12 Day Classic Germany
Air & Land
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|2019 Dates & Prices|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
Passengers arriving into Dusseldorf on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 pm. The hotel in Cologne is approximately a 1 hour drive from the Dusseldorf airport.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
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Escorted Package Includes
- Flights New York-Dusseldorf, Munich-New York
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 10 nights First Class accommodations
- 1 night Cologne
- 2 nights Hamburg
- 2 nights Berlin
- 1 night Dresden
- 1 night Nuremberg
- 3 nights Munich
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 15 meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
- See the striking 13th century Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- In Hamburg, view the country’s port on the Elbe River, “gateway to the world”
- History comes to life as you cross the former “Iron Curtain” to Berlin
- View Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag and Brandenberg Gate, symbols of the formerly divided city
- Cross Saxony to the baroque art city of Dresden, titled the "Florence on the Elbe”
- In Nuremberg, view the Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946
- Journey to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the walled town where time has stood still
- Travel on the picturesque Romantic Road through medieval towns and villages
- Visit Nymphenburg Palace, former summer residence of Bavarian rulers
- Visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Is This Trip Right for You?
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The visit to Neuschwanstein Castle includes a long, steep hike up and down the hillside in order to reach the castle. Inside the castle, there will be a climb of 165 steps and a descent of 118 steps. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
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This first class hotel is located in the city center of Cologne.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Hamburg.Hotel Details
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This first class hotel is located along one of Berlin's main thoroughfares.Hotel Details
This superior first class hotel is situated in a peaceful location across the river Elbe from the city centre.Hotel Details
This deluxe hotel is centrally located at the gates of the medieval old city in the heart of Nuremberg.Hotel Details
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- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Depart Hamburg and head to the city of Lübeck, former capital of the mighty Hanseatic League that served as the trade hub of Northern Europe. Today, the picturesque town is a jewel of Brick-Gothic architecture, full of medieval charm and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your Lubeck tour with Holstentor gate, the city's most famous landmark, guarding the entrance to the Old Town. Proceed to the historic Altstadt (Old Town) and walk along cobbled streets with rows of Renaissance gabled houses. Admire St. Mary’s church, a 13th-14th century structure, that served as a model for the Gothic brick style of churches around the Baltic region. The church boasts the highest brick-vaulted roof in the world. Marvel at one of Germany's most beautiful town halls the Rathaus with its blend of Gothic and Romanesque architecture.
Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.
|Day #4||01 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019||$39.00|
Famous both in the early 20th Century world of "Cabaret," and now once again in the 21st for its vibrant night life, enjoy a fun filled “Berlin Style” dinner party with traditional dishes, drinks and live music. As dusk falls, admire some of the highlights of Germany’s largest city on an evening drive before returning to the hotel.
Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.
|Day #5||01 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2020||$76.00|
Embark on a fascinating tour into Berlin’s turbulent past. Your knowledgeable guide makes Berlin’s history come alive as you delve beneath the surface to see what remains of the city of the latter part of the 20th century. Begin the tour at the East Side Gallery a preserved colorful section of the wall, now one of the longest open air art galleries in the world and continue to the Berlin Wall Memorial. Finally visit the Topography of Terror, an indoor exhibition located on the former site of the Gestapo Headquarters.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #6||01 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019||$47.00|
Travel to Potsdam, known as the "City of Palaces," well known as the meeting place of Truman, Churchill and Stalin in 1945 at the Cecilienhof Palace for the Potsdam Conference, and where they created post-World War II Europe. Another stop is made at the Park of Sanssouci Palace, former summer residence of the Prussian kings and German emperors. During a walking tour around the palace grounds, pass the old windmill, explore the lovely gardens and see the burial site of Frederick the Great.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Day #6||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||$72.00|
This evening, get acquainted with traditional Bavarian culture in the heart of Munich. Begin the evening with a stroll to the Hofbrauhaus, one of Munich's oldest and most famous beer halls. This institution was built in the 16th century, and continues to brew its beer according to the strict Bavarian Beer Purity Laws. Continue to a local restaurant to enjoy some hearty Bavarian fare and cheerful "gemutlichkeit"!
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Day #9||01 Nov 2018 - 31 Oct 2019||$77.00|
|01 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2020||$79.00|
Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of the internment camps opened after Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The camp became a symbol and model of the horrors of the Nazi period, until its liberation by American soldiers in 1945. It serves now as a memorial to the victims of this tragic period in history. The tour will give you the opportunity to reflect on the events that happened here and the more than 40,000 victims who lost their lives under the tyrannical Nazi regime.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #11||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||$33.00|
It was SO great! Our tour manager Dominique took great care of us. She always had time for any questions we had, no matter what she was doing at the moment. She always had a smile and was so professional and pleasant. The accommodations were great. Meals were great. The bus was clean and we had a very good driver. Water was supplied every day. Gate 1 took great care of us!Karen M. Seaford, DE
Our trip was wonderful ... As usual Gate 1 did a wonderful job. Our tour guide Neira was wonderful and so were the other day guides. They are amazing in their knowledge of the areas. The travel was flawless and the places we visited were amazing.Michelle M. Ulster Park, NY
Exceptional!!!! Joanna our tour manager was outstanding. She made hand-outs, trivia contests, language lessons, tastings, DVDs, music and more. As a retired teacher, I appreciated all the extra time she put in to make her country shine. She even assisted us in finding our Polish roots. Now I know why I like to bake--my ancestors came from a town that perfected the art of making gingerbread. My sister and I do an annual adventure. We are looking forward to #8 with Gate 1 next year.Paula D. Toledo, OH
As ALWAYS, this Gate 1 trip was absolutely AMAZING. Our guide, Fred, was the BEST. Each time I travel with Gate 1, I think the tour guide has set a new bar. Fred has exceeded that standard of excellence! He was informative, always attentive to everyone's needs and requests, and funny....so funny. Importantly, he kept us safe. He made each and every city and country come alive. In addition, the tour guides in each city were phenomenal. I understand they have a rigorous course of education and testing to become a certified tour guide....well, they too outdid themselves. The history and information that they conveyed simply cannot be garnered from tour books. The hotels were fabulous! I truly don't know how Gate 1 does it, but we could not have asked for better accommodations. And I can't forget Bart, our bus driver. At all times Bart kept us safe. He is so skilled - what an amazing driver. This was a "trip of a lifetime" for my son and I couldn't have been more pleased with the outstanding quality of the itinerary and especially of the tour guides and accommodations. THANK YOU again and again, Gate 1, for another amazing adventure! Looking forward to the next one.Patricia S. Mesa, AZ
The trip to Poland was absolutely amazing! I know I can speak for my family and friends who accompanied me on the trip in saying the everything about the trip exceeded our expectations! We loved the food, the tours, the people, the arts and music! All were beyond wonderful! Our guide Jolanta P. was exceptionally well-versed in all things Polish and gave us an insider's view of the rich cultural heritage of Poland. We will definitely be planning another visit as well as tell all our friends about the fabulous time we had!Catherine H. Buffalo, NY
I have to tell you that it was a MARVELOUS vacation and tour. Izabella Sliwinski has been the BEST tour guide we have ever had. She has a great personality, considerate, really concerned about the welfare of all the travelers, great suggestions of where to go when there was free time... This was our first experience with Gate 1 Travel and it will not be our last. We were impressed with the hotels chosen, the food, the hospitality of all. The driver was great, the coach was terrific. All I can say is that it was a marvelous time and Thank You for paying attention to details.Barbara W. Sandia Park, NM
