Tour 3 – Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin

Map Tour 3Day 1: Arrival in Amsterdam, transfer & check-in to your centrally located hostel or multi-bedded hotel in the city. Get a first impression of this beautiful city during a canal cruise on the famous “Grachten”. Enjoy Amsterdam from the waterside and experience the special flair of the city.

Day 2: A guided bike tour through the bicycle capital of the world Amsterdamwill teach you interesting facts about the city’s history and its culture. A small hint from our side: always keep one finger on the bike bell. In the afternoon you are invited to discover the city on your own. Walk along the canals and over more than 100 bridges, through various flower and street markets and feel the international vibes of Amsterdam.

Day 3: She’s world famous and her story is unutterably sad. While visiting the Anne Frank house you’ll get to know her history, learn more about the building she was hiding, her diary and the main people involved. A touching story. At the Amsterdam Museum you’ll experience all about Amsterdam: then, now and in the future. The guided tour Amsterdam DNA offers a fascinating and concise overview of the history of Amsterdam: from paintings from the Golden Age to the Red-Light District, Ajax and Johan Cruyff.

HamburgDay 4: You are leaving the Netherlands and will travel further to Hamburg. After your arrival in the city a maritime harbor boat tour on the Elbe between the warehouse district and the Port of Hamburg awaits you. In the evening we recommend a walk along the impressive Landungsbrücken.

Day 5: Hamburg's history is marked by the Hanseatic League, by trading and by ships. On a guided walking tour through the Speicherstadt you will learn interesting details about this "warehouse district" and its diverse range. Afterwards you’ll visit the newly built, modern landmark of the city: the Elbphilharmonie Plaza. Admire the cutting-edge architecture and enjoy the impressive view from the building over the Hamburg harbor. You are leaving for Berlin in the afternoon.

Day 6: On the historical walking tour “Discover Berlin” you’ll see major sights like Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Museum Island, New Synagogue, Red Town Hall and many more. Get a first impression of the German capital and enjoy its various shopping opportunities in the afternoon.

Day 7: Excursion to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial. Stories of individual fates are woven together to tell the history of the political persecution of inmates in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp on a guided tour.

Day 8: The Museum Island Berlin, belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage with its world-renowned museums, is Berlinyour first stop today. Visit the Pergamon Museum which houses three collections and presents impressive reconstructions of massive archaeological structures such as the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon. A highlight in the evening will make your tour an unforgettable one: enjoy the Grand Show at Friedrichstadt Palast, home to the biggest theater stage in the world.

Day 9: Today you’ll visit the Spy Museum which shows the world of the secret services from the first cipher to Edward Snowden. Discover the methods of the agents and get to know their special tools. Young spies can test themselves in the laser course.
At the Topography of Terror Documentation Center, a guided tour will inform you about the most significant establishments of the persecution and terror apparatus operated by the Nazis as well as their crimes. During the "Third Reich" the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located at the site.

Day 10: It’s time to say goodbye: enjoy your last breakfast in the city. Check-out and transfer

Program Inclusions
- All overnight accommodations include bed & breakfast basis
- Airport and city-to-city transfers, listed meals, activities and excursions

Program Exclusions
- Transport to/from the departure city
- Passport, visa or other document costs
- Any meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Tips for guide and/or drivers

Centrally located hostels or multi-bedded hotels with en-suite facilities

Ground transportation with private motor coaches, trains, long distance buses

All tours include breakfast, half and full board can be added on request

Program components
Activities, excursions and visits can be modified or added to the tour itinerary individually
All tours can be customized to your specifications.

a&o Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
Its central location makes the A&O Hostel Hamburg Hauptbahnhof the ideal starting point for every class trip to Hamburg. A ten-minute walk takes you right to the downtown area. The former "Kontorhaus" (mercantile office building) was once a storage facility for goods from all over the world. Today, guests from all corners of the earth enjoy their stay in modern rooms. The lush lobby and leisure corner are gathering spots for many travellers. The A&O Hostels offer special services for class trips: There is free WiFi in all rooms, in the lobby and at the bar. Teachers and chaperones are welcome to have free open, non-alcoholic beverages at the bar.
a&o Amsterdam Zuidoost
This hostel is of the tried-and-true a&o standard and opened its doors in May 2015. It is located in Amsterdam Zuidoost, close to the stadium and metro station Bullewijk. The metro connection from here is excellent and public transport quickly and easily takes you to the city centre. The a&o hotel and hostel scores well with its perfect location as a starting point for discovering Amsterdam. Whether the focus is on art, history or geography, Amsterdam offers something for every class trip.
a&o Berlin Hauptbahnhof
This hostel is located in direct proximity to the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central station). Many sights such as the Parlamentsvertiel (parliament district), Brandenburger Tor and Potsdamer Platz are a comfortable walk away (S-Bahn/U-Bahn station Hauptbahnhof).