Highlights of Germany


  • 12 days

  • Germany

  • Steady pace

Tour : 6040

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£1,141 pp

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£1,348 pp

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Spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairy-tale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beer…this is Germany! On this Germany tour, you'll see Germany's highlights and visit its most famous cities, as well as its medieval towns and scenic areas. Your holiday begins and ends in Frankfurt with overnights also in the Rhineland, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, and the Black Forest area.

Magnificent scenery awaits you on this value-minded Germany holiday. Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine River, passing castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. In Bavaria, visit King Ludwig II's 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled high in the Alps. Drive along the Romantic Road with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, half-timbered houses, and scenic countryside, and stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Finally, enjoy Germany's lush Black Forest region, named because the forest is so thick, people called it black.

Among the tour highlights are: the famous gothic cathedral in Cologne—known for its twin-steepled towers—that was started in 1248 and completed in 1880; Lübeck, a Hanseatic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 12th century and Veste Coburg Castle, built in 1225 and one of Germany’s largest castle complexes. Today, the complex houses the former art collections of the dukes of Coburg.

You’ll also enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights in the cities, including Munich’s Marienplatz, the main square in the city that hosts the Oktoberfest beer festival. In Dresden, see the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion, where the 40 bells of the glockenspiel sound every quarter of an hour.

From the beautiful scenery and exciting cities to the historic sights and fun experiences, this Germany tour has it all!

Highlights

Rhine Cruise Cologne Visit

Hamelin Visit

Hamburg Orientation drive

Lübeck Visit

Berlin Guided sightseeing

Dresden Guided sightseeing

Leipzig Orientation

Weimar Visit

Coburg Castle visit

Nuremberg Visit

Romantic Road Rothenburg visit

Munich Guided sightseeing

Neuschwanstein Visit King Ludwig’s castle

Black Forest Scenic drive

Heidelberg Visit

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Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Frankfurt, Germany

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Frankfurt with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Frankfurt - Rhine Cruise - Cologne - Rhineland

Day
2

Today’s highlight is an included RHINE CRUISE from Rüdesheim to St. Goar to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. The next highlight is Cologne with free time to visit its impressive gothic CATHEDRAL, started in 1248 and completed in 1880.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rhineland - Hamelin - Hamburg

Day
3

Journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town centre with the colourful historical buildings and magically fancy gables echoing the story of the Pied Piper. Continue to Hamburg.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hamburg - Lübeck - Berlin

Day
4

Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Later, depart for Lübeck, formerly a free Hanseatic city and independent state. Lübeck, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany. Thomas Mann, Günther Grass, and Willy Brandt—all Nobel laureates—were among the famous residents of this city. Later, arrive in Berlin and enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Berlin

Day
5

No longer divided but every bit as fascinating, Berlin was once the city of contrasts with the wall separating two different worlds. Now, the city has developed into a harmonious blend of new and old, preserving its historical buildings and impressive boulevards as well as creating brand new buildings in the most daring architectural styles. See all of this on the included city sightseeing with a Local Guide. Consider an optional excursion this afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Berlin - Dresden - Leipzig

Day
6

Travel southwest to Dresden, the old capital of Saxony and at one time rightly called the “Florence on the Elbe.” See the ZWINGER CARILLON PAVILION and much more on your included sightseeing. Then it’s on to Leipzig, where composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived the last years of their lives. It was Mendelssohn who founded the Leipziger Conservatory in 1843.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Leipzig - Weimar - Coburg - Nuremberg

Day
7

Leave Leipzig to visit Weimar, home to many intellectuals of the past but mainly known for the name given to the historical period of the “Republic of Weimar.” This city is also famed as the home of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Next stop is Coburg. Visit the dominating and mighty VESTE COBURG CASTLE, built in 1225. Continue to Nuremberg for a visit to its famous town centre, dominated by the imperial castle.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nuremberg - Rothenburg - Munich

Day
8

Drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages protected by medieval towered gates and battlements, with squares of half-timbered houses and richly decorated fountains. Visit a fine example of this architecture in the quaint medieval centre of Rothenburg. Overnight in Munich.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Munich

Day
9

With a Local Guide, take advantage of the included sightseeing tour of the city known as Germany’s “Secret Capital.” Time to admire the beautiful main square, MARIENPLATZ, do some shopping, and sample Munich’s famous beer!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Munich - Neuschwanstein - Black Forest Area

Day
10

Leave Munich and drive into the heart of the Bavarian Alps to visit the most famous 19th-century, neo-romantic castle of the world, King Ludwig II’s fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE. Enjoy more idyllic scenery on your way through the Black Forest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Black Forest Area - Heidelberg - Frankfurt

Day
11

The day starts with a visit to Heidelberg—location of Germany’s oldest university and inspiration for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Frankfurt

Day
12

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Oktoberfest Departures: 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 September

Departures: 29 November & 6 December include Christmas Markets visit 

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,141 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

From

£1,348 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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