Best of Germany

This Best of Germany tour contrasts the Rhine, Black Forest and Bavarian Alps with the modernity of Munich and Berlin. Circle north, south, east and west to see the Pied Piper’s Hamelin, medieval Rothenburg and Munich’s Glockenspiel. Explore Neuschwanstein, and gain insights into a ‘divided Germany’.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Frankfurt

Welcome to Frankfurt and savour an opportunity to see the sights on your own before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon for an orientation of the medieval Römerplatz and dynamic financial district. This evening, we enjoy a Welcome Reception with our fellow travellers, including a light meal and welcome drink to kick off our discovery of the best of Germany.

Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

Day 2: Frankfurt – Rhine Cruise – Cologne – Düsseldorf

Resist the alluring calls of Lorelei and board your leisurely cruise along the Rhine. Glide past vineyard-clad hills, stopping to ‘Connect With Locals’ for a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch at a 13th-century castle perched high above the river valley. Share stories of knights and feuding lords and ladies over lunch before continuing to Cologne, where we’ll view the Gothic spires of its magnificent cathedral during our orientation of the city, then continue to Düsseldorf.

Hotel: Leonardo Royal Königsallee

Day 3: Düsseldorf – Hamelin – Hamburg

Journey through the lush green landscape of Lower Saxony, stopping in the legendary town of Hamelin, immortalised in the medieval tale of the Pied Piper. We continue to the international trade centre of Hamburg, where we’ll join our Travel Director for an orientation tour of the city’s iconic sights. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city’s seafaring heritage. Wander along the trendy Mönckebergstrasse, visit one of the city’s brewhouses or consider a guided cruise along the city’s waterways and discover why Hamburg is called Germany’s ‘Gateway to the World’. Tonight, we will dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza City Alster

Day 4: Hamburg – Berlin Sightseeing

Follow the picturesque Elbe Valley from Hamburg, crossing the former ‘Iron Curtain’ to the historic city of Berlin, whose once-turbulent history has shaped its rebirth as a charismatic capital city. Join your ‘Local Specialist’ to explore the iconic landmarks of a unified Berlin. See the neo-Renaissance Reichstag, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden Boulevard. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon to explore the city on your terms.

Hotel: Hilton, 2 Nights

Day 5: Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time

Ascend the iconic Berlin TV Tower for 360° views of the city and Spree River. You have some free time to see the remnants of the Berlin Wall, visit the infamous Checkpoint Charlie or join an Optional Experience to the District of Potsdam, the former Prussian royal seat, for sightseeing and an unforgettable meal.

Day 6: Berlin – Dresden

A short drive south brings us to Dresden, the ‘Florence on the Elbe’, where we’ll hear about the city’s restoration following its devastation during World War II as you admire its beautiful Baroque façades. See the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and the fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. Consider delving into the treasures of Dresden, joining an Optional Experience to explore this elegant city.

Hotel: Pullman Newa

Day 7: Dresden – Mödlareuth – Nuremberg

Visit the village of Mödlareuth, which inherited the moniker of “Little Berlin” due to its wall separating ‘east’ and ‘west’. Gain insights into a divided Germany at its open-air museum and see a section of the original wall with its security features. This afternoon, arrive in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire and today the economic, social and cultural capital of Franconia. During your orientation see the mighty castle ramparts and stand in the Hauptmarkt main square which is dominated by the impressive Frauenkirche, a great example of the Gothic brick-style architecture of the region. Spend the rest of your evening at leisure indulging in grilled Nürnberger and sauerkraut.

Hotel: Maritim

Day 8: Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Munich

Stroll through the narrow lanes of Rothenburg – its beautiful medieval centre seemingly frozen in time and encircled by a fortified town wall that remains intact after centuries. Admire the beautiful market square, lined with half-timbered houses, and the Old Town Hall before following parts of the Romantic Road through villages and countryside to Munich. See the Olympic Stadium, built as the main venue for the 1972 Olympic Games, before checking in to your hotel.

Hotel: Leonardo City Olympiapark, 2 nights

Day 9: Munich Orientation and Free Time

Today is yours to immerse yourself in the diversity and splendour of Munich. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city’s landmarks and see the Wittelsbach Royal Family Residenz and Marienplatz, home to the Town Hall Glockenspiel. Explore the museums, history and perhaps even beer halls of this capital of Bavaria.

Day 10: Munich – Neuschwanstein Castle – Black Forest

Snap your fingers and be transported to a land of fables and folklore. This morning, we tread in the footsteps of shy King Ludwig II visiting his Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for the king to withdraw from public life. We continue through the magical countryside to the Black Forest, whose mystical landscape inspired fantasy and fiction from the famous Brothers Grimm. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Hofgut Sternen

Day 11: Black Forest – Heidelberg – Frankfurt

Witness the centuries-old craft of cuckoo clock making as you ‘Dive Into Culture’. Then view the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, as well as the Baroque-style Old Town with its bustling market squares and colourful façades. Spend the rest of the afternoon finishing up some last-minute shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our newfound friends, reminiscing over the iconic and unexpected highlights of our trip.

Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

Day 12: Depart Frankfurt

After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to Frankfurt after a memorable holiday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$3,895.00$4,695.00
May: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,895.00$4,695.00
June: 03, 10, 17, 24$3,895.00$4,695.00
July: 08, 15, 22, 29$3,895.00$4,695.00
August: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,895.00$4,695.00
September: 02$3,895.00$4,695.00
September: 09, 16, 23, 30$4,095.00$4,895.00
October: 07$3,950.00$4,750.00

Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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Bavarian Highlights

Lederhosen, Oktoberfest, pretzels, a beautiful Alpine backdrop, excellent beer, storybook castles, and medieval towns…this is Bavaria and on this Germany tour, you’ll experience Bavaria’s highlights. You’ll overnight in Munich, Regensburg, Nuremberg, the Black Forest, and Oberammergau area, and you’ll visit many medieval towns along the way.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Munich, Germany

Time to relax or to start exploring the lively Bavarian capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Sheraton Arabeelapark

Day 2: Munich – Regensburg

Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during your guided sightseeing featuring the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; Nymphenburg Palace; and the Konigsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall, a monumental loggia on the Odeonsplatz. Visit lively Marienplatz with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. Arrive in Regensburg, and meet your Local Guide for a walking tour, featuring the Stone Bridge, the oldest preserved bridge of its kind in Germany; the Porta Pretoria, built in the 2nd century by Emperor Marcus Aurelius; and St. Peter’s Cathedral. Next, board the Swarovski crystal boat for a relaxing CRUISE on the Danube River. You won’t want to leave Regensburg without tasting a “medieval hot dog” at the Historic Sausage Kitchen.

Hotel: Best Western Premier Hotel Novina Regensburg

Day 3: Regensburg – Nuremberg

Visit the Thurn Und Taxis Palace, a former Benedictine monastery that was converted into the residence of the Princes of Thurn und Taxis in 1812. This family started the first large-scale postal service in Europe in the 15th century. Continue to Nuremberg, known for its children’s toys and gingerbread. Admire the medieval ramparts as you walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town. See St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction. Also admire the Schoner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings.

Hotel: NH Collection Nuremberg City, 2 nights

Day 4: Nuremberg – Excursion to Bayreuth & Bamberg

This morning, stop in Bayreuth for an orientation of this city of festival fame. When Richard Wagner came to Bayreuth in 1871, he was not satisfied with the existing 18th-century Markgrafliches Opernhaus theatre, so he had a new one built. Today, the Festival Hall is used exclusively for the Bayreuth Festival, and only works by Wagner are performed there. Continue to picturesque Bamberg, the city with the largest historical centre in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste “smoked beer,” with a distinctive smokey flavour imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. Later enjoy a guided walk along the cobblestone streets, and admire the architecture of the houses. Return to Nuremberg.

Day 5: Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Black Forest

A short drive delivers you to medieval Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone lanes, and 16th-century houses. Hear how the town survived the Thirty Years’ War, and shop for Christmas ornaments. Enter the Black Forest, associated with the Brother Grimm’s fairy tales and taste the delicious Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest cake) which the area is famous for.

Hotel: Best Western Hofgut Sternen at Breinau

Day 6: Black Forest – Lake Constance – Fussen Area

Take a scenic drive this morning to sparkling Lake Constance, Europe’s largest freshwater reservoir. Enter the beautiful Bavarian Alps region.

Hotel: Hotel Müller at Schwangau or Best Western Plus Hotel Füssen, 2 nights

Day 7: Fussen Area – Excursion to Neuschwanstein

Today, prepare for a journey into the past with a drive to nearby Schwangau. See two castles facing each other: Hohenschwangau, where King Ludwig spent much of his youth, and the one he built: magnificent Neuschwanstein, the most famous in Germany and inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle at his theme park. Follow your Local Guide through this fairytale castle on its craggy outcrop high above a sparkling lake. Also visit the Museum Of The Bavarian Kings and travel in style on a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride.

Day 8: Fussen Area
Oberammergau – Munich

A short drive leads to Oberammergau, the quaint village known for the once-a-decade Passion Play. Time to browse for souvenirs, and you may wish to join an optional excursion to nearby King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle. The smallest of the castles he built, it is the only one finished and where he stayed the most. Back in Munich this afternoon, you can return to Marienplatz and explore its many enticing shops. Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at one of Munich’s lively restaurants to say auf Wiedersehen!

