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Berlin & Dresden City Break

Experience a fulfilling 8-night holiday, commencing with a 4-night exploration of Berlin's history, spanning from the iconic Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie, Wannsee Villa, and Sanssouci Palace. Continue the adventure with a 4-night city break in Dresden, immersing yourself in guided tours, steam train adventures, and fortress exploration amidst stunning landscapes and rich heritage.

  • Germany

  • 8 nights
  • Breakfast in hotel, six dinners in local restaurants
  • City Breaks

    Culture

  • Mar

    May

    Oct

    Dec

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Walking grade

Grade 3

Classed as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Berlin's iconic sites, including Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall, and Checkpoint Charlie, with a knowledgeable guide.
  • Explore Berlin's expansive Botanical Gardens, open year-round except for December, for tranquil wanderings.
  • Stroll from Wannsee Villa to the picturesque Peacock Island for a charming walk.
  • Admire Sanssouci Palace's grandeur, then visit the renowned Bridge of Spies nearby.
  • Explore Dresden's heritage with an insightful guided city tour adventure.
  • Step into fairy-tale charm at Moritzburg Castle, a captivating historic gem.
  • Embark on a scenic journey via the Saxony Steam Railway's nostalgic charm.
  • Admire Bastei Bridge's views, then explore Königstein Fortress's historic grandeur.

Embark on a captivating journey through the rich history and iconic landmarks of Berlin, guided by a knowledgeable local. Begin your exploration at the renowned Brandenburg Gate, a potent symbol of unity in the wake of the Berlin Wall's fall. Delve into its historical significance before moving on to the poignant Bernauerstrasse memorial, where sections of the Berlin Wall stand preserved, offering a tangible connection to the past. The tour then takes you to the infamous Checkpoint Charlie, a potent reminder of the city's divided history.

For those visiting Berlin outside of December, leisure awaits at the Botanical Gardens, spanning a sprawling 43 hectares and offering a serene escape from the urban bustle. Alternatively, utilize your travel pass to uncover the wonders of Berlin at your own pace. The Reichstag, with its storied history and striking architecture, becomes an intriguing option. However, December brings a shift in the program, exchanging the gardens for a visit to the Reichstag.

Your itinerary then extends to the outskirts, exploring Potsdam over two days. The Wannsee Villa, now an educational museum, solemnly commemorates Holocaust victims, offering a space for reflection and learning. The journey concludes at the Sanssouci Palace, a rococo masterpiece akin to France's Palace of Versailles. The palace's opulent interiors and immaculate gardens, highlighted by the 'Bridge of Spies,' create a captivating end to your Berlin adventure.

Transitioning to Dresden, your 4-night city break unveils the captivating beauty of Saxony. Expert-guided tours immerse you in the city's hidden gems and iconic landmarks. Witness the intricate architecture of the Frauenkirche, absorb the cultural ambiance of Neumarkt Square, and stroll along the Elbe River's scenic banks. These guided tours balance historical insights with ample time for personal discovery, including the exploration of world-class museums housing cultural treasures.

Venture beyond Dresden to Moritzburg, a charming town with a steam train journey leading to the Moritzburg Castle. Discover its enchanting surroundings and indulge in leisurely countryside walks, immersing yourself in nature's tranquility. A highlight is the Bastei Bridge, an awe-inspiring sandstone formation offering panoramic views of the Saxon Switzerland National Park.

Your journey concludes with a visit to the Koenigstein Fortress, an imposing hilltop stronghold steeped in history. Traverse its intricate passageways and relish unparalleled views of the Elbe River valley.

In December, Berlin transforms into an enchanting Christmas wonderland. Majestic Native spruces line snow-covered streets, and the city shimmers with the radiance of magical fairy lights and traditional wood-carved ornaments.

Set aside some time to explore Berlin's world-famous Christmas markets, offering an array of artisanal crafts and traditional delights like delectable Currywurst and crispy Schnitzels. Keep in mind that some days can be quite chilly, with temperatures dropping as low as -10 degrees. It's advisable to pack snug layers, walking poles, and ice grippers for added comfort and safety.

