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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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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • 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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Reviews

Thursday, October 4, 2018
William Bittner
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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.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Charlene Mills
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Service rating : I enjoyed the entire trip. I felt that the places we saw were excellent. Also excellent was our guide, Hildegard who was very knowledgable and Petr, our bus driver. Petr was an excellent driver. Our step on guides were also excellent. I think my only complaint would be that some of the hotel rooms were not as warm as I would have liked. Had a problem with the heat at the Hilton in Mainz, when I spoke to the desk, the problem was remedied. I felt the selection of restrauants were also very good.
Vacation : I did bring some purchases back for family & friends, and myself. Due to airline weight restrictions I had to choose carefully. When I gave them to my family etc. everyone liked them.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
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Service rating : As far as the actual tour goes, it was about average for a bus trip. The hotels that we stayed in were nice enough. There really wasn't a lot of sightseeing included in the trip, without paying extra for the optionals. Many days, without buying the optionals, the included part of the tour would have been over before noon. In fact, one day, it would have been over at 9 am! - We had the disadvantage of having a tour guide who wasn't very interested in her job. She was downright rude to several people and did the bare minimum. When we arrived at the airport in Berlin, our luggage did not arrive with us. She gave us quite a lecture on not having our "high visibility" luggage tag where she could see it..... a bit hard, as I told her, since we didn't have luggage to put it on. I had a paper that customer service had given us to try to contact the airlines to check on the progress they were having in locating it. I showed it to her and asked if she could help us with it, since we didn't have phone service in Germany. She told us that the hotel could probably help us. Even the next day... she never even asked if the hotel had been able to help us or if we had gotten our luggage. - This tour included going to Oktoberfest in lieu of a city tour. At first, she wasn't even going to take us to Oktoberfest and make sure that we were able to get back in a strange city at night. She told us that she was going to give us a day pass for the tram and instructions to get there and back. Many people were not happy and she did end up taking us there and coming back to get us at 8 pm. There were some people who had been afraid to go for fear that they would get lost at night trying to get back. - It does kind of seem like Insight is providing less for their trips than they have in the past. Mostly, the included parts are city tours and you don't really see that much on them. Even when you do tour a castle or someplace, you get a very abbreviated tour.
Vacation : I've already written why under customer experience.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
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Service rating : First person talked to gave incorrect info. And was not helpful. We called back and talked to someone else who gave us the information we needed.
Vacation : Excellent tour guide and driver. Trip was very educational.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Galen Shotts
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Service rating : We loved our tour guide! She was knowledgeable, personable, attentive and very efficient. She made the flourishes so personal. Local guides also added to the depth of our tour.
Vacation : Worth every penny! Great way to celebrate our 35th anniversary.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to review your trip. We're pleased you enjoyed your Travel Director and the local specialists. Germany is a beautiful country and a wonderful place to celebrate 35 years - congratulations!
Friday, August 25, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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Service rating : 1. The hotel in Munchen was located well out of the city center; not what I expected from Insight. 2. Too many lunch stops at rest stops, when it often seemed that the stops could have been arranged for locations of actual interest. 3. The particular tour guide we had was not particularly helpful or informative. It would have been nice to have had specifics about the timetable in advance to permit planning.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that we fell short of your expectations on this trip. We have shared your valuable feedback with the Quality Control team at Insight Vacations for immediate review. We appreciate you bringing these issues to our attention.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Vacation : See customer experience above.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Carolyn Corn
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Service rating : Our stops on this tour were fantastic, I was able to visit a great number of historic locations. The guide information was extremely helpful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your feedback.  We are very glad to hear that your trip to Germany went smoothly.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Vacation : Great deal and a trip of a lifetime.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Marvin Paxton
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Service rating : We needed to change the date of our departure, and they were able to do that with no problem. Their pre-departure packet was exceptionally nice, and very well organized.
Vacation : It was an excellent tour -- very comfortable coach, excellent driver, very nice accomodations every night, outstanding Tour Director.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Larry Farner
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Service rating : Our tour guide made the trip. She was so informative, genuine, thoughtful and so gracious. She gave us extra information for great places to eat, shop, and little side sites during our visits to the many cities we visited. We are planning a trip to Scotland with Grand European Travel/ Insight this fall and really wish our tour guide would go to Scotland too. We really appreciated her. Thank You so much for a wonderful vacation. SALLY R FARNER
Vacation : It was a busy schedule, but we got to see all the things on our "list". It was well worth it. Thank You.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
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Service rating : Everything went smoothly. No worries for us as travelers.
Vacation : We got a "taste" of many sites. Something that I expected. Since we teamed up with insight vacations our group was mixed in age and countries of origin.The hotels and inns were first rate.
Friday, October 14, 2016
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Service rating : We have used GET several times and we are always satisfied.
Vacation : The quality of the audio equipment used on walking tours was mediocre. Some local tour guides were excellent and some were worthless. Would have preferred a tour manager with a better understanding of German agriculture.
