Germany - Touring Holidays
An escorted tour to Germany will showcase an array of wonderful highlights, from medieval towns and cities to lush forests, towering mountains and fabulously scenic rivers.
The whole country is packed with idyllic architecture, with fairy-tale castles nestled in forested hillsides and half-timbered buildings a delight to discover. In fact the whole country is sprinkled with medieval towns, each a testimony to their affluence during the Middle Ages. You’ll see fortified city walls built to keep invaders out, twisting cobblestoned streets and busy market places. A great place to pick up a souvenir or catch a glimpse of local life, these markets truly come into their own come Christmas time. What could be more festive than sipping a glass of mulled wine and enjoying a slice of stollen as you browse stalls lit with twinkling lights?
Founded by Romans, Cologne is one of the country’s oldest cities and a must-visit on a holiday to Germany. Work started on its Gothic cathedral in 1248 and it wasn’t completed until 1880. This UNESCO-listed masterpiece is now Germany’s most visited landmark, and the whole historic centre is easy to explore on foot.
The largest of Germany’s cities is Berlin, its cosmopolitan capital. Separated into East and West during the Cold War, the city was reunited in 1990 when the Berlin Wall was demolished. Now, this is a great destination for a short break, thanks to its sophisticated social scene and a host of iconic sights including the Brandenburg Gate, the elegant Reichstag and its magnificent cathedral.
Germany’s location in the heart of Europe, and at the heart of a network of major European rivers, make it a perfect place to enjoy a river cruise. Some of the rivers originate in neighbouring countries and make their way into Germany, others start in Germany and flow elsewhere, while smaller rivers begin and end here. No matter what their size, all end up flowing into the Baltic, Black or North Seas.
The romantic Middle Rhine is one of the country’s prime attractions, with pretty villages and lush vineyards lining the banks either side and castles perched on the towering hills. This is also the setting for the legendary Lorelei Rock. Perhaps sip a glass of locally produced wine as you cruise by and hear the tale of the lovelorn maiden who threw herself into the Rhine and was transformed into a siren who lured fishermen to their deaths.
Another famous river running through Germany is the Danube, which makes its way through the Black Forest and the Bavarian hills before reaching UNESCO-listed Regensburg, where more of medieval fairy-tale Germany waits to be discovered.
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.