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  • 10 Day - Small Group Tour of Germany
  • Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Black Forest, Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, Oberammergau, Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, and Munich

Best First-Time Trip to Germany.
Balanced Sightseeing and Leisure Time.


 
From $6,655

IT WAS A DAY LIKE NO OTHER.
Journey's unique experiences, special access to venues, and small group tour around 10-16 guests is unmatched in the world of travel. No Big Buses. No Long Lines. Journey Adventure Leader with you from start to finish. No Up-sell while on tour which translates to a no stress vacation.

 
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Germany & the Black Forest 2021-2022

10 Days | Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Black Forest, Rothenburg, Castles & Palaces, Oberammergau and Munich

Imagine walking the streets of Rothenburg in norhtern Bavaria as the medieval half-timbered houses pass by with their pastels. The walk the ramparts of Castles and Palaces designed by a Mad King. Explore the biways and villages that make up Bavaria and the Romantic Road in Germany.

It Was A Day Like No Other.

 

Discover a True Small Group Germany Tour Experience Like None Other.

This is the Best Tour to Germany. We've designed it to impress upon you the very character of this amazing country while we've taken care of all the details: avoid the mainstream larg group tours, and let our small group Journey show you the authentic Germany and Bavaria. No big buses. Skip the lines with our special access with our hotels located in the historic centers of the cities and villages personally selected by our Trip Planners. Our approach to exploring Germany is truly unique: we enjoy morning sightseeing tours, with most afternoons at your leisure —  No Sun-up to Sundown touring and no up-sell from us while on tour.

Every day in Italy is 'a day like no other!'Join us on this Classic Germany itinerary and discover a place that will truly change your life's Journey for the better.

Journey's modern approach to travel with our small social groups of around 10 to 16 travelers and our Journey Adventure Leaders who are the consummate professional host throughout.

10 Days
 
Expand your Journey with a visit to another European destination.
Per person from$5,855
 
Solo supplement from $1997
Deluxe from $4,665
Classic from $3,345
Prices vary based on departure date.
 
Itinerary at a Glance
TOUR COMMENCES: FRANKFURT, 2 Days/2 Nights
FINANCIAL CAPITAL OF EUROPE. "MAINHATTAN."
Your Journey Adventure Leader is with you from Start to Finish.

ROTHENBURG OB-DER-TAUBER, 2 Days/2 Nights
THE ROMANTIC ROAD
Half-Timbered Houses line Cobblestone Lanes in Old Town.

OBERAMMERAGU , 2 Days/2 Nights
HOME OF THE PASSION PLAY.
Frescoes, Woodcarvers and Artists.

TOUR FINALE: MUNICH, 2 Days/2 Nights
HOME OF OKTOBERFEST.
Bavaria's Largest City. Beer Gardens.

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Included in the Preferred Journey

  • We Walk the amazing cities and villages of Germany and Bavaria
  • Journey Adventure Leader beginning-to-end
  • Local, expert easy-to-understand German Guides
  • 13 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners/Special Event
  • Authentic German & International Cuisine with Premium Wine & Cocktails
  • Luggage Portage throughout your Journey, WiFi
  • Meet & Greet at Airport with Arrival Transfer
  • 8 nights' accommodation at hand-picked Hotels
  • 'Master of Your Day' with our Exclusive Premium Sightseeing
  • Comfy Micro-coach throughout the Journey
  • Admission fees, taxes, and gratuities excluding the Journey Adventure Leader

Meet Germany & the Black Forest Tour

Finding the right journey to Germany for your first visit is very important. Journey's 10-Day adventure begins in Frankfurt, takes in medieval Heidelberg, the Romantic road takes us to Rothenburg and Oberammergau and the finalé is in Munich.

Enjoy our proven approach of sightseeing balanced with ample leisure time so you can really get to know the destination. No rushing around in a traditional large tour group, no big buses, and the perfect sized group around 10 to 16 travelers.

 

 





Germany & the Black Forest 2021-2022

10 Days | Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Black Forest, Castles, Oberammergau and Munich

Most Popular Day-by-Day Itinerary

The Journey begins in Frankfurt. Journey has crafted a world-class experience as we explore the very best of Germany including the Black Forest, Oberammergau, Castles of Bavaria and the Romantic Road.

 

Flight and Early Arrival Options

Your flight to Frankfurt should land on Day 1 of the itinerary —  this means you should depart your home airport the day prior —  your round-trip travel time on this Journey is 10 Days (9 Days, 8 Nights Land). Airfare is not included. Inquire about our Business Class and Premium Economy Airfare.

Expand the Journey: Many of our travelers arrive a "full day early" to recover from their overnight flight — inquire with us about a pre-tour overnight hotel room in Frankfurt —  and even stay longer with an extension to another city in Europe.

 

JUMP: DAY 1-2: FRANKFURT| DAY 3-4: BLACK FOREST| DAY 5-6: OBERAMMERGAU | DAY 7-8: MUNICH | DAY 9: DEPART

 

DAY 1: WELCOME TO FRANKFURT

Upon arrival you are met by our arrival's team and transported via transfer to our cosmpolitan hotel in Frankfurt located on the Left Bank of the River Main. Check-in, drop luggage and then relax until our Discovery Walk.

Later this afternoon you will enjoy a get-to-know-Frankfurt Discovery Walk — a hallmark of the Journey style of traveling and exploring new destinations.

Your Journey Tour Director welcomes you to Frankfurt with a toast for your arrival.

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk

You will enjoy a get-to-know-Frankfurt Discovery Walk — a hallmark of the Journey style of traveling and exploring new destinations hosted by your Journey Tour Director.

Prosecco IconLeisure Time

Enjoy some leisure time before meeting tonight for a special 'Welcome to Frankfurt' evening from one of our exclusive perspectives.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Frankfurt Dinner

We then make our way to our favorite restaurant in Frankfurt where we will be delighted with cuisine from several regions throughout Germany (all paired with delicious wines, lagers and premium beverages - and all included with Journey).

Journey Hotels IconAccommodations in Frankfurt

Deluxe: Villa Kennedy, a Rocco Forte Hotel, 2 Nights with breakfast

DAY 2: CRUISING THE RHINE RIVER

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: River Cruise to Rüdesheim

Today's experience will have you gliding through dramatic scenery on the way to Rüdesheim. View the many castles, vineyards and small villages along the World Cultural Heritage-listed Middle Rhine.


Journey's professional local guide provides expert commentary as we enjoy the experience before returning to the hotel for the balance of the day at leisure.

Special sightseeing today includes:

  • Cruising the Middle Rhine: Experience the magic and myth of the Rhine River Valley on a full-day sightseeing cruise.
  • Visit to Rüdesheim: Stroll among the half-timbered buildings of Old Town and Drosselgasse. Sip local Riesling and Pinot Noir in a medieval setting.

 

Enjoy the balance of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Journey is Different: Your Journey Tour Director will invite you to an optional dinner, and they can also help you with dining reservations if you choose to explore lovely on your own. 

DAY 3: ONWARD TO HEIDELBERG, THE BLACK FOREST & ROMANTIC ROAD

This morning enjoy a leisurely start with breakfast and then join your Journey Tour Director as we make our way to the medieval city of Heidelberg. Our Local Expert Guide will unveil the ruins of the ancient Gothic castle and one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.

We continue our Journey and arrive in the amazing town of Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber. The medieval town of Rothenburg, on the historic trade route between the center of Germany and the south, is also a stop on the Romantic Road and is considered the Jewel among Germany's various medieval towns. We make our way to the hotel to check in and freshen up before our Discovery Walk.

Orientation Walk IconDiscovery Walk

On the Discovery Walk we will orient you to the area around our hotel in the Black Forest and Baiersbronn.


Enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure until our welcome dinner tonight.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Rothenburg Dinner

Your Journey Tour Director hosts your welcome dinner.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodations in Rothenburg

Deluxe: Hotel BurgGartenpalais, 2 Nights with breakfast

DAY 4: EXPLORING ROTHENBURG

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Legends & Treasures of Rothenburg

Journey's adventure today includes our walking tour of the medieval town. We will visit St. Jakob's Church which is a 14th century church houses the amazing 500-year-old Heiligblualtar (Holy Blood Altar) that was carved by Tilman Riemenschneider.

Special Sightseeing Includes:

  • Medieval Rothenburg - Walk the Medieval Town and learn of its history with our Guide
  • The Gothic St. Jakob's (St. James) Church - Walking around Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the best things to do while you are here. The town has the best preserved medieval walls in Germany.

Following our Legends & Treasures adventure the balance of the day is at your leisure.

Journey is Different: Your Journey Tour Director will invite you to an optional dinner tonight or you can explore at leisure.


DAY 5: LINDERHOF PALACE

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: The Palace of Mad King Ludwig II

It's a great day to explore the amazing Linderhof Palace (without the tourist hordes of Neuschwanstein!). Ludwig II, who was crowned king in 1864, began his various building activities and the only large palace that he saw to completion in his lifetime was Linderhof.

Special Sightseeing today Includes:

  • Neuschwanstein Castle: Enjoy views of the castle before we make our way to nearby Linderhof Palace.
  • Linderhof Palace: Admission and Tour of this beautiful palace featuring stunning views.
  • Oberammergau: We will arrive at the quaint village and learn of its inspiring history.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Oberammergau Dinner

Your Journey Tour Director hosts your welcome dinner in this quaint and historical village.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodations in Oberammergau

Deluxe: Hotel Maximilian, 2 Nights with breakfast

DAY 6: EXPLORING OBERAMMERGAU AT LEISURE

Enjoy a full free day at your leisure in beautiful Oberammergau.

Many options are available from Cooking Classes to day trips to nearby sites.

Soak in the morning: enjoy a walk through the village, or a nearby hike or just explore streets.

Journey is Different: Your Journey Tour Director will invite you to an optional dinner tonight or choose to enjoy your last night in Oberammergau at your leisure.


DAY 7: ONWARD THRU BAVARIA: MUNICH

We make our way to Munich, the capital of Bavaria, and learn that the name is derived from the monks of the Benedictine order who ran a monastery at the place that was later to become the Old Town of Munich; hence the monk depicted on the city's coat of arms. Upon arrival to the hotel, time to freshen up and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure until we take part in our welcome before dinner tonight.

We check-in, freshen up and then meet for our Discovery Walk.

Orientation Walk IconDiscovery Walk

You will meet the Journey Tour Director for a walk through the very heart of Old Town Munich.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Munich Dinner

Tonight you will join your Journey Tour Director for a special welcome to Munich dinner complete with premium beverages including wine, beer and soda,

Journey Hotels IconAccommodations in Munich

Deluxe: Hotel Torbraeu, 2 Nights with breakfast

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DAY 8: EXPLORING MUNICH

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Legends of Munich

The architectural wonders in Old Town include the Town Hall, St. Peter's Church and the Munich Residenz and Viktualienmarkt. And not to be missed is the famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall. Our journey begins at Max-Joseph-Platz, where the Residenz and the National Theatre are situated, and runs east-west. Planned and begun in 1850 by King Maximilian II of Bavaria, and of which the street gets its name. The Residenz, the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs of the House of Wittelsbach, and is the largest palace in Germany.

Special Sightseeing Includes:

  • Max-Joseph-Platz: This is where the Residenz and the National Theatre are situated, and runs east-west.
  • The Residenz: This is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs of the House of Wittelsbach, is the largest palace in Germany.

