hairdryer, T.V., radio, WiFi and mini-bar.
Overnight stays in Belgium will be in city-style hotels.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not
generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests
at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
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