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Welcome to Frankfurt. After check-in this afternoon, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of the city’s dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz.
Cruise along the River Rhine from St. Goar, site of the famous Lorelei Rock. The scenery is spectacular. Visit Cologne, Germany’s fourth-largest city, where you see the impressive Gothic cathedral. Your day ends in Wuppertal, the city of the world-famous monorail. (BB, D)
Drive through Lower Saxony and stop in Hamelin en route to Hamburg. Hamelin is a picturesque town depicted in the Brothers Grimm fairytale and has also been immortalised in poems by Goethe and Robert Browning. Later in Hamburg see the main sights including the inner Alster Lake during an orientation tour with your Travel Director. 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. Marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of the city during your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist including The Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, Reichstag Building, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. (BB)
Enjoy free time exploring Berlin. Shop for souvenirs or walk through Potsdamer Platz. Spend the rest of the day exploring this city on your own or learn more about Berlin’s secret past. This evening you might like to discover the vibrant nightlife for which Berlin is famous. (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. (BB)
In Bayreuth, admire the Wagner Festival Theatre before arriving in Nuremberg, where you see mighty ramparts, a bustling market place and St. Sebald’s Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city. (BB)
Your Travel Director takes you on a wonderful orientation walk of Rothenburg, perhaps the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany. Sights include halftimbered houses and the Old Town Hall. Shop for wooden Christmas ornaments, then follow part of the Romantic Road through picturesque villages and pristine countryside to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria. Enjoy an included dinner at your hotel this evening. (BB, D)
See the city’s landmarks on your orientation tour including the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse and Marienplatz, famous for its Glockenspiel. Take an Optional Experience to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in the afternoon or spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. You could visit Munich’s fine museums or enjoy a walk in some of the beautiful city gardens. This evening consider a visit to the Hofbräuhaus, the world’s most famous beer hall. (BB)
Head south to the quaint village of Oberammergau, where the famous Passion Play is performed once every decade. Stop to marvel at King Ludwig’s fairytale 19th century castle of Neuschwanstein. After time for lunch admire the scenery as you drive along the Bavarian prealpine range and into the hills and lakes of the Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D)
A scenic drive brings you to the famous university town of Heidelberg built alongside the picturesque River Neckar. See 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. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D)
This morning, say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to your Travel Director and travelling companions as your memorable German holiday comes to an end. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply. (BB)
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