Germany, Berlin, Munich
8 nights / 9 days
From celebrated art, proud culture and lively nightlife amid the remembrances of a storied history in the capital city of Berlin, to the beer gardens, Oktoberfest festivities, central Marienplatz square and Bavarian heritage of Munich, discover the spirit of Germany.
Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below, or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.
Day 1: USA / Munich |
Upon arrival in Munich, meet your private transfer to The Westin Grand Munich, and settle in for four nights in a Westin Club suite. Located in the district of Bogenhausen, this upscale high-rise is close proximity to the 18th century English Garden, city center and other coveted sights. Relax in stylish, contemporary luxury and access to the exclusive Westin Club Lounge experience featuring a champagne check-in, bountiful continental breakfast, daily beverage service and evening appetizers, as well as other distinctive amenities. Delight in an indoor pool, full-service Arabella Spa featuring a wellness bar, steam bath, Finnish sauna and range of massage and beauty treatments, and choice of bar and dining establishments including Paulaner's Wirtshaus & Beer Garden, where you can indulge in typical Bavarian style with a traditional beer garden, Bavarian treats and delicious specialties including wiener schnitzel, sausages and alpine cheese dumplings for a grand welcome to this festive German city.
Day 2: Munich |
Following your complimentary club breakfast, get to know the city on the private Munich City Excursion. Experience the Neo-Gothic shopping streets of Prinzregentenstrasse and Maximilianstrasse, the medieval St. Peter's Church, old and new city hall and the Vikualienmarkt - a daily food market and city square. Continue to the Opera House, Royal Square and the famous Alte Pinakothek, home to the world's largest Ruben's collection. Then, drive through the Olympiapark, site of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, and travel to the Baroque Nymphenburg Palace, once the summer residence of the royal Wittelsbacher family and preserved with three centuries of elegant furnishings for a peek into Bavaria's past.
Day 3: Munich |
Spend your day at leisure. Explore the famous English Gardens, known for its beer gardens and tranquil atmosphere. Shop in style at the Funf Hofe with its mix of fashion, lifestyle and art, or check out the BMW Welt and Museum, with its exhibition of cars and motorcycles, technology and design of more than 90 years. Or, simply relax in the hotel with a soothing massage or service at Arabella Spa.
Day 4: Munich |
Sip your morning coffee before you meet your guide for a full day of regal exploration on the private Royal Castles: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof excursion. Drive to the serenity of the rugged Bavarian Mountains to uncover 19th-century King Ludwig II's fairy-tale castles, beginning with the Royal Castle Neuschwanstein, its turrets and chambers, plus a stop at Oberammergau, home of the famous Passion Play. Next, visit the lavish, French-inspired, Neo-Rocco styled Linderhof Palace, its artistic workmanship, ornate rooms and surrounding park for a final look at this shy king's lifestyle.
Day 5: Munich / Berlin |
Meet your transfer to the Munchen Hauptbahnhof, Munich's main railway, for your train transport to Berlin. Upon arrival in Berlin, meet your private transfer to The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, where you will stay for four glorious nights in a Club guestroom. Located in the vibrant Potsdamer Platz quarter, minutes from historic landmarks, upscale shopping, fine dining and entertainment, immerse in timeless elegance with a heightened level of luxury and service with the Club Level experience and exclusivity. Revel in top floor views of the city as you savor continuous culinary delicacies, crafted cocktails and personalized service in the Club Lounge. In addition, enjoy classic afternoon tea served by expert tea sommeliers, unique lounges and bars, live entertainment, Finnish sauna and wooded jogging trails.
Day 6: Berlin |
After a delicious start to your day from the Club Lounge, meet your guide in the lobby for your private, half-day Berlin City Experience. Featuring legendary landmarks and storied highlights of this vibrant capital city, uncover the hidden places of six decades of history with an insider's look at the Brandenburg Gate, Victory Column, Reichstag, Pariser Platz, Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island and Checkpoint Charlie - the best-known crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War, and more, for a fascinating tour of this historic city.
Sip and savor traditional high tea in The Lounge of the hotel this afternoon or begin your evening with a magical experience and extravagant cocktails in The Curtain Club as you reminisce about your captivating day of history.
Day 7: Berlin |
Spend the day exploring the wonders of Berlin at your leisure. For walkers and cyclists, discover the Berlin Wall Trail as you follow the path of the former wall or see more than 100 different paintings about the wall at the East Side Gallery. Tale time to reflect on the past at the Holocaust Memorial or scale to the top of the Berlin TV Tower for 360 degree views of the city, and staying for some Berlin specialties at the Sphere restaurant. In the evening, immerse in art and culture at the Konzert Haus and its acclaimed ballet, opera, music and theatre programs or simply dive into Berlin's extraordinary culinary scene for a taste of everything German.
Day 8 - 9: Berlin |
Start your final day in Germany with a flavorful breakfast in the Club Lounge before embarking on the private Potsdam & Castle Sanssouci excursion. The capital of Brandenburg and former Prussian royal city located along the Havel River, discover the authentic charm of Pottsdam. Visit the Dutch Quarter and its rows of red brick houses, the dominant St. Nicholas Church, and Palace Cecilienhof, a symbol of the end of World War II. Continue to the grandeur and fairy-tale gardens of Sanssouci Castle, once the summer home of Frederick the Great, with time during your exploration to sample some of the city's authentic German cuisine on your own.
In the morning, board your private transfer to the airport for your comfortable homebound flight. Auf Wiedersehen!
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