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Germany tours for seniors:

Germany marries old and new as harmoniously as it does city and country. Gothic architecture meets Bauhaus, while modern innovation has shaped the skyline of some of Germany’s biggest cities. Uncover the turbulent history of Berlin at the Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Brandenburg Gate. In Munich, explore the medieval Marienplatz (or central square), visit the Baroque palaces of the Bavarian kings, Linderhof Palace and Nymphenburg Palace, and make time to sample iconic the Bavarian beer. Outside the cities, Germany is covered by beautiful scenery, ranging from the rugged Bavarian Alps to the eerie Black Forest. Pass grand castles on a Rhine River cruise, or head through the quaint villages of the Romantic Road. If the varied scenery, historic monuments and cultural experiences are not enough to entice you, Germany also hosts a wide array of festivals and markets each year-including the world-famous Oktoberfest, Berlinale, and the Leipzig Christmas market-making it a destination that is not to be missed.

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Tours of Germany

Discovering the Life of Beethoven | Small Group Tour

Travellers on this small group tour will have the chance to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Beethoven’s life and music. Beginning in the city of Bonn, where Beethoven was born, we visit the city precincts and buildings where Beethoven’s unique artistic sensibility was formed. In Vienna, we explore many of the concert halls and churches where his work was performed. In each city visited we attend performances of his work.

9 days
Departing Sep

European Ballet escorted small groups tour for senior travellers

For those who enjoy the ballet and the arts this 16 day program from Amsterdam to Hamburg  and finishing in Paris is a dance delight. Programs and actual performances will vary, but the structure and fabric of the experiences to be enjoyed within a small group remains the cornerstone of your experience on this program.

18 days
Departing Jun, Sep
Baltics Small Group escorted Tour Latvia Estonia Lithuania
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Baltics Small Group Escorted Tour: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania

An escorted small group tour to the Baltic States of Europe that explores the key destinations of this region starting in Berlin, then making its way through Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and concluding in St. Petersburg. Each day has scheduled itineraries supported by local guides who share knowledge and authentic experiences of the places visited. This is small group travelling to the Baltics for like minded people.

Departing May, Sep

Discovering Berlin Small Group Tour | 20 days living in Berlin

Experience Berlin while living there for almost three weeks in an apartment. From one of the best small group tour companies for Europe enjoy an escorted tour learning about the city’s history and experiencing it like a Berliner. This holiday is for like minded people, mature couples or solo travelers who enjoy getting off the beaten track and exploring with some adventure.

 

20 days
Departing Oct, Apr

Berlin walking tour

Enjoy an escorted walking tour of Berlin. This small group holiday is for like minded people, mature couples or solo travelers who enjoy getting off the beaten track and exploring with some adventure. The itineraries set for each day follow sections of the Berlin Wall, whilst local guides realise authentic experiences found in this amazing city.

12 days
Departing Oct, May

Opera Tour Europe | Theatre-Opera-Ballet and Classical Music Small Group Tour for Seniors

This 22-day small group program visits the major arts centres of Hamburg, Amsterdam, Paris, and London. We travel in winter avoiding crowds and enjoy a different perspective of the places visited. At Odyssey Traveller we have sought to assemble entry and show tickets to what many will consider the best arts experiences available in those cities during each program.

22 days
Departing Dec

Richard Wagner Ring Cycle, Leipzig | Small Group Tours Germany

The small group tour will see the opera performed in the city of Richard Wagner’s birth, Leipzig. Our tour starts in Dresden and we also visit Bayrouth and Munich. We will not only experience his music in these 4 operas, but also be shown the influences of culture and family on the extraordinary composer’s life.

12 days
Departing Apr
Bach Classical European Music Festival small group tour
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Bach Classical European Music Festival small group tours

Enjoy the best of Bach travelling with mature couples or solo travellers in a small group tour. We take time to appreciate not just the music but also to explore Bach’s history and influences. The program spends 16 days visiting the locations that where influences on his life as well as attending the Bach Music festival in Leipzig.

16 days
Departing Jun

Contemporary Germany small group tour

Join us on this this comprehensive small group journey in Germany that begins in Heidelberg and ventures south to the romantic Black Forest to Munich. Spend 22 nights in Germany, featuring Berlin, Munich, the Black Forest, Bavaria, the Alps, and the Rhine.

