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12 Day Tour to berlin, Dresden & Frankfurt

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12 Days
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Germany

12 Cities

Berlin, Dresden, Weimar, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Frankfurt, Mainz, Boppard, Koblenz, Heidelberg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Neuschwanstein Castle, Munich

16 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 20
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If you prefer to travel with a smaller group of curious fellow travelers passionate about diving into incredible experiences, Insight Vacations Small Group tours are the perfect choice. With all the premium features of Insight Vacations including 4 and 5-star hotels, one-of-a-kind inclusions, immersive local cultural experiences and superior dining, small group departures have a maximum of just 24 guests allowing for a more intimate, premium touring experience. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Insight Vacations Small Group departures are limited to only 24 guests. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, more personalized attention from your Travel Director, and the opportunity to form closer connections with fellow travelers. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers who want to explore must-see destinations with like-minded people.

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Tour the iconic sights of Berlin, see Dresden’s spectacular cathedral and Baroque Zwinger Palace showcase the cultural treasures that survived the heavy bombing of World War Two. See the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz in Munich where the Glockenspiel shenanigans occur daily at the town hall. In Neuschwanstein, join a Local Expert on an exploration of the famed fairytale castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, and famous for having featured in the film—Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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Day 1

Welcome to Berlin

Your travels of Germany begin in the capital, Berlin. With the afternoon free, perhaps walk along the bustling Ku' Damm, shopping center of West Berlin, which during 40 years of division, became the shop window of the West. Tonight, join your Travel Director and travel companions at a local restaurant for your Welcome Dinner.

Berlin TV Tower in Alexanderplatz Berlin, Germany
Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center

About the Hotel

Berlin, Germany

Only a short walk from the bustling boulevard Kurfuerstendamm, the Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center is in a perfect location for sightseeing. The hotel has been newly renovated, featuring comfortable rooms and a lovely terrace, an ideal retreat after a day of exploring.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool

Style

  • Traditional
Authentic Dining Enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner in Berlin, Germany
Berlin Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant in the heart of Berlin for a delightful Welcome Dinner, served with wine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

The Spirit of Berlin

Join a Local Expert to see some of Berlin's many highlights. Travel along the Ku'Damm past the Memorial Church. Drive through the Tiergarten to see Norman Foster’s glass dome that crowns the reconstructed Reichstag building. Continue with a visit to 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 a day at leisure in this once divided city. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the glorious palace of the Prussian Kings at Potsdam?

Reichstag Building in Berlin, Germany
Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center View Hotel Details
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Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center

About the Hotel

Berlin, Germany

Only a short walk from the bustling boulevard Kurfuerstendamm, the Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center is in a perfect location for sightseeing. The hotel has been newly renovated, featuring comfortable rooms and a lovely terrace, an ideal retreat after a day of exploring.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Brandenburg Gate Berlin, Germany
Berlin City Tour

You Local Expert provides a tour of this vibrant city. Drive along the Ku'Damm, passing the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and through Tiergarten t...

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Highlights of Former East Berlin

Explore the shadows of the past with our Local Expert and visit the staggering Holocaust Memorial. Stop for a photo at ‘Checkpoint Charlie', locati...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Bridge of Spies, Sanssouci & Dinner

Our evening takes us to Potsdam, the summer home and royal residence to the Kings of Prussia. Here we'll see the ‘Sanssouci’ palace of the most cel...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Dresden, a Baroque Phoenix on the Elbe

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 Princes', a mosaic of colossal proportions on the Royal Palace facade. See the huge cathedral, Semper Opera House and Baroque Zwinger Palace. Although the town was heavily bombed during World War II, it remains a treasure trove of early German history and baroque architecture.

Dresden on the Elbe, Germany
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Hilton Dresden

About the Hotel

Dresden, Germany

Hilton Dresden is located in the heart of Dresden’s Old Town, opposite the famous Frauenkirche Church

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Safe deposit box

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Procession of Princes Mosaic in Dresden, Germany
Dresden City Tour

Your guided tour with a Local Expert shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House a...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit the Town of Meissen in Germany
Meissen Excursion

It was in Dresden that the first porcelain in Europe was made. We will visit the Meissen factory where we are shown how this world-famous porcelain...

