Berlin & Bamberg: Brandenburg to Bavaria


A Private Label travel event
12-20 October 2012

Jerry at the Brandenburg GateWe are often asked, as travel professionals, where do we travel? What places fascinate us? For us these are difficult questions to answer. We love so many places. But two places that have drawn us back again-and-again are Berlin and Bamberg, Germany. Jerry was first introduced to both while with the US Army in Germany. He was stationed in Bamberg, which afforded him ample time to explore this small city that is off the American travel radar. As for Berlin, he first visited in 1961 just weeks before “The Wall” went up. We returned to Berlin in 1993, and Bamberg in 1994 and have been back repeatedly ever since.

At times, we’ve traveled privately, but mainly with small groups – eager to introduce others to the wonders of both. And we are thrilled that others now understand our affection for these two very different cities. Where Bamberg is small, medieval and ecclesiastical, Berlin is big, modern and worldly. Both have fascinating history, great food, exceptional Kunst+Kultur (art and culture), interesting shopping and are easily negotiable by foot or public transportation. The combination of both satisfies all our emotional and intellectual travel requirements: they inspire and satiate!


We’ve been very careful in choice of hotels: In the center, but not in the crowd. In Berlin we always stay at the city’s most famous hotel, The Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin, the Kempi. Our deluxe rooms have been recently renovated and offer quiet luxury. It’s located on the Ku’damm, the city’s most fashionable boulevard, in the Charlottenburg district, surrounded by restaurants, shops and one of the most elegant residential areas. The city’s famous museums, most located on Museumsinsel in the city center (Mitte), are a short bus or subway ride away. But where the Mitte is quiet after dark, Charlottenburg comes alive in the evening. Nearby Savignyplatz alone has more restaurants than you could visit in a month of Sundays.

In Bamberg we stay at the city’s premier small hostelry, the Romantik Hotel Erin HartMesserschmitt. Established 175 years ago, it is justly famous for its Baroque façade, old-fashioned service and its exceptional Franconian wild game restaurant. Our deluxe rooms are in the recently added wing which features all the modern amenities. Located in the heart of the city, a 10 minute stroll away from the Old City with its exceptional cathedral and striking Old Town Hall, built on its own island in the Regnitz River. Bamberg is a short rail journey away from Nürnberg, Wurzburg, Bayreuth and Coburg (just to names a few).

Private Label Travel Events are our way to show our favorite places to our customers. Since 1977 we’ve shared our love of travel with friends and fellow travelers who appreciate the art of travel. These events are designed to ensure each participant an exceptional, personal experience. We, like the Queen of England, are only there “to consult, to encourage, to warn”. Your schedule is yours; you reign, never subject to anyone else’s schedule, thus giving you all the glamour of autumn abroad without the worry.

Because these tours are small by design, space is limited, so book now to ensure your fabelhaft autumn in Europe. We know we can’t wait. Herr Kelley insists you “vill have a fabelhaft adventure”.

Best personal regards, Jerry & Brian
Gerald Kelley & Brian Nystedt

And don’t forget:

You can extend your stay in Europe by going on with us to Bucharest where we then sail up the Danube to Budapest: 20-31 October 2012.

Berlin at night

These journeys are designed to allow us to give you a perfect travel experience: to insure there is no trauma or drama, or Strum und Drang.

Since 1991 we’ve visited cities and places we love with fellow travellers who understand what travel is all about: new horizons, new experiences, new friends. We are very excited to share our favorite places with you.

Brandenburg to Bavaria takes us again by popular demand to Berlin and Bamberg, two of our favorite cities. Berlin! What can we say about a place we truly love, from the currywurst to the Kunst+Kultur, Berlin fascinates and enthralls. Bamberg is the undiscovered gem of Franconia (Northern Bavaria). Herr Kelley was stationed here while with the US Army and knows the city intimately. This small city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was virtually untouched by the destructive wars of the last century.


This little city is one of the gems of Franconia, although visitors often pass it by; but we never have. Jerry fell in love with the city when he was stationed here with the US Army. We’ve been back frequently during the last 20 years. It's loaded with attractions, and being off the int’l tourist trail, you’ll mainly rub shoulders with Germans on holiday. 

