Day 2 (Sunday): Frankfurt - Rüdesheim - St. Goar - Frankfurt
After breakfast we travel to Rüdesheim. Upon arrival, enjoy a short tour of the city‘s historic centre. Next we board a ship and sail along the most picturesque stretch of the Rhine: the Lorelei Valley. During the cruise we enjoy a wine tasting. We disembark in St. Goar and return to Frankfurt.
Day 3 (Monday): Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Baden - Freiburg
In the morning, travel to Heidelberg to visit the famous castle, followed by a tour of the historic city centre. 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 travel to Baden- Baden, the former summer residence of the European nobility and worldwide known for its thermal baths. Then continue the tour to lovely Freiburg, famous for its beautiful church tower.
Day 4 (Tuesday): Freiburg - Colmar - Strasbourg - Freiburg
The Rhine River forms the natural border between Germany and France. After crossing the river we arrive in Colmar. This city is known for its outstanding wines and architectural heritage that reflect the long history of this region and the German and French influences. Enjoy a typical Alsatian Lunch. After lunch, we continue to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace. Sightseeing tour of the city. Being the base of several European institutions, Strasbourg is also a symbolic capital of Europe. In the afternoon we return to Freiburg.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 (Wednesday): Freiburg - Lindau - Füssen
After breakfast we drive to the Black Forest and enjoy a short presentation on the cuckoo clock production. We continue to a small traditional Black Forest farm where we have a cheese tasting and you see the real Black Forest. After that 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.
Day 6 (Thursday): Neuschwanstein - Wieskirche - Oberammergau - Linderhof - Füssen
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 and take a brief stop at the Ettal Benedictine Abbey before continuing the tour to visit Linderhof Castle. This is one of the three castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one where the king actually lived for a significant amount of time. Return to Füssen.
Day 7 (Friday): Füssen - Munich
In the morning we travel to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 (Saturday): Munich - Berchtesgaden - Munich
After breakfast, we start our day excursion to Berchtesgaden. Berchtesgaden is a typical traditional Alpine village at the foot of Mount Watzmann. The region’s attractions include the salt mines, Lake Königssee and Obersalzberg with the Eagle’s Nest, once the site of Hitler’s mountain retreat. After a visit to the infamous Eagle’s Nest (depending on the weather conditions), you have time to take a boat tour on Lake Königssee (not included). In the afternoon, we return to Munich.
Day 9 (Sunday): Munich - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Nuremberg
In the morning 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 concluding with a Schneeballen (snow ball) tasting, a pastry considered the signature dish of Rothenburg. Next, we travel to Nuremberg. We visit Nuremberg’s historic city centre and learn more about its impressive history with a tour of the well preserved castle, Gothic churches, romantic houses and peaceful squares.
Day 10 (Monday): Nuremberg
Today we visit the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Ground. Still today, the gigantic remains of buildings in the southern districts of Nuremberg are a reminder of the megalomania of the National Socialist regime. Across eleven square kilometres, a monumental backdrop was to be created for the self-staging of the Nazi Party. Today the unfinished Congress Hall, houses the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds.
Day 11 (Tuesday): Nuremberg – Würzburg - Frankfurt
In the morning we travel from Nuremberg to Würzburg. Arrival at Würzburg, a pretty town on the banks of the Main. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. One of the tour highlights is a visit to the Residenz Palace in Würzburg. On the way to Frankfurt we have a brief stop at the Mespelbrunn Castle.
Day 12 (Wednesday): Frankfurt
After breakfast transfer to the airport. End of tour.
Escorted Package Includes:
- Transfer in & out in Frankfurt (only on day 1 and 12 of the tour)
- Transportation by car, minivan or bus during the entire tour (depending on number of participants)
- English speaking tour guide during the entire tour (driver/guide for groups of 7 people or less)
- Accommodation at the hotels described or similar
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Visits and excursions as mentioned
- Welcome Dinner in Frankfurt, traditional Alsatian Lunch and typical regional dinner in Munich
- Rhine cruise with wine tasting
- Admission to the Castles of Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein, Linderhof Castles and the Residence Palace in Würzburg
- Visit of a cuckoo clock visitor centre
- Visit of a local Black Forest farm with cheese tasting
- Visit of the Eagle’s Nest
- Local city taxes
- “snow ball” tasting in Rothenburg
- Personal expenses
- Optional tours
- Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
- Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
Hotels (or similar):
- Frankfurt: Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City 4* or similar
- Freiburg: Central Hotel Freiburg 4* or similar
- Füssen: Best Western Plus Hotel Füssen 4* or similar (2020: Hotel Hirsch Füssen 4* or similar)
- Munich: Eden Hotel Wolff 4* or similar (2020: Holiday Inn Munich City Centre 4* or similar)
- Nuremberg: Hotel Park Plaza 4* or similar
- Frankfurt: Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City 4* or similar
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (mi)