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12 Days
1 Country

Germany

12 Cities

Frankfurt, Sankt Goar, Kamp-Bornhofen, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Munich, Black Forest, Heidelberg

16 Meals

4 Dinners, 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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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 traditional meal in a medieval castle, watch life along the Rhine unfold on a cruise and see how the beauty of the Black Forest inspired fables and fairy tales.

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Day 1

Welcome to Frankfurt

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 Römerberg and the 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.

The Eiserner Steg in Frankfurt, Germany
Accommodation Sheraton Offenbach Frankfurt
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Fountain of Justice in Frankfurt, Germany
Explore Frankfurt

Spend the day exploring the sights of Frankfurt.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Cruise along the Rhine and journey to Cologne

Resist the alluring calls of Loreley 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.

View of Village by Rhine River, Germany
Accommodation Mercure Koeln Belfortstrasse
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Enjoy an exclusive lunch in a medieval castle on the Rhine River Valley, Germany
Lunch in a Medieval Castle High Above the Rhine River Valley

In a medieval castle, enjoy an exclusive lunch and be transported back to a time of kings and knights.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience View of Cologne, Germany
Explore Cologne

Enjoy a trip to Cologne and admire its spectacular cathedral.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Cruise in the Rhine Valley, Germany
Rhine Valley Cruise

Cruise beneath the semi-ruined castles and terraced vineyards. Sleepy villages slip by as you saunter upstream to the Lorelei Rock where the enchantress lured sailors to their doom.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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 center of Hamburg, where we'll join our Travel Director for an orientation tour of the city's iconic sights. Spend some time 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 through the city's harbor and discover why Hamburg is called Germany's 'Gateway to the World'. Tonight, we will dine at our hotel.

Hamburg City Hall, Hamburg, Germany
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Hamburg - City Alster
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Pretzels in Hamburg, Germany
Admire Hamburg

Spend the day basking in the iconic sights of Hamburg and appreciating the local delicacies.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy a harbour cruise in the port of Hamburg, Germany
The Fab Four and Hamburg Harbor Cruise

Join us for a boat trip around Hamburg’s famous harbor. This “Gateway to the World” has been the center of trade for the city for centuries and was...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 unified Berlin. See the Neo-Renaissance Reichstag, the Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden.

Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany
Accommodation Catalonia Hotel Berlin
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany
Berlin City Tour

During a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist, admire Berlin landmarks like the Tiergarten and the neo- Renaissance Reichstag.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Twilight dinner in Berlin, Germany
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 imp...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Discover the History and Icons 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 exploring 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.

TV Tower in Berlin, Germany
Accommodation Catalonia Hotel Berlin
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience TV Tower in Berlin, Germany
Berlin TV Tower Visit

Take in panoramic views of the city from the observation platform of the Berlin TV Tower.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences View the Holocaust Memorial, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit historic Potsdam near Berlin, Germany
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 historica...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

Zwinger Courtyard in Dresden, Germany
Accommodation Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel Dresden
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit to Dresden, Germany
Explore Dresden

Stroll through the historic center of Dresden and learn about the city's reconstruction. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Dresden green vault and Moritzburg castle
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. Afterwards, let us take...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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 day at leisure indulging in the local specialties.

Bratwurst stall at a Christmas Market in Nuremburg, Germany
Accommodation NH Collection Nürnberg City Nuremberg
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit historic Mödlareuth and see the town's open-air museum, Germany
Explore Mödlareuth

Visit the village of Mödlareuth and gain insights into its divided history at the town's open-air museum. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Jugs of Beer in Nuremberg, Germany
Nuremberg Orientation

Explore Nuremberg, perhaps indulging in the wonderful food at the Haupmarkt main square.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Franconian lunch and tour of the Congress Hall of the former Nazi Party in Nuremberg, Germany
Nuremberg Rally Grounds and the Historical Center

Today we will make our way to the rally grounds and unfinished Congress Hall of the former Nazi Party. Here we will meet our local Expert who will ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit the town of Nuremberg, Germany
Nuremberg's Medieval Secrets Uncovered

Tonight, explore the Nuremburg overlooked by so many, Our Local Specialist shines a light on the darkened alleyways and hidden corners of this medi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Continue to Medieval Rothenburg and Munich

Stroll through the narrow lanes of Rothenburg – its beautiful medieval center 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 traveling through the Bavarian countryside to Munich.

Little Square in Rothenburg, Germany
Accommodation Holiday Inn Munich Westpark
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit the medieval center of Rothenburg, Germany
Visit Rothenburg

Visit the medieval center of Rothenburg.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Bavarian dinner and beer
Bavarian Evening

A great evening dining in the local atmosphere of a typical Bavarian restaurant.  Enjoy traditional Bavarian food and sample some of Munich’s best beer – Prost!

