FEATURING BERLIN, NUREMBERG, ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER, BAMBERG, MUNICH, REGENSBURG, & NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE
Explore the very best of Bavaria & Berlin on this exciting 12-day adventure! Based on your feedback we’ve crafted this tour to maximize your comfort and make sure you won’t miss a thing: you’ll overnight in Berlin, Nuremberg, and Munich with daytime excursions to some of Bavaria’s most popular towns. You’ll visit fairy-tale towns like the quintessential Rothenburg ob der Tauber with its medieval old town, beautiful Regensburg with its 12th-century Stone Bridge, Neuschwanstein Castle with its storybook facade, and more; all from your comfortable “home base” so you won’t have to pack your bags each night.
- 3 nights in Berlin
- 3 nights in Nuremberg with day trips to Rothenburg ob der Tauber & Bamberg
- 4 nights in Munich with day trips to Regensburg & Neuschwanstein Castle
- Round-trip international airfare from New York
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
- Accommodations at First Class hotels
- 14 Meals: 11 breakfasts, and 3 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional, English-speaking Tour Director throughout
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Your exciting journey to Germany begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Berlin.
Arrive in Berlin, Germany
Arrive this morning in Berlin, the capital of Germany. Contrasts between historical buildings and modern architecture, between the traditional and the modern are what set the city apart from the rest. Upon arrival, take a walking tour around the neighborhood of your hotel. After some rest, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre or similar (D)
After breakfast, start your Story of Berlin Tour. Learn about the fascinating history of Berlin during the last century. Visit important sights from the Holocaust and WWII like the Brandenburg Gate, Hitler’s Bunker and the Holocaust Memorial. You also will visit the Berlin Wall and see first hand the juxtaposition of former East and West Berlin. Throughout the tour, experience how Berlin has transformed itself from a dark past to a modern, vibrant city. This afternoon is at your leisure to further delve into the historic sights or perhaps visit the Egyptian Museum of Berlin. (B)
Today is at your leisure. We recommend an optional tour to the town Potsdam with an inside visit of Cecilienhof House, where the Potsdam Conference took place in 1945. This conference is a symbol of the end of WWII and the beginning of the Cold War. Next, admire the picturesque gardens of Sanssouci Palace, one of the largest and most important parks in Europe, offering a combination of fascinating landscapes and unconventional architecture. The day ends with time at leisure in the town of Potsdam. Enjoy a cup of coffee and cake at one of the quaint cafes located in the Dutch Quarter,…
Berlin – Nuremberg
After breakfast, depart for Nuremberg by motorcoach. The journey is through beautiful landscapes. Arrive in Nuremberg, a city in Northern Bavaria that is distinguished by medieval architecture. The city is an energetic place with beer as dark as coffee. It is also a great base to see other Northern Bavarian towns. Today, enjoy a walking tour to the most beautiful corners of the old town and life in medieval Nuremberg. Tonight’s dinner is at a famous local restaurant known for its tradition and cozy atmosphere. Maritim Hotel Nuremberg or similar (B,D)
Nuremberg – Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Nuremberg
Today, you will take a drive to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The former imperial town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the perfect place to experience medieval and renaissance life in Germany as it was actually lived. Narrow towers and imposing ramparts; winding alleyways and picturesque oriels; half-timbered houses lovingly decorated with window boxes and hanging baskets; colorful gardens made for rest and relaxation; large churches that invite meditation and prayer- these are just some of the things that attract visitors from all over the world! Return back to Nuremberg for your evening at…
Nuremberg – Bamberg – Nuremberg
New day and new Bavarian town to explore! Today you will take a drive to Bamberg, a town that is laid out over 7 hills where the Regnitz and Main rivers meet. Its old town preserves structures from the 11th to 19th centuries including the muraled Altes rathaus (town hall), which occupies an island in the Regnitz reached by arched bridges. The Romanesque Bamberg Cathedral, constructed in the 11th century, features four towers and numerous stone carvings. Bamberg is an illustration of the power of the church and the importance of the river in the development of this UNESCO World Heritage…
Nuremberg – Munich
