germany Grand Tour from Frankfurt to Rothenburg

Grand Tour of Germany 2017

12 nights  14days

Guaranteed Departure Dates

Jan 9, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug 14, Sep 18, Oct 2, 2017

 

5% early bird discount on bookings made by 15 Dec 2016

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 / Monday 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 / Tuesday Frankfurt - Rüdesheim - St. Goar – Cologne
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 to Cologne, the city famous for its remarkable churches and majestic Gothic cathedral. Accommodation at the Hotel Maritim****.

Day 3 / Wednesday Cologne – Hamburg
After breakfast we depart for Hamburg. Upon arrival you enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. The city is internationally known for its elegant boulevards, the port, which is the second largest in Europe, and the famous neighborhood of St. Pauli. The evening is free, maybe for a walk along the Reeperbahn? This amusement district originally was visited by sailors who were able to spend a whole six month pay in only one happy night. Accommodation at the Hotel Novotel Hamburg Alster****.

Day 4 / Thursday Hamburg – Berlin
In the morning you are free to explore at your leisure. Afternoon transfer to Berlin. Accommodation at the Hotel Maritim proArte****.

Day 5 / Friday Berlin
After breakfast we embark on a city tour of Berlin to the city's most important sites. See the “Unter den Linden“ boulevard, remnants of the wall, the Brandenburg Gate, the German parliament Reichstag, Potsdasm square, the victory column, the Dom, TV Tower, etc. We will also explore the more modern parts of the city, including the German parliament and Potsdam Square. The afternoon is free for own activities like discovering the museums island or shopping in the numerous boutiques and department stores like KaDeWe. Take the opportunity to do an optional boat trip which gives you some memorable views from the channel Spree. Accommodation at the Hotel  Hotel Maritim proArte****.

Day 6 / Saturday Berlin - Potsdam – Erfurt
After breakfast we travel to Potsdam where we visit the Sanssouci palace and park. In the afternoon we continue to Erfurt, also known as “Thuringian Rome” because of its architectural beauty. It is also one of the oldest cities in Germany with human settlements dating back to 100 thousand years. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and visit the largest wooden bridge in Europe. Accommodation at the Mercure Hotel Erfurt****.

Day 7 / Sunday Erfurt – Frankfurt
In the morning you are free to explore Erfurt at your leisure. As an alternative you may also visit the Wartburg (not included). In the afternoon transfer to Frankfurt, the commercial heart of Germany, a modern city with famous galleries, skyscrapers but also with a lovely reconstructed medieval town square. At 7 pm dinner with the rest of the group. Accommodation at the Mövenpick Frankfurt City****.  

Day 8 / Monday Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Black Forest
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 the famous Black Forest region. This night we will have an authentic experience: Enjoy a typical Black Forest dinner and overnight in a Romantic hotel built in the Black Forest architecture with geranium hanging form its balconies. The hotel is located in lovely natural surroundings. If you like, take a little walk to the beautiful Ravenna Gorge or see the region’s oldest chapel, both are next to the hotel. Accommodation at the Best Western Hotel Hofgut Sternen***+.

Day 9 / Tuesday Black Forest - Lake Titisee - Lindau - Füssen
After breakfast we enjoy a short presentation on how the famed cuckoo clocks are made in the region, then 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 Lake Titisee, a lovely lake in the forest. This afternoon we continue 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 10 / Wednesday Neuschwanstein – Wieskirche - Oberammergau – Linderhof - Innsbruck
This morning we pay a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, the breathtaking fairytale castle of King Ludwig II, Neuschwansteinbuilt by Ludwig II, king 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 Wieskirche Church before continuing the tour to visit 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 continue to our final destination, Innsbruck in Austria. Accommodation at the Hotel Grauer Bär****.

Day 11 / Thursday Innsbruck - Munich
In the morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Innsbruck, the Tirolian city in Austria, located in the Inn valley, a famous ski town embraced by the majestic Alps. In the afternoon we drive to Munich. Accommodation at the hotel Holiday Inn City Centre****.  

Day 12 / Friday Munich
After breakfast 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 will enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner. Accommodation at the Holiday Inn City Centre****.    

Day 13 / Saturday Munich - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Frankfurt
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 Frankfurt. The program ends at Frankfurt around 6 p.m.

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Tour Includes: 

• Transfer in from Frankfurt airport to your hotel (only on day 1 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.
• Daily buffet breakfast
• Visits and excursions with Rhine cruise
• Welcome dinner in Frankfurt, traditional Black Forest Dinner and typical regional farewell-dinner in Munich
• Admission to TV Tower in Berlin, Sanssouci, Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles
• Visit to a cuckoo clock visitor center
• Visit to a local Black Forest farm with cheese tasting
• “snow ball” tasting in Rothenburg

Prices in 2017 in Euros per person based on double/twin room accommodation ($ rate varies depending the exchange):

Dates in 2017:
Bilingual tour with English/Spanish speaking tour guide
Jan 9, Mar 20, 2017 2016 Euro 1.995

English only tour:
Apr 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug 14, Oct 2: departures:  Euro 2.079 per person

September 18, 2017, Octoberfest departure:   Euro 2.299 per person

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

Tours are bilingual in January and March!

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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