Meissen, lying some 25km upstream from Dresden on the River Elbe, is the oldest town in Saxony, its recorded history stretching back over 1200 years. The quaint town centre, dominated by its hilltop cathedral, is a joy to explore. The city is most famous though for its porcelain - Meissen was the first place outside of the Orient to produce hard-paste porcelain back in the early 700s. Today, the factory is still regarded as one of the world's best. A factory tour will show you the techniques and provide a chance to purchase some for yourself before we enjoy lunch at the pottery and a guided tour of the town.
In the afternoon, we head to Mortizburg Schloss. This palatial Hunting Lodge is straight out of a fairytale. Set on an island in the middle of a forest, this baroque building will provide photo opportunities a plenty.
Return to Dresden for dinner and overnight as we bid our 'farewell to Germany'.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner