Explore the highlights of Germany, right from Frankfurt, the hub of trade and commerce, to the historic university town of Heidelberg, and the delightfully vibrant capital, Berlin. Traveling in comfort by rail, also visit Saxon stronghold Dresden and the charming Bavarian village of Nuremberg, where World War II history comes alive. End your tour in the biergartens of Munich, home to the annual Oktoberfest!
Berlin, the nation’s capital, is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage. Associated with famous personalities such as Marx, Bismarck, and Einstein, Europe’s second-most-populous city offers you a peek into its past at every corner.
A Walk Through WWII History Witness the tumultuous past of Berlin on your World War II walking tour that covers the most significant historic sites. Marvel at the grandeur of the Reichstag Building where the Imperial Diet met till it was damaged in 1933 and then fully reconstructed 66 years later. Explore the infamous Bendlerblock which used to house the offices of powerful Nazi officials like Goering, Goebbels, and Himmler as well as their dreaded leader Hitler. Visit the site of the bunker where Hitler killed himself. The Soviet War Memorial is the perfect spot for some quiet reflection in the middle of the leafy surroundings of scenic Tiergarten. Wind up your tour with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial which stands as much as a place of remembrance for its victims as a warning for never to let such things happen again. (Morning Activity; Duration: 3 hrs, Time of the Day: 1000 hrs; Private Activity; Transfers are not included: Meet at Brandenburg Gate in front of the southern gatehouse)
Potsdam Highlights on Wheels Discover the historical attractions of the former imperial city of Potsdam from within the comfort of a car. Marvel at the exquisitely terraced gardens, ornate follies and the magnificent palaces of Sanssouci the largest World Heritage Site in Germany and summer retreat of Frederick, the King of Prussia. Soak in the history of this gorgeous city before returning to your Berlin hotel. (Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy; Sanssoucci entrance fees are included.)
Known as the Jewel Box for its baroque and rococo city center, Dresden is also home to the largest green diamond in the world. The city is known for its dainty porcelain figurines that have a unique identity across the globe.
Nuremberg reminds you of a typical Bavarian village with its charming chalets and quaint canals. A city steeped in history, the formidable city walls and castle that have been restored after the Second World War stand testimony to its glorious past.
Culinary Heart of Nüremburg: Gingerbread Castles, Bratwursts and Beer Don’t miss this delicious food trail of Nüremburg’s culinary classics, tracking down Nürnberger bratwurst and delicious craft beer. After breakfast at your hotel, meet your English speaking guide at the Old Town Hall entrance. Stroll along the historic heart of the old town, as your guide connects landmarks, street sides and storefronts with stories of its culinary heritage. Amble down the old town’s labyrinthine streets, picturesque bridges and typical half-timbered house fronts, stopping at the stately St. Sebaldus Church. Make the most of your trip by sampling spiced gingerbread and bratwurst washed down with Bavarian beer along your historic walk. (Morning Activity; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Time of the day: 1000 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Moderate; If you have any food allergies, please inform us in advance; Please wear comfortable walking shoes; Transfers are not included: meet at the entrance of the old town hall, Rathausplatz 2, Nürnberg).
Down Memory Lane: Nüremberg Through the Centuries Discover the historic heart of Nüremberg on this informative city tour. From its rich medieval heritage and Industrial-era innovations to the devastating WWII and subsequent modernization, discover your favorite version of this many-layered metropolis. Accompanied by your driver guide, soak in the spirit of the city’s medieval avatar at the Imperial Castle, whose iconic silhouette once represented the grandeur of the Holy Roman Empire. Walk over to the main market square or Hauptmarkt, which is lined with the city’s landmark monuments. This is where the city’s famous Christmas Market or Christkindlesmarkt has been held each year for centuries. Look out for the “Beautiful Fountain” or Schöner Brunnen, a medieval fountain that stands next to the Town Hall, and heritage stores such as a 600 year old bakery famous for its traditional gingerbread. You will also come across the lovely 14th century Church of our Lady or “Frauenkirche” lining the market square. Stop by the striking structure of St. Lorenz, another medieval church with heritage artwork, dedicated to Saint Lawrence. Also visit the Nazi Party’s Rally Grounds during your walk. A symbol of Germany’s industrial revolution, Hitler had seen Nüremberg as the perfect site for his massive public rallies. Ironically, after WWII, Nüremberg was also where the war crimes tribunal was set up, which you will see on this historic tour, at the Memorium Nüremberg Trials. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning at 1000 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable walking shoes; Entrance fees for Documentation Centre and Memorium Nuremberg Trials are included).
The mere mention of Munich and one conjures up images of annual Oktoberfest gatherings where lederhosen and dirndl-clad women serve beer in large tankards!
