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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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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.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: GBOGB

11 Nights

accommodation

16 Meals
  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 4 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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
      (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


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Frankfurt, Germany

Day 1

Arrive Frankfurt

Cologne Cathedral, Germany

Day 2

Frankfurt – Rhine Cruise – Cologne – Düsseldorf

Day 3

Düsseldorf – Hamelin – Hamburg

Day 4

Hamburg – Berlin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Berlin, Germany

Day 5

Berlin Sightseeing

Day 6

Berlin – Dresden

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 hearty German food, wine, beer and traditional music, before discovering the 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: €27.00

Potsdam Highlights With Lunch Or 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'll make our way to the beautiful Park Sansoucci, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we'll continue to a former hunting lodge where we'll enjoy a meal in an idyllic setting.

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

The 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: €50.00

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 Berlin Wall. 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

Hofbrauhaus And Bavarian Dinner

Down in the heart of Munich's old town we'll enjoy a drink at the world-famous Hofbrauhaus, where you’ll hear a traditional 'Oompah' band. Then on to a typical Bavarian restaurant to savour local dishes and drinks.

Adult Price: €64.00

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

Day 12

Available Departures

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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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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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
      (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


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    Service rating : The optional were superb. The local guides gave valuable information that helped to explain the history behind a given location.Product : It truly was the Best of Germany. However, I could have spent an extra day in each city. Germany has a lot to offer and it shows.

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    Service rating : Maria was SUPER. We have traveled with Globus, Parrillo and YMT and she is by far the best tour guide we have had the pleasure to travel with.Product : Great accomadations and side trips.

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    Service rating : Our tour director Maria and driver were excellent Maria took care of everyone needs. As this was my first trip by myself as well asbieng over seas I would do it again.Product : We saw a lot of wonderful sites

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    Service rating : Everything was well organized and looked after. Very friendly and experienced guide.Product : All optional experiences and planned stops were fabulous. I actually liked the smaller towns and cities more than the large ones.

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    Service rating : Maria was a great tour guide. She was knowledgeable and handled people well. We enjoyed the places we went, but wished we could have spent more time in Bavaria. We were celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary and enjoyed the champagne and chocolates.Product : We learned alot

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