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Popular German Escorted Holidays

With efficient rail connections, exciting cities and natural beauty in abundance, Germany is a fantastic choice for a relaxing break

Berlin, Dresden & Prague

Berlin, Dresden & Prague

Magnificent architecture, iconic monuments and rejuvenated cities combine on a Berlin, Dresden and Prague tour, visiting three of the Continent's most important and most beautiful destinations on a journey into history.

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Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge

Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge

Discover two of Germany's most picturesque regions on this fantastic two-centre holiday. We explore the half-timbered villages and stunning peaks of the Harz Mountains before visiting the stunning Rhine Gorge.

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Saxony by Steam

Saxony by Steam

Boasting winding valleys and rugged mountain ranges, Saxony is among Germany's most scenic regions. We discover its prettiest towns and its beautiful scenery on excursions by historic narrow-gauge railway.

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Black Forest Discovery

Black Forest Discovery

Experience the beautiful Black Forest from the popular resort of lakeside Titisee, set amidst lush green meadows and pine-clad hills. 

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Grand Imperial Cities

Grand Imperial Cities

Fascinating grand imperial cities and high-speed intercity train journeys showcase the turbulent history of Central Europe. 

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Rail Tours in Germany

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Berlin, Dresden & Prague Fly:Rail

Magnificent architecture, iconic monuments and rejuvenated cities combine on a Berlin, Dresden and Prague tour, visiting three of the Continent's most important and most beautiful destinations on a journey into history.

Departs from June 2017 to September 2017.
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10 days from £1,495per personView tour details
Classical Rhine Cruise
Classical Rhine Cruise

Follow the winding Rhine on this fantastic tour through central Europe. Explore the canals of Amsterdam before charting a course through the charming vineyards of northern Germany, pass briefly through France and end your exploration in the Swiss city of Basel

Departs in October 2016.
Late departures available
8 days from £795per personView tour details
Grand Imperial Cities

Fascinating grand imperial cities and high-speed intercity train journeys showcase the turbulent history of Central Europe. Discover what turned these former Habsburg and Prussian cities into four of Europe's greatest destinations.

Departs from March 2017 to October 2017.
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13 days from £1,995per personView tour details
Grand Imperial Cities Fly:Rail

Fascinating grand Imperial cities and high-speed intercity train journeys showcase the turbulent history of Central Europe. Discover what turned these former Habsburg and Prussian cities into four of Europe's greatest destinations.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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12 days from £1,795per personView tour details
Premium Rhine Cruise

Join us on the wonderful MS Amadeus Silver II as we cruise our way through Germany along the romantic River Rhine. From Amsterdam in Holland, we explore charming medieval wine towns, admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge and then cross into France, exploring charming Strasbourg before ending in the Swiss city of Basel.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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8 days from £1,890per personView tour details
Berlin, Dresden & Prague

Magnificent architecture, iconic monuments and rejuvenated cities combine on a Berlin, Dresden and Prague tour, visiting three of the Continent's most important and most beautiful destinations on a journey into history.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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11 days from £1,895per personView tour details
Highlights of the Baltics & Scandinavia

Discover the contrasting cultures of the fascinating Baltic region, from colourful Scandinavia to the splendour of Russia, via the historic countries of Latvia and Estonia. Explore glorious palaces and UNESCO World Heritage sites on this unique Baltic Explorer rail tour.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
18 days from £3,295per personView tour details
Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge

Discover two of Germany's most picturesque regions on this fantastic two-centre holiday. We explore the halftimbered villages and stunning peaks of the Harz Mountains by heritage railway before visiting the stunning Rhine Gorge, where the legendary Lorelei Rock still casts its spell.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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10 days from £1,395per personView tour details
Trans-Siberian Express

Step on board the Golden Eagle and be transported back to the romantic age of travel as we wend our way across Russia, Mongolia and Siberia in unprecedented luxury. This rail adventure takes you on a journey of over 8,000 miles; a true odyssey to the other side of the world.

Departs from May 2017 to August 2017.
19 days from £10,795per personView tour details
Fairytale Castles & Bavarian Alps

Whimsical palaces and gingerbread castles set the theme of our fairy-tale rail tour, during which we relax in the wonderful Bavarian countryside, visit the capital of Bavaria, Munich, and take a trip by train up the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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10 days from £1,695per personView tour details
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Germany enjoys one of Europe's most advanced, efficient and reliable rail networks. Travelling between Germany's major cities on a high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) train is easy, comfortable and enjoyable, but a comprehensive regional network ensures that virtually any destination in the country can be reached by train.

The German love of rail travel has seen significant investment in the country's railways over the last few decades. Legacy rolling stock has been replaced with modern and comfortable trains and tracks have been upgraded or re-laid, particularly in eastern Germany - as necessary to ensure a largely punctual and smoothly-running rail system.