  • Return flights to Berlin from London
  • Airport and centre transfers via public transport
  • En-suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Six dinners in local restaurants
  • Half day in Berlin & Dresden with an English speaking professional local guide
  • All local transport costs
  • 5 day welcome cards in each city
  • Entrances as described in 'Proposed Itinerary'
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

25520

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Berlin

Meals

Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Your city escape commences at Berlin Airport. Retrieve your luggage, join our leader, and hop on the public train/tram to the city centre. A brief 10-minute walk leads you to your hotel; consider luggage with wheels for ease.

After settling into your rooms, if time allows, our leader will direct you to nearby amenities such as supermarkets, pharmacies, and ATMs, ensuring your stay is hassle-free.

Transfer Time = 40 minute train, 10 minute walk

Day 2

Getting to know Berlin

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Begin your adventure with a local guide at Brandenburg Gate, marking East-West unity after the Berlin Wall's collapse. Roam Berlin, uncovering Wall remnants and landmarks, concluding at Checkpoint Charlie.

Later, savour the tranquillity of Berlin Botanical Gardens—home to 22,000 plant species across 43 hectares. Tailor your day with a 5-day Berlin Card: explore the city centre or Reichstag if gardens don't captivate you.

Day 3

A walk to Wannsee Villa and Peacock Island

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

You'll embark on a train journey to Wannsee, where the elegant Wannsee Villa awaits. Despite its splendid Italian-style architecture, a sombre history hides within. In 1942, the Nazi regime held the "Final Solution" conference here. Presently, the Wannsee Villa Conference Centre stands as a stark reminder of that dark past. Your journey continues to Peacock Island, home to a captivating fairy-tale castle. Amid peacocks displaying their plumes, the island teems with diverse wildlife, from woodpeckers to numerous frogs.

Day 4

The Elegance of Sanssouci Palace

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Discover the allure of Sanssouci Palace, King Frederick's summer haven. Revel in splendid architecture and manicured gardens. Take a public transport jaunt to Potsdam's outskirts. Admire the opulent staircase leading to the entrance. Stroll the park around Sanssouci in the afternoon. Hop on the bus for the renowned 'Bridge of Spies'.

Tom Hanks made this bridge famous, showcasing Cold War spy swaps. While not part of the program, the nearby Spy Museum delves into espionage, perfectly complementing your Bridge of Spies visit.

Day 5

Onwards to Dresden!

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a Local Restaurant

Accommodation

As you leave, anticipation builds as you prepare to embark on the next leg of your journey boarding the direct train to Dresden, watching the scenic landscapes unfold outside your window. If time permits, an orientation walk of the immediate hotel area allows you to quickly acquaint yourself with the the local amenities you may need.

Please note this may be an unescorted transfer dependant on our leaders movements.

Day 6

Getting to know Dresden

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a Local Restaurant

Accommodation

You're in for a treat today as you join a group guided tour of Dresden. Engage in the rich narratives brought to life by your knowledgeable guide as you wander through the city's enchanting streets. Discover hidden historical anecdotes and marvel at the iconic landmarks that dot your path. The tour concludes, but the adventure doesn't end there. You're granted the freedom to delve deeper into your interests as you explore the world-class museums at your own pace. Uncover treasures of art, culture, and history, immersing yourself in Dresden's diverse tapestry. It's a day of discovery that caters to your every curiosity.

Day 7

Steam Trains & Castles

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Step into a bygone era as you board the enchanting steam train bound for Moritzburg Castle. The rhythmic chug of the locomotive and the nostalgic ambiance whisk you away to a fairy tale Saxon setting. Upon arrival, you explore the castle's grandeur, admiring its architecture and immersing yourself in its history. But the adventure doesn't stop there – your walks leader guides you through the picturesque local countryside. It's a day of contrasts, blending the charm of the past with the serenity of the present, creating memories that linger long after your journey ends.

