Closer up Bird's-eye view of the Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany.

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Embark on a spectacular journey, where quaint villages, fairytale castles, and metropolitan cities exhibit the eclectic country of Germany. Shatter perceptions as a diverse and modern nation intertwines with natural opulence full of relics from eras past. From its world-famous beer to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a custom Zicasso itinerary to Germany offers a vacation to be remembered.

Sample Itineraries

Get inspired with our sample trips below. You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel. Any number of days.
Any departure date. Any experience you want.

Medieval Tour of German Castles

Medieval Tour of German Castles

14 Day Custom Tour

From $4,195

Medieval Germany isn't just a slice of history. It's alive, breathing an evocative atmosphere into cobbled villages and castles that cling to cliffs. On this unique two-week tour you will journey into its heart and soul, stay in castles and immerse yourself in the untouched charms of bygone centuries. From the royal fortresses of emperors to the fairytale icons of the Alps, discover all the glamor and allure of the medieval era, traveling in style across Germany.

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Best of Germany Tour: Berlin, Munich, Neuschwanstein, and More

Best of Germany Tour: Berlin, Munich, Neuschwanstein,...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $3,595

Beneath Germany's facade of efficiency is a land of originality and charm. Medieval towns are wrapped around forests with fairytale castles surrounded by villages doused in tradition. Across this proud land, you'll discover a crossroads of ideas and styles, every destination revelling in its individuality. Step behind the stereotypes on this 12-day luxury tour to experience the best of Germany and you will find a country proud of its quirks and surrealist design.

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The town of Rothenburg in Bavaria.

Beacons of Central Europe: Prague, Nuremberg, Berlin Tour

Beacons of Central Europe: Prague, Nuremberg, Berlin...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,095

Central Europe is imbued with stunning history, landscapes, and legends, and this 10-day tour of the Czech Republic and Germany has been handcrafted to immerse you in all of it. As you make your way from Prague to Nuremberg and Berlin, you will enjoy a blend of leisure and guided explorations that will ensure a relaxing and adventurous exploration of each region.

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Museum island and TV Tower in Berlin, Germany.

Germany Encapsulated: Immersive Tour through Berlin, Saxony, and Bavaria

Germany Encapsulated: Immersive Tour through Berlin,...

16 Day Custom Tour

From $9,595

Rich in history and cultural heritage, Germany is a country of diverse adventures that will be yours to enjoy on this 16-day tour of Berlin and the Bavarian region. From the German capital to the rolling foothills of Bavaria, you can experience incredible guided trips to ensure that you fully experience this stunning and surreal landscape.

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Neuschwanstein Castle covered in snow.

Christmas in Germany: Picturesque Villages and Enchanting Castles

Christmas in Germany: Picturesque Villages and Enchanting...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,145

Germany is a reliable destination full of warm hospitality, and this 10-day tour of Frankfurt and Bavaria has been designed to immerse you in the country's many famous Christmas markets and welcoming culture. With the smell of mulled wine and pine shavings being your constant companion, you will experience a holiday like never before as you explore each destination and their distinctive take on the holiday season.

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Historic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in the Bavaria region of Germany.

The Grand Germany Beer Tour

The Grand Germany Beer Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

The history of beer can be traced to a small corner of Europe, and that is exactly where this 10-day Germany Beer tour leads. Taste your way through breweries and beer gardens with brewmasters and expert guides that can lead the way. Indulge in the original pilsner, Kulmach’s wheat beers, Bamberg’s craft diversity, Cologne’s Kölsch, and Munich’s original beer halls during your buzz-filled ten days in Germany.

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Unique 10-Day Family Tour of Germany

Unique 10-Day Family Tour of Germany

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

This ten-day Germany itinerary is expertly designed for families and offers a blend of experiences for all ages. It is the perfect slow-paced trip through Germany, mixing fairytale castles and children’s attractions with laid-back towns and history. Immerse yourself in the charm and create your own story in a part of Germany that remains mostly frozen in time.

