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Germany enjoys one of Europe's most advanced, efficient and reliable rail networks. Whether you're heading to an exciting city such as Berlin, Hamburg, Koblenz 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.

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Grand Imperial Cities
Small Group
4.5 stars(55 reviews)
2023MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Premium Rhine Cruise
4.2 stars(54 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Premium Rhine Cruise
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
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4.4 stars(53 reviews)
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
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2023Dec
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Salzburg
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2023JunJulAugSep
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Budapest Parliament Building
4.2 stars(12 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSep
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Romantic Road and Bavarian Alps
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Salzburg
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Schonbrunn Palace Gardens, Vienna
4.9 stars(9 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Neuschwanstein Castle
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Glacier Express
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
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Our customers love our Germany tours
Fairytale Bavaria and Danube Cruise
17 Oct 2022
N Packer
5 stars
“Wonderful holiday, lots of train travel mixed with beautiful villages and towns and excellent cuisine on the cruise ship.
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Delights of the Danube (Fly and Cruise)
15 Oct 2022
Gillian Hollingsworth Morris
5 stars
“It was everything thay was advertised. Great staff, exquisite food, comfy beds, wonderful trips. Lovely evening entertainment. You couldn't do anymore to make this better. Thank you
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Oberammergau and The Castles, Mountains and Lakes of Bavaria
14 Oct 2022
Fiona Maybrey
5 stars
“Brilliant trip despite the weather, only downside was the non staggered seating and lack of a feeling of pilgrimage.
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The Majestic Rhine (Basel-Amsterdam) Rail and Cruise
13 Oct 2022
Mr Howells
5 stars
“An excellent rail/cruise. The Tour Guides were extremely helpful and supported the tour without a hitch, The Amadeus boat could not be faulted, and the on-board crew and staff were first rate. The tour was well thought out and it was well worth the trip.
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Grand Imperial Cities
08 Oct 2022
Mrs A O'Brien
5 stars
“Excellent tour - good mix of guided tours and free time to explore on your own. We had a knowledgeable tour manager who was able to advise us on free time activities. Good selection of hotels.
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Imperial Cities and Danube Cruise
02 Oct 2022
J Davies
5 stars
“It was a wonderful experience. The tour managers were excellent - very knowledgeable and organised. The Amadeus Star is a beautiful and comfortable cruise ship with extremely helpful and friendly crew. The food was excellent - and plenty of it. The train journeys were comfortable and the city tours were most informative. For improvement it would be nice to have some more time to discover the cities on our own and do some shopping. One criticism (which I am aware that GRJ probably can do nothing about) is the cramped Eurostar lounge at Brussels station.
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Romantic Road and Bavarian Alps
22 Sep 2022
S Graham
5 stars
“A really enjoyable tour with a very friendly group and an excellent tour manager
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Grand Alpine Explorer
08 Sep 2022
Ian Rowe
5 stars
“Leaving by Eurostar remains a pleasure compared to a busy airport. First class rail travel between centres worked well. Good to excellent hotels en route. Affable small group and our friendly tour guide kept everything moving to schedule. Stunning locations.
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
22 Dec 2021
B Vasudaven
5 stars
“Fantastic holiday filled with enjoyable activities, good food and fellowship. Well organised. Very helpful professional staff and crew. Only wish we had checked out a couple of hours later and had a 2 hrs city tour of Cologne on the last day . Very pleased.
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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 Majestic Rhine and The Classic 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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

German Trains

Discover the fantastic railways of Germany. It should come as no surprise that we love railways and we know many of you do too! That's why our tours feature some of the most iconic railways and trains on the continent.

Germany's 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.

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.

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