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Best of Germany & Austria

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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Tour Style: First Class
14 Days from $2,500 per person

An epic journey through Germany and Austria – the sounds of Bach and Mozart accompany as you explore the imposing spires of Cologne and Salzburg, cruise along the Rhine and criss-cross ‘East' and ‘West' in Berlin. 

You'll also sample traditional Tyrolean hospitality, visit the city that inspired ‘The Sound of Music' and tuck into Vienna's ‘Kafee und Kuchen' culture.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Frankfurt. After check-in, your Travel Director shows you the dynamic financial center and medieval Römerplatz during your orientation. Later meet for a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travelers. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone.
    meal(s):WR
    hotel:Sheraton Offenbach
  3. This morning see the site of the famous Lorelei Rock and cruise along the mighty River Rhine past medieval castles and terraced vineyards. Stop to experience a unique Be My Guest lunch at an atmospheric castle above the river. Continue by road to Cologne where an orientation includes views of the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Spend free time before dinner relaxing or exploring on your own.
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Mercure Severinshof
  4. Take a high speed train to the fascinating capital Berlin. This afternoon marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building which were all major points of focus 27 years ago in 1990 during the re-unification of East and West Germany. Also see the Tiergarten and Kurfürstendamm famous for its shopping and entertainment.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Berlin
  5. This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Spend the rest of the day exploring this city on your own or learn more about Berlin's secret past. This evening you might like to discover the vibrant nightlife for which Berlin is famous.
    meal(s):BB
  6. This morning travel south to Würzburg to see the Marienburg Fortress and the Prince-Bishops' residence before arriving in Rothenburg. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Prinzhotel Authentic Accommodations
  7. Enjoy an orientation walk in the medieval town of Rothenburg. Continue through splendid countryside to Munich in the heart of Bavaria. See the Olympic Stadium before arriving at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Sheraton Arabellapark
  8. This morning visit Marienplatz, the focal point of the city and view the City Hall with its Glockenspiel. Tonight why not discover some of Munich's lively beerhalls - it's what the region is famous for.
    meal(s):BB
  9. Visit the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig II. Later arrive in Oberammergau and see the theater where the Passion Play has been performed every decade since 1634 when Europe was gripped by plague. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Alte Post
  10. A short drive takes you to Innsbruck. See the famous Olympic ski-jump before your orientation that includes views of the Wilten Basilica, Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Explore medieval lanes, visit museums and Habsburg palace or simply relax and admire this dazzling city set against a spectacular Alpine backdrop. Tonight you might like to enjoy a traditional dinner and Tyrolean folklore show.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Innsbruck
  11. Travel to Salzburg where spires and domes rise in the shadow of Hohensalzburg Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Admire the city featured in ‘The Sound of Music' during a walking tour with a Local Specialist. View Mozart's birthplace and family house in the picturesque Getreidegasse, and the Domplatz dominated by Salzburg Cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Austria Trend Europa
  12. Enjoy breathtaking scenery on your drive past Lake Mondsee to the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley. Sloping vineyards line the river from Melk Abbey to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner and subsequently found by Blondel, his faithful minstrel. Arrive in Vienna this afternoon for free time to explore the city.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hilton Danube
  13. From the Opera to the Hofburg and St. Stephen's Cathedral to the Parliament, view all the wondrous sights of the elegant Austrian capital during your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Marvel at the oldest and most secret part of old Vienna on your walking tour. In your free time discover a wealth of cultural delights, museums, galleries and memorials to famous composers. Your Travel Director will be able to advise as to how to get the most out of your free time in this city. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  14. Bid farewell to your companions at the end of this wonderful vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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Meal Summary

12 nights, 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy a banquet and stories of knights and feuding lords in a fairy-tale 13th century castle perched high above the Rhine Valley

Authentic Accommodations

  • Located within the town walls of well-preserved medieval Rothenburg, the Prinzhotel is a traditional timbered German building

Cultural Insight

  • Gain priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city and see Mozart's birthplace and family house in Salzburg's picturesque Getreidegasse

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Berlin, Salzburg, Vienna
  • Orientation of Frankfurt, Cologne, Würzburg, Rothenburg, Munich, Innsbruck
  • Visit Berlin TV Tower, Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Cruise along the River Rhine
  • View the Cologne Cathedral, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck, Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg
  • See the Lorelei Rock, Marienberg Fortress and the Prince-Bishops' residence in Würzburg, Melk Abbey
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Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $550 p.p.