21 days
Departing Aug

Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany Art Tour | Western Europe Art Tour

Most of us have already experienced the grandeur of classic galleries such as the Louvre and the National Gallery. Travel with like-minded people in a small group tour and be surprised by the lesser-known but equally wonderful smaller art galleries across Northwest Europe.

21 days
Departing Sep
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Oberammergau Passion Play 2022 & the Habsburg cities

Enjoy the authentic experience of the  Oberammergau passion play on this escorted tour with one of the best small group tour companies in Europe. Our destinations and itineraries provide small group journeys  for like minded people. For solo travelers a minimal single supplement applies.

Departing May
Contempporary Germany including Oberammergau
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Contemporary Germany & Oberammergau Passion Play 2022

Enjoy the authentic experience of the  Oberammergau passion play on this  small group escorted tour. One of the best small group tour companies Europe, the destinations and itineraries provide small group journeys  for like minded people. For solo travelers a minimal single supplement applies.

23 days
Departing Aug

Articles about Germany

Walhalla Memorial, Germany

Walhalla Memorial, Germany

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Walhalla Memorial, Germany The Neoclassical Walhalla Memorial, reminiscent of the Parthenon and reaching for the grandeur of the mythological Norse Valhalla after which it was named, is located high above the Danube River, east of…

The Festspielhaus in spring, Bayreuth, Germany

Bayreuth, Germany

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Bayreuth, Germany Bayreuth is located on the Red Main river in Northern Bavaria. The pretty, mid-sized town is world famous for the Bayreuth Festival, and for its affiliation with the German composer Richard Wagner. The…

Old Town Hall at Marienplatz Square in Munich

Munich, Germany

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Munich, Germany Munich, capital of Bavaria, lies on the elevated plains north of the edge of the Bavarian Alps. The city of Munich is the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg. It…

Dresden, Saxony, Germany

Dresden, Germany

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Dresden, Germany Dresden is the capital of the German state of Saxony, and the third largest city in eastern Germany after Berlin and Leipzig. It lies in the basin of the Elbe River between Meissen…

Ulm Minster

Gothic Germany

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The term Gothic is often used to refer to a turning point and new era of European architecture that is generally seen as starting in the mid 12th century. Gothic architecture was in stunning contrast…

Leipzig, Germany, Old town

Leipzig, Germany

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Leipzig, encircled by a ring of parks and gardens, the city is a major industrial centre and buzzing with life. It has long been regarded as a major intellectual and cultural centre, known since the…

15 Must-See Sites in Berlin

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15 Must-See Sites in Berlin | Small group tours Germany Berlin, capital of Germany, venue of the Berlinale, seat of the German Parliament, and location of UNESCO-protected Museum Island, occupies a place of prominence as…

Oberammergau passion play 2020

Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

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Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 | Small group tours Germany In 2020, Odyssey will offer three small group tours of Europe that will include the Oberammergau Passion Play: Contemporary Germany, The Habsburgs, and our Berlin tour. This article is…

Bode Museum on Berlin's Museum Island

Your Next Holiday Destination: Germany

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Destination Germany | Small group tours Germany The Moselle River, which runs through Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Once labelled the “sick man of Europe”, Germany is now the continent’s largest economy and the sixth largest…

Books on Johann Sebastian Bach

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The life of Johann Sebastian Bach While Bach’s compositions receive worldwide acclaim, and are among perhaps the most famous and beloveds works of music, the man himself is somewhat of a mystery. Born in Eisenach,…

The need to know

Touring Germany

Getting around

Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary. Germany has a centralised and impressively extensive rail network, the Deutsche Bahn, which links towns to the major cities.

Accommodation

In major cities, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our longstay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments.

Tour Guides

Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.

Geography, environment & weather

Germany is the largest country in Central Europe. It is bordered to the north by Denmark, to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, and the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. Germany is a federation of 16 states, roughly corresponding to regions with their own distinct and unique cultures. Renowned for its precision engineering, Germany is a major economic power with a very high standard of living.

Geographically, Germany stretches from the Alps, across the North European Plain to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The Alps peak at 2962 metres, while the the low-lying lands of northern Germany are traversed by some of Europe’s major rivers such as the Rhine, Danube and Elbe. There is great geographical diversity in Germany, which contributes to its appeal for travellers. Most of the country experiences a temperate climate, dominated by humid westerly winds. Think cool winters and warm summers, when temperatures can exceed 30 degrees celcius. The East experiences more contintental conditions, with longer dry periods common. Central and southern Germany range from oceanic to continental. Climate extremes are rare, but occasional spikes in temperature can occur. Be sure to check long range weather predictions prior to your departure – this will help guide your packing

World Heritage Sites

Germany is home to 42 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can view the official list of the sites here; https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/de.

It is well worth visiting every site, if you are able. But here’s a few highlights from the bunch:

  1. The twin-spired Cologne Cathedral,
  2. Germany’s most visited landmark, Classical Weimar, preserving one of Europe’s most influential historic cultural centres
  3. Berlin’s Modernism Housing Estates, which testify to the city’s innovative housing policies between 1910 to 1933
  4. Museum Island, a complex of five important museums, and a feat of urban planning and Enlightenment ideals.

Festivals & events

Germany is very passionate about its football (soccer), and every village has a club. Games are a major social event on weekends. Spas are also common throughout Germany, with sauna areas generally coed and nude. Germany boasts world class opera houses, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is known as one of the world’s top 3. Perhaps unexpectedy, Shakespeare is adored in Germany, and you may be able to find a performance during your visit. As for festivals and events, Oktoberfest cannot be missed. It comprises 17 days of celebrating beer, and is held in Munich, Bavaria every year. It is a significant part of Bavarian culture. There is a strong carnival tradition in some parts of Southern Germany, with Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) the highlight of the German Karneval.

Reading list

  1. The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape by Brian Ladd
  2. Berlin: Imagine a City by Rory MacLean
  3. Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGreg
  4. The Reader by Bernard Schlink

Eating & Drinking

There tends to be a standard formula to German cuisine: variations on meat, potatoes and gravy, accompanied by vegetables or salad. International influence has led to lighter offerings, but it is great fun discovering how tradition vies alongside the contemporary. ‘Schnellimbiss’ means ‘quick snack’, and is what you will see on the signs of German stalls and small shops that sell primarily sausage (Wurst) and fries (Pommes Frites). Sausages will include Bratwurst, which is usually a boiled pork sausage. A typical German variant is Currywurst: sausage chopped up and covered in spiced ketchup, dusted with curry powder. Beer and often harder liquor are available in most Schnellimbisse. German bakeries give fast food restaurants a run for their money, and even butchers will often prepare a fresh sandwich for you – or sometimes even a meal.

Biergärtens beergardens) provide drinks and usually meals, though in some traditional beergardens in Bavaria, you are permitted to bring your own food. Brauhaus are small breweries that sell their products direct to the customer, and frequently offer Haxe” or “Schweinshaxe” (pig’s leg), a distinctively German specialty. Other traditional dishes include schnitzel and rinderroulade – the latter is thinly sliced beef wrapped around bacon and pickled cucumber. The meat is quick-fried and then left to cook slowly for an hour, and is traditionally served with red cabbage, potato dumplings and pan gravy.

Among regional dishes is Eierschecke, a cake made of eggs and cream similar to cheese cake, found in Saxony. Beware when ordering fish – if Edelfischplatte is offered, it may not be fresh. Best to consume fish from specialty seafood restaurants. A specialty of the East is “Soljanka” (originating from Ukraine, but probably the most common dish in the GDR), a sour soup containing vegetables and usually some kind of meat or sausages.

Health & Safety

While much of Germany is usually safe to travel around, it’s important to stay alert to anything unusual. Also, you will often see signs warning of pickpockets in areas popular with tourists, so it’s important to keep a close eye on your belongings at all times.

Electrical Supply

Whenever you travel overseas, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adaptor. The standard voltage in Germany is 230V and 50Hz. Types C and F plugs are used here, both with two round pins – F also has earth clips on the side. The main plug is also referred to as a Schuko plug

