Happy holidays in Berlin
Berlin is the cool capital of Germany, a sprawling metropolis of modern design, after-dark parties and intriguing history but come December it’s all about festivities and Christmas cheer! This long weekend break will get you in the Christmas spirit and provides the perfect opportunity to stock up on authentic Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest. This seasonal long weekend includes all meals whilst in Berlin and a full programme of discovery alongside ample time to browse the Christmas markets.
Upon arrival, we’ll waste no time immersing ourselves in the festivities with an unmissable Christmas carol performance. We’ll then enjoy our first day uncovering the regal delights of Potsdam, home to sprawling Prussian palaces and gardens by visiting Schloss Sanssouci. We’ll then witness the unique and merry Dutch Sinterklaas parade in the Dutch Quarter before browsing the sensory market stalls for high-quality crafted goods and seasonal treats.
Our next day will see us venture into central Berlin, we’ll begin our morning with a visit to the Neues Museum, home to the world-famous Ancient Egyptian Bust of Queen Nefertiti which we’ll get to grips with during a touch tour of a replica. We’ll then head to a nearby museum dedicated to Otto Weidt, a partially sighted gentleman who fought to secure the safety of between 20 and 30 blind and deaf Jews who were employed at his broom workshop. We’ll then enjoy the rest of the day discovering beautiful arrays of chocolates, traditional toys, handcrafted ornaments, cards, gingerbreads, liquors, candles and all sorts of other delights!
This trip to Berlin is a school trip where the sighted guides will be sixth form students from the Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS). Following the overwhelming success of our trip to Prague with BBIS, we are proud to announce this festive new tour of Berlin, open to vision impaired and sighted travellers who will be accompanied by our International School students. Our vision impaired customers will enjoy the holiday at the same discounted price that’s paid by the sighted travellers. Sighted travellers will have a lighter than usual guiding role on this trip since most of the guiding will be done by our students.
- Explore the magnificent grandeur of Sanssouci Palace
- Enjoy the festivities of Sinterklaas in Potsdam
- Uncover the mystery of the Ancient Egyptian Bust of Nefertiti
- Hear the story of how Otto Weidt tried to save blind Jews from the Nazis
- Discover how Berliners celebrate Christmas at their markets
Dates & Prices
The prices shown below include return flights from a specified UK airport. If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please .
December 6 - December 9, 2019 (4 days)
Standard Blind Price: £580 Contact us for availability
Discounted Sighted Price: £580 Contact us for availability
The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .
Standard Blind Price: 380 GBP Contact us for availability
Discounted Sighted Price: 380 GBP Contact us for availability
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- Direct flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
- 3 nights' hotel accommodation in the NH Berlin Potsdam Conference Center
- All breakfasts
- Three dinners
- Two lunches
- Christmas Carol performance
- Sanssouci Palace tour
- Sinterklaas Christmas Markets visit
- Neues Museum tour
- Otto Weidt Museum visit
- Gendarmenmarkt visit
Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.
Journey to Berlin this afternoon. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel in Kleinmachnow, in between Potsdam and Berlin. Once here, we’ll meet the students who will join us for the rest of the trip and get to know each other over dinner and a festive carol performance.
Dinner included. Overnight in Kleinmachnow.
Saturday 7th December
This morning we’ll journey to Potsdam and begin with a tour of Schloss Sanssouci which was Frederick the Great’s famous summer palace. Renowned for his modesty, the palace was a retreat where Frederick could enjoy peace of mind so Sanssouci translates to living without care. Despite the care-free purpose of the building and Frederick’s track record of modesty, the suite of intimate rooms are dripping in ornate fixtures and elegant furnishings of Rococo design that remained loved by the Hohenzollern dynasty until their downfall in 1918.
Next, we’ll walk into central Potsdam where the famous Dutch Sinterklaas Festival will be just beginning. This annual spectacle takes place on the second weekend of Advent and celebrates Potsdam’s Dutch heritage as craftsmen and traditional bakers showcase their intricate wares. Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) himself will arrive into Potsdam early in the afternoon and parade through the town to the singing of traditional carols, the sound of a barrel organ, the scents of festive spices and the smell of delicious hot sweet and savoury treats that will warm the cockles of your heart.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Kleinmachnow.
Sunday 9th December
Following breakfast, we’ll journey into central Berlin to the gorgeous Museum Island. Once here, we’ll enter Neues Museum and discover some of the World’s most awe-inspiring treasures, an undeniable highlight being the Bust of Nefetiti that was brought over from Ancient Egypt to Berlin over 100 years ago.
Next, we’ll cross the River Spree to visit the Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt. The museum tells the story of the workshop and the owner who employed mainly blind and deaf Jews who produced brooms and brushes during World War II. We’ll also have time to explore the small Anne Frank exhibition and surrounding neighbourhood of Haus Schwarzenberg.
Following lunch, we’ll set out to make the most of our remaining time in Berlin at one of the city’s premier Christmas markets where we’ll immerse ourselves once again in the nostalgic calm and charm of the Advent season. Berlin contains over 70 different Christmas markets, so we’ll narrow them down and head to Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt in one of Berlin’s most picturesque historic squares. Surrounded by gorgeous historic buildings such as the French Church, German Church and the Konzerthaus, all of which have recently been lovingly restored, the square truly comes alive with the festive spirit during the Advent period.
Upon arrival we’ll take our time to explore the multiple craft and food stalls of the Gendarmenmarkt bathed in the illuminated of the square’s colossal Christmas tree. As well as food and crafts, there are performers and musicians providing seasonal entertainment amid the jolly fairytale atmosphere.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Kleinmachnow.
Monday 9th December
Fully laden with Christmas gifts and merriment We’ll depart early this morning for our transfer to the airport and journey home.
Single Supplement: £100
As this trip involves a lot of exploration around Berlin and visiting Christmas markets please expect to be on your feet for much of this trip.
All students will be English speaking.
Visas are not required for British passport holders visiting Berlin.