Our trip to Poland was great! Yolanta was a warm, friendly, very well-informed guide, one of the best we have had in our travels ... Franek was an amazing driver. Gate1 seems to have a knack for choosing city guides who love their city and want us to see it as they do. We learned so much about Poland, its people, and its historic cities. We were very impressed with the people and the culture, and of course, the food! Gate1 provides a wonderful experience.Marge H. Flushing, MI
Our trip to Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania was great! Excellent tour director, great driver, very interesting sites, good food, & a nice group of folks. Another successful Gate 1 adventure!Bob K. Punta Gorda, FL
It was great! The cities, hotels, food, and excursions were all excellent. I really learned a lot about the history of Poland. The best part of the trip however was our tour guide. Joanne was awesome! Her knowledge of Poland really brought the country to life. She made every day fun. The tour was a bit grinding at times but Joanna kept everyone interested with her stories and humor. The tour was very good but Joanna made it exceptional.John R. Cinnaminson, NJ
It was fantastic. Bogdan Ouhman from Warsaw Poland was our excellent guide throughout the trip. He was very professional and organized, he took care of everyone. We had a good group of people on the tour-made some new friends. Especially liked Brataslava and Prague, but all of the countries we visited were terrific. Food and hotel accommodations were centrally located and very nice...We will definitely plan on going on another Gate 1 trip in the future.Carol M. Chevy Chase, MD
It was a fabulous vacation and I can't even begin to tell you how much fun we all had. Julia, our guide, was amazing. She knew so much about everywhere we toured and was an absolute blast and hilarious. My three friends have never been on a tour like this before and they all loved it too. We met some wonderful people and made some new friends. Loved everything about the tour and hopefully, we can plan another one next year.Cathy K. Monroe, GA
Our trip was amazing! Dawn, our Gate1 representative, did the best job imaginable!! Everything was planned with precision and she went above and beyond the call of duty! She made sure our time in Europe was a complete success!!Marsha M. Stanley, NC
We couldn’t have asked for a more fantastic European trip! From our wonderful accommodations, tour guide,Marc Van Reil,who was amazing,and travel ease, it was an experience which will be remembered for years to come! Of course, last but not least,was your helpfulness,knowledge, and understanding,Josh, for making this trip so uncomplicated!Janet P. Sewell, NJ
We had a wonderful time with our group specially with the tour manager Noel Percival and the driver Adam. Noel took care of us as if we’re family. Everything was taken care of and we left on time in all of our trips. Adam drove the bus with care and precision navigating the streets which are not as wide as our street here. He also took charge of our luggages as well. As representatives of Gate1 travel, Noel and Adam worked together to make our stay an enjoyable experience. Gate1 should recommend those two on trips to Eastern Europe. Our local guides are knowledgeable of the places we visited especially the Bratislava guide Slovoda who gave as a brief history in a nutshell as well as speaking fluent English. Gate1 is number 1!Marisal A. Union, NJ
We had a great time. Our main tour guide Michael Peir and bus driver Frank were excellent! As were our local guides in each city. I would recommend this trip, and will be looking for future Gate 1 trips.Alicia B. Austin, TX
It was wonderful. Claire was an amazing tour guide. So knowledgeable but also incredibly friendly she really made the trip so easy. The bus was also very comfortable and a great way to see the country side between cities.Holly S. Washington, DC
It was AWESOME. Our guide Neira was the best ever. We all thought her truly exceptional! The value was amazing and we will definitely travel with Gate 1 again based on this experience.Susan S. Laurel Hill, FL
Barry and I had the best trip ever. With Julian's wonderful personality the days flew by so quickly fun fun all day long.he has such a wonderful knowledge of all the history of the cities we were in.The extra touches of chocolates, making sure we were all on the bus , we were taken care of like family. The hotels food excursions were so interesting we will always remember . Will take another trip with Gate 1 again.Carmel S. St Thomas, ON, CA
We enjoyed our trip so much. I cannot speak highly enough of our tour manager, Julian, as well as our bus driver, Tibor. It was our first time to travel internationally and we found the trip to be so easy and fun. We plan on booking another trip with Gate 1 within the next couple of years.Jackie S. Beasley, TX
