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Germany: Heidelberg, Waldeck, Rothenburg, Munich 2017

Bask in storybook splendor as our Germany adventure takes you through some truly enchanted locations. By bike, foot and ferry you'll explore the uniquely German scenery—as well as the sounds and tastes that accompany them.

  • Price starts at: $5269
  • Tour length: 9 Days

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Itinerary & Activities

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Heidelberg

Arrive at Frankfurt Airport

Willkommen! After you exit baggage claim, an Adventures by Disney representative meets you in the main terminal and directs you to your transfer vehicle. Relax as a driver assists with your luggage and escorts you to the Heidelberg Marriott Hotel.
Check-In at the Heidelberg Marriott Hotel

As your Adventure Guides check you in, explore the Heidelberg Marriott Hotel which combines tradition, style and modern convenience. Situated on the banks of the Neckar river near Old Town, it offers sensational views of Heidelberg and boasts fine accommodations including a spa with an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and sauna.
Welcome Reception and Dinner

Say Guten Abend to your fellow Adventurers at a welcome reception, followed by a traditional German buffet-style dinner.

Heidelberg

Breakfast at the Hotel

Wake up to a tasty breakfast before beginning your day of discovery.
Guided Tour of Heidelberg Castle Tour

Explore majestic ruins as you walk up ancient stairways and down the cobblestone walkways of this incredible red-stone castle, once a fortress and the home of royalty. Tour the castle with your Adventure Guides and meet some surprise guest characters from the castle's past!
On Your Own Lunch in Heidelberg

Choose the ideal spot to lunch from among many fine restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. Ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations.
On Your Own Afternoon in Heidelberg

Wander through Heidelberg and admire its Gothic streets, early historical sites and the extensive Baroque architecture dating from its 18thcentury restoration. Home to the oldest university in Europe founded in the 14th century Heidelberg has attracted intellectuals and artists from all over the world for hundreds of years. A shopper's paradise, stroll down the nearly mile-long, traffic-free main street in Old Town with hundreds of shops and eateries. Wind your way up the Philosophers' Walk with its splendid gardens for spectacular views of the castle, Old Town, bridges and tree-covered slopes. And don't miss the magnificent cakes and pastries!
Dinner at Zum Güldenen Schaf

Come together with the other Adventurers and celebrate the beginning of your vacation at this renowned local restaurant filled with historic artifacts and featuring an authentic German beer garden (biergarten).

Alsfeld, Waldeck

Breakfast at the Hotel

Enjoy a filling breakfast before boarding a motor coach for your journey to state of Hesse in the center of Germany. Travel through lush farmland to the town of Alsfeld, located on the Schwalm River in the Vogelsberg Mountains.
Guided Walking Tour of Alsfeld

Begin your tour of the storybook town of Alsfeld by meeting the Brothers Grimm who tell you their own history as they point out Alsfeld's historic center, built in the 1500s. Alsfeld seems to be a town right out of a fairy tale with its medieval layout, 400 timber-framed buildings lining the narrow streets and gingerbread houses of various typestiny, mammoth, skinny, wide, lopsided and ornate! Listen to the story of Little Red Riding Hood as told by Little Red Riding Hood herself. And hear other Brothers Grimm stories as you stroll through the town, understanding better the inspiration for these classics.
Picnic Lunch and Storytelling

Delight in a picnic held in the charming courtyard of the Regional Museum Alsfeld, which was founded in 1897 and primarily houses a local history collection. Be entertained by Little Red Riding Hood and other storybook characters who bring their tales to life!
Journey to Waldeck

Travel through romantic countryside to the charming town of Waldeck, which lies on Lake Edersee.
Welcome Reception and Dinner at Hotel

Enjoy a hearty welcome followed by a delightful dinner. Take in the incredible views of Lake Edersee as you dine with your fellow Adventurers inside the castle's 11th-century walls.
Dinner at Hotel

Enjoy incredible views of Lake Edersee as you dine within your hotel's 800 year old walls.
Disney Movie Night

Junior Adventurers can join Adventure Guides for a classic Disney movie.