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Rheinstein castle in the Rhine Valley in Germany.

Germany Tour for Couples: Enchanting Countrysides, Quaint Villages, and More

Germany Tour for Couples: Enchanting Countrysides,...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $2,695

Indulge in a 9-day journey across Germany that has handcrafted for couples. Bask in the Rhine Valley, explore the Romantic Road, uncover Bavaria’s castles on after-hours tours, and feast on Munich’s delights. Focused on Germany’s most amorous locations, this is a luxurious itinerary that combines beautiful sights with plenty of seclusion. You can expect to enjoy all the space and solitude to celebrate together.

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Small church in Berchtesgaden.

History of WWII Germany Tour

History of WWII Germany Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From $5,995

Discover the resounding effects of contemporary history during this 10-day World War II Germany Tour. Trace the rise of the Nazi Party to the fall of the Berlin Wall with specialist guides who inform how the Cold War is indelibly linked to the Second World War. From Berlin to Potsdam and Nuremberg to Munich, witness small monuments that represent powerful actions and once-grand structures that have been reduced to rubble. Whether learning about the Beer Hall Putsch or rejuvenating with a day in Salzburg, this historically based Germany tour will allow you to see first-hand the impact of World War II and the Cold War.

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Southern Germany Tour: Beauty, Fairy Tales & Romance

Southern Germany Tour: Beauty, Fairy Tales & Romance...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $3,595

Southern Germany is a land of fables and fairy tales, a place where poetic sonnets echo through sublime landscapes and medieval heritage. This romantic tour follows its cobblestone trail as it winds through the alpine beauty to the quaint charms of yesteryear. From Munich, journey through the Alps and the Black Forest to explore the spa towns, iconic castles, pristine lakes, and the romantic attractions of the country on a trip handcrafted just for two. 

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Moselle River Vineyards in Trittenheim, Germany.

Enticing Food Tour of Germany: Michelin Stars to Local Taverns

Enticing Food Tour of Germany: Michelin Stars to Local...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

Meander around Germany on this perfect 10-day food tour, from Rhine Valley and Black Forest flavors to Bavaria and potato dumplings. Handcrafted so that you can explore the full breadth of German flavors, these ten days include Riesling and microbreweries, Michelin dining, tiny local taverns, charming cities, and superb landscapes. This trip offers ten days of gastronomy that is often overlooked when traveling to Germany.

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Grandeur of Germany Tour: Historical and Cultural Immersion

Grandeur of Germany Tour: Historical and Cultural Immersion...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $3,295

Immerse yourself in an evocative and ever-changing past on the ultimate 11-day tour of Germany’s history. From Hitler’s Bunker to Hamburg’s port and from Ludwig II’s castle to medieval enchantment, discover fabulous stories with local guides and look beyond the tourist trail. This adventure includes medieval Regensburg, Baroque Dresden, the best of Berlin and Bavaria, plus two nights in Hamburg.

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Parish Church of St. Peter surrounded by local homes and vineyards Bacharach, Germany during sunset.

Enchanting Highlights of Southern Germany Tour

Enchanting Highlights of Southern Germany Tour

13 Day Custom Tour

From $3,895

Immerse yourself in tradition on this beautiful 12-day vacation across Southern Germany, including all the country’s key highlights. From Black Forest allure to the Bavarian Alps and Ludwig’s castle, this is a luxury itinerary that spans an incredible range of landscapes and cities. Step back in time, explore otherworldly destinations, and get to know the real Germany.

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Night view of the Cologne Cathedral and the Hohenzollern bridge with the Rhine river in Germany.

Best of Northern Germany’s Tales and Treasures Tour

Best of Northern Germany’s Tales and Treasures Tour...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

Immerse yourself in history and culture on a luxurious 10-day journey of the best of Northern Germany. By traveling to all the key old cities and iconic sites, you will discover diverse highlights and get your full dose of Northern Germany from west to east. Including Berlin, Saxony, Dusseldorf breweries, and musical Bremen, these ten days will douse you in the region’s tales and treasures.

