Germany Tours

Germany Tours

Germany tours offer a place in Europe where East meets West, the old meets new, where a complicated history propels its future and a stunningly wild landscape gives way to charming medieval cities. A land of contrasts, it is home to the first discovered 40,000 year old Neanderthal fossils, a land that has been occupied by Germanic tribes in antiquity, the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages, and an Allied occupation after WWII.

Even before modern times, for centuries Germany has been known as a hub for technology and art. Towns such as Dresden, took on a more baroque character and emerged as a leading center in the 16th century. Opulent opera houses created in late Renaissance style, baroque...   Read More
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Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

Germany tours offer a place in Europe where East meets West, the old meets new, where a complicated history propels its future and a stunningly wild landscape gives way to charming medieval cities. A land of contrasts, it is home to the first discovered 40,000 year old Neanderthal fossils, a land that has been occupied by Germanic tribes in antiquity, the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages, and an Allied occupation after WWII.

Even before modern times, for centuries Germany has been known as a hub for technology and art. Towns such as Dresden, took on a more baroque character and emerged as a leading center in the 16th century. Opulent opera houses created in late Renaissance style, baroque Protestant churches, and jewelry treasure houses line the city that began as two Slavic settlements on both sides of the Elbe River in the 12th century.

Elsewhere in discovering the romantic and artistic charm of the country on our Germany tours, Leipzig comes as a welcome surprise. The city has a wonderful collection of Art Nouveau buildings, including the 18th century church where Bach worked (and is buried). Besides being a center for German art and culture, the city also became famous in Germany's recent history, when Leipzig demonstrators initiated the peaceful revolution which lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Following the division of Germany in the aftermath of WWII, the West of Germany was occupied by the Allied forces of Britain, France and America while the Eastern Bloc fell to the Soviets who oversaw the rapid building of the Berlin Wall in 1961. Divided, Germany'™s wall became a symbol of the Cold War, and no visit to Berlin is complete without visiting the remnants of the concrete wall that separated East and West Berlin for 30 years. Sections of the Berlin Wall are not only a reminder of the cold war but also the world's largest piece of art as the wall had been brightly painted with graffiti during the time of the Cold War.

Berlin is like no other city in Germany, or, indeed, the world. For over a century its political climate has either mirrored or determined what has happened in the rest of Europe. Heart of the Prussian kingdom, economic and cultural centre of the Weimar Republic, and, in the final days of Nazi Germany, the headquarters of Hitler's Third Reich, Berlin has always been a weather vane of European history.

As one of Europe's largest countries, Germany occupies both Western and Central Europe with the peaks of the Alps soaring in the south of the country and the North and Baltic Seas lapping at the northern shorelines. Home to many major river systems such as the Rhine, Danube and the Elbe, it is only fitting that Germany had a major role in the historical immigration to the New World. The port city of Hamburg, the once home to a medieval trading centre became the place where millions left Europe on their way to the new world through the Hamburg harbour in the 19th and 20th centuries.

With an influence that stretches across oceans, Germany tours offer a chance to see where the past and future meld into one unique and fascinating place.