This means that rail holidays in Germany are enjoyable and worry free. Whether you're heading to an exciting city such as Berlin, Munich, Hanover or Cologne, intent on discovering the natural beauty, medieval towns and rich cultural heritage of Bavaria or keen to experience the splendour of the Rhine Valley, German trains will get you there.

Sit back, relax in your seat and watch from your train window as Germany's beautiful and varied landscapes unfold before you. On a German rail tour, the journey is often as rewarding as the destination.

Exploring Germany with Great Rail Journeys

Great Rail Journeys creates every rail tour in Germany with care in order to ensure that our customers enjoy not only a wonderful travel experience with us but also obtain outstanding value for money.

The price of each of our Germany rail holidays includes all transport, a programme of excursions and activities that are designed to showcase the highlights of each destination we visit, accommodation and, where appropriate, selected meals. Some of our holidays, such as The Romantic Rhine and The Glorious Danube, incorporate superb river cruises which provide our customers with an entirely new perspective on some of Germany's most stunning scenery.

Our itineraries also include free time, allowing our customers to further explore a destination at their own pace, arrange further enjoyable experiences or simply relax.

Our choice of overnight accommodation is based upon the convenience of location, quality, comfort, the range of facilities provided and, of course, value. Often we will choose friendly family-run hotels that offer guests a more personal service and an informal atmosphere.

For complete peace of mind, customers are accompanied on their rail tour of Germany by one of our experienced and knowledgeable Tour Managers. On hand to answer questions and provide assistance, advice and information, the Tour Manager's role is to enable our customers to enjoy a memorable and worry-free trip.

 

Brandenburg Gate

Germany Traveller's Guide

Germany is justifiably renowned for its economic prowess, devotion to efficiency and excellence in technological innovation and engineering. However, it is also a country steeped in history and blessed with a diversity of sublime landscapes and a rich cultural, artistic and musical heritage.

German Cuisine

Aspects of Germany's cuisine, such as the Black Forest Gateau, pork schnitzel and apfelstrudel (apple strudel) have gained popularity worldwide, but visitors on our tours will find many more specialities to enjoy. Wurst (sausage) is extremely popular; the country produces more than fifteen hundred different types, with individual regions producing their own unique variations. These are typically served with sauerkraut: finely shredded and fermented cabbage. Pork is the preferred meat and schweinshaxe - a pork hock served either roasted or boiled - is found on many German menus. Bread, of which there are more than six hundred varieties, and potatoes are both staples of German cuisine. Germany is also famous for its beer and produces a wide range of styles with pilsner, lager, weizen (wheat beer) and schwarzbier (black beer) among the most popular.

Climate

As with many western European countries, Germany's climate is generally temperate and extreme temperatures, either hot or cold, are rare. Rainfall can occur at any time of year although in winter, eastern Germany, where temperatures are generally lower than in the west of the country, is more likely to experience snow.

Bavaria, in the south, has a typically Alpine climate and is a popular destination with skiers and snow-sports enthusiasts in winter. German summers tend to be warm and sunny with temperatures falling between 20°C and 30°C although rainfall increases slightly during June, July and August.

Popular Tourist Destinations

From the magnificent snow-capped Alps that line southern Germany's border with Austria to the wide and pristine white sandy beaches that fringe the Baltic Sea at its northern tip, Germany possesses every kind of terrain and many areas of outstanding natural beauty. Unforgettable destinations include the Black Forest's fairy-tale inspiring expanse of dense evergreens and fir trees in which the mighty River Danube rises, the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge; a valley carved through slate rock by the river and which is renowned for its abundance of ancient castles and vineyards, and the Harz Mountains which offer a beguiling landscape of rugged peaks, wooded valleys, crystal lakes and waterfalls at the heart of Germany.

 

Neuschwanstein Castle

 

The Efficient German Rail Network

Train travel in Germany is excellent as trains are generally clean and well-maintained, whilst a typically German efficiency ensures punctuality; DeutscheBahn, the operator of Germany's national rail network reports that ninety percent of its trains arrive within five minutes of their scheduled time.

In the majority of Germany's towns and cities the railway station is conveniently situated toward the centre, providing quick and easy access to a destination's attractions and places of interest.

On some rural routes or those less frequented by passengers, services referred to as 'taxi trains' or 'rail buses' operate on a 'stop by request' basis in much the same way that a bus does.

Travel Advice

Tipping in Germany is much as it is in France and England. For good service in an average restaurant 5% - 10% of the bill or €2 per person will usually suffice. As on all Great Rail Journeys' holidays the Tour Manager will take care of tipping and most other matters which are payable locally. 

For more information on train travel in Germany please either call us on 01904 521 936 or request a brochure using the link at the top of this page.

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