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Best of Germany (Premium)

10 Days from $2,385 per person

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Embark on a journey of cosmopolitan cities, picture-book towns and breathtaking natural scenery, as you explore iconic highlights of Bavaria, cruise beneath the fairy-tale castles of the Rhine and watch skilled clockmakers in action in the Black Forest.

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

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Embark on a journey of cosmopolitan cities, picture-book towns and breathtaking natural scenery, as you explore iconic highlights of Bavaria, cruise beneath the fairy-tale castles of the Rhine and watch skilled clockmakers in action in the Black Forest.

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

  1. On arrival at Berlin's Tegel Airport, transfers to your hotel depart at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. In the afternoon, perhaps visit the KaDeWe department store—the shopping center of West Berlin which during 40 years of division, became the shop window of the West. At 5:30 pm, join your Travel Director and travel companions for drinks followed by a Welcome Dinner with wine, at a local restaurant. 

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Sofitel Berlin Kurfuerstendamm
  2. Join a Local Expert to see some of Berlin's many highlights. Travel along the Ku'Damm to the Memorial Church. Drive through the Tiergarten to see Norman Foster's glass dome that crowns the reconstructed Reichstag building. Continue past the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of the reunification, and down along the Unter den Linden, past the Humboldt University and State Opera. Stop on Museum Island before enjoying an afternoon at leisure in this once-divided city. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the glorious palace of the Prussian Emperors at Potsdam.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hotel Bristol
  3. In Dresden, join your Local Expert to see the splendors of the city. From the Frauenkirche, which has risen again from the destruction of World War II, walk past ‘The Procession of the Dukes,' a mosaic of colossal proportions on the Royal Palace facade. See the enormous cathedral, Semper Opera House and Baroque Zwinger Palace.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Vienna House QF Dresden
  4. Enjoy the German countryside as you cross the Danube to reach fun-loving Munich where an orientation with your Travel Director will show you the university, Victory Arch and the Marienplatz, where crowds gather at the Town Hall to watch the antics of the Glockenspiel. At night, perhaps consider dinner at one of Munich's famous ‘Bier Kellers.'

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Pullman Munich Hotel
  5. Today you will stop at Neuschwanstein, a fairy-tale castle spectacularly perched on an Alpine mountainside. A local historian will show you King Ludwig II's favorite castle, which was supposedly the inspiration for many of Walt Disney's castles. Visit the exuberantly decorated apartments, including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. Continue along part of the Alpine Road amid beautiful scenery to the Wieskirche, a masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo. Venture onto Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps, home of the famous Passion Play, which dates back to 1634. See the immense theater and colorfully painted chalets.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hotel Alte Post/Hotel Wittelsbach
  6. Travel through lush, rolling dairy country to Lindau, an island situated in the middle of Lake Constance, connected to the mainland by a causeway. Stroll through the narrow streets past old inns and half-timbered houses, to admire the fantastic backdrop of the Swiss and Austrian Alps across the lake. Take a delightful drive along the shores of Lake Constance, lined with orchards and vineyards and into the Black Forest. For dinner, you are treated to a Farm-to-Table experience at a local restaurant with locally sourced ingredients, skillfully prepared and accompanied with wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Lörrach
  7. The Black Forest is the land of cherry cake and cuckoo clocks, where traditional farmhouses dip their thatched roofs almost to the ground. It's only a short drive to Nuremberg, renowned for its medieval architecture. Admire the charming blend of stone and timbered dwellings in the Old Town, see the massive ramparts, most of which are still standing, and perhaps shop for delicious Lebkuchen. Venture to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the best-preserved town on the Romantic Road. Plunge back into the 16th century during your orientation with your Travel Director as you walk through narrow cobbled streets lined with high-gabled houses to the market square, dominated by its Renaissance town hall. With an artisan baker, enjoy a demonstration and learn about the history of the traditional pastry Schneeballen (snowball), followed by a tasting. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure for further exploration. For your Dine-Around Evening, choose from a hand-picked selection of restaurants within the walls of the Old Town.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hotel Eisenhut
  8. Stop to meet locals who still make cuckoo clocks by hand, a tradition passed down over 300 years. Then head through the valleys, where villages and isolated farms nestle beside fast-flowing streams, before traveling north to Heidelberg. Visit Heidelberg Palace, or Heidelberger Schloss in German, one of the world's most impressive palace ruins, synonymous with the Romantic Movement. Venture inside to see the Heidelberg Tun, a gigantic wine vat built into the building's cellar in 1591 and able to hold 34,340 gallons. Hear its associated tales of the dwarf court jester, Perkeo. Spend time in the vast and insightful Apothecary Museum, before marveling at the panoramic vistas of the city and Neckar Valley from the castle fortress. Your hotel is in the nearby town of Mainz, a bustling and important town since the time of the Romans.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Mainz/Hilton Mainz City
  9. Begin the day with a relaxing cruise past steep-sided vineyards, half-timbered taverns, hilltop castles and the infamous Lorelei Rock. Alight at Boppard and continue to Koblenz where a gigantic equestrian statue of Wilhelm I guards the junction of the Rhine and Moselle. Have your camera ready as you return along the eastern bank. Enjoy the scenic views from the mighty Niederwald Monument. In the evening, round off your German experience with a farewell Celebration Dinner overlooking the River Rhine, complete with local wine. Prost!

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hilton Mainz/Hilton Mainz City
  10. Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with departure transfers arriving at Frankfurt airport at 8 am and 10 am. 

    meal(s):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 $630 per person

Triple Room Discount: $40 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $116 per person.

