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13 Day Germany & Austria Tour from Frankfurt

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13 Days
2 Countries

Germany, Austria

11 Cities

Frankfurt, Sankt Goar, Kamp-Bornhofen, Cologne, Berlin, Wurzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna

18 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Modern cities, medieval towns and all the sights in between make this Best of Germany and Austria experience one you’ll remember. Beyond the beauty of the Rhine and Wachau, you’ll explore Vienna’s musical treasures and Alpine landscapes.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Frankfurt

Embrace centuries-old heritage charm and modern style in the vibrant city of Frankfurt, our springboard for a delightful exploration of the best of Germany and Austria. Spend your day exploring the Altstadt and soaking up the atmosphere of a bygone era, before meeting your Travel Director for an orientation of the medieval Römerplatz and dynamic financial district. Later, we join our fellow travelers for a memorable Welcome Reception to launch our journey through the heart of Europe.

Fountain of Justice in Frankfurt, Germany
Accommodation Sheraton Offenbach Frankfurt
Included Meals Welcome Reception
Iconic Experience Fountain of Justice in Frankfurt, Germany
Explore Frankfurt

Spend the day exploring the sights of Frankfurt.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 2

Cruise in the Rhineland and on to Cologne

The legend of Loreley kick-starts our morning as we board a leisurely cruise along the mighty Rhine past castles and vineyard-clad hills. We stop to Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest lunch and hear tales of knights and feuding lords and ladies in a 13th century castle perched high above the Rhine valley. Continuing to the cultural capital of the Rhineland, we view the spectacular Gothic spires of Cologne Cathedral. Spend the rest of the evening exploring the city's great artistic treasures and historic town squares.

Vineyard in Rhine Valley, Germany
Accommodation Mercure Koeln Belfortstrasse
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Enjoy an exclusive lunch in a medieval castle on the Rhine River Valley, Germany
Lunch in a Medieval Castle High Above the Rhine River Valley

In a medieval castle, enjoy an exclusive lunch and be transported back to a time of kings and knights.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience 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 to the Lorelei Rock where the enchantress lured sailors to their doom.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience View of Cologne, Germany
See the Cathedral of Cologne

The towering Cathedral of Cologne is an impressive introduction to this riverside city. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 3

Journey By High-Speed Train to Berlin

This morning, we board a high-speed train to historic Berlin, whose once-turbulent history has shaped its rebirth as the charismatic capital of Germany. Join a Local Specialist for an exploration of 'East meets West' and delve into the story behind their reunification. See the imposing Brandenburg Gate, the Tiergarten, Unter den Linden and the Reichstag building, with its famous glass dome. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Reichstag in Berlin, Germany
Accommodation Catalonia Hotel Berlin
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany
Berlin City Tour

During a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist, admire Berlin landmarks like the Tiergarten and the neo- Renaissance Reichstag.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Twilight dinner in Berlin, Germany
Berlin by Twilight with Dinner

Come along for a fun night of hearty food, wine, beer and music before we drive through the city as the sun goes down and the landmarks of this imp...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Uncover Berlin’s Secrets

Ascend the Berlin TV Tower for spectacular 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city on your own. Perhaps see the remnants of the Berlin Wall, visit the infamous Checkpoint Charlie or enjoy an Optional Experience to the District of Potsdam, the former Prussian royal seat.

TV Tower in Berlin, Germany
Accommodation Catalonia Hotel Berlin
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience TV Tower in Berlin, Germany
Berlin TV Tower Visit

Take in panoramic views of the city from the observation platform of the Berlin TV Tower.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences View the Holocaust Memorial, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

Uncover secrets of Berlin’s past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit historic Potsdam near Berlin, Germany
Bridges, Lakes & Prussian Royalty

On the western outskirts of Berlin, we'll explore the area around Wannsee & Potsdam with our Local Specialist and discover the varied historica...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Onwards to Rothenburg

Celebrate beauty through your admiration of art and architecture in beautiful Würzburg, where you will see the Prince-Bishops' residence and Marienberg Fortress, on the banks of the Main. Continue to Rothenburg and dine tonight in your hotel. Your Stays With Stories accommodation this evening is the historic Prinzhotel, built in the traditional half-timbered style lying within the 15th-century fortified town walls.

