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Spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairytale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beer…this is Germany! On this Germany tour, you'll see Germany's highlights and visit its most famous cities, as well as its medieval towns and scenic areas. Your vacation begins and ends in Frankfurt with overnights also in the Rhineland, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, and the Black Forest area. Magnificent scenery awaits you on this Germany vacation. Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine River, passing castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. In Bavaria, visit King Ludwig II's 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled high in the Alps. Drive along the Romantic Road with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, half-timbered houses, and scenic countryside, and stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Finally, enjoy Germany's lush Black Forest region, named because the forest is so thick, people called it black. A tour highlight is the famous gothic cathedral in Cologne—known for its twin-steepled towers—that was started in 1248 and completed in 1880. Enjoy Lübeck, a Hanseatic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 12th century. Visit Veste Coburg Castle, built in 1225 and one of Germany’s largest castle complexes. Today, the complex houses the former art collections of the dukes of Coburg. You’ll also enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights in the cities, including Munich’s Marienplatz, the main square in the city that hosts the Oktoberfest beer festival. In Dresden, see the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion, where the 40 bells of the glockenspiel sound every quarter of an hour. From the beautiful scenery and exciting cities to the historic sights and fun experiences, this Germany tour has it all!
Individual headsetsSightseeing: Rhine cruise, visits to Cologne cathedral, Hamelin, Hamburg orientation drive, Lübeck, Leipzig, Weimar, Coburg castle, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Heidelberg. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Dresden, Munich; professional Tour Director while touring
Scenic Highlights: Rhine Valley, Romantic Road, Bavarian Alps, Black Forest
NOTES:September 10, 15, 22 & 24 Departures – OktoberfestDecember 1 & 8 Departures – Include visits to Cologne, Lubeck, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, and Munich Christmas marketsDecember 27 Departure – New Year's Eve in Berlin including dinner
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Cologne Cathedral
- Hanseatic city of Lübeck
- Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Rhine cruise