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Best of Germany and Austria

13 Days 2 Countries 11 Cities

This Regional Explorer trip is the ultimate German and Austrian road and river adventure.

"Germany and Austria were outstanding"


About this trip

An epic journey through Germany and Austria - the sounds of Bach and Mozart accompany as you explore the imposing spires of Cologne and Salzburg, cruise along the Rhine and criss-cross 'East' and 'West' in Berlin. You'll also sample traditional Tyrolean hospitality, visit the city that inspired 'The Sound of Music' and tuck into Vienna's 'Kafee und Kuchen' culture.

Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: GBGA

12 Nights


18 Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 5 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

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Your Itinerary

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.

Welcome Reception
Sheraton Offenbach

2. Frankfurt (Offenbach) – Rhine Cruise – Cologne

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. Continue by road to Cologne where an orientation includes views of the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Spend free time before dinner relaxing or exploring on your own.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Mercure Severinshof

3. Cologne – High Speed Train – Berlin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Take a high speed train to the fascinating capital Berlin. 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 Boulevard and the Reichstag Building which were all major points of focus 27 years ago in 1990 during the re-unification of East and West Germany. Also see the Tiergarten and Kurfürstendamm famous for its shopping and entertainment.

Buffet Breakfast

4. 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 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.

Buffet Breakfast

5. Berlin – Würzburg – Rothenburg

This morning travel south to Würzburg to see the Marienburg Fortress and the Prince-Bishops' residence before arriving in Rothenburg. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Prinzhotel Authentic Accommodation

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. See the Olympic Stadium before arriving at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Sheraton Arabellapark

7. Munich Orientation

This morning visit Marienplatz, the focal point of the city and view the City Hall with its Glockenspiel. Tonight why not discover some of Munich's lively beerhalls - it's what the region is famous for.

Buffet Breakfast

8. Munich – Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau

Visit the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig II. Later arrive in Oberammergau and see the theatre where the Passion Play has been performed every decade since 1634 when Europe was gripped by plague. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Alte Post

9. Oberammergau – Innsbruck Orientation

A short drive takes you to Innsbruck. See the famous Olympic ski-jump before your orientation that includes views of 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 museums and Habsburg palace or simply relax and admire this dazzling city set against a spectacular Alpine backdrop. Tonight you might like to enjoy a traditional dinner and Tyrolean folklore show.

Buffet Breakfast

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 a walking tour with a Local Specialist. View Mozart's birthplace and family house in the picturesque Getreidegasse, and the Domplatz dominated by Salzburg Cathedral. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast
Austria Trend Europa

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.

Buffet Breakfast
Hilton Danube

12. Vienna Sightseeing

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 Specialist. 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 this city. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

13. Depart Vienna

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

Buffet Breakfast

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 27 Reviews

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    Service rating : The only problem I faced, was finding the exit at Frankfurt airport, to the meeting point.. the sign for exit B, wasn't marked well, and the sign for Treffpunk, had arrows going all 4 ways, would be easier with a map in our package... AND, a woman was on the tour, that was

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    Service rating : This was our first Trafalgar Tour and it was top notch! Our guide, Andre was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor and our driver, Vince was a pro a manuvering the bus and personable as well. Loved our accommodations. Especially loved the quaint little hotels in

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    Service rating : Our tour director, Ananda has an amazing sense of humor, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Her jokes are the best. And our bus driver, Franchesco was the best. He made each lady feel special, was available to help with the bus steps, joked with the fellows, played music at the

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    Service rating : The service we received was great. Our tour director was very informative and helpful. The bus driver was always courteous and eager to provide a helping hand on and off the bus as well as able to negotiate some very difficult driving maneuvers.Product : This is our fourth trip

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    We had an excellent your director. Trip made sure we saw all the highlights for every location we visited.

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  • Authentic Accommodation
    Located within the town walls of well-preserved medieval Rothenburg, the Prinzhotel is a traditional timbered German building

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a banquet and stories of knights and feuding lords in a fairy-tale 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 see Mozart's birthplace and family house in Salzburg's picturesque Getreidegasse

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna

    • Cruise along the River Rhine

    • Orientation of Frankfurt, Cologne, Würzburg, Rothenburg, Munich and Innsbruck

    • See the Lorelei Rock, Marienberg Fortress and the Prince-Bishops' residence in Würzburg and Melk Abbey

    • View the Cologne Cathedral, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck and Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg

    • Visit Berlin TV Tower and Neuschwanstein Castle

What's Included


    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 5 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

    • Porterage is included at train stations.

    • 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

    • Rail service is reserved in standard class.

    • High-speed train ticket between Cologne and Berlin.

    • VIP entry to many sights

    Airport Transfers

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

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