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Highlights of Germany (6040)

12 days from Frankfurt to Frankfurt

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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 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 Black Forest 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. Finally, enjoy Germany's lush Black Forest region, named because the forest is so thick, people called it black.

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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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

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

Notes:

September 13, 15, 20, 22 & 27 Departures – Oktoberfest
November 29 & December 6 Departure – include Christmas Markets visit

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Hanseatic city of Lübeck
  • Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
Transportation:

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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 “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.
Breakfast

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.
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–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.
Breakfast Dinner

Day 11

BLACK FOREST AREA–HEIDELBERG–FRANKFURT AREA. The day starts with a visit to Heidelberg—location of Germany’s oldest university and inspiration for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt.
Breakfast

Day 12

FRANKFURT AREA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

VJENCESLAV ZATKOVIC

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"I decided to become a Tour Director in order to see the world-and lose weight. Unfortunately, the latter is impossible in Slovenia and Croatia, because the food is incredible. Still, it was worth a try! Since those early years I've discovered that the reality of travel is better than I ever imagined. Every day is different, and there is always something new to see and learn."

Tour Director -  VJENCESLAV ZATKOVIC

 Accommodations

BERLIN NH Alexanderplatz (F) or City Hotel Berlin East (F) or Vienna House Easy Berlin (F)
COLOGNE Leonardo Koeln Airport (F)
FRANKFURT Mercure Bad Homburg (ST) or Qgreenhotel by Melia (F) or Leonardo Royal Frankfurt (F)
HAMBURG NH Altona Hamburg (F) or NH Collection Hamburg City (F)
HERRENBERG H+ Hotel at Herrenberg (F)
LEIPZIG NH Leipzig Messe (F)
MUNICH Achat Premium Muenchen Sud (SF) or Ibis Parkstadt (TC)
NUREMBERG Ramada Parkhotel (F)
RHINELAND Leonardo Royal Am Stadtwald (F)

 Optional Excursions

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