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Porcelain room at the Zwinger Palace

A rt t r e a s u r e s o f D r e s d e n

An Exclusive Tour for DFAS Members October 2–6, 2016

In October 2016, ACE Cultural Tours is delighted to offer a brand new tour to Dresden, open exclusively to members of DFAS groups countrywide.


Meissen, a medieval hotch-potch of red-tiled roofs and stucco architecture, is Saxony’s oldest town.  Here we will tour

rt Treasures of Dresden will explore the cultural riches of the city long considered the ‘jewel

box’ of Germany. “There are unbelievable treasures of all kinds in this beautiful place”, wrote Goethe of Dresden, where the magnificent Baroque dome of the re-consecrated Frauenkirche, in which Bach and Wagner once performed, vies with Augustus the Strong’s Zwinger Palace as the city’s dominant landmark. Dresden’s Royal Palace, the former seat of the Saxon government, hosts the fabulous Green Vault treasure chamber,

Our expert Tour Director Lars Tharp, MA, FSA, is an art historian, lecturer and broadcaster who is well known for his work on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. Lars is a ceramics specialist who has curated exhibitions at the York Art Gallery and London’s Foundling Museum, and is the author of several works including Hogarth’s China and the Little Brown Encyclopaedia of Antiques.

whilst the Zwinger is a vast complex

the Gothic cathedral and look behind the scenes at the celebrated porcelain factory. We will enjoy a leisurely trip along the River Elbe, and there will also be an opportunity to attend an optional performance at the Semper Opera House, one of Europe’s most glorious music venues, where Wagner’s Flying Dutchman and Richard Strauss’ Rosenkavalier premiered.

This tour is open to individual members from all DFAS groups, and is a perfect opportunity to

of formal gardens, ornate fountains and grand pavilions – and home to

Masters Picture Gallery, with works by

the Porcelain room which flooded

Raphael (notably his Sistine Madonna),

with natural light displays the Dresden

Botticelli, Velázquez, Dürer, Vermeer

Porcelain collection, also visit the Old

and Rembrandt.

travel with likeminded people and to meet members from other societies around the country.

ACE CULTURAL TOURS I ti n e r a r y Sunday October 2 0645 Check in at British Airways desk, London Heathrow Airport. 0845 Depart London Heathrow on British Airways flight BA09822. 1145 Arrive Berlin Tegel Airport. Transfer to Dresden. Check-in to The Swissotel, Dresden for four nights. Visit to Asisi’s Panometer. 2030 Dinner at a local restaurant. Monday October 3 Breakfast. 0900 Morning visit to the Royal Palace. 1100 Guided tour of the new Green Vault. Independent lunch. 1330 Afternoon visit with audio guide to the Historic Green Vault (Grunes Gewolbe). 1500 Afternoon boat trip on the Elbe with coffee and cake. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Tuesday October 4 Breakfast. 0930 Visit to the Zwinger Porcelain Museum 1200 Independent lunch. 1330 Guided tour of Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Master Paintings). Free Evening. 1900 (Optional) Visit for concert performance at Semper Opera house) Wednesday October 5 Breakfast. 0900 All day excursion to Meissen. Meissen Porcelain Factory. 1145 Lunch in the Porcelain Museum. Walking Tour of Meissen to include Meissen Cathedral. Return to Dresden via Jagdschloss Moritzburg. 1930 Farewell dinner. Thursday October 6 Breakfast.

0930 Guided Tour of Albertinum including New Masters Picture Gallery & Sculpture Collection. Independent lunch. 1915 Depart Berlin Tegel Airport on British Airways flight BA0987. 2015 Arrive London Heathrow Airport.

Cost of £1050 includes: return flights, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three dinners and one lunch, excursions & admissions, gratuities, & the company of the Tour Director who will accompany the tour throughout. Not included: travel insurance, optional evening concert at the Semper Opera House (cost to be advised), single room supplement £160.

Tour Code: NADR16P

This tour is on a first come first served basis - please complete a booking form and return it together with a deposit of £200 to Gillian Harvey, ACE Cultural Tours, Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP. Tel: 01223 841055 Email:

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