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Itinerary highlights

  • Discover the history of Berlin during a guided tour of the city and its famous landmarks
  • Venture on a walking tour of the beautiful town of Potsdam
  • Enjoy a visit to the enchanting 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Experience a scenic overland tour in Bavaria, stopping by noteworthy castles and monasteries
  • Wander around Munich, viewing its architectural highlights and botanical gardens

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  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers
  • Private tours and experiences focused around Germany's history, culture and nature
  • Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
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  • Expert guides in each destination

At a glance

Berlin, the ideal base from which to kick off your Germany adventure, is the country’s artistic and historical capital. You can delve into its intriguing past, with a guided tour that takes you across the city, encompassing significant landmarks, such as the remains of the Berlin Wall and the Reichstag, as well as the largest open-air gallery in the world. A separate tour, led by a specialist journalist, will see you experience the more unusual wonders of Berlin, going completely off the tourist track.

Potsdam, a city on the edge of Berlin and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is next on your list, and you can wander around the Rococo-style Hohenzollern Sanssouci Palace, the former summer home of Frederick the Great, previously the King of Prussia. Following this excursion, you can stroll by the charming lakeside grounds and other palatial buildings.

Continuing onto Bavaria, with its magnificent pastoral landscapes, laden with castles and small hillside villages, you’ll stop off at Neuschwanstein Castle, set above the village of Schwangau. You’ll then take a scenic overland tour from Neuschwanstein to Munich, paying a visit to the castle of Hohenschwangau and the church of Wieskirche.

Munich, the capital of Bavaria and the final stop for your trip, is known as the ‘city of art and beer’. Here, you’ll set off on a tour, tasting some local dishes, followed by the castle of Nymphenburg and the Munich Botanical Garden. Along with immersing yourself in the culture, and seeking out the best beer hall, you’ll also enjoy a private, guided art tour through one of the city’s most loved museums.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-4

Berlin

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Brandenburg Gate and the TV tower in Berlin
Panoramic tour of Berlin Panoramic tour of Berlin

This afternoon half-day tailor-made panoramic city tour of Berlin will be in private car with an English speaking guide. Your tour will lead you through former East and West Berlin, you will understand the city's history, how life was during the Wall's existence, and its developments since the Wall's Fall. You will pass by the most important sights of Berlin, some of the buildings being architectural gems, the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, Potsdamer Platz, Hakesche Höfe, Museum Island, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Berlin Dom, Gendarmenmarkt, Checkpoint Charlie and many more. You will do a few photo stops en route, amongst others at the East Side Gallery, a former section of the Berlin Wall, where artists after its fall have turned it into the largest open-air gallery in the world with over one hundred paintings.

The Berlin Wall The Berlin Wall

During this tour, you will visit the Berlin Wall Memorial, situated at the historic site on Bernauer Strasse. You will also have a stop at the East Side Gallery, a 1.3 km section of the old Berlin Wall. Furthermore, you can visit the North Bahnhof, also called the Ghost station, and make a stop at Checkpoint Charlie, the best-known border crossing and famous film setting for spy movies.

Private tour with a special journalist Private tour with a special journalist

You will meet with a professional journalist who will personally guide you through 'her Berlin', discovering the places that inspire her. Along the way, you will witness crazy buildings and unusual views of this city, and most importantly, exchange with a true Berliner, who will take the time to show you some hidden spots in her neighbourhood and share some very special stories.

Potsdam tour Potsdam tour

Enjoy a walking tour through the town of Potsdam. Its Dutch quarter is the largest preserved settlement in the Dutch style outside of the Netherlands, and was built by Dutch craftsmen at the behest of King Frederick William I. Potsdam, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, surrounds the Brandenburger Strasse pedestrian zone, with its numerous shops and stylish passages that are fashioned from old courtyards.

