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In recent history both West and East used Berlin as the shop window for their respective ways of life. Today, as capital of the new Germany, this extraordinary city is once again in the world’s spotlight. What a perfect place to spend a short city break exploring the famous landmarks of Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, the instantly recognisable Reichstag and the cafés of the magnificent Unter den Linden, one of the world’s most famous avenue’s. You’re sure to feel swept up by the sense of history and the spirit of change coursing across the former eastern bloc.
A Riviera Travel tour of Germany could also take you on to Dresden. The country’s most beautiful city before the war with its amazing art treasures and imposing baroque buildings, it’s now almost completely restored after huge bomb damage to its former glory as a
beacon of hope and peace. During your holiday you move deeper into the former East Germany, passing through striking countryside and picturesque villages, you can also visit the dreaded Colditz Castle and medieval Meissen, where stunningly beautiful porcelain is still hand-crafted today.
The “Romantic Road” of southern Germany is a real contrast, and a wonderful holiday destination. Rolling countryside, fairy-tale castles, iconic historic cities, delightful medieval villages and three of Europe’s most beautiful rivers - the Main, Neckar and Danube - will all combine to take your breath away. The wonders continue with extraordinarily preserved medieval Rothenburg, the superbly restored Residenz Palace of Würzburg, the majestic Gothic cathedral of Bamberg, and of course historic and romantic Heidelberg with its stunning “pink” sandstone castle towering over the Neckar.
Then there are the legendary valleys that make any holiday in Germany complete – the Rhine and the Moselle. One of Europe’s most picturesque rivers, your tour of the Rhine will take you through gorges and vine-covered hillsides, underneath half-ruined castles on almost every summit, and past picture postcard villages on every sweeping bend. It will take you too from the originally Roman spa town of Aachen to half-German half-French Strasbourg, and on to the quaint medieval Alsatian town of Colmar. Aachen is also on our route if you prefer the Moselle for your German holiday, as well as Trier – Germany’s oldest city dating from Roman times with the best preserved remains from Classical antiquity in northern Europe – many beautiful medieval towns, and an abundance of some of the world’s finest wines like Piesporter, Wehlener and Sonnenuhr. All go to make a tour of Germany complete. Prost!
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour, despite some rain at the beginning. Our tour guide, Hugo, was excellent and so were the local guides in Tarragona and Barcelona. We were lucky enough to have a .. [Read More]
Mary and Peter Berg
A very informative and enjoyable trip, hotels 1st class, our tour guide, Richard’s knowledge and attention to to detail excellent, making this holiday memorable
Paul & Claudia McDonald
This was our first trip with Riviera but certainly won’t be the last.It was beautifully organised with Nikki our tour manager and Mariano our driver being outstanding. Nothing was too much .. [Read More]
Keith and Lynda Thatcher
What a fabulous holiday! All 3 hotels were of superb standard and had their own individual character. We visited some beautiful places in the Douro Valley that would have been difficult to .. [Read More]
Valerie Marden and Caroline Paige
We recently returned from the Riviera’s Land of the rising sun tour and it was a wonderful experience. The tour was very well planned and made the best and most efficient use of our time .. [Read More]
Nicki and Simon Jefferis
Just arrived safely home from our best Riviera experience yet. Tour manager John Shaw was outstanding, his talks on Portugal’s history, geography and customs were greatly appreciated by all and .. [Read More]
Colin and Wendy Butt
A thoroughly enjoyable trip - an ideal introduction to the area - we saw and learnt so much (as we have always found with Riviera Travel tour managers!)
Diane was excellent - as was Gerard .. [Read More]
Hazel and Simon Morton
A very enjoyable tour. The time spent in each town seemed just right. The hotels were in good locations and all of a good standard. Tour guide Sharon, driver Orencio and the local guides were all .. [Read More]
Rob & Jane Taylor
Just back from a wonderful holiday in South Africa with Riviera. Everything ran very smoothly thanks particularly to the professionalism and good humour of Matt, our excellent Riviera Tour .. [Read More]
Hugh and Irene
This was the first time we have been on an organised tour and we really couldn’t fault it. We stayed at the very Italian, shabby chic Europa Palace which admittedly does need an .. [Read More]
We have just returned from our second Riviera tour and we enjoyed this one just as much. It is quite simply the best way to cram so much into a taster holiday for a given region. Riviera organise .. [Read More]
Richard and Deborah Willshire
To enjoy the unmatched landscape, European type towns, yet farmers from years gone by you must take the guides advice about the altitude. Ann from Rivera will then take you on an unforgettable .. [Read More]
John and Debbie
Kevin was a good and a very knowledgeable guide who clearly loves and understands this part of the world, its people and culture and could explain all this and its more recent turbulent history. .. [Read More]
My wife and I have just returned from a visit to the Deep South of the USA, which was a very enjoyable experience for us despite the petty moans and grumbles of a few of our party. The tour .. [Read More]
Mr and Mrs Hales
Just returned from another superb Riviera holiday. Highly recommend this tour. Our guide Paula definitely knew Italy and gave us a good insight with great humour.
We just wanted to write to say a huge thank you for a fantastic holiday to Switzerland last week. Everything was excellent, including the weather.
Could we ask you to kindly pass on .. [Read More]
Sue & Dave Farthing & Joan & Jim Payton
Just a very quick note to say how much we enjoyed the above tour. We have been with Riviera before but this trip exceeded our wildest expectations with everything coming together to make a truly .. [Read More]
John and Sue Wildig
Myself and my sister joined with our cousin to enjoy this fabulous holiday in Sorrento. The holiday was perfectly balanced with activities and leisure. It was well organised and extremely good .. [Read More]