Cosmos

Highlights of Germany (6040) - 2014

12 days from Frankfurt to Frankfurt


Highlights of Germany
The Black Forest in southwestern Germany
The Black Forest in southwestern Germany
Heidelberg’s Old Bridge
The Reichstag building is a historical building in Berlin, Germany that was built in 1894
Mark Twains Heidelberg
Berlin
Munich, Germanys Secret Capital
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city
Heidelberg Castle on the hillside behind Old Bridge
Berlin is the capital of Germany and also its largest city
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Vacation Overview

This comprehensive vacation focuses on the crown jewels of Germany, starting and ending in Frankfurt. Begin with a panoramic Rhine River cruise. Then, see Cologne with its gothic cathedral, the historic buildings of legendary Hamelin, the harbor city of Hamburg, and Hanseatic Lübeck. Enjoy two overnights in Berlin, Germany’s once-divided capital, then the cultural centers of Dresden and Leipzig. Stop in Weimar, where the Bauhaus movement started in the 1920s, and Coburg, with its medieval fortress. From Nuremberg, discover the half-timbered houses of picture-postcard Rothenburg, then follow some of the scenic Romantic Road. Wander at leisure in Munich’s Marienplatz and experience the gem of the Bavarian Alps: King Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Enjoy more German panoramas as you drive through the famed Black Forest and stop in Heidelberg before returning to Frankfurt, where you’ll say “Prost!” to this exciting adventure.

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Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

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*Book a select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 18, 2013 and May 20, 2014 for travel in 2014. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offers not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Applies to new 2014 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit; any subsequent changes and/or revisions to airline reservations at your request after receipt of full land deposit are subject to revision fees and/or airline-imposed change or cancellation fees. These fees are a minimum of $300 and in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. In addition, promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings. However, promotions in effect at the time of the change will apply. Total air price includes all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking. Air price, air tax and security fees are non-commissionable. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. For the most current airline-imposed baggage fees, please check the following website, www.iflybags.com. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.


Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Cologne, Hamelin, Hamburg, Lübeck, Leipzig, Weimar, Coburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Heidelberg; Rhine cruise

Scenic Highlights:
Romantic Road, Bavarian Alps, Black Forest

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Dresden, Munich. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTES:

  • September 14, 19, & 26 Departures - Oktoberfest
  • November 29 & December 6 Departures - include visits to Cologne, Lübeck, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, and Munich Christmas markets.
  • December 27 Departure - New Year's Eve in Berlin


Day 1Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to see some of Frankfurt. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2Frankfurt–Rhine Cruise–Cologne Area

Today’s highlight is an included Rhine cruise from Oberwesel to Boppard to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. The next highlight is Cologne and a visit to its impressive gothic cathedral, started in 1248 and completed in 1880. (B,D)

Day 3Cologne Area–Hamelin–Hamburg

Leave the Cologne area this morning and journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town center with its colorful historical buildings and magically fancy gables. Also hear the story of the Pied Piper. Continue to Hamburg, where you arrive in time for an optional harbor cruise. (B)

Day 4Hamburg–Lübeck–Berlin

Start the day with an orientation drive to see one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Later this morning, a comfortable drive to Lübeck, formerly a free Hanseatic city and independent state. Lübeck, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany. Thomas Mann, Günther Grass, and Willy Brandt—all Nobel laureates—were among the famous residents of this city. Continue eastwards on the Autobahn to reach Berlin in time to enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany. (B)

Day 5Berlin

No longer divided but every bit as fascinating, Berlin was once the city of contrasts with the wall separating two different worlds. Now the city has developed into a harmonious blend of new and old, preserving its historical buildings and impressive boulevards as well as creating brand new buildings in the most daring architectural styles. See all of this on the included city sightseeing with a Local Guide. In the afternoon, there is an optional excursion to historic Potsdam to visit Sanssouci Park, a marvel of landscape gardening and architectural wonders, and Cecilienhof Castle. (B)

Day 6Berlin–Dresden–Leipzig

This morning, travel southwest to Dresden, the old capital of Saxony, at one time rightly called the “Florence on the Elbe.” See the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion and much more of this city on your included sightseeing. Then it’s on to Leipzig, where the great composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived the last years of their lives. It was Mendelssohn who founded the Leipziger Conservatory in 1843. (B,D)

Day 7Leipzig–Weimar–Coburg–Nuremberg

Leave Leipzig for a stop in Weimar, home to many intellectuals of the past but mainly known for the name given to the historical period of the “Republic of Weimar.” This city is also famed as the home of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Next stop is Coburg. Visit the dominating and mighty Veste Coburg Castle, built in 1225. Continue to Nuremberg for a visit to its famous town center dominated by the Imperial Castle. (B)

Day 8Nuremberg–Rothenburg–Munich

Visit picture-postcard medieval Rothenburg by the Tauber River. Then, travel west and then southwards through the beautiful scenery of the Romantic Road. Continue to the Bavarian capital, Munich, for two overnights. (B)

Day 9Munich

With a Local Guide, take advantage of the included sightseeing tour of the city known as Germany’s “secret capital.” Time to admire the beautiful main square, Marienplatz, do some shopping, and sample its most famous product—beer! (B,D)

Day 10Munich–Neuschwanstein–Black Forest Area

Leave Munich and drive into the heart of the Bavarian Alps to visit the most famous 19th-century, neo-romantic castle of the world, King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle. Enjoy more fairytale scenery on your way through the Black Forest for an overnight here. (B,D)

Day 11Black Forest Area–Heidelberg–Frankfurt

The day starts by traveling to Heidelberg for a short visit. This city is the location of Germany’s oldest university and became an inspiration and myth for the German Romantic movement. From here, just a few more miles to Frankfurt. (B)

Day 12Frankfurt

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Frankfurt if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Rhine cruise


FRANKFURT Holiday Inn City South (F) or The Qube (F)
COLOGNE AREA Ramada (F) at Bruehl or Leonardo Hotel Am Stadtwald (F) at Cologne
HAMBURG NH Hamburg City (F) or Panorama Billstedt (F)
BERLIN Abba (F) or Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST)
LEIPZIG NH Leipzig Messe (F)
NUREMBERG Ramada Park Hotel (F)
MUNICH Rivoli (ST) or Ibis Parkstadt (ST)
BLACK FOREST AREA Best Western Bad Herrenalb (ST) at Bad Herrenalb
FRANKFURT Holiday Inn City South (F)

Buffet breakfasts; 5 dinners


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

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Years of Experience: 15 years

I decided to become a Tour Director in order to see the world-and lose weight. Unfortunately, the latter is impossible in Slovenia and Croatia, because the food is incredible. Still, it was worth a try! Since those early years I've discovered that the reality of travel is better than I ever imagined. Every day is different, and there is always something new to see and learn.

View Offers

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

*Book a select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 18, 2013 and May 20, 2014 for travel in 2014. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offers not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Applies to new 2014 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit; any subsequent changes and/or revisions to airline reservations at your request after receipt of full land deposit are subject to revision fees and/or airline-imposed change or cancellation fees. These fees are a minimum of $300 and in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. In addition, promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings. However, promotions in effect at the time of the change will apply. Total air price includes all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking. Air price, air tax and security fees are non-commissionable. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. For the most current airline-imposed baggage fees, please check the following website, www.iflybags.com. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.



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