Germany Explorer Escorted Vacation


Enjoy true German hospitality as you start your tour with a welcome dinner at your hotel in Frankfurt. See the historic center, Rudesheim and cruise the Rhine. See Heidleberg, Neckar River and Baden-Baden. Cross into Asace, France and see cultures converge in Colmar. Learn how the famous German cuckoo clocks are made during a morning demonstration the see what like is like on a Black Forest farm. Gain spectacular views of the Alps from the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance. Tour the grand home of the "Mad King," Neuschwanstein Castle. Witness Oberammergau, home of the world famous Passion Plays. Visit Weiskirche Church and Linderhof Castle. Travel to Munich and see its many attractions. Visit an Alpine Village at the foot of Mt. Watzmann. See the oldest and most beautiful city of Rothenberg ob der Tauber before continuing on to Nuremberg. Sample German beer in a city famous for it, Bamberg. See the best preserved Baroque theater in Europe. Visit the lovely town Wurzberg on the banks of the Main River before stopping at Maspelbrunn Castle on your way back to Frankfurt.

ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures English only escorted coach tour. Scheduled departures - 12-day/11-night tour visiting Frankfurt, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, the Black Forest, Strasbourg (France), Lake Constance, Füssen, Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, Munich, Berchtesgaden, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Bayreuth & Würzburg. Includes accommodation at first class hotels with breakfast daily, 2 dinners, 1 lunch, arrival & departure transfers, a Rhine cruise with wine tasting, touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Local city taxes
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Frankfurt – Arrival

You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Later in the evening, you will meet your guide for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day

2

Frankfurt – Rüdesheim – St. Goar – Frankfurt

After breakfast, travel to Rudesheim for a short tour of the city’s historic center. Next, board a ship and sail along the most picturesque stretch of the Rhine: the Lorelei Valley. During the cruise you will enjoy a wine tasting then disembark in St. Goar to return to your hotel in Frankfurt. (B)

Day

3

Frankfurt – Heidelberg – Baden-Baden - Freiburg

In the morning you will 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. Travel to Baden-Baden, the former summer residence of the European nobility and worldwide known for its thermal baths. Continue to lovely Freiburg, famous for its beautiful church tower. (B)

Day

4

Colmar and Strasbourg Day Trip

The Rhine River forms the natural border between Germany and France. After crossing the river, you will 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, continue to Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, for a city tour. Being the base of several European institutions, Strasbourg is also a symbolic capital of Europe. In the afternoon, return to Freiburg. (B,L)

Day

5

Freiburg – Lindau – Füssen

After breakfast, drive to the Black Forest and enjoy a short presentation on the cuckoo clock production. Continue to a small, traditional Black Forest farm for a cheese tasting and to experience the true Black Forest. After, continue the tour to the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance, which offers spectacular views of the Alps. Depending on weather conditions, you may take the Alpine road from Lindau to Oberstaufen and Immenstadt to your final destination, Fussen, the southernmost point on your tour. (B)

Day

6

Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau – Linderhof

Start the day with a visit to Neuschwantstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the notorious “Mad King.” In the afternoon, travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play and lovely crafts. Along the way, 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. In the evening, return to Fussen. (B)

Day

7

Füssen – Munich

In the morning, travel to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. Visit the city’s main attractions, ending the tour at the Marienplatz square with its famous clock tower. Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria, is famous for Oktoberfest, which is annually celebrated in September. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner. (B,D)

Day

8

Munich – Berchtesgaden – Munich

After breakfast, start your day with an excursion to Berchtesgaden, a typical 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 Eagle’s Nest, take time for an optional boat tour on Lake Kongssee. In the afternoon, return to Munich. (B)

Day

9

Munich – Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Nuremberg

In the morning, travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Romantic Germany. Tour this lovely medieval town concluding with a Schneeballen tasting, a pastry considered the signature dish of Rothenburg. Next, travel to Nuremberg to visit the 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. (B)

Day

10

Nuremberg

Visit the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Ground. Still today, the gigantic remains of buildings in the sou- thern districts of Nuremberg are a reminder of the megalo- mania 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.(B)

Day

11

Nuremberg – Würzburg – Frankfurt

Travel from Nuremberg to Wurzberg, a pretty town on the baks of the Mian. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including a visit to the Residenz Palace in Wurzburg. On the way to Frankfurt, have a brief stop at the Maspelburnn Castle. (B)

Day

12

Frankfurt – Return

You will be transferred to the Frankfurt airport for your return flight home. (B)