Friday, October 7, 2016
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Service rating : GET is good but Insight was terrible this trip because of the Tour Director. Will probably not travel with you again because of this.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and we will address st directly and discreetly with the Insight management. Our Guest Relations team will also follow up with you shortly. Thank you. Grand European Travel
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Vacation : Tour Director did not explain or point out attractions. Very disorganized. No treats, very rushed, no parting gift. This was our fourth vacation with you and this was by far the worst and it was because of the Tour Director. My husband says we will probably not travel with you again because of it. Too bad because all of our other tours were wonderful and the Tour Directors were great.
Friday, July 8, 2016
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Service rating : Easy to enjoy the trip with nothing to worry about
Vacation : Learned alot of history about Germany & its beautiful country
Saturday, July 2, 2016
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Service rating : everything handled in a timely manner, no last minute problems
Vacation : We really visited almost everyplace a tourist to Germany should see Wish there had been one more day in Munich and one day in the Alps
Friday, June 3, 2016
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Service rating : Daniel did an excellent job making all of our arrangements
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for letting us know. We will share your comments with Daniel and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your trip. We hope to see you again very soon. Grand European Travel
Friday, June 3, 2016
Vacation : Great places visited, wish I could plan better to make the most of the 'free time.
Friday, May 20, 2016
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Service rating : Karl was an excellent tour guide - very informative and made the trip so interesting
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write and your recommendation. We certainly appreciate it! Grand European Travel
Monday, May 23, 2016
Vacation : I would certainly recommend Grand European Travel to my friends.
Friday, May 20, 2016
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Service rating : Great service.
Vacation : Wonderful hotels.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
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Service rating : My second trip with your company, already planning my next one in 2016!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for the repeat business. We can't wait to help you plan your next vacation. Grand European Travel
Monday, October 5, 2015
Vacation : I love Germany and our Tour Director; she make sure we have a wonderful experience, everything was just great, I have nothing but good memories; I wish I could have her in my trip to England next September. !!
Friday, July 31, 2015
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Service rating : This is my 6th trip with you, and that speaks for itself about the level of satisfaction.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Yes it does! We so appreciate your loyalty to GET and are very happy that your trip to Germany was an excellent one. Grand European Travel
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Vacation : Lived up to expectation on every level.
Friday, July 24, 2015
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Service rating : After depositing $700 on the trip 9 months ahead of time, we received no e-mail or letter of confirmation until the remaining bill 6 weeks before the tour, and even then we had no specific info about the trip (itinerary) until 2 weeks before. I would have preferred a letter of confirmation that we paid the deposit, and more info about the day to day itinerary and optional tours much earlier. I realize the tour guide and exact hotels may not be certain until just before the trip, but a little info about the trip would have been nice!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It is our policy to send a payment receipt/invoice within 24 hours of the payment being made. Our records show that it was mailed to you, but we apologize that it was obviously lost in the mail. We do provide a wealth of information on our website www.getours.com and a detailed itinerary in our brochures. We are also happy to send any additional information you may want if you advise your travel counselor. We appreciate the feedback and are happy to see that you had a wonderful time in Germany. Grand European Travel
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Vacation : Hildegard Peiker was an excellent tour guide! She gave us lots of backgriund information and history on everything we saw (as well as German culture and customs), and was continuously cheerful and patient.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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Service rating : Unfortunately, we got David as our phone rep the first time and found him to be inaccurate and so we asked for others every other call and those reps were responsive. Will advise friends not to use GET
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're very sorry to hear that this trip did not meet your expectations and perhaps some of your questions were not answered to your satisfaction. We do try to provide as much information as possible, for example regarding the 4 included dinners on this trip, we do state the following: 1 Welcome Reception, 1 Three-Course Table d'Hote Dinner or Buffet, Dine-Around Dinner and Celebration Dinner or Buffet. Again, we apologize for any misunderstanding. Grand European Travel
Friday, June 19, 2015
Vacation : Misrepresentation about "dinners' which on two separate occasions were buffets, not menu served dinners as advertised. Couple days of long bus rides to see unnecessary sites. CAN NOT RECOMMEND
Saturday, June 13, 2015
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Service rating : Too many 6:00 and 6:30 wake ups to ride in the bus or wait in lines. Too many lunch stops at fast food joints that did not speak English. Tour guide was more interested in staying on schedule at the expense of travelers comfort and convenience. On two occasions the brochure stated dinner menu selections but actually were buffet and the tour director agreed to the dissatisfaction of the group. Two different nights the company scheduled part of our group's lodging across a street in a different building which was inconvenient. Surprise after paying for trip to Grand European Company that it was actually an Insight Company tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're very sorry to read about your disappointing experience. There are some early start days to avoid the crowds and to make sure you can get from one city to the next in a timely fashion and be able to see everything that is included in the program. We do apologize that you were unaware that this tour is operated by our sister company, Insight Vacations. We try to mark our brochure, website, payment receipts and travel documents clearly, noting each tour that is operated by our sister company. Insight and GET are owned by the same parent company, The Travel Corp. and having the ability to sell their tours give us more variety to offer to our guests. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We appreciate the honest feedback. Grand European Travel
Monday, June 15, 2015
Vacation : Worst tour we have had in 22 years. Would not recommend this to anyone.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
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Service rating : Everything was excellent. Our guide was wonderful with all her knowledge. Too many people.
