Best of Germany

12 Days Starting and ending in Frankfurt, Germany

Visiting: Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle, Heidelberg

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

GBOGZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 54

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English
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Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Germany on the "Best of Germany" tour, where history and culture come alive. Explore the vibrant cities of Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich, and Heidelberg with a Local Specialist guiding you through their historic streets. Marvel at iconic sights including the Berlin TV Tower, Neuschwanstein Castle, Cologne Cathedral, and Heidelberg Castle. Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Rhine River, view the enchanting Lorelei Rock, and witness the majestic Bavarian Alps. With cherry-picked hotels, expertly guided sightseeing, and a mix of included meals, this tour promises a blend of relaxation and adventure. Discover Germany's rich heritage, from its bustling cities to its fairy-tale castles, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Explore Berlin with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg

  • Visit the Berlin TV Tower, Modlareuth Open Air Museum and Neuschwanstein Castle

  • View Cologne Cathedral and Heidelberg Castle

  • See the Lorelei Rock and the Bavarian Alps

  • Scenic Cruise along the Rhine River

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Frankfurt

Location: Frankfurt

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sheraton Offenbach Frankfurt

Meals Included: Dinner

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 Römerberg and the 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.

Day 2 : Cruise Along The Rhine And Journey To Cologne

Location: Cologne

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mercure Koeln Belfortstrasse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

Day 3 : Onwards To The Port City Of Hamburg

Location: Hamburg

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Hamburg - City Alster

Meals Included: 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 some time 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 through the city's harbour and discover why Hamburg is called Germany's 'Gateway to the World'. Tonight, we will dine at our hotel.

Day 4 : Journey To Berlin

Location: Berlin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Catalonia Hotel Berlin

Meals Included: 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-Baroque Reichstag, the Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden.

Day 5 : Discover The History And Icons Of Berlin

Location: Berlin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Catalonia Hotel Berlin

Meals Included: 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 exploring 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.

Day 6 : Off To Dresden

Location: Dresden

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel Dresden

Meals Included: 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.

Day 7 : Venture To Historic Nuremberg

Location: Nuremberg

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: NH Collection Nürnberg City Nuremberg

Meals Included: 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 day at leisure indulging in the local specialties.

Day 8 : Continue To Medieval Rothenburg And Munich

Location: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Munich Westpark

Meals Included: 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 travelling through the Bavarian countryside to Munich.

Day 9 : Explore Munich

Location: Munich

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Munich Westpark

Meals Included: Breakfast

During your time in Munich, see the distinctive towers of the Cathedral as well as Marienplatz, the central square and the impressive town hall with its charming glockenspiel. The 13th century St. Peter’s church and the Viktualien food market square and a beerhall are only a short walk from here. century

Day 10 : Admire Neuschwanstein Castle And The Black Forest

Location: Neuschwanstein Castle

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hofgut Sternen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the beautiful countryside to a land of fables and folklore. This morning, we tread in the footsteps of shy King Ludwig II and visit his Neuschwanstein Castle (Subject to Availability), 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 hotel.

Day 11 : On To Heidelberg And Frankfurt

Location: Heidelberg

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sheraton Offenbach Frankfurt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Witness a Black Forest treasure as you Dive Into Culture and learn about the centuries-old craft of cuckoo clock making. Later, travel to Heidelberg and perhaps have the chance to capture views of the ruin s of Heidelberg Castle, as well as the Baroque-style Old Town. Spend the rest of the afternoon finishing up some last-minute shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your newfound friends, reminiscing over the iconic and unexpected highlights of our trip.

Day 12 : Farewell Germany

Location: Frankfurt

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we say a fond farewell after a memorable holiday.

What's Included

  • Travel Director

    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels

    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Porterage and restaurant gratuities

    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Meals

    Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets

    Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Transportation

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

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • Hotel Alternatives

    On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

What's Not Included

Specific transfer information can be found here: Airport Transfers

Check out our Q&As

  • What are the exclusions in the Best of Germany tour?

    The exclusions in the Best of Germany tour include airport transfers. Specific transfer information can be found here: Airport Transfers.

  • What are some highlights of the Best of Germany tour?

    Highlights of the Best of Germany tour include exploring Berlin with a Local Specialist, discovering Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich, and Heidelberg, visiting the Berlin TV Tower, Mödlareuth Open Air Museum, and Neuschwanstein Castle, viewing Cologne Cathedral and Heidelberg Castle, seeing the Lorelei Rock and the Bavarian Alps, and a scenic cruise along the Rhine River.

  • What countries will be visited on the Best of Germany tour?

    The Best of Germany tour visits Germany.

  • What is the ending location of the Best of Germany tour?

    The ending location of the Best of Germany tour is Frankfurt, Germany.

  • What are the inclusions in the Best of Germany tour?

    The Best of Germany tour includes 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), and on occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

  • What is the starting location of the Best of Germany tour?

    The starting location of the Best of Germany tour is Frankfurt, Germany.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

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