Munich, Freiburg, Baden-Baden, Hamburg, Berlin
Dates are customizable for private departures.
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.
Munich - Settling Into Munich
Bavaria’s capital is a perfect first stop for senior travelers who are visiting Germany. It is more laid-back than any other German city, and many of the top sights are concentrated in a charming central zone. There are also a variety of places to dine. A local guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation in the city. You will then go on a short orientation tour that will allow you to get to know the iconic central streets and their history. This will be a tailored introduction that can continue into the evening if you wish to be active.
Munich - Exploring Hidden Sites
With a private tour, you can start the day when you want and tailor the program to your interests. A classic Munich tour will lead you to Nymphenburg Palace for an immersion into regal excess before heading back into the old city for 400 years of Bavarian history. The main square and city hall showcase different periods of architecture, and your guide will take you into back streets and buildings so that you can explore beyond the facades. You can expect to focus on the late 16th and 17th centuries, which was Munich’s glorious age of prosperity.
Munich - Day Trip to Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella. While you may feel too old for fairytales, the story of King Ludwig II seems like fiction for any generation. Clinging onto a hilltop above the Bavarian hills, his castle appears like the dreamt up wonder of a young child. Other sublime castles dot this landscape, and today’s relaxed day trip will showcase those from different eras. Charming villages are other highlights that you will see before spending a third night in Munich.
Freiburg - Transfer through the Bavarian Alps
Munich to Freiburg is a glorious journey beneath the shadow of the Bavarian Alps. On today’s private transfer, you can travel slowly and comfortably with stops at picturesque villages along the way. Beautiful old settlements cover this romantic route, and it will feel as if you have traveled back in time. After arriving in Freiburg, you will settle in to your accommodation in the heart of the Old Gothic town, which is surrounded by architectural treasures and a pervasively charming atmosphere.
Freiburg - Medieval Enchantment and Gothic Wonder
Freiburg’s small-city vibe is a nice contrast to Munich, and the locals are famously friendly. Today’s historical tour will show you medieval towers and Gothic excess. This is a tour that will be dominated by the people you get to meet. From a master brewer to a former town planner, Freiburg’s locals will narrate the history and reveal a city with many characters. Like each day on your itinerary, a private tour means that you will move to your schedule and linger in the places that you find most interesting.
Baden-Baden - The Black Forest and Spa Town
Baden-Baden is only one hour by road from Freiburg, but the journey will take half of the day because you explore the charms of the Black Forest region. Villages stretch across narrow valleys, and the highlight is an old-world church. Forests mark rolling hills, and the road meanders enchantingly through them. There are a couple of short walking trails you can try, but if not, you can still expect many incredible viewpoints. The afternoon in Baden-Baden will be left free so that you can enjoy the town’s famous attraction. There really is nowhere else in Western Europe that can rival the Baden-Baden spas.
Hamburg - Scenic Landscapes and Relaxation
You will have the morning to spend at your leisure in Baden-Baden, which means more opportunity to enjoy the spas and therapeutic water. Today will be the main travel day on your itinerary, and it is about a five-hour first-class train ride to Hamburg. The train is faster and more comfortable than driving. You can sit back and watch the Rhine Valley pass by, while drinks and food are served to your table. You will arrive in Hamburg in the early morning, and a local guide will transfer you to your hotel.
Hamburg - Changing Histories
So much history abounds on Hamburg’s streets. Colorful townhouses narrate many centuries of changing architectural styles, and old warehouses celebrate a port that was once the pride of all Europe. There are churches, squares, cobblestone streets, and a hint of Nordic and Slavic influence. It is too much to understand from a glance, but with a local guide, you can delve beneath the surface in one of Europe’s most fascinating and underrated cities. There are many good reasons why Hamburg is a perennial favorite of senior travelers who visit Europe.
Berlin - Berlin’s Glamorous Side
This morning, you will travel on a first-class high-speed train to Berlin, which will take just under two hours. While Berlin has a very famous history, today’s introductory tour will show you its lesser celebrated side. Including palaces, mansions, opera houses, and indulgent streets, your tour will be the chance to look beyond the wall. There is so much more to Berlin than 1989 and a dividing line, which is something your guide will be keen to explain during your tour. Afterward, you will find many superb restaurants near your hotel.
Berlin - Through East and West Neighborhoods
Today, you will delve into the tale of east and west on a private tour that follows the line of the Berlin Wall. After a stop at Checkpoint Charlie, where the army base and snipers have been replaced by an urban beach bar, you will tour the city with one foot on either side. Remains of the wall showcase how brutal this time was, but by exploring different neighborhoods, you will see the sense of reconciliation. This is a fascinating day and a chance to learn about the real history that took place as told by some of the people who experienced it.
Berlin - A Beautiful Day in Prussia
You will conclude your 12-day Germany tour with a day trip to Potsdam. Frederik the Great’s palace impresses visitors with its old-world luxury. The Renaissance palace hints of Italy, and English gardens contradict the Dutch enclave. It feels like an entire continent’s architectural styles have been consolidated into this nearly abandoned space. Potsdam is a really laid-back trip, and you will have the evening free in Berlin. You can even indulge in a final dinner in Germany per your guide’s recommendation.
Berlin - Departure
After a relaxing morning and late checkout, a driver will transfer you to Berlin Tegel Airport for your flight home.
- Uncover Berlin’s intriguing history during a private tour of east and west with a local historian
- Lay back in Germany’s pre-eminent spa town of Baden-Baden after a day of exploring the Black Forest
- Explore the fine highlights of Hamburg, which is a city that is always at the top of the list for senior travelers returning to Germany
- Immerse yourself in fairytales with a day of castles and King Ludwig II in Bavaria
- Discover the culture and medieval beauty of Freiburg, which is a great place for a slow stroll through history
- Celebrate the best of Munich with three nights in the Bavarian capital, including hidden sites, famous palaces, and many local experiences
- Sit back and admire German landscapes, including a day in the Bavarian Alps and a journey through the Rhine Valley
- Be wowed by what remains of Potsdam, which is a decorous Prussian city that is now mostly an ode to a forgotten time
- Travel privately throughout your trip and enjoy customized tours that can be tailored to your interests and energy levels
- Hotels are carefully picked for their quality and location, so you do not need to walk far to see the highlights
$3,595 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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