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Best of Germany and Austria

13 Days 2 Countries 8 Cities

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

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      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 Kaffee und Kuchen culture.


      Trip type: Regional Explorer i

      Trip code: GBGA

      12 Nights

      accommodation

      18 Meals
      • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 5 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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

      Dining

        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 5 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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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

        • 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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      Frankfurt, Germany

      Day 1

      Arrive Frankfurt (Offenbach)

      Cologne Cathedral, Germany

      Day 2

      Frankfurt (Offenbach) – Rhine Cruise – Cologne

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      Day 3

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

      Berlin, Germany

      Day 4

      Berlin Sightseeing

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      Day 5

      Berlin – Würzburg – Rothenburg

      Munich, Germany

      Day 6

      Rothenburg – Munich (2 Nights)

      Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

      Day 7

      Munich Orientation

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      Day 8

      Munich – Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau

      Innsbruck, Austria

      Day 9

      Oberammergau – Innsbruck Orientation

      Salzburg, Austria

      Day 10

      Innsbruck – Salzburg Sightseeing

      Vienna, Austria

      Day 11

      Salzburg – Dürnstein – Vienna (2 Nights)

      St Stephens, Austria, Vienna

      Day 12

      Vienna Sightseeing

      Vienna, Austria

      Day 13

      Depart Vienna

      Day 1

      Arrive Frankfurt (Offenbach) Day 1 - Arrive Frankfurt (Offenbach)

      Embrace old-world charm and modern glitz and glamour in the vibrant city of Frankfurt, our springboard for a delightful exploration of the best of Germany and Austria. Spend your day exploring the quaint cobblestone streets of the Altstadt and soaking up the atmosphere of a bygone era before meeting your Travel Director for an orientation of the medieval Römerplatz and dynamic financial district. Later, we join our fellow travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception to launch our journey through the heart of Europe.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Offenbach

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Sheraton Offenbach

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Frankfurt (Offenbach) – Rhine Cruise – Cologne Day 2 - Frankfurt (Offenbach) – Rhine Cruise – Cologne

      The legend of Lorelei kickstarts our morning as we board a leisurely cruise along the mighty Rhine past fairy-tale castles and vineyard-clad hills. We stop at lunch to enjoy an unforgettable Be My Guest banquet and hear tales of nights and feuding lords and ladies in a 13th century castle perched high above the Rhine valley. Continuing to the cultural capital of Rhineland, we view the spectacular Gothic spires of the Cologne Cathedral. Spend the rest of the evening exploring the city's great artistic treasures, historic town squares and the city's history as the site where Eau de Cologne was first created.

      Hotel

      Mercure Severinshof City

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Mercure Severinshof City

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 2

      Day 3

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

      This morning we board a high-speed train to historic Berlin, whose once-turbulent history has shaped its rebirth as the charismatic capital of Germany. Join a Local Specialist for an exploration of East meets West and delve into the story behind their reunification. See the imposing Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building with its famous glass dome. We'll see the Tiergarten and trendy Kurfürstendamm, famous for its shopping and entertainment, before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

      Hotel

      Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Berlin Sightseeing Day 4 - Berlin Sightseeing

      Venture up one of the icons of a united Berlin and Germany for a Cultural Insight experience up the Berlin TV Tower offering spectacular 360° views of the city. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city on your terms. See the remnants of the Berlin Wall, visit the infamous Checkpoint Charlie or enjoy an Optional Experience to the District of Potsdam, the former Prussian royal seat, for sightseeing and an unforgettable dinner.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Berlin – Würzburg – Rothenburg Day 5 - Berlin – Würzburg – Rothenburg

      Celebrate beauty through your admiration of art and architecture in beautiful Würzburg where you will see the Prince-Bishops' residence and Marienburg Fortress, on the banks of the Main, before arriving in the charming cobblestone streets of Rothenburg where we will dine tonight in our hotel.

