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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: 12 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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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE FRANKFURT

    Welcome to Frankfurt! After check-in this afternoon, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of the city's dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception including a light meal and welcome drink.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

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  • Day 2

    FRANKFURT – RHINE CRUISE – COLOGNE

    Cruise along the mighty River Rhine from St. Goar, site of the famous Lorelei Rock, to Boppard. Pass the famous vineyards along the Rhine Valley before arriving in Cologne, Germany's fourth largest city. View the impressive Gothic cathedral during your orientation of the city. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Lindner City Plaza

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  • Day 3

    COLOGNE – HAMELIN – HAMBURG

    Drive through Lower Saxony and stop in Hamelin en-route to Hamburg. Hamelin is a picturesque town of fairy-tale fame and is immortalised in poems by Goethe and Robert Browning. Later in Hamburg, see the main sights including the inner Alster Lake during an orientation tour with your Travel Director. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hamburg - City Alster / Ameron

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  • Day 4

    HAMBURG – BERLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    Follow the valley of the River Elbe from Hamburg, across the former ‘Iron Curtain’ to the historic city of Berlin, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon, marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the German State Opera House, Reichstag Building, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton

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  • Day 5

    BERLIN SIGHTSEEING AND 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 your day exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    BERLIN – DRESDEN

    A short drive south brings you to Dresden - known as 'Florence on the Elbe'. See the highlights of this astonishing Renaissance city including the Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Consider taking an in-depth look at the treasures of Dresden on a optional experience.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Pullman Newa

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  • Day 7

    DRESDEN – MODLAREUTH – BAYREUTH – NUREMBERG

    Visit the Modlareuth Open Air museum for an insight into 'divided Germany', see the differences between East and West Germany as well as parts of the original wall. In Bayreuth, admire the Wagner Festival Theatre before arriving in Nuremberg, where you see mighty ramparts, a bustling market place and St. Sebald's Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Maritim Nuremberg

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  • Day 8

    NUREMBERG – ROTHENBURG – MUNICH (2 NIGHTS)

    Your Travel Director takes you on an orientation walk of Rothenburg, perhaps the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany. Sights include half-timbered houses and the old town hall. Shop for wooden Christmas ornaments before following the Romantic Road through picturesque villages and pristine countryside to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton City

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  • Day 9

    MUNICH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See the city's landmarks on your orientation tour including the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse and Marienplatz, famous for its Glockenspiel. You could visit Munich's fine museums or enjoy a walk in some of the beautiful city gardens. This evening, consider an optional experience to the Hofbräuhaus, the world's most famous beer hall.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    MUNICH – NEUSCHWANSTEIN – BLACK FOREST

    Stop at Neuschwanstein to view King Ludwig's fairy-tale 19th century castle. Admire the scenery as you drive through the hills and lakes of the Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks. Learn how this traditional Local Speciality is made during a demonstration of the craft. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest experience deep in the heart of the Black Forest.


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

    Hotel: Maritim Titisee

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  • Day 11

    BLACK FOREST – HEIDELBERG – FRANKFURT

    A scenic drive brings you to the famous university town of Heidelberg built alongside the picturesque River Neckar. View Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, as well as the Baroque style Old Town. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travel companions as you celebrate the highlights of your trip.


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

    Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach

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  • Day 12

    DEPART FRANKFURT

    This morning, say 'Auf Wiedersehen' to your Travel Director and travelling companions as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy traditional cuisine with a local family in the Black Forest.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city.
  • Local Expert in Berlin.
  • Local Speciality Black Forest cuckoo clock making demonstration.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Berlin.
  • Orientation of Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg.
  • Visit Hamelin, the Berlin TV Tower and Modlareuth Open Air Museum.
  • Cruise along the River Rhine.
  • View Neuschwanstein castle and Bavarian Alps.
  • See the Lolerei Rock and the Wagner Festival Theatre in Bayreuth.

Dining

  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 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.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • 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.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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  • * 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. 
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