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Germany’s Southern Highlights
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12 Days: Frankfurt – Freiburg – Füssen – Neuschwanstein – Munich – Nuremberg – Frankfurt

Tour Overview:
While Neuschwanstein Castle remains one of Germany’s most iconic images, there is so much more to discover in the southern part of this magical country. Sail along the most picturesque stretch of Rhine – the Lorelei Valley, visit the Heidelberg Castle, explore the Alsatian city of Colmar;a melange of French and German cultures, along with visiting the Munich and Frankfurt, two of Germany’s most popular cities.

Day 1 – Frankfurt

Arrival at Frankfurt airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Frankfurt is the financial and commercial heart of Germany, a city full of fascinating contrasts between modern development and historic landmarks. At 7 pm you meet your guide at the welcome dinner at the hotel. Accommodation at the Hotel Movenpick Frankfurt City****. (D)


Day 2 – Frankfurt – Rüdesheim – St. Goar – Frankfurt

After breakfast we travel to Rüdesheim. Short tour of the city‘s historic center. 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. Accommodation at the Hotel Movenpick Frankfurt City ****. (B)


Day 3 – Frankfurt – Heidelberg – Baden- Baden – Freiburg

In the morning you travel to Heidelberg to visit the famous castle, followed by a tour of the historic city center. 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. Accommodation at the Central Hotel Freiburg****. (B)


Day 4 – 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 that 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. Accommodation at the Central Hotel Freiburg****. (BL)


Day 5 – 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. Accommodation at the Best Western Plus Hotel Füssen****. (B)


Day 6 – 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. Accommodation at the Best Western Plus Hotel Füssen****. (B)


Day 7 – 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. Accommodation at the Eden Hotel Wolff****. (BD)


Day 8 – 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 Konigssee 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 Konigssee (not included). In the afternoon, we return to Munich. Accommodation at the Eden Hotel Wolff****. (B)


Day 9 – 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 center and learn more about its impressive history with a tour of the well-preserved castle, Gothic churches, romantic houses and peaceful squares. Accommodation at the Hotel Park Plaza****. (B)


Day 10 – Nuremberg

Today we visit the Documentation Center 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 kilometers, 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. Accommodation at the Hotel Park Plaza****. (B)


Day 11 – 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. Accommodation at the Hotel Movenpick Frankfurt City****. (B)


Day 12 – Frankfurt

After breakfast transfer to the airport. End of tour. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2022
DepartureDBL OccSGL Occ
Jan 08 - Jan 1958759590
Jan 15 - Jan 2658759590
Jan 22 - Feb 0258759590
Jan 29 - Feb 0958759590
Feb 05 - Feb 1658759590
Feb 12 - Feb 2358759590
Feb 19 - Mar 0258759590
Feb 26 - Mar 0958759590
Mar 05 - Mar 1658759590
Mar 12 - Mar 2358759590
Mar 19 - Mar 3058759590
Mar 26 - Apr 0658759590
* Minimum 2 passengers
* It is possible to depart on this program on any day as a Private Tour. Please check for the price.
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request.
* Supplements may apply for special events and holidays.
* The accommodation will be provided in the below hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions :

  • 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 persons 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 center
  • Visit of a local Black Forest farm with cheese tasting
  • Visit of the Eagle’s Nest
  • Visit of the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds of Nuremberg
  • snow ball tasting in Rothenburg

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