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© Passionsspiele Oberammergau 2010 / Photo by Brigitte Maria Mayer

Germany Tour of a Lifetime: Passion Play

Germany Tour of a Lifetime: Passion Play

9 Day Custom Tour

From $4,045

The Oberammergau Passion Play is a once-in-a-decade experience and is yours to enjoy with this 9-day itinerary.  From Munich to Heidelberg, Oberammergau to Rothenburg, bask in the natural beauty of the Rhine Valley as your customizable tour will immerse you in fairytale towns, captivating scenery, and stunning castles.

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Germany for Couples Tour: A Luxurious Journey Through a Romantic Route

Germany for Couples Tour: A Luxurious Journey Through...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $4,195

Romance for two can come in several forms; Germany's backcountry envelops you in the enchantment from centuries past with its cobblestone medieval streets, horse-drawn carriages and fairytale castles. The country's cities then provide a vibrant treasure chest of exquisite attractions, all while celebrating the opulence of culture and heritage. This couple's itinerary blends the two realms, offering two weeks that captures the heart of Germany.

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Perfect Seniors Tour of Germany: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and More

Perfect Seniors Tour of Germany: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg,...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $3,595

From Berlin’s history to fairytale castles and from Black Forest spas to glamorous Hamburg, this 12-day Germany tour for seniors has been handcrafted to provide luxury and laid-back charm. Gasp at ancient wonders, immerse yourself in medieval settings, and uncover the secrets of major cities. Over 12 days, you will discover the entire country, from past to present and from east to west.

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Beautiful panorama view over the Black Forest

Discovering the Heart of the Black Forest Tour

Discovering the Heart of the Black Forest Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Mystique envelops the Black Forest, a region of surreal villages, sublime landscapes, and the soft charms of rural Germany. Surprise inhabits all of the corners, from Michelin-starred restaurants in tiny towns to medieval cities that gaze out onto the misty green forest. With this unique 8-day luxury tour, traverse the High Route, heading through the forest to indulge in historical spa towns, idyllic village life, and the cobblestone treasures of yesteryear. 

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Main course at Restaurant Bareiss, Baiersbronn - rated three Michelin stars

12 Michelin Stars in Seven Days: Journey to Germany’s Unexpected Culinary Center

12 Michelin Stars in Seven Days: Journey to Germany’s...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Discard the schnitzel and ditch the bratwurst as Zicasso forges an edible journey to the world’s most exciting culinary center - the Black Forest. With 12 Michelin Star dining blending aromatic opulence and creative finesse, TV-star chefs with meticulous technique, and tantalizing five-course menus, Germany is now positioned on the culinary map. Complemented by five-star luxury accommodations throughout, and three enchanting Christmas destinations to explore, this gastronomic tour beckons to indulge on the most inimitable of experiences Germany has to offer.

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UNESCO World Heritage Tour of Germany

UNESCO World Heritage Tour of Germany

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

Overflowing with surprise, Germany's ancient land reveals inspirations that would change the world. Medieval castles, historic churches, artistic movements, steel barons, regal palaces and more, the country's World Heritage sites provide a narrative on our planet's development, compelling and confounding as they sweep across the centuries. This unique 10-day tour explores 11 of the country's most resonant UNESCO sites, each an unmistakable piece of world history.

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Rhine & Wine Tour: Exploring Hidden Vineyards, Charming Villages, Medieval Castles

Rhine & Wine Tour: Exploring Hidden Vineyards,...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Old-world mystique cascades across the Middle Rhine as vineyards roll beneath fabulous castles, and half-timbered taverns reveal medieval charms. Germany's most scenic region is also its most sensual, a realm of sublime aesthetics and subtle smells, captivating in its revelation of bygone centuries. This 8-day tour follows the great river, unraveling the vineyards and the surprises.

