Start this entertaining tour of Berlin with a sightseeing cruise on the Spree, a river that flows through the city. See some of Berlin's most popular sites from the water, like Hansaviertel, a small, wealthy locality that was nearly destroyed during World War II, but was rebuilt by international master architects. Also, cruise past Bellevue Palace, the official residence of the president of Germany, and the Palace Bridge, or Schlossbrucke, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture with its statues of heroes and goddesses.
Following the sightseeing cruise, it’s time for an evening at the magnificent Charlottenburg Palace, one of the most famous sites in Berlin. It was the former summer residence for the House of Hohenzollern, a dynasty of former princes, electors, kings and emperors. Today, the palace and grounds are a major visitor’s attraction.
This evening of classical music and fine dining at the palace begins with a 3-course, candlelight dinner in the magnificent Orangery, a sophisticated ballroom that combines the luxury of centuries past with all the amenities of modern life — perfect for receptions and dinners. Enjoy a seasonal selection of exquisite dishes with a vegetarian option, if desired. One example would be potato-ginger soup with lemon oil and thinly sliced rosemary ham; filet of Brandenburg pork in puff pastry served with a ragout of apples, savoy cabbage and mushrooms with a peppered cherry sauce; and a chocolate tart a la Sophie Charlotte with gold-sprinkled crème and spiced pears.
After dinner, proceed to the auditorium for a concert with the Berlin Residence Orchestra. Choose from four ticket categories: VIP, A, B and C — referring to the front-to-back seating in the concert venue. VIP guests enjoy preferred seating for the concert with a glass of champagne during intermission. The orchestra is comprised of renowned musicians from Berlin, with a particular understanding and love for music of the late baroque and classical era. The program includes selections by famous composers like Bach, Handel, Mozart and more.