Highlights Of Germany
Spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairy-tale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beerthis is Germany! On this comprehensive tour, youll see Germanys 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 historic towns. In Bavaria, see King Ludwig IIs 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 Lbeck, a Hanseatic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 12th century and Veste Coburg Castle, one of Germanys largest castle complexes. Today, the fortress houses the former art collections of the dukes of Coburg. Youll also enjoy the must-see sights in the cities, including Munichs 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!
ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT AREA, GERMANY
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions.
FRANKFURT AREA RHINE CRUISE COLOGNE RHINELAND
Todays highlight is an included Rhine cruise to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. Next is the city of Cologne, the city known for its joyous attitude, with free time to visit the city center.
RHINELAND HAMELIN HAMBURG
Journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town center with the historical buildings and magically fancy gables echoing the Pied Piper legend. Continue to Hamburg.
HAMBURG LBECK BERLIN
Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, one of Germanys greatest maritime cities. Later, depart for Lbeck, formerly a free Hanseatic city and independent state. Lbeck, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany. Thomas Mann, Gnther Grass, and Willy Brandtall Nobel laureateswere among the famous residents of this city. Later, arrive in Berlin and enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany.
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 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 called the Florence on the Elbe. On the included guided sightseeing tour, see the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion where the 40 bells of the Glockenspiel sound four times per hour, and much more. Then its 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.
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 and admire its town center, dominated by the imperial castle.
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.
With a Local Guide, take advantage of the included sightseeing tour of the city known as Germanys Secret Capital. Time to admire the beautiful main square, Marienplatz, do some shopping, and sample Munichs famous beer!
MUNICH NEUSCHWANSTEIN STUTTGART AREA
Leave Munich and drive into the heart of the Bavarian Alps to see the most famous 19th-century, neo-romantic castle of the world, King Ludwig IIs fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Overnight in a lovely village outside Stuttgart.
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 Heidelberglocation of Germanys oldest university and inspiration for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.