Our trip to Germany was excellent! Our tour guide Noel was awesome. It couldn't have been any better.Anne G. Chanhassen, MN
We had a fantastic time on our trip to the Christmas Markets. It was everything a Christmas Market trip should be. It was cold and we had snow a few times and got snowed on in the markets in Munich as well. We only had one day of rain so we were very happy about that. We had lots of hot mulled wine, bratwurst, sauerkraut, gingerbread and all things yummy at the markets and local restaurants plus enjoyed some of the beer halls along with museums, art galleries, shopping and history. Europe does Christmas so well with all the lights and the atmosphere, everywhere was lovely. Our tour guide Noel was fantastic and we also had a great group and everyone got on really well even though there were 42 of us. We will keep an eye out for other tours and expect we will also not receive Gate1 emails with tour info, specials etc.Janet C. Kingsley, WA
We had a fabulous time on our Christmas Markets tour. Our tour guide was brilliant - very informative and lots of fun.Gayle C. Duffys Forest, NSW
The trip was wonderful! Everything went smoothly and the entire experience was so enjoyable! Our tour guide, Clare Murphy, was absolutely the best! She was very clear as to what we would be doing each day, what was available for us to do, where to meet, etc. She handled our group nicely and was cognizant of the different personalities that make up tour groups. She was very well versed in the languages we encountered and obviously has a vast knowledge of the local history, culture and cuisine. We particularly enjoyed the mix of guided tours and free time to explore. Clare was most generous with her time and with providing us with local treats! We appreciated how protective she was and how safe she made us feel. She is an asset to Gate 1 Travel! Our coach driver, Erhard, was excellent and made us feel safe while in his care. His attitude was friendly and we were glad he was driving and we weren't! We were very pleased with our accommodations and were able to enjoy the last few days in Vienna with our newly married daughter and her husband....When we decide to travel again, we will certainly have Gate 1 Travel at the top of our list!Jim S. Erie, PA
Our trip was wonderful! We thought our tour guide, Noel, was fantastic. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone was having the best trip possible. He even bought us some of the best Austrian strudel we've ever tasted. The sights we saw in Germany,Austria and Switzerland were amazing. We learned so much about history and culture from Noel and the local guides. We even made it to Oktoberfest in Munich, which was an added bonus. This is our third trip with Gate 1 and we hope to do many more with you.Linda R. Canton, MI
Our trip was amazing. Gate 1 Travel is very lucky to have Clare. Clare was the perfect host, and my favorite of all 7 of my Gate 1 Trips. The scenery was beautiful and unforgettable. It was the perfect combination of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Thank you for putting together an easy and perfect vacation that we will always cherish.Donald E. Punta Gorda, FL
It was excellent!!! I thoroughly enjoyed the trip!! Hotels were centrally located, neat and clean, the one in Zermatt was the best! Our guide Monique was a gem! She was professional, knowledgeable and above all caring! I would definitely take another tour with Gate 1 and recommend it to my friends and family.Varsha T. Havertown, PA
I had a wonderful trip to Switzerland. Our tour manager and guide, Monique was excellent. She was so knowledgeable about the culture and places we saw, and she really helped make the trip so enjoyable. Kurt, our driver, was also great. We stayed in lovely hotels, and the itinerary was wonderful, enabling us to see and do so much. I have visited Switzerland many times, but this was my first time with a tour. I would definitely consider going on another tour with Gate 1.Joyce Z. Glenshaw, PA
It was wonderful; loved the itinerary, the great hotels, the Rhine River cruise, staying 2 nights in almost every city, our guide and the excursions that we took. Plus we had a small group which made it even better. Loved Germany and Austria, and the free days where we could roam the cities and do some activities that we had planned. Another great job by Gate 1!Karen R. Jacksonville, FL
