Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Visits to Cologne, Hamelin, Hamburg, Lubeck, Leipzig, Weimar, Coburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Neuschwansteir Castle, Heidelberg; Rhine cruise Scenic Highlights: Romantic Road, Bavarian Alps, Black Forest
Guides: Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Dresden, Munich; professional Tour Director while touring
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Rhine cruise Lubeck
Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges:
FRANKFURT Leonardo Royal Hotel Frankfurt (F) or Qgreen hotel by Melia (F) or Mercure (5T) at Friedrichsdorf, RHINELAND Leonardo 5tadtwald Cologne (F) or Mercure K61nWest (5T) or Avendi (F) at Bad Honnef, HAMBURG NH Hamburg City (F) or Tryp Arena (5T), BERLIN Abba (F) or Holiday Inn Express City Centre (5T), LEIPZIG NH Leipzig Messe (F), NUREMBERG Ramada Parkhotel (F), MUNICH Ibis Parkstadt (5T) or Tryp (ST), BLACK FOREST AREA Best Western (5T) at Bad Herrenalb, FRANKFURT Leonardo Royal Frankfurt (F) or Mercure (5T) at Friedrichsdorf
Buffet breakfasts (B) daily; 5 dinners (D)
Day 1 ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to see some of Frankfurt. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2 FRANKFURT-RHINE CRUISE-COLOGNERHINELAND.
Today’s highlight is an included RHINECRUISE from Oberwesel to Boppard to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. The next highlight is Cologne and a visit to its impressive gothic CATHEDRAL, started in 1248 and completed in 1880. (B,D)
Day 3 COLOGNE AREA-HAMELIN-HAMBURG.
This morning, journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town center with its colorfulhistorical buildings and magically fancy gables. Also hear the story of the Pied Piper. Continue to Hamburg, where you arrive in time for an optional harbor cruise. (B)
Day 4 HAMBURG-LUBECK-BERLIN.
Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Later this morning, a comfortable drive to Lubeck, formerly a free Hanseatic city and independent state. Lubeck, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany. Thomas Mann, Gunther Grass, and Willy Brandt-all Nobel laureateswere among the famous residents of this city. Continue eastwards on the Autobahn to reach Berlin in time to enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany. (B)
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 impressi 7 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. Maybe join an optional excursion this afternoon. (B)
Day 6 BERLIN-DRESDEN-lEIPZIG.
This morning, ravel southwest to Dresden, the old capital of Saxony,at one time rightly called the “Florence on – e Elbe.” Seethe ZWINGERCARILLONPAVILIONand much more of this city on your included sightseeing. “hen it’s on to Leipzig, where the great composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived:he last years of their lives. It was Mendelssohn who iounded the Leipziger Conservatory in 1843. (B,D)
Day 7 lEIPZIG-WEIMAR-COBURGUREMBERG.
Leave Leipzig for a stop in Weimar, rorne to many intelleduals of the past but mainly . nown for the name given to the historical period of – e “Republic of Weimar.” This city is also famed as – e home of the Bauhaus architedural movement in- e 1920s. Next stop is Coburg. Visit the dominating and mighty VESTECOBURG CASTLE,built in 1225. Continue to Nuremberg for a visit to its famous :own center dominated by the Imperial Castle. (B)
Day 8 NUREMBERG-ROTHENBURG-MUNICH.
Jrive along the Romantic Road, through towns and lages protected by medieval towered gates and cattiernents, with squares of half-timbered houses and richly decorated fountains. A fine example of – 15 architedure is the center of Rothenburg, where stop awhile. Overnight in Munich. (B)
Day 9 MUNICH.
With a local Guide, take advantage of the included sightseeing tour of e city known as Germany’s “secret capital.” Time to admire the beautiful main square, MARIENPLATZ, do some shopping, and sample its most famous produd-beer! (B,D)
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 NEUSCHWANSTEINCASTLE. Enjoy more fairytale scenery on your way through the Black Forest for an overnight here. (B,D)
Day 11 BLACK FOREST AREA-HEIDElBERGFRANKFURT.
The day starts by traveling to Heidelberg for a short visit. This city is the location of Germany’s oldest university and became an inspiration and myth for the German Romantic movement. From here, just a few more miles to Frankfurt. (B)
Day 12 FRANKFURT.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)