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Tour Itinerary

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 traditional meal in a medieval castle, watch life along the Rhine unfold on a cruise and see how the beauty of the Black Forest inspired fables and fairy tales.

Countries Visited

Germany

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Frankfurt
    Welcome to Frankfurt and savor an opportunity to see the sights on your own before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon for an orientation of Römerberg and the financial district. This evening, we enjoy a Welcome Reception with our fellow travelers, including a light meal and welcome drink to kick off our discovery of the best of Germany.Accommodation: Sheraton Offenbach
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Cruise along the Rhine and journey to Cologne Connect with Locals
    Resist the alluring calls of Lorelei and board your leisurely cruise along the Rhine. Glide past vineyard-clad hills, stopping to Connect With Locals over lunch at a Be My Guest experience in 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, where we’ll view the Gothic spires of its magnificent cathedral during our orientation of the city.Accommodation: Mercure Koeln Belfortstrasse
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  3. Day 3
    Onwards to the Port City of Hamburg
    Journey through the lush green landscape of Lower Saxony as we make our way to the international trade center of Hamburg, where we'll join our Travel Director for an orientation tour of the city's iconic sights. Spend some time 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 through the city's harbor and discover why Hamburg is called Germany's 'Gateway to the World'. Tonight, we will dine at our hotel.Accommodation: Crowne Plaza City Alster
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Journey to Berlin
    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, the Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden.Accommodation: Catalonia Hotel Berlin.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Discover the History and Icons of Berlin
    Ascend the iconic Berlin TV Tower for 360° views of the city and Spree River. You'll learn how this landmark changed from being a symbol of the communist regime of East Germany to a symbol of a reunited Berlin before enjoying some time exploring Berlin your way. You could choose to join an Optional Experience to delve into the secrets of Berlin’s past, including a visit to the site of Checkpoint Charlie.Accommodation: Catalonia Hotel Berlin.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Off to 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 the fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. Consider delving into the treasures of Dresden, joining an Optional Experience to explore this elegant city.Accommodation: Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel Dresden.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Venture to Historic Nuremberg
    Visit the village of Mödlareuth, which inherited the moniker of 'Little Berlin' due to its wall separating 'east' and 'west' Germany. 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. During your orientation see the mighty castle ramparts and stand in the Hauptmarkt main square which is dominated by the impressive Frauenkirche, a great example of the Gothic brick-style architecture of the region. Spend the rest of your day at leisure indulging in the local specialty of grilled Nürnberger Rostbratwurst with sauerkraut.Accommodation: NH Collection
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Continue to Medieval Rothenburg and Munich
    Stroll through the narrow lanes of Rothenburg – its beautiful medieval center seemingly frozen in time and encircled by a fortified town wall that remains intact after centuries. Admire the beautiful market square, lined with half-timbered houses, and the Old Town Hall before traveling through the Bavarian countryside to Munich.Accommodation: Holiday Inn Westpark
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Explore Munich
    Immerse yourself in the splendor of Munich on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience guided tour with a Local Specialist, discovering Munich as a diverse, inclusive and sustainable city. During your time in Munich, see the distinctive towers of the Cathedral as well as Marienplatz, the central square and the impressive town hall with its charming glockenspiel. The 13th C. St. Peter’s church and the Viktualien food market square and a beerhall are only a short walk from here.Accommodation: Holiday Inn Westpark
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Admire Neuschwanstein Castle and the Black Forest
    Travel through the beautiful countryside to a land of fables and folklore. This morning, we tread in the footsteps of shy King Ludwig II and visit his Neuschwanstein Castle (Subject to Availability), 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.Accommodation: Hofgut Sternen
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    On to Heidelberg and Frankfurt Dive Into Culture
    Witness a Black Forest treasure as you Dive Into Culture and learn about the centuries-old craft of cuckoo clock making. Later, travel to Heidelberg and perhaps have the chance to capture views of 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 on to Frankfurt. Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your newfound friends, reminiscing over the iconic and unexpected highlights of our trip.Accommodation: Sheraton Offenbach
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Farewell Germany
    After breakfast, we say a fond farewell after a memorable holiday.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)

Be My Guest

  • Rhineland: In a medieval castle high above the Rhine River Valley, you'll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest lunch and be transported back to a time of kings and knights.

Dive Into Culture

  • Black Forest: Watch as skilled craftsman capture the distinctive sound of the cuckoo demonstrating the centuries' old craft of clock making in the Black Forest.

