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Essence of Germany

Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 12 Reviews
Private tour to Germany

Take as much time as you need for your in-depth exploration of Germany. This tour is a perfect balance of included private guided sightseeing with plenty of free time to spend on your own. Discover the main attractions of Munich, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Cologne, and Berlin. Best central hotels and 1st class connections included.

Essence of Germany

12 days5 cities
Germany1 country
Private tour to Germany
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$3,398
Tour rating: 4.87 / 5, Based on 12 Reviews

Take as much time as you need for your in-depth exploration of Germany. This tour is a perfect balance of included private guided sightseeing with plenty of free time to spend on your own. Discover the main attractions of Munich, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Cologne, and Berlin. Best central hotels and 1st class connections included.

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Munich

first destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival to Munich
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to Munich! Upon arrival, you meet your driver at the arrivals hall and head for your centrally-located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy Munich on your own.

➤ Firebird recommends: Pay a visit to Olympiapark: Munich's 1972 Olympic Park, where you can ride a zip-line over the iconic stadium, and participate in other sports activities.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Munich City Tour
City tour
City tour

After breakfast, you meet your private guide and go on a fascinating 3-hour tour of Munich's beautiful old town to get an insight into the city's turbulent 850-year history.

With its exuberant atmosphere and vitality, Munich is one of Europe's great cultural centers. Enjoy your city tour around Marien Square, Church of Our Lady and Residenz Palace. In the ancient part of the town the world-famous Hofbrauhaus, the medieval town gates, and the colorful open-air market Viktualienmarkt are waiting for you. Munich’s elegant Maximilian Street offers views at the Bavarian Parliament, Deutsches Museum, Royal Palace and the Opera House. You also pass by Theatiner Church, Hall of Generals (Feldherrnhalle), and House of Arts, the Bavarian National Museum and the Angel of Peace.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

➤ Firebird recommends: Visit  Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall - world's most famous tavern, which dates back to 16th century​.

Breakfast is included.

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Eurostars Book Hotel, Munich
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The Eurostars Book is contemporary-styled and situated within a walking distance from the Munich Central Station. It boasts excellent service and great modern facilities. An on-site fitness center, sauna, and a restaurant, serving international cuisine, are at your service.

Welcome to Munich

Set gracefully on the banks of the Isar River, the capital of Bavaria, Munich, is an amazingly beautiful city with an incredible history and colorful sights.

train
Munich
Stuttgart
2 hrs 20 min

Enjoy a scenic journey from the Bavarian capital to the lovely city of Stuttgart on a Deutsche Bahn bullet train and take advantage of quality service and all necessary amenities needed for a comfortable ride.

Stuttgart

second destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 3
Day at Leisure & Departure to Stuttgart
Free day
Free day
Transfer
Transfer

Today after breakfast and check-out, you have the day at leisure to continue exploring the capital of Bavaria on your own. Alternatively, you can choose one of our carefully planned optional tours.

In the afternoon, you head for the train station for your train to Stuttgart. In about 2,5 hours you arrive in Stuttgart, the capital of southwest Germany's state called Baden-Württemberg, meet your driver and head for your centrally-located hotel.

After check-in, the rest of the evening is free for you to start exploring the city on your own.

➤ Firebird recommends: Discover two of the most famous automobile museums in the works, by visiting Porsche Museum tracing Porsche's history, and Mercedes-Benz Museum which cover the history of the brand.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 4
Stuttgart City Tour
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you meet your private guide and embark an entertaining and informative city walk through the historic heart of Stuttgart. In 3 hours your guide shows you all the main attractions such as the Old Castle, Neues Schloss (New Castle) and Schlossplatz, Rathaus or town hall, the ancient gathering place Marktplatz and many others. This trip through time covers the founding of the city in 950 all the way to the present day.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

➤ Firebird recommends: Explore modern architecture by visiting Weissenhof Estate which includes buildings designed by 17 architects from more than 5 European countries. Two of the buildings projected by Le Corbusier were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the part of his "Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement".

