Day 1 – Dresden
Scheduled flight to Germany from your preferred airport – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to 4* Westin Bellevue in Dresden – dinner in the hotel.
Day 2 – Guided tour of Dresden, Zwinger Palace & Old Masters Picture Gallery
Guided walking tour of Dresden taking in sights such as Semper Opera House, the Cathedral and a visit to the reconstructed Frauenkirche – our guide accompanies us to the Zwinger Palace, the old fortress of Dresden, where a guided tour of the Old Masters Picture Gallery in the Palace introduces us to works by Rubens, Canaletto, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Day 3 – Pillnitz Castle and Gardens & River Elbe paddle steamer cruise
One of the area’s finest summer palaces, Pillnitz Castle and Gardens lies picturesquely on the banks of the River Elbe and with its flying buttresses and chimneys ornamented with crowns it is the only Chinese style castle of its size in Europe – travel to Königstein by the banks of the River Elbe to take a memorable paddle steamer cruise along the River to Pirna to view the splendour of the Saxony Alps.
Day 4 – Meißen Porcelain Museum & Moritzburg Castle
A guided tour of the Meißen Porcelain Museum gives an insight into the production process at this world renowned manufacturer – time at leisure in Meißen and you may choose to visit Albrechtsburg Castle or the Gothic Cathedral – Moritzburg Castle, the famous Baroque hunting and pleasure castle of Augustus the Strong, was designed by Matthaeus Daniel Poeppelmann, architect of the Dresden Zwinger, to provide an appropriate and magnificent setting for Augustus’ glittering parties.
Day 5 – Albertinum, Royal Palace & the New and Old Green Vaults
A guided tour of the Albertinum, originally a royal arsenal now rebuilt as a museum, discovers works by Caspar David Friedrich, a collection of French Impressionist paintings and 21st century art and sculpture – continue to the Royal Palace for an audio tour of the Historic Green Vault with its collection of fine silver and jewellery followed by the New Green Vault highlighting some of the central pieces from the collection in their original setting including the celebrated Dresden Green Diamond.
Day 6 – Dresden
Morning free to relax or to explore Dresden at leisure – transfer to your preferred airport for our scheduled flight home.
4* central Dresden hotel
All excursions & guided tours included
Professional local guide
Scheduled flights to Germany
Executive coach in Germany
One free place per 10 paying passengers
Dresden - guided tour
Zwinger Palace & Old Masters Picture Gallery
Pillnitz Castle & Gardens
River Elbe Paddle Steamer cruise
Meißen Porcelain Museum - guided tour
Albertinum - guided tour
Royal Palace & the New and Old Green Vaults
Five nights at the centrally located 4* Westin Bellevue in Dresden. Located by the River Elbe, facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool and all rooms are en suite. A welcome dinner is served in the hotel on the first evening and the remaining four nights are on bed and breakfast basis.
Single room supplement £89
Entrance fees to places of interest
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Here are some more suggested places of interest:
- Berlin - combine with a stay in Berlin for two-centred holiday – Click here for suggested places to visit in Berlin
- Leipzig - a guided tour takes in the birthplace of Richard Wagner and Tomaskirche where Johann Sebastian Bach held the position of Kantor between 1723 and 1750 followed by a guided tour of the Museum der Bildenden Kunste, home to a fine collection of paintings by German masters
Reviews for The Art & History of Dresden & Meißen
Date of tour: April 2017
Our five day trip to Dresden went without a hitch. The Hotel Dorint was excellent - service, accommodation, food and location. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and conveyed this knowledge with clarity and enthusiasm for her home of Dresden. We very much appreciated her guidance, help and advice. Our driver took us around Dresden and the outskirts which helped to orientate ourselves helped with commentary from Cosima. The highlight of the tour for some of us was our visit to the opera to see a not so well known opera ‘La Clemencio de Tito’ which we thought was fabulous, costumes, scenery and voices and on our last day our visit to the Meissen Factory. Well done Tailored Travel.
Date of tour: October 2016
I just wanted to pass you my thanks for a superb visit to Dresden. I'm sure the organiser will give you feedback but I am not actually a member of her group. The hotel was superb. Our tour guide was outstanding. I have done many such group tours and she was the best guide I have encountered with extensive all round knowledge and a friendly and fun way of delivering it. Thank you.
AB, High Wycombe
Date of tour: September 2016
I would like to say a big thank you for a very well organised tour to Dresden. We all thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful experiences we shared. The hotel was a really lovely, comfortable hotel so close to the town. Our guides brought the whole of the interesting and varied itinerary to life, they were extremely knowledgeable which made our visit truly memorable, even the sun shone for us. Thank you so much for all your hard work helping to make this tour run smoothly, enabling us to relax and enjoy the wonderful city of Dresden and Meissen.
WP, Burgess Hill
Date of tour: June 2016
Dear Michael and Petra, I thought you would like to see a selection of comments regarding the trip to Dresden; there wasn’t a single negative reaction!
Click here to read the comments from a number of the travellers in a group of 40 to Dresden & Meißen in May 2016.
Date of tour: May 2016
We had a splendid tour to Dresden. Everything was perfect. The hotel, all the travelling, the tour activities, the guide, crowned with glorious weather. Some members managed to fit music concerts in, and the opera on the last night. We were so fortunate, and all of us thank you and all at Tailored Travel for making the tour such a success. In the planning stages all your staff were so prompt and helpful, and on the evening before we left Petra rang to wish us well, and make sure we had no problems. That was such a nice kind touch. Please pass our thanks on to everyone involved.
Date of tour: October 2014
Thank you for all your help and advice given to make this a really good holiday. We all enjoyed it very much and needless to say - Thomas is GOOD!! With his help, everything went smoothly and the sun shone the whole time which added enormously to the enjoyment.
Date of tour: June 2014
I’ve finally got a few moments to write and thank you very much for making the arrangements for what turned out to be a superb holiday. Dresden itself has much more to offer than I had realised. It was fascinating and, in the time we had available, we could only scratch the surface. The hotel was excellent with very spacious rooms and very near the Old City centre (easy walking distance). The breakfasts had pretty much anything anyone might possibly want. I really think you shouldn’t bother to offer any other hotel to your clients. The buffet dinner on the first evening was well worth the small supplement for a huge variety of delicious dishes. Eveline was a wonderful guide. She didn’t spare herself and must have been exhausted by the end. So, all in all, a wonderful trip. If any of your other clients are considering going to Dresden and need reassurance, please feel free to give them my number and I’ll be happy to advise them. Once again, very many thanks; everything came together as planned, only, I’m sure, because of your attention to detail.
Date of tour: June 2013
A huge thank you for all you did for us in Dresden last week. I did appreciate all the hard work you had done for us beforehand, little knowing that we would be in the midst of the floods and needing extra help while we were there. However, with your help and Thomas on hand everything went really smoothly (as I'm sure you've already heard), everyone was happy and some even enthusiastic with the surprise of a day in Leipzig, and no one had any grumbles within my hearing! All in all a huge success.
Date of tour: May 2013
I have just returned from a wonderful and fascinating trip to Berlin and Dresden. I would like to tell you our guide was quite exceptional to detail and his knowledge of all that was seen and unseen both historically and aesthetically made the trip a real pleasure. By joining the group I met some very interesting and like-minded people.
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