Little Square in Rothenburg, Germany
Accommodation Prinzhotel Rothenburg
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Trafalgar Difference Stay at the traditional Prinzhotel in Rothenburg, Germany
Stays with Stories

Step into 15th-century Germany at the Prinzhotel, built in the traditional half-timbered style and ideally located within the city's famous fortified town walls.

Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

Iconic Experience Take in the wonderful art and architecture at Würzburg, Austria
Würzburg Orientation

See the Residenz Palace as you explore the old town with your Travel Director. Stand on the statue-lined Alte Mainbrucke and see the Marienburg fortress.

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Iconic Experience

Day 6

Off to Historic Munich

This morning, we embark on an orientation walk through the medieval center of Rothenburg, seemingly frozen in time and encircled by a fortified town wall that remains intact after centuries. Traveling south through picture-perfect landscapes of Bavaria, we arrive in Munich. We check into our Stays With Stories accommodation, the Arabella Sheraton Munich which once saw Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and Freddie Mercury belt out tunes in the then-hotel basement recording studio. Famous producer Giorgio Moroder founded a recording studio here in the early 1970s until the noise of the nearby subway trains forced the music to continue elsewhere.

Platzl Square in Munich, Germany
Accommodation Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Trafalgar Difference Stay at the Arabella Sheraton Munich once saw musical legends belt out tunes in the then-hotel basement recording studio, Munich
Stays with Stories

The Arabella Sheraton Munich once saw Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, Freddie Mercury and other musical legends belt out record breaking tunes in the then-hotel basement recording studio.

Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

Iconic Experience Visit the medieval center of Rothenburg, Germany
Visit Rothenburg

Visit the medieval center of Rothenburg.

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Iconic Experience

Day 7

Discover Munich

Stroll through the heart of Munich this morning, see the distinctive towers of the Cathedral as well as Marienplatz, the central square and the impressive town hall with its charming glockenspiel during your orientation. The 13th-century St. Peter's churchand the Viktualien food market square and a beerhall are only a short walk from here. Spend the rest of the day on your own, exploring the city's Baroque palaces and vibrant markets, or embrace the Bavarian region's rich beer brewing heritage at one of Munich's many beer halls.

Jugs of Beer in Munich, Germany
Accommodation Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Siegestor in 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

Iconic Experience

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

Our Local Specialist will provide insight into Germany’s first concentration camp, opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power, just outside Da...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Bavarian dinner and beer
Bavarian Evening

A great evening dining in the local atmosphere of a typical Bavarian restaurant.  Enjoy traditional Bavarian food and sample some of Munich’s best beer – Prost!

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Admire Neuschwanstein Castle and on to Innsbruck

Indulge in a world of fantasy and fables during your visit to Neuschwanstein Castle (Subject to Availability), built as a retreat for King Ludwig II to retire from public life. Wind your way through the countryside, climbing higher into the Bavarian Alps bound for Innsbruck, where you'll spend the next two nights. This evening, dinner is served at your hotel.

Explore Munich's local and historical sites, Germany
Accommodation Tivoli Hotel Innsbruck
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Castle Neuschwanstein, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle Visit

Admire the magical countryside at the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 9

Explore Alpine Innsbruck

This morning, you'll embark on a short orientation tour that includes views of the Old Town, Hofburg Palace and the ornate Golden Roof, built to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I. Spend your free time exploring Innsbruck's iconic sites and delving into Tyrol's complex history and culture, or simply relax and admire this dazzling city with its magnificent Alpine backdrop. Next, admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store. You could consider joining a traditional dinner and Tyrolean folklore show this evening.

