The Art & History of Dresden & Meißen

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Dresden

Scheduled flight to Germany from your preferred airport – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to 4* Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel 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 the airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

4* central Dresden hotel

Welcome dinner

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

Moritzburg Castle

Albertinum - guided tour

Royal Palace & the New and Old Green Vaults


Five nights at the centrally located 4* Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel 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.

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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


Tour Reviews

Reviews for The Art & History of Dresden & Meißen

Date of tour: June 2018

I want to thank you and your excellent staff, particularly Petra, for all that was done to make our tour to Dresden and Meissen such a hugely successful one. I have received such praise from those on the trip. Our guide was outstanding, she kept us enthralled with her exceptional knowledge on all subjects as well as her life in East Germany. She went the ‘extra mile’ and what an asset she is to this programme. The hotel was extremely comfortable and all our party had superb rooms and great breakfasts. Very helpful staff. With the back-up from yourselves and the guide I was able to enjoy the whole trip and on the occasions when I had to call for help action was swift and excellent. Yours is an excellent Company to work with and I look forward to doing so again.

AD, Shaftesbury

Date of tour: May 2018

The trip Dresden, Saxony Switzerland and Meissen was universally voted to be a great success. The hotel was very good, the weather ideal and most importantly we had an excellent guide. She was exceptional, full of interesting information, very efficient and absolutely charming. Without her, I don’t think that we would have enjoyed the visit nearly so much. Some of the group would have liked a little more free time, but then we would not have been able to see as much as we did, so you can’t please everyone! Thank you very much for all your hard work in setting up the trip.

IH, London

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 our guide. 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.

JH, Warwick

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.

HH, Weybridge

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.

BO, Harpenden

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.

SD, Plymouth

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.

GR, London

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.

MF, Saxmundham

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.

EW, Blockley

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