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Germany & Czech Republic Tour


Germany & Czech Republic Small-Group Itinerary

A True Small Group Tour of Germany & the Czech Republic

From Berlin to Prague to Munich, this itinerary is leisurely-paced with medieval jewels strewn along the way.

Private, Immersion Sightseeing Itinerary in a True Small Group of Travelers. Enjoy Special Access, guided sightseeing and Story Land & Sea® Exclusives ~ the magic is here on this itinerary in the setting of a true small group of 16 travelers. Have a private group or prefer just to travel independently? Check out our group service or our Story Local Host® for independent travel.

Good Travels,

Mark Story,
Executive Director

WE RECOMMEND YOU BOOK EARLY
Hotel availability may occasionally be an issue on our True Small-Group® Tours. This is due to popularity, high season, and/or if you are booking within 60 days of departure. A supplement (or reduction) may be applied if our normal set of hotels in each city are not available. Book early!

  • Berlin Cathedral
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Dresden, Germany
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
Transatlantic Flight to Berlin, Germany

Switerland & Austria Tours
Day 1: Trans-Atlantic Flight

Depart Your Home Airport on your Transatlantic flight to Europe.

"Day 1" is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your airfare to depart your home city airport. Your Small Group Tour will commence on Day 2 upon arrival into Berlin, Germany.

NOTE: Your International Flight is Not Included in Your Tour Package. We can arrange your air travel from the Story Land & Sea air department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest-fare available based on your travel preferences.

WE RECOMMEND
Book early for this tour itinerary as availability sells out quickly.

Protect Your Vacation: We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.




Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany

 

Day 2: Your tour commences in Berlin today.

food icon   INCLUDED BERLIN WELCOME DINNER TONIGHT: Experience what can only be described as a tour of the best cuisine and wine from the region.
star icon   Story Land & Sea® Exclusive: Tonight, join in a Story Land & Sea® original experience with our Reception and Welcome from the Tour Captain from one of our classic perspectives ~ unique vantage point to survey Berlin in the company of your fellow travelers.

WELCOME TO GERMANY AND CZECH REPUBLIC TOUR One of Story Land & Sea®'s most exciting True Small-Group® tour vacations commences at 4:00PM at our hotel in Berlin, Germany. Located perfectly in the heart of Berlin is our deluxe hotel where your Tour Captain meets you for the included Orientation Walkabout.

ORIENTATION WALKABOUT: At 4:00pm, join your Tour Captain Host for a Welcome Orientation Walk on your arrival day in Berlin. Find out where the major landmarks are located in relation to our hotel, the best ATM machines for Euro and exchange rates, and other helpful information for your stay in Berlin, Germany.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

Your Small Group Tour Vacation of Germany & the Czech Republic is underway! After our reception, we'll walk to our Welcome Dinner in Berlin, where you'll taste the finest cuisine and wine varietals from the region.

Story Way® Dining
Our approach to dining is truly unique: We've collected our favorites dishes from the incredible restaurants we visit for each included dinner. No buffets here! Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. For the 5 total included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling ~ and yes, "the wine flows."

Lodging in the Heart of the City
There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea's Heart of City hotels.

City: Berlin

GERMANY
A country with contrasts: Germany boasts both the historic and modern in a fascinating showcase. Berlin is one of our favorite towns along the itinerary. The modern city springs to life, as it is our home for the next two nights.

ACCOMMODATION: The Westin Grand, Berlin or Similar, 2 Nights

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Exploring Berlin
 
Brandenburg Gate
 

Day 3: Berlin, Germany

food icon   Optional Dining Tonight: Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight in Berlin.

Today we enjoy our immersion sightseeing tour of the city of Berlin. 

The Story of Berlin
SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION TOUR IN BERLIN: We explore Berlin today by vehicle and by walking. The experience will begin with our local expert guide providing commentary as we walk to Checkpoint Charlie to revisit the history of the divided Germany. But it doesn't end there! Experience Berlin's past and present as you experience the city's Prussian, Imperial, Nazi and Cold War as well as modern eras —  truly a fascinating experience from West to East and back again.