Houses in Innsbruck, Austria
Accommodation Tivoli Hotel Innsbruck
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences
Nordkette Alps & Heritage

A visit to the Nordkette is an unforgettable experience - a unique combination of relaxation, natural wonder and modern architecture. Space-age sta...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Alpine Trainride and Seefeld carriage ride in Vienna, Austria
Grand Alpine Tour

A scenic train ride through the Tyrolean Alps with our Local Specialist takes us to the glamorous ski-resort of Seefeld. Here we'll enjoy a horse d...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Tyrolean evening and dinner in Innsbruck, Austria
Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

Enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Tyrolean cuisine before a lively folklore show, where singers, dancers and musicians dressed in national cost...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Venture to Salzburg

Travel to Salzburg where spires and domes rise in the shadow of Hohensalzburg Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Join a Local Specialist for a fascinating walking tour of a city that featured in ‘The Sound of Music'. View Mozart's birthplace and family house in Getreidegasse, and the Domplatz dominated by Salzburg Cathedral. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

View of Mountains in Salzburg, Austria
Accommodation Hotel Mercure Salzburg City
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience See with a Local Specialist some of the sights that featured in the filming of the 'Sound of Music' in Salzburg
Salzburg City Tour

Join your Local Specialist to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.' See t...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Eagles Nest and Bavarian alps tour in Kehlsteinhaus, Germany
Eagle's Nest & The Bavarian Alps

In Berchtesgaden National Park, we'll drive with our Local Specialist past farmhouses and picturesque villages, as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We'l...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Berchtesgaden and Hohenringstrasse, Germany
Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

Join us for a scenic tour with our Local Specialist in the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hitler's Bavarian Redoubt. Via the Hohen...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Lake and mountain tour in Salzburg, Austria
Lake and Mountain Tour

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll marvel at the Alpine beauty of the Salzburg lake district, with its 76 glacier lakes and picturesque towns ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Through the Wachau Valley to Vienna

Indulge in the Austrian tradition of koffee and kuchen at Wastlbauer eco-farm on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Meet Eva, the owner, for a tour of her self-sufficient farm and wet your appetite over freshly baked pastries. This experience advances UN Global Goal 12: Responsible production and consumption. Scenic landscapes provide a beautiful backdrop for our drive past Lake Mondsee to the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley. Sloping vineyards line the Danube from Melk Abbey to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner and subsequently found by Blondel, his faithful minstrel. This afternoon, we arrive in the imperial capital of Vienna. We have the evening at leisure to enjoy the sounds of the 'City of Music' or consider an evening of Viennese classical music.

Strauss Monument in Stadt Park in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Vineyard and Grapes in Wachau Valley, Austria
Wachau Valley Scenic Views

Take in the beautiful landscapes of Wachau Valley.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® enjoy-salzburg-farm-coffee-cakes-austria
Salzburg Farm Coffee and Cakes

Indulge in the Austrian tradition of koffee and kuchen at Wastlbauer eco-farm. Meet Eva, the owner, for a tour of her self-sufficient farm and wet ...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Dinner with music in Vienna, Austria
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

Hofburg Palace and More in Vienna

Explore the splendor of Vienna at the exquisite Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Habsburg Dynasty - one of the highlights of your guided sightseeing tour of Vienna with a Local Specialist. Enjoy views of the grand State Opera House and Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th century to replace the city walls. Admire the ornate, colorful roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of the city's most beloved icons, before spending the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant to celebrate a beautiful sojourn through Germany and Austria.

Horse-Drawn Carriage in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience The Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Schonbrunn Palace and gardens in Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 13

Farewell Vienna

We bid farewell to our companions at the end of a wonderful holiday.

St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Explore Frankfurt

Spend the day exploring the sights of Frankfurt.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Lunch in a Medieval Castle High Above the Rhine River Valley

In a medieval castle, enjoy an exclusive lunch and be transported back to a time of kings and knights.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Rhine Valley Cruise

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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Cathedral of Cologne

The towering Cathedral of Cologne is an impressive introduction to this riverside city. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Berlin City Tour

During a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist, admire Berlin landmarks like the Tiergarten and the neo- Renaissance Reichstag.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Berlin TV Tower Visit

Take in panoramic views of the city from the observation platform of the Berlin TV Tower.

Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

Step into 15th-century Germany at the Prinzhotel, built in the traditional half-timbered style and ideally located within the city's famous fortified town walls.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Würzburg Orientation

See the Residenz Palace as you explore the old town with your Travel Director. Stand on the statue-lined Alte Mainbrucke and see the Marienburg fortress.

Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

The Arabella Sheraton Munich once saw Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, Freddie Mercury and other musical legends belt out record breaking tunes in the then-hotel basement recording studio.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Rothenburg

Visit the medieval center of Rothenburg.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
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
Iconic Experience
Neuschwanstein Castle Visit

Admire the magical countryside at the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Salzburg City Tour

Join your Local Specialist to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.' See t...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Wachau Valley Scenic Views

Take in the beautiful landscapes of Wachau Valley.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Salzburg Farm Coffee and Cakes

Indulge in the Austrian tradition of koffee and kuchen at Wastlbauer eco-farm. Meet Eva, the owner, for a tour of her self-sufficient farm and wet ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
High-speed train from Cologne to Berlin
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna
Discover Frankfurt, Cologne, Rothenburg, Munich and Innsbruck
Visit the Berlin TV Tower, Neuschwanstein Castle.
View Cologne Cathedral, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck, Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg, Hofburg Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna
See the Lorelei Rock, the Marienberg Fortress and the Prince-Bishops' residence in Würzburg and Melk Abbey
Scenic Cruise along the Rhine River

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
Berlin by Twilight with Dinner

Come along for a fun night of hearty food, wine, beer and music before we drive through the city as the sun goes down and the landmarks of this imp...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

Uncover secrets of Berlin’s past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bridges, Lakes & Prussian Royalty

On the western outskirts of Berlin, we'll explore the area around Wannsee & Potsdam with our Local Specialist and discover the varied historica...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Dachau Memorial Site

Our Local Specialist will provide insight into Germany’s first concentration camp, opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power, just outside Da...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bavarian Evening

A great evening dining in the local atmosphere of a typical Bavarian restaurant.  Enjoy traditional Bavarian food and sample some of Munich’s best beer – Prost!

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Nordkette Alps & Heritage

A visit to the Nordkette is an unforgettable experience - a unique combination of relaxation, natural wonder and modern architecture. Space-age sta...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Grand Alpine Tour

A scenic train ride through the Tyrolean Alps with our Local Specialist takes us to the glamorous ski-resort of Seefeld. Here we'll enjoy a horse d...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Tyrolean Evening With Dinner

Enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Tyrolean cuisine before a lively folklore show, where singers, dancers and musicians dressed in national cost...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Eagle's Nest & The Bavarian Alps

In Berchtesgaden National Park, we'll drive with our Local Specialist past farmhouses and picturesque villages, as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We'l...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

Join us for a scenic tour with our Local Specialist in the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hitler's Bavarian Redoubt. Via the Hohen...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake and Mountain Tour

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll marvel at the Alpine beauty of the Salzburg lake district, with its 76 glacier lakes and picturesque towns ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Germany & Austria

  • Official Languages across Germany and Austria German is the official language of Germany and Austria German is the official language of Austria.
  • Currency used in Germany and Austria: Euro (€)
  • Capital cities: Berlin (Germany) and Vienna (Austria)
  • Time Zone(s) in Germany and Austria: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Germany and Austria 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 or Austria.
  • 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.

Austria has a diverse climate due to its varied topography, but it is predominantly characterized by a temperate continental climate. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F). Winters can be cold, particularly in the mountainous regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and significant snowfall in the alpine areas. The western parts of Austria are influenced by the Alpine climate, with cooler temperatures and heavier precipitation, especially during the winter months. Precipitation is evenly distributed during the year, with slightly higher rainfall in the summer months.

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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After waiting over four years to be able to take this trip, our expectations were high. I am happy to say these expectations were more than met. The tour itself was constructed in such a way to maximize sights seen while still providing chances to relax and explore individually. Our tour guide, Ellen, did a wonderful job explaining the history and significance of each area visited. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all members of my family.
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Review date: Monday, July 10, 2023
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I like how the website was easy to navigate and how there were many trip options to choose from if one did not work in your schedule
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There were many memorable experiences like in Potsdam where we got to eat dinner right by a beautiful lake and an overall laidback attitude.
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Review date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
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The agents that I spoke with were able to provide answers and options. There was always a quick response and resolution to my requests. Very nice and professional service.
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Wow, what a wonderful experience. We greatly enjoyed our trip. The tour director Peter, the local guides and the drivers were fantastic. I can't express how amazing this trip was for us.
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Review date: Friday, September 24, 2021
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They were very professional and patient during the several postponements.
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We were taken to a broad range of sites and experiences.
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