Best Of Germany

Frankfurt, Rhine Cruise, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Modlareuth, Nuremburg, Rothenburg, Munich, Neuschwanstein, Black Forest, Heidelberg

See all the sights on this jam-packed Best of Germany trip. From cutting-edge Berlin, you'll travel back in time and enjoy a medieval banquet in a castle, watch life along the Rhine unfold on a cruise and see how the beauty of the Black Forest inspired fables and fairy tales.

Our prices start from

$ 2,825 LAND ONLY

12 Days • GUIDED • 16 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Services of a well-being director
  • Services of a travel director
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Welcome to Frankfurt

Your travel director takes you on an orientation of the city's dynamic financial center and medieval Römerplatz.

Sheraton Offenbach

Dinner Included

Welcome to Frankfurt and savor 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 travelers, including a light meal and welcome drink to kick off our discovery of the best of Germany.

Day 2 - Cruise along the Rhine and journey to Cologne and Düsseldorf

Leonardo Royal Königsallee

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Resist the alluring calls of Lorelei and board your leisurely cruise along the Rhine. Glide past vineyard-clad hills, stopping to connect with locals over lunch at a Be My Guest experience in 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.

Day 3 - Onwards to the Port City of Hamburg

Crowne Plaza City Alster

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Journey through the lush green landscape of Lower Saxony as we make our way 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.

Day 4 - Journey to Berlin

Sheraton Grand Esplanade

Breakfast Included

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.

Day 5 - Discover the Grit and Glamour of Berlin

Sheraton Grand Esplanade

Breakfast Included

Ascend the iconic Berlin TV Tower for 360° views of the city and Spree River. You'll learn how this landmark changed from being a symbol of the communist regime of East Germany to a symbol of a reunited Berlin before enjoying some time this afternoon to explore Berlin your way. You could choose to join an optional experience to delve into the secrets of Berlin's past, including a visit to the site of Checkpoint Charlie.

Day 6 - Off to Dresden

Pullman Newa

Breakfast Included

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.

Day 7 - Venture to Historic Nuremberg

Visit the Mödlareuth Open Air museum for an insight into 'divided Germany'. During your orientation of Nuremberg, 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.

NH Collection

Breakfast Included

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.

Day 8 - Continue to Medieval Rothenburg and Munich

Your travel director takes you on an orientation walk of Rothenburg, perhaps the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany.

Holiday Inn Westpark

Breakfast Included

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 part of the Romantic Road through villages and countryside to Munich, before checking in to your hotel.

Day 9 - Explore Munich

Holiday Inn Westpark

Breakfast Included

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 - Admire Neuschwanstein Castle and the Black Forest

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.

Hofgut Sternen

Breakfast, Dinner Included

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 Stays With Stories accommodation, Hofgut Sternen, a historic Black Forest style inn at the foot of the romantic Ravennaschlucht (Ravenna Gorge). You'll hear stories of Marie Antoinette's stay here as she travelled to Paris in 1770 to marry the French King Louis XVI.

Day 11 - On to Heidelberg and Frankfurt

Sheraton Offenbach

Breakfast, Dinner Included

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.

Day 12 - Farewell Germany

Breakfast Included

After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to Frankfurt after a memorable holiday. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply.

2021 Tour Dates

July
31
|
$2,825
August
7, 14, 21, 28
|
$2,825
September
4, 11, 18, 25
|
$2,825
October
2, 9
|
$2,825

2022 Tour Dates

April
6, 13, 20, 27
|
$2,825
May
4, 11, 18, 25
|
$2,825
June
1, 8, 15, 22, 29
|
$2,825
July
6, 13, 20, 27
|
$2,825
August
3, 10, 17, 24, 31
|
$2,825
September
7, 14, 21, 28
|
$2,825
October
5, 12
|
$2,825

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on April 17, 2021 travel date. International airfare is additional.

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