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Highlights of Germany

Price per person
from £1,370

Price based on
London Heathrow
7th Dec 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 12 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairytale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beer. On this Germany tour, you'll see Germany's highlights and visit its most famous cities, as well as its medieval towns and scenic areas. Your holiday begins and ends in Frankfurt with overnights also in the Rhineland, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, and the Black Forest area. 

Magnificent scenery awaits you on this Germany vacation. Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine River, passing castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. In Bavaria, visit King Ludwig II's 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled high in the Alps. Drive along the Romantic Road with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, half-timbered houses, and scenic countryside, and stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Finally, enjoy Germany's lush Black Forest region, named because the forest is so thick, people called it black. 

A tour highlight is the famous gothic cathedral in Cologne—known for its twin-steepled towers—that was started in 1248 and completed in 1880. Enjoy Lübeck, a Hanseatic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 12th century. Visit Veste Coburg Castle, built in 1225 and one of Germany’s largest castle complexes. Today, the complex houses the former art collections of the dukes of Coburg. 

You’ll also enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights in the cities, including Munich’s Marienplatz, the main square in the city that hosts the Oktoberfest beer festival. In Dresden, see the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion, where the 40 bells of the glockenspiel sound every quarter of an hour. 

From the beautiful scenery and exciting cities to the historic sights and fun experiences, this Germany tour has it all!

At a glance

  • River Rhine Sail past the legendary Lorelei Rock on a leisurely river cruise.
  • Hamelin Recall the Pied Piper fairy tale as you explore the town that it is set in.
  • Berlin Discover the Neoclassical boulevards and architectural wonders of Germany’s vibrant capital
  • Zwinger Carillon Pavilion Stroll the grounds of the 18th-century royal party palace
  • Romantic Road Admire the medieval architecture along Germany’s famous 400km route
  • Neuschwanstein Castle Wander through King Ludwig II’s spectacular fairy-tale castle

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

Half the hotels were poor by previous Archers standards. The...

21st September 2018
Mrs J Green

Half the hotels were poor by previous Archers standards. The group size was too big resulting in having to sit on back seat of coach. Last hotel in very small isolated village with most restaurants closed on night of stay, hotel food offer was extremely poor. Trip on Rhine very poor & crowded, insufficient seating and very rude boat staff.

The tour was very good lots to see but needs...

18th August 2018
Mr Gary Welch

The tour was very good lots to see but needs to be a 14 day tour extra day in Hamburg. Hotel in Berlin is to far out in old East sector.

Good programme - excellent tour guide- comfortable coach and good...

9th June 2018
Mr Michael Strickland

Good programme - excellent tour guide- comfortable coach and good driver - adequate hotels. The holiday covered everything as in the brochure.

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1st October 2017
Dr PETER HITCHEN

Good value for money paid...

4th August 2017
Trusted Customer

Good value for money paid

The service was good. The paperwork was received in...

8th July 2017
Mrs Shashi Bala Verma

The service was good. The paperwork was received in good time. Telephone contact was positive and helpful. However the BA flight from Frankfurt to London on the 4th July was 3 hours late. Long wait at Frankfurt airport became very tiring and boring. That said .it was a good holiday overall.

Excellent tour itinerary and your guide...

26th May 2017
Trusted Customer

Excellent tour itinerary and your guide

...

5th May 2017
Dr Kenneth Gemmell

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

Spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairytale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beer. On this Germany tour, you'll see Germany's highlights and visit its most famous cities, as well as its medieval towns and scenic areas. Your holiday begins and ends in Frankfurt with overnights also in the Rhineland, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, and the Black Forest area. 

Magnificent scenery awaits you on this Germany vacation. Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine River, passing castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. In Bavaria, visit King Ludwig II's 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled high in the Alps. Drive along the Romantic Road with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, half-timbered houses, and scenic countryside, and stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Finally, enjoy Germany's lush Black Forest region, named because the forest is so thick, people called it black. 

A tour highlight is the famous gothic cathedral in Cologne—known for its twin-steepled towers—that was started in 1248 and completed in 1880. Enjoy Lübeck, a Hanseatic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 12th century. Visit Veste Coburg Castle, built in 1225 and one of Germany’s largest castle complexes. Today, the complex houses the former art collections of the dukes of Coburg. 

You’ll also enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights in the cities, including Munich’s Marienplatz, the main square in the city that hosts the Oktoberfest beer festival. In Dresden, see the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion, where the 40 bells of the glockenspiel sound every quarter of an hour. 

From the beautiful scenery and exciting cities to the historic sights and fun experiences, this Germany tour has it all!

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Frankfurt

Day
1

Fly to Frankfurt where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for one night.

