Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Circle north, south, east and west to see the Pied Piper's Hamelin, medieval Rothenburg and Munich's Glockenspiel. Explore Neuschwanstein, and gain insights into a "divided Germany".

Trafalgar Highlights

  • Connect with Locals: Enjoy a Be My Guest banquet and stories of knights and feuding lords in a fairy-tale 13th-century castle perched high above the Rhine Valley. (Day 3)
  • Dive into Culture: Watch skilled craftsman capture the distinctive sound of the cuckoo demonstrating the centuries' old craft of clock making in the Black Forest. (Day 12)
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Berlin.


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.


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 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

 

Location:

Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE, Hamburg, Hamburg, DE, Berlin, state of Berlin, Germany, Dresden, Saxony, DE, Nuremberg, Bavaria, DE, Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, DE

13  Days | 11  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Frankfurt (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 11 nights of accommodation
  • 16 meals (11 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 Connect With Locals lunch, and 4 dinners)
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience (described in the itinerary below; 1 voucher per person)
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Earn Aeroplan Miles

 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Frankfurt.

Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 2

Welcome to 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.

Meal(s) : Welcome reception
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 3

Frankfurt - Rhine Cruise - Cologne

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 Connect With Locals 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.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Connect With Locals (lunch), Dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 4

Cologne - Hamelin - Hamburg

Journey through the lush green landscape of Lower Saxony, stopping in the legendary town of Hamelin, immortalized 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.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

The Port of Hamburg Harbour Cruise (32 EUR): Despite being located 110 km (68 miles) inland, Hamburg is often referred to as Germany's Gateway to the World due to the sheer number of ships that pass through the city. We'll enjoy a relaxing cruise with refreshments as we see Hamburg's skyline, historic fish market and shipyards while we learn about the city's maritime traditions.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 5

Hamburg - Berlin Sightseeing

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.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Dinner and Berlin by Night (60 EUR): Tonight join us as we enjoy great food, wine, beer, music and company before discovering the stunning illuminated landmarks of the German capital.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 6

Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time

Dive into Culture and 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 at your leisure.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Berlin's Secret Past Revealed (31 EUR): Uncover secrets of Berlin's past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of the Berlin Wall, see the site of Checkpoint Charlie, and learn more about Berlin's WWII and Cold War past.
  • Potsdam Highlights with Dinner (70 EUR): At the Western edge of Berlin, we'll stop on the shores of Greater Wannsee, the incongruously beautiful setting for the infamous 1942 conference to plan the "Final Solution." Next we'll cross Glienicke Bridge, the so-called "Bridge of Spies" of Cold War spy swaps fame. Reaching Potsdam, we continue to the beautiful Park Sanssouci, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before finishing our afternoon by enjoying a meal in a former hunting lodge on the shores of the lake.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 7

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 its beautiful Baroque façades. See the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. Consider delving into the treasures of Dresden by joining an Optional Experience to explore this elegant city.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Dresden Royal Treasury & Moritzburg Castle (54 EUR): See the highlights of the fabulous Green Vault, one of the richest treasure chambers in Europe, with your Local Specialist. Afterwards, driving out of Dresden, we'll stop for refreshments before reaching Moritzburg Castle to discover its opulent Baroque interior. The surrounding woodlands were once a favourite hunting area for the Kings of Saxony.

Meal(s) : Breakfast breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 8

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.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Franconian Lunch and Rally Grounds Documentation Centre (41 EUR): You'll enjoy a delicious light lunch with a drink at the world's largest bratwurst restaurant. Then we'll make our way to the rally grounds and unfinished Congress Hall of the former Nazi Party. This extraordinary structure has since been transformed and now houses an exhibition detailing the Nazi Party's fascination with rallies and the causes and consequences of National Socialism. An audio guide is provided.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 9

Nuremberg - Rothenburg - Munich

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 into your hotel.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Bavarian Evening (65 EUR): Munich is the heart of Bavaria and it's fuelled by some of the best food and drink in the country. See the Hofbräuhaus before you enjoy a selection of traditional Bavarian dishes in a typical local restaurant and absorb the atmosphere of a real Bavarian beer hall.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 10

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.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

The Dachau Memorial Site (31 EUR): Germany's first concentration camp was opened immediately after Hitler's rise to power, just outside Dachau, near Munich. Maintained as a memorial, this visit will provide an insight into this tragic period in history.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 11

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.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 12

Black Forest - Heidelberg - Frankfurt

Witness the centuries-old craft of cuckoo clock making making as you Dive Into Culture in Heidelberg. View the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, as well as the Baroque-style Old Town. Spend the rest of the afternoon finishing up some last-minute shopping before continuing to Frankfurt. Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Farewell dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 13

Frankfurt - Return to Canada

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.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Best of Germany - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
Sheraton Offenbach(or similar)
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE
NH Collection Mediapark(or similar)
Hamburg, Hamburg, DE
Crowne Plaza City Alster(or similar)
Berlin, state of Berlin, Germany
Hilton(or similar)
Dresden, Saxony, DE
Pullman Newa(or similar)
Nuremberg, Bavaria, DE
Maritim(or similar)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Sheraton Westpark(or similar)
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, DE
Best Western Hofgut Sternen(or similar)
Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
Sheraton Offenbach(or similar)
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE
NH Collection Mediapark(or similar)
Hamburg, Hamburg, DE
Crowne Plaza City Alster(or similar)
Berlin, state of Berlin, Germany
Hilton(or similar)
Dresden, Saxony, DE
Pullman Newa(or similar)
Nuremberg, Bavaria, DE
Maritim(or similar)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Sheraton Westpark(or similar)
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, DE
Best Western Hofgut Sternen(or similar)

Room Specifications

Solo travellers will share a room with another person from the group.
Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
Bed size(s): 2 twin beds
Room occupancy: Up to 2 adults of the same gender
Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

October 5 & 12, 2019

2020 departure dates:

April 1*, 8*, 15*, 22*, 29*                                                 
May 6*, 13, 20, 27                                                   
June 3*, 10*, 17*, 24*                                                   
July 1*, 8, 15*, 22*, 29                                                
August 5*, 12*, 19, 26                                     
September 2, 9*, 16*, 23*, 30*
October 7*

*Non-definite departure dates

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

MORE TO KNOW

Pre-paid gratuities option: For an additional $146 CAD per person, travelers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

ACTIVITIES

Prices listed for the Optional Experiences in the itinerary are valid as of November 1, 2018 and are subject to change without notice.

TRANSPORTATION

Airport transfers: On arrival at Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Pricing policies for this hotel

Non-Refundable

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Free Cancellation

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