Munich is the first stop on your 10-day journey. Marvel at the Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, visit the reknowed Bavarian castles of Mad King Ludwig and perform your first concert before heading north to Leipzig and Berlin. You'll have a performance opportunity in each city and visit sites associated with famous musicians such as J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Wagner.
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Arrive at Munich Airport and meet your Encore Tour Manager. Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to relax, unpack and explore the beautiful city of Munich. Dinner at a local restaurant is provided each evening of your tour.
The word Gemutlichkleit means coziness, hospitality, warmth, and welcome. Dive right into this Bavarian way of thinking on a guided city sightseeing tour of Munich. Discover the Rococo style Nymphenburg Palace, the famous Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, and stroll through the Viktualienmarkt. Prepare for your first concert this afternoon.
After breakfast, enjoy a full-day excursion with your Tour Manager through the Bavarian Alps. First visit Neuschwanstein Castle, one of King Ludwig's lavish palaces built upon an imposing facade. Continue through the mountains to Oberammergau, where once every 10 years, the world comes to watch the famous Passion Play. Enjoy the beauty of the landscape and return to Munich for dinner this evening.
Following breakfast, board the bus and head north towards Leipzig. En-route, stop at Eisenach. Visit the famous Wartburg Castle with Martin Luther's Room, where he translated the New Testament into the German language, and the original Sängersaal of Wagner's Opera Tannhäuser. In the early afternoon visit Johann Sebastian Bach's Birthplace in Eisenach, then continue to Leipzig, home to many famous musicians such as J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, and Wagner.
This morning enjoy a guided city tour of Leipzig with a local licensed English speaking guide. You will see St. Nikolai Church and St. Thomas Church, where Johann Sebastian Bach served for 27 years as Choirmaster of the St. Thomas Choir School! In St. Thomas Church, you will also find Bach's final resting place. You will then visit the Bach Museum next to St. Thomas's Church. This afternoon, prepare for your performance opportunity in Leipzig.
Drive to Berlin today, stopping in Halle, the city where George Friedrich Händel was born! Enjoy a tour of Halle with a local licensed English guide that includes the Händel Museum (his birthplace), where you will experience a musically accompanied guided tour. You will see also the Marktkirche, where Händel was taught playing the Organ by his teacher Friedrich Zachow, and the Cathedral, where Händel was organist. Enjoy some free time for lunch and then continue to Potsdam en route to Berlin.
Imperial Berlin is today's guided city sightseeing theme. Discover the Baroque facades of the imperial quarter, to the sculpture of the beautiful Egyptian Queen Nefertiti at the Egyptian Museum and ending with the opulent Charlottenburg Palace. You'll also learn about the history of the Berlin Wall and visit Checkpoint Charlie.
Start the day with a bit of free time in the city. Perhaps explore some of the neighborhoods or visit the Holocaust Museum, a somber memorial to a dark part of Germany's history. Prepare for your final concert this afternoon followed by a farewell dinner together.
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