With Historian and Best-Selling Author, Ted Barris


On January 19, 1989, the head of the East German state exclaimed, “The Wall will be standing in 50 and even 100 years.” Ten months later, both he and the Berlin Wall were gone. For 40 years, concrete and wire had physically divided a Germany already ruined by WWII. It had often brought the Communist Bloc and the Western Democracies to the brink of another world war.


Back by popular demand, join award-winning author and journalist Ted Barris, and his wife Jayne MacAulay, on a wartime tour of Poland, Czech Republic and northern Germany. This Beyond the Wall itinerary will focus on the wartime events and experiences in Eastern Europe, before the wall was erected, the post-WWII Cold War deadlock and how Europe has changed since the wall was destroyed.


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Poland: Kraków | Auschwitz | Zagan
Germany: Berlin | Birkenau | Dresden | Potsdam
Czech Republic: Prague | Terezin


• Round-trip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Krakow: two nights 4-star accommodation at the Qubas
• Prague: three nights 5-star accommodation at the Jalta
• Dresden: two nights 4-star accommodation at the Pullman Newa
• Berlin: five nights 4-star accommodation at the Indigo Ku’damm
• 12 breakfasts, two lunches and four dinners
• Private motor coach transportation
• Professional local tour director
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All taxes and gratuities

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12 nights

$5,695* p.p.

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Group size: 55 maximum

Departs Toronto:
Jun. 10, 2018

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Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to the Globe and Mail and National Post, Barris has authored 18 non-fiction books and is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. He has also written a weekly newspaper column - The Barris Beat - for more than 20 years. Ted and his wife Jayne MacAulay have both written extensively for print/broadcast about Canadians’ wartime experiences.

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DAY 1 | Jun. 10, 2018 | Toronto—Kraków via Amsterdam
Depart Toronto for your overnight flight to Kraków, Poland.

DAY 2 | Jun. 11, 2018 | Kraków (d)
Arrive John Paul II International Airport in Kraków. Landing in this 7th century city known for its economic, cultural, academic and artistic activity, we will check into our hotel and then explore the old town (Kazimierz) nearby. Today Poland’s second largest city, the old portion of Kraków was once the capital of the country and a centre of art, industry and all the major religions of central Europe.

Our short sightseeing walking tour will start at 2:00 p.m. and encompass such old-town locations as the Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Church, and the Royal Wawel Castle.

Once introduced to our home base for the next couple of days, we will retire to our lodgings for a Ted Barris tour tradition – the welcome dinner – at which hosts and tour travellers get acquainted and learn more a

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