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Spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairy-tale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beer…this is Germany! On this Germany tour, you'll see the country’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 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 is 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. You’ll enjoy the must-see sights in the cities, including Munich’s main square, the Marienplatz. 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, visits to Cologne Cathedral, Hamelin, Hamburg orientation drive, Lübeck, Leipzig, Weimar, Coburg Castle, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, HeidelbergGuides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Dresden, Munich; professional Tour Director while touringScenic Highlights:
Rhine Valley, Romantic Road, Bavarian Alps, Black ForestNotes:
September 9, 16, & 23 Departures – OktoberfestDecember 2 & 9 Departures – include visits to Cologne, Lübeck, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, and Munich Christmas markets.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Rhine cruise
Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT AREA, GERMANY Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
FRANKFURT AREA–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 the city center. Today’s Distance: 162 mi/ 260 km
RHINELAND–HAMELIN–HAMBURG Journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town center with the colorful historical buildings and magically fancy gables echoing the “Pied Piper” legend. Continue to Hamburg. Today’s Distance: 289 mi/ 465 km
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: 221 mi/ 355 km
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 contemporary architectural styles. See all of this on the included city sightseeing with a Local Guide. Consider an optional excursion this afternoon.
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 where the 40 bells of the Glockenspiel sound four times per hour, 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: 193 mi/ 310 km
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. Today, the castle houses the former art collections of the dukes of Coburg. Continue to Nuremberg for a visit to its town center, dominated by the imperial castle. Today’s Distance: 230 mi/ 370 km
NUREMBERG–ROTHENBURG–MUNICH As you leave Nuremberg, stop for a photo at the famous Zeppelinfield. On the way to Munich, visit the quaint Medieval village of Rothenburg on the Romantic Road. Marvel at its towered gates and battlements, squares of half-timbered houses and decorated fountains. Today’s Distance: 208 mi/ 335 km
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!
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: 211 mi/ 340 km
STUTTGART AREA–HEIDELBERG–FRANKFURT AREA The day starts with a scenic drive for a taste of the Black Forest landscapes and villages, followed by a visit to Heidelberg—location of Germany’s oldest university and inspiration for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt. Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km
FRANKFURT AREA Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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