Highlights of Germany (6040)

12 Day Tour from Frankfurt to Frankfurt

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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.

 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

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

Scenic Highlights:
Romantic Road, Bavarian Alps, Black Forest

September 11, 16, 23 & 25 Departures – Oktoberfest
December 2 & 9 Departures – Include visits to Cologne, Lubeck, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, and Munich Christmas markets
December 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
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Hanseatic city of Lübeck
  • Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin


Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Rhine cruise


 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive 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.


Day 2 Frankfurt–Rhine Cruise–Cologne–Rhineland

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Cologne Area–Hamelin–Hamburg

This morning, 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Hamburg–Lübeck–Berlin

Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Berlin

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. Maybe join an optional excursion this afternoon.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Berlin–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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Leipzig–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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Nuremberg–Rothenburg–Munich

Drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages protected by medieval towered gates and battlements, with squares of half-timbered houses and richly decorated fountains. A fine example of this architecture is the center of Rothenburg, where you stop awhile. Overnight in Munich.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Munich

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!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Munich–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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Black 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Frankfurt

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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.


Years of Experience: 17

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.



FRANKFURT Leonardo Royal Hotel Frankfurt (F) or Qgreenhotel by Melia (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf RHINELAND Leonardo Stadtwald Cologne (F) or Mercure Köln West (ST) or Avendi (F) at Bad Honnef
HAMBURG NH Hamburg City (F) or Tryp Arena (ST)
BERLIN Abba (F) or Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST)
LEIPZIG NH Leipzig Messe (F)
NUREMBERG Ramada Parkhotel (F)
MUNICH Ibis Parkstadt (ST) or Tryp (ST)
BLACK FOREST AREA Best Western (ST) at Bad Herrenalb
FRANKFURT Leonardo Royal Frankfurt (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.




Evening Harbour Cruise

An evening cruise of the port of Hamburg, lasting approx. 1 and a half hours, with commentary in English, will show one of the ten largest harbors of the world. You'll see the most modern container bridges and some of the largest container ships worldwide with a fantastic view of the ships which one passes closely by. Passing the Rickmer Rickmers the boat goes to the oldest part of the harbor - the Speicherstadt. With all the beautiful views, the smell of exotic spices and coffee it is often called "The pearl of the city". During the cruise there will be 1 drink per person (white wine, beer or soft drink).

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person



An Insight Into World War II and Cold War

Complete your Berlin experience with an insight into the recent historical events of WWII. Stop by the Wannsee Conference House where the final solution was discussed, then move near the Allied Museum to see the world famous "Candy Bomber" Airlift. Finally visit the Nuclear Bomb Shelter built on 1974 to provide a defense to more than 3000 people in case of nuclear attack. A moving, thrilling and involving experience that cannot be missed!

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person


Ziko's Grill Dinner

Dine in a family run restaurant, conveniently located in the center of Western Berlin, which has been serving guests for over 40 years. The restaurant is well known in Berlin for its grilled meats, Serbian and German specialties, as well as international cuisine. There is a 3 course dinner with choice of soup and 5 choices of main course, plus dessert and coffee or tea. Also included are a good selection of 2 drinks per person. During the evening there is also live music to add to the atmosphere.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person



Bavarian Evening and Dinner

A must during a stay in Bavaria is a visit to a beer hall. On this evening excursion you will be taken to a popular beer house where you will be served a 3 course typical local dinner including either local Bavarian beer (wine or soft drink also available). Be ready to enjoy the real Bavarian atmosphere!

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person



You will be taken by coach to the former concentration camp near Dachau, which in 1965 was created as a memorial to the victims, giving visitors a chance to learn how the prisoners were forced to suffer. There will be time to look around the memorial site and the museum and also see a documentary film on the history of the concentration camp. Audio guides are provided.

Approximate value: €20 EUR per person

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