Explore Northern Germany - 8 Days

Explore Northern Germany

Where the future and past collide

Head to Germany’s North on this 7-night vacation! See the lesser-known sites in Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin. From uber-modern cities to medieval passageways, Northern Germany has it all.

Unique Explorations

  • Explore the nightlife, cuisine, and the best biergartens in each city you visit!
  • Snap plenty of photos of the amazing Rhine River and bridge leading to the towering cathedral in Cologne.
  • Explore famous castles, amazing fortresses, and hidden gems that lie in wait between each of your stops.
  • Be sure to indulge in the best cuisine in each city, from spatzle, to pretzels, to an amazing variety of wursts.
  • Enjoy the freedom and flexibility that comes with having your own ride!

Take 7 nights to explore the beautiful cities and towns of Northern Germany at your own pace and enjoy the flexibility of having your own car for the whole trip!

Start in Frankfurt and have a night to explore, before setting out for Cologne, where the Rhine River runs under the beautiful bridge leading to the cathedral that makes the city’s skyline instantly recognizable. From there, you’ll get to make your way to nautical Hamburg, which is run through with canals and home to an impressive port.

Then, you’ll make it to Berlin. This lively city offers an amazing nightlife, wonderful history, and plenty of opportunities for sight-seeing, shopping, and trying out the delicious food! After two nights there, make way for the charming medieval city of Erfurt for one night, then return to Frankfurt for your last night.

PRICES FROM: $2256*PER PERSON

*Vacation is round-trip, per person, based on 2 travelers departing from
Atlanta. Includes air, airport taxes, hotel, transfers, daily breakfast and more. Additional baggage charges may apply. Rates are available for 1 to 9 travelers. Sceptre

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Day 1
Welcome to Germany!

Arrive in Frankfurt, pick up your car, and let the fun begin! You can drop off your bags and spend the rest of the day exploring the city at your leisure, taking in the wonderful metropolitan skyscrapers and finding the hidden corners that still retain its old-world charm.

Check In – Movenpick Frankfurt City Hotel

FRANKFURT, GERMANY 4 out of 5 stars

Located in the heart of Frankfurt, this 4-star family-friendly hotel is within walking distance of Frankfurt Trade Fair, Festhalle Frankfurt, and Messeturm. Also nearby are Senckenberg Museum and Zeilgalerie.

Day 2
Frankfurt - Rudesheim - Cologne

Today, you’ll head out for the city of Cologne. You may take the time to stop in historic Rudesheim on the way, then follow the Rhine River to your final stop, where a beautiful city sprawls out from its iconic cathedral.

Check In – Hotel Maritim

COLOGNE, GERMANY 4 out of 5 stars

Overlooking the Rhine River in central Cologne with a stunning glass roof, the Hotel Maritim offers 4-stars of excellence and even better views. Guests can enjoy boutiques and shops, restaurants, bars and eateries, an indoor swimming pool, a spa, and a gym. A full buffet breakfast is available every morning in the Rotisserie, the restaurant under the glass ceiling, or stop in at any of the other restaurants or cafes for local and international cuisine or a cozy cup of coffee. Guests can also lounge in the Kolsche Stuff pub or Piano Bar with a drink.

Rooms are furnished with warm colors and include a desk, a safe, a satellite TV, ironing facilities, a minibar, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Guests can easily access the city from the Deutzer Bruck Bridge, which the hotel is located at. A 10-minute walk will bring you to Cologne Cathedral and Cologne Main Station, while the Lanxess Area is a little over a half mile away. The Kolnmesse Exhibition Center is a little over a mile away, and the area surrounding the hotel is a wonderful place for travelers looking for cuisine, plenty of shopping, and Christmas Markets in the winter.

Day 3
Cologne - Hamburg

Enjoy breakfast in Cologne before striking out for Hamburg, known for its elegant boulevards, famous St. Pauli neighborhood, its port, which is the second largest in Europe, and the rich history encompassing the entire city.

You may want to stop by the Hamburger Kunsthalle, a stunning art museum that lights up the night.

