HIGHLIGHTS OF GERMANY
See important places Martin Luther visited or lived at! Travel with us through centuries and discover Berlin, the pulsating capital of Germany! Let yourself go and immerse in the world of fairy tales by Brothers Grimm.See beautiful landscapes, medieval villages,enchanting palaces and centuries-old castles! Enjoy local traditions and culinary specialities!
|Guaranteed Departures 2014
|01 - 06 Jun
|06 - 19 Jul
|03 - 16 Aug
|14 - 27 Sep
Day 01: Sunday
Frankfurt – Eisenach – Weimar (D)
Depart from Frankfurt in the morning and drive eastward to Eisenach, dominated by the Wartburg Castle. Visit one of the most important buildings of German history and see the room where Martin Luther in only eleven weeks translated the New Testament. Three hundred years before, St. Elizabeth of Thuringia spent almost all her life at the Wartburg. Afterwards, we continue to a cultural treasure, Weimar, where numerous famous persons like Goethe, Schiller, Liszt and Richard Strauss lived and worked. In the evening our welcome dinner will be served at our hotel. Overnight at Hotel Leonardo or similar.
Day 02: Monday
Weimar – Dresden (B)
After the breakfast drive to Dresden, the capital of the Free State of Saxony. On a city tour you will get to know one of the loveliest cities of central Europe. Due to its mild climate, the baroque architecture and the renowned museums, Dresden is also called ‘Florence of the Elbe’. See the Semper Opera House, the baroque Zwinger, the Green Vault or another important museum of your choice and, overall, the restored Frauenkirche. Nowadays, it is hard to believe that after the bombing in 1945 the city centre was completely destroyed. The rest of the day is free for own activities. Overnight at Park Inn o.s.
Day 03: Tuesday
Dresden – Wittenberg – Potsdam - Berlin (B)
Today we return to the traces of Luther and visit Wittenberg where the reformation started on 31.10.1517 when Martin, according to legend, nailed his 95 theses to the portal of the Castle Church. Afterwards, we depart towards Potsdam and the impressive courtyards of Sanssouci Palace, the former summer residence of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. In the late afternoon we arrive at Berlin. Overnight at Holiday Inn Express City Centre o.s.
Day 04: Wednesday
During a big city tour we will show you all the highlights of Germany’s capital and most exciting city. See Brandenburg Gate, our parliament Reichstag, the victory column, Palace Bellevue, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial Church, Checkpoint Charlie, remains of the wall, boulevard Unter den Linden and the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral). The afternoon is free for own activities like discovering the museums island or shopping in the numerous boutiques and department stores like KaDeWe. Take the opportunity to do an optional boat trip which gives you some memorable views from the channel Spree. Please just ask your guide! Overnight at Holiday Inn Express City Centre o.s.
Day 05: Thursday
Berlin – Hamburg (B)
Today we are heading north. Our next stop is Hamburg. Enjoy all the main sights of this booming city like St. Michaelis Church, called Michel, St. Pauli quarter, Landungsbruecken, Speicherstadt and the brand-new HafenCity before discovering Germany’s largest port on a typical harbour cruise. The evening is free, maybe for a walk along the Reeperbahn? This amusement district originally was visited by sailors who were able to spend a whole six month pay in only one happy night. Nowadays, of course, you can also see more ‘civilised’ areas. Overnight at Best Western Queens Hotel o.s.
Day 06: Friday
Hamburg – Bremen – Hamelin (B/D)
After breakfast departure to Bremen, the free hanseatic city at river Weser with an old tradition of seafaring. See ‘Roland’ at the market square, the cathedral, the city hall and the bronze statue of Grimms’ Bremer Stadtmusikanten. Rub the donkey’s hooves and a wish comes true! After a walk through the narrow streets of Schnoor quarter with tiny houses, we turn onto the famous German Fairy Tale Route. In the afternoon we reach Hamelin, a city known for the Pied Piper, another legend appeared in the writings of the Brothers Grimm. Its former wealthy – due to its favourable location as trading centre on the river Weser – was reflected in its lavishly decorated houses. The delightful centre is a listed site of historical interest. After the check-in at the hotel, we will celebrate our farewell dinner. Overnight at Mercure Hotel o.s.
Day 07: Saturday
Hamelin – Frankfurt (B)
Along the river Weser we follow the Fairy Tale Route towards the small and unique city of Hann.Muenden. Never destroyed, Hann.Muenden belongs to the best preserved halftimbered places in Germany. Enjoy this jewel of Weser Renaissance style before we continue our trip to Frankfurt. On the further way to the south we will make stops along the road, depending on the weather and traffic situation. In the afternoon we reach Frankfurt where a panoramic city tour of Germany’s financial capital awaits us. Overnight at InterCityHotel o.s.
Day 8: Sunday
Frankfurt – Würzburg – Rothenburg ob der Tauber(D)
Depart from Frankfurt in the morning for a picturesque drive through the Spessart mountains to Wuerzburg, on the banks of the river Main. Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Residence, a masterpiece of baroque architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the world famous Romantic Road we move on to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany’s wellpreserved ‘Jewel of the Middle Ages’. During a city walk, including a visit of St. Jacob’s Church with the Holy Blood Altar by Tilman Riemenschneider, you will experience the special flair of this unique town. Leisure time before in the evening our welcome dinner with complimentary drink will be served at the hotel. Afterwards, join an unforgettable tour with the Night Watchman. Overnight at Hotel Eisenhut or similar.
