The Heart of Germany
Day 1 / Sunday Frankfurt
Arrival at Frankfurt airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Frankfurt is the financial and commercial heart of Germany, a city full of fascinating contrasts between modern development and historic landmarks. At 7 pm you meet your guide at the welcome dinner at the hotel. Accommodation at the Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City****.
Day 2 / Monday Frankfurt - Rüdesheim - St. Goar - Frankfurt
After breakfast we travel to Rüdesheim. Short tour of the city‘s historic center. Next we board a ship and sail along the most picturesque stretch of the Rhine: the Lorelei valley. During the cruise we enjoy a wine tasting. We disembark in St. Goar and return to Frankfurt. Accommodation at the Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City ****.
Day 3 / Tuesday Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Baden- Baden - Freiburg
In the morning you travel to Heidelberg to visit the famous castle, followed by a tour of the historic city center. Idyllically located on the shores of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university town and one of the most popular destinations in the country. We travel to Baden- Baden, the former summer residence of the European nobility and worldwide known for its thermal baths. Then continue the tour to lovely Freiburg, famous for its beautiful church tower. Accommodation at the Hotel Novotel Freiburg am Konzerthaus****.
Day 4 / Wednesday Freiburg – Colmar – Strasbourg - Freiburg
The Rhine River forms the natural border between Germany and France. After crossing the river we arrive in Colmar. This city is known for its outstanding wines and architectural heritage that reflect the long history of this region and the German and French influences. Enjoy a typical Alsatian Lunch. After that we continue to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace. Sightseeing tour of the city. Being the base of several European institutions, Strasbourg is also a symbolic capital of Europe. In the afternoon we return to Freiburg. Accommodation at the Hotel Novotel Freiburg am Konzerthaus****.
Day 5 / Thursday Freiburg - Lindau - Füssen
After breakfast we drive to the Black Forest and enjoy a short presentation on the cuckoo clock production. We continue to a small traditional Black Forest farm where we have a cheese tasting and you see the real Black Forest. After that we continue the tour to the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance, which offers spectacular views of the Alps. Depending on weather conditions, we will take the Alpine road from Lindau to Oberstaufen and Immenstadt to our final destination Füssen, the southernmost point on our tour of Romantic Germany. Accommodation at the Hotel Hirsch****.
Day 6 / Friday Neuschwanstein – Wieskirche - Oberammergau - Linderhof - Füssen
We start the day with a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the notorious “Mad King“. At midday, we travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play and lovely crafts. Along the way, we visit the Wieskirche Church and take a brief stop at the Ettal Benedictine Abbey before continuing the tour to visit Linderhof Castle. This is one of the three castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one where the king actually lived for a significant amount of time. Return to Füssen. Accommodation at the Hotel Hirsch****.
Day 7 / Saturday Füssen - Munich
In the morning we travel to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. We visit the city’s main attractions, concluding the tour at the Marienplatz square with its famous clock tower. Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria is famous for its Oktoberfest, which is annually celebrated in September. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure. In the evening, you enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner. Accommodation at the Holiday Inn Munich City Centre****.
Day 8 / Sunday Munich – Berchtesgaden - Munich
After breakfast, we start our day excursion to Berchtesgaden. Berchtesgaden is a typical traditional Alpine village at the foot of Mount Watzmann. The region’s attractions include the salt mines, Lake Königssee and Obersalzberg with the Eagle’s Nest, once the site of Hitler’s mountain retreat. After a visit to the infamous Eagle’s Nest (depending on the weather conditions), you have time to take a boat tour on Lake Königssee (not included). In the afternoon, we return to Munich. Accommodation at the Holiday Inn Munich City Centre****.
Day 9 / Monday Munich - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Nuremberg
In the morning we travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Romantic Germany. Sightseeing tour of this lovely medieval town concluding with a Schneeballen (snow ball) tasting, a pastry considered the signature dish of Rothenburg. Next, we travel to Nuremberg. We visit Nuremberg’s historic city center and learn more about its impressive history with a tour of the well-preserved castle, Gothic churches, romantic houses and peaceful squares. Accommodation at the Hotel Maritim Nuremberg****.
Day 10 / Tuesday Nuremberg – Bamberg – Bayreuth - Nuremberg
We start the day with a visit to the city of Bamberg, which is famous for its beer and old town. The city impresses with buildings listed for preservation, medieval charm and baroque architecture. We continue to Bayreuth, which has the most beautiful preserved Baroque Theatre in Europe. The city is also famous for its Richard Wagner Festival. After a Panoramic tour we return to Nuremberg. Accommodation at the Hotel Maritim Nürnberg****.
Day 11 / Wednesday Nuremberg – Würzburg - Frankfurt
In the morning we travel from Nuremberg to Würzburg. Arrival at Würzburg, a pretty town on the banks of the Main. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. One of the tour highlights is a visit to the Residenz Palace in Würzburg. On the way to Frankfurt we have a brief stop at the Mespelbrunn Castle. Accommodation at the Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City****.
Day 12 / Thursday Frankfurt
After breakfast transfer to the airport. End of tour.
- Transfer in & out in Frankfurt (only on day 1 and 12 of the tour)
- Transportation by car, minivan or bus during the entire tour (depending on number of participants)
- English speaking tour guide during the entire tour (driver-guide for groups of 7 persons or less)
- Accommodation at the hotels described or similar
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Visits and excursions as mentioned
- Welcome Dinner in Frankfurt, traditional Alsatian Lunch and typical regional dinner in Munich
- Rhine cruise with wine tasting
- Admission to the Castles of Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein, Linderhof Castles and the Residence Palace in Würzburg
- Visit of a cuckoo clock visitor center
- Visit of a local Black Forest farm with cheese tasting
- Visit of the Eagle’s Nest
- “snow ball” tasting in Rothenburg
Prices per person in EUR and departure dates 2020:
- May 16: / June 20 / July 18 / Aug 08 / Oct 10: 1.895,-
- Sept 12 (incl. beer festival): 2.175,-
Single supplement: 505,-
Single supplement during Oktoberfest: 739,-
Discount 3rd person in extra bed: 5%