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Explore Munich

During your time in Munich, see the distinctive towers of the Cathedral as well as Marienplatz, the central square and the impressive town hall with its charming glockenspiel. The 13th-century St. Peter’s church, the Viktualien food market square and a beerhall are only a short walk from here. 

Platzl Square in Munich, Germany
Accommodation Holiday Inn Munich Westpark
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Siegestor in Munich, Germany
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit The Dachau Memorial in Dachau, Germany
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 Da...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Admire Neuschwanstein Castle and the Black Forest

Travel through the beautiful countryside to a land of fables and folklore. This morning, we tread in the footsteps of shy King Ludwig II and visit his Neuschwanstein Castle (Subject to Availability), 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 over dinner, we learn from a local expert about Hofgut Sternen’s innovative design and the traditions of the Black Forest on MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®  Experience.

Castle Neuschwanstein, Germany
Accommodation Hofgut Sternen
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Castle Neuschwanstein, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle Visit

Admire the magical countryside at the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Stay at Hofgut Sternen in the heart of the charming Black Forest, Germany
Hofgut Sternen

Tonight, a local specialist will introduce you to Hofgut Sternen as a sustainable destination in the heart of the Black Forest. Learn how they work...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

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 to Heidelberg and perhaps have the chance to capture views of the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, as well as the Baroque-style Old Town. Spend the rest of the afternoon finishing up some last-minute shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your newfound friends, reminiscing over the iconic and unexpected highlights of our trip.

Cuckoo Clock in Black Forest, Germany
Accommodation Sheraton Offenbach Frankfurt
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Watch as craftsman demonstrate cuckoo clock making in the Black Forest
Visit the Black Forest and discover the centuries' old craft of clock making

Watch as skilled craftsman capture the distinctive sound of the cuckoo demonstrating the centuries' old craft of clock making in the Black Forest.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Heidelberg Castle Heidelberg, Germany
View Heidelberg Castle

See the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince’s town. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 12

Farewell Germany

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

Fountain of Justice in Frankfurt, Germany
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Explore Frankfurt

Spend the day exploring the sights of Frankfurt.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Lunch in a Medieval Castle High Above the Rhine River Valley

In a medieval castle, enjoy an exclusive lunch and be transported back to a time of kings and knights.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Cologne

Enjoy a trip to Cologne and admire its spectacular cathedral.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Rhine Valley Cruise

Cruise beneath the semi-ruined castles and terraced vineyards. Sleepy villages slip by as you saunter upstream to the Lorelei Rock where the enchantress lured sailors to their doom.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Admire Hamburg

Spend the day basking in the iconic sights of Hamburg and appreciating the local delicacies.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Berlin City Tour

During a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist, admire Berlin landmarks like the Tiergarten and the neo- Renaissance Reichstag.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Berlin TV Tower Visit

Take in panoramic views of the city from the observation platform of the Berlin TV Tower.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Dresden

Stroll through the historic center of Dresden and learn about the city's reconstruction. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Mödlareuth

Visit the village of Mödlareuth and gain insights into its divided history at the town's open-air museum. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Nuremberg Orientation

Explore Nuremberg, perhaps indulging in the wonderful food at the Haupmarkt main square.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Rothenburg

Visit the medieval center of Rothenburg.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Munich Orientation

During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the E...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Neuschwanstein Castle Visit

Admire the magical countryside at the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Hofgut Sternen

Tonight, a local specialist will introduce you to Hofgut Sternen as a sustainable destination in the heart of the Black Forest. Learn how they work...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit the Black Forest and discover the centuries' old craft of clock making

Watch as skilled craftsman capture the distinctive sound of the cuckoo demonstrating the centuries' old craft of clock making in the Black Forest.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
View Heidelberg Castle

See the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince’s town. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Berlin
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

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
The Fab Four and Hamburg Harbor Cruise

Join us for a boat trip around Hamburg’s famous harbor. This “Gateway to the World” has been the center of trade for the city for centuries and was...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 imp...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 historica...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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. Afterwards, let us take...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Nuremberg Rally Grounds and the Historical Center

Today we will make our way to the rally grounds and unfinished Congress Hall of the former Nazi Party. Here we will meet our local Expert who will ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Nuremberg's Medieval Secrets Uncovered

Tonight, explore the Nuremburg overlooked by so many, Our Local Specialist shines a light on the darkened alleyways and hidden corners of this medi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bavarian Evening

A great evening dining in the local atmosphere of a typical Bavarian restaurant.  Enjoy traditional Bavarian food and sample some of Munich’s best beer – Prost!

