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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Comprehensive yet well-paced journey through Germany
  • Rhine River cruise
  • Medieval Heidelberg
  • Beautiful scenery of the Black Forest and Bavaria
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Munich sightseeing
  • Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial site and Nuremberg Trial Courthouse
  • Historic Dresden
  • Three-night stay in Berlin
  • Visit to Potsdam
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Frankfurt, Germany

Day 2: Arrive Frankfurt We arrive in Germany’s – and Europe’s – financial center today and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities planned during the day. Early this evening we meet for a briefing about the journey ahead then enjoy a welcome dinner together. D

Day 3: Frankfurt/Rhine River Cruise One of the great rivers of Europe and Germany’s historic highway of commerce and industry, the Rhine holds a special place in German tradition. We encounter this fabled waterway on a full-day excursion – including a relaxing cruise and wine-tasting lunch – through the Rhine River Valley, land of castles and kings, legends and lore. B,L

Day 4: Frankfurt/Heidelberg/Black Forest With its riverside setting, medieval castle ruins, and narrow, winding streets that were spared wartime bombing, Heidelberg stands as perhaps the quintessential German city. We discover this romantic university town on a morning tour featuring Old Town; the university (c. 1386); Carl Theodor Old Bridge spanning the Neckar River; Heidelberg Castle; and lively Market Square, where we have free time for lunch on our own. Then we depart for the Black Forest (Schwarzwald), Germany’s storied woodland whose pastoral beauty and natural spring waters have drawn visitors for centuries. B,D

Day 5: Black Forest/Triberg/Freiburg We discover the Black Forest today, traveling first to Triberg, birthplace of the cuckoo clock and where we visit the Schwarzwald museum depicting life in this region over the centuries. Then we travel on to Freiburg, where we see the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, one of Germany’s most beautiful; and the adjacent Augustinian cloister. We return to our hotel then dine together tonight at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 6: Black Forest/Bavaria Leaving the Black Forest, we travel along the shores of Lake Konstanz through scenic Bavaria, home to the breathtaking Bavarian Alps. Late afternoon we reach our hotel set amid the stunning Bavarian alpine scenery. B,D

Day 7: Bavaria/Neuschwanstein Castle/Munich Today we encounter the fairy tale castle of our collective imagination: Neuschwanstein, Ludwig II’s 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace that was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, with its fanciful turrets and towers, gables and balconies. Following our visit to the hilltop castle, we enjoy lunch together. Then we continue on to Munich, capital of Bavaria. B,L

Day 8: Munich A morning sightseeing tour of Germany’s most prosperous and highly livable city includes the Baroque Nymphenburg Palace, former summer home of Bavarian royalty; the Glockenspiel carillon in Marienplatz, Munich’s popular central square; the royal avenue of Maximilianstrasse. Then the remainder of the day is free to explore as we wish. Tonight we dine together at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 9: Munich/Dachau/Nuremberg We travel just 10 miles outside Munich today to Dachau, site of Germany’s first concentration camp and today a memorial to the 40,000-plus who perished there. After this somber encounter we continue on to Nuremberg, a historic city where Allied forces prosecuted Nazi leaders in military tribunals that became known as the Nuremberg Trials. Here we visit the haunting Nazi Party Rally Grounds, covering almost seven miles with the huge, unfinished Congress Hall as a backdrop. Then we take a walking tour of this city known for its medieval architecture. B,L

Day 10: Nuremberg/Dresden This morning we visit several sites associated with the Nuremberg Trials, including the Palace of Justice complex where the momentous trials took place. After our tour here and free time for lunch, we travel on to Dresden. B,D

Day 11: Dresden Its historical center largely destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II, Dresden today is a rebuilt and reunified city. Among the attractions of the capital of Saxony seen on this morning’s tour: the beautiful and beloved Semper Opera House; and the historic Green Vault in Dresden Castle, the “jewel box” of Europe housing an astounding array of treasures, including the crown jewels and the world’s largest green diamond. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore as we wish. B

Day 12: Dresden/Meissen/Berlin Leaving Dresden, this morning, en route to Berlin, we stop in Meissen to visit the factory that produced the world’s first high quality porcelain outside of the Far East. Opened in 1710, Meissen’s Royal Porcelain Factory still creates the fine china that is on display in museums and homes around the world. We continue on to Berlin, where we enjoy dinner together. B,D

Day 13: Berlin Germany’s capital, its largest city, cultural center, and beating heart, Berlin is both provincial and international, historic and up-to-the-minute, sophisticated and friendly. We get our first taste on this morning’s tour featuring the Brandenburg Gate, the triumphal arch now a symbol of reunification; and the Neues Museum housing a collection of Egyptian artifacts, including the renowned bust of Nefertiti. We continue on to the Berlin Wall Memorial, the remaining section of the partition that brutally divided the city – and the nation – from 1961 to 1989. Now a historical monument and tribute to victims, the memorial traces the history of the wall and German reunification. Here, too, is Checkpoint Charlie, symbol of a once-divided nation. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration in this non-stop metropolis. Lunch and dinner are on our own, and Berlin boasts a lively – and cosmopolitan – culinary scene. B

