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Best of Germany & Austria

13 Days from $3,128 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Admire the spires of Cologne and Salzburg, cruise along the Rhine and criss-cross 'East' and 'West' in Berlin. You'll also sample Tyrolean hospitality and visit the city that inspired 'The Sound of Music.'

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Admire the spires of Cologne and Salzburg, cruise along the Rhine and criss-cross 'East' and 'West' in Berlin. You'll also sample Tyrolean hospitality and visit the city that inspired 'The Sound of Music.'

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Embrace centuries-old heritage charm and modern style in the vibrant city of Frankfurt, our springboard for a delightful exploration of the best of Germany and Austria. On arrival at Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12 noon and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Spend your day exploring the Altstadt and soaking up the atmosphere of a bygone era before meeting your Travel Director for an orientation of the medieval Römerplatz and dynamic financial district. Later, we join our fellow travelers for a memorable Welcome Reception to launch our journey through the heart of Europe.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Sheraton Offenbach
  2. The legend of Lorelei kick-starts our morning as we board a leisurely cruise along the mighty Rhine past castles and vineyard-clad hills. We stop to connect with locals over a Be My Guest lunch and hear tales of nights and feuding lords and ladies in a 13th-century castle perched high above the Rhine valley. Continuing to the cultural capital of Rhineland, we view the spectacular Gothic spires of the Cologne Cathedral. Spend the rest of the evening exploring the city's great artistic treasures and historic town squares.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Mercure Severinshof City
  3. This morning, we board a high-speed train to historic Berlin, whose once-turbulent history has shaped its rebirth as the charismatic capital of Germany. Join a Local Specialist for an exploration of East meets West and delve into the story behind their reunification. See the imposing Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building, with its famous glass dome. We'll see the Tiergarten and Kurfürstendamm, famous for its shopping and entertainment, before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz
  4. Venture up one of the icons of a united Berlin and Germany. Dive into culture and savor spectacular 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city on your own. See the remnants of the Berlin Wall, visit the infamous Checkpoint Charlie or enjoy an Optional Experience to the District of Potsdam, the former Prussian royal seat.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  5. Celebrate beauty through your admiration of art and architecture in beautiful Würzburg, where you will see the Prince-Bishops' residence and Marienburg Fortress, on the banks of the Main. Continue to Rothenburg and dine tonight in your hotel, a traditional timbered German building within the town walls of medieval Rothenburg.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Prinzhotel
  6. This morning, we embark on an orientation walk through the medieval center of Rothenburg, seemingly frozen in time and encircled by a fortified town wall that remains intact after centuries. Traveling south through picture-perfect landscapes of Bavaria, we arrive in Munich just a few hours later and see the Olympic Stadium, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1972, before checking in to our hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Sheraton Arabellapark
  7. Stroll through the heart of Munich this morning, visiting its Marienplatz with both its new and old City Halls built on its periphery. See the magical Glockenspiel that delights visitors throughout the day with its enactment of 16th-century tales. Spend the rest of the day on your own, exploring the city's Baroque palaces and vibrant markets, or embrace the Bavarian region's rich beer brewing heritage at Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, built in the 16th century.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  8. Indulge in a world of fantasy and fables, journeying to the Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for King Ludwig II to retire from public life. Traveling through the dark forests of Bavaria, we arrive in Oberammergau and see where the Passion Play has been performed every decade since 1634 when the Plague gripped Europe. This evening we dine at our hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Alte Post
  9. We drive across the Austrian border and to Tyrol, arriving in its capital where we will embark on a short orientation tour that includes views of the Old Town, Hofburg Palace and the ornate Golden Roof, built to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I. Spend your free time exploring Innsbruck's iconic sites and delving into fascinating Tyrol history and culture, or simply relax and admire this dazzling city with its magnificent Alpine backdrop. Consider joining a traditional dinner and Tyrolean folklore show this evening.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Innsbruck
  10. Travel to Salzburg where spires and domes rise in the shadow of Hohensalzburg Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Join a Local Specialist for a fascinating walking tour of a city that featured in ‘The Sound of Music.' View Mozart's birthplace and family house in Getreidegasse, and the Domplatz dominated by Salzburg Cathedral. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Austria Trend Europa
  11. Scenic landscapes provide a beautiful backdrop for our drive past Lake Mondsee to the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley. Sloping vineyards line the Danube from Melk Abbey to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner and subsequently found by Blondel, his faithful minstrel. This afternoon, we arrive in the imperial capital of Vienna, where we have the evening at leisure to enjoy the sounds of the City of Music or consider an evening of Viennese classical music.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Danube Waterfront
  12. Explore the splendor of Vienna at the exquisite Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Habsburg Dynasty—one of the highlights of your guided sightseeing tour of Vienna with a Local Specialist. Enjoy views of the grand State Opera House and Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th century to replace the city walls. Admire the ornate, colorful roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of the city's most beloved icons, before spending the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant to celebrate a beautiful sojourn through Germany and Austria.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  13. We bid farewell to your companions at the end of a wonderful vacation. Return transfers will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8 am and 9:30 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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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 $580 per person

Triple Room Discount: $10 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $127 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12 noon 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 am and 9:30 am.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

18 meals: 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners.

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

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

Stays with Stories

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

Dive into Culture

  • Gain priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Berlin, Salzburg, Vienna

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Berlin, Salzburg, Vienna
  • Orientation of Frankfurt, Cologne, Würzburg, Rothenburg, Munich, Oberammergau, 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
  • High-speed train ticket between Cologne and Berlin
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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 24 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: €60.00

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: €31.00

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: €70.00

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.

Munich

The Dachau Memorial Site

Adult Price: €31.00

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: €65.00

Munich is the heart of Bavaria and it's fueled 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.

Innsbruck

Grand Alpine Tour

Adult Price: €62.00

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: €67.00

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.

Salzburg

Eagle’s Nest Tour And Bavarian Alps

Adult Price: €55.00

"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 refreshment! This optional is weather dependent and subject to seasonal closures, therefore it may not be available on all departures."

Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

Adult Price: €36.00

Join us for a scenic tour in the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hitler's Bavarian Redoubt. Via the Hohenringstrasse, we'll ascend 5,000 ft along one of the most beautiful mountain roads of Europe.

Lake and Mountain Tour

Adult Price: €39.00

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: €100.00

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: €45.00

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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