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Best of Germany

12 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

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

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12 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

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      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • 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. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
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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 gain insight into a 'divided Germany' in Berlin and the little village of Mödlareuth.

      Please note: All Preview 2018 itineraries are subject to change. Booked guests will be contacted about any changes to their trip upon the release of the 2018 Europe & Britain brochure.


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      11 Nights

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      16 Meals
      • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 4 dinners

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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

      Dining

        • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 4 dinners

        • 1 lunch
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        • 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


       

      Best of Germany

      Your Itinerary

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      Frankfurt, Germany

      Day 1

      Arrive Frankfurt

      Cologne Cathedral, Germany

      Day 2

      Frankfurt – Rhine Cruise – Cologne – Düsseldorf

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      Day 3

      Düsseldorf – Hamelin – Hamburg

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      Day 4

      Hamburg – Berlin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

      Berlin, Germany

      Day 5

      Berlin Sightseeing

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      Berlin – Dresden

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      Day 7

      Dresden – Mödlareuth – Nuremberg

      Munich, Germany

      Day 8

      Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Munich (2 Nights)

      Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

      Day 9

      Munich Orientation

      Black Forest, Germany

      Day 10

      Munich – Neuschwanstein – Black Forest

      Heidelberg, Germany

      Day 11

      Black Forest – Heidelberg – Frankfurt

      Frankfurt, Germany

      Day 12

      Depart Frankfurt

      Day 1

      Arrive Frankfurt Day 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.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Offenbach

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Sheraton Offenbach

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Frankfurt – Rhine Cruise – Cologne – Düsseldorf Day 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. After lunch, continue north 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.

      Hotel

      Leonardo City Centre/Leonardo Mönchengladbach

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Leonardo City Centre/Leonardo Mönchengladbach

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Düsseldorf – Hamelin – Hamburg Day 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.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza Hamburg City Alster

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza Hamburg City Alster

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      The Port Of Hamburg Harbour Cruise

      Despite being located 110 km (68 miles) inland, Hamburg is often referred to as 'Germany's Gateway to the World' due to the sheer number of ships that pass through the city. We'll enjoy a relaxing cruise with refreshments as we see Hamburg's skyline, historic fish market and shipyards while we learn about the city's maritime traditions.

      Adult Price: €31.00

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Hamburg – Berlin Sightseeing (2 Nights) Day 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 in 1990 during the reunification of East and West Germany. Also see the Tiergarten and Kurfürstendamm famous for its shopping and entertainment.

      Hotel

      Hilton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Hilton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner And Berlin By Night

      Tonight, join us as we enjoy great food, wine, beer, music and company before discovering the stunning illuminated landmarks of the German capital.

      Adult Price: €59.00

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Berlin Sightseeing Day 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 as you wish - shopping, exploring or perhaps on an Optional Experience to the District of Potsdam with sightseeing and dinner.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

      Uncover secrets of Berlin’s past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of the Berlin Wall, see the site of Checkpoint Charlie, and learn more about Berlin’s WWII and Cold War past.

      Adult Price: €29.00

      Potsdam Highlights With Dinner

      At the Western edge of Berlin, we'll stop on the shores of Greater Wannsee, the incongruously beautiful setting for the infamous 1942 conference to plan the 'Final Solution'. Next we'll cross Glienicke Bridge, the so-called "Bridge of Spies" of Cold War spy swaps fame. Reaching Potsdam, we continue to the beautiful Park Sanssouci, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before finishing our afternoon by enjoying a meal in a former hunting lodge on the shores of the lake.

      Adult Price: €70.00

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Berlin – Dresden Day 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.

      Hotel

      Pullman Newa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Pullman Newa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dresden Royal Treasury and Moritzburg Castle

      See the highlights of the fabulous Green Vault, one of the richest treasure chambers in Europe, with your Local Specialist. Afterwards, driving out of Dresden, we'll stop for refreshments before reaching Moritzburg Castle to discover its opulent baroque interior. The surrounding woodlands were once a favourite hunting area for the Kings of Saxony.

      Adult Price: €53.00

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Dresden – Mödlareuth – Nuremberg Day 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 Iron Curtain. Later arrive in Nuremberg, where you see mighty ramparts and St. Sebald's Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city.

      Hotel

      Maritim

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Maritim

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Franconian Lunch And Rally Grounds Documentation Centre

      You’ll enjoy a delicious light lunch with a drink at the world's largest bratwurst restaurant. Then we'll make our way to the rally grounds and unfinished Congress Hall of the former Nazi Party. This extraordinary structure has since been transformed and now houses an exhibition detailing the Nazi Party’s fascination with rallies and the causes and consequences of National Socialism. An audio guide is provided.

      Adult Price: €47.00

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Munich (2 Nights) 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 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.

      Hotel

      Leonardo South

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Leonardo South

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Munich Orientation Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Bavarian Evening

      Munich is the heart of Bavaria and it's fuelled by some of the best food and drink in the country. See the Hofbräuhaus before you enjoy a selection of traditional Bavarian dishes in a typical local restaurant and absorb the atmosphere of a real Bavarian beer hall.

      Adult Price: €65.00

      The Dachau Memorial Site

      Germany’s first concentration camp was opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power, just outside Dachau, near Munich. Maintained as a memorial, this visit will provide an insight into this tragic period in history.

      Adult Price: €31.00

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Munich – Neuschwanstein – Black Forest Day 10 - Munich – Neuschwanstein – Black Forest

      This morning we step into the fairy tale land of King Ludwig II with an included visit to Neuschwanstein castle. Continue through the hills and past lakes as you admire the scenery on your way to the Black Forest.

      Hotel

      Maritim

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Maritim

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Black Forest – Heidelberg – Frankfurt Day 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.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Offenbach

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Sheraton Offenbach

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Depart Frankfurt 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      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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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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


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      Dining

        • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 4 dinners

        • 1 lunch
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        • 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


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        Service rating : The td on our tour was outstanding Kristy and our driver Peter worked so well together, awesome tour with great peopleProduct : Good balance between free time and structured touring

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        Service rating : Great hotels, including meals included in trip, variety of experiences, knowledgeable tour guide, safe bus driver, enjoyed not having to lug my luggage from bus to room and vice versa.Product : Such a variety of experiences and places encountered

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        Service rating : Very intense travel. A younger person's tour. I am older but had no trouble and wanted to see everywhere we went. Good buffet breakfasts. Hotel in Munich was way off the beaten path! Too far from center of Munich. Too many times tour director pointed out points of interest in

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