Day 14: Berlin/Potsdam Today we visit nearby Potsdam, former capital of Prussia, site of the victorious Allies’ post-World War II conference, and home of Sanssouci, the former summer palace of Frederick the Great of Prussia. We tour the elaborate manse, considered the “German Versailles,” with its parks, lakes, and follies. Then we return to Berlin for an afternoon at leisure; tonight we gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 15: Depart for the U.S. We transfer to the Berlin airport this morning for our return flights to the U.S. B

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking up hills or stairs, and on uneven or cobblestone streets. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy this tour to its fullest.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 13 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, First Class, and unrated hotels
  • 24 meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Sep 4Sep 18*
Sep 20*
Boston, New York$4,992$5,292
Atlanta, Charlotte,
Phil, Wash, DC
Chicago, Cinc,
Cleve, Detroit,
Miami, Orl, Tampa
Dallas, Den, Hou,
Los Ang, Minn,
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $497, which are subject to change until final payment has been made.

Single travelers please add $1,495 Sep; $1,195 all other dates. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2019 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

*Oktoberfest: guests will have the opportunity to be in Munich during the Oktoberfest celebrations

Airline upgrades (subject to availability) on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: Business Class – $3,595 per person; Premium Economy – $1,495 per person

A visa is not required for this tour.

    The Westin Grand Frankfurt, Frankfurt / Days 2-3 / Deluxe

    The Westin Grand Frankfurt sits in the heart of the city, steps from several major shopping boulevards.  This spacious, contemporary hotel has four restaurants, a fitness center, laundry and dry cleaning services, full spa, indoor pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in public areas.  Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, coffee machine, TV, Wi-Fi internet access available for a fee, and phone.

    Zum Storchen Waldkirch, Waldkirch / Days 4-5 / Not rated

    Hotel Zum Storchen is situated in a quiet neighborhood of Waldkirch, just a short walk away from the historic Kirchplatz Square with its Elztal Museum that showcases the town’s famous mechanical music boxes.  This modern hotel is focused on sustainability and uses a variety of local materials, including oak parquet flooring and sheep’s wool carpeting.  Amenities include a restaurant, sauna, laundry service, fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Guest rooms have private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, and TV.

    Reindl's Partenkirchner Hof, Garmisch-Partenkirchen / Day 6 / First Class

    Reindl’s Partenkirchner Hof is a traditional Bavarian hotel located in the heart of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where it sits against a scenic Alpine backdrop.  The 61-room family-owned hotel features a restaurant and bar, outdoor garden, spa and fitness area, swimming pool, laundry and dry cleaning facilities (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each guest room has a balcony with mountain views and includes private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, and phone.  Please note: as is customary in this Alpine destination, the hotel does not have air conditioning.

    Le Meridien Munich, Munich / Days 7-8 / Deluxe

    In the heart of the city, Le Meridien Munich sits a short walk from a variety of the city’s main sights, including many museums, beer halls and gardens.  The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant, bar, laundry and dry cleaning services, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in public areas.  The 381 air-conditioned guest rooms include private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, minibar, Wi-Fi internet access (for a fee), TV, and phone.

    Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg, Nuremberg / Day 9 / Superior First Class

    Ideally located in one of the most historically significant cities of the 20th century, Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nürnberg sits at the entrance to Nuremberg’s Old Town.  Old-world elements including a grand marble lobby add to the hotel’s charm, which also includes a restaurant and bar, laundry service, fitness center, sauna, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Guest rooms include private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Hyperion Hotel Dresden am Schloss, Dresden / Days 10-11 / Deluxe

    Newly opened in 2012, the Hyperion Hotel Dresden am Schloss sits directly across the street from Dresden Castle.  The castle was the residence of electors and kings of Saxony for over 500 years, and now houses a complex of museums and historic libraries.  Amenities of this elegant hotel include two restaurants, a bar, dry cleaning, fitness center, full spa with vaulted stone ceilings, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each guest room is designed to be light and airy, and features private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Bristol Berlin, Berlin / Days 12-14, Extension / Superior First Class

    Ideally located on the Kurfürstendamm, one of Berlin’s most famous shopping streets, the Hotel Bristol Berlin allows guests to explore Berlin on foot or via nearby public transportation.  The hotel’s amenities include three restaurants and two bars, fitness center, laundry and dry cleaning service, pool, full spa, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room includes private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Berlin – On Your Own

3 days/2 nights for $295 total price
Single Supplement: $195

Extend your stay in the German capital, vibrant center of arts, culture, history, and contemporary life.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Hotel Bristol Berlin (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Chiara Baroni

“We couldn’t have asked for a better tour director! Chiara went out of her way to assist, has excellent historical knowledge, and shared lots of fun facts! Always pleasant and professional!”
Rosemarie Miller & Henry Grieco
Doylestown, PA