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Tour Reviews

This trip could have been planned for me as all my interests were included - ballet, theatre, concerts, opera and visits to magnificent museums and galleries.
Participant -17
Dear Robert, Thank you so much for a very happy and informative journey. You made it all the more enjoyable by your sensitive consideration of all our separate needs and interests. Enjoy the rest of your trip.
Participant June -16
The tour was compact, well planned and intense of course, having to include so much in a short space of time, compared with what we would do and see normally at home. A bit overwhelming, but wonderful for looking back, and a challenge to see how much one can remember.
Participant -17
Dear Robert, Thanks for your guidance and leadership on our Bach Odyssey. You really were fabulous. See you in Berlin.
Participant June -16
Robert's knowledge and expertise was greatly appreciated especially as I was the least culturally aware of the group. I enjoyed every minute of the tour, and his cheerfulness even in times of trial ( the weather) and the usual small things that go wrong were met with enthusiasm and help.
Participant -17
Robert was an excellent leader who made things run smoothly. He had great knowledge about all aspects of the content of this expedition. He interacted with all members of the group. I would be very happy to go on another tour with Robert as leader.
Participant -17

FAQs

Germany has a single time zone (excluding its overseas territories), Greenwich mean time . The nation observes daylight saving time from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.

If you’re on an Odyssey tour, we take care of tipping so you don’t need to give it a second thought. However, in your free time, or if travelling independently, it’s essential that you make sure you tip an appropriate amount for services, as is the case throughout much of Europe. It’s customary to tip 10-15% of the bill at restaurants. It’s polite to round a bill up to the nearest whole figure or leave the change when buying drinks.

Internet access is easily accessible, and most hotels and many cafes will be able to offer it.

Check with your cell phone provider to see whether you’re able to make calls and use data while in Germany. Many providers will allow you to pay a daily fee that allows you to make calls and check the internet while only being charged your regular rates. However, be certain to inform your provider that you’re heading overseas, because just like a bank they can turn off your service as a result of unusual activity.

Germany has some of the best public transportation in the world. All cities and larger towns have public transportation that is reliable and efficient.

Although more expensive – train travel is an incredibly efficient way to get around Germany. Germany’s main rail system is Deutsche Bahn, which has both high-speed trains and regular trains.

Bus is the cheapest way to get around, Flixbus, Eurolines or Deinbus are examples ofmajor bus companies servicing Germany.

Germany is a beautiful, varied country with an impressive culture and endless travel opportunities.

Berlin is one of the most interesting cities in Europe, and certainly the one that has changed the most in the last 20 years, it has become Europe’s capital of cool – a vibrant mix of fashion, design, music, and art.

Cologne is home to one of the most impressive cathedrals in the world, a thriving art scene, and some of the most high-spirited locals,

Germany’s most scenic drive, the Romantic Road, offers visitors the opportunity to discover the rich culture, picturesque scenery, and medieval character of this fantastic country.

Articles about Germany published by Odyssey Traveller:

A history of Berlin for Tourists

The Oberammergau Passion Play 

The Bauhaus Movement

Destination: Germany

Ten books to read about Berlin

Ten of the best art galleries in Europe

Must See Sights in Berlin

For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link.

 

External articles to assist you on your visit to Germany:

13 Things to know before visiting Germany

The Telegraph: Thirty reasons why we love Germany

A Rhine Romance: Following the Mighty River

Lonely Planet: 48 Hours in Hamburg

Responsible Travel Tips for Germany

  1. Learn at least the local greetings to break the ice. While many Germans speak English, it is by no means universal, and it’s always appreciated if you attempt conversation in German before shifting to English.
  2. Carry a card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
  3. Always ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
  4. When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Museums & galleries are often closed on Mondays. Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
  5. Consider contacting your bank to inform them that you may be making purchases overseas. Otherwise, they may flag any activity on your account as suspicious. Also, check which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards, to ensure you can withdraw cash with minimal fees.
  6. Before departing, make sure you have a number of pounds in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.

Germany tours for seniors. Explore the medieval towns, fairytale castles, quaint villages that a tour operator seeks to offer on a vacation. However, for Odyssey Traveller our guided sightseeing trip goes beyond these inclusions in a vacation package. Odyssey’s collection of German tours for seniors with a tour director (program leader) and a destination expertprovides a Germany tour that focuses on the history, culture and landscapes for the mature and senior traveler whether travelling as a couple or as a solo traveler. Your guided tour is a blend of sightseeing with the tour guide as a day tripcollection and free days to allow you to explore or linger in key places on your trip such as Berlin or Frankfurt or one of the quaint villages in scenic Bavaria allowing you time to absorb more of Germany whilst on vacation avoiding the frantic rush rush feeling of a continous circuit of another day trip.

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