Triple Discount: $30 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $93 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8:00 am and 9:30 am.

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  • Yes, U.S. citizens traveling to Germany and Austria must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Germany or Austria.

  • The currency in Germany and Austria is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Germany, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Germany. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious.  Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings.  For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau.   Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers.  In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein).   Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions. 

    Austrian cuisine is hearty and satisfying and reflects regional influences from Italy, Hungary, Germany and the Balkans. Try a variety of sausages including the popular Wiener Schnitzel and Viennese specialties such as goulash and apple strudel.

  • We recommend packing layers to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List

  • Service and VAT are typically included in the price of food at restaurants in Germany and Austria.  When leaving a tip, it is appropriate to simply round up or add up to 10 percent to your bill.   Rather than leaving your money on the table, be prepared to leave it with your waiter when you pay your bill.  If you are expecting change, simply tell them how much you will need back after gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation. 

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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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.

Berlin

Dinner And Berlin By Night

Adult Price: € 59

Tonight, join us as we enjoy great food, wine, beer, music and company before discovering the stunning illuminated landmarks of the German capital.

Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

Adult Price: € 29

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.

Potsdam Highlights With Dinner

Adult Price: € 70

At the Western edge of Berlin, we'll stop on the shores of Greater Wannsee, the incongruously beautiful setting for the infamous 1942 conference to plan the 'Final Solution'. Next we'll cross Glienicke Bridge, the so-called "Bridge of Spies" of Cold War spy swaps fame. Reaching Potsdam, we continue to the beautiful Park Sanssouci, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before finishing our afternoon by enjoying a meal in a former hunting lodge on the shores of the lake.

Innsbruck

Grand Alpine Tour

Adult Price: € 62

A scenic train ride through the Tyrolean Alps with our Local Specialist takes us to the glamorous ski-resort of Seefeld. Here we'll enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through spectacular scenery and taste some of the local schnapps. Later, we see the Olympic Ski Jump and marvel at the landscape of the beautiful Inn Valley as it stretches below us.

Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

Adult Price: € 67

You’ll enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Tyrolean cuisine before a lively folklore show, where singers, dancers and musicians dressed in national costume provide an evening of entertainment and fun. Drinks are included.

Munich

The Dachau Memorial Site

Adult Price: € 31

Germany’s first concentration camp was opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power, just outside Dachau, near Munich. Maintained as a memorial, this visit will provide an insight into this tragic period in history.

Bavarian Evening

Adult Price: € 65

Munich is the heart of Bavaria and it's fuelled by some of the best food and drink in the country. See the Hofbräuhaus before you enjoy a selection of traditional Bavarian dishes in a typical local restaurant and absorb the atmosphere of a real Bavarian beer hall.

Salzburg

Eagle’s Nest Tour And Bavarian Alps

Adult Price: € 55

"In Berchtesgaden National Park drive past farmhouses and picturesque villages as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We transfer to special buses for the second leg of the journey: a spectacular road and great engineering feat blasted out of the mountain side. Finally we take an elevator up to the Eagle's Nest, intended as a mountain retreat for Hitler and his inner circle. Once at the top learn its fascinating history and take in the awe inspiring views of the surrounding mountain peaks whilst enjoying a local refreshments! This optional is weather dependent and subject to seasonal closures, therefore it may not be available on all departures."

Lake and Mountain Tour

Adult Price: € 36

Marvel at the Alpine beauty of the Salzburg lake district, with its 76 glacier lakes and picturesque towns like Sankt Gilgen. We will also have the chance to see some of the major backdrops for the film "The Sound of Music".

Vienna

Dinner And Viennese Concert

Adult Price: € 100

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.

Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

Adult Price: € 42

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Hapsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you’ll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and VIP entrance to make the most of your time.

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