Day 9: Monday
Rothenburg – Augsburg – Munich (B)
Today we continue our trip along the Romantic Road. See charming villages like Dinkelsbuehl or Noerdlingen before we arrive at Augsburg. We continue to the Bavarian capital, Munich. An orientation tour, passing Nymphenburg Castle and the Olympic Grounds, will give you a first impression of this splendid city before we check-in at our hotel. In the afternoon we will leave for a walk which will take us at 05:00 pm to the ‘Glockenspiel’ (carillon) at Marienplatz. The evening is free for own activities. Would you like to have a look into the ‘Hofbraeuhaus’ or to attend a concert or an opera? Please just ask your guide! Overnight at Hotel Rivoli o.s.
Day 10: Tuesday
Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Ettal – Oberammergau – Fuessen (B)
Depending on the weather conditions on this day, drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, situated at the foot of our highest mountain ‘Zugspitze’ and one of the most important wintersport towns in Southern Germany, before going on to the Benedectine abbey of Ettal and to Oberammergau. The village is internationally famous for its Passion Play – generally performed every ten years – and for its numerous buildings with tromp l'oeil (Lueftlmalerei) painted façades. On the way to our today’s destination, Fuessen, we will make a short stop at the glorious rococo church in Wies. On sunny days, from there you can already see the fantastic Bavarian Alps. Overnight at Luitpoldpark-Hotel o.s.
Day 11: Wednesday
Fuessen – Hohenschwangau – Linderhof – Rottenbuch – Fuessen (B)
From Fuessen it is only a short trip to Hohenschwangau and – located on the rugged hill above – the breathtaking fairytale castle of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein! After the guided visit we continue to Linderhof on a scenic Alps tour through Austria. Linderhof is the only palace ‘Mad King Ludwig’ lived to see completed. In the later afternoon we arrive back to Fuessen – not having missed to see another treasure of rococo architecture, the monastery church Rottenbuch. Overnight at Luitpoldpark-Hotel o.s.
Day 12: Thursday
Fuessen – Lindau – Lake Constance (B)
In the morning, after breakfast and check-out, we are heading to Lake Constance which we will arrive at its north shore, located between Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful village Lindau before we continue to Konstanz. The largest town at Lake Constance with a lot of historical interest is located at Germany's border with Switzerland and also the birthplace of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the famous airship pioneer. Afterwards, we check-in at our hotel in the nearby city Singen. Overnight at Holiday Inn Express o.s.
Day 13: Friday
Lake Constance – Black Forest – Freiburg – Heidelberg (B/ D)
Today we enter the Black Forest, a region known not only for its delicious cake and the wooden cuckoo clocks but also for its spectacular landscapes. We will visit a clockmaker and, of course, you will have the possibility to taste the typical cake. Enjoy a drive through the beautiful countryside towards the idyllic town of Freiburg. After a city tour we continue to Heidelberg, the oldest German university town where you will see the inner courtyard of the impressive castle, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the wine cellar with its big barrel. In the evening, we will celebrate our good-bye to Romantic Germany with a great farewell dinner at famous Restaurant Zum Ritter St. Georg, built in the 16th century. Overnight at Hotel Zum Ritter St. Georg o.s.
Day 14: Saturday
Heidelberg – Ruedesheim – Frankfurt (B)
We leave Heidelberg in the early morning to take you to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, also declared UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its wines and vineyards. In Ruedesheim we board a steamer for a Rhine river cruise, passing fascinating castles, ruins and the legendary Loreley Rock. Maybe, from the deck of the ship, you will see the blond maid combing her hair. Our coach will awaits us in St. Goarshausen to bring us back to Frankfurt where our exciting journey ends with a small panoramic city tour of Germany’s financial capital at approx. 04:00 pm.
Price are per person and correct as at 14 Jan 14.
||Double room share
Oktoberfest Supplement of €110 euros for the September departure
•13 overnight stays at specially selected first class and tourist superior class hotels including tax, service charges and baggage handling (one piece per person). All rooms with private bathroom.
• Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach with WC
• Professional English/ Spanish speaking guide throughout the tour
• All excursions and city tours not marked as optionals
• Entrance fees/fares/additionals:
• Residence, Wuerzburg
• St. Jacob’s Church, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
• Night Watchman Tour, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (English or German)
• Neuschwanstein Castle
• Linderhof Palace
• Nymphenburg Palace, Munich
• Olympic Tower, Munich
• Heidelberg Castle (inner courtyard and wine cellar)
• Rhine river cruise from Ruedesheim to St. Goarshausen
• Wartburg Castle, Eisenach
• Green Vault (or another museum of your choice), Dresden
• Harbour cruise, Hamburg
Meals: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
•2 Welcome dinner
•12 breakfast buffets
•2 Farewell dinner
For hotel accommodation and transfers before/after the tour, please contact our office.
The meeting/departure points and times for the tour are as follows:
Mövenpick Hotel, Den Haager Straße 5 – Lobby - 08:00 am
Intercontinental Hotel; W.-Leuschner-Str. 43, Lobby - 08:15 am
InterCityHotel Frankfurt, Poststrasse 8 – Lobby - 08:30 am
Frankfurt Airport: Terminal 1, Arrival Level Hall B – Meeting Point - 09:00 am
Cancellation policy: Free cancellation until 4 weeks before departure
Abbreviations: B - breakfast L - lunch D - dinner
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