• Checkpoint Charlie Visit
• Berlin Wall Experience: Bornholmer Straße (where the wall came down)
• DDR Museum: Learn about daily life in the former East Germany
• Alexanderplatz: site of the famous TV tower - by driving
• Brandenburg Gate by driving
• Reichstag by driving

OPTIONAL DINING TONIGHT: You are invited to join the Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner or enjoy exploring at leisure.



 
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Dresden & Prague

Day 4: Dresden —  Florence on the Elb

 
Dresden, Germany

City: Dresden
Free State: Saxony

We are bound for the city of Dresden mid-morning. Known as "Florence on the Elbe," Dresden is a Renaissance city near the Czech border and is part of the Saxon Triangle metropolitan area.

The Story of Dresden
SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION TOUR IN DRESDEN
: The renaissance city features Baroque architecture and features the Semperoper Opera House, and the Zwinger Palace, which suffered from the bombing raids of February 1945, has been largely restored to its pre-war state.

• Semperoper Opera House
• Zwinger Palace
• Domplatz or Cathedral Square

We continue on our journey and enter the Czech Republic and arrive Prague.

On to Prague, Czech Republic

City: Prague | Region: Central Bohemia | Country: Czech Republic

 
Prague, Czech Republic

Welcome to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Prague, is the capital of the Czech Republic and served as the historical capital of Bohemia. Located on the Vtava River, the city is about 1,100 years old and has been the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.

Upon arrival, we check in, freshen up and meet together for our reception to Prague.

food icon   Story Exclusive®: Tonight, enjoy a unique experience with our Mozart Dinner in Prague. The opera is located about 1 minute’s walk from our hotel.

The Candlelight Mozart Opera
Musical ensemble, Amadeus Prague, is formed by two opera singers from Czech Opera Houses and instrumentalists from the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, brilliant Salzburg Chamber Soloists etc., who perform their art dressed in period costumes. There will be most famous arias and duets from the operas “Don Giovanni” (world premiere in Prague 1787), “The Marriage of Figaro“and “The Magic Flute“. Enjoy amazing Mozart concert in the center of Prague!

Historic Hall in Mozart’s Period Atmosphere
Historically protected ballroom is a breath-taking beauty and a masterpiece of artificial marble, gold and crystal glass. It is located in the very heart of the Old Town quarter in the centre of Prague. It is one of the mythical places in Prague where the great parties and shows with dinner were regularly held until the beginning of the communism era.

Traditional Czech Austrian 3 Course Dinner
The dinner comprises three courses inspired by recipes from the Czech and Austrian cuisine. The dinner includes pea soup with buttered croutons, slow cooked beef cheeks in red wine and thyme, served with celery and potato puree, and homemade apple strudel with almonds and vanilla sauce. Enjoy a 3 course menu, 2 wine/beer beverages, coffee and/or soft drink. Bon appetite!

Enjoy a seat in Exclusive Balcony Box 2 seats at a table up to 4 guests. Duration is 2.5 hours. Begins at 7pm and ends about 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.

After the event leisurely walk back to your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Paris in Prague, or Similar, 2 Nights  

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Exploring Prague
 
Prague, Czech Republic

Day 5: City of 100 Spires



City: Prague

After breakfast we enjoy a special sightseeing immersion of Prague. Known for its towers we will enjoy a special tour of the very heart of Old Town including the Hradcany district. Known as the "Castle District," there is no actual castle but instead is composed of the Belvedere and Royal Palaces and St. Vitus Cathedral.

The Story of Prague
SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION TOUR IN PRAGUE:
We'll enjoy a walking tour through Prague's Jewish Quarter known as Josefov, with a visit to the Holocaust memorial in Pinkas Synagogue. The Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.

•  Old Town, Lesser Town
•  Hradcany Castle District:
   • Belvedere Palace
   • Royal Palace
   • St. Vitus Cathedral Entrance
• Charles Bridge

We finish our sightseeing immersion tour and enjoy balance of the day free.