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A Luxury Fairy Tale Tour of Germany

A Luxury Fairy Tale Tour of Germany

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

There is a kingdom where fairy tales exist, and it’s a magical land where Sleeping Beauty slept, and the dwarfs surrounded Snow White. Journey through the world of the Brothers Grimm, where fictional tales are created from the realm of the real. Rapunzel's hair flicked over a castle wall, the tales of the Pied Piper, and surreal medieval villages of knightly stories. The relics of the brothers and fables of their characters blur into reality with this unique 10-day tour that immerses you in the fairytale route of Germany. 

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Connecting Regal Treasures: Berlin, Prague & Vienna Tour

Connecting Regal Treasures: Berlin, Prague & Vienna...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $3,295

The wall separating East and West Berlin once encapsulated division. The Soviet bloc hid the charming streets of Prague. The imperial majesty of Vienna continued to inspire locals and visitors for more than 600 years. Your custom-tailored tour of Berlin, Prague, and Vienna takes you through the heart of Europe, following the glorious battles and tumultuous times filling Central Europe’s history. Each city maintains a tenacity and vivaciousness that will charm you, cast in palaces, gardens, castles, and enchanting labyrinthine streets. You will find the paths of Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic to be uniquely their own, yet undeniably intertwined.

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Oktoberfest Germany Tour: Munich and Landshut

Oktoberfest Germany Tour: Munich and Landshut

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest and best-known beer festival and with more than 200 years of tradition, you’d better believe it’s worth experiencing. Get your fill of Bavarian history, culture and celebrations on an eight-day tour that’ll include city and castle tours, traditional costume shopping expeditions, Bavarian cooking classes, brewery tours and a visit to the festival itself.

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Germany

How to Book a Tour

Germany’s past walks beside its present with cultural metropolises juxtaposing traditional half-timbered villages. Mountain peaks dusted with snow, river valleys brimming with vineyards, museums displaying European masters, and moody forests hosting world-famous gastronomy reflect the soul-stirring treats and temptations of Germany. Understanding the logistics of planning your perfect trip can be overwhelming and complex, but Zicasso is here to help.

There are three main ways to plan and book a trip:

  1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.
  2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.
  3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences. The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist make a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour. Out of the many group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of different group tours. We give you personalized recommendations on the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities of the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Must-See Destinations in Germany

In consultation with our Germany travel specialists, we have arranged recommendations for any length of trip. A custom Zicasso tour alleviates any pressure by allowing us to organize your days based on your preferences. The suggestions below offer you an outline of a Germany trip.

7 Days to 9 Day Trips

If you have 7 to 9 days to travel in Germany, we suggest that you visit Berlin, the Rhine Valley, Munich, and the Bavarian countryside. Organizing your days efficiently will give you more time to experience Germany’s essential highlights.

7 Days

Days 1-2: Berlin

Days 3-4: Rhine Valley

Days 5-7: Munich/Bavarian Countryside

8 Days

Days 1-3: Berlin

Days 4-5: Rhine Valley

Days 6-8: Munich/Bavarian Countryside

9 Days

Days 1-3: Berlin

Days 4-5: Rhine Valley

Days 6-9: Munich/Bavarian Countryside

If you have more time (10-16 Days), We Recommend

If you can spend closer to two weeks in Germany, we suggest adding to the original destinations of Berlin, Munich, Bavarian Countryside, the Rhine Valley by visiting the Black Forest and Baden-Baden area as well as Dresden or Rothenburg. Each Zicasso tour is customized with what you wish to experience, but we would recommend that you spend your time:

