It appears that our Best of Germany tour in Aug-Sep isn't going ahead...presumably due to lack of interest. Already paid for it too, together with Insight's 2 tour discount.
To fit in with the times, looks like Globus's German Vistas is the best alternative. It misses the western part of Germany though, including Frankfurt and the Rhine. The rest of it is much the same. Not sure whether we'd be flying into Frankfurt or Berlin, but a lady we're travelling with spent more than 20 years in the USAF. She should be able to rustle up some old colleagues who had experience flying to Germany...whether they landed or not is a different matter....although they may well have flown to West Berlin in the old days pre-Wall coming down. She also spent 20+ years in the CIA so that bit of travelling around Checkpoint Charlie should be covered too.
The end of this tour has to link up with the start of the next tour of Central Europe starting in Prague, so 3 days to get from Munich to Prague. It's a train trip of 5-6 hours. Might be looking for suggestions how to fill in those 3 days. Dachau isn't an option because that's included in the tour. Might even have a chance to pick up Koala's Russian dolls in Essendon outfits, near the bridge in Prague. Three days under the table at the Hofbrauhaus isn't an option either since my desistation from alcoholic beverages. Wouldn't need to order Ein Stein to work that out.
We do Cesky Krumlov on the second tour from Prague to Warsaw....but thanks anyway.
Train it through Austria? Munich to Innsbruck is very scenic, as is the Semmerling area.
Salzburg for Sound of Music & Mozart?
Might be worth breaking the trip into two...I've been to Salzburg and Vienna is included in the Prague-Warsaw tour.