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Best of Germany

12 Days 1 Country 8 Cities

Transform your trip into a tale of magical landscapes and picturesque towns, as you wander through the fascinating culture and complex history of Germany.

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      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
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      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      Baroque cities, the Bavarian Alps and mythical Black Forest - this one's straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairy-tale. 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.


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      Trip code: GBOG

      11 Nights

      accommodation

      16 Meals
      • 11 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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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

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 4 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

        • 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

      Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

      Day 4

      Hamburg – Berlin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

      Berlin, Germany

      Day 5

      Berlin Sightseeing

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      Berlin – Dresden

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      Dresden – Mödlareuth – Nuremberg

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      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 - a city renowned for its old-world charm and modern sophistication which you will have a brief opportunity to enjoy before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon for an orientation of the medieval Römerplatz and dynamic financial district. This evening we enjoy a Welcome Reception with our fellow travellers, including a light meal and welcome drink to kick off our discovery of the best of Germany.

      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

      Resist the alluring calls of Lorelei and board your leisurely cruise along the mighty River Rhine. Glide past the romantic vineyard-clad hills, stopping to experience an unforgettable Be My Guest banquet shared over stories of knights and feuding lords and ladies in a fairy-tale 13th century castle perched high above the river valley. After lunch, we continue north before arriving in Cologne, where we will view the Gothic spires of its magnificent cathedral during our orientation of the city. We continue to Düsseldorf where we will dine tonight at our hotel.

      Hotel

      Leonardo City Center

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Leonardo City Center

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Düsseldorf – Hamelin – Hamburg Day 3 - Düsseldorf – Hamelin – Hamburg

      Journey through the lush green landscape of Lower Saxony, stopping in the legendary town of Hamelin, immortalised in the medieval tale of the Pied Piper. We continue to the international trade centre of Hamburg, where we'll join our Travel Director for an orientation tour of the city's iconic sights. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city's seafaring heritage. Wander along the trendy Mönckebergstrasse, visit one of the city's brewhouses or consider a guided cruise along the city's waterways and discover why Hamburg is called Germany's 'Gateway to the World'.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza City Alster

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza City Alster

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Hamburg – Berlin Sightseeing (2 Nights) Day 4 - Hamburg – Berlin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

      Follow the picturesque Elbe Valley from Hamburg, crossing the former 'Iron Curtain' to the historic city of Berlin, whose once-turbulent history has shaped its rebirth as a charismatic capital city. Join your Local Specialist to explore the iconic landmarks of a unified Berlin. See the neo-Renaissance Reichstag, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and Kurfürstendamm, renowned for its shopping and entertainment. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon to explore the city on your terms. Relax with an Ebbelwei on the Friedrichstrasse and watch the world go by.

      Hotel

      Hilton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Hilton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Berlin Sightseeing Day 5 - Berlin Sightseeing

      Ascend the iconic Berlin TV Tower for inspiring Cultural Insight providing 360° views of the city and meandering River Spree. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon to explore the city on your terms. See the remnants of the Berlin Wall, consider visiting the infamous Checkpoint Charlie or enjoy an Optional Experience to the District of Potsdam, the former Prussian royal seat, for sightseeing and an unforgettable meal.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Berlin – Dresden Day 6 - Berlin – Dresden

      A short drive south brings us to Dresden, the 'Florence on the Elbe', where you'll hear about the city's restoration following its devastation during World War II as you amble past it's beautiful Baroque façades. See the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. Consider delving into the treasures of Dresden joining an Optional Experience to explore this elegant city.

      Hotel

      Pullman Newa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Pullman Newa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Dresden – Mödlareuth – Nuremberg Day 7 - Dresden – Mödlareuth – Nuremberg

      Visit the village of Mölareuth which inherited the moniker of "Little Berlin" due to its wall separating 'east' and 'west'. Gain insights into a divided Germany at its open-air museum and see a section of the original wall with its security features. This afternoon we arrive in the Bavarian city of Nuremburg, once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, today the economic, social and cultural capital of Franconia. See the mighty castle ramparts and St. Sebald's Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city, then spend the rest of your evening at leisure indulging in grilled Nürnberger and sauerkraut.

      Hotel

      Maritim

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Maritim

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Munich (2 Nights) Day 8 - Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Munich (2 Nights)

      Amble through the charming cobblestone streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, its beautiful medieval centre seemingly frozen in time and encircled by a fortified town wall that remains intact after centuries. See the beautiful Market Square lined by quaint half-timbered houses and the Old Town Hall before following parts of the Romantic Road through picturesque villages and pristine countryside to the sophisticated city of Munich. See the Olympic Stadium, built as the main venue for the 1972 Olympic Games, before arriving at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Westpark

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Sheraton Westpark

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Munich Orientation Day 9 - Munich Orientation

      Today is yours to embrace the Bavarian heritage of Munich. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city's landmarks including Odeonsplatz and Marienplatz, famous for its Glockenspiel, enacting stories from the 16th century. Explore Baroque palaces and vibrant markets, and embrace the Bavarian region's rich beer brewing heritage at Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, built in the 16th century by Maximilian I.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

      Day 10

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

      Snap your fingers and be transported to a land of fables and folklore. This morning we tread in the footsteps of shy King Ludwig II visiting his fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for the king to withdraw from public life. We continue through the magical countryside to the Black Forest, whose mystical landscape inspired fantasy and fiction from the famous Brothers Grimm. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

      Hotel

      Best Western Hofgut Sternen

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Best Western Hofgut Sternen

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Black Forest – Heidelberg – Frankfurt Day 11 - Black Forest – Heidelberg – Frankfurt

      Admire the centuries-old craft of cuckoo clock making during a Cultural Insight before driving to the famous university town of Heidelberg, straddling the Neckar River. View the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, as well as the Baroque-style Old Town with its bustling market squares and colourful façades. Spend the rest of the afternoon finishing up some last-minute shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Our exploration of the fascinating sights and sounds of Germany is at its end. Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our travel companions reminiscing over the highlights of our 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

      After breakfast we say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and Frankfurt after a memorable holiday. 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

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      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

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 4 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

        • 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


      Why Trafalgar?

      The Trafalgar Experience

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      Taste

      Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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      Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


      Guest Reviews and Ratings

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        The entire trip from beginning to end was a great experience. The tour director, Emmo, made it so much better. The itinerary was superb, and will be remembered for a lifetime. It is so hard to rate our favorite, since there were so many highlights. Awe have already, and will continue to

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        No issues with either. The bus driver could not have been better or more professional. The tour director did all he could to make the tour special!

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        Service rating : This was a wonderful trip! The cities and towns on this tour were amazing. Rob, the travel director, and Chip, the driver, were a great team and very personable. I would recommend this tour and Trafalgar to anyone!Product : Each city and town had a unique characteristic about

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        Service rating : Hotels were just about average....dirty. Host was young and inexperienced, no interest in my plane connections that were missed (due to first flight being lste), in return did not leave me at correct airline terminal because they could not park there...had to walk with 3

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        Great all around travel experience. Tour Director was knowledgeable and took very good care of us. Facilities and meals were very good.

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