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20 YEARS OF AUGUSTUSTOURS
I can hardly believe it myself, but Im proud to say that its now 20 years since I founded AugustusTours as a one-woman company on the 15th of February 1997.
AugustusTours has since developed into Dresdens leading incoming agency and provider of active tours and it is you, our customers and guests, who have enabled us to do so. Working on your behalf, we have conquered new destinations, pedalled along cycle tracks and tested hotels throughout Germany. Yes, your enquiries have grown more and more complex but we have enjoyed taking up the challenges that has brought with it.
We have grown both better and bigger as a result, with a team of 20 employees now putting their expertise, ideas and passion into a portfolio of outstanding products from opera trips and tours focusing on themes such as architecture, art or the Reformation to shore excursions for river cruises.
Setbacks such as the floods of 2002 and 2013, the credit crunch and the ash cloud of 2010 might have been a stern test of our patience and strength, but they never stopped us from both looking and moving forwards.
Yours faithfully, Anke Herrmann AugustusTours owner
It is now 20 years since Anke Herrmann showed her first customers around the beautiful city of Dresden. Guided tours whether on foot or by coach remain an important element of our City Tours. Wherever in Germany your journey takes you, our guides will use their passion and enthusiasm to give you a fascinating introduction to their cities.
AugustusTours only works with licensed, experienced guides. They all possess extensive local and specialist knowledge, versatile language skills and the ability to judge the right moment for a spot of humour.
In addition to historical facts and insights into both daily and cultural life, it is, above all, the behind the scenes anecdotes whether entertaining or surprising, funny or touching that make our guided tours so captivating. Themed tours on topics such as architecture, literature, art and music are especially popular. Whichever option you choose, time invested in our guided tours is time well spent!
Team of AugustusTours Denise Arlt Photography; Anke Herrmann Denise Arlt Photography; Zwinger Dresden Christoph Mnch
As an experienced incoming agency, we organise tailored tours and programmes of excursions to Germanys most enchanting regions on behalf of customers ranging from tour operators and coach firms to private groups, companies and clubs. Join us as we explore the Baroque beauty of Saxonys Florence on the Elbe, follow in poetic footsteps in the elegant town of Weimar or explore the culture and traditions of the Sorbs on a city tour to Bautzen.
In the early days, our main area of focus was the organisation of tours to our beautiful home town of Dresden and the surrounding region. Over the years, we have expanded our portfolio to include further destinations in other regions such as Berlin, Bavaria, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt. By constantly adding new, original tours to undiscovered areas, we aim to cover the whole of Germany by 2020.
We have offered tours to the federal state of Baden-Wrttemberg since 2016, giving our guests the chance to be charmed by the idyllic landscapes of the Black Forest or stroll through the picturesque streets of Heidelberg. The Romantic Road through the charming Tauber Valley is one of the regions highlights, and connects the mediaeval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber with a variety of historic castles and palaces.
Our many years of experience as an incoming agency have enabled us to build up an excellent network of contacts, thus making us an ideal partner for the booking of a suitable hotel for your group, the selection of expert guides and couriers for guided tours and excursions and the organisation of tickets for first-class events during your city tour.
In addition to consultation and the organisation of your dream tour, our services also include the compilation of comprehensive travel documents for your courier, for example city maps and brochures with details on destinations and excursions. It would be our pleasure to draw up a quote tailored to your precise requirements. We look forward to your enquiry!
The range of tours and services provided by AugustusTours has grown considerably over the last few years, so wed like to use this edition of our newsletter to re-mind you of our core areas of expertise.
OPERA AND MUSICAL TOURS
Music-themed tours make up a large proportion of our product portfolio, and we delight in giving our guests the chance to gain fascinating insights into famous German composers and their musical careers. From Bach, Beethoven and Handel to Schumann, Wagner and many more besides, a whole host of big names have shaped musical history both in Germany and around the globe.
PROVEN SERVICE QUALITY
At AugustusTours, quality is not just a watchword, but one of the fundamental pillars upon which our daily work is founded. We know there are a whole host of different reasons why our guests choose to book with us, but in the end it is often their gut feeling that makes the decision for them. In particular, experience has shown that people who feel they are in good hands with us, also reward us with a repeat booking.
We at AugustusTours have always scrutinised our service quality with the aim of becoming even more customer-friendly. True to our motto of Anyone who stops getting better has stopped being good, our service quality has now been subjected to regular audits according to the guidelines set out by the ServiceQualitt Deutschland initiative for over 13 years.
Themed tours focusing on the lives of Richard Wagner and Johann Sebastian Bach enjoy enduring popularity. Yet it is not just composers and artists, but also a collection of fine opera houses that attracts visitors to destinations throughout Germany. We recently welcomed Hamburgs magnificent Elbphilharmonie to the German cultural landscape, and eagerly anticipate the reopening of Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin in October 2017.
There are also a wealth of top-class music festivals to choose from. It would be our pleasure to offer you a tailored tour based around one of a range of highlights including the annual Bach Festival in Leipzig, the Handel festivals in Halle and Gttingen, Munich Opera Festival and the festivals of classical music in Dresden and Schwetzingen.
We have something for music lovers of all tastes, and organ-themed tours are one of our specialities. Saxony boasts a long tradition of organ-building, and fans of this wonderful instrument will already be aware of the Silbermann organs in Freiberg as an example of outstanding workmanship. For experienced organists, we are able to arrange to play one or more of the organs visited.
THEMED AND CULTURAL TOURS
In addition to music, we also cater to a variety of other themes popular with groups. We constantly scour the country for newly announced events, anniversaries and other highlights often looking a number of years ahead. Once selected, each theme is carefully developed with a keen eye for detail. This involves contacting museums and other partners in order to gather as much information as possible. The final step is the creation of a proposed itinerary which enables our customers to gain an initial impression and plan their journey around the tour.
Our main focus in 2017 is an event of global importance, and one intrinsically linked to Central Germany: Together with a large number of guests, we are celebrating the world-renowned reformer Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Having begun in 2008, the celebratory Luther Decade reaches its climax in 2017. In order to assist operators of group tours, churches and associations with their preparations, our website features three potential itineraries, bookable hotel dates in towns connected to Luther and a special package for independent travellers. Thanks to this groundwork, we have not only eased the organisational strain on our guests, but also sped up the process of putting together tailored, unique tours.
We also welcome suggestions for new themed tours from our customers. To give an example, our steam locomotive tours are regularly expanded to include offers and destinations which can be booked by both independent travellers and groups, often at the request of our customers themselves. This newsletter gives you further information on the themes and destinations currently included in the AugustusTours portfolio.
20 YEARS OF AUGUSTUSTOURS
Specially designed cycling tours inclu-ding luggage transfer services have been part of our tour portfolio since 1998. Our home route is the Elbe Cycle Path. Over the years we have added a range of other great routes to suite a variety of tastes.
Thousands of miles of cycle track have already been travelled by our pedal-happy team. We check our tours on a regular basis and possess a wealth of knowledge on routes following the Elbe River. The hotels we use along each route have been visited by us in person and received a good rating. What is more, we are proud to work with an excellent network of reliable partners. Our fleet of over 90 touring bicycles can be rented in combination with our tours.
Yours Ricarda Mager
(Manager Cycling &
Tel. +49 351 56348 23
Demand for tours based around perfor-mances of Wagners Ring Cycle is always high, and we are therefore always on the look-out for high-quality productions in a variety of towns and opera houses throughout Germany.
Yours Ulrike Ehlema