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Best of Germany and Austria 2014

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Melk Abbey
Hofburg Palace
Cologne Cathedral
  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Cruising on the Rhine. Taking Bavaria's Romantic Road. Passing through the scenic UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Vienna. This is the ultimate German and Austrian road (and river) trip. It's Insider moments like… getting your bearings in Berlin from our local friend, who lives in the city and points out their home town's famous sights – from the Brandenburg Gate to the Reichstag. Starting the next day with exclusive early access up the Berlin TV Tower, for a 360° view, you find your feet before being left to explore the city at your own pace. These insider perspectives on Europe's cities continue in Austria, as you meet our friends living in Salzburg and Vienna who share their personal insights.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE FRANKFURT (OFFENBACH)

    Welcome to Frankfurt! After check-in, your Travel Director shows you the dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz during your orientation. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone!


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

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  • Day 2

    FRANKFURT (OFFENBACH) – RHINE CRUISE – COLOGNE

    At St. Goar embark for a cruise along the scenic River Rhine past medieval castles and terraced vineyards. Stop to experience a unique Be My Guest lunch at an atmospheric castle above the river. Continue by road via Bonn to Cologne where an orientation includes views of the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Spend free time before dinner relaxing or exploring on your own.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Lindner City Plaza

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  • Day 3

    COLOGNE – HIGH SPEED TRAIN – BERLIN SIGHTSEEING (2 NIGHTS)

    Take a high speed train to the fascinating capital, Berlin. Your Local Expert gives an exciting account of Berlin's rich and momentous history during your included sightseeing tour. Admire the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the Reichstag Building, German State Opera House, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Andels

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  • Day 4

    BERLIN FREE TIME

    This morning enjoy a Unique Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. 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.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    BERLIN – BAYREUTH – ROTHENBURG

    This morning, travel south and cross the River Elbe en route to Bayreuth – home of the exclusive Wagner Festival. Continue your journey to Würzburg-Marienburg Fortress, see the Marienburg Fortress and the Prince-Bishops' residence before arriving in Rothenburg. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Prinzhotel

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  • Day 6

    ROTHENBURG – MUNICH (2 NIGHTS)

    Enjoy an orientation walk in the medieval town of Rothenburg. Continue through splendid countryside to Munich in the heart of Bavaria. Tonight enjoy a Regional Meal with local specialities.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

    Hotel: Sheraton Arabellapark

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  • Day 7

    MUNICH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your orientation includes the Olympic Stadium and City Hall with its Glockenspiel. Tonight, why not discover some of Munich's lively beerhalls - it's what the region is famous for!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    MUNICH – NEUSCHWANSTEIN – INNSBRUCK (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig. A horse drawn carriage will take you to the castle grounds where you have time to explore this fairy-tale structure. Later, cross the Austrian border to Innsbruck. View the famous Olympic ski-jump before arriving at your hotel where you dine tonight.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Innsbruck

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  • Day 9

    INNSBRUCK ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your orientation includes the Wilten Basilica, Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Explore medieval lanes, visit world-class museums and Hapsburg palaces or simply relax and admire this dazzling city set against a spectacular Alpine backdrop. Tonight you might like to see a traditional Tyrolean folklore show.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    INNSBRUCK – SALZBURG SIGHTSEEING

    Travel to Salzburg, where spires and domes rise in the shadow of Hohensalzburg Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Admire the city featured in 'The Sound of Music' during your walking tour with your Local Expert. View Mozart's birthplace and family house in the picturesque Getreidegasse, and the Domplatz dominated by Salzburg Cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Wyndham Grand Salzburg Conference Centre

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  • Day 11

    SALZBURG – DÜRNSTEIN – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)

    Enjoy breathtaking scenery on your drive past Lake Mondsee to the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley. Sloping vineyards line the river from Melk Abbey to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner and subsequently found by Blondel, his faithful minstrel. Arrive in Vienna this afternoon for free time to explore the city.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Danube

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  • Day 12

    VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    From the Opera to the Hofburg and St. Stephen's Cathedral to the Parliament, view all the wondrous sights of the elegant Austrian capital during your included sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Marvel at the oldest and most secret part of old Vienna on your walking tour. In your free time discover a wealth of cultural delights, museums, galleries and memorials to famous composers. Your Travel Director will be able to advise as to how to get the most out of your free time in the city. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 13

    DEPART VIENNA

    Bid farewell to your companions at the end of this wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Visit a magnificent castle overlooking the Rhine Valley. Your host will give you a brief history of the castle, and tell you stories of the knights who once lived there before you enjoy a delicious lunch.
  • Local Expert in Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours of Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna.
  • Orientation of Frankfurt, Cologne, Rothenburg, Munich and Innsbruck.
  • Visit Berlin TV Tower and Neuschwanstein Castle.
  • Cruise along the River Rhine.
  • View the Cologne Cathedral, Fortress and the Prince-Bishops' residence in Würzburg and Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg.
  • See the Lolerei Rock and Melk Abbey.

Dining

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • Be My Guest lunch.
  • 6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • High-speed train ticket between Cologne and Berlin.
  • Rail service is reserved in standard class.
  • Porterage is included at train stations.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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