10 Days

Days 1-3: Berlin

Days 4-5: Rhine Valley

Days 6-8: Munich/Bavarian Countryside

Days 9-10: Black Forest and Baden-Baden area

12 Days

Days 1-3: Berlin

Days 4-5: Rhine Valley

Days 6-8: Munich/Bavarian Countryside

Days 9-10: Black Forest and Baden-Baden area

Days 11-12: Dresden

14 Days

Days 1-3: Berlin

Days 4-5: Rhine Valley

Days 6-8: Munich/Bavarian Countryside

Days 9-10: Black Forest and Baden-Baden area

Days 11-12: Dresden

Days 13 -14: Rothenburg

15 Days

Days 1-3: Berlin

Days 4-5: Rhine Valley

Days 6-8: Munich/Bavarian Countryside

Days 9-10: Black Forest and Baden-Baden area

Days 11-12: Dresden

Days 13 -15: Rothenburg

16 days

Days 1-3: Berlin

Days 4-5: Rhine Valley

Days 6-8: Munich/Bavarian Countryside

Days 9-10: Black Forest and Baden-Baden area

Days 11-12: Dresden

Days 13 -14: Rothenburg

Days 15-16: Hamburg

How many days is enough to see Germany?

10 to 12 days is a great amount of time for a Germany trip. The country of Germany is relatively young and did not unite until the 19th century, which means each region of Germany retains a specific culture and heritage. 10 to 12 days offers enough time to visit the highlights of Berlin, Munich, the Bavarian countryside, and the Rhine Valley while also giving you the chance to further explore other destinations at your pace.

Essential Experiences for the Best Germany Vacation

Berlin is a fantastic city with a vibrant heritage and layers of contemporary history. The combination of glamour and edginess creates a tangible diversity.  The cuisine reflects the cosmopolitan population and can feel more like an international village rather than a metropolis, with much cultural experimentation of new, grand ideas.

Best Way to Experience Berlin

Berlin is a fantastic city with a vibrant heritage and layers of contemporary history. The combination of glamour and edginess creates a tangible diversity.  The cuisine reflects the cosmopolitan population and can feel more like an international village rather than a metropolis, with much cultural experimentation of new, grand ideas.

What to See & Do

The  Must-Do Tours in Berlin (Recommended 3 Nights Depending on Pace):

History Tour

  • Berlin represents layers of contemporary, international history and a specialist guide can reveal the Cold War through an East German lens.

Food Tour

  • Berlin has a remarkable culinary scene that reflects the contemporary cosmopolitan culture as well as celebrated works of modern gastronomy.

Culture

  • The East Side Gallery embodies Berlin’s celebrated contemporary art scene with more than 100 murals decorating a mile-long section of the Berlin Wall.
  • The EIGEN + ART museum has cutting-edge works that span mediums from painters to thought-provoking installations of film and photography.

Best Way to Experience Munich

Munich is a marvelous city that represents the traditions and heritage of Bavaria. Munich acts as a junction between the past and modern lives of Germany, where locals wear lederhosen and drive cars packed with the newest technology. It is a city of art, comfort, customs, and beer at the doorstep of the dramatic Bavarian Alps.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Munich (3 Days Depending on Pace):

BMW Museum

  • The seven themed interactive galleries examine the development of the cars, motorcycles, and racecars inside a futuristic design.

Pretzel Making Class

  • The traditions of Bavarian cuisine come to life during a private pretzel-making lesson in a working bakery.

Beer Tour

  • Munich beer is best-known for the Hofbraurhaus, but a beer tour of Munich highlights beer as part of the local culture and history.

Best Way to Experience the Rhine Valley

The Rhine Valley gives you a different perspective of Germany that showcases the slate mountains and luscious hills covered in historic castles and thriving vineyards. The idyllic villages of the Rhine Valley are decorated with half-timbered houses and Gothic church steeples that represent the iconic fairytale image of Germany.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Rhine Valley (2 Days Depending on Pace):

Rhine Day Cruise

  • Bask in a panoramic view of historic timber-frame houses, medieval ruins, and impressive castles and fortresses with a Rhine Valley day cruise.

