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Baroque cities, the Bavarian Alps and mythical Black Forest – this one’s straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairytale. Circle north, south, east and west to see the Pied Piper’s Hamelin, medieval Rothenburg and Munich’s musical Glockenspiel. Explore the magical castles of Neuschwanstein and Heidelberg, and gain insight into a ‘divided Germany’ in Berlin and the little village of Mödlareuth.
Welcome to Frankfurt. After check-in this afternoon your Travel Director takes you on an orientation of the city’s dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception including a light meal and welcome drink. (WR)
This morning see the site of the famous Lorelei Rock and cruise along the mighty River Rhine past medieval castles and terraced vineyards. Stop to experience a unique Be My Guest lunch at an atmospheric castle above the river. Pass the famous vineyards along the Rhine Valley before arriving in Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city. View the impressive Gothic cathedral during your orientation of the city. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, BG, D)
Drive through Lower Saxony and stop in Hamelin en route to Hamburg. Hamelin is a picturesque town of fairytale fame and is immortalised in poems by Goethe and Robert Browning. Later in Hamburg see the main sights during your orientation tour with your Travel Director. Consider a guided cruise along the city’s water ways and discover why Hamburg is called Germany’s ‘Gateway to the World’. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D)
Follow the valley of the River Elbe from Hamburg, across the former ‘Iron Curtain’ to the historic city of Berlin, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and the Reichstag Building which were all major points of focus 27 years ago in 1990 during the reunification of East and West Germany. Also see the Tiergarten and Kurfürstendamm famous for its shopping and entertainment. (BB)
This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Spend the rest of your day exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. (BB)
A short drive south brings you to Dresden – known as ‘Florence on the Elbe’. See the highlights of this astonishing Baroque city including the Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Consider taking an in-depth look at the treasures of Dresden on a Optional Experience. (BB)
Visit the Mödlareuth Open Air museum for an insight into ‘divided Germany’. See the differences between East and West Germany as well as parts of the original Berlin Wall. Later arrive in Nuremberg, where you see mighty ramparts and St. Sebald’s Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city. (BB)
Your Travel Director takes you on an orientation walk of Rothenburg, perhaps the most wellpreserved medieval town in Germany. Sights include half-timbered houses and the Old Town Hall. Shop for wooden Christmas ornaments before following parts of the Romantic Road through picturesque villages and pristine countryside to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria. See the Olympic Stadium before arriving at your hotel. (BB)
See the city’s landmarks on your orientation tour including Odeonsplatz and Marienplatz, famous for its Glockenspiel. You could visit Munich’s fine museums or enjoy a walk in some of the beautiful city gardens. This evening consider an Optional Experience to one of Munich’s world famous beer halls. (BB)
Stop at Neuschwanstein to visit King Ludwig’s fairytale 19th century castle. Admire the scenery as you drive through the hills and lakes of the Black Forest. (BB)
This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight when you learn how the famous cuckoo clocks are made during a demonstration of the craft. A scenic drive brings you to the famous university town of Heidelberg built alongside the picturesque River Neckar. View Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, as well as the Baroque style Old Town. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travel companions as you celebrate the highlights of your trip. (BB, FD)
This morning, say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to your Travel Director and travelling companions as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply. (BB)
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