Eva Bunner

“Eva was wonderful. Organized, cheerful, entertaining, and full of information. I don’t think you could ask for a better Tour Director.”
Philip & Patricia Vitale
Albuquerque, NM

Gabriel Castillo

“Gabriel’s expertise helped us to experience the natural, intellectual, artistic, and architectural beauty of Germany.”
Michael Capasso
Warwick, RI

Michael Dempsey

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Max Di Leva

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Eva Matosevic

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Angel Ramirez

“Angel was the quintessential tour guide – efficient, caring, congenial and knowledgeable about his country.  A real plus to Odysseys’ tour leaders!!”
Austin & Julie Mason
South Carver, MA

Barbara Schikofsky

“Barbara was so organized and efficient – kept the group well-informed and took excellent care of everyone. She was so knowledgeable about Germany and fun to travel with!”
Lowell & Barbara Anderson
Warrenville, IL

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.

Patrick Leigh Fermor
A Time of Gifts
Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy.

Hyde Flippo
The German Way
This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do.

Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness Guide Germany
Featuring color photography, excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country’s attractions.

National Geographic
Germany Adventure Map
A double-sided full color map of Germany at a scale of 1:825,000. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper.

Rudiger Liedtke
111 Places in Munich That You Shouldn’t Miss
This “111 Places” guide to Munich profiles so many strange and original places that it will surprise even loyal residents. Its 111 places of interest reveal the history and unique flavor of the German city.

Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness Guide Munich & the Bavarian Alps
This comprehensive illustrated guide is filled with excellent maps, hundreds of photographs and succinct overviews of history, culture and sightseeing.

Stefan Zeidenitz
Xenophobe’s Guide to the Germans
This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful and entertaining.

Horst D. Dornbusch
Prost! The Story of German Beer
The Munich-based aficionado weaves history and culture with the marvels and mysteries of German beer in this brief, authoritative guide.

Frederick Taylor
Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945
A re-evaluation of the Allied firebombing of Dresden, one of the most destructive, and still controversial, air campaigns of WWII.

Kay Shaw Nelson
All Along the Rhine: Recipes, Wine and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Holland
A tribute to the Rhine Valley, its history, culture and especially its food in 130 authentic recipes.

Stephen Ambrose
Citizen Soldiers
Ambrose’s account of the battles fought in the year between D-Day and the German surrender, from the U.S. Army’s perspective.

Simon Winder
Germania, In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History
Winder’s witty, entertaining and opinionated portrait of German culture is both an illuminating history and a wonderfully digressive exploration of the powerful and often confounding nation.

Robert S. Wistrich
Hitler and the Holocaust
A short history of the cultural and political circumstances surrounding the genocide of the Jews. Wistrich looks closely at anti-Semitism in Germany, Europe and abroad in an attempt to understand the evil unleashed during WW II.

Steven Ozment
The Burgermeister’s Daughter
Meticulously researched and absorbing, this narrative by a Harvard historian traces the legal battle of the daughter of a well-to-do family who, in 1525, was thrown out of her home and disinherited.

Gordon A. Craig
The Germans
A gifted historian, Craig explores the paradoxes of German identity in this masterful portrait of German life, past and present, with chapters on religion, money, Jews, women, literature and society, Berlin and language.

Andrew Jotischky
The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Medieval World
Richly decorated with photographs, illustrations and full-color maps, this compact atlas explores the empires, people, cultures and religions of the Middle Ages, providing an excellent introduction to European history.

Lewis Spence
Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine
These classic tales, first published in 1915, introduce Odin, Brunhild, Lorelei, Siegfried and a host of mythic figures associated with the magic and mystery of the Rhine. Organized by chapter from source to sea, the map, illustrations and introductory chapters on history, geography and people set the stage for a river cruise.

Mark Twain, Dave Eggers (Introduction)
A Tramp Abroad
Written 11 years after Innocents Abroad, this is Twain’s second foray into European travel. Filled with his characteristic wit and humorous observations, it documents his journeys through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy.

Mark Cioc, William Cronon (Introduction)
The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815-2000
A scholarly, well-researched environmental history of the Rhine, particularly its role in European economic and German national history over the past 200 years.

Mary Fulbrook
A Concise History of Germany
This essential short history of Germany – a whirlwind survey in less than 300 pages – explores the relationships between social, political and cultural factors in this land located in the center of Europe.

Marie Vassiltchikov
The Berlin Diaries
The compulsively readable wartime account of an emigre Russian princess who was secretary to Adam Von Trott, mastermind of the failed 20th of July plot to assassinate Hitler. Idealistic, vivacious and observant, “Missie” conveys the flavor of Berlin during the 1940s.

Penelope Fitzgerald
The Blue Flower
Set in the Age of Goethe, this exquisitely written short novel is a fictional account of the life of the Romantic poet Novalis. It paints a vivid picture of German intellectual life in the late 1700s.


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