Best of Germany and Austria - Leisure Holidays

Best of Germany and AustriaGermany

From RM13,148 / per person for 12 nights
This Regional Explorer trip is the ultimate German and Austrian road and river adventure.

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Summary

An epic journey through Germany and Austria - the sounds of Bach and Mozart accompany as you explore the imposing spires of Cologne and Salzburg, cruise along the Rhine and criss-cross 'East' and 'West' in Berlin. You'll also sample traditional Tyrolean hospitality, visit the city that inspired 'The Sound of Music' and tuck into Vienna's Kaffee und Kuchen culture.



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Itinerary

Transfer

On arrival at Frankfurt Airport transfer will operate at 9.30am, 12pm and 2.30pm. Guest arriving later should make their own way to hotel. 

Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8am and 9.30am.

Accommodation

Day 1: Hotel Sheraton Offenbach

Day 2: Hotel Mercure Severinshof City 

Day 3 & 4: Hotel Hampton  by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz

Day 5: Hotel Prinzhotel

Day 6 & 7: Hotel Sheraton Arabellapark

Day 8: Hotel Alte Post

Day 9: Hotel Innsbruck

Day 10: Hotel Austria Trend Europa

Day 11 & 12: Hotel Hilton Danube Waterfront

Day 13: Depart Vienna

Sightseeing

Day 1: Arrive Frankfurt (Offenbach)
Embrace centuries old-heritage charm and modern style in the vibrant city of Frankfurt, our springboard for a delightful exploration of the best of Germany and Austria. Spend your day exploring the Altstadt and soaking up the atmosphere of a bygone era before meeting your Travel Director for an orientation of the medieval Römerplatz and dynamic financial district. Later, we join our fellow travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception.


Day 2: Frankfurt (Offenbach) - Rhine Cruise - Cologne
The legend of Lorelei kick-starts our morning as we board a leisurely cruise along the mighty Rhine past fairy-tale castles and vineyard-clad hills. We stop at lunch to enjoy an unforgettable Be My Guest banquet and hear tales of nights and feuding lords and ladies in a 13th century castle perched high above the Rhine valley. Continuing to the cultural capital of Rhineland, we view the spectacular Gothic spires of the Cologne Cathedral. Spend the rest of the evening exploring the city's great artistic treasures, historic town squares and the city's history as the site where Eau de Cologne was first created.


Day 3: Cologne - High Speed Train - Berlin Sightseeing (2 Nights)
This morning we board a high-speed train to historic Berlin, whose once-turbulent history has shaped its rebirth as the charismatic capital of Germany. Join a Local Specialist for an exploration of East meets West and delve into the story behind their reunification. See the imposing Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building with its famous glass dome. We'll see the Tiergarten and trendy Kurfürstendamm, famous for its shopping and entertainment, before spending the rest of the day at leisure. 


Day 4: Berlin Sightseeing
Venture up one of the icons of a united Berlin and Germany for a Cultural Insight experience up the Berlin TV Tower offering spectacular 360° views of the city. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city on your terms. See the remnants of the Berlin Wall, visit the infamous Checkpoint Charlie or enjoy an Optional Experience to the District of Potsdam, the former Prussian royal seat, for sightseeing and an unforgettable dinner. 


Day 5: Berlin - Wurzburg - Rothenburg
Celebrate beauty through your admiration of art and architecture in beautiful Würzburg where you will see the Prince-Bishops' residence and Marienburg Fortress, on the banks of the Main, before arriving in the charming cobblestone streets of Rothenburg where we will dine tonight in our hotel. 


Day 6: Rothenburg - Munich (2 Nights)
This morning we enjoy an orientation walk through the beautiful medieval centre of Rothenburg, seemingly frozen in time and encircled by a fortified town wall that remains intact after centuries. Continuing south through picture-perfect landscapes of Bavaria, we arrive in Munich just a few hours later and see the Olympic Stadium which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1972, before arriving at our hotel. 


Day 7: Munich Orientation
Meander through the heart of Munich this morning, visiting its charming Marienplatz with both its new and old City Halls built on its periphery. See the magical Glockenspiel that delights visitors throughout the day with the enactment of 16th century tales. Spend the rest of the day on your terms exploring the city's Baroque palaces and vibrant markets, or embrace the Bavarian region's rich beer brewing heritage at Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, built in the 16th century. 


Day 8: Munich - neuschwanstein - Oberammergau
Indulge in a world of fantasy and fables, journeying to the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for King Ludwig II to retire from public life. Travelling through the dark forests of Bavaria, we arrive in Oberammergau and see where the Passion Play has been performed every decade since 1634 when Europe was gripped by plague. This evening we dine at our hotel. 


Day 9: Oberammergau - Innsbruck Orientation
We drive across the Austrian border and to Tyrol, arriving in its capital where we will embark on a short orientation that includes views of the Wilten Basilica, Hofburg Palace and the ornate Golden Roof built to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I. Spend your free time exploring Innsbruck's iconic sites and delving into fascinating Tyrol history and culture, or simply relax and admire this dazzling city with its magnificent Alpine backdrop. Consider joining a traditional dinner and Tyrolean folklore show this evening. 


Day 10: Innsbruck - Salzburg Sightseeing
Travel to Salzburg where spires and domes rise in the shadow of Hohensalzburg Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Join a Local Specialist for a fascinating walking tour of a city that featured in 'The Sound of Music' during which you will have an opportunity to view Mozart's birthplace and family house in the picturesque Getreidegasse, and the Domplatz dominated by Salzburg Cathedral. This evening we dine at our hotel.


Day 11: Salzburg - Durnstein - Vienna (2 Nights)
Breathtaking landscapes provide a beautiful backdrop for our scenic drive past Lake Mondsee to the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley. Sloping vineyards line the Danube from Melk Abbey to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner and subsequently found by Blondel, his faithful minstrel. This afternoon we arrive in the Imperial capital of Vienna where we have the evening at leisure to enjoy the sounds of the City of Music or perhaps consider an evening of Viennese classical music.


Day 12: Vienna Sightseeing
Explore the imperial splendour of Vienna at the exquisite Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Habsburg Dynasty - one of the highlights of your guided sightseeing tour of Vienna with a Local Specialist, which will also include views of the grand State Opera House and Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th century to replace the city walls. Admire the ornate colourful roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of the city's most beloved icons, before spending the afternoon at leisure. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.


Day 13: Depart Vienna
We bid farewell to your companions at the end of a wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. 

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach

Meals

18 Meals as per itinerary - 12 buffet breakfast, 1 lunch (Be My Guest) and 5 dinners

Local Specialist

Local Specialist to bring locations alive

Tour Director

An expert Tour Director & separate driver

Charges & Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges and local taxes

Connect with Locals

Enjoy a banquet Be My Guest lunch and stories of knights and feuding lords in a fairy-tale 13th century castle perched high above the Rhine Valley. (Day 2)

Stay with Stories

Located within the town walls of well-preserved medieval Rothenburg, the Prinzhotel is a traditional timbered German building. (Day 5)

Dive into Culture

Gain priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360º views of the city. (Day 4)

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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