Best of Germany - Insight Vacations

Best of Germany (Summer 2017)

Duration: 10 days Visiting: Germany

Prices from {{lowPrice}}

Menu
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Highlights
  • Optional experiences
  • Accommodation
  • Reviews
  • Dates & prices

Be captivated by the old world charm of Rothenburg and Nuremberg, the mountain scenery of Bavaria and the amazing re-birth of Dresden to its former Baroque splendour.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Berlin

    Embrace a journey of cosmopolitan cities, historic old towns and breathtaking natural scenery. On arrival at Berlin's Tegel Airport, transfers leave for the hotel at 10:30 & 12:30. This afternoon, perhaps visit the KaDeWe department store, the shopping centre of West Berlin - which during 40 years of division, became the shop window of the West. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    The Spirit of Berlin

    (Relaxed Start) Morning sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the Ku'Damm to the Memorial Church. Drive through the Tiergarten to see Norman Foster's glass dome that crowns the reconstructed Reichstag building. Continue on past the Brandenburg Gate, symbol of the reunification, and down the Unter den Linden, past the Humboldt University and Opera. Stop a while on Museum Island before enjoying an afternoon at leisure in this once divided city. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the glorious palace of the Prussian Emperors at Potsdam?

  3. Day 3

    Dresden, a Baroque Phoenix on the Elbe

    2017 marks 500 years since famed Martin Luther nailed his theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Take some time out to see the famous church and visit the town in which he was the Professor of Moral Theology and the town preacher. Later in Dresden, join a Local Expert to see the splendours of the city. From the Frauenkirche, which has risen again from the destruction of World War II, walk past ‘The Procession of the Dukes', a mosaic of colossal proportions on the Royal Palace façade. See the enormous cathedral, Semper Opera House and Baroque Zwinger Palace.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Medieval Rothenburg

    (Relaxed Start) Venture to Rothenburg-ob-der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road. Plunge back into the 16th century as you walk through narrow cobbled streets lined with high-gabled houses to the market square, dominated by its Renaissance town hall. With an artisan baker, enjoy a demonstration and learn the history of the traditional pastry Schneeballen (snowball), followed by a tasting. Afterwards, the rest of your day is free to explore the quaint town. For your Dine-Around experience in the evening, choose from a selection of restaurants within the walls of the Old Town.

  5. Day 5

    Nuremberg and the Bavarian Capital of Munich

    It's only a short drive to Nuremberg, still entirely enclosed by its fortifications. Witness the charming blend of stone and timbered dwellings in the Old Town as well as the massive ramparts, perhaps shop for delicious Lebkuchen (gingerbread)? Continue across the Danube to reach fun-loving Munich. An orientation tour will show you the university, Victory Arch and the Marienplatz, where crowds gather at the Town Hall to watch the antics of the Glockenspiel. At night, perhaps consider dinner at one of Munich's famous ‘Bier Kellers'?

  6. Day 6

    Munich and the Jewels of the Bavarian Alps

    In the morning, travel to Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps, home of the Passion Play since 1634. See the immense theatre and colourfully-painted chalets, then continue along part of the Alpine Road amid beautiful scenery to the Wieskirche, a masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo. Continue to Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle spectacularly perched on an Alpine mountainside. A local historian will show you Ludwig II's favourite castle. Visit the exuberantly decorated apartments, including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. Afterwards, return to Munich for a free evening.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Lindau on Lake Constance and into the Black Forest

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a leisurely morning departure before travelling through lush, rolling dairy country to Lindau, an island in Lake Constance connected to the mainland by a causeway.  Stroll through the narrow streets past old inns and half-timbered houses, to admire the fantastic backdrop of the Swiss and Austrian Alps across the lake. Take a delightful drive along the shores of Lake Constance, lined with orchards and vineyards, to the Black Forest. Your hotel is nestled amid the trees alongside the clear waters of Lake Titisee.

  8. Day 8

    The University City of Heidelberg and Mainz

    The Black Forest is the land of cherry cake and cuckoo clocks, where traditional farmhouses dip their thatched roofs almost to the ground. Stop in one of the centres of the wood-carving industry to meet locals who still make cuckoo clocks by hand, a tradition passed down over 300 years. Then head through the valleys, where villages and isolated farms nestle beside fast flowing streams, before travelling north to Heidelberg. Enjoy the outlook from the heights of the castle fortress before venturing inside to see the Great Wine Vat, with its associated tales of the dwarf court jester, Perkeo. Spend time in the vast and insightful Apothecary Museum, before enjoying panoramic views of Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley. Your hotel is in the nearby town of Mainz, a bustling and important town since the time of the Romans.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Castles of the Rhine Experience

    (Relaxed Start) Begin the day with a relaxing cruise past steep-sided vineyards, half-timbered taverns, the hilltop castles and the notorious Lorelei Rock. Alight at Boppard and continue to Koblenz where a gigantic equestrian statue of Wilhelm I guards the junction of the Rhine and Moselle. Camera at the ready as you return along the eastern bank. Enjoy the scenic views from the mighty Niederwald Monument. In the evening, round off your German experience with a farewell Celebration Dinner overlooking the River Rhine, complete with the local wine. Prost!