Your tour starts today.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Frankfurt - Rhine Cruise - Rhineland

Day
2

Today’s highlight is an included Rhine cruise from Oberwesel to Boppard to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. The next highlight is Cologne and a visit to its impressive gothic cathedral, started in 1248 and completed in 1880.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rhineland - Hamelin - Hamburg

Day
3

Journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town centre with its colourful historical buildings and magically fancy gables echoing the story of the Pied Piper. Continue to Hamburg, where you may want to join an optional harbour cruise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hamburg - Lübeck - Berlin

Day
4

Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Later, leave for Lübeck, formerly a free Hanseatic city and independent state. Lübeck, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany. Thomas Mann, Günther Grass, and Willy Brandt—all Nobel laureates—were among the famous residents of this city. Later, arrive in Berlin and enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Berlin

Day
5

No longer divided but every bit as fascinating, Berlin was once the city of contrasts with the wall separating two different worlds. Now, the city has developed into a harmonious blend of new and old, preserving its historical buildings and impressive boulevards as well as creating brand new buildings in the most daring architectural styles. See all of this on the included city sightseeing with a Local Guide. Maybe join an optional excursion this afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Berlin - Dresden - Leipzig

Day
6

Travel southwest to Dresden, the old capital of Saxony and at one time rightly called the “Florence on the Elbe.” See the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion and much more on your included sightseeing. Then it’s on to Leipzig, where composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived the last years of their lives. It was Mendelssohn who founded the Leipziger Conservatory in 1843.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Leipzig - Weimar - Coburg - Nuremberg

Day
7

Leave Leipzig to visit Weimar, home to many intellectuals of the past but mainly known for the name given to the historical period of the “Republic of Weimar.” This city is also famed as the home of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Next stop is Coburg. Visit the dominating and mighty Veste Coburg Castle, built in 1225. Continue to Nuremberg for a visit to its famous town centre, dominated by the Imperial castle

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nuremberg - Rothenburg - Romantic Road - Munich

Day
8

Drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages protected by medieval towered gates and battlements, with squares of half-timbered houses and richly decorated fountains. Visit a fine example of this architecture in the quaint medieval centre of Rothenburg. Overnight in Munich.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Munich

Day
9

With a Local Guide, take advantage of the included sightseeing tour of the city known as Germany’s “Secret Capital.” Time to admire the beautiful main square, Marienplatz, do some shopping, and sample its most famous product—beer!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Munich - Neuschwanstein - Black Forest area

Day
10

Leave Munich and drive into the heart of the Bavarian Alps to visit the most famous 19th-century, neo-romantic castle of the world, King Ludwig II’s fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle. Enjoy more idyllic scenery on your way through the Black Forest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Black Forest area - Heidelberg - Frankfurt

Day
11

The day starts with a visit to Heidelberg. This city is the location of Germany’s oldest university and became an inspiration and myth for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Frankfurt - UK

Day
12

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Oktoberfest Departures: 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 September

Departures: 29 November & 6 December include Christmas Markets visit 

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Frankfurt - Mercure Bad Homberg

Modern style in a small town near Bad Homburg; 4 km to A5 Kassel-Frankfurt motorway; 20 km to Frankfurt and its famous fairground.

  • Location

    Im Dammwald 1, Friedrichsdorf-Homburg, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Cologne - Leonardo Koeln Airport

Six-story Airport Hotel located 500 metres from the airport; 15 km from Cologne city centre & train station.

  • Location

    Waldstr. 255, Cologne, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Hamburg - NH Altona Hamburg

The NH Hamburg City is 15 min walking distance from the centre of Hamburg. Many different nice restaurants and bars around the hotel; the NH Hamburg City is next to the Reeperbahn and to famous Musicals.

  • Location

    Stresemannstr. 363, Hamburg, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Berlin - NH Alexanderplatz

Striking a balance between quiet, restful retreat and a vibrant business destination, the NH Berlin Alexanderplatz hotel features 225 newly redecorated guest rooms directly in the centre of the dynamic city of Berlin. With just a few minutes' walk, guests can access major transportation centres, the gateways to all of the sights and attractions of Berlin. Alexanderplatz boasts Berlin's famous television tower and the upscale shopping of Alexa. The beautiful urban oasis Volkspark Friedrichshain can be found just across the street, with green paths that tempt joggers and sightseers alike.

  • Location

    Landsberger Allee 26-32, Berlin-Friedrichshain, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Leipzig - NH Leipzig Messe

The NH Leipzig Messe hotel is just a short walk from the Leipzig Trade Fair and the Congress Center Leipzig, Meanwhile, you're also close to the city's cultural highlights, including the Zoo Leipzig, the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Auerbach's Cellar, a restaurant that dates back to the 15th century. It's a 10-minute walk to the tram, which will take you into town.

  • Location

    Fuggerstrasse 2, Leipzig, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Nuremberg - Ramada Parkhotel

The Ramada Nuernberg Parkhotel is set in peaceful and quiet surroundings, dominated by lawn, trees and flowers.

  • Location

    Muenchenerstrasse 25, Nuernberg, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Munich - Achat Premium Muenchen Sud

Despite its quiet location in southern Munich-Obersendling, the 4-star ACHAT Premium offers easy access to the A95, A96 and A99. And it's just a few minutes on the metro to the city centre and central station.

  • Location

    Perchtinger Strasse 3, Munich, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Herrenberg - H+ Hotel at Herrenberg

The H + hotel is Stuttgart Herrenberg you at the foot of the natural park and only 10 minutes walk from the picturesque old town of Herrenberg. The nearby A81 ensures a good connection to Stuttgart Centre, which drive can be reached in approximately 35. Also within easy reach by car to Tübingen.

  • Location

    Daimlerstrasse 1, Herrenberg, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer