Architecturally spectacular and endlessly engaging, defined by their history and cultural heritage, Germany’s great cities evoke powerful emotions. This comprehensive introduction to the highlights of Germany takes in the eclectic charms of Berlin, now enjoying a renaissance as a wellspring of European style, and Dresden, a city which charms with Baroque masterpieces and superlative art collections. There are visits too to enchanting cities such as Nüremberg, Leipzig and Würzburg, and an included short river cruise along the stunning River Rhine, so celebrated in music and legend. We end with a two-night stay in medieval Heidelberg, only included as a brief stop by most other operators.
Day 1 London - Berlin
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Berlin. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Crowne Plaza Berlin - Potsdamer Platz (4T), for the first three nights, where dinner is included this evening.
Day 2 Berlin
Berlin is perhaps the most interesting and significant city of the 20th century - celebrated, vilified, ravaged, isolated, divided and reborn in less than 100 years. Visitors will find echoes of Berlin’s Cabaret-era decadence, its pre-war pomp and war-time devastation, its Cold War symbolism and post-reunification exuberance, along with a fascinating older history reflected in elegant squares such as the Gendarmenmarket and iconic structures from the Reichstag to the Brandenburg Gate. Our guided orientation tour is the perfect introduction, leaving time at leisure to make your own discoveries or take advantage of peerless shopping opportunities.
Day 3 Potsdam
A short drive from the vibrant German capital is the more sedate town of Potsdam, seat of Frederick the Great’s government. Marvel at the splendour of the Sanssouci Gardens on our included excursion - you may also wish to tour the palace itself (payable locally). Our tour also takes in the exclusive suburb of Neubabelsberg and the quarters occupied by Churchill, Stalin and Truman during the Potsdam Conference of Summer 1945, which convened to consider the fate of Germany in the aftermath of the Nazi surrender.
Day 4 Berlin - Leipzig - Colditz - Dresden
A German journey begins today as we travel to Dresden by way of Leipzig and Colditz Castle. Leipzig, attractively located at the confluence of the Weisse Elster and Pleisse rivers, has an extraordinary musical heritage, as home to both Felix Mendelssohn and Johann Sebastian Bach, and we make a stop to visit St Thomas Church, where Bach served as choirmaster for more than 25 years and where he is laid to rest. The history of Colditz is more immediate - this Renaissance castle, immortalised in the 1955 film The Colditz Story, gained notoriety as a World War II prisoner-of-war camp, housing Allied soldiers considered dangerous or elite. Despite its remote aspect and maximum security measures, Colditz still boasted one of the highest records of successful escape attempts. Our hotel in Dresden is the Maritim Dresden (4T), where dinner is included this evening.
Day 5 Dresden
Affectionately known as ‘the Florence on the Elbe’ for its Italianate architecture and artistic treasure trove, Dresden is a delight to explore. Our short orientation walking tour introduces its many highlights, and the remainder of the day is at leisure to focus on the attractions that particularly interest you, from the magnificent Baroque Zwinger palace, with its world famous art collections, to the iconic Frauenkirche, an international symbol of reconciliation.
Day 6 Dresden - Bamberg - Coburg - Nüremberg
With an early start, we are able to make a memorable visit en route to our next overnight stop, Nüremberg. Bamberg is the dream city of Emperor Heinrich II, for a short time the centre of the Holy Roman Empire and today UNESCO World Heritage listed for its sublime medieval heart. Dinner is included at our hotel in Nüremberg, the Maritim Nüremberg (4T).
Day 7 Nüremberg - Rothenburg - Würzburg
We continue today to the 1,000-year-old town of Rothenburg, where history is ever apparent in its majestic churches and grand patrician houses, and onwards to yet-more-ancient Würzburg to enjoy an included dinner at the Maritim Würzburg hotel (4T) or Hotel Eckert Margetshoccheim (4T).
Day 8 Würzburg - Mainz - Wiesbaden
After breakfast we visit the vast and superbly-frescoed Baroque Würzburg Residenz, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. We continue towards the city of Wiesbaden, lying at the foot of the Taunus Mountains. Wiesbaden was an inspiration for many artists and composers such as Brahms, Wagner and the Expressionist painter Alexey von Jeawlensky. After stopping en route in Mainz, we arrive in Wiesbaden, where we introduce you to the city with an orientation tour. Our centrally-located hotel is the Dorint Pallas Hotel (4T).
Day 9 Wiesbaden - Heidelberg
This morning we transfer to Heidelberg, particularly noted for its awe-inspiring medieval castle and breathtaking views of the River Neckar. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Crowne Plaza Heidelberg (4T) or Marriott Heidelberg (4T) and dinner is included this evening.
Day 10 Rhine River Cruise
After breakfast we have a short cruise to enjoy the beautiful and legendary river. We return to the hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 11 Heidelberg - London
After breakfast, we transfer to Stuttgart Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.