Berlin Brandenburg Gate

Beyond the Wall: A History of Berlin

Berlin is one of Europe’s most vibrant and bold centers of contemporary culture—and its ever-present reminders of the past, such as the mural-clad Berlin Wall, drive the city’s creatives to envision a more beautiful future. Led by actor-turned-archaeologist and expert historian guide Jamie Sewell, this trip will return to the beginning—starting with Berlin’s founding in the 13th century, through the Imperial period, the Third Reich and the Cold War—to pull back the curtain on the complex origins of this beguiling capital, with tours that will enlighten even the most seasoned history and architecture buffs.

What to Expect

Hear more about this trip from Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley below:

Itinerary highlights include:

  • Learn about the history of Berlin on a deeper level through intimate, private tours with local scholar and archaeologist Jamie Sewell. You’ll trace the growth of the city from its ancient and medieval roots, through the Imperial era and the Third Reich, to the end of the Cold War, as Jamie Sewell provides unique context at such sites as the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall.
  • Explore the rich legacy of Western European art—and its ancient predecessors— with private tours at the the Neue Nationalgalerie and Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Enjoy a unique day trip to Potsdam, which was the seat of the Prussian royal family for centuries and is home to over 20 spectacular palaces, as well as gardens. It was also the site of the fated conference that was held between Stalin, Churchill and Truman at the conclusion of World War II.
  • Relax at the Hotel de Rome, the most luxurious property in the city, which is conveniently located in Berlin’s historic heart. Plus: Enjoy time on your own to explore the contemporary side of Berlin, with the chance to dine at top restaurants and shop in the most fashionable boutiques.
  • Connect with your host and fellow travelers—and gain a deeper understanding of the itinerary—before the trip with complimentary enrollment in Jamie’s new Indagare History Club: History’s Darkest Days – Berlin and the Third Reich (four virtual sessions, $650 value). In an exploration of Adolf Hitler’s rise and fall between 1933 and 1945, this series includes lectures, live stream touring and more.
  • Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience—and help plan custom trip extensions. Plus: You’ll have complimentary 24/7 access to the emergency medical, security and evacuation services of Global Rescue, while on the ground.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

The health and safety of our travelers is our No. 1 priority. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards, while providing world-class hospitality and a seamless travel experience. For more information and questions, please reach out to our team at

  • When
    September 29 - October 4, 2022
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Intellectuals , Art Lovers , Soul Searchers

This Journey's Host


Jamie Sewell is a British-born scholar, lecturer and expert guide who has been based in Berlin since 1999. He has a BA in History and Archaeology and a PhD in Roman Archaeology from the University of London, and he also has a background in the dramatic arts. Working as a field archaeologist, he has supervised university-run excavations in Britain, Romania, Germany and Italy (including Pompeii)—in addition to many projects in Berlin. He has published a book on Roman urbanism and multiple research articles on the history and archaeology of Rome, the Hellenistic Mediterranean and the history of Berlin. He has worked as a historic guide in Berlin since 2004 and also leads archaeological tours in Italy and Sicily.

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Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    September 29 - October 4, 2022
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 16 travelers
  • Host
    Jamie Sewell


  • Five nights’ luxury accommodations at Hotel de Rome in a Deluxe Room
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Group airport arrival and departure transfers, as well as group transfers throughout to all included activities, in small luxury vehicles
  • Expert guides and drivers, including the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all trip details, international flights and trip extensions (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical services for the duration of the trip
  • Complimentary enrollment in the Indagare History Club: Darkest Days – Berlin and the Third Reich (four virtual sessions, $650 value)


  • Transportation to/from Berlin
  • Meals not specified and premium or alcoholic beverages; optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Covid testing fees
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended— please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
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