OPTIONAL DINING TONIGHT: Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner in Prague or explore on your own.

 
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Rothenburg

Day 6: City: Rothenburg ob der Tauber | Region: Bavaria

 
Rothenburg, Germany

After breakfast, we continue on our journey through Germany to the city of Rothenburg.

The medieval town of Rothenburg, on the historic trade route between the center of Germany and the south, is also a stop on the Romantic Road and is considered the Jewel among Germany's various medieval towns.

Story Way® Dining
Join the Tour Captain for our included welcome dinner in the beautiful village of Rothenburg.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Eisenhut or Similar, 2 Nights

 
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Rothenburg

Day 7: Exploring Rothenburg

This morning after breakfast we will enjoy a Walking Tour of Rothenburg.

The Story of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION TOUR OF ROTHENBURG:
This morning we enjoy an orientation walking tour of the medieval town. We also will visit St. Jakob's Church. This 14th century church holds the amazing 500-year-old Heiligblualtar (Holy Blood Altar) that was carved by Tilman Riemenschneider.

• Walk the Medieval Town and learn of its history with our Guide
• The Gothic St. Jakob's (St. James) Church

Walking around Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the best things to do while you are here. The town has the best preserved medieval walls in Germany and you are free to walk most of it.

The balance of the day is at leisure.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

OPTIONAL DINNER: Consider joining your Tour Captain for an optional dinner in Rothenburg or explore on your own.

 
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Linderhof Palace

Day 8: Linderhof Palace & Oberammergau






This morning we have an early morning (around 8am) departure set for the beautiful Linderhof Palace.

"Dreams and Realities"
Ludwig II, who was crowned king in 1864, began his various building activities and the only large palace that he saw to completion in his lifetime was Linderhof.

We enjoy a delightful tour of this Palace along with its history and architecture. Spend time exploring the beautiful ornamental gardens. Some say they are reminiscent of the Versailles Gardens.

Then we're off for Oberammergau.

Oberammergau
 
Rothenburg, Germany

City: Oberammergau
District: Garmisch-Partenkirchen
State: Bavaria

We continue to the quaint and lovely village of Oberammergau, our home for the evening. Oberammergau is known for its production of The Passion Play every ten years since 1634.

In 1633, the residents of Oberammergau, vowed that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague ravaging the region, they would produce a play thereafter for all time depicting the life and death of Jesus. The death rate among adults rose from one person per 1000 per year in October 1632 to twenty in the month of March 1633. The adult death rate slowly subsided to one in the month of July 1633. The villagers believed they were spared after they kept their part of the vow when the play was first performed in 1634.

ORIENTATION & WALKING TOUR: Upon arrival we enjoy our orientation walkabout with commentary and then the balance of the day at leisure to explore.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

Story Way® Dining
Enjoy an included dinner with the Tour Captain in Oberammergau.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Maximilian or Similar, 1 Night

 
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Day 9: Munich

We make our way to Munich, our home for the next two evenings.

Munich

City: Munich | State: Bavaria

   Included Welcome Dinner: Following our reception we enjoy an included dinner with the Tour Captain

Neuschwanstein Castle

Welcome to Munich, the capital of Bavaria.

The name is derived from the monks of the Benedictine order who ran a monastery at the place that was later to become the Old Town of Munich; hence the monk depicted on the city's coat of arms.

Upon arrival to the hotel, time to freshen up and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure until we take part in our welcome reception before dinner tonight.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Torbraeu or Similar, 2 Nights

 
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Munich

Day 10: Munich Immersion

   Included Dinning: Tonight we gather to celebrate our journey together with our newly made friends. Truly a wonderful journey culminates tonight in the heart of Bavaria. Dinner Tonight

INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR: This morning, we enjoy our tour with our Guide. We take in one of the city's four royal avenues, the Maximilianstrasse.