Wine Tasting

  • Sample the flavorful and unique wines of the UNESCO protected lands along the Rhine Gorge surrounded by the enchanting ambiance.

Special Interests & Activities in Germany

Traveling with Zicasso provides you with exclusive access to many activities, excursions, and tours for a distinctive experience. The following information offers insight into our recommended experiences and can be tailored to focus on your unique interests:

Best Destinations for Food & Wine in Germany

Germany has a long history of fantastic food and delicious wines reflected in the fact that the country possesses a cumulative 300 Michelin stars. While Germany only has 13 wine regions, it hosts the largest wine festival in the world in the tiny town of Durkheim. When traveling with Zicasso, you will get personalized recommendations on the best destinations for food and wine across the country with suggestions on where to eat and what wineries to visit. The following recommendations highlight some of the best German regions for food and wine:

Middle Rhine

The Middle Rhine is renowned for for flavorful and powerful white wines that are accentuated by the panoramic views of lush vineyards, ancient castles, and the rushing waters of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The most famous wine of the Middle Rhine is Riesling.

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer is the most famous wine producer in the country and has a wine trail that crosses the banks of the Moselle River. Slate-laden soil and months of sunlight add to the flavors of the vines. The most popular wine from the region is Riesling.

Zicasso’s Exclusive Access to Germany’s Best Wine

When traveling with Zicasso, our travel partners can organize exclusive tours and private winery visits for memorable meetings with celebrated vintners paired with unforgettable wine tastings. You can also learn more about the more than 135 grape varietals in one of Germany’s premier food and wine destinations from a sommelier.

Art & History

Art

Germany is famous for its historic visual arts that have encouraged and inspired the contemporary arts of Berlin and the more traditional aesthetic of Munich. The rich tradition of fine arts also informs the distinctive architecture and focuses on local necessity, dating back to Roman antiquity but spanning the Middle Ages to German modernism.

  • Explore the Pinakothek Museum in Munich where art lovers can find works like Rubens’s The Great Last Judgement and 20th-century artists such as Paul Klee and Franz Marc.
  • The Städel in Frankfurt hosts 3,000 European masterpieces showcasing a 700-year timeline with works like 18th-century Johann Heinrich’s Goethe in the Roman Campagna
  • The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery in Berlin has a marvelous niche showcasing dynamic artists and those rising through the global art scene in various mediums

History

Germany is a young country with an ancient history. Roman artifacts share the story of fascinating regional conflicts, and antique castles reflect the 26 territories and four kingdoms that made up Germany before unification in the 19th century. Neighborhoods in Berlin act as  living museums that highlight life during the Cold War and movement of people since the fall of the Berlin Wall, while hidden alleys in Munich reflect on the quiet stories of World War II. Vineyards, fortresses, and frescoes act as timelines to Germany’s remarkable heritage that you can discover on a customized Zicasso trip. Your travel specialist will design a tour with specialized guides, such as art historians with a PhD, history professors, or a history-focused small-group tour led by a certified guide.

Active Tours

An active tour provides a magnificent look at the countryside, rivers, lakes, and distinctive alpine landscape across Germany at your preferred pace in a unique context.  Recommendations for some of the best active tours in Germany include the following.

Hiking

  • Zugspitze – The tallest mountain in Germany offers views across four countries on a clear day and can be reached by hiking, a cable car, or a cog wheel train. The full-day experience encapsulates the beauty and drama of the Bavarian Alps.
  • Black Forest – The scenic trails around the Black Forest offer long-distance trekking and short walks that travel a combined length of over 124 miles. A popular trail begins in Luxemburg and ends in the Black Forest.

Cycling

  • Baltic Coast Cycle Trail – The trail connects the Fehmarn Island to Kiel and takes cyclists along surprisingly sandy white beaches,steep cliffs, shallow bays, and gorgeous peninsulas.
  • Rhine Cycle Trail – The Rhine Cycle trail offers marvelous views of the 40 castles and palaces that line the Rhine River. The mostly flat trail covers over 766 miles between the south of France and North Rhine Westphalia.

