Spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairy-tale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beer…this is Germany! On this Germany tour, you'll see Germany's highlights and visit its most famous cities, as well as its medieval towns and scenic areas. Your vacation begins and ends in Frankfurt with overnights also in the Rhineland, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, and the Stuttgart area. Magnificent scenery awaits you on this value-minded Germany vacation. Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine River, passing castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. In Bavaria, visit King Ludwig II's 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled high in the Alps. Drive along the Romantic Road with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, half-timbered houses, and scenic countryside, and stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Among the tour highlights are: the famous gothic cathedral in Cologne—known for its twin-steepled towers—that was started in 1248 and completed in 1880; Lübeck, a Hanseatic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 12th century and Veste Coburg Castle, built in 1225 and one of Germany’s largest castle complexes. Today, the complex houses the former art collections of the dukes of Coburg. You’ll also enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights in the cities, including Munich’s Marienplatz, the main square in the city that hosts the Oktoberfest beer festival. In Dresden, see the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion, where the 40 bells of the glockenspiel sound every quarter of an hour. From the beautiful scenery and exciting cities to the historic sights and fun experiences, this Germany tour has it all!
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| RHINE CRUISE COLOGNE|| Visit |
| HAMELIN ||Visit |
| HAMBURG ||Orientation drive |
| LÜBECK ||Visit |
| BERLIN ||Guided sightseeing |
| DRESDEN ||Guided sightseeing |
| LEIPZIG ||Orientation |
| WEIMAR ||Visit |
| COBURG CASTLE||visit |
| NUREMBERG ||Visit |
| ROMANTIC ROAD ||Rothenburg visit |
| MUNICH ||Guided sightseeing |
| NEUSCHWANSTEIN|| Visit King Ludwig’s castle |
| BLACK FOREST|| Scenic drive |
| HEIDELBERG ||Visit|
Headsets throughout the tour.
September 11, 13, 18, 20 & 25 Departures – OktoberfestNovember 27 & December 4 Departure – include visits to Cologne, Lübeck, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, and Munich Christmas markets.
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Rhine cruise
Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners
Day 1 ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers Dinner
Day 2 FRANKFURT–RHINE CRUISE–COLOGNE–RHINELAND.
Today’s highlight is an included RHINE CRUISE to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. The next highlight is Cologne with free time to visit its impressive gothic CATHEDRAL, started in 1248 and completed in 1880.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi/ 310 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 3 RHINELAND–HAMELIN–HAMBURG.
Journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town center with the colorful historical buildings and magically fancy gables echoing the story of the Pied Piper. Continue to Hamburg.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km Breakfast
Day 4 HAMBURG–LÜBECK–BERLIN.
Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Later, depart for Lübeck, formerly a free Hanseatic city and independent state. Lübeck, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany. Thomas Mann, Günther Grass, and Willy Brandt—all Nobel laureates—were among the famous residents of this city. Later, arrive in Berlin and enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km Breakfast
Day 5 BERLIN.
No longer divided but every bit as fascinating, Berlin was once the city of contrasts with the wall separating two different worlds. Now, the city has developed into a harmonious blend of new and old, preserving its historical buildings and impressive boulevards as well as creating brand new buildings in the most daring architectural styles. See all of this on the included city sightseeing with a Local Guide. Consider an optional excursion this afternoon Breakfast
Day 6 BERLIN–DRESDEN–LEIPZIG.
Travel southwest to Dresden, the old capital of Saxony and at one time rightly called the “Florence on the Elbe.” See the ZWINGER CARILLON PAVILION and much more on your included sightseeing. Then it’s on to Leipzig, where composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived the last years of their lives. It was Mendelssohn who founded the Leipziger Conservatory in 1843.
Today’s Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 7 LEIPZIG–WEIMAR–COBURG–NUREMBERG.
Leave Leipzig to visit Weimar, home to many intellectuals of the past but mainly known for the name given to the historical period of the “Weimar Republic.” This city is also famed as the home of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Next stop is Coburg. Visit the dominating and mighty VESTE COBURG CASTLE, built in 1225. Continue to Nuremberg for a visit to its town center, dominated by the imperial castle.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km Breakfast
Day 8 NUREMBERG–ROTHENBURG–MUNICH.
On the way to Munich, stop to visit the quaint medieval village of Rothenburg on the Romantic Road. Marvel at its towered gates and battlements, squared of half-timbered houses and decorated fountains.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km Breakfast
Day 9 MUNICH.
With a Local Guide, take advantage of the included sightseeing tour of the city known as Germany’s “Secret Capital.” Time to admire the beautiful main square, MARIENPLATZ, do some shopping, and sample Munich’s famous beer! Breakfast Dinner
Day 10 MUNICH–NEUSCHWANSTEIN–STUTTGART AREA
Leave Munich and drive into the heart of the Bavarian Alps to visit the most famous 19th-century, neo-romantic castle of the world, King Ludwig II’s fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE. Overnight in a lovely village outside Stuttgart.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi/ 450 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 11 STUTTGART AREA–HEIDELBERG–FRANKFURT AREA.
The day starts with a scenic drive for a taste of the Black Forest landscapes and villages, followed by visit to Heidelberg—location of Germany’s oldest university and inspiration for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km Breakfast
Day 12 FRANKFURT AREA.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Hotel Frankfurt Messe
Mercure at Friedrichsdorf
Leonardo Koeln Airport
NH Altona Hamburg
NH Collection Hamburg City
NH Berlin City West
NH Leipzig Messe
Achat Premium Muenchen Sud
Ibis Muenchen Parkstadt Schwabing
Leonardo Royal Frankfurt