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Best of Germany (Premium)

Operated by: Insight Vacations

10 Days from $2,399 per person
Neuschwanstein Castle

Countries Visited

Germany

Locations Visited

Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Munich, Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau, Lindau, B… more Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Munich, Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau, Lindau, Black Forest, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Hidelberg, Mainz, Koblenz, Boppard
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Berlin.

    On arrival at Berlin’s Tegel Airport, transfers to your hotel depart at 10:30 and 12:30. In the afternoon, perhaps visit the KaDeWe department store - the shopping centre of West Berlin which during 40 years of division, became the shop window of the West. At 17:30, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Dinner with wine, at a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Sofitel Berlin Kurfuerstendamm.
  2. Day 2 The Spirit of Berlin.

    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?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sofitel Berlin Kurfuerstendamm.
  3. Day 3 Dresden, a Baroque Phoenix on the Elbe.

    In Dresden, join your Local Expert to see the splendours 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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Vienna House QF Dresden.
  4. Day 4 The Bavarian Capital of Munich.

    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’?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Pullman Munich Hotel.
  5. Day 5 The Jewels of the Bavarian Alps.

    Today you will stop at Neuschwanstein, a fairy-tale castle spectacularly perched on an Alpine mountainside. Visit King Ludwig II’s favourite castle, which was supposedly the inspiration for many of Walt Disney's castles. Admire 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 theatre and colourfully painted chalets.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Alte Post/Hotel Wittelsbach, Oberammergau.
  6. Day 6 Lindau on Lake Constance and into the Black Forest.

    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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Lörrach.
  7. Day 7 Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

    The Black Forest is the land of cherry cake and cuckoo clocks, where traditional farmhouses dip their thatched roofs almost to the ground. Continue on 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. 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Eisenhut, Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
  8. Day 8 The University City of Heidelberg and Mainz.

    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 travelling 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 130,000 litres. Hear its associated tales of the dwarf court jester, Perkeo. Spend time in the vast and insightful Apothecary Museum, before marvelling 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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Mainz/Hilton Mainz City.
  9. Day 9 Castles of the Rhine Experience.

    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!(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Mainz/Hilton Mainz City.
  10. Day 10 Auf Wiedersehen Frankfurt.

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with departure transfers arriving at Frankfurt airport at 08:00 and 10:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • 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.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 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

  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Learn about the history of the tradtional Schneeballen pastry from an artisan baker, followed by a tasting.
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber Select one of Rothenburg's excellent restaurants, each with its own distinctive ambience and cuisine, for your Dine-Around Evening. They're everything from local Franken specialities to international comfort food to choose from.
  • Villingen-Schwenningen: Savour a delicious Farm-to-Table dinner in the scenic Black Forest region, famous for its culinary delights.
  • Mainz: Take a seat on the terrace for stunning views of the Rhine. Tantalise your taste buds and toast to the culmination of your Germanic journey during a sumptuous Celebration Dinner complete with all the trimmings and served with wine.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Black Forest: Watch skilled artisans at work and learn about the history and ancient techniques of clock-making.
  • Rothenburg: Learn about the history of the traditional Schneeballen pastry from an artisan baker, followed by a tasting.

Stay in Style

  • Rothenburg: Located in the historic centre of medieval Rothenburg, the Hotel Eisenhut consists of four patrician houses from the 12th and 18th centuries, furnished with select antiques and original artworks.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Oktoberfest: Strap on your Lederhosen for a visit to the world's greatest Volksfest in Munich on select departures.
  • 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 theatre 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 Heideleberg 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 an on 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 pass the Neckar Valley.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Alternative Hotel
  • Oktoberfest
Price Discount Availability Price
  • Alternative Hotel: This departure may include alternate hotels in select cities.
  • Oktoberfest: This departure has an alternate itinerary in order to accommodate a visit to Oktoberfest in Munich.
Optional Add-Ons

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

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’, 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.
Adult Price: €32

Potsdam & Sanssouci Excursion

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.
Adult Price: €48

Dresden

Eckberg Castle Dinner

Tonight we'll go to historic Eckberg Castle. Built in 1861, the Castle is home to one of the most idyllic restaurant/hotels in the region. You'll dine like nobles in the garden Hall and enjoy stunning views of the gardens and the uniquely beautiful Elbe valley.
Adult Price: €69

Munich

Bavarian Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €65

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 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.
Adult Price: €33

Rudesheim

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 taverns and festive music long into the night. Throw back a schnapps, feel the pulse of live entertainment, and enjoy a fun-filled evening of song, merriment and regional German food. Prost!
Adult Price: €63

Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Travel 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
Travel 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
Travel 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
Travel 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
Travel 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
Travel 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
Travel 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
Travel 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
Travel 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
Travel 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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