Day 8

Fortresses & Bridges

Meals

Half Board with Dinners in Local Restaurants

Accommodation

As you approach the majestic Bastei Bridge, you're greeted by breath-taking vistas that stretch across the horizon. Your steps echo against the ancient sandstone formations, and the fresh breeze carries a sense of wonder. Taking your time, you soak in the panoramic beauty and capture the moment. Later, you journey to the Koenigstein Fortress, perched atop the hill, its history echoing through its sturdy walls. Exploring its intricate passages and gazing upon the sweeping views of the Elbe River valley, you're transported to another time. This day of exploration seamlessly weaves nature's marvels with human ingenuity, etching an unforgettable experience into your memory.

Day 9

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Sadly, it is time to say Auf Wiedersehen to beautiful Dresden as you take public transport back to Berlin airport for your onward journeys to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Oct 2024 - 15th Oct 2024 (8 Nights)

31st Mar 2025 - 8th Apr 2025 (8 Nights)

19th May 2025 - 27th May 2025 (8 Nights)

6th Oct 2025 - 14th Oct 2025 (8 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Berlin
  • Arrival transfer by train and foot c. 50 mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Berlin

Meals

Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Your city escape commences at Berlin Airport. Retrieve your luggage, join our leader, and hop on the public train/tram to the city centre. A brief 10-minute walk leads you to your hotel; consider luggage with wheels for ease.

After settling into your rooms, if time allows, our leader will direct you to nearby amenities such as supermarkets, pharmacies, and ATMs, ensuring your stay is hassle-free.

Transfer Time = 40 minute train, 10 minute walk

Day 2

Getting to know Berlin

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Begin your day with a local guide at the Brandenburg Gate, the tour's starting point. The Gate symbolizes the reunification after the Berlin Wall's fall. As we explore further, we'll encounter the remaining Berlin Wall sections and other landmarks, culminating at Checkpoint Charlie.

Later, venture to the Reichstag—Germany's Parliament. Its role in European history is vital, now housing the lower chamber of the German Parliament. The dome, crafted by Norman Foster in the restoration of this charred structure, awaits your visit.

Day 3

A walk to Wannsee Villa and Peacock Island

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

You'll embark on a train journey to Wannsee, where the elegant Wannsee Villa awaits. Despite its splendid Italian-style architecture, a sombre history hides within. In 1942, the Nazi regime held the "Final Solution" conference here. Presently, the Wannsee Villa Conference Centre stands as a stark reminder of that dark past. Your journey continues to Peacock Island, home to a captivating fairy-tale castle. Amid peacocks displaying their plumes, the island teems with diverse wildlife, from woodpeckers to numerous frogs.

Day 4

The Elegance of Sanssouci Palace

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Discover the allure of Sanssouci Palace, King Frederick's summer haven. Revel in splendid architecture and manicured gardens. Take a public transport jaunt to Potsdam's outskirts. Admire the opulent staircase leading to the entrance. Stroll the park around Sanssouci in the afternoon. Hop on the bus for the renowned 'Bridge of Spies'.

Tom Hanks made this bridge famous, showcasing Cold War spy swaps. While not part of the program, the nearby Spy Museum delves into espionage, perfectly complementing your Bridge of Spies visit.

Day 5

Onwards to Dresden!

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a Local Restaurant

Accommodation

As you leave, anticipation builds as you prepare to embark on the next leg of your journey boarding the direct train to Dresden, watching the scenic landscapes unfold outside your window. If time permits, an orientation walk of the immediate hotel area allows you to quickly acquaint yourself with the the local amenities you may need.

Please note this may be an unescorted transfer dependant on our leaders movements.

Day 6

Getting to know Dresden

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner in a Local Restaurant

Accommodation

You're in for a treat today as you join a group guided tour of Dresden. Engage in the rich narratives brought to life by your knowledgeable guide as you wander through the city's enchanting streets. Discover hidden historical anecdotes and marvel at the iconic landmarks that dot your path. The tour concludes, but the adventure doesn't end there. You're granted the freedom to delve deeper into your interests as you explore the world-class museums at your own pace. Uncover treasures of art, culture, and history, immersing yourself in Dresden's diverse tapestry. It's a day of discovery that caters to your every curiosity.