Waldeck

Breakfast at the Hotel

Fuel up on a tasty breakfast for an active day ahead.
Lake Edersee Bike Excursion and Ferry Ride

Start the day with a privately guided bike ride through the charming German countryside. Afterward, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Edersee.
Cookout Lunch at Restaurant Strandhaus No. 12

Relax lakeside and enjoy a hearty barbeque meal in the pleasant environment of Restaurant Strandhaus No. 12.

Archery in the Courtyard of Hotel Schloss Waldeck

Learn the sport of archery in a one-on-one lesson from an archery expert, using soft tip arrows.
On Your Own Afternoon in Waldeck

Discover what this charming town has to offer. Take a scenic cable car ride into town, stroll along the shoreline promenade and visit museums and monasteries to gain a sense of Waldeck's history, checking out the charming shops and eateries along the way. If you want, participate in a beer tasting featuring beers from a local breweryand see which brew is your favorite!
On Your Own Dinner in Waldeck

Pick a wonderful restaurant for dinner, choosing from ones you spotted on your afternoon exploring Waldeck. Or ask your Adventure Guides to recommend one that fits your family's needs.

Rothenberg

Breakfast at the Hotel

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast and set off by motor coach in search of castles and more fairy tale locations.
Journey to Löwenburg Castle

Travel by coach to the remarkable Lwenburg Castle, born of the imagination of Landgrave Wilhelm IX in the 18th-century. Designed by his royal court building inspector Heinrich Christoph Jussow, it was built to resemble an authentic medieval castleand has been a model for some fictional castles ever since!
Löwenburg Castle Tour

Enjoy a "royal welcome" when an English-speaking German princess greets you at the castle door. Follow her on a tour of the castle through Baroque rooms, the chapel and an armory filled with 16th- and 17th-century weapons. Be amazed by the fantastical gardens that pay homage to ancient Rome and Greece!
Lunch at Gutshof Restaurant

Dine in this former manor house located at the base of the mountains in the remarkably landscaped Wilhelmshhe Park near Wilhelmshhe Castle. With a history of catering to royalty, Gutshof offers cooking fit for a king or queen!

Journey to Rothenburg

Travel by motor coach to another picturesque town. A northern Bavarian village, Rothenburg contains an Old Town featuring half-timbered houses standing along cobblestone roads that make it seem straight out of a fairy tale. In fact, it was the inspiration for Pinocchio's village in the 1940 Disney animated classic Pinocchio!
Check-In at the Hotel Eisenhut

Explore this first-class hotel that offers spectacular views of the romantic Tauber Valley as your Adventure Guides check you in. The Hotel Eisenhut is composed of 4 16th-century mansions that were once the homes of Rothenburg's wealthiest families. It is centrally located near Rothenburg Town Hall and close to some delightful Christmas museums and a doll and toy museum.
Dinner On Your Own in Rothenburg

Choose between casual and fine dining in beer gardens, cafes, inns and romantic restaurants. Enjoy German specialties including sausages, sauerkraut, local beer and wine from the vineyards near Rothenburg's Tauber Riveror choose an establishment that offers an international menu. Ask your Adventure Guide to recommend the restaurant that best fits your family's needs!
Night Walk with the Night Watchman

On this twilight tour, see Rothenburg in a whole new light! Follow a costumed Night Watchman as he leads you by the light of a lantern down the town's ancient cobblestone lanes and regales you with fantastical tales of the region.

Rothenberg

Breakfast at the Hotel

Enjoy a tasty breakfast and get ready for a day of discovery and make-believe!
German Pretzel Making Lesson

For fun with a twist, learn to make pretzels from the chef at the Striffler Bakerythe city's oldest bakery, famous for making pretzels since 1644!
Lunch on Your Own in Rothenburg

Enjoy a tasty lunch at one of Rothenburg's many excellent cafés and restaurants offering a variety of international selections.
On Your Own in Rothenburg

Discover more about this fairy tale town, famous for its medieval architecture, colorful shops and half-timbered houses. Look for glasses, Christmas ornaments and beautiful art work here, one of Germany's best places for shopping. Ask your Adventure Guides to recommend activities for a wunderbar afternoon!
Medieval Knight and Princess Costume Dress-Up

Try on costumes and pose for pictures in this local shop housed in a medieval cellar vault. Dress up as knights, kings, queens and princessesand create your own history in this historical spot!
Dinner at the Hotel Eisenhut

Take in the charming ambiance of Hotel Eisenhut's gourmet restaurant and enjoy a fine dinner of authentic German cuisine.

