Experience the scenic and cultural highlights of Germany, from the legendary Rhine River and the beautiful Black Forest and Bavarian Alps to artistic Dresden and cosmopolitan Berlin.

Starting at: $5,792 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle with stunning alpine scenery  Germany's scenic Rhine River Valley  The German university town of Heidelberg, along the Neckar River  The Black Forest  Neuschwanstein Castle  The Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, Munich  The Marienplatz in Munich  The baroque interior of Nymphenburg Palace, Munich  Watchtower at Dachau  The picturesque town of Bamberg  Square in Dresden  The Royal Palace, Dresden  Semper Opera House, Dresden  The town of Meissen, dominated by the Albrechtsburg Castle  Display of Meissen porcelain  Brandenburg Gate, Berlin  Sign in four languages at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin  The Reichstag, Parliament Building, Berlin  The Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Highlights of Germany

15 days from $5,792 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Experience the scenic and cultural highlights of Germany, from the legendary Rhine River and the beautiful Black Forest and Bavarian Alps to artistic Dresden and cosmopolitan Berlin.

or Call 855-330-1542

Aug 2 - 16, 2017 Departure
Charles Ingrao

Charles Ingrao

Charlie Ingrao, a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, is professor emeritus of history at Purdue University, where he has taught a wide range of courses on the European world.  Several of his twelve books focus on German history, including The Hessian Mercenary State and The Germans & the East. Two Fulbrights and a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation have enabled him to spend more than three years living and working in German-speaking Europe. 

Oct 4 - 18, 2017 Departure; May 9 - 23, 2018 Departure; Oct 3 - 17, 2018 Departure
Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning is Professor Emeritus of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and is also a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. A Fellow of the British Academy since 1990, Tim has also published extensively on the political and cultural history of Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Among his publications are The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture (2002), The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 (2007), The Triumph of Music (2008) and The Romantic Revolution (2010).  Tim's books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hungarian, German, Polish, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian and Arabic. His most recent book is a biography of Frederick the Great of Prussia and was published by Penguin/Random House.

Jun 1 - 15, 2018 Departure
Christopher Brennan

Christopher Brennan

Christopher Brennan, lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is a historian of Central and Eastern Europe with a special interest in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Germany and the history of the Czechs. Though British, he grew up in south-western France. He obtained a BA in Modern Languages (German and Russian, plus Czech) at the University of Bristol and a Master’s in Slavonic Studies from Oriel College at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Brennan studied for a PhD at the London School of Economics on the subject of the collapse of the Habsburg Empire and the responsibility therefore of its last monarch, Emperor Karl I. He taught undergraduates for four years, with a one year hiatus in Paris lecturing American undergraduates on French history and on the history of Eastern European Communism. He has  written on the memory of World War I in the former Habsburg Empire and on the Balkan Wars. He authored chapters to two volumes on the collapse of Austria-Hungary and its aftermath and is now working on a biography of Karl I.

Aug 1 - 15, 2018 Departure
Alexander J. Motyl

Alexander J. Motyl

Alexander J. Motyl (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1984) is professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark. He served as associate director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in 1992-1998. A specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the USSR, he is the author of Pidsumky imperii, 2009; Puti imperii, 2004; Imperial Ends: The Decay, Collapse, and Revival of Empires, 2001; Revolutions, Nations, Empires: Conceptual Limits and Theoretical Possibilities, 1999; Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine after Totalitarianism, 1993; Sovietology, Rationality, Nationality: Coming to Grips with Nationalism in the USSR, 1990; Will the Non Russians Rebel?; State, Ethnicity, and Stability in the USSR, 1987; The Turn to the Right: The Ideological Origins and Development of Ukrainian Nationalism, 1919 1929, 1980, and the editor of over ten volumes, including The Encyclopedia of Nationalism, 2000. He is currently compiling The Holodomor Reader: An Anthology of Documents on the Ukrainian Genocide, 1932-1933. His novels include Whiskey Priest, 2005; Who Killed Andrei Warhol, 2007; Flippancy, 2009; and The Jew Who Was Ukrainian, 2011.