Private Excursions and Special Access

Zicasso’s travel specialist partners have insider access to unique experiences that you cannot get any other way. These experiences, customized to your specific interests, can often be your most memorable, turning your trip into the experience of a lifetime. Here are some examples, but the possibilities are endless:

  • An exclusive pretzel-making lesson in a working bakery that will teach you the history, customs, and traditional methods of Bavarian pretzels. You will also receive a certificate for being a pretzel maker.
  • Visit Faber Castell, the oldest and largest pencil manufacturer, and their family castle.
  • Race a Porsche on the company test-track with a Porsche driving instructor.
  • Explore remnants of East Germany with a local guide in Berlin to find bunkers and overlooked artifacts of the Cold War.
  • Discover historic castles with behind-the-scenes access and tours for a unique look at antique and contemporary history.

How much is a tour of Germany?

The starting price of a custom-tailored Germany trip is approximately $300 per person, per day. For an escorted group tour, the starting price can be $200 per person, per day.

The cost of a vacation is dependent on several factors, such as:

  • Length of your trip
  • Season (month) of travel
  • Class of hotel
  • Number of locations/cities you visit
  • Number of guided day tours and activities (e.g., cooking class, wine tasting, etc.)
  • How much you splurge on meals, shopping, etc.

A vacation such as this is often the biggest purchase of the year. It will also likely be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. To get the most out of your trip, we highly recommend using an expert travel specialist to plan a customized tour that is tailored to your specific interests and budget. You can also join an escorted group tour so that most travel arrangements are pre-planned for you. This way, you can travel hassle-free and relax while a professional tour director and guide takes care of all logistics and any issues that might arise.

The cost of a tailor-made Germany tour typically starts at $3,000 per person for a 10-day trip, i.e., at $300 per person, per day during the low or mid-season.

This includes:

  • 3-star hotels (shared twin room)
  • Some guided day tours and activities
  • Transportation in Germany such as airport transfers and domestic flights

A 5-star, tailor-made Germany tour, where most services are upgraded and extra unique experiences are included, typically starts at $6,000 per person for a 10-day trip, or $600 per person, per day.

An escorted Germany group tour with scheduled departure dates delivers excellent value. With comparable inclusions, such as the class of hotel, guided activities, and transportation, a group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent tailor-made tour.

Everyone’s priorities, interests, and preferences are different. Submit a trip request on Zicasso, and we will personally match you with an expert trip planner who will help you customize your dream trip or help you select the right group tour while also taking your budget into consideration.

Best Time to Visit Germany

The best time to visit Germany is in April, May, and June or again between September and October. However, December is also a great month to visit Germany for the Christmas markets.

April, May, June, September and October offer the lower prices, smaller crowds, and the best weather for a well-rounded Germany trip; however, the last week of September and first week of October becomes very crowded in Munich because of Oktoberfest.

Christmas markets around Germany are a festive event and take place from December 1st to December 24th. The top three Christmas markets in Germany take place in Munich, Rothenburg, and Nuremberg, but smaller towns across the country host festive, colorful, and cozy Christmas markets as well.

How far in advance should I plan a trip to Germany?

During the months of April to May and September to October, you should plan your Germany trip up to three months in advance.

You should organize your trip to Germany at least six months in advance if you wish to include Oktoberfest. The event can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and draws people from around the world who wish to celebrate with the iconic music, food, and beer.

Modes of Transportation in Germany

The best way to see Germany in 10 days is with a combination of travel between train and by car with a private driver. Trains in Germany are fast, reliable, and convenient for couples and quickly travel long-distances for easy transfers between cities; however, trains in Germany can also be expensive when traveling with a small group or with family members.

