Germany Travel Planning Services

I’ve reopened booking for one-on-one Germany trip planning consults!

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed with your Germany trip planning? Trying to decide things like…

  • Stick to Bavaria or can we fit in Berlin, too?
  • Drive a rental car or book Super Saver train tickets?
  • Is buying a rail pass a good deal or a waste of money?
  • Is our itinerary setting us up for exhaustion or will we regret not seeing more sights?
  • How can we get off the beaten path?
  • Should we book tickets and tours before we leave or after we arrive?
  • Which guided tours and day trips are worth the money? Or can we DIY them?
  • What do we need to know about German culture to enjoy our trip?

It can be overwhelming and time-consuming to plan a trip to a country or city you’re unfamiliar with – even if you’re an experienced traveler!

There are SO many questions to answer and finding answers that actually help you plan an amazing trip can be like searching for a needle in a haystack.

That’s where my 30+ years of Germany travel, culture, and language expertise come in.

Why Book A Consult With Me?

Hi, I’m Cate. I not only have 30+ years experience traveling aaaaaaall over Germany, I’ve lived in several German cities, taught German in the US, used to coach people preparing to live and work in Germany, and even have a PhD in German Applied Linguistics. I know a lot about Germany!

Over the years I’ve helped loads of people plan trips to beautiful Deutschland – everything from a few days to several weeks. Solo trips to family vacations. Focusing on the best castles and cobblestoned villages to off the beaten path. All Germany and Germany + other European destinations.

Helping travelers craft a personalized itinerary they’re excited about and answering Germany travel questions so they feel confident once the plane lands is one of the best parts of running a travel business. I’d love to help you, too!

Here’s How It Works:

1. As soon as you book your Mini or Full consult you’ll fill out a short intake form about your upcoming trip and choose your preferred meeting date and time. You’ll also receive our Germany Travel FAQ (PDF) to review before our meeting so we can maximize our time together.

IMPORTANT – as Aaron and I are still figuring out which country and time zone we’ll be in this fall, you can reserve your spot now and then schedule your meeting time in mid-September. I’ll have plenty of availability from about mid-October to mid-December so don’t worry about finding a time that will work for you.

2. During your live session we’ll meet in Zoom or over the phone (your choice). I can help you create or tweak your itinerary, recommend train tickets/passes, hotels, things to do, guided tours, show you how to buy train tickets, orient you to specific cities, help you plan out day trips, and answer your Germany travel questions.

3. You’ll get a follow-up email from me with relevant trip planning links and resources within 24 hours of your session.

See below for how the VIP Day consult works.

How I Can Help You

Option 1: Mini Consult

This option is perfect if you (1) have a draft of you itinerary and would like me to review and tweak it OR if (2) you’re just getting started and would like help narrowing down where you want to spend your time in Germany OR if (3) you have questions about traveling in Germany (e.g., how to find the right train tickets or the best tours and activities for specific locations, etc).

  • 60 minutes
  • Live, one-on-one meeting
  • Zoom video/audio or phone (your choice)
  • You can include 1 additional travel companion in the consult (optional)
  • You’ll get our Germany Travel FAQ doc to review before our meeting so we can make the most of our time together
  • You’ll get our hotel, tours, and activities cheatsheet after your consult for easy booking
  • Optional: you can add our Germany Travel Bundle to your consult at a significant discount

Option 2: Full Consult

I’ll help you take your long list of potential Germany must-sees (and maybe-sees) and turn it into an unforgettable itinerary! In 90-minutes I can help you flesh out your overall itinerary (including transport options, where to stay, what to do, etc) and answer your Germany travel questions (how to buy train tickets, which day trips are good options, where to stay, etc).

  • 90 minutes
  • Live, one-on-one meeting
  • Zoom video or phone (your choice)
  • You can include 2-3 additional travel companions in the consult (optional)
  • You’ll get our Germany Travel FAQ doc to review before our meeting so we can make the most of our time together
  • You’ll get our hotel, tours, and activities cheatsheet after your consult for easy booking
  • You’ll get a custom itinerary with relevant links and resources
  • BONUS: our 5-tab Germany Trip Planning Spreadsheet
  • Optional: you can add our Germany Travel Bundle to your consult at a significant discount

Option 3: Plan & Book Your Trip In a Day

Ready to be done with trip planning? Book a VIP day with us!

  • You’ll get undivided attention from both me and Aaron for 4 hours on your VIP day.
  • Before your VIP day you’ll get immediate access to our Germany Travel Planner so you can start dreaming and planning right away.
  • Here’s what we’ll do during your VIP Day:

    Hour 1: You’ll meet with both of us in Zoom for 45 – 60 minutes to discuss your itinerary and help you flesh it out, assess your needs for the day, and answer your Germany travel questions.

    Hour 2: Aaron and I will then get to work finding accommodations, tours, and things to do for your dates, budget, and interests. We’ll send you an itinerary with booking links within an hour. You can do your own trip planning during this time — or kick back and relax.

    Hour 3: You have this time to review the itinerary and accommodations, tours, and things to do we over and make adjustments as needed. You’re welcome to message or email us during this time with any questions you have. We’ll reply right away with a text message or a short screencast.

    Hour 4: During this final hour we’ll do 2 things. First, we’ll first meet again in Zoom for about 30 minutes to help you refine your itinerary and answer any additional questions you have. Then, during the final 30 minutes you’re welcome to message or email us any last questions. If you’re ready, you can use this time to book your trip so you can finally focus on getting excited for your departure date!

We only do a few VIP days each month so if you’re interested in booking, email us at!

What’s Not Included In the Consults?

Since we’re not travel agents, we cannot book anything on your behalf. But we can help you figure out the best booking sites for your trip, show you how to buy German train tickets, make seat reservations, etc. We’ll also send you a cheatsheet with top hotels, apartments, tours, activities, and services we recommend for easy booking.

Terms & Conditions

  • Payment in full is required before the consult.
  • If you need to reschedule, please let me know at least 24 hours in advance so you can reschedule.
  • If you cancel within 24 hours you are not entitled to a refund or rescheduling.
  • We do not offer refunds except in the case that I have to cancel your booking due to a personal emergency. In this instance I will let you know with as much advance notice as possible so you can reschedule your session or you can receive a full refund.

What People Are Saying After Working With Me

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazing

“Omgggg you are amazing!!!
Thank you so much for the itinerary – it helped a lot.

A few of my daughters friends who she was in college with and live in Germany, said your itinerary is very very good!”
–  Monica

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Terrific Suggestions

I am so grateful to have found Cate from My Germany Vacation! I received such helpful guidance during our planning session as my husband, and I began trying to figure out our travel itinerary in Germany. Cate offered terrific suggestions, researched with us in real time, and helped us develop a plan we are super excited about. Thank you, Cate!”  -Michelle 

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Exactly the Way We Wanted It

We assumed a trip to Germany would involve working with a high-cost travel agent or being stuck with an inflexible group tour itinerary. But Cate at gave us the advice, resources and confidence to plan our trip to Germany customized exactly the way we wanted it! – Mark and Sendie

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Confident & Excited
“We can’t tell you how much you helped to streamline our trip. We feel so much more confident about the trains and our day trips. We are so excited to get there now knowing we have a plan!” – Lorrie