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Fascinating Germany - Winter

13 days
12 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Per person in USD, from:
$2,295.00 (double occupancy)
$3,010.00 (single occupancy)
$2,065.00 (Third person in an extra bed)

Dates:

Mar 20, 2017 - Apr 01, 2017 
Apr 17, 2017 - Apr 29, 2018 

Hotels:

4*-hotels or similar
Frankfurt - Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City****
Cologne - Hotel Maritim****
Hamburg - Hotel Novotel Hamburg Alster****
Berlin - Hotel Maritim ProArte****
Erfurt - Best Western Plus Hotel Excelsior****
Black Forest - Best Western Hotel Hofgut Sternen***+
Füssen - Luitpoldpark-Hotel****
Innsbruck - Hotel Grauer Bär****
Munich - Hotel Holiday Inn Munich City Center ****

Included:

Transfer in from Frankfurt airport to your hotel (only on day 1 of the tour)
Transportation by car, minivan or bus from day 2 - day 13 (depending on number of participants)
English or English-Spanish speaking tour guide during the entire tour (driver-guide for groups of 7 persons or less)
Accommodation at the hotels described or similar
Daily buffet breakfast
Visits and excursions as mentioned
Rhine cruise
Traditional Black Forest Dinner and typical regional farewell-dinner in Munich
Admission to TV Tower, Sanssouci, Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles
Visit to a cuckoo clock visitor center

Visit to a local Black Forest farm with cheese tasting or a tasting of “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte” (Black Forest cake)

Itinerary:

Experience the many fascinating facets of Germany. Discover modern and dynamic cities such as Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, the picturesque beauty of the Rhine river valley, the romantic South with its magical landscape and fairytale castles. Highlights of this tour include a trip by high-speed rail from Berlin to Frankfurt and a visit to famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Discover the many attractions of Germany!

Day 1  : Frankfurt

Arrival in Frankfurt and transfer to the hotel. Frankfurt boasts impressive modern skyscrapers while preserving its delightful charm. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 2  : Frankfurt - Rüdesheim - St. Goar - Cologne

In the morning we travel to Rüdesheim. Short tour of the city‘s historic center. Next we board a ship and sail along the most picturesque stretch of the Rhine: the Lorelei valley. We disembark in St. Goar and travel to Cologne. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 3  : Cologne - Hamburg

After breakfast we depart for Hamburg. Upon arrival you enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. The city is internationally known for its elegant boulevards, the port, which is the second largest in Europe, and the famous neighborhood of St. Pauli. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 4  : Hamburg - Berlin

In the morning you are free to explore at your leisure. Discover Hamburgs sights by boat or by foot. Afternoon transfer to Berlin. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 5  : Berlin

In the morning we start the day with a visit of the TV Tower. After visiting the capital‘s historic highlights, such as “Unter den Linden“ boulevard, remnants of the wall and the Brandenburg Gate, we will also explore the more modern parts of the city, including the German parliament and Potsdam Square. Afternoon free to visit Berlin at your leisure. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 6  : Berlin - Potsdam - Erfurt

After breakfast we travel to Potsdam where we visit the Sanssouci palace and park. In the afternoon we continue to Erfurt, also known as “Thuringian Rome” because of its architectural beauty. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and visit the largest wooden bridge in Europe. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 7  : Erfurt - Frankfurt

In the morning you are free to explore Erfurt at your leisure. As an alternative you may also visit the Wartburg (not included). In the afternoon transfer to Frankfurt, the financial and commercial heart of Germany, a city full of fascinating contrasts between modern development and historic landmarks. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 8  : Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Black Forest

In the morning we travel from Frankfurt to Heidelberg. Visit the famous castle ascending with the cable car and enjoy a sightseeing tour of its historic city center. Idyllically located on the shores of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university town and one of the most popular destinations in the country. We continue to the famous Black Forest region. This night we will have an authentic experience: Enjoy a typical Black Forest dinner and overnight in a romantically located hotel. If you like, take a little walk to the beautiful Ravenna Gorge or see the region’s oldest chapel, both are next to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 9  : Black Forest - Lake Titisee - Lindau - Füssen

After breakfast we enjoy a short presentation on the cuckoo clock production. Next we watch the preparation of the traditional Black Forest cake: the famous “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte”, followed by a sampling of this treat, washed down with a cup of strong coffee or we continue to a small traditional Black Forest farm where we will have a cheese tasting and you will see the real Black Forest. After that we will travel to Lake Titisee, nestled in the legendary Black Forest and we continue the tour to the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance, which offers spectacular views of the Alps. Depending on weather conditions we will take the Alpine road from Lindau to Oberstaufen and Immenstadt to our final destination Füssen, the southernmost point on our tour of Romantic Germany. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 10  : Füssen - Neuschwanstein - Wieskirche - Oberammergau - Linderhof - Innsbruck

We start the day with a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the notorious “Mad King“. At midday we travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play and lovely crafts. Along the way we visit the Wieskirche Church before continuing the tour to visit Linderhof Castle. This is one of the 3 castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one where the king actually lived for a significant amount of time. After a brief stop at the Ettal Benedictine Abbey we continue to our final destination, Innsbruck. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 11  : Innsbruck - Munich

In the morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Innsbruck (Austria), located in the Inn valley, in the heart of the Alps. In the afternoon we travel to Munich. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 12  : Munich

After breakfast we visit the city’s main attractions, concluding the tour at the Marienplatz square with its famous clock tower. Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria is famous for its Oktoberfest, which is annually celebrated in September. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure. In the evening you enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 13  : Munich - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Frankfurt

After breakfast we travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Romantic Germany. Sightseeing tour of this lovely medieval town and travel to Frankfurt. The program ends at Frankfurt airport, around 6 pm.