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Best of Germany

Operated by: Trafalgar

12 Days from $2,825 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Castle and bridge over the Neckar River in Heidelberg, Germany

Countries Visited

Germany ...more Germany

Locations Visited

Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Kamp Bornhofen, St Goarshausen, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Topen, Munich, Breitnau, Neuschwanstein, Offenbach ...more Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Kamp Bornhofen, St Goarshausen, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Topen, Munich, Breitnau, Neuschwanstein, Offenbach
  1. Day 1 Welcome to 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.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Sheraton Offenbach
  2. Day 2 Cruise along the Rhine and journey to Cologne and 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 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.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Leonardo Royal Königsallee
  3. Day 3 Onwards to the Port City of Hamburg

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Crowne Plaza City Alster
  4. Day 4 Journey to Berlin

    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, the Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon to explore the city on your terms.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sheraton Grand Esplanade
  5. Day 5 Discover the Grit and Glamour of Berlin

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Off to 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Pullman Newa
  7. Day 7 Venture to Historic Nuremberg

    Visit the village of Mödlareuth, which inherited the moniker of 'Little Berlin' due to its wall separating 'east' and 'west' Germany. 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 Rostbratwurst with sauerkraut.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel NH Collection
  8. Day 8 Continue to Medieval Rothenburg and 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 part of the Romantic Road through villages and countryside to Munich.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn Westpark
  9. Day 9 Explore Munich

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Admire Neuschwanstein Castle and the 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 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hofgut Sternen
  11. Day 11 On to Heidelberg and Frankfurt

    Witness a Black Forest treasure as you Dive Into Culture and learn about the centuries-old craft of cuckoo clock making. Later, travel into the Rhineland to 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.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Sheraton Offenbach
  12. Day 12 Farewell Germany

    After breakfast, we say a fond farewell after a memorable holiday. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Germany
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Berlin with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg
  • Visit the Berlin TV Tower, Mödlareuth Open Air Museum and Neuschwanstein Castle
  • View Cologne Cathedral and Heidelberg Castle
  • See the Lorelei Rock and the Bavarian Alps
  • Scenic Cruise along the Rhine River
  • Connect with Locals Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch and stories of knights and feuding lords in a fairy-tale 13th-century castle perched high above the Rhine Valley. (Day 2)
  • Dive into Culture Watch skilled craftsman capture the distinctive sound of the cuckoo demonstrating the centuries' old craft of clock making in the Black Forest. (Day 11)
  • Stays with Stories Follow in the footsteps of royals and aristocrats since medieval times when you stay at Hofgut Sternen, in the heart of the charming Black Forest. (Day 10)

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Hamburg

The Port Of Hamburg harbor Cruise

Despite being located 68 miles inland, Hamburg is often referred to as 'Germany's Gateway to the World,' due to the sheer number of ships that pass through the city. With our Local Specialist, we'll enjoy a relaxing cruise with refreshments as we see Hamburg's skyline, historic fish market and shipyards, while we learn about the city's maritime traditions.
Adult Price: € 32

Berlin

Berlin by Twilight with Dinner

Come along for a fun night of hearty food, wine, beer and music before we drive through the city as the sun goes down and the landmarks of this impressive German Capital illuminate.
Adult Price: € 60

Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

Uncover secrets of Berlin’s past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of the Berlin Wall, see the site of Checkpoint Charlie, and learn more about Berlin’s WWII and Cold War past.
Adult Price: € 32

Bridges, Lakes & Prussian Royalty

On the western outskirts of Berlin, we'll explore the area around Wannsee & Potsdam with our Local Specialist and discover the varied historical events and sights in this part of Germany. We stop on the shores of the Wannsee lake which was the setting for the infamous 1942 Wannsee Conference to plan the “Final Solution.” Continuing past harbors and houses we cross Glienicke Bridge, better known as the Spy Bridge from the Cold War era, and onto the beautiful and extensive gardens of Fredrick the Great’s summer palace Sanssouci, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To complete our journey across the centuries, we dine lakeside in a former royal hunting lodge and enjoy regional specialties in a charming setting.
Adult Price: € 70

