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Highlights of Germany (6040)

12 Day Tour 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 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. 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. 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

Guides:

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

Scenic Highlights:

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

Notes:

November 26 & December 3 Departure – include visits to Cologne, Lübeck, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, and Munich Christmas markets.

UNESCO World Heritage

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; Rhine cruise

 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 AREA, GERMANY Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

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: 193 mi/ 310 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

RHINELAND–HAMELIN–HAMBURGJourney 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.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km
Breakfast 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.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km
Breakfast 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 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.
Today’s Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner 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 “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. Continue to Nuremberg for a visit to its town center, dominated by the imperial castle.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

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: 217 mi/ 350 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

MUNICHWith 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 Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

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: 192 mi/ 310 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 11

STUTTGART AREA–HEIDELBERG–FRANKFURT AREAThe 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: 155 mi/ 250 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

FRANKFURT AREAYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast 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 ( WENTZ )

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 ( WENTZ )

ZSUZSANNA LUKA

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

"Traveling, researching the history and culture of new places has always been a passion of mine so when the opportunity arose to become a Tour Director I did not hesitate, and I still enjoy it - sharing my knowledge, passion and experience with guests, doing my best to ensure that their trip exceeds their expectations and becomes a wonderful memory. On tour there are travelers from all around the world, so I also learn a lot from them, broadening my horizon with each tour. It is not easy to choose a favorite country or a favorite tour as there is something unique and delightful in every corner of the world, but perhaps the Balkans and Transylvania are closest to my heart, as they are regions I am closely linked to."

Tour Director -  ZSUZSANNA LUKA

 Accommodations

BERLIN
COLOGNE
FRANKFURT AREA
HAMBURG
LEIPZIG
MUNICH
NUREMBERG
STUTTGART AREA

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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