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 Da...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Germany: German
  • Currency used in Germany: Euro (€)
  • Capital of Germany: Berlin
  • Time Zone(s) in Germany: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

Germany passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Germany
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Germany experiences a temperate seasonal climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20° to 30°C (68° to 86°F). Winters can be cold, especially in the northern and eastern regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and occasional snowfall. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year, although the summer months tend to be wetter. The coastal areas, such as Hamburg and Bremen, have a maritime climate with milder winters and cooler summers compared to the inland regions.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Independent Reviews
Janki
Review date: Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Service
awesome. Daniel, Tyler B... all helped everytime i c alled while planning my trip. great Team. thank you
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like everything went brilliantly! We love to hear that. Thank you for being part of our travel family and we look forward to helping you plan your next adventure.
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Vacation
Excellent , well organized tour. Got to see Best of Germany. Exactly what I wanted. Got to see Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Munich, and Black Forest. Lovely castles and beautiful churches. Tour Director Amy Pomeroy was very organized. Amy's planned seating arrangement for all prior to boarding the coach bus daily helped a lot. It was great listening to Amy tell us about the place and what to do on our own for 2-3hrs. Heidelberg was beautiful , Church of the Holy Ghost, Old Bridge and walk to and from Heidelberg castle was surrounded by beautiful view. Optionals were great. Being on the grounds of Dachau concentration camp was eerie. East and west Berlin and remnants of Berlin wall, Neuschwanstein castle ( home of Ludwig ) ...... i thoroughly enjoyed my Best of Germany tour and am extremely grateful to Trafalgar for doing what they promised when i spoke to Grand European Travel team... making sure I had a great time. Thank you Amy and Tyson(driver) for your patience, smiles, niceness and doing your best to make this a great trip.
Penny Sillery
Review date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Service
Dorthy Martin was great to work with. She was friendly and able to answer all my questions. This was my first time booking a trip overseas and she guided me through the process.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for letting us help you plan your first adventure, and we hope there are many more to come. We will share your comments with Dorothy and the rest of the GET team.
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Vacation
The tour was amazing. We toured many cities in Germany, learned the history of the cities, and enjoyed amazing food. Tour guide was knowledgeable and made the trip so enjoyable!
Scott Lutz
Review date: Sunday, September 17, 2023
Service
Easy to book and an outstanding tour experience. Travel Director, driver and local experts were exceptional.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You can't get much better than outstanding! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Hit a lot of highlights in the country and a good mix of locations and experiences.
William & Michelle Reed
Review date: Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Service
It was good. He was informed about options for us, knew details about the tour, assisted with airline arrangements. Very helpful.
Vacation
Our Tour Director was patient, informative, well-organized, and delightful! Our group was respectful and on time.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
Service
Convenient and easy contact system. Reliable and helpful communications.
Vacation
Beautiful country of clean cities, green landscapes, outstanding views and of course history.
Kim Davis
Review date: Saturday, May 27, 2023
Service
Although the coach was less than desirable, the actual tour was great! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave lots of information and helpful hints. The local specialists were extremely good at their task and made interesting for everyone!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your kind words and amazing photos! We hope to welcome you on another trip very soon.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Vacation
It was a whole tour of all the areas of Germany. Each stop had its own part of history! City life, country life, life on a river, and life in a castle were all covered! Plenty of time was made available to explore or shop on your own!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, May 19, 2023
Service
This was our first trip to Germany and it was awesome. Our tour director, Maja, did an excellent job of giving us the historical highlights of every town we visited. We are richer for the experiences that we enjoyed. The architecture, food and scenery was amazing.
Vacation
The food, experiences and scenery were all amazing. We will relive this trip through our memories and pictures.
Heidi Bale
Review date: Sunday, October 23, 2022
Service
Answered my questions and got the accurate amount.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your Best of Germany tour. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Vacation
Great tour guide and driver. Wish we had more than 1 night in some of the cities.
Brian Mauer
Review date: Monday, August 15, 2022
Service
The entire booking process was easy to accomplish.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you were able to easily book your vacation and that you enjoyed your tour of Germany. It sounds like you had a great time (and learned a little about the country at the same time)! Thank you so much for leaving a review. Your feedback is appreciated.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Vacation
The tour of Germany was very good. Our trip director was excellent. He was organized and really paid attention to detail. Also, he was very knowledgeable about Germany and all the sites we saw/visited....
Eugene Lew
Review date: Sunday, July 10, 2022
Service
Your was well planned
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are glad you enjoyed your tour of Germany. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Vacation
All hotels and cities were good
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