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Best of Germany

Duration 12 days

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See all the sights on this jam-packed Best of Germany trip. From cutting-edge Berlin, you’ll travel back in time and enjoy a medieval banquet in a castle, watch life along the Rhine unfold on a cruise and see how the beauty of the Black Forest inspired fables and fairy tales.

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DAY 1

Arrive Frankfurt
Welcome to Frankfurt and savour a brief opportunity to see the sights on your own 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
Meal: Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Frankfurt – Rhine Cruise – Cologne
Resist the alluring calls of Lorelei and board your leisurely cruise along the Rhine. Glide past vineyard-clad hills, stopping to ‘Connect With Locals’ for a Be My Guest lunch at a 13th-century castle perched high above the river valley. Share stories of knights and feuding lords and ladies over lunch before continuing to Cologne. Here, we will view the Gothic spires of its magnificent cathedral during our orientation of the city.
Hotel: NH Collection Mediapark
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

DAY 3

Cologne – 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
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

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
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5

Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time
‘Dive Into Culture’ and ascend the iconic Berlin TV Tower for 360° views of the city and Spree River. You have some free time to see the remnants of the Berlin Wall, visit the infamous Checkpoint Charlie or join an Optional Experience to the District of Potsdam, the former Prussian royal seat, for sightseeing and an unforgettable meal.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6

Berlin – Dresden
A short drive south brings us to Dresden, the ‘Florence on the Elbe’, where we’ll hear about the city’s restoration following its devastation during World War II as you admire its 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
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7

Dresden – Mödlareuth – Nuremberg
Visit the village of Mödlareuth, 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, arrive in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire and 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
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8

Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Munich (2 Nights)
Stroll through the narrow lanes of Rothenburg – 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 with half-timbered houses, and the Old Town Hall before following parts of the Romantic Road through villages and countryside to Munich. See the Olympic Stadium, built as the main venue for the 1972 Olympic Games, before checking in to your hotel.
Hotel: Sheraton Westpark
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9

Munich Orientation and Free Time
Today is yours to immerse yourself in the Bavarian heritage of Munich. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city’s landmarks, including Odeonsplatz and Marienplatz, famous for its Glockenspiel, which enacts stories from the 16th century. Explore Baroque palaces and vibrant markets, then embrace the Bavarian region’s rich beer brewing heritage at Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, built in the 16th century by Maximilian I.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

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 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
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 11

Black Forest – Heidelberg – Frankfurt
Witness the centuries-old craft of cuckoo clock making as you ‘Dive Into Culture’ in the Black Forest. 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. Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends, reminiscing over the iconic and unexpected highlights of our trip.
Hotel: Sheraton Offenbach
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 12

Depart Frankfurt
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to Frankfurt after a memorable holiday. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Berlin
  • ORIENTATION of Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg
  • VISIT Hamelin, the Berlin TV Tower, Mödlareuth Open Air Museum and Neuschwanstein castle
  • CRUISE along the Rhine River
  • SEE the Lorelei Rock, Cologne Cathedral and the Bavarian Alps

Dining Highlights

  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 4 dinners

First class 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 Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Best of Germany

See all the sights on this jam-packed Best of Germany trip. From cutting-edge Berlin, you’ll travel back in time and enjoy a medieval banquet in a castle, watch life along the Rhine unfold on a cruise and see how the beauty of the Black Forest inspired fables and fairy tales.