Through the ashes of the (communist) Empires
The world looks frightened at the demographical Bomb, the advance of the deserts, the growing up pollution, the near future etc. But it realizes that something more important is going on: -it was only Russia and then the communist Empire that has never enlarged itself by sea but only by earth, without any stopping; -the infantry's boots made place to the ideological and media expansionism 'urbi et orbi' by a new ' religion' and 'proselytism' all over the world.
And now, the broken down communist Empire has released the tribalism of Europe, for the moment, only the painful nationalism of East European communities fighting under the united Red Army's discreet supervision. The future is still under the Sphinx's star!
Travelers to Eastern Europe have found out first hand about the vibrant energy that is in the air of these emerging democracies: open borders, warm smiles, friendly handshakes. But something has moved on in the world. Future change! That's way a visit 'through the ashes of the empires looking for the Will of Peter the Great of Russia is the REAL ADVENTURE, classical tour holidays, living ' le bon viveur' - the life's hits taster.
A unique experience traveling through times and history: the last three centuries: the German Reich, Austrian and Turkish Empires, old and new Russia, nations crushed under the Ruler's wills and pleasures.
The PHOENIX BIRD'S ADVENTURE through ashes to the the future, but relaxing, comfortable, enjoying a rich historical treasure, elegant and strange architecture, folk dancers, a fine cultural atmosphere, rare drinks and an exciting Dracula surprise. In company of professional guides - traveling companions who have knowledge about the area's history, culture, custom and are committed to taking care of all the details of travel for you.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS VISITES
Day 1: Arrival Berlin: your guide is waiting at the airport to assist you with the transferring to the hotel. Try a walk down the famous Ku-damm, Berlin's version of Piccadilly and the Champs Elysees - all rolled into one.
Day 2: Berlin: in the making on the today's tour of this once divided city, you experience history from Prussian militarism to German Empire (Reich), from cold war to nowadays growing problems. See remnants of the infamous Berlin Wall, the Reichstag, Charlottenhof Palace, drive down Unter der Linden Boulevard leading to the ornate Branderburg Gate. You will not miss the Egyptian Museum displaying the 3,000 year old bust of Nefertiti and the Pergamon Museum.
Day 3: Berlin - Posdam: the history demonstrates the vanity of the ambitions of people's rulers: the Friederich den Grossen's Sans-Souci gardens (one of the triplets: Verssaille, Sans-Souci, Petrovorets) and the New Palais. You will have the first meeting with Stalin, Truman, Aberlee in Cecillienhof where the 2nd WW peace treaty was signed.
Day 4: Berlin - Dresden - Prague: our today's travel take us to Dresden, a beautiful sandstone city where Zwinger Palace reminds the period of glory of the Saxon. Here we can see the baroque Semper Opera House, where Wagner once conducted. You reach Prague either by plane or by train by 'Sachsische Schweiz' following the course of the Elba.
Day 5: Prague: a treasure chest of Gothic and baroque architecture, monuments and bridges; the 'velvet revolution' and the first 'divorce between women:: Czechia and Slovakia. Goethe named Prague ' the most precious stone in the crown of the world' You Ôre sure to agree after seeing the statue line Charles Bridge - the 14 th century stone open over Vltava River, Prague Castle and Wenceslas Square - a timeless picturesque place that was at the heart of the pro democracy movement. Tonight Czech cuisine, wine and music.
Day 6: Prague - Conopiste - Warsaw: a walk through the park and the Hunter's castle of Conopiste introduce you to the hubbies of the archduke Franz Josef who was shot in Sarajevo starting thus the first WW... Mysterious history!... By plane we find that Warsaw, a city almost totally destroyed by Hitler's army. Remarkable rebuilt and preserved by the effort of the people is a leaving monument to the Polish spirit.
Day 7: Warsaw - Krakow: a guided tour of Warsaw shows us the Royal Route from the magnificent Castle Square to Lazienskowski Palace. The tomb of Unknown Soldier and the monument of the Warsaw's Jewish Ghetto heroes remind us of the 2nd WW and invite to think of nowadays Breezes of tempest. A fine dinner raises the joy of life.
