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Discover Germany, the Great Rail way

From medieval castles to meandering countryside, stylish cities and snow-capped mountains, Germany is a fascinating vacation destination.

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Rail Tours in Germany

See the best of Germany in comfort and style

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  • Berlin & Dresden
    Embark on a guided tour of Berlin's iconic Cold War sights. Visit infamous Colditz Castle, famous as a former POW camp
    Berlin, Dresden & Prague

Explore the long and turbulent history of Germany on our tours. In the capital city, Berlin, you will find the infamous Berlin Wall and the Reichstag, as well as Checkpoint Charlie, the Cold War border between what used to be East and West Berlin, and the Brandenburg Gate.

You may also find the Bavarian capital Munich, and absorb the atmosphere in one of its famous Beer Halls. These enormous rooms are usually attached to a brewery, and the largest one in the world, based in Munich, was able to sit 5,000 people. Munich is also home to the largest beer festival in the world - Oktoberfest. This 3 week-long festival sees millions of people worldwide descend on the city to drink beer, listen to music, and have a good time.

During the festive season, the German Christmas Markets spring up in towns and cities all over Germany, and are famous around the world for the mulled wine, beautiful crafts and gifts, and delicious festive food.

For a more scenic side of Germany, the Rhine Gorge is a wonderful place to escape. Winding through Rhineland, this UNESCO World Heritage site is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and passes by a collection of picture-perfect towns, such as Koblenz, Boppard and Rüdesheim.

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Delights of the Danube

On this marvellous cruise, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste the specialties of each region you sail through, creating a cruise that is a real treat for all the senses.

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2020MayJunJulAugSep

8 days from $1,795 pp

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Delights of the Danube

Experience the magic of the Danube as we cruise comfortably through Imperial Vienna and Budapest. Step back in time as we explore the Ottoman and Habsburg empires, with plenty of opportunities to taste the regional specialties - a real treat for all the senses.

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2020MayJunJulAugSep

9 days from $2,665 pp

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Fairytale Bavaria & Danube Cruise

Bavaria's magnificent castles, mysterious forests and magical mountains are the backdrop to this majestic tour, uncovering many hidden gems in the historic kingdom of Bavaria. Discover fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle and ride the Bavarian Zugspitz Mountain Railroad, from our base in the charming village of Füssen.

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2020MayJunJulAugSep

12 days from $3,125 pp

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Glacier Express & Rhine Cruise

Embark on one of the world's fi nest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Enjoy picture-postcard river gorges, iconic cities, cheerful riverside towns and much more.

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2020MayJunAugSep

11 days from $3,365 pp

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Imperial Cities & Black Sea Cruise

Extend your cruise adventure and explore the two European giants of Prague and Berlin. From Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, to landmarks that have had much significance within our lifetimes, experience centuries in just a few days.

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2020Jul

12 days from $2,825 pp

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Imperial Cities & Danube Cruise

Begin your Imperial adventure early and explore the multi-faceted histories of two European giants, Berlin and Prague. From Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, to landmarks that have had much significance within our lifetimes, experience centuries in just a few days.

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2020MayJunJulAugSep

12 days from $2,965 pp

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Jungfrau Express & Rhine Cruise

Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railroad to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railroad station. Experience the majesty of the Swiss Alps by rail, as the mountains serenade you with spectacular views across the peaks below.

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2020JunAugSepOct

10 days from $2,805 pp

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Lake Maggiore, The Centovalli Railroad & Rhine Cruise

Delight in two great European countries, Italy and Germany, on this 16-day vacation which blends fantastic rail excursions with relaxing river cruising. Unwind beside the Great Italian lakes of Maggiore and Orta, enjoying included wine tastings and garden tours, before an immersive Rhine cruise through some of Germany's most scenic towns and landscapes.

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2020MayJun

10 days from $5,185 pp

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Five-Star Rhine Cruise

From Switzerland to the Netherlands, this spectacular cruise reveals the majesty of the Rhine River in all its fairytale glory. We uncover beautiful valley gorges, splendid halftimbered towns and many of the remarkable cities that line the banks of this grand old river. Sailing through four countries, we uncover unique experiences including German heritage rail journeys, French city tours and Dutch steam trains.

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2020JunJulAugSepOct

8 days from $1,965 pp

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Imperial Capital Cities

Explore the amazing capital cities of central Europe. Discover the region's rich heritage of art, history and culture, and savour its world-class castles, palaces and museums, from Berlin to Budapest by rail.

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2020MarAprMayJunJulAugSepOct

11 days from $1,515 pp

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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 4 of modern Europe's greatest destinations.

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2020AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

13 days from $2,795 pp

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Highlights of the Baltics & Scandinavia

Discover the contrasting cultures of the fascinating Baltic region, from colorful 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.

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2020MayJunAugSep

19 days from $5,775 pp

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German Trains

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

German Culture

After seeing the romantic Neuschwanstein Castle, it is not hard to see why some of the most famous works of literature to come out of Germany are the fairy-tales of the Brothers Grimm. Ranging from dark and bloody to light and funny, these children's stories have been iconic throughout the world since the 19th Century, and have inspired many Disney films, such as 'Sleeping Beauty', originally named 'Dornröschen', or 'Little Briar-Rose', and 'Cinderella' - 'Aschenputtel'.

A country of grand tradition, Germany also plays host to the Oberammergau Passion Play that began over 380 years ago in 1634. This play is held every 10 years, and began after the residents of Oberammergau pledged to perform the play if they could be saved from the ravages of war and the plague. The next play will be performed by the local people in 2020, and will host around 500,000 visitors who will come to the tiny village to witness what is now considered to be the most famous passion play in the world.

German Cuisine

Aspects of Germany's cuisine, such as the Black Forest Gâteau, pork schnitzel and apfelstrudel (apple strudel) have gained popularity worldwide, but visitors will find many more specialties to enjoy. Wurst (sausage) is extremely popular; the country produces more than 1,500 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.

German Trains

Germany enjoys one of Europe's most advanced, efficient and reliable rail networks. Traveling between Germany's major cities on a high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) train is easy, comfortable and enjoyable, and a comprehensive regional network ensures that virtually any destination in the country can be reached by train.

There are also gorgeous scenic railroads like the Vulkan Express. Although named an 'express train', the slow-moving Vulkan Express takes one and a half hours to travel 11 miles, giving passengers ample time to take in the beautiful scenery around them, including the Laacher See, a lake formed by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago. 

Germany’s Climate

Like most European countries, Germany does not have extreme temperatures. The summers are warm and the winters are mild, and there is always a fairly high chance of rain, so waterproofs are a must. The Alps in the south of the country tend to get a bit colder during the winter, due to the higher altitudes, so if going in January, the coldest month, be prepared for snow. 

Traveler’s notes

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 even €2 per person, will usually suffice. In this case, the tip should be given directly to the waiter, as leaving it on the table is considered rude.

The official language of Germany is German. A few useful words to know here would be guten tag (gooten tahg), meaning 'hello', bitte (bitter) meaning 'please', danke, meaning 'thank you' and auf wiedersehen (owf vee-der-zen), which means 'goodbye'.

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