Day 7

Steam Trains & Castles

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Step into a bygone era as you board the enchanting steam train bound for Moritzburg Castle. The rhythmic chug of the locomotive and the nostalgic ambiance whisk you away to a fairy tale Saxon setting. Upon arrival, you explore the castle's grandeur, admiring its architecture and immersing yourself in its history. But the adventure doesn't stop there – your walks leader guides you through the picturesque local countryside. It's a day of contrasts, blending the charm of the past with the serenity of the present, creating memories that linger long after your journey ends.

Day 8

Fortresses & Bridges

Meals

Half Board with Dinners in Local Restaurants

Accommodation

As you approach the majestic Bastei Bridge, you're greeted by breath-taking vistas that stretch across the horizon. Your steps echo against the ancient sandstone formations, and the fresh breeze carries a sense of wonder. Taking your time, you soak in the panoramic beauty and capture the moment. Later, you journey to the Koenigstein Fortress, perched atop the hill, its history echoing through its sturdy walls. Exploring its intricate passages and gazing upon the sweeping views of the Elbe River valley, you're transported to another time. This day of exploration seamlessly weaves nature's marvels with human ingenuity, etching an unforgettable experience into your memory.

Day 9

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Sadly, it is time to say Auf Wiedersehen to beautiful Dresden as you take public transport back to Berlin airport for your onward journeys to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

9th Dec 2024 - 17th Dec 2024 (8 Nights)

8th Dec 2025 - 16th Dec 2025 (8 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Berlin
  • Arrival transfer by train and foot c. 50 mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

B&B Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz

The B&B Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz offers a cozy and convenient stay in the heart of Berlin. Its modern rooms are equipped with essential facilities to ensure a comfortable stay. Each room features comfortable bedding, an en-suite bathroom with a shower, and air conditioning for a pleasant atmosphere. High-speed Wi-Fi keeps guests connected, while flat-screen TVs provide entertainment. Soundproof windows offer a peaceful night's sleep. The hotel's prime location near Alexanderplatz provides easy access to Berlin's attractions and public transportation. Hotel to the Brandenburg Gate via tram and foot takes under 20 minutes.  

B&B Hotel Dresden

B&B Hotel Dresden provides a comfortable and affordable stay in the heart of the captivating city. Its prime location allows easy exploration of renowned attractions like the Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. The hotel's modern rooms are designed for relaxation, equipped with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and soundproofing for a peaceful night's sleep. Guests can also enjoy the convenience of air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, and cozy bedding. Start the day right with a hearty buffet breakfast. Whether for business or leisure, B&B Hotel Dresden offers a convenient base, ensuring a pleasant experience in this historic and vibrant German city.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Classed as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Walks & Excursions

The six full days will be divided between walking and sightseeing. The majority of the sightseeing will be on foot to allow you to enjoy the area at a leisurely pace. One or two days will be in or near Berlin / Dresden, using public buses or trains as necessary.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Germany

The currency in Germany is the euro .

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We offer return flights from London to Berlin.

Transfers from Berlin Airport to the hotel will be by rail and on foot. The train journey to Berlin city centre takes around 40 minutes followed by a 10-minute walk to the hotel. The walk may lead you to consider luggage on wheels. Transferring between Berlin and Dresden will be by rail. The train journey to Dresden city centre takes around 2-2.5hrs followed by a 10-minute walk to the hotel. Please note this may be an unescorted transfer dependant on our leaders movements. Your return transfer at the end of the holiday will be via the same route. 

Once we are in the cities our walking program will be completed by local trams, trains and buses. The holiday price includes the 5-day Berlin Welcome Card and the 5-day Dresden Card which will enable you to free public transportation travel should you wish to go off program and explore more on your own.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts are taken at the hotel. On six evenings your leader will take you to a variety of characterful local restaurants where you can really sample German cuisine. Dinner is not included on two evenings, one in each city so you can explore their restaurants independently.

Lunches are not included but with the hotel being in the town centre you are spoilt for choice as to where to buy a picnic.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Germany

In Germany the electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Germany

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Germany.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Germany

  • Capital

    Berlin

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    German

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    0°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • February

    0°C

    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • March

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 46mm

  • April

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 50mm

  • May

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • June

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 77mm

  • July

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 85mm

  • August

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • September

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 60mm

  • October

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • November

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 54mm

  • December

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

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