It starts at Max-Joseph-Platz, where the Residenz and the National Theatre are situated, and runs east-west. Planned and begun in 1850 by King Maximilian II of Bavaria, and of which the street gets its name. The Residenz, the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs of the House of Wittelsbach, is the largest palace in Germany.

INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING IN MUNICH:

• Maximilianstrasse
• 17th-century Residenz
• The Old Town Hall
• Marienplatz

We conclude early afternoon for the balance of the day at leisure until tonight's farewell dinner together.

Story Exclusive®: Join your Tour Captain for a special experience as we take in the Oktoberfest Museum for a visit and tasting.
 

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Departure Day

Day 11: Check Out or Extend Your Adventure through Europe

OPTION: DEPARTURE TRANSFER: Enjoy our departure transfer to Munich Airport - inquire for pricing and details.

Are you ready to extend your vacation? Consider our Switzerland & Austria Tour - seamless extension!

Inquire with Reservations.

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Story Land & Sea® Worldwide Tours

Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the Story Land & Sea air department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest-fare available based on your travel preferences. We utilize both our own air department and online agencies to find the best rate.

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EXTEND YOUR VACATION


Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and our Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with cappuccino, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit. Classic Budget guests will enjoy a continental breakfast.

Lodging in the Heart of the City

Note: The hotels selected are some of our preferred properties, however, some of our other preferred properties may be used. Your hotels will be finalized about 45 days prior to the tour and will be available in your Final Documents Itinerary.

Berlin Hotels - 2 Nights



Prague Hotels - 2 Nights



Rothenburg - 2 Nights



Oberammergau Hotels - 1 Night



Munich Hotel - 2 Nights


Germany & Czech True Small-Group® Tour


  • We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

    Optional Arrival Transfers in Berlin
    $69 per person.

    Optional Departure Transfers from Munich
    $69 per person.

    Full Hot Daily Breakfast Included
    5 Unique Dinners Included: Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

    International Airfare is not included. International Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea are a completely separate booking from your land vacation. We highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

  • Enjoy a True Small Group of never more than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed. No waiting on big groups on big buses.
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Up-sell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to the UK and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
  • Story Land & Sea® Tours provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant and Hotel Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis...
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary. 
    A authentic restaurants that fit our group size.
  • Daily Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 5 Unique Dinners 
    Our dinners are at real restaurants (not buffets at the hotels).
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Small Group Tour.
  • Services of professional Tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the Small Group Tour. 

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST, SOME LUNCHES AND DINNERS
Full, hot breakfast daily. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants.

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD130 per bag. Story Land & Sea luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

INSURANCE
Story Land & Sea highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend www.Travelex-Insurance.com. Enter location code of 06-0051 to associate any purchase with your Story Land & Sea vacation.

STORY LAND & SEA TOURS' EUROPEAN TOUR VACATION
At Story Land & Sea Tours, we offer hosted European tours with a Tour Captain who provides you with world-class service throughout the tour.



 
Germany & Czech Republic Tour

Departures

2017
— Small Group Tour Prices —

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures with official Story Tour Captain® or Story Local Host® for groups of 5 or less. Inquire for your departure.

True Small-Group® Tours up to 16 Guests
Published Date Tour
Size
Deluxe
4-5 Star
Departures in May 2017
May
20 $5,779
June
17,24 $5,779
July
4,18 $5,679
Aug
5,19 $5,679
Sep
2,16 $5,579
Oct
5 $5,679
Inquire for our Story Local Host® itineraries of this same great itinerary.
2018
— Small Group Tour Prices —

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures with official Story Tour Captain® or Story Local Host® for groups of 5 or less. Inquire for your departure.

True Small-Group® Tours up to 16 Guests
Published Date Tour Size Deluxe
4-5 Star
June
4,11,18,25 $5,679
July
5,12,19,26 $5,779
Aug
6,20 $5,679
Sep
3,10,17,24 $5,679
Oct
1,6 $5,579
Inquire for our Story Local Host® itineraries of this same great itinerary.

 

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