Vacation : Wonderful itinerary. All locations were very interesting with lots of history. Great tour director. Too many people on tour.
Friday, June 5, 2015
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Service rating : Another great guide but should be more sensitive to age of guests . This trip to Neuschwanstein was not good, was less than previous agenda.
Vacation : We assumed the agenda would target the wonderful spargel season but our guide really did not know its significance. Shame on me for not knowing that in advance, or ET for not either.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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Service rating : Hotels were great.
Vacation : Very well organized & enjoyable.
Friday, May 8, 2015
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Service rating : Excellent representative who made all the necessary arrangements. No muss; no fuss. Couldn't have been easier.
Response from Grand European Travel:
This is what our guided vacations are all about. Let us do the work, and you just enjoy the ride! Thank you for sharing your comments and we couldnt be happier that you enjoyed the Best of Germany!
Friday, May 8, 2015
Vacation : Saw very many interesting, historical, and beautiful places, which was my objective. A good choice for an exposure to much of Germany.
Friday, October 24, 2014
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Service rating : Based on this experience, I am not sure that I would recommend GE.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to see that you had some disappointing moments on this trip. While every destination is different, we do try to provide a well rounded, informative experience for our guests and and we will look into your suggestions with our regional teams. Thank you for taking the time to post your comments. Grand European Travel-Guest Relations
Friday, October 24, 2014
Vacation : While there were many great things about the trip and many wonderful people on the trip, there were also several issues that were incredibly frustrating: - Being in major cities like Berlin, Dresden, Munich, and Mainz, and having only a short tour or no tour being included seemed like a rip off. If we did not either take the excursions or plan our own excursions, we would not have developed a sense of these towns. The excursions seemed like requirements rather than options. - Our tour manager should have, in my opinion, done the work of preparing us for these cities. The history, the important facts, why we would want to visit or what we would want to visit. In some cases we had a quick walk around and then free time for shopping and eating, but nothing of the real "meat" of why we would want to be there. - I compare this trip to a Vantage trip to Egypt of a few years back where I felt I went "deep" into each place we visited. We got more of a taste of the local flavor and really getting a sense of the history. I just didnt feel that this trip had the same experience. - I would recomend for this tour having a local guide during the entire tour with some planned informational / educational track - developmental history, WWII, Soviet Occupation, Post Unificiation, etc. - that would provide the context for the trip.
Friday, October 24, 2014
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Service rating : The trip was a mix of wonderful memories. But We travelled with Insight Tours and Grand European never told us they were passing us off to another tour company. All of the people that were part of insight also had cuopons to put toward their excursions. We did not.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry you were unaware that this tour is operated by our sister company, Insight Vacations. We do try to mark our brochure, payment receipts and travel documents clearly for each tour that is operated by our sister company. As for the optional excursion coupons that other guests received, they most likely booked with AAA or American Express. However, by booking with GET you received other discounts that those guests did not receive. We're glad that you made some wonderful memories despite these issues. Thank you for bringing them to our attention. Grand European Travel-Guest Relations
Friday, October 24, 2014
Vacation : We loved the vacation but the tour didnt focus on historical context for the cities we visited. We travelled Egypt with Vantage and felt we went deep in the locations we went too. This trip felt more like a sampler of sites to plan the next vacation.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Service rating : this was one of the best vacation I have had in a long time.
Vacation : The very best vacation.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Service rating : Excellent, intelligent office service. Tour was with Insight, also excellent. This is our second trip with you, and both were excellent.
Vacation : Excellent travels and accommodations. Too much emphasis on shopping and food. Would have liked more optional trips with content, like music performance, trips to museums, and seeing the interior of palaces like Charlottenburg, Residenz, and Nymphanburg or at least time and help getting there.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Service rating : We have traveled with Grand European four times now and will return over and over to this quality company.
Vacation : We had a great trip. Our tour director Karl Hafner was very knowledgeable and efficient. We only wish we had had more time in some of our destinations. Germany has so much to offer and to experience.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
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Service rating : My experience on the "Best of Germany" trip with Grand European Tours was excellent. All the nuts and bolts of reservations, flights, etc. was done very professionally, and I had a great time.
Vacation : I'd recommend this trip to anyone wanting an overview of Germany.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Service rating : They always tried as hard as they could.
Vacation : Excellent
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Service rating : Tour guide great wonderful.
Vacation : Food not great
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Service rating : We have traveled with Grand European before and as always have been pleased with the tour directors, hotels, and tour agenda.
Vacation : Beautiful country - great trip!
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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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