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Highlights of Germany
Commences Berlin 13 September and ends Munich 26 September 2022

  • Auerbach's Keller, Leipzig
    Auerbach's Keller, Leipzig
  • Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
  • Colditz Castle
    Colditz Castle
  • Gendarmenmark Berlin
    Gendarmenmark Berlin
  • Munich
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price $8,690
  • Program Code GCTHG22
  • Single Supplement $1,200
  • Activity Rating Easy
  • Program Leader Mark Goodwin

Tour Itinerary

  • 13 Nights
    • 5 - Berlin
    • 2 - Leipzig
    • 3 - Dresden
    • 3 - Munich

Commences Berlin 13 September and ends Munich 26 September 2022

Tour Highlights

  • Visit to the Reichstag Dome in Berlin as well as viewing the sumptuous palaces of Potsdam
  • Learn about the historical and musical heritage of the fine city of Leipzig
  • Discover the Baroque city of Dresden with its fine castle and art collections
  • Learn about Meissen porcelain and visit dramatic Colditz Castle
  • Explore the Bavarian capital, Munich with its magnificent royal palace
  • 5 musical performances by some of Germany's fine musical institutions

Tour Overview

From the beginning of European history, its geographic location has made Germany a crossroads of trade and cultures. The loose framework of the Holy Roman Empire permitted a myriad of social and political forms and cultural traditions to flourish and this has resulted in deeply rooted regional differences that are still to be found. This variety also found expression in the patronage of music. Ruling houses of greater and lesser wealth and powerful merchant city states all supported musical development in different ways.

Our 13-night tour is designed to give you a sampling of some of the more important cities that make up Western Europe's most populous country with visits to great merchant towns like Leipzig and to some of Germany's most significant royal capitals: Munich, Dresden and Berlin. We aim to give you a taste of the highlights of the great and diverse country, as we listen to some of Germany's fine musicians, learn about its history, view its wide variety of architecture, soak up its culture and sample some of its fine local food and wine.


Tour Inclusions

    • 13 nights in en-suite hotel accommodation
    • Typical local breakfast daily and 6 dinners
    • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
    • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
    • 5 musical performances
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet

Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin has been in the travel profession for over 35 years, first as a tour guide, then rising to Director of Operations with SAGA Holidays, the UK's leading tour operator for the senior market, as Commercial Director with Rank Education, one of Britain's leading educational operators, as Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, the UK's then leading conference and incentive Operator and the last 20 years as President and CEO of Golden Compass. Mark has now retired from his role as CEO but still enjoys arranging and leading specialist groups for Golden Compass Tours.

Mark is double Honours graduate from King's College London in Modern Languages – French and German, an Associate of Kings College (Divinity) and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism, as well as a past Member of the Institute of Directors.

He has taught in France as well as spending significant periods of time in Germany, Italy and Austria as well as travelling extensively through almost all of Europe and North Africa. He has led a number of tours through Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Balkans. 



Most of the cities and towns visited on this program can be explored by coach, where walking tours are relatively short and generally on the flat and all hotels have lifts with easily accessible rooms.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover better the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.

If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.