General

Prepare for a roller coaster of feasts, treats and temptations as you take in Germany’s soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city beauties, romantic palaces and half-timbered towns.

Bewitching Scenery

There’s something undeniably artistic in the way Germany’s scenery unfolds – the corrugated, dune-fringed coasts of the north; the moody forests, romantic river valleys and vast vineyards of the centre, and the off-the-charts splendour of the Alps, carved into rugged glory by glaciers and the elements. All are integral parts of a magical natural matrix that’s bound to give your camera batteries a workout. Get off the highway and into the great outdoors to soak up the epic landscapes that makes each delicious, slow, winding mile so precious.

High on History

Few countries have had as much impact on the world as Germany, which has given us the Hanseatic League, the Reformation and yes, Hitler and the Holocaust, but also the printing press, the automobile, aspirin and MP3 technology. It is the birthplace of Martin Luther, Albert Einstein and Karl Marx, of Goethe, Beethoven, the Brothers Grimm and other heavyweights who, each in their own way, have left their mark on human history. You can stand in a Roman amphitheatre, sleep in a medieval castle and walk along remnants of the Berlin Wall – in Germany the past is very much present wherever you go.

Gastro Delights

Experiencing Germany through its food and drink will add a rich layer to your memories (and possibly your belly!). You’ll quickly discover that the local food is so much more than sausages and pretzels, schnitzel and roast pork accompanied by big mugs of foamy beer. Beyond the clichés awaits a cornucopia of regional and seasonal palate-teasers. Share the German people’s obsession with white asparagus in springtime, chanterelle mushrooms in summer and game in autumn. Sample not only the famous beer but also world-class wines, most notably the noble Riesling.

Why I love Germany

By Andrea Schulte Peevers, Writer
Truth be told, I had to leave my home country of Germany to learn to love it. From my new perch in Los Angeles, I returned time and again, criss-crossing the land on my travels between the wind-caressed North Sea and the jagged Alpine peaks. I’ve cycled through romantic river valleys, sampled the best beer and wine, partied to techno till sunrise and stood in awe before sites that have shaped the course of history. After 15 years of discoveries, I could no longer resist the temptations of this gorgeous, complex and forever changing country, and decamped to Berlin for good. I haven’t looked back.

Pleasures of Civilisation

You’ll encounter history in towns where streets were laid out long before Columbus set sail, and in castles that loom above prim, half-timbered villages where flower boxes billow with crimson geraniums. The great cities – Berlin, Munich and Hamburg among them – come in more flavours than a jar of jelly beans but will all wow you with a cultural kaleidoscope that spans the arc from art museums and high-brow opera to naughty cabaret and underground clubs. And wherever you go, Romanesque, Gothic and baroque classics rub rafters with architectural creations from modern masters such as Daniel Libeskind, David Chipperfield and Frank Gehry.
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Arrive in Berlin| Visit the Berlin Tower

Welcome to Berlin . Upon your arrival meet our experienced tour manager at the arrival hall. Transfer to the hotel. Evening visit the famous Berlin TV Tower. From 203 and 207 metres high you can look out over the entire city with its large number of tourist attractions: you can see the Reichstag (Parliament building), the Brandenburg Gate and the Main Railway Station from here, as well as the Olympic Stadium, the Museum Island (Museumsinsel) and the Potsdam Square (Potsdamer Platz). Enjoy dinner at Indian Restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Berlin.

Day 2 - Berlin | Berlin Guided city tour, Visit to Postdam, Visit Sanssouci Palace

After a continental breakfast, we proceed on a Guided orientation city tour to see the Chancellery, Reichstag, Soviet War Memorial, Alexander Platz, Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial (Memorial to the murdered Jews Of Europe), the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie. Later we have a Guided visit to Potsdam- Potsdam is undoubtedly one of Germany's most beautiful cities. Nestled in a charming cultural landscape dotted with palaces and historic gardens, which have been on the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list since 1990, turn the capital of the Federal State of Brandenburg. Visit the famous the Sanssouci Palace - summer residence of King Frederick II and the Gardens. Enjoy dinner at Indian Restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Berlin.

