On this vacation, 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!
Concealed behind the gleaming glass and steel buildings of Frankfurt is a traditional and charming city. With a past that goes back centuries, this global hub of commerce, culture, and tourism has plenty to offer visitors.
Frankfurt on Foot A day of contemporary and historical delights is yours to savor on this walking tour of Frankfurt. As Europe’s financial hub and a city dating back to the first century AD, Frankfurt is where energy meets culture. Prized as the Free Imperial City, here successive Emperors were crowned but no individual ever staked ownership. Soak up the electric independence of Frankfurt in its eclectic art scene and avant garde museums. Finally relax at any of the restaurants in the older AItstadt and raise a toast to the city’s unique charm with a mug of its famed Ebbelwois. (Morning Activity; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness level: Moderate)
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. (Half Day; Private Activity; Duration – 3 hrs; Fitness level: Moderate)
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 picture postcard 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; Departure Jetty: Karl-Theodore Brücke / Old Bridges)
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 Sneak Peek at Berlin’s Architecture Marvel at the striking contrasts in Berlin’s architectural beauty on this tour, from lavishly restored historic landmarks to contemporary gems. Join a local guide as you are taken for a tour of selected buildings that you may not have discovered on your own! Your tour will start at the Hauptbahnhof or the main railway station and conclude with sweeping views of the city from the Kollhoff Tower viewing platform. (Half Day; Duration: 3 hrs; Start Time: 10 am; Private Activity: Fitness level: Moderate; Please note that all destinations that are part of the tour may not be open every day and your tour will be customized accordingly.)
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; Fitness level: Easy)
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.
Dresden Delights on Foot Explore the rebuilt glory of Dresden over the course of a walking tour that takes you by its most famous attractions. Marvel at the grandeur of Zwinger Palace, home to an elaborate complex of courtyards, museums, garden pavilions and art galleries, including the exquisite porcelain mural titled the Procession of Princes. Admire the Royal City Palace and the Green Vault which houses a priceless collection of art, coins, diamonds of which the best known is the 40.7 carat Dresden Green Diamond. Visit the Church of Our Lady known as Frauenkirsche whose renovated domes and cupolas now stand as a graceful symbol of a reunified and renewed national spirit. Stroll through the Theaterplatz, the market plaza ringed by Semper Opera and other monuments of splendid architectural beauty. Wind up your tour with a leisurely ramble along the Brühlsche Terrasse from where you can catch panoramic views of the River Elbe.
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 store fronts 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. (Time of Day: Morning; Duration: approx. 2 hrs, from 1000 onwards; Shared Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Note: If you have any food allergies, inform ahead of tour; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
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; Duration: approx. 4 hrs, from 1000 onwards; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes).
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. (Half Day; Time: 1000; Duration: 3 – 3.5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; 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 coach with panoramic windows 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; Fixed Time: Yes; Time of Day: 0830; Duration: 10.5 hrs; Shared Activity; Meal Included: Snacks and Drinks; Fitness Level: Easy.)
You will be transferred from your hotel to Munich Airport.
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 5,490 /person
Option 2 From $ 6,490 /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 13 days / 12 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available, unless otherwise specified:
Frankfurt – Heidelberg
Heidelberg – Berlin
Berlin – Dresden
Nuremberg – Munich
All activities as listed:
Frankfurt: Frankfurt on Foot
Heidelberg: Heidelberg on Foot
Heidelberg: Heidelberg on the Neckarsonne Cruise
Berlin: A Sneak Peek at Berlin’s Architecture
Berlin: Potsdam Highlights on Wheels
Dresden: Dresden Delights on Foot
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
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
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Frankfurt: Visitor’s tax of 2.00 EUR per person per night, payable directly at the hotel
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
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)