  10. Day 10

    Auf Wiedersehen Frankfurt

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 08:00 & 10:00.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Neuschwanstein: Visit the archetypal fairytale castle that allegedly inspired Walt Disney's castles. Walk through the magnificent halls, take in the lavish decoration and enjoy the spectacular views.
  • Black Forest: Watch skilled artisans at work, learn the history and ancient techniques of clock making.
  • Heidelberg: Climb up to the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince's town. See the Great Wine Vats, Apothecary Museum and enjoy panoramic views of Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley.
  • Rhine Valley: 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.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Berlin: Drive along the Unter den Linden past the Humboldt University and Opera. See the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag building
  • Dresden: See the Frauenkirche, ‘The Procession of the Dukes',mosaic mural, Opera House and Zwinger Palace.
  • Rothenburg-ob-der Tauber: Explore the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany.
  • Nuremberg: See the city walls and tour the old town.
  • Munich: See the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz, Town Hall and Glockenspiel.
  • Bavarian Alps: See Oberammergau's Passion Play Theatre. Visit the Wieskirche, a masterpiece of Bavarian rococo.
  • Lindau: Cross the causeway to this delightful island town.
  • Rhine Valley: See the Deutsches Eck Monument in Koblenz. Enjoy the scenic vista from the Niederwald Monument.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Rothenburg: With a master artisan, learn the history of the traditional pastry Schneeballen (snowball), followed by a tasting.
  • Rothenburg: For your dining pleasure, you're offered an excellent selection of Rothenburg restaurants, each with its own distinctive ambience and cuisine. From local Franken specialities to international menus, your Tour Director's inside knowledge ensures a more intimate and authentic dining experience.
  • Mainz: Take a seat on the terrace for stunning views of the Rhine. Tantalise your taste buds and toast to the culmination of your Germanic journey during a sumptuous Celebration Dinner with all the trimmings.
  • 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Berlin: In the heart of West Berlin, right by Kurfürstendamm, the stylish Swissotel Berlin features a remarkable collection of contemporary German art, state-of-the-art technology and exclusive, luxurious amenities.
  • Rothenburg: Located in the historic centre of medieval Rothenburg, the Hotel Eisenhut consists of four patrician houses from the 12th and 18th centuries, furnished with select antiques and original artwork.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Swissotel Berlin

Berlin (Central) - Germany

In the heart of West Berlin, right by Kurfuerstendamm, the stylish Swissotel Berlin features a remarkable collection of contemporary German art, state-of-the-art technology and exclusive, luxurious amenities.

Hotel Eisenhut Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber

Rothernburg-ob-der-Tauber (Historic) - Germany

Located in the historic centre of medieval Rothenburg, the Hotel Eisenhut consists of four patrician houses from the 12th and 18th centuries, furnished with select antiques and original artworks.

Leonardo Hotel Munich City Olympiapark

Munich (Central) - Germany

Leonardo Hotel Munich City Olympiapark

Maritim Titisee Black Forest

Black Forest (Central) - Germany

Hilton Mainz

Mainz (Contemporary) - Germany

A traditional hotel set in an ideal location to explore the historic Old City.

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7784 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 30 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: The places were just where we wanted to go. I had been there prior in the Army. I loved taking my wife there.

    Service: This is the first time I used it. I was impressed.

  • 18 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: Amazing so much to see. Hildegard Peiker had everything covered. She deserves the highest credits AS WELL AS PAY.. OUTSTANDING JOB!!!!!

    Service: Hildegard Peiker our tour guide and Peter the bus driver were an awesome pair. Hildegard gave us so much information and explained every detail. She was phenominal. What an assest to insight.

  • 18 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: Loved the whole experience

    Service: Yes I would recommend insight vacations to anyone wanting to do this sort of travel, the customer service they provide is excellent

  • 15 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: The excursions I chose were interesting and well run.

    Service: Hildegard (our courier) was excellent and I am full of admiration for our driver (Peter) who did a fantastic job getting us as close as possible to where we needed to be. The choice of hotels was good too.

  • 15 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: We were able to see and experience many different areas of Germany. My only suggestion is to perhaps add a day or two to the same itinerary so that people can spend a little more time in some of the locations to fully experience the culture.

    Service: Everyone we encountered associated with Insight were very attentive and ready to help. Wonderful service!

  • 15 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: Very well organized and covered a lot of territory in Germany.

    Service: This trip to Germany was a once in a lifetime trip...Excellently organized and our tour guide Hildegard Peiker and our bus driver Peter were professional and very friendly. Made the trip perfect. I have already recommended Insight to family and friends.

  • 15 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: Enjoyed thoroughly all aspects

    Service: Most things done very well. However before I left Australia I had trouble trying to submit my details online - had numerous attempts without success and when I emailed Insight I got no reply. I had to contact my travel agent to deal with the situation.

  • 15 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: Fascinating journey, wonderful scenery, comfortable hotels and very good food.

    Service: I thought the entire Insight experience was excellent. Our tour director, Hildegard Peiker, was informative, helpful and charming; our driver, Petre Neagu, was a wonderful driver and they both helped to make our journey through Germany an absolute pleasure. I booked through the travel agent, Flight Centre in Sydney and they were first class.

  • 15 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: Itinerary was designed to allow one to see all the highlights in the route!

    Service: I would recommend them to anyone. They anticipate all needs on the tour.

  • 12 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: The places we saw were amazing.

    Service: It was wonderful, I thought the guide could have beed a little bit more social with us and some of the stops weren't long enough and others were two long but all in alll the tour was great.

  • 12 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: it was well planed and layed out as far as bus time

    Service: I don't like Buffet Dinners Breakfast is ok but dinner is a no-no

  • 09 October, 2017

    TRIP:
    SERVICE:

    Trip: All of the sites visited were really interesting, Only one draw back, it would have been nice to have more spare time in, for example, Nuremberg to discover more the city.

    Service: Everything is always very well organized with Insight. Our Tour Guide, Hildegard Peiker did a great job.

NB: Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. Note prices displayed reflect available discounted rates (i.e. Early Payment Discount, Last Minute Deals). All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however is subject to change, please confirm all details at time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.
Insight Travel Gear

Insight Travel Gear

Clothing, gear, and accessories you need for your next premium or Luxury Gold escorted journey

Destinations

Destinations

Learn more about each of the destinations we visit.