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.

Learn more about this amazing Insider Journey by reading our 2022 Just Back From Berlin article.

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.
  • Visit Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie (or painting gallery), which holds one of the world’s most impressive collections of European paintings by such artists as Botticelli, Raphael, Caravaggio, Goya, Velázquez, Vermeer, Titian, Rembrandt and more.
  • Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience. Plus: You’ll have complimentary 24/7 access to the emergency medical, security and evacuation services of Global Rescue 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 any questions, please reach out to our team at

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  • When
    September 18 – 23, 2023
  • 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.

  • Member Stories

    “I was very excited about this trip. There is so much history in Berlin, it would be hard to unravel in such a short period of time without a guide. Jamie was terrific.”
  • Member Stories

    “I was very excited about this trip. There is so much history in Berlin, it would be hard to unravel in such a short period of time without a guide. Jamie was terrific. It was a wonderful trip that I thoroughly enjoyed, and Elise & Jamie brought levity and warmth to it.”
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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 18 – 23, 2023
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 12 travelers
  • Host
    Jamie Sewell


  • Five nights’ luxury accommodations at Hotel de Rome in a Deluxe Room. Indagare can arrange higher category accommodation upgrades, subject to availability
  • 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 your host and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all Journey details, international flights and trip extensions for those who want to arrive early or stay later in the arrival or departure cities (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical services for the duration of the trip


  • Transportation to/from Berlin and airport transfers outside of group arrivals and departures
  • Meals not specified and premium or alcoholic beverages; optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • All gratuities
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Custom trip planning for add-on travel to destinations not included in the Journey is available; please inquire
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (such as flights, cancellations, natural phenomena)
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

What To Read

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