Car Rental

Renting a car in Germany is possible but not recommended. Many travelers wrongly believe that they can jump on the freeway known as the autobahn and drive as fast as they wish. Urban freeways in Germany suffer from similar conditions of any major American city, and while the conditions of the roads are great, construction and congestion do cause traffic. Many American tourists in Germany also end up with speeding tickets because of their misconception that that autobahn does not have a speed limit. Driving in Germany is not difficult but does not allow you to relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel between destinations.

A car rental is a great option when visiting smaller villages or rural areas like the Black Forest or the Rhine Valley. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but the villages, vineyards, and riverbanks are not accessible by train.

What to Consider When Traveling Through Germany

Is Germany Safe for Travel?

Germany is very safe for travelers. As with traveling to any destination, it is important to keep an eye on your valuables when in train stations or crowded areas, but Germany is a safe, dynamic, and comfortable country for people to visit.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

For Families

Germany is a great travel destination for families because of the rich history, distinctive artwork, and its connection to the renowned fairytales. A Zicasso travel specialist will help organize tours with family-friendly guides around Germany to enhance your experience while also highlighting great kid-friendly destinations, such as the Black Forest, Munich, and the Bavarian countryside.

For Seniors

A Zicasso travel specialist who understands the needs of seniors will help organize the perfect trip that accounts for any specific needs. Arrangements can be made for private drivers that will help carry your luggage and will also consider issues such as castles’ poor accessibility, such as lacking elevators.

For Couples

A knowledgeable Zicasso travel specialist understands the intricacies of a romantic Germany trip and can offer unique advice and opportunities for an unforgettable experience. A couples trip can focus on food and wine or the beauty of the landscape when in the Black Forest and Baden-Baden area.

For Travelers with Disabilities

Access and alternative arrangements can be made for guests with mobility challenges by our Germany travel specialists. The attention of an expert will ensure that you enjoy monuments, historical sites, restaurants, accommodations, and tours without distraction.

Best Airports to Fly In & Out of Germany

For most travelers, the best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Germany is Munich International Airport (MUC). The second most accessible airport to fly in or out of in Germany is Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA). The top active airports in Germany are:

  • Munich International Airport (MUC)
  • Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA)
  • Dusseldorf International Airport (DUS)

Find the Best Flight

Frankfurt has the largest airport in Germany and the fourth-largest airport in Europe, making it easy to find a flight arriving or departing from the city. Munich has the second-largest airport in Germany, but its ample number of flights and smaller size compared to Frankfurt make the Munich Airport a more comfortable travel experience.

The well-tended roads, fast railways, and ample flights make it easy to travel around Germany. This also makes it easier to book your arrival flight into one airport and your departure flight from another airport without much of a price difference, which will give you more time to see and experience Germany.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights can be reasonable and easy throughout Germany due to the rise of low-cost airlines and the number of regional airports around the country.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24xX7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Recommendations for the Return Traveler

When returning for another Germany tour, you can travel into the depths of the cities and countryside beyond the essential destinations of Berlin, Munich, the Bavarian countryside, and the Rhine Valley. The following list offers our recommendations on areas you can visit that are considered more off-the-beaten-path but equally worthy of your attention:

  • Harz Mountains and Wernigerode

The Harz Mountains possess a timeless charm, hosting Germany’s most enchanting villages embodied in the enchanting ambiance of Wernigerode. The majestic castle and working steam train highlight the beauty of the preserved culture and are surrounded by the pristine alpine landscape. The Harz Mountains and Wernigerode are great to visit during any season because the summer and spring offer hiking and cycling trails while winter gives way to perfectly powdered ski routes.

  • Kulmbach

Kulmbach is located in Northern Bavaria and is a quintessential alpine town known for its historic castle and beer-making tradition. The market square remains active with daily life, is surrounded by cafes, gardens, and shops, and hosts the annual Christmas market. The Bavarian Brewery Museum highlights the history and importance of beer in town and across the region.

Related Germany Tours by Zicasso

Here is our list of other Germany Tours we offer:

Germany Tours for Seniors

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