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Day 4

Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Join a Local Expert in Weimar to explore the city of literary luminaries Goethe and Schiller. 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. For your Dine-Around Evening, choose from a hand-picked selection of restaurants within the walls of the Old Town.

Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany
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Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Altes Brauhaus

About the Hotel

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Hotel Altes Brauhaus is surrounded by winding cobbled streets and is just a five minute walk from the beautiful market square. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with lots of cozy spots including a sun terrace and garden area.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Room Service

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Picturesque medieval streets Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, Germany
Visit the Fairytale Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Picturesque Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the best-preserved medieval town in Germany and a truly enchanting destination. Step back in time and explo...

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dine at your chosen restaurant in Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, Germany
Rothenburg ob der Tauber Dine-Around Evening

For your dining pleasure, you're offered an excellent selection of Rothenburg restaurants, each with its own distinctive ambience and cuisine. From...

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Authentic Dining

Day 5

Rothenburg at Leisure

Enjoy an inspiring stroll through the narrow-cobbled streets with a Local Expert before taking in panoramic views on the historic city walls walk. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure for further exploration on your own, or perhaps a guided visit to the medieval town of Nuremberg.

Old Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany
Hotel Altes Brauhaus View Hotel Details
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Hotel Altes Brauhaus

About the Hotel

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Hotel Altes Brauhaus is surrounded by winding cobbled streets and is just a five minute walk from the beautiful market square. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with lots of cozy spots including a sun terrace and garden area.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Room Service

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Walking Tour, Rothenburg, Germany
Rothenburg Walking Tour

Join a Local Expert for a walking tour through Rothenburg's narrow-cobbled streets.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

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

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

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Frankfurt and Mainz

Continue your travels through to Frankfurt and take in the city's famed landmarks with a Local Expert. See the gable-roofed Römer, European Central Bank, Frankfurt Cathedral's Coronation Site, and the eminent Paulskirche. Complete your visit with a tasting of local Apfelwein.

Your hotel is in the nearby town of Mainz, a bustling and important town since the time of the Romans. Enjoy a guided visit of the Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to one of history's most important inventors. 

Half-timbered houses in Mainz, Germany
Hilton Mainz View Hotel Details
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Hilton Mainz

About the Hotel

Mainz, Germany

The Hilton Mainz is a traditional hotel set in an ideal location to explore the historic Old Town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Mainz Cathedral in Mainz, Germany
Mainz Orientation

Your Travel Director leads you an on orientation of the city.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Frankfurt City Tour, Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt City Tour

Take in Frankfurt's famed landmarks with a Local Expert. See the gable-roofed Römer, European Central Bank, Frankfurt Cathedral's Coronation Site, ...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Visit Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, Germany
Visit the Gutenberg Museum

Enjoy a guided visit of the Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to one of history's most important inventors.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Rüdesheim Dinner And Entertainment

Drive to the small river port of Rudesheim, known for its Riesling wines and narrow ‘Street of Thrushes', which buzzes with lively restaurants, old...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Castles of the Rhine Experience

Begin the day with a relaxing cruise past steep-sided vineyards, half-timbered taverns and hilltop castles. Stop in Bacharach on the banks of the Rhine, for a scenic stroll in the vineyards with a Local Expert. Sit down for a delicious Farm-to-Table Lunch prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and wine tasting.

Vineyard in Rhine Valley, Germany
Hilton Mainz View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Hilton Mainz

About the Hotel

Mainz, Germany

The Hilton Mainz is a traditional hotel set in an ideal location to explore the historic Old Town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Cruise in the Rhine Valley, Germany
Rhine Valley Cruise

Cruise beneath the semi-ruined castles and terraced vineyards. Sleepy villages slip by as you saunter upstream.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 8

Heidelberg and Freiburg, Cuckoo Clocks of Black Forest

This morning, continue your travels to Heidelberg. Visit Heidelberg Palace, one of the world's most impressive palace ruins and an icon of 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 130,000 litres. Hear its associated tales of the dwarf court jester, Perkeo. Marvel at the panoramic vistas of the city and Neckar Valley from the castle fortress. 
Continue on to your hotel in the Black Forest, the land of cherry cake and cuckoo clocks, where traditional farmhouses dip their thatched roofs almost to the ground. Stop to meet the locals who still make cuckoo clocks by hand, a tradition passed down for over 300 years.