Check In – Novotel Hamburg Alster

HAMBURG, GERMANY 4 out of 5 stars

This 4-star family-friendly hotel is located in Hamburg (Hohenfelde), close to Alster-Schwimmhalle, St. Gertrud Kirche, and Criminal Dinner. Also nearby are Hamburg Dungeon and Miniatur Wunderland. In addition to a restaurant, Novotel Hamburg Alster features a sauna. Other amenities include a bar/lounge and complimentary wireless Internet access.

Day 4
Hamburg - Berlin

You could linger in Hamburg, maybe check out the Planten un Blomen park, or you could immediately make your way from Hamburg to Germany’s capital: Berlin.

With so many amazing landmarks to explore, be sure to leave time to see your favorites! Perhaps you’d like to see the Brandenburg Gate or the sprawling Tiergarten.

Check In – Maritim Hotel proArte

BERLIN, GERMANY 4 out of 5 stars

After shopping along the bustling Friedrichstrasse, step into your superior Maritim Hotel proArte, which is just a thousand feet from the underground station. Italian-style furnishings cover the rooms and hotel, and a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, fitness room, massages, beauty treatments, 2 restaurants, and a bistro are available for all guests to indulge in.

Spacious rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, a laptop safe, free Wi-fi, and a private bathroom. Guests can easily walk to the Unter den Linden Boulevard featuring the Brandenburg Gate just 350 feet away, and the UNESCO Museum Island is a mere 10-minute walk from the hotel as well.

Day 5
Berlin

You’ll have the whole day to explore the city at your leisure, exploring everything it has to offer, like the Gendarmenmarkt Square and Potsdam Square, State Opera, Under den Linden Avenue, German Parliament, and more!

Be sure to indulge in some of the local cuisine as well, like delicious pretzels and excellent German beer.

Day 6
Berlin - Potsdam - Erfurt

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing Berlin for Potsdam, one of Europe’s most amazing royal cities. Stop in at the splendid Sanssouci Palace and Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and head to Erfurt to finish up the day.

Known as “Thuringian Rome” due to its amazing architectural beauty, Erfurt offers medieval charm along its city’s streets, which sit at the cross roads of ancient German and European trade routes. Be sure to stop by the Merchants’ Bridge, or Kramerbrucke, which hosts the most inhabited structures of any bridge in Europe.

Check In – Mercure Hotel Erfurt

ERFURT, GERMANY 4 out of 5 stars

The stylish 4-star hotel blends in perfectly with the historical old town of Erfurt. If traveling to Erfurt by car, take the A71 or A4 and benefit from secure parking in the hotel’s garage. The main train station is 547 yards (500 m) from the hotel. All Superior and Standard Rooms have free Wi-Fi. The hotel has 8 meeting rooms with capacity to hold up to 180 people. Relax in the hotel’s sauna or dine at the historical restaurant. The menu includes dishes from around the world. There is also has a modern bar on-site. On sunny days you can sit on the terrace and try a glass of wine from the Grands Vins Mercure wine list.

Day 7
Erfurt - Frankfurt

Leave the historic Erfurt to return to the bustling Frankfurt. You could take a quick detour on the way to see the Wartburg Castle, one of the best preserved medieval fortresses as well as one of the most important castles in the country.

For your final day in Frankfurt, you can explore what you may have missed the first night there, like the lovely aromatic Kleinmarkthalle or the Römerberg, or “Roman Mountain” in the heart of the city.

Check In – Movenpick Frankfurt City Hotel

FRANKFURT, GERMANY 4 out of 5 stars

Located in the heart of Frankfurt, this 4-star family-friendly hotel is within walking distance of Frankfurt Trade Fair, Festhalle Frankfurt, and Messeturm. Also nearby are Senckenberg Museum and Zeilgalerie.

Day 8
Depart Germany

Bid “adieu” to Germany, drop off your car, and catch your flight home!

Fly home!

What's Included

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Automatic, economy-sized rental car for 7 nights, including unlimited mileage, air conditioning & mandatory insurances
  • 1 night in Frankfurt at the Movenpick Frankfurt City, or similar
  • 1 night in Cologne at the Maritim Hotel, or similar
  • 1 night in Hamburg at the Novotel Hamburg Alster, or similar
  • 2 nights in Berlin at the Maritim proArte Hotel, or similar
  • 1 night in Erfurt at the Mercure Hotel Erfurt, or similar
  • 1 night in Frankfurt at the Movenpick Frankfurt City, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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