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Archaeological Tours

Austria & Germany: The Great Museums of Vienna & Berlin

This tour will focus on the great museum collections of Egyptian, Classical, and Near Eastern art in both Vienna and Berlin. For all who have visited Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and even Syria or Iraq, this tour is an absolute treasure trove of art from their ancient cities. You will be able to see the magnificent monuments that once dominated the sites around them. We will also visit major collections of Christian art as well as museums known for their outstanding paintings.

Guests on this cultural tour will be accompanied by Professor Soltes, whose areas of specialization include Greek and Roman art, Jewish, Christian and Islamic art and religions, classical philosophy, linguistics, and Indo-European philology. He is a very popular speaker and has given numerous lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Art Institute of Chicago. This itinerary has been designed to ensure there is ample free time to attend cultural events in the evenings.

What's included?

  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  A/C coach
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  A name badge, luggage strap and bag tag
  •  A study guide, reading list, and other useful tour documentation compiled by your expert scholar and your Archaeological Tours team
  •  Three lectures from your expert scholar
  •  Flights (excluding airfare from the US)

Led by...

Professor Ori Soltes

Professor Ori Soltes

Professor Ori Soltes is Professorial Lecturer at Georgetown University and has also taught in the Classics Department at Johns Hopkins and Cleveland State Universities.

Full Price
$6,795

Today's Price
$6,595

Saving
$200

Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $970

Tour highlights:

  • See the renowned bust of Nefertiti – the famous queen of Egypt – in the Neues Museum, Berlin
  • Gaze upon architectural treasures of the ancient East such as the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and the Market Gate of Miletus in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • At Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, we can view numerous historical masterpieces curated by the House of Habsburg
  • Visit one of the largest and most important collections of Austrian art at the Leopold Museum in Vienna
  • Take advantage of all the cultural events that these cities have to offer

Tour details

Dates March 6 2020 - March 16 2020
Duration 11 days
Cost
Full Price
$6,795
Today's Price
$6,595
Saving
$200
Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $970 Balance due by December 13 2019
Activity Level
Tour code A20BEV

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March 6 2020: Itinerary

We arrive in Vienna and are transferred to our hotel, perfectly located within walking distance of many fine restaurants and cultural venues. We have the evening at leisure to relax before we come together as a group tomorrow.

Hotel: Le Meridien, Vienna

Our entire day will be devoted to the enchanting Kunsthistorisches Museum. The extraordinary treasures on display here include the Egyptian gallery’s 18th dynasty sculpture of Thutmosis III and the Old Kingdom Reserve Head. We will also be able to observe the gold of Nagyszentmiklos and the Gemma Augustea cameo in the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman gallery, as well as the many remarkable works in the painting galleries.

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: Le Meridien, Vienna

Today, we admire finds from Ephesus and Samothrace at the wonderful Ephesos Museum. Its collection includes the Athlete of Ephesus and the Frieze of the Parthian Monument, in honor of Emperor Lucius Verus. The afternoon will be spent at leisure and can be used for relaxing, shopping or exploring the further 40 or so museums located within the city.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Le Meridien, Vienna

The Naturhistorisches Museum is ours to discover this morning. The museum houses among its treasures the Venus of Willendorf, the finds from the Hallstatt graves, and a mineral collection that includes the famous “bouquet of jewels”, which Maria Theresa gave to her husband. After lunch at a traditional Viennese restaurant, our tour continues at the Leopold Museum, which opened in September 2001. This fine museum houses an unparalleled collection of works by 20th century Austrians, including the likes of Klimt, Kokoschka, and Schiele.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Le Meridien, Vienna

Today’s touring begins at the Upper Belvedere, one of two Baroque palaces built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy in 1717. It served as an imperial painting gallery from 1776 onwards. After lunch, our touring will continue at the Jewish Museum, where exhibitions tell the story of Jewish life, history, and religion in Austria.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Le Meridien, Vienna

Our morning will be spent with our Viennese guide on a walking tour, where we will explore the area of the city situated between the cathedral and the Danube canal, known as “Old Vienna.” Here, we can wander along the long narrow streets, stopping on the way to visit Stephansdom, Vienna’s magnificent cathedral. Other local monuments we will pass include Mozart’s house, the Hoher Market Square (where remains of the Roman Legion’s camp were recently uncovered), the oldest church in Vienna – Ruprechtskirche, the city’s stunning Am Hof square, and the 14th century former town hall. An afternoon flight brings us to Berlin.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: H10 Berlin Ku'damm

This morning, we will meet for our first museum visit in Berlin. The Bode Museum houses late antiquity, Byzantine, and early Christian material as well as the sculptural collection from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: H10 Berlin Ku'damm

Today we return to Museum Island to tour the Altes Museum, home to the antiquities collection that was formerly on display in the Charlottenburg. This includes Greek sculpture, the so-called Berlin Amphora from Vulci, Sythian treasures from Vettersfelde, and treasures from Thyreatis in the Peloponnese. We will also be able to view a collection known as the Hildesheim Treasure from the first century BCE, which is the largest collection of Roman silver ever found outside of imperial frontiers. After lunch, we visit some of the galleries at Museum Island’s fantastic Old National Gallery.

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: H10 Berlin Ku'damm

The full day will be spent in East Berlin visiting the Pergamon Museum, which houses antiquities from both the Ancient Orient and the Greek and Roman worlds as well as Islamic galleries. Among the architectural masterpieces reconstructed here in their original sizes are the impressive Ishtar Gate from Babylon, the Market Gate from the Greek city of Miletus on the Turkish coast, and a huge stone Mshatta Facade from one of the Jordanian desert castles. Our stay in Berlin will provide us with an opportunity to attend some of the many evening cultural events.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: H10 Berlin Ku'damm

We begin at the Neues Museum, which now unites three of the National Museums’ major collections. It is home to the material formerly kept at the Agyptisches Museum, including its many treasures from the Amarna Period – the famous bust of Nefertiti, the Berlin Green Head, and the Gateway to the Temple of Kalabsha, which was built by the Roman Emperor Augustus and is contemporary in date with the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. We will also visit the museum’s extensive prehistory and early history section, which is where we can find the Treasure of Troy. The remainder of the day will be spent at leisure, so why not visit another museum or return one we have previously explored.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: H10 Berlin Ku'damm

Today, the tour comes to an end and we make our individual ways home or continue on for further independent travel.

Meals include: Breakfast

March 6 2020: Additional Info

March 6 2020: Accommodation

This hotel with an old-world exterior is a 2-minute walk from the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) and an 11-minute walk from the Hofburg Imperial Palace

A 3-minute walk from Kurfürstendamm, this hotel is a 13-minute walk from the Berlin Zoological Garden and 4.5 km from the Reichstag Building.

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