Iconic Experience

  • Frankfurt: Spend the day exploring the sights of Frankfurt.
  • Cologne: Enjoy a trip to Cologne and admire its spectacular cathedral.
  • Rhineland: Cruise beneath the semi-ruined castles and terraced vineyards. Sleepy villages slip by as you saunter upstream to the Lorelei Rock where the enchantress lured sailors to their doom.
  • Hamburg: Spend the day basking in the iconic sights of Hamburg and appreciating the local delicacies.
  • Berlin: During a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist, admire Berlin landmarks like the Tiergarten and the neo- Renaissance Reichstag.
  • Berlin: Take in panoramic views of the city from the observation platform of the Berlin TV Tower.
  • Dresden: Stroll through the historic center of Dresden and learn about the city's reconstruction.
  • Nuremberg: Visit the village of Mödlareuth and gain insights into its divided history at the town's open-air museum.
  • Nuremberg: Explore Nuremberg, perhaps indulging in the wonderful food at the Haupmarkt main square.
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Visit the medieval center of Rothenburg.
  • Munich: During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz.
  • Munich: Admire the magical countryside at the Neuschwanstein Castle.
  • Heidelberg: See the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince’s town.

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  • Munich: Join a Local Specialist to appreciate the splendor of Munich and learn how the city is creating a more sustainable future, meeting passionate contributors along the way. This experience advances UN Global Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Berlin with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Munich and Heidelberg
  • : Visit the Berlin TV Tower, Mödlareuth Open Air Museum and Neuschwanstein Castle
  • : View Cologne Cathedral and Heidelberg Castle
  • : See the Lorelei Rock and the Bavarian Alps
  • : Scenic Cruise along the Rhine River

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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Accommodations
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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
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Ratings based off 56 reviews - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

The tour director was exceptional, providing historical facts and also many extra little treats in the local area.

I'm not sure if I'll pick Trafalgar again. They're not using local tour directors and as a result I felt we did not get to learn about the local culture, education, politics, etc. This has been offered by Globus and other companies that has significantly enhanced our learning about the countries we travel to. Their optional tours had food combined which I personally did not like. There were too many optional tours that should have been included in the itinerary.

absolutely wonderful trip, tour director and bus driver were excellent, one of those once in a lifetime experiences, will definitely book Trafalgar trips in the future.

One hotel didn't have air conditioning. I think that is expected in a 4 star hotel. Our tour guide was a challenge. Our guides took there groups through the sites or cities and she would take us to one area and then say it's just a short walk or it's rasy darling

The total process from receiving a price quote to returning home from a tour was so easy. Our focus was on our adventure,the people we met along the way, the food and drink we shared and new ways at looking at our world. Many lessons learned and shared. The tour guide was the best...Outstanding. The service from Affordable Tours was outstanding. Thanks you for all you do.

Tour was great. Guide and driver were fantastic. Kurt had so much experience and stories he told made the trip so much more rich . special guides along the way were also top notch. Just remember the hotels in Germany are not air conditioned to what we in Texas think of. Many just had fans and open windows!! some had thermostats but didn't really cool the rooms down even at night.

Several hotel rooms were so small both suitcases could not be opened at the same time. These rooms were only suitable for one person.

Overall, the trip was wonderful. We encountered some minor transportation problems, but the situation was resolved very expediently. The included meals were all excellent and plentiful. A few nights, our hotel was rather far from town center, hence finding restaurants and activities was a bit challenging. Administratively, our tour director was magnificent. Every detail and accommodation were met. The only negative feedback is the narration. While he gave us a lot of good information and cultural education on the tour bus, the orientation talk and narration on the actual walk was quite brief. As compared to past experiences with other tour guides, they gave us more info and guidance. Aside from these minor critiques, the Best of Germany was a great vacation.

Trafalgar, was a delight, the tour experience was everything we hoped for! Thank you for your help

Trip was wonderful-packed with history, sites, and fun. Felt we really experienced Germany. Tour guide was so well informed and took such good care of us. Only one accommodation was poor, rest were very good to excellent. We had a marvelous time and love our Trafalgar tours....nobody does it better in our opinion.

Both, London and Germany trips were wonderful. Lots of history and beautiful architectures.

I have been happy with all the Trafalgar tours I've booked.

Our tour with Trafalgar was 1st class. Better than I had expected. All Hotels were 4 or 5 star, the food was amazing, and the guide was the best.

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