Day 3 - Berlin to Prague | Boat ride on the Vltava River

After a continental breakfast, proceed to Prague. The ‘City of a Thousand Spires’ has seen it all. Centuries of Bohemian kings, classical composers, invading Nazis, Soviet tanks and Velvet Revolutionaries have passed over Prague's cobblestones, and the spires survived it all, creating one of Europe's most romantic and beautiful skylines. Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Upon arrival check into your hotel. Later in the evening, we go for a boat ride on the Vltava River where you can admire the beautiful architecture of Prague. Later proceed for dinner at an Indian restaurant, after which you can retire to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 - City tour of Prague|Guided tour of Prague, including Jewish Quarter, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge and Kafka’s House, Visit the Royal Prague Castle

After a continental breakfast at the hotel, we proceed for a guided city tour of Prague. The guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock. Later visit of the entire Castle District. The package lets you in to the Royal Prague Castle, definitely the highlight of your trip. After this, you will also visit St. Vitus Cathedral, the Crypt of the Bohemian Kings and the St. George Basilica, which houses a fascinating collection of 19th-century Czech painting and sculpture that is especially strong on landscapes and pieces from the Czech national revival period. The collection shows the progression of the Czech lands from a largely agrarian province at the start of the century to a highly developed cultural and industrial space by the end. Finally proceed to the Golden Lane where the acclaimed author of works like ‘Metamorphosis’, Franz Kafka lived for a short while. At the end of the day, enjoy home-style dinner at an Indian restaurant after which you can retire to your hotel in Prague for overnight stay.

Day 5 - Prague to Vienna||Guided tour of Vienna including visit to Schonbrunn Palace

After continental breakfast, proceed to Vienna. A whirl of gilded Hapsburg palaces and regal parks on the banks of the blue Danube, Vienna is a fine romance of a city. Tradition and innovation walk hand in hand: Strauss waltzes are still hip to 20-something ball-goers and even the imperial stables have been born again as the surprising and vibrant Museum Quarter. The Viennese love Gemütlichkeit (relaxation), so this city is to be savored not rushed, whether you're indulging in a dark chocolate Sachertorte in a chandelier-lit coffee house or rising gently above the twinkling Prater in the Riesenrad Ferris wheel. Upon arrival in Vienna proceed for the guided tour of Vienna. See the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. Later visit the famous Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens. You will also have a guided tour of part of the magnificent palace of Schonbrunn, which was the summer residence of the Austrian Emperors for nearly 150 years. At night, you will be taken for dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight stay will be at a hotel in Vienna.

Day 6 - Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava | Guided tour of Bratislava

After continental breakfast, proceed to the town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Slovakia's youthful capital has transformed itself from a relatively unappealing sprawl of postwar, Communist-era buildings into a relaxed and pleasant medium-size capital in the span of little more than a decade. The city's compact Old Town has been completely and stunningly renovated. Most of the area is restricted to car traffic, and in the evenings, it seems, the whole town converges on the center for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Plan on being thoroughly charmed, and you might even consider extending your stay. Upon arrival in Bratislava, proceed on a guided tour of the city. You will be taken to visit Bratislava Castle, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Grassalkovich Palace - Slovakia's White House, Old Town Hall, Novy Most (New Bridge) and Observation Deck. After the tour is over, you will be transferred to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Upon arrival in the city, you will be taken for dinner at an Indian restaurant after which you can retire to your hotel in Budapest for overnight stay.

Day 7 - Exploring Budapest | Guided tour of Budapest, Visit The Buda Castle, Visit Szentendre

Architecturally stunning Budapest is a tour de force of Hapsburg splendor, best appreciated over rich cream cakes in a chandelier-lit Gerbeaud coffee house or a sumptuous steam in a Gellért thermal bath. Beyond the grandeur of the Royal Palace and the Hungarian State Opera House, the city has its head very much in the progressive, party-loving present. Free of its communist shackles, a dynamic cultural undercurrent once again flows freely down the Danube and across the city's grandly designed boulevards. After a continental breakfast, we proceed for a guided city tour of Budapest. See the Parliament Building, Margaret Island, Fishermen's Bastion, the Royal Castle, and Matthias Coronation Church. In the afternoon, visit the famous Buda Castle that dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. Heroes' Square typifies the modern capital, while along the riverbank you find the old inns and wine cellars. Later we proceed on a guided tour to Szentendre- near Budapest. The picturesque town of Szentendre sits at the foot of the Pilis Hill, on the banks of the Danube, north of Budapest, famous for its Skanzen (open-air ethnographical museum). In the evening take a cruise along the River Danube admiring the beauty of the twin cities Buda and Pest. At the end of the day, enjoy home-style dinner at an Indian restaurant after which you can retire to your hotel in Budapest for overnight stay.

Day 8 - Depart Budapest

After a continental breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Budapest Airport to board your flight back home.