Best of Germany

Start: Frankfurt Finish: Frankfurt

Visiting: Offenbach, Dusseldorf, Kamp Bornhofen, St Goarshausen, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Topen, Nuremberg, Munich, Oberammergau, Breitnau, Neuschwanstein, Frankfurt


Duration: 11 Nights

Tour code: DBOGAMA17

Tour operator: Trafalgar


Prices From: $3665 $3115

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Tour Overview

See all the sights on this jam-packed Best of Germany trip. From cutting-edge Berlin, you'll travel back in time and enjoy a medieval banquet in a castle, watch life along the Rhine unfold on a cruise and see how the beauty of the Black Forest inspired fables and fairy tales.

Highlights

  • iconSee the Lorelei Rock and the Bavarian Alps
  • iconDiscover Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg
  • iconView Cologne Cathedral and Heidelberg Castle
  • iconStays with Stories Follow in the footsteps of royals and aristocrats since medieval times when you stay at Hofgut Sternen, in the heart of the charming Black Forest. (Day 10)
  • iconVisit the Berlin TV Tower, Modlareuth Open Air Museum and Neuschwanstein Castle
  • iconDive into Culture Watch skilled craftsman capture the distinctive sound of the cuckoo demonstrating the centuries' old craft of clock making in the Black Forest. (Day 11)
  • iconConnect with Locals Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch and stories of knights and feuding lords in a fairy-tale 13th-century castle perched high above the Rhine Valley. (Day 2)
  • iconScenic Cruise along the Rhine River
  • iconExplore Berlin with a Local Specialist

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Welcome to Frankfurt

Location: Offenbach

Accommodation: Sheraton Offenbach

Meals: Welcome Reception

Welcome to Frankfurt and savour an opportunity to see the sights on your own before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon for an orientation of the medieval Römerplatz and dynamic financial district. This evening, we enjoy a Welcome Reception with our fellow travellers, including a light meal and welcome drink to kick off our discovery of the best of Germany.

icon Day 2: Cruise along the Rhine and Journey to Cologne and Düsseldorf

Location: Dusseldorf, Kamp Bornhofen, St Goarshausen

Accommodation: Leonardo Royal Königsallee

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Resist the alluring calls of Lorelei and board your leisurely cruise along the Rhine. Glide past vineyard-clad hills, stopping to Connect With Locals over lunch at a Be My Guest experience in a 13th-century castle perched high above the river valley. Share stories of knights and feuding lords and ladies over lunch before continuing to Cologne, where we'll view the Gothic spires of its magnificent cathedral during our orientation of the city, then continue to Düsseldorf.

icon Day 3: Onwards to the Port City of Hamburg

Location: Hamburg

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza City Alster

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey through the lush green landscape of Lower Saxony as we make our way to the international trade centre of Hamburg, where we'll join our Travel Director for an orientation tour of the city's iconic sights. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city's seafaring heritage. Wander along the trendy Mönckebergstrasse, visit one of the city's brewhouses or consider a guided cruise along the city's waterways and discover why Hamburg is called Germany's 'Gateway to the World'. Tonight, we will dine at our hotel.

icon Day 4: Journey to Berlin

Location: Berlin

Accommodation: Hilton

Meals: Breakfast

Follow the picturesque Elbe Valley from Hamburg, crossing the former 'Iron Curtain' to the historic city of Berlin, whose once-turbulent history has shaped its rebirth as a charismatic capital city. Join your Local Specialist to explore the iconic landmarks of a unified Berlin. See the neo-Renaissance Reichstag, the Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon to explore the city on your terms.

icon Day 5: Discover the Grit and Glamour of Berlin

Location: Berlin

Meals: Breakfast

Ascend the iconic Berlin TV Tower for 360° views of the city and Spree River. You'll learn how this landmark changed from being a symbol of the communist regime of East Germany to a symbol of a reunited Berlin before enjoying some time this afternoon to explore Berlin your way. You could choose to join an Optional Experience to delve into the secrets of Berlin's past, including a visit to the site of Checkpoint Charlie.

icon Day 6: Off to Dresden

Location: Dresden

Accommodation: Pullman Newa

Meals: Breakfast

A short drive south brings us to Dresden, the 'Florence on the Elbe', where we'll hear about the city's restoration following its devastation during World War II as you admire its beautiful Baroque façades. See the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and the fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. Consider delving into the treasures of Dresden, joining an Optional Experience to explore this elegant city.

icon Day 7: Venture to Historic Nuremberg

Location: Topen, Nuremberg

Accommodation: Congress Mercure Nürnberg

Meals: Breakfast

Visit the village of Mödlareuth, which inherited the moniker of 'Little Berlin' due to its wall separating 'east' and 'west' Germany. Gain insights into a divided Germany at its open-air museum and see a section of the original wall with its security features. This afternoon, arrive in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire and today the economic, social and cultural capital of Franconia. During your orientation see the mighty castle ramparts and stand in the Hauptmarkt main square which is dominated by the impressive Frauenkirche, a great example of the Gothic brick-style architecture of the region. Spend the rest of your evening at leisure indulging in grilled Nürnberger Rostbratwurst with sauerkraut.

icon Day 8: Continue to Medieval Rothenburg and Munich

Location: Munich, Oberammergau

Accommodation: Leonardo City Olympiapark

Meals: Breakfast

Stroll through the narrow lanes of Rothenburg - its beautiful medieval centre seemingly frozen in time and encircled by a fortified town wall that remains intact after centuries. Admire the beautiful market square, lined with half-timbered houses, and the Old Town Hall before following part of the Romantic Road through villages and countryside to Munich.

icon Day 9: Explore Munich

Location: Oberammergau

Meals: Breakfast

Today is yours to immerse yourself in the diversity and splendour of Munich. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city's landmarks and see the Wittelsbach Royal Family Residenz and Marienplatz, home to the Town Hall Glockenspiel. Explore the museums, history and perhaps even beer halls of this capital of Bavaria.

icon Day 10: Admire Neuschwanstein Castle and the Black Forest

Location: Breitnau, Neuschwanstein

Accommodation: Hofgut Sternen

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Snap your fingers and be transported to a land of fables and folklore. This morning, we tread in the footsteps of shy King Ludwig II visiting his Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for the king to withdraw from public life. We continue through the magical countryside to the Black Forest, whose mystical landscape inspired fantasy and fiction from the famous Brothers Grimm. This evening, we dine at our Stays With Stories accommodation, Hofgut Sternen, a historic Black Forest style inn at the foot of the romantic Ravennaschlucht (Ravenna Gorge). You'll hear stories of Marie Antoinette's stay here as she travelled to Paris in 1770 to marry the French King Louis XVI.

icon Day 11: On to Heidelberg and Frankfurt

Location: Offenbach, Frankfurt, Breitnau

Accommodation: Sheraton Offenbach

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Witness a Black Forest treasure as you Dive Into Culture and learn about the centuries-old craft of cuckoo clock making. Later, travel into the Rhineland to view the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, as well as the Baroque-style Old Town with its bustling market squares and colourful façades. Spend the rest of the afternoon finishing up some last-minute shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our newfound friends, reminiscing over the iconic and unexpected highlights of our trip.

icon Day 12: Farewell Germany

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, we say a fond farewell after a memorable holiday. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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    1 lunch (Be My Guest)

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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    4 dinners

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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    11 breakfasts

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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