After breakfast, the group is heading to Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, Germany. It is the third largest city in Germany and similar to Nuremberg in the sense that it is a great base for exploring Bavaria. Munich is an established and posh city, and for those who want to experience traditional Bavaria, there are plenty of beer gardens, beer halls and cultural events. When you arrive, you will enjoy the panoramic tour of the almost 1000 year old city. You’ll visit the Pinakotheks (art galleries), Olympic Stadium, and Nymphenburg Palace. After having seen the modern part of…
This day is at your leisure. Consider an optional tour to Dachau, the town where the first Nazi concentration camp was formed. Dachau was a camp for all the groups the Nazis considered undesirable, especially Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, political opponents and anti-Nazi clergy. The Dachau Museum documents what happened there, the rise of Nazism and the implementation of the Final Solution. If you chose to stay in the city, we recommend experiencing the BMW Group Plant Tour which offers insight into the state of the art automobile manufacturer. Since tickets must be reserved well in advance,…
Munich – Regensburg – Munich
After breakfast, explore Regensburg, a Bavarian city on the Danube River in southeast Germany. The city is the political, economic and cultural centre of Eastern Bavaria. Regensburg is known for its well-preserved medieval core and rise of traders. After your visit, get a taste of cruising on the Danube and take a short boat ride through the dramatic Danube narrows and end in Kelheim, known for the Weltenburg Abbey, a historic monarchy with possibly the oldest monastic brewery in the world dating back to 1050. Return to Munich for an evening at leisure. (B)
Munich – Oberammergau – Neuschwanstein Castle – Munich
This morning, travel to Oberammergau, the town famous for more than the Passion Play. Oberammergau has stunning frescos on the homes depicting religions scenes, Bavarian themes and fairytales. Continue to the ethereal Neuschwanstein Castle, sculptured out of the mountains. This castle was built in the 19th century by the famed “mad” King Ludwig II, a man intoxicated by the mythology and who himself became a legend. It is the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle and is famous the world over as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle.
*Please kindly note the walk up to…
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S Return home full of wonderful memories of Germany. (B)
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
To enhance and make your visit to Germany more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.
- From approx. 196 EURO Per Person
Enjoy an inside visit of Cecilienhof House, where the Potsdam Conference took place in 1945. This conference is a symbol of the end of WWII and the beginning of the Cold War. Next, admire the picturesque gardens of Sanssouci Palace, one of the largest and most important parks in Europe, offering a combination of fascinating landscapes and unconventional architecture. The day ends with time at leisure in the town of Potsdam. Enjoy a cup of coffee and cake at one of the quaint cafes located in the Dutch Quarter, built in the 1700s to attract Dutch immigrants.
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
- From approx. 98 EURO Per Person
Visit Dachau, the town where the first Nazi concentration camp was formed. Dachau was a camp for all the groups the Nazis considered undesirable, especially Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, political opponents and anti-Nazi clergy. The Dachau Museum documents what happened there, the rise of Nazism and the implementation of the Final Solution.
Your flights from New York (John F. Kennedy International Airport) to Germany and back to New York (John F. Kennedy Airport) are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive in JFK at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.
|Departure Date||Depart JFK||Return to JFK|
|2019: Apr. 25, Jun. 13||4:10PM||3:25PM|
|2019: Aug. 22||9:55PM||3:25PM|
|2019: Oct. 24||9:55PM||3:40PM|
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please note that flight times are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Lufthansa does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check in at Berlin hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only services end after breakfast at Munich hotel on Day 12 of the itinerary listed on our tour page.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. A visa is not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
April-May, September-October daytime highs are typically mid 50s to mid 60s with nighttime lows in the 40’s. June-August enjoy daytime temperatures that can reach low to mid 70’s with nighttime temperatures dropping to the mid 50’s. These are the average monthly temperatures and we recommend consulting the weather forecast closer to the departure date for the most accurate weather.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. You can either exchange U.S. Dollars into local currency in advance of your trip, or you may use your debit card to withdraw local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) maximum 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Your carry-on must not exceed 18″x10″x8″. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.