Specialist Tour Operators
Tours for culture buffs, gay travellers, history nuts, railway enthusiasts, sports fans, bikers and pilgrims – although not all travelling together. Also specialist hotel booking agencies.
Ace Study Tours, 01223 835 055, www.acestudytours.co.uk
Strong on cultural themed packages, particularly for music, art, architecture, and related festivals.
Amro Holidays, 01462 434663, www.amroholidays.com
Gay holidays to Berlin and Cologne, selling flights and hotels
Arbaster & Clarke,01730 26311, www.arblasterandclarke.com
Wine specialist with walks and tastings in the Moselle.
Dr Thomson’s Tours, 01227 455 922, www.drttours.co.uk
Tailormade private military history tours to the key World War sites, led by Dr Thomson himself.
Fanfare Events, 0161 437 0002, www.fanfare-events.com
Sports tour operator which can organize trips to German football matches.
Festiniog Travel, 01766 772957, www.ffestiniogtravel.com.
Escorted tour of Germany by many different forms of train.
Gower Music International, 01527 851410, www.gowertours.com
Arranges concert venues and accommodation for touring school and amateur musical groups.
Habsburg Heritage, 020 8761 0444, www.habsburg.co.uk
Music tour specialist with particular focus on opera and festivals.
Heritage Group Travel, 01225 466 620, www.grouptravel.co.uk
Cultural group travel with an interest in the arts and the German/British aristocracy
Holts Tours, 01293 865 000, www.holts.co.uk
World War II themed tours to key locations in the flowering of Nazism.
Hotels Connect, 0845 230 8888, www.hotelconnect.co.uk
Online booking for hotels in major German cities.
Hotels.com, 020 3 027 8146, www.hotels.com
Huge range of hotels in almost every destination.
JMB Travels, 01452 715370, www.jmb-travel.co.uk
Opera houses and music festivals.
Martin Randall Travel, 020 8742 3355, www.martinrandall.com
Very strong on historical, musical and festival-based travel.
Motorcycling Holidays Worldwide, 0161 941 7149, www.mcitours.com
Escorted and self-guided bikers holidays to the Black Forest, Harz Mountains and Moselle, plus race meetings.
Motorracing International, 01304 612424, www.motorracinginternational.uk.com
Formula One tickets and tours.
One Stage, 020 8568 5486, www.onestage.co.uk
Specialist concert tours company arranging itineraries and venues for amateur music groups.
Pax Travel, 020 7485 3003, www.paxtravel.co.uk
Pilgrimage tour operator with Martin Luther and Pope Benedict XVI itineraries.
Planet Rail, 01347 811 810, www.planetrail.co.uk
Escorted rail-based itineraries to Christmas markets in Cologne, Dresden and Berlin.
Poppy Travel, 01622 716729, www.poppytravel.org.uk
Specialist travel arm of the British Legion, with tours to Northern Germany, Berlin and Colditz.
Railbookers, 020 3327 0800, www.railbookers.com
Train itineraries to Cologne and Berlin.
Rail Trail, 01538 38 23 23, www.railtrail.co.uk
Steam enthusiasts trips to the likes of the Harz mountains and Dresden.
Sports Tours International, 0161 703 8161, www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk
Arranges travel to participant competitions in running, cycling, triathlon etc.
Tailored Travel, 0845 230 9966, www.tailored-travel.co.uk
Cultural tours and group tours with architectural and historical interest.
Travel for the Arts,020 8799 8350, www.travelforthearts.co.uk
Opera, music and dance short breaks based around specific performances.