Enjoy the balance of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

Prosecco IconOur Special Journey Finalé

After returning to our hotel, enjoy some leisure time and then meet for our special Farewell Event complete with appetizers and Journey beverages to celebrate our time together. Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together.


Day 9: DEPARTURE DAY: Goodbye to Munich

Breakfast is included this morning should you have time before your departure. Most of our guests seriously consider extending your vacation to another city in Europe.


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Germany & the Black Forest 2021-2022

10 Days | Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Black Forest, Rothenburg, Castles & Palaces, Oberammergau and Munich

Journey's Hand-Picked Hotels

We have included our Journey hand-picked hotels that feature uniquely-designed hotels reflecting the culture and ambiance of the very cities you're visiting. They feature full, hot American breakfast included with private bathrooms. The hotels we've selected are literally centuries older than our country in most locales, so, you can expect uniquely decorated rooms featuring usual and unusual amenities, European-style and seasonal air-conditioning. Remember, we're traveling to a foreign country where things are...different, but that's one of the reasons we travel. The only times an alternate property may be used would be in the event of no availability. In this case, a property of similar quality and location will be used. Make note, it is extremely rare for this scenario to take place.

Do you prefer an upgraded hotel to one of our Luxury properties? Or perhaps the hotel is the least of your concerns and you'd rather spend your vacation dollars on experiences? Then consider our "Options to Modify" throughout the itinerary if you would like to modify one of your properties.

 

Germany & the Black Forest 2021-2022

10 Days | Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Black Forest, Rothenburg, Castles & Palaces, Oberammergau and Munich

Journey to Italy during the Best Times of the Year

9 days, 8 nights land, 10 day round-trip travel time including flight times. Journey's unique approach to Germany features Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, Oberammergau and Munich.

 

2021 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
 
DATES PACKAGE FROM AVAILABILITY

2021 October Departures
Oct
7,14,21,28
Deluxe Hotels 4 to 5 Star Properties $6,865 AVAILABLE
Classic Hotels 3 to 4 Star Properties $5,855 AVAILABLE
     

2022 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
DATES PACKAGE FROM AVAILABILITY

2022 May - June Departures
May
5,12,19,26
Jun
2,9,16,23,30
Deluxe Hotels 4 to 5 Star Properties $6,965 AVAILABLE
Classic Hotels 3 to 4 Star Properties $5,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

2022 July - August Departures
Jul
7,14,21,28
Aug
4,11,18,25

Deluxe Hotels 4 to 5 Star Properties $6,965 AVAILABLE
Classic Hotels 3 to 4 Star Properties $5,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

2022 September - October Departures
Sep
1,8,15,22,29
Oct
6,13,20,27
Deluxe Hotels 4 to 5 Star Properties $6,965 AVAILABLE
Classic Hotels 3 to 4 Star Properties $5,955 AVAILABLE
     

 

2023 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
 
DATES PACKAGE FROM AVAILABILITY

2023 May - June Departures
May
4,11,18,25
Jun
1,8,15,22,29
Deluxe Hotels 4 to 5 Star Properties $6,965 AVAILABLE
Classic Hotels 3 to 4 Star Properties $5,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

2023 July Departures
Jul
6,13,20,27
Aug
3,10,17,24,31
Deluxe Hotels 4 to 5 Star Properties $6,965 AVAILABLE
Classic Hotels 3 to 4 Star Properties $5,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

2023 September - October Departures
Sep
7,14,21,28
Oct5,12,19,26
Deluxe Hotels 4 to 5 Star Properties $6,965 AVAILABLE
Classic Hotels 3 to 4 Star Properties $5,955 AVAILABLE
     
     

Pricing is based upon room category availability at time of booking: Prices will change as availability is reduced. Inquire about a Solo Supplement that provides a double occupancy room for solo use and is with a tour that already has at least six (6) other guests booked. Published prices are based on a departure with at least six (6) Journey travelers.