Meals of Munich Foodie Tour Beginning your day in the heart of Munich at Marienplatz Square, savor a Bavarian breakfast featuring white sausages, pretzels, local bread, and a pint of beer. Next, admire the city’s churches and palaces as you stroll past historical attractions. Visit the Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s biggest market to shop for fresh produce, home-baked specials, and traditional sausages prepared using heirloom recipes. Learn about this landmark farmers’ market turned gourmet destination that showcases myriad local specialties. Handpick items that make the traditional ‘Brotzeit’ platter, which may include pretzels, cheeses, sausages, Obatzda, grapes, mini cakes, and Bavarian loaves with sweet mustard, among others. Later, take the subway to reach the English Garden – a large urban park set along the Isar river. Following a brief stroll greeting cyclists, joggers, and soccer enthusiasts across the shaded paths and public installations, settle down at a beer garden. Enjoy your picnic meal over another pint of beer, while your expert guide shares Bavarian food traditions. (Time of the Day: 1000 hrs; Duration: 3 hrs approx; Private Activity & Transfers; Meals and drinks included; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that the tour is not available on Sundays as shops are closed)
Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle by Coach Experience the beauty of the countryside as you travel to a beautiful palace and a fairytale castle. Settle into your comfortable seat and enjoy panoramic views and amenities such as bathroom and free WiFi. Munch on snacks and sip refreshing drinks as you travel along the autobahn towards the Bavarian Alps. After driving for an hour and a half, step off the coach for the short stroll to the 19th century Linderhof palace, the smallest of three palaces constructed by King Ludwig II. Explore the opulent interior of the palace accompanied by your experienced guide before continuing on to the quaint village of Oberammergau. Saunter through the lanes of this charming hamlet marveling at the exquisite examples of traditional wood carving that it is renowned for. Journey along the famous Romantic Road for about an hour to arrive at the foothills of the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle. Before embarking on the hike up to the castle, you could refuel with a hearty lunch. Alternatively, head to Marienbrücke or Mary’s Bridge to relish picture postcard views of the spectacular structure that inspired Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. After enjoying the views, make your way up to the castle to arrive punctually for your reserved timed tour. (Full Day; Time of Day: 0830 hrs; Duration: 10.5 hrs; Shared Activity in a Medium-sized Group; Snacks and Drinks included; Fitness Level: Easy; Transfers are not included: Meet at Karstadt in Front of Munich Central Station)
Picturesque Heidelberg, the country’s oldest university town, nestles amid a dense forest by the riverside. The city’s rich literary history has earned it the UNESCO City of Literature title.
Heidelberg on Foot Journey back in time with a walking tour of Heidelberg that covers the two most popular historical sites, the Old Town and the Heidelberg Castle. Wind through romantic cobbled paths to reach the Altstadt (or Old Town) and then explore the atmospheric Marketplatz or town square, lined with outdoor cafes and boutique stores. Witness the medieval grandeur of the Heidelberg University founded as far back as the 14th century, and breathe in the venerable air of the Heiliggeistkirche or Church of the Holy Spirit. Explore the quaint Jewish Quarter with its old synagogues and modern museums that depict the history of Jews in this city. Take the funicular railway to the imposing Königstuhl hill where the red sandstone remains of the Heidelberg Castle still speak of majestic Renaissance architecture. (Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Moderate; Castle entrance fees included)
Heidelberg on the Neckarsonne Cruise Explore Heidelberg on board the Neckarsonne, a modern solar-powered ferry. Sail down the Neckar River to take in various historical landmarks of Heidelberg as well as pleasing vistas all around. Make the most of comforts such as two bistros, modern toilets, as well as a PA system which tells you more about the picturesque landscape and the importance of renewable energy such as the Neckarsonne uses. Nibble on cakes and snacks or splurge on a hot coffee, served by ferry staff, as you glide by the spectacular countryside on board the Neckarsonne. (Shared Activity; Duration: 50 mins; Dates: Tuesday through Sunday; Transfers are not included: Departure Jetty is Karl-Theodore Brücke / Old Bridges)
You will be transferred from your hotel to Frankfurt Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 5,290 /person
Option 2 From $ 6,290 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 12 days / 11 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Berlin – Dresden
Dresden – Nuremberg
Nuremberg – Munich
Munich – Heidelberg
All activities as listed :
Berlin: A Walk Through WWII History
Berlin: Potsdam Highlights on Wheels
Nuremberg: Culinary Heart of Nüremburg: Gingerbread Castles, Bratwursts & Beer
Nuremberg: Down Memory Lane: Nüremberg Through the Centuries
Munich: Meals of Munich Foodie Tour
Munich: Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle by Coach
Heidelberg: Heidelberg on Foot
Heidelberg: Heidelberg on the Neckarsonne Cruise
All activities specified in the itinerary including transfers and entrance fees unless otherwise specified
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Dresden: Visitor’s tax of 6% of the accommodation cost, payable by cash only directly at the hotel
Berlin: Visitor’s tax of 5% of the accommodation cost excluding breakfast, payable directly at the hotel
Tips, additional meals, and personal expenses
Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)