You will stop at Cecilienhof Palace, where in summer 1945 world history was made. After the end of hostilities in Europe, representatives of the three main allies of World War II met here for top-level discussions on the restructuring of Europe and the future of Germany. Conference participants were the heads of state of the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain – Harry S. Truman, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill (who was replaced by his successor Clement Attlee). The results of the conference officially known as the Three Powers Conference of Berlin were recorded in the Potsdam Agreement and the Potsdam Declaration. The resolutions of the Potsdam Protocol are presented exactly where they were agreed in: in the conference room with its famous round table, the central feature of the Cecilienhof historical site.

Today's highlight will be your visit to the Rococo-style Hohenzollern Sanssouci Palace, located in the Sanssouci Park. Numerous works of art disappeared from the palaces of Potsdam during the Second World War. At least Frederick the Great’s book collection, along with 36 oil paintings, returned to Palace Sanssouci after Germany’s reunification. Almost every monarch left his mark on the park in one way or another. Friedrich the Great built Sanssouci (literally ’without a care’) as a summer retreat – and the palace and spreading park are still magical places today. Friedrich the Great was renowned for his modesty, epitomised in his saying “A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in”. Without a show of pomp and circumstance, but with considerable personal discipline, he guided the fate of Prussia in the 18th century. His beloved summer palace was his ideal of everyone’s wish of living without a care – Sans Souci. The palace is elegant rather than opulent – after all, it was intended as a retreat to enjoy the country air. In contrast to the baroque splendor of the stately Neues Palais (New Palace) at the other end of the park, Sanssouci is informed by the lighter spirit of the rococo. And with this little palace only comprising twelve rooms, it was clearly designed for intimacy rather than show.

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Private transfer from Munich to Schwangau

Days 4-5

Bavaria

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Neuschwanstein Castle Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then more than 60 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures.

Overland tour from Neuschwanstein to Munich Overland tour from Neuschwanstein to Munich

After your early morning visit to the castle of Neuschwanstein, you’ll seek out more historical buildings, before heading to the neighbouring castle, Hohenschwangau.

This tour will continue through the Bavarian countryside, making a few more stops. The famous Wieskirche, in particular, will blow your breath away as it’s an architectural masterpiece.

In this area, you can sit down to a typical Bavarian lunch at a restaurant, which is favoured by the locals.

Your last stop of the day will be the old monastery church, Rottenbuch. You’ll then be driven to your next destination, Munich.

Days 5-7

Munich

Accommodation in Munich

Marienplatz in Munich
Munich city tour Munich city tour

Enjoy your breakfast of a typical sausage 'weißwurst' at the Victualien market and stroll around all the stands with vegetables, cheese and flowers - a real 'Munich' experience. At exactly midday, you can witness the famous carillon. Halfway up the 85m tower of the New Townhall is one of Munich biggest tourist draws, a two-tier glockenspiel (carillon) with 43 bells and 32 mechanical figures. The figures rotate around accompanied by the music of the bells. It lasts for 15 minutes.

The next exciting stop is the castle Nymphenburg. With its unique combination of architecture and garden design, Nymphenburg is one of the best examples in Europe of a synthesis of the arts. Following the birth of the heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, Elector Ferdinand Maria and his consort commissioned the architect Agostino Barelli to build Nymphenburg Palace, which was begun in 1664.

The tour comes to a relaxed finish at the Botanical Garden. Covering an area of 21.20 hectares (52.4 acres), the Munich Botanical Garden in the suburb of Nymphenburg is one of the most important botanical gardens in the world and is visited by over 350,000 visitors a year. It is home to approximately 19,600 species and subspecies.

Private guided art tour through a museum Private guided art tour through a museum

Today you will take a privately guided art tour through one of Munich's museums. One example of a museum you might visit is Lenbachhouse. Since the 1970s the museum has been presenting the important trends and artists of the international contemporary art world and collecting contemporary art. Starting with the acquisition in 1980 of Joseph Beuys's 'Zeige deine Wunde' (Show Your Wound) (1974–1975), the museum shifted its focus towards collecting representative works and groups of works.

Another possible museum is Alte Pinakothek which focuses on the development of art from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and the Baroque up to the end of the Rococo period. The collection comprises more than 700 artworks from the glittering epochs of German, Flemish, Netherlandish, French, Italian and Spanish painting.

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