The trip was great. Our tour manager was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We have learned a lot about Switzerland. Swiss people were very polite and friendly. Some towns are amazingly beautiful. The food there was good. Shopping for chocolates and watches was excellent. We have enjoyed this trip very much.Chi-Ming H. Barrington, RI
A great experience! Beautiful weather...beautiful blue-green lakes, green pastures dotted w/grazing cattle, goats & sheep...towering white-capped Alps...even the white puffy clouds added to the overall beauty of Switzerland! We loved the sounds of cattle bells, the beautiful music of the long horns, the church bells in all all the little villages & towns...but we did miss hearing the yodeling! Our tour guide...Remo...made it all happen...we loved his wit, his knowledge...first time for a guided tour in Europe, so first Gate 1 experience, and cannot imagine not having Remo for future trips! We hated to leave Switzerland & hated saying goodbye to Remo!Susan T. Knoxville, TN
Our trip was fantastic. The guides were wonderful, the group leader was great and everything went very smoothly. We learned a tremendous about of information along with having a great time.Elizabeth B. Kiawah Island, SC
Had a fantastic time.Noel took excellent care of us and his knowledge of German history prior to and after WW2 was amazing. I have been to Germany at least 10 times, hitting Munich each time, but never to Berlin. That was why I chose this trip. excellent choice.Philip R. Santa Paula, CA
The trip was wonderful! Cheers to everyone at Gate One for a job well done!!! Our Guide, Noel Perceval and our Driver, Imre did a simply fabulous job!Bryan M. Brentwood, TN
Just returned to Sydney. Everything went very well. Excellent trip. I believe I will be getting a letter from Gate 1 soon. At that time I will highlight the most impressive things about the trip - the crew. The guides, the food and the sights we saw.Robert S. NSW, Australia
Our trip was great and especially our Tour Guide Panareo was amusing and very knowledgeable. We definitely will consider doing another trip through Gate 1.Akhtar P. Tucson, AZ
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip through Switzerland. Otmar was an excellent guide, very organized with lots of valuable information about the country. Hotels were very nice. Pace of activities was good and Otmar had good suggestions for activities and restaurants during our free time. Otmar was very helpful in arranging transportation to the airport from Lugano to Milan. We continue to be impressed by Gate 1's itineraries and value. We look forward to our next Gate 1 trip in May.Kathy R. Vernon Hills, IL
We couldn't be more pleased. The itinerary was great; the hotels were convenient and comfortable. And best of all, our tour guide, Neira, was professional, thorough, and knowledgeable. The BEST!!! Our bus driver Carbo was excellent too. This is our first Gate 1 trip. We will come back for more in the future.Joseph H. Sherwood Frst, CA
We had a wonderful time. While we have toured with other companies, this was our first time with Gate 1 and we were very pleased. We had an excellent tour guide, Remo Beretta, and we enjoyed the accommodations and the food, and it was a very good trip. Even the weather cooperated. So, thanks to you, and Gate 1.Rene S. Warminster, PA
The trip was absolutely wonderful! Our first one with Gate 1 - first time ever to Europe, in fact - and could not have been better! Everything from transfers to our tour manager Julian and bus driver Willie to the towns and sights we visited to the hotels we stayed at were all first rate!! No complaints at all. My dad came from Germany, along with his family, as a teen so I have heard about Germany and wanted to go my entire life. This has been the trip of a lifetime for me!!! Still thinking back and remembering all we did! There will definitely be more trips with Gate 1 in our future and I have been telling friends, neighbors, and patients how happy we are and what a great trip it was. Gate 1 truly exceeded our expectations and gave us a wonderful time!Nannette R. Indianapolis, IN
It was wonderful. More than we expected. Jillian was an excellent leader/organizer who got us prepared for every stop and included many extras. We came home with many good memories. He even had the bus sing Happy Birthday and sign a card for me on my 75th birthday. Great 13 days.Norma L. Mooreland, IN
The trip was wonderful. would like to thank you all for meticulous planning. Ottoman, our guide, was excellent.Jaswant G. Carmel, IN