Day 8: Warsaw -Wien: by plane you'll reach the capital of waltz but also the 'powder cask' of Europe: Hungary, Jougoslavia, Slovacia etc. the ex Osterreichies Reich (Empire), the last inheritor of the Roman Empire's crown.
Day 9: Wien: the former glory will be found in Schonbrunn Palace, the Wien Ring with its Opera, Hofburg Palace, Parliament, Burgtheater and War Minister; but also the gay town: the Prater. A Wien by night will introduce you into the waltz time.
Day 10 : Wien - Budapest: you'll be invited to a cruise on the Danube from Wien to Budapest - a union of two ancient cities situated on opposing banks of the 'blue' Danube. Highlights on both sides are visited and include City Park, Gellert Hill, Heroes' Square, Fisherman's Bastion and the Coronation Church. Enjoy the great view of the Hungarian Parliament building, designed to rival London's Westminster. An typical dinner with 'hot' Hungarian specialities and local vines.
Day 11: Budapest: in 1999 Budapest will be the cultural capital of Europe: you'll see an example of its intensive life. The afternoon is free to enjoy shopping down Vaci Utca, a pedestrian street with chic shops until dinner and transfer to the railways station to take the sleep wagon to Transylvania for Dracula's land, to Sibiu.
Day 12 and 13: Sibiu- Brasov - Bucharest: which child and even grown-up is not fascinated and a little bit afraid of Dracula's story. Who is not astonished or confused by the gap between the magnificent Romanian TV revolution and the miners in the University Square of Bucharest? Who are really the Romanians? Zamfir, Nadia Comaneci, Ceausescu, the unknown scientists - first discoverers of insulin, motor and jet plane etc. Nastase, Eugen Ionescu, Brincusi, Enescu, Mircea Eliade, Emil Cioran etc. How is the country where milk and honey is running free - as the Turks said. Our present: introducing you the people and the land that mean the Gates of the Orient. From rural civilization to the House of People - the second building in the world... and more. Well deserved nights in Brasov and Bucharest to prepare the flight to Peter's great capital: Petrograd - the peak of our adventure.
Day 14: Bucharest - Petrograd: in the morning we reach Petrograd and make us comfortable in our hotels. The glory of the Empire of Bizants has bewitched the Slaves to take for Russia the inheritance of the East Roman Empire. Peter wanted more: to be greater than France, Germany's or England's kings. He also wanted to domineer the oceans: he 'built' the Amirality to open the gates towards the whole Earth. And also Petrovorets: the summer palace, the fountains' park' the replay for Verssaille and Sans Souci. A marvelous afternoon for you.
Day 15: Petrograd: the guided tour of this morning will present you more than an exceptional capital - town but a whole world: from Peter's time (the Peter and Paul Fortress an the river Neva...) to his following emperors ( the St. Issac's Cathedral, the huge Winter Palace...) until the Smolny's Palace - Lenin's revolutionary headquarters and 2nd WW memorial. Don't forget the Ermitage museum and mainly don't miss the old cafes and restaurants for the ' tour of the great Dukes'.
Day 16: Petrograd - Moscow: from the airport we settle down in our hotel to prepare ourselves to meet the capiatl during the afternoon. Ivan the Terrible is introdiced to us by his famous cathedral, Russia's emperors by the old churches of the Kremlin fortress, Lenin by his closed mausoleum, Stalin by the stars of Kremlin and the five huge establishments built during in his particulat style. From the Universitu Belvedere we look at Moscow and think of the huge empire that binds togheter people asnd nations, religions, satelites, guns and only one Red Army, not by border but by unsolved problems - the new 'Russian winter'. And we shall come back in the Red Square, to the people fightind for democracy, comunism etc. A fine popular dancer show will close the day
Day 17: Moscow: finally free to talk to people, to spend the time with young, girls and men on Arbat Street, to go shopping, to see the very day life of a ex-soviet citizen, to enjoy the famous Russian jewelry. In the afternoon we take the plane for Istanbul.
Day 18: Istanbul: the Topkapi Palace, The St. Sophie Cathedral, The Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and a half day cruise will present the 'melt pot' of Byzantine (Greek ) and the Turk empire. The bazaars and the street will give you the opportunity to 'smell' the Orient and the Occident. A fine evening will be a deserved farewell.