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Best of Germany 2014

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Black ForestHeidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, GermanyThe Old City WallsRiver Rhine
Black Forest
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany
The Old City Walls
River Rhine
  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: The scenery of the Rhine, Black Forest and Bavarian Alps. The history of Heidelberg, Rothenburg and Frankfurt. The modernity of Munich and Berlin. This trip reveals Germany at its best. It’s Insider moments like… meeting Alexander and Vivien Alborna von Laufenberg at their farm in the Black Forest highlands, which was renovated using materials and techniques true to its original 1562 construction. Joining them for a drink, you’re free to explore their ancient barn, bakery, stable and chapel, filled with antique tools and utensils, and see how flour was ground in the old mill. All before being treated to a home-cooked three course dinner of traditional German dishes in their gardens or cosy barn.
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Optionals

On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.


A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.

  • HAMBURG

    • + Harbour Cruise The Port Of Hamburg See Germany's busiest gateway to the sea, 110 km (68 miles) inland. Relax on a guided cruise around one of the largest ports in Europe. Enjoy refreshments whilst admiring the floating dry docks, tugs and ocean-going vessels and see why Hamburg is called "Germany's Gateway to the World".

  • BERLIN

    • + Berlin By Night And Dinner Join in the fun of hearty German food, wine, beer and music. Afterwards enjoy the illuminated landmarks of the German Capital.

    • + Potsdam En route to Potsdam, we will stop off at the Wannsee Villa, regularly used by the SS and Nazi Regime for their guests, and the infamous Conference in 1942 to plan the 'Final Solution'. We then tour the Cecilienhof, which witnessed the signing of the treaty which was to change the face of Post-War Europe, leaving East Germany and Eastern Europe to the Soviets. Finally we shall visit the Glienicke Bridge, scene of the Cold War 'Spy Swaps'. (On Mondays when the Cecilienhof is closed we will visit the interior of the Neue Palais.)

    • + Lake District Dinner We are able to admire the architecture of this vibrant city as our scenic drive takes us to the green outskirts of the city, used as the Royal Hunting grounds in centuries past. Today it is an exclusive residential district and it is here that we find our charming chalet-style restaurant forming an elegant setting for our atmospheric dinner of German specialities.

    • + Berlin s Secret Past From the Holocaust Memorial and the nearby site of Hitler's Bunker, we visit a remaining section of the Berlin Wall, followed by a stop at the Bendler Block, the Memorial to the Resistance Movement, to learn about the plot by Graf von Stauffenberg. His heroic efforts to assassinate Hitler were portrayed by Tom Cruise in 'Valkyrie'. Finally we visit the Topography of Terror, an outdoor documentary located on the former site of the Gestapo HQ.

  • DRESDEN

    • + The Treasury And Moritzburg Castle With our Local Guide we tour the fabulous Treasury, now housed in the world famous Green Vault, before driving to nearby Schloss Moritzburg, hunting lodge and summer residence of Augustus the Strong. Here our Local Guide takes us through the richly decorated rooms of the palace, picturesquely located on a man made island. Time for a stroll on the island before enjoying cake and refreshments. Do as the locals do!

  • NUREMBURG

    • + Franconian Lunch And Rally Grounds Documentation Centre Enjoy a delicious light lunch with a drink, in the world's largest bratwurst restaurant, before we set out to take in the history of the Third Reich, the Nazi party rallies, and much more in Germany's most striking documentation centre. Two hours with headset provided.

  • MUNICH

    • + Hofbrauhaus And Bavarian Dinner Down in the heart of Munich's old town we visit the world-famous Hofbrauhaus to hear the 'Oompah' band. Then on to a typical Bavarian restaurant where local dishes and drinks will be served.

    • + The Dachau Memorial Site Outside the town of Dachau near Munich the first concentration camp was opened immediately after Hitlers rise to power. The camp site is maintained as a memorial and excellent background information is provided.

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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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