This UNESCO World Heritage city has a magical aura - almost mystical - thathas evolved over the centuries. In the Middle Ages Bamberg was a powerful ecclesiastical center; it boasts the only Pope buried north of the Alps. Bamberg's architecture reflects more than millennium of building.Erin Hart

In fact thecathedral is ½ Romanesque and ½ Gothic – the only known such cathedral in Europe. Jerry had always wanted to be in town the day some guy rode in and said “Stop, there’s a whole new building style”. 

Today, Bamberg is "a beer drinkers’ Eden" (there are more breweries here than in Munich). Beer lovers come from afar for Rauchbier, a smoked beer first brewed in 1536. And don’t get us started on the local varieties of ice cream and Eiscafes.  

We adore Bamberg. You will too.


Berlin is a city that has reinvented itself repeatedly, from a small commercial center in the Middle Ages, through all that the 19th and 20th Centuries could throw at it, to Europe’s newest and most vibrant capital city. Berlin’s history has cast a long shadow over its future. But the Berliners have reclaimed their capital, now it’s your turn to do the same.  

Berlin is the home of more culture than almost any city in the world. Great art, symphony orchestras, operas, museums and outrageous cutting-edge architecture are there to be enjoyed. The Neues Museum on Museum Island displays one of the few exhibits that actually takes our breath away - the bust of Nefertiti, world renowned and rightly so. The restored New Synagogue and the Jewish History Museum are the most outward signs of a reestablished and reinvigorated Jewish community. Since German reunification, Berlin has reinvented, rebuilt, and revitalized not only the fabric of the city, but its spirit as well. And don't forget great shopping, great restaurants, great theatre...

Romantik Hotel Messerschmitt

In Bamberg the name "Messerschmitt" has stood for Franconian gastronomy of the highest quality for the past 175 years. The growth and expansion of a house with centuries of tradition have seasoned a pleasing union of warm hospitality and the zest of a modern lifestyle. Guests are sure to find their ease in a hotel that offers both flair and a herzlich willkommen. 

SchnleinsplatzThe Messerschmitt is situated in the city center at the Schönleinsplatz. Stroll through Bamberg and be enchanted by the attractions of this beloved city with its baroque fronts, magnificent churches and beautiful old lanes. A rich and varied cultural scene is available throughout the year. 

Owned by the same family since 1832 the hotel has been meticulously maintained and expanded so today it offers all the modern hotel amenities expected by international travelers. This 4-star hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a small spa. A large breakfast buffet is freshly prepared each morning. Franconian meals and quality wines are served in the Romantikrestaurant.

Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin

We've stayed at many hotels in Berlin over the years, but we always return to the Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin, “the Kempi”. The staff is terrific, the breakfasts sumptuous and their restaurants appealing. The lobby bar has perhaps the best eavesdropping we've ever enjoyed.

Its location on the Ku’damm makes for just a short jaunt to the many restaurants and shops around Savignyplatz. The U- and S-Bahns are nearby and the 100 bus to Mitte & Museum Island is a 10 minute walk away. We love this part of Berlin and, for us, it’s the only place to stay. There are certainly other hotels in the city, but nothing says BERLIN like the Kempi.

Brandenburg to Bavaria includes:

·  5 Nights in Deluxe rooms at the Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin, the legendary “Kempi”
·  3 Nights in Deluxe rooms at the historic Romantik Hotel Weinhaus Messerschmitt, Bamberg
·  Daily sumptuous breakfast buffet
·  All hotel taxes and fees
·  Introductory neighborhood walk in both cities
·  Escorted by New Departures’ Herr Jerry Kelley & Brian Nystedt
·  Personalized baggage tags
·  Pre-trip social gathering

SIGN ME UP FOR BERLIN & BAMBERG; Brandenburg to Bavaria

· Book One or Both (and save $50)
· Berlin: Double Occupancy, per person $1150.00
· Berlin: Single $1995.00
· Bamberg: Double Occupancy, per person $ 570.00
· Bamberg: Single $ 795.00
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Prices are cash discounted; credit cards may be used with a 4 per cent surcharge.
$350.00 deposit per person due at sign-up; space is not held without a deposit.
Final payment due 15 June 2012
Reservation made after this date must be paid in full at time of confirmation. 
Cost includes only listed features; inter-city transportation, gratuities and items of a personal nature are additional. 
Minimum number of group participants is required to operate this travel event. If number is not met we reserve the right to increase the cost or cancel the travel event, in which case all money will be refunded. 
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