Munich

Breakfast at the Hotel

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast and get ready for a motor coach ride through the lovely countryside of southern Germany to the little town of Giengen an der Brenz.
Tour and Lunch at the Steiff Museum*

Take a magical interactive tour of the famous Steiff Museum where over 2000 plush animals are on display. The company's founder, Margaret Steiff, invented many of these cuddly toysmost famously the Teddy bear in 1902. Discover the world's biggest walk-through "petting zoo" on the second floor, filled with life-size plush animals. Junior Adventurers delight in hopping on a life-size tiger or hugging a gorilla. The tour is followed by a hands-on activity and concludes with a delicious lunch at the museum. Take home a bear-head as a souvenir!
"Romantic Road" to Munich

Travel south by motor coach along the "Romantic Road" to Munich. One of the most famous driving routes in the world, this road offers a truly romantic journey with picturesque little towns, fairy tale castles, historic cathedrals and beautiful countryside.
Check-In at Hotel VierJahreszeiten Kempinski München

As your Adventure Guides check you in, sit back and admire the old-world lobby of this 5-star hotelconsidered one of the best hotels in the world. Located in the heart of Munich, Hotel VierJahreszeiten Kempinski München offers convenience along with elegant accommodations featuring classical styles.
Lunch at the Hofbrau Haus**

Enjoy a delicious lunch at this restaurant featuring German specialties. Hofbrau Haus is located in the famous brewery by the same name, which went into operation in 1592.
Walking Tour of Munich

Explore the beautiful, cosmopolitan capital of Bavaria with a local expert. Learn about the wealth of architecture, art and history in Munich's palaces, gardens and museums.
On Your Own At Oktoberfest**

Have a barrel of fun—and discover why more than 6 million people from around the world attend this folk festival in Munich every year! Revel with your fellow Adventurers in a private beer tent and relish the renowned beer along with a typical Oktoberfest feast featuring Bavarian food including sausages with mustard, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, apple strudel and more.
Dinner On Your Own in Munich

Have a barrel of funand discover why more than 6 million people from around the world attend this folk festival in Munich every year! Revel with your fellow Adventurers in a private beer tent and relish the renowned beer along with a typical Oktoberfest feast featuring Bavarian food including sausages with mustard, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, apple strudel and more.

**Lunch at Hofbrau Haus is only available for the Adult Exclusive trips with this one exception: All Guests are included in the month of September.

***Oktoberfest is available only on Adult Exclusive trips in the months of September and October.

Munich

Breakfast at the Hotel

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before you begin your day of magical discovery.
Neuschwanstein Castle

Tour the magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle that sits on a steep hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in southwest Bavaria. This 19thcentury castle was built in the Romanesque Revival style to resemble an old German knight's castle. The brainchild of the shy, poetic King Ludwig II, known as the "Fairy Tale King," this imaginative castle served not only as a fantastical retreat for him but also as an inspiration to Walt Disneywho modeled the magical Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park after it!
Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride and Lunch

Take a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride to the historic Hotel Müller Hohenschwangau.
Private Lunch at Hotel Müller Hohenschwangau.

Savor a delectable lunch in the King Ludwig II room, reserved exclusively for Adventures by Disney Guests. As you dine, be treated to a stunning view of Neuschwanstein Castle.
Journey to Munich

Enjoy a scenic trip across verdant pastureland to the capital of Bavaria—Munich.
Farewell Dinner

Gather with your fellow Adventurers at an authentic beer hall in Germany for a grand farewell feast. Enjoy a superb dinner with entertainment of rousing oompah music and lively German dancers.

Munich

Breakfast at the Hotel

Enjoy one last breakfast in Munich and fuel up for the trip ahead.
Transfer to Airport

Board pre-arranged transportation to the airport and say auf wiedersehen—until you return again!


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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