Heidelberg Castle Heidelberg, Germany
Hotel Stadt Freiburg View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hotel Stadt Freiburg

About the Hotel

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

The Hotel Stadt Freiburg is encircled by The Black Forest and close to the city center, its stylish decor and modern rooms make for a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Business Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Pretzels in Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg Orientation

Explore one of Germany's most enchanting cities during your orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Visit the Apothecary Museum Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg Castle Visit

Venture inside the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince’s town. See the massive Heideleberg Tun built into the...

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Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences Cuckoo clocks in the Black Forest, Germany
Black Forest Clock Making Demonstration with Artisan

Discover the art of cuckoo clock making at a charming workshop in the Black Forest. Watch a demonstration by a lively artisan, while you enjoy a gl...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Day 9

The Black Forest

The best way to enjoy this enchanting region is on a lake cruise. Relax and soak up the atmosphere of the Black Forest on a guided wildlife walk, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.

The Old Town and canal in Freiburg, Germany
Hotel Stadt Freiburg View Hotel Details
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Hotel Stadt Freiburg

About the Hotel

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

The Hotel Stadt Freiburg is encircled by The Black Forest and close to the city center, its stylish decor and modern rooms make for a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Business Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Make Travel Matter MTM Ravena Gorge, Black Forest, Germany
Black Forest Wildlife Walk

Join your local nature guide for a fun and educative wildlife walk in the stunning Ravenna Gorge. Breathe in this magical environment of sweeping f...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences
Colmar Excursion

Nestled in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards lies the impossibly quaint little town of Colmar. Our local expert will help you discover its half t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Jewels of the Bavarian Alps

Embark on an exciting visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, bristling with turrets and pinnacles and built as a retreat for the wildly eccentric King Ludwig II. See the extravagantly decorated apartments, including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Courtyard. On your return to Munich, the rest of the day is free for you to explore Bavaria's capital city. Perhaps visit one of its many art galleries and museums, or relax and enjoy a coffee in the delightful Marienplatz?

St. Coloman Church and Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany
Munich Marriott Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Munich Marriott Hotel

About the Hotel

Munich, Germany

Perfectly located for your two night stay, away from the hustle and bustle and with direct access to the city center, the Munich Marriott Hotel features modern designed rooms with comfortable furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Neuschwanstein Castle Germany
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle

Visit the archetypal fairy-tale castle that allegedly inspired many of Walt Disney's castles. Led by a local historian, walk through the magnificen...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Bavarian Dinner

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

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

The Bavarian Capital of Munich

Explore Munich with Insight Choice. Choose to join a Local Expert for a foodie walking tour in the city center.  Alternatively, visit the famous Residenz, and see its museum and Treasury. 
In the evening, round off your German experience with a farewell Celebration Dinner, complete with local wine. Prost!

The Church of our Lady in Munich, Germany
Munich Marriott Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Munich Marriott Hotel

About the Hotel

Munich, Germany

Perfectly located for your two night stay, away from the hustle and bustle and with direct access to the city center, the Munich Marriott Hotel features modern designed rooms with comfortable furnishings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Sun shining over Marienplatz, Munich, Germany
Munich Orientation

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

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Choice Food tour in Munich, Germany
Munich Foodie Walking Tour

Embark on a foodie walking tour in the heart of Munich.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice Munich Residenz Experience, Munich, Germany
Munich Residenz Visit

Visit Munich Residenz.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

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

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 bl...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

Auf Wiedersehen Munich!

Say Auf Wiedersehen to your new friends as you trip comes to an end.

