Enchanting South Tour of Germany with Prague

Small Groups Tour 2018

Visit romantic medieval towns, Alpine scenery and admire the beauty of the Rhine valley. This popular tour covers the most romantic regions of the south to beautiful Lake Constance, the Black Forest and the fairy tale castles of King Ludwig Neuschwanstein and Linderhof and Oberammergau ending the trip in Golden Prague.


2018 Dates:  Aug 5, Sep 23* Oct 21

Rothenburg Germany escorted tour to the Rhine and Black Forest towns

Day 1/ Friday Frankfurt
Individual arrival in Frankfurt, transfer to the hotel. Frankfurt is a major hub and Germany's most important commeial city with skyscrapers, excellenrct art galleries and a charming reconstructed Mediaeval town Centre. Rest of the day is free to rest or engaging in own activates. Meet your guide at the hotel lobby for orientation and dinner at 7 p.m. Overnight at the Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt.

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 overnight.

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 famous for its church spire. Overnight at the Novotel Freiburg.****

Day 4 / Wednesday Freiburg, Colmar, Strasburg
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 famous Alsace Wine Route, a charming medieval town of half-timbered houses and canals. We invite you for a typical Alsatian lunch, then continue to Strasburg, 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 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 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 World 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, Prague
This morning transfer to Nuremberg railway station to board the fast train to Prague. Upon arrival in Prague transfer to the hotel. For larger groups transfer will be by bus instead of train. Rest of the day is free to stroll around the old city of Prague with its elegant market squere and charming palaces. Overnight at the hotel Majestic Plaza**** in Prague.

Dat 12/ Thursday Prague
Today we embark on a guided tour of  Prage to see the most important sites in the city, then drive up to the castle to walk around the medieval buildings crossing the Vltava river to Lower Prague to enjoy its romantic Old Town square with the famous St. Nicholas Church and the Astronomical Clock. Afternoon free for own activities. We recommend a cultural performance the city is so well known for. Overnight in Prague.

Day 13. Prague
Transfer to the airport or extend your stay and visit the
Unesco Towns tour from Prague

Cost: 2,159 per person
Prices are in Euro, per person, based on double sharing: (Your price will vary with $ exchange rate fluctuations)

* Oktoberfest surcharge for Sep 23rd departure: 236 per person

Single supplement: 640, Single supplement for 23 Sep Octoberfest departure: 785
(Third person in the room in extra bed gets 10% off)

Tour includes:
• Transfer from Frankfurt airport to your hotel and from Prague hotel to airport (only on the first and the last tour days)
• 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, Alsace typical lunch, Bavarian dinner in Frankfurt
• Visits and excursions as per itinerary
• Admission to Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles and the Vogtsbauernhöfe museum
• Visit to a cuckoo clock visitor center
• Visit to a local Black Forest farm with cheese tasting
• “snow ball” tasting in Rothenburg
• City tour of Prague with local guide
• Train or bus transfer from Nuremberg to Prague
• Transfer to and from hotel in Prague
• Rhine short cruise with wine tasting

 

 

 

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