12 Day Classic Germany

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Destination & Sightseeing

  • Flights New York-Dusseldorf, Munich-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
    • 1 night Cologne
    • 2 nights Hamburg
    • 2 nights Berlin
    • 1 night Dresden
    • 1 night Nuremberg
    • 3 nights Munich
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 15 meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • See the striking 13th century Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • In Hamburg, view the country’s port on the Elbe River, “gateway to the world”
  • History comes to life as you cross the former “Iron Curtain” to Berlin
  • View Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag and Brandenberg Gate, symbols of the formerly divided city
  • Cross Saxony to the baroque art city of Dresden, titled the "Florence on the Elbe”
  • In Nuremberg, view the Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946
  • Journey to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the walled town where time has stood still
  • Travel on the picturesque Romantic Road through medieval towns and villages
  • Visit Nymphenburg Palace, former summer residence of Bavarian rulers
  • Visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

ITINERARY

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Germany
Depart for Dusseldorf, Germany

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Dusseldorf
Arrive in Dusseldorf and transfer to your hotel in Cologne. The reminder of the day is on your own to rest and relax. Tonight at approximately 6 pm, meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for an orientation meeting on the delightful journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 3 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possibleOvernight: CologneMeals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Walking Tour in Cologne, Travel to Hamburg
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the city, most famous for its Roman origins. Linger at the striking 13th century Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its soaring twin spires. In the afternoon, head to Hamburg, the largest port city on the Elbe River, known as the country’s "gateway to the world." Dinner tonight is at the hotelOvernight: HamburgMeals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Tour of Hamburg
This morning, explore Alster Lake in the heart of the city, with its well-used Outer and Inner walkways and sumptuous waterside villas owned by Hamburg’s wealthiest merchants. View the Landing Bridge of St. Pauli, the largest in the harbor and baroque-style Michel Church, bearing the largest tower clock in Germany and the impressive Town Hall. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, or join the optional tour to Lübeck, former capital of the mighty Hanseatic League that served as the trade hub of Northern EuropeOptional: Half Day Tour of LübeckOvernight: HamburgMeals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Berlin City Tour
History comes to life today as you head east, crossing the former "Iron Curtain" to Germany’s magnificent capital city of Berlin, a mecca for art, culture and fashion. During your sightseeing tour on arrival, marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin, including the Brandenburg Gate, symbol of the reunification, the glass-dome Reichstag Building and “Checkpoint Charlie,” the last remaining mark of the formerly divided city. Drive along Unter den Linden Boulevard past the State Opera House and the imposing Cathedral. End the day in the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm with its rows of boutiques, cafes and non-stop activity. Tonight, see illuminated Berlin on the optional Night Tour that includes a delectable dinnerOptional: Berlin by Night with Dinner (PM)Overnight: BerlinMeals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Full Day in Berlin
A glorious day at leisure in this capital city. Visit the Pergamon Museum, Charlottenburg Palace, Holocaust Museum or ascend the huge Berlin TV Tower to see the incredible 360° views of the city. Shop to your heart’s content at an endless array of designer stores highlighting some of Europe’s top fashion. There’ll be opportunity to participate in optional tours to discover Berlin’s hidden past, or travel to nearby Potsdam, the historic "City of Palaces"Optional: Berlin's Hidden Past (AM)Optional: Potsdam Tour (PM)Overnight: BerlinMeals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Tour of Dresden
Cross Saxony to the baroque art city of Dresden, titled the "Florence on the Elbe." Discover this astonishing Renaissance city that has emerged from its wartime destruction to a luxurious splendor. Stop at the ornate Zwinger Palace, once a setting for court festivities, and the world-famous Semper Opera House. Continue to the Frauenkirche Church, symbol of reconstruction with its magnificent baroque dome. A highlight of the day is a fascinating visit to the renowned Green Vault to admire the jewels and treasures of Saxon kings. The rest of the day is yours to explore independently. Discover Altmarkt Square and the Prager Strasse area with its lovely shops and sidewalk cafes. Dinner together is at the hotelOvernight: DresdenMeals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Nuremberg City Tour
Today you head to Nuremberg, an energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. View the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and the chilling Nazi Rally Grounds where mass events were held to fuel the party propaganda. End the day at lively Market Square in the Old Town. Later, enjoy dinner with your travel companionsOvernight: NurembergMeals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Rothenburg City Tour
This morning travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the preserved walled city where time has stood still. Step back in time as this town, untouched by the ravages of war, charms you with its cobble streets, ramparts, and centuries old houses. In the late afternoon, arrive in Munich, the pride of Bavaria, with its festive fun-loving spirit. This evening perhaps join the optional Bavarian Evening with dinnerOptional: Bavarian Evening with dinner (PM)Overnight: MunichMeals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Neuschwanstein Castle
Drive into the German Alps and tour the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Bavaria's “Mad” King Ludwig. This is one of the most visited castles in Germany and a symbol of idealized romantic architecture. Among the castle's finest rooms are two magnificent halls decorated in dazzling gold and blue. Tour the extravagant castle before returning to Munich for an evening at leisureOvernight: MunichMeals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - City Tour of Munich
Begin your morning city tour on a drive through Munich, revealing countless museums, galleries, ornate palaces and historic buildings including the Koenigsplatz and the monument lined Ludwig Strasse. Continue to the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park, the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Then, visit the stunning Nymphenburg Palace with its gorgeous baroque facade, once summer residence of Bavarian rulers. The tour ends at Marienplatz Square, cultural center of the city, where you will join the crowds watching the famous glockenspiel clock dating back to 1908 with its colorful mechanical figures dancing the top of the hour. The afternoon is at leisure, to shop for last minute souvenirs or, perhaps join the optional tour to the Dachau Memorial Site, where you will learn about the Nazi regime, the concentration camp and its liberation. Tonight, a toast to your newfound friends on your last night in Germany as you enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner together at a popular restaurantOptional: Dachau Memorial Site (PM)Overnight: MunichMeals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flightMeals: Breakfast