Friedensengel, Munich, Germany
Included Meals Breakfast

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Berlin City Tour

You Local Expert provides a tour of this vibrant city. Drive along the Ku'Damm, passing the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and through Tiergarten t...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Dresden City Tour

Your guided tour with a Local Expert shows you the Frauenkirche, the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House a...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Fairytale Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Picturesque Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the best-preserved medieval town in Germany and a truly enchanting destination. Step back in time and explo...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Rothenburg Walking Tour

Join a Local Expert for a walking tour through Rothenburg's narrow-cobbled streets.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Mainz Orientation

Your Travel Director leads you an on orientation of the city.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Frankfurt City Tour

Take in Frankfurt's famed landmarks with a Local Expert. See the gable-roofed Römer, European Central Bank, Frankfurt Cathedral's Coronation Site, ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Gutenberg Museum

Enjoy a guided visit of the Gutenberg Museum, dedicated to one of history's most important inventors.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Rhine Valley Cruise

Cruise beneath the semi-ruined castles and terraced vineyards. Sleepy villages slip by as you saunter upstream.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Heidelberg Orientation

Explore one of Germany's most enchanting cities during your orientation with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Heidelberg Castle Visit

Venture inside the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince’s town. See the massive Heideleberg Tun built into the...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Black Forest Clock Making Demonstration with Artisan

Discover the art of cuckoo clock making at a charming workshop in the Black Forest. Watch a demonstration by a lively artisan, while you enjoy a gl...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Black Forest Wildlife Walk

Join your local nature guide for a fun and educative wildlife walk in the stunning Ravenna Gorge. Breathe in this magical environment of sweeping f...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle

Visit the archetypal fairy-tale castle that allegedly inspired many of Walt Disney's castles. Led by a local historian, walk through the magnificen...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Munich Orientation

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

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Munich Foodie Walking Tour

Embark on a foodie walking tour in the heart of Munich.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Munich Residenz Visit

Visit Munich Residenz.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

4 Dinner with Wines, 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Berlin Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant in the heart of Berlin for a delightful Welcome Dinner, served with wine.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber Dine-Around Evening

For your dining pleasure, you're offered an excellent selection of Rothenburg restaurants, each with its own distinctive ambience and cuisine. From local Franken specialties to international menus, your Tour Director's inside knowledge ensures a more intimate and authentic dining experience.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Crowne Plaza Berlin City Center
Hotel Altes Brauhaus
Hilton Mainz
Hotel Stadt Freiburg
Munich Marriott Hotel

Optional Experiences

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

Optional Experience
Highlights of Former East Berlin

Explore the shadows of the past with our Local Expert and visit the staggering Holocaust Memorial. Stop for a photo at ‘Checkpoint Charlie', locati...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bridge of Spies, Sanssouci & Dinner

Our evening takes us to Potsdam, the summer home and royal residence to the Kings of Prussia. Here we'll see the ‘Sanssouci’ palace of the most cel...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Meissen Excursion

It was in Dresden that the first porcelain in Europe was made. We will visit the Meissen factory where we are shown how this world-famous porcelain...

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

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

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Rüdesheim Dinner And Entertainment

Drive to the small river port of Rudesheim, known for its Riesling wines and narrow ‘Street of Thrushes', which buzzes with lively restaurants, old...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Colmar Excursion

Nestled in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards lies the impossibly quaint little town of Colmar. Our local expert will help you discover its half t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bavarian Dinner

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

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Dachau Memorial

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 bl...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

 

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

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

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

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

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

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

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

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

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

Packing Tips for Your Tour

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

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

Clothing:

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

Sun Protection:

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

Medications and First Aid:

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

Toiletries:

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

Electronics:

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

Miscellaneous:

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

Optional:

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

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

Electricity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

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

Air Conditioning

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

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

Traveling by coach

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

Airport transfers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Specialists

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

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

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

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

Hotel services

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

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Service
Alicia was very informative and helpful from the initial phone call until just before leaving. She was always courteous and patient.
Vacation
Hotels were in good locations. Buffet breakfasts were great. I felt not enough time allowed to really visit some destinations. A lot of time traveling on bus. All optional dinner excursions were cancelled which was a disappointment. The evening of the Dine-Around Evening, was not a good experience. the restaurant was not prepared for us. We ordered baked salmon and got a fried fishstick instead!!
William Bittner
Review date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Service
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.
William Morcom
Review date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 22, 2018
Service
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.
Charlene Mills
Review date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Service
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.
Galen Shotts
Review date: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Service
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
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Service
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.
Carolyn Corn
Review date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Service
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.
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