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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"

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About this trip

Cruising on the Rhine. Taking Bavaria's Romantic Road. Passing through the scenic UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Vienna. This is the ultimate German and Austrian road (and river) trip.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... starting your day with exclusive early access up the Berlin TV Tower, for a 360° view, so you can find your feet before having free time to explore the city at your own pace.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: GBGA

12 Nights

accommodation

19 Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

  • 6 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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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.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Hotel
Mercure Severinshof Köln City/Mercure Cologne West

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 25 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Art'otel Kudamm

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

4. Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Meal(s)
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

Traditional Lake District Dinner

Admire the architecture of this vibrant city on a scenic drive to the rural outskirts, used as the Royal Hunting grounds in centuries past. Now an exclusive residential district, you’ll dine in a charming chalet-style restaurant and enjoy an atmospheric dinner of German specialities.

Adult Price: €58.00

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

5. Berlin – Bayreuth – Rothenburg

This morning travel south and cross the River Elbe en route to Bayreuth – home of the exclusive Wagner Festival. Continue your journey to Würzburg, see the Marienburg Fortress and the Prince-Bishops' residence before arriving in Rothenburg. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
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. Tonight enjoy a Regional Meal with local specialities.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Sheraton Arabellapark

7. Munich Orientation and Free Time

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.

Meal(s)
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

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Alte Post/Wittelsbach

9. Oberammergau – Innsbruck Orientation and Free Time

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 see a traditional Tyrolean folklore show.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Hotel Innsbruck

Optional Experiences

Traditional Tyrolean Evening

You’ll enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, as singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colourful show of folklore and fun. Includes two drinks.

Adult Price: €43.00

Grand Alpine Tour

A scenic train ride through the Tyrolean Alps takes us to the glamorous ski-resort of Seefeld. Here we will enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through spectacular scenery, and taste some of the local schnapps. Later, we ascend the Olympic Ski Jump, to marvel at the landscape of the Inn Valley spread out below us.

Adult Price: €62.00

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 your walking tour with your 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Austria Trend Europa

Optional Experiences

Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

Join us for a scenic tour in the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hitler's Bavarian Redoubt. Via the Hohenringstrasse, we'll ascend 5,000 ft along one of the most beautiful mountain roads of Europe.

Adult Price: €36.00

Eagle’s Nest Tour And Bavarian Alps

In Berchtesgaden National Park drive past farmhouses and picturesque villages as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We transfer to special buses for the second leg of the journey: a spectacular road and great engineering feat blasted out of the mountain side. Finally we take an elevator up to the Eagle's Nest, intended as a mountain retreat for Hitler and his inner circle. Once at the top learn its fascinating history and take in the awe inspiring views of the surrounding mountain peaks whilst enjoying a local refreshments! This optional is weather dependent, and may not be available on all departures.

Adult Price: €52.00

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Hilton Danube

Optional Experiences

Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.

Adult Price: €100.00

Viennese Concert

You’ll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You’ll receive 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne during the interval.

Adult Price: €54.00

12. Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Hapsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you’ll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and VIP entrance to make the most of your time.

Adult Price: €39.00

13. Depart Vienna

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

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

  • Cultural Insights
    Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city.

  • Be My Guest
    Visit a magnificent castle overlooking the Rhine Valley. Your host will give you a brief history of the castle, and tell you stories of the knights who once lived there before you enjoy a delicious lunch.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Prinzhotel, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany This traditional timbered German hotel lies within the walls of the well-preserved medieval city of Rothenburg. But the Authentic Accommodation also provides the comfort of modern living, having been lovingly refurbished inside.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna

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

    • Visit Berlin TV Tower and Neuschwanstein Castle

    • Cruise along the River Rhine

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

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

    • 6 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • High-speed train ticket between Cologne and Berlin.

    • Rail service is reserved in standard class.

    • Porterage is included at train stations.


    Airport Transfers

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


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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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  • Guest Service Rating from 28 Reviews

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    Service:

    Service rating : The service was very good. Our tour guide organized each destination arrival so that we could check in promptly. Each day our guide provided us with humorous or informative videos and a little local treat on our seat (chocolate) or a glass of wine or champagne when least

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    Service rating : Most of the places we toured are very good but on these tour especially in Germany, we went to too many palaces/castles and two places most of us did not care seeing was where we had beer and the place we went for dinner immediately after beer drinking. We had dinner in the

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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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