Highlights of Germany

13 Days from $1,525 per person

Bavarian Alps and mythical Black Forest come together on this fairytale trip circling Germany. See medieval Rothenburg, the magical castles of Neuschwanstein and Heidelburg, and the historic city centers of Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremburg and Munich.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Frankfurt. After check-in this afternoon, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of the city's dynamic financial center and medieval Römerplatz.
    hotel:Mercure Airport Neu Isenburg
  3. Cruise along the River Rhine from St. Goar, site of the famous Lorelei Rock. The scenery is spectacular. Visit Cologne, Germany's fourth-largest city, where you see the impressive Gothic cathedral. Your day ends in Wuppertal, the city of the world-famous monorail.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Vienna House Easy
  4. Drive through Lower Saxony and stop in Hamelin en route to Hamburg. Hamelin is a picturesque town depicted in the Brothers Grimm fairytale and has also been immortalized in poems by Goethe and Robert Browning. Later in Hamburg see the main sights including the inner Alster Lake during an orientation tour with your Travel Director. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Leonardo Stillhorn
  5. Follow the valley of the River Elbe from Hamburg, across the former “Iron Curtain” to the historic city of Berlin. Marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of the city during your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist including The Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, Reichstag Building, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm.
    hotel:City East
  6. Enjoy free time exploring Berlin. Shop for souvenirs or walk through Potsdamer Platz. Spend the rest of the day exploring this city on your own or learn more about Berlin's secret past. This evening you might like to discover the vibrant nightlife for which Berlin is famous.
  7. A short drive south brings you to Dresden - known as ‘Florence on the Elbe'. See the highlights of this astonishing Baroque city including the Opera House and Zwinger Palace.
    hotel:Ibis Bastei/Ibis Koenigstein
  8. In Bayreuth, admire the Wagner Festival Theater before arriving in Nuremberg, where you see mighty ramparts, a bustling market place and St. Sebald's Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city.
  9. Your Travel Director takes you on a wonderful orientation walk of Rothenburg, perhaps the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany. Sights include half-timbered houses and the Old Town Hall. Shop for wooden Christmas ornaments, then follow part of the Romantic Road through picturesque villages and pristine countryside to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria. Enjoy an included dinner at your hotel this evening.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Novum South
  10. See the city's landmarks on your orientation tour including the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse and Marienplatz, famous for its Glockenspiel. Take an Optional Experience to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in the afternoon or spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. You could visit Munich's fine museums or enjoy a walk in some of the beautiful city gardens. This evening consider a visit to the Hofbräuhaus, the world's most famous beer hall.
  11. Head south to the quaint village of Oberammergau, where the famous Passion Play is performed once every decade. Stop to marvel at King Ludwig's fairytale 19th century castle of Neuschwanstein. After time for lunch admire the scenery as you drive along the Bavarian pre-alpine range and into the hills and lakes of the Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Best Western Hofgut Sternen
  12. A scenic drive brings you to the famous university town of Heidelberg built alongside the picturesque River Neckar. See Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps as well as the Baroque style Old Town. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Mercure Airport Neu Isenburg
  13. This morning, say ‘Auf Wiedersehen' to your Travel Director and traveling companions as your memorable German vacation comes to an end. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply.

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30 Mar 17 11 Apr 17 $1,525pp
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6 Apr 17 18 Apr 17 $1,550pp
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13 Apr 17 25 Apr 17 $1,550pp
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20 Apr 17 2 May 17 $1,550pp
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27 Apr 17 9 May 17 $1,550pp
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4 May 17 16 May 17 $1,550pp
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11 May 17 23 May 17 $1,550pp
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18 May 17 30 May 17 $1,550pp
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25 May 17 6 Jun 17 $1,550pp
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1 Jun 17 13 Jun 17 $1,550pp
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8 Jun 17 20 Jun 17 $1,550pp
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15 Jun 17 27 Jun 17 $1,550pp
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22 Jun 17 4 Jul 17 $1,550pp
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29 Jun 17 11 Jul 17 $1,550pp
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6 Jul 17 18 Jul 17 $1,550pp
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13 Jul 17 25 Jul 17 $1,550pp
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20 Jul 17 1 Aug 17 $1,550pp
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27 Jul 17 8 Aug 17 $1,550pp
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3 Aug 17 15 Aug 17 $1,550pp
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10 Aug 17 22 Aug 17 $1,550pp
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17 Aug 17 29 Aug 17 $1,550pp
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24 Aug 17 5 Sep 17 $1,550pp
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31 Aug 17 12 Sep 17 $1,550pp
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7 Sep 17 19 Sep 17 checkmark $1,550pp
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14 Sep 17 26 Sep 17 $1,530pp
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21 Sep 17 3 Oct 17 $1,550pp
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28 Sep 17 10 Oct 17 $1,550pp
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5 Oct 17 17 Oct 17 $1,525pp
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12 Oct 17 24 Oct 17 $1,525pp
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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 $330.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $86 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12 noon and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 8 am and 10 am.

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Meal Summary

11 buffet breakfasts, 5 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation tour of this impressive city
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise through part of the romantic Rhine Valley
  • See the Gothic cathedral
  • Visit the town famous for the folk tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Orientation includes the Inner Alster Lake
  • Sightseeing tour of this re-united city with a Local Specialist
  • Orientation includes the Zwinger Palace and Opera House
  • See the Wagner Festival Theater
  • Orientation includes St. Sebald's Cathedral
  • Orientation of this medieval city
  • Orientation includes the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz and Glockenspiel
  • Visit the town made famous by the Passion Play
  • View the castle
  • Enjoy views of this spectacular mountain range
  • Scenic drive through the thickly forested mountains
  • Visit the oldest and best-known University town in Germany
  • 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 Germany, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Germany. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious.  Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings.  For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau.   Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers.  In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein).   Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions.

  • We recommend packing layers to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Service and VAT are typically included in the price of food at restaurants in Germany.  When leaving a tip, it is appropriate to simply round up your bill or leave up to 10 percent.   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 48 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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