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Stuttgart

Set on the banks of the Neckar River, beautiful Stuttgart is the capital of southwest Germany's Baden-Wurttemberg state as well as the real "Germany in miniature".

train
Stuttgart
Heidelberg
40 min

Spend a nice time during your journey between Stuttgart and Heidelberg. First, you enjoy a quick ride to Mannheim onboard a modern Deutsche Bahn train. Afterward, your private driver transfers you to Heidelberg. 

Heidelberg

third destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 5
Day at Leisure & Train to Heidelberg
Free day
Free day
Transfer
Transfer

Today after breakfast and check-out, you have the day at leisure to continue exploring Stuttgart on your own. Alternatively, you can choose one of our carefully planned optional tours.

In the afternoon, your private driver transfers you to the train station for your train to Mannheim, located within just 30-minutes away from Heidelberg. Your private driver meets you at the train station and transfers you to your hotel in Heidelberg.

Upon arrival to Heidelberg, you check in and have a good rest.

➤ Firebird recommends: Take a cruise along the romantic and quiet Neckar Valley and discover the beauty of the Castle Road.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
Old Town Walking Tour & Heidelberg Castle
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast at your hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful 4-hour walking old town or Altstadt tour and explore the university town of Heidelberg, with its historic and romantic appeal.

The old town of Heidelberg has a typical atmosphere of the German old quarters: squares where the locals socialize, cobblestone streets with bar terraces, and of course the marketplace, or the Marktplatz.

You get a chance to step inside the Studentenkarzer, the old Students' Prison, and hear interesting stories of how the students ended up here. You see the Old Bridge and admire the Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg's main church.

After the pleasant walk through the Old Town, you board a historic funicular to reach the top of the hill where you find Schloss Heidelberg, the Heidelberg Castle, which is considered to be one of the most important ruins in Germany. These extraordinary Renaissance ruins that inspired Germany’s Romantics used to be the former seat of Heidelberg's Prince-Electors. In the Castle you also have a chance to visit the German Apothecary Museum and see the Great Tun, the biggest wine barrel in the world, that was able to hold 221,726 liters (or 58,578 gallons) of wine.

After the tour, you take the funicular back down to the Old Town and return to your hotel. You have the afternoon and evening at leisure and can continue exploring Heidelberg on your own, or join one of our optional tours.

➤ Firebird recommends: Follow the footsteps of the famous German thinkers and go for a guided or nonguided walk and hike along the Philosophenweg (Philosophers' Walk).

Breakfast is included.

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Bergheim 41 Hotel, Heidelberg
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The modern-looking Bergheim 41 Hotel is located within a walking distance from the old town and the Heidelberg Castle. The hotel promises comfortable well-fitted guestrooms with flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms.

Welcome to Heidelberg

Heidelberg is a charming town in Baden-Württemberg, nestled on the banks of the Neckar River. Historically, Heidelberg has served as the town of philosophers and students.

train
Heidelberg
Cologne
1 hr 30 min

A fast Deutsche Bahn train is, indeed, the easiest way to travel between German cities. First, your private driver transfers you to the station of Mannheim, where you board a comfortable train and continue your journey to Cologne.

Cologne

fourth destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Departure to Cologne
Transfer
Transfer

After breakfast and check-out you are met by your private driver and transferred to Mannheim train station for departure to Cologne. In about 1,5 hours you arrive in Cologne, the largest city of the most populous German federal state called North Rhine-Westphalia. Upon arrival, you meet your driver and head for your centrally-located hotel.

After check-in, the rest of the evening is free for you to start exploring the city on your own.

➤ Firebird recommends: Visit Chocolate Museum for a great taste of Cologne (we advise to check the open hours of the museum prior making plans)

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Cologne City Tour
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you meet your private guide and together you discover the must-see sights of Cologne.

Your exploration starts with the outstanding gothic Cathedral of Cologne included in UNESCO World Heritage list. Kölner Dom, as it is called in German, with its 160 meters (525 ft) high, proudly dominates the skyline of the city. You explore the cathedral's interiors, its treasure chamber and, if you want, climb the 533 steps to the top of the tower to catch the most comprehensive view over the city and the Rhine. After you stroll along the streets of the old center, meet 'Tünnes und Schäl' figures, representing the original locals, see the old charming houses, historic town hall, and tower.