Hotel: Sheraton Arabeelapark

Day 9: Depart Munich

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 17$3,319.00Price on Application
May: 24$3,489.00Price on Application
May: 31$3,389.00Price on Application
June: 07, 14$3,489.00Price on Application
June: 21$3,679.00Price on Application
June: 28$3,489.00Price on Application
July: 05$3,569.00Price on Application
July: 12$3,689.00Price on Application
July: 19$3,459.00Price on Application
July: 26$3,389.00Price on Application
August: 02$3,689.00Price on Application
August: 09$3,389.00Price on Application
August: 16$3,459.00Price on Application
August: 23$3,389.00Price on Application
August: 30$3,489.00Price on Application
September: 06$3,489.00Price on Application
September: 13$3,849.00Price on Application
September: 20$3,729.00Price on Application
September: 27$4,039.00Price on Application
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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Highlights of Germany

Spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairy-tale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beer…this is the Highlights of Germany! On this Germany tour, you’ll see Germany’s highlights and visit its most famous cities, as well as its medieval towns and scenic areas. Your vacation begins and ends in Frankfurt with overnights also in the Rhineland, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, and the Black Forest area.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Frankfurt, Germany

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Hotel Frankfurt Messe or Mercure at Friedrichsdorf

Day 2: Frankfurt – Rhine Cruise – Cologne – Rhineland

Today’s highlight is an included Rhine Cruise to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. The next highlight is Cologne with free time to visit its impressive gothic Cathedral, started in 1248 and completed in 1880.

Hotel: Leonardo Köln Airport at Cologne

Day 3: Rhineland – Hamelin – Hamburg

Journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town centre with the colourful historical buildings and magically fancy gables echoing the story of the Pied Piper. Continue to Hamburg.

Hotel: NH Collection City or NH Altona

Day 4: Hamburg – Lübeck – Berlin

Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Later, depart for Lubeck, formerly a free Hanseatic city and independent state. Lubeck, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany. Thomas Mann, Gunther Grass, and Willy Brandt-all Nobel laureates-were among the famous residents of this city. Later, arrive in Berlin and enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany.

Hotel: NH Berlin City West, 2 nights

Day 5: Berlin

No longer divided but every bit as fascinating, Berlin was once the city of contrasts with the wall separating two different worlds. Now, the city has developed into a harmonious blend of new and old, preserving its historical buildings and impressive boulevards as well as creating brand new buildings in the most daring architectural styles. See all of this on the included city sightseeing with a Local Guide. Consider an optional excursion this afternoon.

Day 6: Berlin – Dresden – Leipzig

Travel southwest to Dresden, the old capital of Saxony and at one time rightly called the “Florence on the Elbe.” See the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion and much more on your included sightseeing. Then it’s on to Leipzig, where composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived the last years of their lives. it was Mendelssohn who founded the Leipziger Conservatory in 1843.

Hotel: NH Leipzig Messe

Day 7: Leipzig – Weimar – Coburg – Nuremberg

Leave Leipzig to visit Weimar, home to many intellectuals of the past but mainly known for the name given to the historical period of the “Weimar Republic.” This city is also famed as the home of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Next stop is Coburg. Visit the dominating and mighty Veste Coburg Castle, built in 1225. Continue to Nuremberg for a visit to its town centre, dominated by the imperial castle.

Hotel: Ramada Parkhotel

Day 8: Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Munich

On the way to Munich, stop to visit the quaint Medieveal village of Rothenburg on the Romantic Road. Marvel at its towered gates and battlements, squared of half-timbered houses and decorated fountains.

Hotel: Ibis Parkstadt Schwabing or Achat Premium South, 2 nights

Day 9: Munich

With a Local Guide, take advantage of the included sightseeing tour of the city known as Germany’s “Secret Capital.” Time to admire the beautiful main square, Marienplatz, do some shopping, and sample Munich’s famous beer!

Day 10: Munich – Neuschwanstein – Stuttgart

Leave Munich and drive into the heart of the Bavarian Alps to visit the most famous 19th-century, neo-romantic castle of the world, King Ludwig ii’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Overnight in a lovely village outside Stuttgart.

Hotel: Seminaris at Bad Boll

Day 11: Stuttgart – Heidelberg – Frankfurt

The day starts with a scenic drive for a taste of the Black Forest landscapes and villages, followed by visit to Heidelberg- location of Germany’s oldest university and inspiration for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt.

Hotel: Leonardo Royal or Mercure at Friedrichsdorf

Day 12: Depart Frankfurt

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 10$2,449.00$3,155.00
April: 19$2,739.00$3,445.00
April: 24$2,579.00$3,285.00
May: 08$2,809.00$3,515.00
May: 10$2,769.00$3,375.00
May: 22$2,709.00$3,415.00
May: 31$2,639.00$3,345.00
June: 05, 19$2,639.00$3,345.00
June: 21$2,809.00$3,515.00
July: 03, 12, 17, 31$2,599.00$3,305.00
August: 02, 14, 23$2,599.00$3,305.00
August: 28$2,649.00$3,355.00
September: 11$3,029.00$4,043.00
September: 13$2,999.00$3,993.00
September: 18$3,169.00$4,163.00
September: 20$3,089.00$4,083.00
September: 25$2,979.00$3,973.00
October: 02$2,639.00$3,345.00
November: 27$2,449.00$3,155.00
December: 04$2,449.00$3,155.00

Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring & Rhine Cruise
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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