12 Day Classic Germany

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers arriving into Dusseldorf on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 pm. The hotel in Cologne is approximately a 1 hour drive from the Dusseldorf airport.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



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This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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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 possible
Overnight: Cologne
Meals: 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 hotel
Overnight: Hamburg
Meals: 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 Europe
Optional: Half Day Tour of Lübeck
Overnight: Hamburg
Meals: 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 dinner
Optional: Berlin by Night with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Berlin
Meals: 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: Berlin
Meals: 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 hotel
Overnight: Dresden
Meals: 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 companions
Overnight: Nuremburg
Meals: 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 dinner
Optional: Bavarian Evening with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: 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 leisure
Overnight: Munich
Meals: 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 restaurant
Optional: Dachau Memorial Site (PM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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Optional Tours

Depart Hamburg and head to the city of Lübeck, former capital of the mighty Hanseatic League that served as the trade hub of Northern Europe. Today, the picturesque town is a jewel of Brick-Gothic architecture, full of medieval charm and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your Lubeck tour with Holstentor gate, the city's most famous landmark, guarding the entrance to the Old Town. Proceed to the historic Altstadt (Old Town) and walk along cobbled streets with rows of Renaissance gabled houses. Admire St. Mary’s church, a 13th-14th century structure, that served as a model for the Gothic brick style of churches around the Baltic region. The church boasts the highest brick-vaulted roof in the world. Marvel at one of Germany's most beautiful town halls the Rathaus with its blend of Gothic and Romanesque architecture.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #4 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $39.00
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Famous both in the early 20th Century world of "Cabaret," and now once again in the 21st for its vibrant night life, enjoy a fun filled “Berlin Style” dinner party with traditional dishes, drinks and live music. As dusk falls, admire some of the highlights of Germany’s largest city on an evening drive before returning to the hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2020 $76.00
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Embark on a fascinating tour into Berlin’s turbulent past. Your knowledgeable guide makes Berlin’s history come alive as you delve beneath the surface to see what remains of the city of the latter part of the 20th century. Begin the tour at the East Side Gallery a preserved colorful section of the wall, now one of the longest open air art galleries in the world and continue to the Berlin Wall Memorial. Finally visit the Topography of Terror, an indoor exhibition located on the former site of the Gestapo Headquarters.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019 $47.00
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Travel to Potsdam, known as the "City of Palaces," well known as the meeting place of Truman, Churchill and Stalin in 1945 at the Cecilienhof Palace for the Potsdam Conference, and where they created post-World War II Europe. Another stop is made at the Park of Sanssouci Palace, former summer residence of the Prussian kings and German emperors. During a walking tour around the palace grounds, pass the old windmill, explore the lovely gardens and see the burial site of Frederick the Great.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $72.00
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This evening, get acquainted with traditional Bavarian culture in the heart of Munich. Begin the evening with a stroll to the Hofbrauhaus, one of Munich's oldest and most famous beer halls. This institution was built in the 16th century, and continues to brew its beer according to the strict Bavarian Beer Purity Laws. Continue to a local restaurant to enjoy some hearty Bavarian fare and cheerful "gemutlichkeit"!

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #9 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019 $77.00
01 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $79.00
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Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of the internment camps opened after Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The camp became a symbol and model of the horrors of the Nazi period, until its liberation by American soldiers in 1945. It serves now as a memorial to the victims of this tragic period in history. The tour will give you the opportunity to reflect on the events that happened here and the more than 40,000 victims who lost their lives under the tyrannical Nazi regime.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #11 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $33.00
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