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Best of Germany

12 Days 1 Country 12 Cities

This trip contrasts the Rhine, Black Forest and Bavarian Alps with the modernity of Munich and Berlin.

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About this trip

Baroque cities, the Bavarian Alps and mythical Black Forest - this one's straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairytale. Circle north, south, east and west to see the Pied Piper's Hamelin, medieval Rothenburg and Munich's musical Glockenspiel. Explore the magical castles of Neuschwanstein and Heidelberg, and gain insight into a 'divided Germany' in Berlin and the little village of Mödlareuth.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: GBOGB

11 Nights


16 Meals
  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 4 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Frankfurt

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

Welcome Reception
Sheraton Offenbach

2. Frankfurt – Rhine Cruise – Cologne – Düsseldorf

This morning see the site of the famous Lorelei Rock and cruise along the mighty River Rhine past medieval castles and terraced vineyards. Stop to experience a unique Be My Guest lunch at an atmospheric castle above the river. 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.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Leonardo City Centre/Leonardo Mönchengladbach

3. Düsseldorf – Hamelin – Hamburg

Drive through Lower Saxony and stop in Hamelin en route to Hamburg. Hamelin is a picturesque town of fairytale fame and is immortalised in poems by Goethe and Robert Browning. Later in Hamburg see the main sights during your orientation tour with your Travel Director. Consider a guided cruise along the city's water ways and discover why Hamburg is called Germany's 'Gateway to the World'. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Crowne Plaza Hamburg City Alster

4. Hamburg – Berlin Sightseeing (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 Specialist. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and the Reichstag Building which were all major points of focus 27 years ago in 1990 during the reunification of East and West Germany. Also see the Tiergarten and Kurfürstendamm famous for its shopping and entertainment.

Buffet Breakfast

5. Berlin Sightseeing

This morning enjoy a Cultural 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.

Buffet Breakfast

6. Berlin – Dresden

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

Buffet Breakfast
Pullman Newa

7. Dresden – Mödlareuth – Nuremberg

Visit the Mödlareuth Open Air museum for an insight into 'divided Germany'. See the differences between East and West Germany as well as parts of the original Berlin Wall. Later arrive in Nuremberg, where you see mighty ramparts and St. Sebald's Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city.

Buffet Breakfast

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 parts of the Romantic Road through picturesque villages and pristine countryside to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria. See the Olympic Stadium before arriving at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Leonardo South

9. Munich Orientation

See the city's landmarks on your orientation tour including Odeonsplatz 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 one of Munich's world famous beer halls.

Buffet Breakfast

10. Munich – Neuschwanstein – Black Forest

Stop at Neuschwanstein to visit King Ludwig's fairytale 19th century castle. Admire the scenery as you drive through the hills and lakes of the Black Forest.

Buffet Breakfast

11. Black Forest – Heidelberg – Frankfurt

This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight when you learn how the famous cuckoo clocks are made during a demonstration of the craft. 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.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Sheraton Offenbach

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.

Buffet Breakfast

Guest Reviews and Ratings

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    Service rating : I was very impressed and pleased with service that Trafalgar offers. Our tour director, Uli, was extremely knowledgeable and hand great personal stories to share. Our driver, Peter, was excellent. Our accommodation were superb.Product : The idea of the secret gem that few

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    Excellent trip - Uli is an excellent guide. The only one problem was the pick up from the airport.After leaving the gate - there was no one there for the pickup. My husband waited while I walked around the airport trying to find the driver. The 800 number didn't work. After forty minutes waiting

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    Service rating : The bus was very comfortable and the driver was excellentTour director was very knowledgeable and fun to be with!Product : More time needed at Dauchau and we should have had the option to visit the museum.More time at holacaust museum in BerlinAdd a couple both Munich &

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    Service rating : It was nice to receive some gluten free treats from the tour guide & not miss out when others were receiving non-gluten free treats. that was very thoughtful and kind.The information and history that was presented along the way was fantastic. I learned so much.It would be nice

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a banquet and stories of knights and feuding lords in a fairytale 13th century castle perched high above the Rhine Valley

  • Cultural Insights
    Gain priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city and watch as skilled craftsman capture the distinctive sound of the cuckoo demonstrating the centuries' old craft of clock making in the Black Forest

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Berlin

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

Berlin, Germany
    • City tour in Berlin

    • Cruise along the River Rhine

    • Orientation of Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg

    • See the Lorelei Rock, Cologne Cathedral and Bavarian Alps

    • Visit Hamelin, the Berlin TV Tower, Mödlareuth Open Air Museum and Neuschwanstein castle

What's Included


    • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 4 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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