germany Grand Tour from Frankfurt to Rothenburg

Grand Tour of Germany 2018

11 nights  12days

Guaranteed Departure Dates

 Apr 22, May 20, June 24, July 15, Aug 5, Sep 23* Oct 21, 2018

 

5% early bird discount on bookings made by 15 Dec 2017

Bavaria scenery and the royal castles escorted tour germany


A fascinating tour around Germany to the most famous historical sites, charming  medieval towns and castles surrounded by beautiful scenery. Enjoy majestic views from Alpine resorts and visit bustling cities at the North. Depart from  Frankfurt to the Rhine valley and cruise along the famous Lorelei rock from Rudesheim. On the north we visit the bustling cities of Hamburg and Berlin continuing south to Munich and the nearby fairy tale castles and Medieval towns to lovely Lake Constance and the legendary Black Forest.

Day 1 / Sunday Frankfurt
Individual arrival in Frankfurt and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for own activities in Germany's commercial and financial center. Accommodation at the Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City****.

Day 2 / Monday Frankfurt - Rüdesheim - St. Goar
In the morning we travel to Rüdesheim. Short tour of this ancient wine growing town with history dating back to Roman times After a short walk we board a steamer for a Rhine river cruise, passing by fascinating castles, ruins and the legendary Loreley Rock. Maybe, from the deck of the ship, you will see the blond maid combing her hair. Disembarkation at St Goar from where we travel by coach back to Frankfurt for overnigth.

Day 3 / Tuesday Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Baden Baden - Freiburg
Departure to Heidelberg, a UNESCO World Heritage city with its famous university, one of the oldest ones in Europe. Visit the beautiful castle ascending with the cable car and enjoy a sightseeing tour of its historic city center. Idyllically located on the shores of the Neckar River, Heidelberg and its castle has one of the most scenic views in Germany. We continue to Baden Baden the famous spa resort in the Northern Black Forest region once a popular meeting point of European nobility. In the afternoon we arrive at the capital city of the Black Forest, Freiburg a medieval town famouse for its church spire. Overnight at the Novotel Freiburg.****

Day 4 / Wednesday Freiburg - Colamar - Strassburg
Today we cross the mighty Rhine river and visit the Alsace region today belonging to France. The region has a unique two-culture atmosphere of German and French influences having been a disputed province between the two powers. The first city we visit is Colmar on the the famouse Alsace Wine Route, a charming medieval town of half timbered houses and canals. We inviate you for a typical Alsatian lunch, then continue to Strassburg, the capital of the region, an elegant city and seat of the European Parliament. After a sightseeing tour of the city we return to Freiburg for overnight.    

Day 5 / Thursday Freiburg - Lindau - Füssen
After breakfast we drive to the heart of rural Black Forest to enjoy a short presentation on how the famed cuckoo clocks are made in the region. Continue to a small traditional Black Forest farm where we will have a cheese tasting and you will see the real Black Forest. After that we drive to the charming town of Lindau on the shores of Lake Constance, from where if the weather is right we can see 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 small town close to the famous castle of Neuschwanstein. Accommodation at the Hotel Hirsch****.  

Day 6 / Friday Neuschwanstein – Wieskirche - Oberammergau – Linderhof - Fussen
This morning we pay a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, the breathtaking fairy-tale castle of King Ludwig II. Neuschwanstein was built by the controversial king Ludwig of Bavaria with a shortened and tragic life. At midday we travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play that takes place in the town every 10 years; also known for its painted houses and lovely crafts. Along the way we visit the pilgrimage Wieskirche Church with tis spectacular Rococo interior before continuing the tour to visit the charming Linderhof Castle. This palace of King Ludwig, II. was his favorite where he actually spent most of his adult life. After a stop at the Ettal Benedictine Abbey we return to Fussen for overnight.

Day7 / Saturday Fussen - Munich
After breakfast we drive to Munich, the capital of Bavaria where we will 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 will enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner. Accommodation at the Holiday Inn City Centre****.    

Day 8 / Sunday Munich - Berchtesgaden - Munich
Today we visit the charming town of Berchtesgaden on the shores of Lake Konigsee, a typical Alpine town surrounded by spectacular vistas. It is a region of salt mines close to the Austrian border. The area's most famous historical site is Hitler's Eagle's Nest, a secluded mountain retreat. After visit to the top (weather permitting) we drive back to Berchestagen where you will have a chance to take an optional boat tour on serene Konigsea. Return to Munich for overnight.   

Day 9 / Monday Munich - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Nuremberg
This morning we drive to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities on the Romantic Road of Germany, a well preserved Jewel from the Middle Ages. See the St Jacob;s Church with the Holy Blood Altar by Tilman Riemenschneider, and get absorbed in the medieval atmosphere. We conclude our visit by tasting the Schneeballen (snow ball) a pastry considered the signature dish of Rothenburg. Continue on to Nuremberg where we visit the historical city center and learned about the history of this important city. Accommodation at The Hotel Maritim Nuremberg****.

Day 10 / Tuesday Nuremberg -Bamberg- Bayreuth - Nuremberg
This morning we drive to Barmberga UNESCO Worl Heritage city with houses dating back to the 11th century. At the confluence of the Reignitz and Main rivers, the town is an important center of German beer production and a former seat of a Holy Roman Emperor. It is also known for the infamous 17th century witch trials. Continue to Bayreuth famouse for its yearly Wagner Festival and the theatre planned by Richard Wagner himself. After a panoramic tour of Bayreuth we return to Nuremberg for overnight.

Day 11 / Wednesday Nuremberg  Wuerzburg - Frankfurt
After breakfast we depart to the Baroque town of Wuerzburg in the northern part of the Franconian region well known for its lavish Baroque palace called the Rezidenz. Built by the Prince-bishops of the town the palace was an important center of refined culture and was frequented by famous artists, royalty and musicians. We will embark on a tour of the city with a visit to the enormous palace. After the sightseeing we will continue back to Frankfurt for overnight at the hotel Moevenpick Frankfurt City****.

Day 12 / Thursday Frankfurt
After brekfast transfer to the airport. End of services.

 

 Map of Grand Tour of Germany

Tour Includes: 

  • Transfers between Frankfurt airport and the hotel (only on day 1 and on the last day of the tour)

  • Transportation by car, minivan or bus from day 2 - day 13 (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 listed in the itinerary above with daily buffet breakfast

  • Visits and excursions as specified in the itinerary

  • Rhine cruise with wine tasting

  • Welcome dinner in Frankfurt, traditional Alsace lunch and typical regional dinner in Munich

  • Admission to Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles and the Rezidenz Palace

  • Visit to a cuckoo clock visitor center

  • Visit to a local Black Forest farm with cheese tasting

  • "Snow ball” tasting in Rothenburg

Prices in 2018 in Euros per person based on double/twin room accommodation ($ rate varies depending the exchange):

Dates in 2018:
English speaking tour guide
All dates except 23 Sep 2018 Euro 1879

Single supplement: Euro 489

September 23, 2018, Octoberfest departure with supplement: Euro 2.119 per person, single supplement: Euro 602

10% discount for 3rd person in room with extra bed on any date.
Euro 619 Single Supplement on all dates

Pre and Post tour nights can be added in Frankfurt:
Pre-tour and/or Post accommodation: Euro 75 per person in double or twin rooms or euro 140 for single room

Pre-tour is at the hotel Moevenpick
Postnight Hotel Hilton Frankfurt Airport****

 

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