Dresden

Dresden Royal Treasury and Moritzburg Castle

See the highlights of the fabulous Green Vault, one of the richest treasure chambers in Europe, with your Local Specialist. Afterward, driving out of Dresden, we'll stop for refreshments before reaching Moritzburg Castle to discover its opulent baroque interior. The surrounding woodlands were once a favorite hunting area for the Kings of Saxony.
Adult Price: € 55

Nuremberg

Franconian Lunch And Rally Grounds Documentation Centre

You’ll enjoy a delicious light lunch with a drink at the world's largest bratwurst restaurant. Then we'll make our way to the rally grounds and unfinished Congress Hall of the former Nazi Party. This extraordinary structure has since been transformed and now houses an exhibition detailing the Nazi Party’s fascination with rallies and the causes and consequences of National Socialism. An audio guide is provided.
Adult Price: € 49

Munich

Bavarian Evening

A great evening dining in the local atmosphere of a typical Munich “Gaststätte” beer hall. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food and sample some of Munich’s best beer – Prost!
Adult Price: € 62

The Dachau Memorial Site

Our Local Specialist will provide insight into Germany’s first concentration camp, opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power, just outside Dachau. We'll learn about the camp, now maintained as a memorial, and the part it played in this tragic period in history.
Adult Price: € 33

Reviews
Service
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Independent Reviews
Deborah Krautwurst
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Service
Excellent tour director and coach driver ... Great sights
Vacation
Hit many of the top attractions ... Chock filled with busy, early morning until night ... Using time well ...well planned
Veryl Kroon
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Service
Hit all the must see places as well as the out of the way places that gave insight and a feel of the country, people, and how they live and consider themselves. Close to full immersion.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds as if you enjoyed every aspect of this trip. We're very glad to see that and thank you for your business and comments.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Vacation
See above..................
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 21, 2019
Service
It was a good trip.But on this trip and the one I took two years ago there were just too many people. I prefer to travel with a smaller group.I would not recomendt GET for that reason and would probably not go again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear this. It's nice to see that people are traveling again, but we understand the desire to be in a smaller group. We do offer trips that limit the number of guests that may be more to your liking.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Vacation
The trip included the places that I wanted to go, so that was good.. But as I said before, there were too many people. Also, the leader walked too fast for a mature group. Other people thought so too.
Joann Blackmore
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Service
They did all of the planning and answered all of my questions. Very easy .
Response from Grand European Travel:
We pride ourselves on taking care of all the details so you don't have to worry. Thank you for your comments and your business.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Vacation
Everything was great, but I was disappointed that we didn’t spend enough time in some of the towns. I felt too rushed at times.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Service
helpful, courteous,answered all my questions; it was the first time since my husband died that I booked a trip by myself, patient with me
Vacation
our guide, Agnes and bus driver, Peter made all the difference in making the trip memorable
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Service
Great experience
Vacation
Great overview of Germany and many important places highlighted, very good narrative throughout the trip.
Einharda Silver
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Service
Able and willing to answer all my questions.
Vacation
Tour director was unflappable, multilingual, patient and a lot of FUN !!!
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Service
Grand European understands the meaning of customer service. This was my third trip with them and another rapidly approaching. It doesn't matter what the question or concern that I have, Pam Spelman has the answer. Traveling solo has been a breeze using Grand European. I recommend to everyone I know.
Vacation
An amazing experience - saw so many gorgeous sights. The Tour Director Justine McPherson was very knowledgeable and our coach driver Istvan was a delight.
Janet Baker
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Service
Trip was great. Bus touring is hard, tho, on the body and the mind. And there is no other way to see all we did see. Host Kurt was super. Bus driver a genius.
Vacation
Great value. Germany is very expensive, tho.
Jose Pazos
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Service
get services were a-ok.. the tour director may need to slow down a bit as we were having 3 handicapped persons unable to keep up with the way she walked, got out of the bus and wooosh she is out walking and by the time the last person got off, she was half a block away... she might be knowledgeable and all, but people person she only thinks she is, but fail in other ways...
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear that some of the guests had trouble keeping up with the group and the Travel Director. We know how important their knowledge and expertise is to making a trip a success. We will be sharing your comments with our trainers and operations managers for immediate review and improvement. Thank you for letting us know and we hope that you enjoyed the trip overall.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Vacation
purchase was quick and all questions answered fast and freindly
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