      Hotel

      Prinzhotel Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Prinzhotel Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Rothenburg – Munich (2 Nights) Day 6 - Rothenburg – Munich (2 Nights)

      This morning we enjoy an orientation walk through the beautiful medieval centre of Rothenburg, seemingly frozen in time and encircled by a fortified town wall that remains intact after centuries. Continuing south through picture-perfect landscapes of Bavaria, we arrive in Munich just a few hours later and see the Olympic Stadium which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1972, before arriving at our hotel.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Arabellapark

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Sheraton Arabellapark

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Munich Orientation Day 7 - Munich Orientation

      Meander through the heart of Munich this morning, visiting its charming Marienplatz with both its new and old City Halls built on its periphery. See the magical Glockenspiel that delights visitors throughout the day with the enactment of 16th century tales. Spend the rest of the day on your terms exploring the city's Baroque palaces and vibrant markets, or embrace the Bavarian region's rich beer brewing heritage at Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, built in the 16th century.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Munich – Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau Day 8 - Munich – Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau

      Indulge in a world of fantasy and fables, journeying to the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for King Ludwig II to retire from public life. Travelling through the dark forests of Bavaria, we arrive in Oberammergau and see where the Passion Play has been performed every decade since 1634 when Europe was gripped by plague. This evening we dine at our hotel.

      Hotel

      Alte Post

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Alte Post

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Oberammergau – Innsbruck Orientation Day 9 - Oberammergau – Innsbruck Orientation

      We drive across the Austrian border and to Tyrol, arriving in its capital where we will embark on a short orientation that includes views of the Wilten Basilica, Hofburg Palace and the ornate Golden Roof built to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I. Spend your free time exploring Innsbruck's iconic sites and delving into fascinating Tyrol history and culture, or simply relax and admire this dazzling city with its magnificent Alpine backdrop. Consider joining a traditional dinner and Tyrolean folklore show this evening.

      Hotel

      Innsbruck

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Innsbruck

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Innsbruck – Salzburg Sightseeing Day 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. Join a Local Specialist for a fascinating walking tour of a city that featured in 'The Sound of Music' during which you will have an opportunity to view Mozart's birthplace and family house in the picturesque Getreidegasse, and the Domplatz dominated by Salzburg Cathedral. This evening we dine at our hotel.

      Hotel

      Austria Trend Europa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Austria Trend Europa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Salzburg – Dürnstein – Vienna (2 Nights) Day 11 - Salzburg – Dürnstein – Vienna (2 Nights)

      Breathtaking landscapes provide a beautiful backdrop for our scenic drive past Lake Mondsee to the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley. Sloping vineyards line the Danube from Melk Abbey to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner and subsequently found by Blondel, his faithful minstrel. This afternoon we arrive in the Imperial capital of Vienna where we have the evening at leisure to enjoy the sounds of the City of Music or perhaps consider an evening of Viennese classical music.

      Hotel

      Hilton Danube

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Hilton Danube

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Vienna Sightseeing Day 12 - Vienna Sightseeing

      Explore the imperial splendour of Vienna at the exquisite Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Habsburg Dynasty - one of the highlights of your guided sightseeing tour of Vienna with a Local Specialist, which will also include views of the grand State Opera House and Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th century to replace the city walls. Admire the ornate colourful roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of the city's most beloved icons, before spending the afternoon at leisure. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant to celebrate a beautiful sojourn through Germany and Austria.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 12

      Day 13

      Depart Vienna Day 13 - Depart Vienna

      We bid farewell to your companions at the end of a wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 13

      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • 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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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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

      Dining

        • 12 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
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        • 5 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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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

        • 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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        Service rating : Ananda, our TD was funny, knowledgeable and worked so hard to make our trip wonderful.Product : The optionals were good choices. We went on all but 2 of them. However, they added over $1,000 to our trip after the exchange which we expected as we have been on tours with this

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        Service rating : Trafalgar tour guides gave me the idea that I was a special friend, and our driver could not have been more considerate and careful.Product : No-one likes the early starts, but every day was packed with lots of interest and history. The coach was very comfortable and kept tidy

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        Service rating : YesProduct : Good itinerary. One comment though - Potsdam and Schonbrun Palace should be on the itinerary and not sold as "Optionals".Those who did not book Potsdam were left with lot of time on their hands. A drive around the city with some comments from the Guide on various

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        Service rating : The director was excellent. I would recommend on the basis that all others are as goodProduct : Personally didn’t enjoy the Uber tourist castle experience. However I know that it has to be offered for a group

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