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Length:  12 days from Frankfurt to Frankfurt

2017 Season Departs From:  Frankfurt


Overview

Spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairytale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beer…this is Germany! On this Germany tour, you ll see Germanys 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 Black Forest area.

Magnificent scenery awaits you on this Germany vacation. Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine River, passing castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. In Bavaria, visit King Ludwig IIs 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. Finally, enjoy Germanys lush Black Forest region, named because the forest is so thick, people called it black.

A tour highlight is the famous gothic cathedral in Cologne—known for its twin-steepled towers—that was started in 1248 and completed in 1880. Enjoy Lübeck, a Hanseatic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 12th century. Visit 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!

Duration:  12 Days

Schedule:   

Start Date End Date
18 August, 2017 29 August, 2017
08 September, 2017 19 September, 2017
15 September, 2017 26 September, 2017
22 September, 2017 03 October, 2017
01 October, 2017 12 October, 2017
01 December, 2017 12 December, 2017
08 December, 2017 19 December, 2017


City Highlights

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Rhine cruise, visits to Cologne cathedral, Hamelin, Hamburg orientation drive, Lübeck, Leipzig, Weimar, Coburg castle, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Heidelberg. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.





Scenic Highlights

Scenic Highlights:
Rhine Valley, Romantic Road, Bavarian Alps, Black Forest

Day 1   Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to see some of Frankfurt. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2   Frankfurt–Rhine Cruise–Cologne–Rhineland. Today’s highlight is an included Rhine cruise from Oberwesel to Boppard to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. The next highlight is Cologne and a visit to its impressive gothic CATHEDRAL, started in 1248 and completed in 1880. (B,D)

Day 3   Rhineland–Hamelin–Hamburg. This morning, journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town center with its colorful historical buildings and magically fancy gables echoing the story of the Pied Piper. Continue to Hamburg, where you may want to join an optional harbor cruise. (B)

Day 4   Hamburg–Lübeck–Berlin. Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Later this morning, leave 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. (B)

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. Maybe join an optional excursion this afternoon. (B)

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. (B,D)

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 “Republic of Weimar.” 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 famous town center, dominated by the imperial castle. (B)

Day 8   Nuremberg–Rothenburg–Munich. Drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages protected by medieval towered gates and battlements, with squares of half-timbered houses and richly decorated fountains. Visit a fine example of this architecture in the quaint medieval center of Rothenburg. Overnight in Munich. (B)

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 its most famous product—beer! (B,D)

Day 10   Munich–Neuschwanstein–Black Forest 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. Enjoy more idyllic scenery on your way through the Black Forest. (B,D)

Day 11   Black Forest Area–Heidelberg–Frankfurt. The day starts with a visit to Heidelberg. This city is the location of Germany’s oldest university and became an inspiration and myth for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt. (B)

Day 12   Frankfurt. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Meals:  Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

Hotel Information:  FRANKFURT Qgreenhotel by Melia (F) or Leonardo Royal (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friesdrichsorf
RHINELAND Leonardo Royal Am Stadtwald (F) or Ramada (ST) at Bruehl
HAMBURG NH City (F) or NH Altona (F)
BERLIN Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST) or Abba (F)
LEIPZIG NH Leipzig Messe (F)
NUREMBERG Ramada Parkhotel (F)
MUNICH Ibis Parkstadt (ST) or Achat Premium South (ST)
BLACK FOREST AREA Best Western Plus Vier Jahreszeiten (ST) at Durbach

Guides

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Dresden, Munich; professional Tour Director while touring

Transportation

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Rhine cruise





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.





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