After the tour, you have the afternoon at leisure.

➤ Firebird recommends: Take a 2-hour panoramic cruise and enjoy the scenic views on Rhine promenade and the cathedral from a different angle.
*Please note: this tour is available from May 1 to October 11, from Monday to Thursday

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Cologne

Cologne is a huge and vibrant city in western Germany, located in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Being one of the oldest cities in the country, Cologne Germany dates back to Roman times.

train
Cologne
Berlin
4 hrs 40 min

Cross Germany from western Cologne to the gorgeous capital, Berlin, onboard a comfortable high-speed train operated by Deutsche Bahn. Enjoy diverse panoramas of Germany's cities and countryside together with excellent amenities and top-notch service provided onboard. 

Berlin

fifth destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Day at Leisure & Departure to Berlin
Free day
Free day
Transfer
Transfer

Today after breakfast and check-out, you have the day at leisure to continue exploring Cologne on your own. Alternatively, you can choose one of our carefully planned optional tours.

In the afternoon, your private driver transfers you to the train station for your train to Berlin, and in about 4,5 hours you arrive in the capital of Germany. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to your hotel for the check-in.

➤ Firebird recommends: Use Cologne cable car for a scenic crossing of the river Rhine.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 10
Berlin City Tour
City tour
City tour

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and explore the capital of Germany on a 3-hour walking city tour and see the main Berlin highlights from the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate, from the site of Hitler's bunker to the Reichstag parliament building (no entrances included).

During the tour, you discover Checkpoint Charlie, the site where the Stasi and CIA spied on each other. You hear the amazing stories surrounding this Cold War crossing point.

You walk across the final battlefield of World War II and find out how the peculiar events surround the Reichstag. You explore the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and get the inside story behind the incredible controversy surrounding it.

When passing the Berlin Wall you learn the secret history of why it went up and how Berlin was divided overnight. You also visit Berlin's spectacular new government quarter and get a feel for the contemporary face of the city and its development since the fall of the Wall.

You have the afternoon and evening at leisure and can continue exploring Berlin on your own, or join one of our optional tours.

➤ Firebird recommends: Attend a performance at the world famous Brecht-theater - The Berliner Ensemble (performances with English subtitles happen several times a month).

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
Day at Leisure & Optional Tours
Free day
Free day

Today after breakfast you have the day at leisure to continue exploring the capital of Germany on your own. Alternatively, you can choose one of our carefully planned optional tours.

➤ Firebird recommends: Take a cruise on the River Spree, that winds through the center of Berlin, and be amazed by the completely different perspective on the city.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 12
Departure from Berlin
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your tour. Following breakfast you check out from the hotel and your driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you are leaving with ultimate experience and bright memories and wish you a safe flight.

Breakfast is included.

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Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Berlin
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The stylish Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz is an eco-friendly zone, set in the entertainment district of unforgettable Berlin. Guests are invited to stay in spacious Scandinavian-styled rooms with great amenities.

Welcome to Berlin

Berlin is both the capital and the largest city in Germany best known for its nightlife, street art, historical sights, tolerant and international inhabitants.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located 4-star or 5-star hotels in Munich, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Cologne and Berlin;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours with private professional English-speaking guides in Munich, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Cologne and Berlin;
  • Entrance tickets to Heidelberg Castle, Cologne Cathedral combined ticket;
  • 1st class train tickets: Munich - Stuttgart, Stuttgart - Mannheim, Mannheim - Cologne, Cologne - Berlin;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest
  • Your own professional local guides
  • Full flexibility of hotel options
  • Touring the exciting Munich old town
  • Walking tour of the highlights of Stuttgart
  • Exploring the ruins of the famous Heidelberg Castle
  • Visit of the Gothic Cathedral of Cologne
  • Seeing the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

What To Know

  • It's always best to bring some cash in local currency for your trip. You will need Euros for your time in Germany
  • You will be walking quite a bit during your sightseeing tours, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes
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