This comprehensive vacation focuses on the crown jewels of Germany, starting and ending in Frankfurt. Begin with a panoramic Rhine River cruise. Then, see Cologne with its gothic cathedral, the historic buildings of legendary Hamelin, the harbor city of Hamburg, and Hanseatic Lübeck. Enjoy two overnights in Berlin, Germany’s once-divided capital, then the cultural centers of Dresden and Leipzig. Stop in Weimar, where the Bauhaus movement started in the 1920s, and Coburg, with its medieval fortress. From Nuremberg, discover the half-timbered houses of picture-postcard Rothenburg, then follow some of the scenic Romantic Road. Wander at leisure in Munich’s Marienplatz and experience the gem of the Bavarian Alps: King Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Enjoy more German panoramas as you drive through the famed Black Forest and stop in Heidelberg before returning to Frankfurt, where you’ll say “Prost!” to this exciting adventure.
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing: Visits to Cologne, Hamelin, Hamburg, Lübeck, Leipzig, Weimar, Coburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Heidelberg; Rhine cruise
FRANKFURT Leonardo Royal Hotel Frankfurt (F) or Qgreenhotel by Melia (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf RHINELAND Leonardo Stadtwald Cologne (F) or Mercure Köln West (ST) or Avendi (F) at Bad HonnefHAMBURG NH Hamburg City (F) or Tryp Arena (ST)BERLIN Abba (F) or Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST)LEIPZIG NH Leipzig Messe (F)NUREMBERG Ramada Parkhotel (F)MUNICH Ibis Parkstadt (ST) or Tryp (ST)BLACK FOREST AREA Best Western (ST) at Bad HerrenalbFRANKFURT Leonardo Royal Frankfurt (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf
Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners
NOTES:September 11, 16, 23 & 25 Departures – OktoberfestDecember 2 & 9 Departures – Include visits to Cologne, Lubeck, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, and Munich Christmas marketsDecember 27 Departure – New Year’s Eve in Berlin including dinner
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Rhine cruise