I am interested in two weeks Germany tour for family of four next year. The interest is family tour with kids as young as 14. Looking for a tour that allow cultural, food tours and few days of relaxing without any schedules to follow. Part of it to include some of castles and palaces in Bavaria region. What is the package to go fo?.
I don't think any of the Rick Steves tours will meet you criteria. There is, at most, one day in most tours that is free. All the tours involving Germany, and their itineraries, are listed here.
Consider what many of us do. Travel independently pre- and post-tour to add to your experience.
The Best of German tour has several free time afternoons, dinners on your own and a free day in Munich. https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/germany/best-germany-tour
I would suggest you to visit Berlin first for a couple of days. There you can explore the historical landmarks of Berlin, such as Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, and Checkpoint Charlie. Visit world-class museums like the Pergamon Museum and Museum Island. Take a food tour to sample Berlin's diverse culinary scene, including traditional dishes like currywurst and doner kebab. Then move to Hamburg to experience the maritime atmosphere of Hamburg's harbor area and visit attractions like Miniature Wonderland and the Elbohilharmonie. Try a local fish sandwich there. If you have time go for Cologne and visit Chocolate Museum, Cologne Cathedral or Munich to immerse yourself in Bavarian culture by visiting landmarks like Nymphenburg Palace, Marienplatz, and the English Garden. Don't forget to try Kölsch beer.