German Highlights (ZD)

12 days from Frankfurt to Frankfurt

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Bratwurst and beer, castles and cathedrals, and centuries of history and skilled craftspeople. The time has come to pack your lederhosen for the wonderful lagers, landscapes, and lore of Germany. From world-class cities to half-timbered towns and romantic river valleys to fairytale forests, we’ve compiled the country’s highlights for the ultimate Germany vacation. This encompassing tour of Germany kicks off in Frankfurt with a river cruise along the vineyard-dotted Rhine, picks up speed with a train ride from Cologne to Berlin, and then makes its way from the restored city of once war-ravaged Dresden to the best of Bavaria and the enchanting Black Forest. Castle-topped hills, snow-capped peaks, and foam-topped pilsners present the sweetest of sights while traditional Black Forest Cake and Nuremberg Gingerbread are your just desserts.

Small-Group Discovery Dates Available

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

Save $200 per couple on select 2021 and 2022 air-inclusive Europe vacations*
German Highlights map

 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (See Only)
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY

Welcome to Frankfurt! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 2 FRANKFURT–COLOGNE

RHINE RIVER Scenic cruise.
COLOGNE Visit the cathedral. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a beer at the Cölner Hofbräu Früh, one of Cologne’s famous breweries.
155 mi / 250 km

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Day 3 COLOGNE–BERLIN

COLOGNE High-speed first-class ICE train ride to Berlin.
BERLIN Guided sightseeing includes the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and picture stops at Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial.
367 mi / 590 km

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Day 4 BERLIN

BERLIN Free day.

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Berlin with an excursion to Potsdam. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time with your GlobusGO mobile app.

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Day 5 BERLIN–DRESDEN

DRESDEN Free time for lunch. Orientation walk features the Zwinger Palace Courtyard.
137 mi / 220 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 DRESDEN–BAYREUTH–NUREMBERG

BAYREUTH Orientation tour of Wagner’s city of festival.
NUREMBERG Walking tour includes the Old Town. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Dinner with local specialties at the Bratwurst Röslein restaurant.
205 mi / 330 km

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Day 7 NUREMBERG–ROTHENBURG–MUNICH

ROTHENBURG Orientation walk. Free time to browse before continuing to Munich.
205 mi / 330 km

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Day 8 MUNICH–OBERAMMERGAU

MUNICH Guided sightseeing includes Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls.
56 mi / 90 km

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Day 9 OBERAMMERGAU

OBERAMMERGAU Free day.

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Day 10 OBERAMMERGAU–NEUSCHWANSTEIN–LINDAU–BIRNAU–BLACK FOREST

NEUSCHWANSTEIN Guided visit to King Ludwig’s castle.
LINDAU Visit the island on Lake Constance.
BIRNAU Visit the Baroque church.
BLACK FOREST Traditional Schwarzwaldkuchen (Black Forest cake) tasting during dinner.
242 mi / 390 km

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Day 11 BLACK FOREST–HEIDELBERG–FRANKFURT

BLACK FOREST Cuckoo clock demonstration at your hotel.
HEIDELBERG Walking tour of the Old Town includes a funicular ride to visit the castle.
FRANKFURT Farewell dinner at your hotel.
199 mi / 320 km

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Day 12 FRANKFURT

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MARIO MOSCA

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

The role of a Tour Director is much more than organizing and planning. Each new group brings wonderful new people to meet and unique experiences to share. Thanks to this profession, I have the opportunity to show the beauty and treasures of different European regions and cultures with new friends along the way.

Tour Director - MARIO MOSCA

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Oberammergau

Oberammergau

Linderhof Castle

Linderhof Castle

Visit Linderhof, one of "Mad" King Ludwig's most magnificent castles, on this unforgettable journey into the forested valley of the Ammergau Alps.

Price Range: $

The Rooftop of Germany: Zugspitze Summit

The Rooftop of Germany: Zugspitze Summit

Enjoy breathtaking alpine views from the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze, on this half-day excursion featuring a ride on the cogwheel train or the Tyrolean Zugspitze Cable Car!

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,214*
18 guests in a party: $393*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2021 and 2022 travel years. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.



The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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