Airport Transfers: On arrival at Berlin's Tegel Airport transfers operate at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Return transfers on the last travel day arrive at Frankfurt airport at 8 am and 10 am.

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

Included Quality Dining

9 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

  • Visit an artisan cuckcoo clock workshop in the Black Forest.
  • Black Forest: Watch skilled artisans at work and learn about the history and ancient techniques of clock-making.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Oktoberfest: Strap on your Lederhosen for a visit to the world's greatest Volksfest in Munich on select departures.
  • Cruise along the Rhine
  • Visit Heidelberg Castle • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Tours of Berlin and Dresden, with Local Experts
  • See the Reichstag Building, remnants of the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin • Dresden • Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel in Munich • the Wieskirche • the Passion Play Theater in Oberammergau • Lindau • the timbered dwellings of Nuremberg • the cobbled streets of Rothenburg • Heidelberg • Mainz • Koblenz
  • Berlin: Our Local Expert will show you some of the main highlights of this historic city as you travel along along the Unter den Linden, including the Memorial Church, Tiergarten, the Reichstag building, Brandenburg Gate, Humboldt University, State Opera and Museum Island.
  • Dresden: Explore with your Local Expert and see the Frauenkirche, ‘The Procession of the Dukes' mosaic mural on the Royal Palace, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace.
  • Munich: See the university, Victory Arch, Marienplatz and the Town Hall and Glockenspiel.
  • Neuschwanstein: Visit the archetypal fairytale castle that allegedly inspired many of Walt Disney's castles. Led by a local historian, walk through the magnificent halls, take in the lavish decoration and enjoy spectacular views.
  • Wies: Stop to marvel at the opulent interior of the Wieskirche.
  • Oberammergau: Explore the town and see the theater where the Passion Play has been performed since 1634 and the next performance will be in 2020.
  • Lindau: Cross the causeway to this delightful island town in the middle of Lake Constance.
  • Villingen-Schwenningen: Enjoy an orientation of this quaint town which has existed for 1,200 years and was under Austrian lordship through the Middle Ages.
  • Nuremberg: See the city walls and tour the Old Town with its charming stone and timbered dwellings.
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Explore the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany.
  • Heidelberg: Venture inside the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince's town. See the massive Heidelberg Tun built into the cellar in 1591, visit the Apothecary Museum and enjoy panoramic views of Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley.
  • Heidelberg: Explore one of Germany's most enchanting cities during your orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Mainz: Your Travel Director leads you on an orientation of the city.
  • Rhine Valley: 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.
  • Koblenz: See the Deutsches Eck Monument and enjoy the scenic vistas from the Niederwald Monument.
  • Scenic Drives: Travel along part of the Romantic Road and pass the Bavarian Alps, continue along the Alpine Road, through the Black Forest, along the German Clock Route and past the Neckar Valley.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018
William Bittner
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Vacation:
Service rating : I had written an entire paragraph and was disconnected. My info was lost and I am not typing it again.
Vacation : Breakfasts were excellent but included dinners were mediocre. We should be able to order off a menu like normal people.
Sunday, September 30, 2018
William Morcom
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Service rating : Vacation started off poorly when I was left at airport on arrival though I made the transfer point on time. Had to pay 27 euros to get to hotel on my own. After that things went pretty well.
Vacation : Good value. The food and wine included was okay but not outstanding. Hotels were for the most part well located and clean.
Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Service rating : The trip was very interesting with stops at the major cities. The scenery and the old architecture was beautiful. There is a lot of history here.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Germany is a beautiful country and we are so happy that you enjoyed it. Thank you!
Monday, July 23, 2018
Vacation : The trip was very interesting with many lovely places to see and explore. Our travel director, Petra, was great. The only issue was that everyone was complaining that everything was so rushed.
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany 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.

  • The currency in Germany is the Euro. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, 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. 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. 

  • 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.

  • A service charge is typically included in the price of food at restaurants in Germany.  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

Potsdam & Sanssouci Excursion

Adult Price: € 48.00

Drive to Potsdam for a guided tour of the beautiful Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Declaration was signed in 1945. Then it's on to another UNESCO World Heritage site; the magnificent grounds of Sanssouci Palace to stroll amid the famous terraced gardens of Frederick the Great.

Berlin

Highlights of Former East Berlin

Adult Price: € 31.00

Explore the shadows of the past with our local expert. See the Soviet War Memorial and visit the staggering Holocaust Memorial. Stop for a photo at ‘Checkpoint Charlie’, location of the tense stand-offs between U.S. & Soviet forces during the Cold War. Then a real highlight as we visit the Berlin Wall Memorial. The memorial contains the last section of the Berlin Wall with a guard tower and preserved grounds and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s. Learn about this focal point of 20th-century history and of the fate of those who attempted to cross it.

Dresden

Eckberg Castle Dinner

Adult Price: € 69.00

Tonight we'll go to historic Eckberg Castle. Built in 1861, the Castle is home to one of the most exclusive restaurant/hotels in Germany. You'll dine like Queens and Kings in the famous Garden Hall and enjoy stunning views of the gardens and the uniquely beautiful Elbe valley.

Munich

Bavarian Dinner

Adult Price: € 65.00

Tonight we'll soak in the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.

Munich

Munich The Dachau Memorial

Adult Price: € 31.00

After Hitler's rise to power in 1933, the first concentration camp for political prisoners was opened outside the town of Dachau and it became a blueprint for others to follow. Now maintained as a memorial, spend some reflective moments amid the remains of the camp prisons, reconstructed barracks, kitchens, workshops and baths which serves as the museum. A chilling and emotional reminder of the horrors of war.

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