Join us and witness Germany’s magnificent achievements of art and culture. Monuments, complete town ensembles and natural landscapes are not only recognized by UNESCO as sites of world heritage but are also placed under special protection. So, why not join us into the past and let yourself be captivated by the very places where history was made.
Transfer to your booked hotel under the guidance of your Tour Director and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner tonight at your hotel (D/ OV)
Your first morning tour starts with a sightseeing of Berlin visiting all places of interest, such as Brandenburg Gate, the city’s symbol for Germany’s reunification, see remains of the former Wall and the new Holocaust Memorial of 2.700 giant blocks of concrete. You will be visiting the Reichstag building which now houses the German Parliament, Checkpoint Charlie and former crossing point between Berlin’s East and West, the historic Potsdamer Platz and lively boulevard Kurfuerstendamm where we stop for a lunch break. Shop or browse around and don’t miss KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens), the continent’s largest department store. - Continue early afternoon with sightseeing and arrive at nearby Potsdam where famous artists and landscape designers have left their mark on numerous buildings and most beautiful parks and gardens. Here you will visit Sanssouci Palace, built during the 18th C. of contemporary Rococo architecture and one of UNESCO’s heritage sites. Time is yours for a leisurely walk before we stop again for a brief view at Cecilienhof Palace, in 1945 site of Potsdam Conference of the Allied powers, on your way back to Berlin. (B/ OV)
We leave Berlin this morning with our first stop at UNESCO’s listed Wittenberg to soak up the atmosphere of the Reformation and Renaissance periods. See its Schlosskirche and world-famous door on which Luther nailed his Propositions. - Later, the route continues by way of Torgau to Meissen to visit its outstanding collection of Meissen porcelain. Following this break we soon arrive Dresden on the Elbe river, also called „The Florence of the North“. The city tour will show you the old and new quarters of Dresden, remains of the Church Of Our Lady, the historic district of Neumarkt and its famous Semperoper that once saw premiers of Richard Wagner and Strauss. You will also be visiting the Painting Gallery of Zwinger Palace with a great masterpiece display of Rubens, Rembrandt and many others of fame. - Tonight, dinner will be served at your hotel. (B&D/ OV)
Following breakfast your morning route leads westwards by way of Leipzig to UNESCO’s world heritage town of Quedlinburg, one of the most important and historical sites in Germany. You will admire here more than 1.300 half-timbered buildings, some dating back to the 14th C., an exceptional example of a well-preserved medieval town. Ample time now to browse around before our motor coach takes us along the beautiful Harz mountains and National Park to Goslar, another remarkable city that also became a site of world heritage. Once a mining place, ore was mined here already 3.000 years ago, that’s why Goslar of today has preserved a remarkable collection of industrial monuments offering fascinating insights into 850 years of industrial mining history. Also of much interest are cultural monuments such as the city’s Town Hall, built during the 15th C., the Kaiserpfalz, Germany’s largest Romanesque palace of the 11th C., picturesque old alleys and fortifications bear witness to a great past. (B/ OV)
This morning we leave the old imperial town of Goslar travelling south and first to Buchenwald with a stop to visit its former concentration camp, today a memorial site with an impressive museum. - Later, we continue with our drive to the colorful town of Weimar, home of famous poets like Goethe and Schiller and of well-known composer Bach. On a city tour enjoy its lively squares, cobbled streets and half-timbered burgher-houses, the old town quarter, the University and Bauhaus Weimar, founded by Walter Gropius as a School of Art and Architecture in 1919. Both buildings also became part of UNESCO World Heritage and was acknowledged as a global impact in 1996 as well as treasures of the Goethe and Schiller Archieve listed in the Memory of the World. Following this sightseeing arrive at your hotel in time for freshen up and for dinner. (B & D/ OV)
Depart Weimar, the unparalleled center of intellectual life during the 18th and 19th century and travel further west to Eisenach, dominated by its 11th C. Wartburg Castle, one of the best preserved castles of the Middle Ages and listed as the first German castle as an UNESCO site. An orientation drive will show you St. Nicholas Church and its Gate, remains of the city wall dating back to the Romanesque period. - After this stop your drive continues on one of Germany’s autobahns to Cologne to admire one of the world’s greatest Cathedrals of the 13th C.. You will see its beautiful stained glass windows, the 10th C. Gero-Cross, magnificent shrine masterpieces and high up impressive statues of Apostles. - Upon your hotel check-in spend the evening perhaps at Hohestrasse, the city’s main shopping area flanked by a number of outside cafes and restaurants. (B/ OV)
Beautiful landscapes unfold this morning as we travel south through the Eifel district, an upland region with more than 200 volcanoes and quite a number of health resorts. - During the afternoon arriving Trier, situated in the Moselle River Valley and ranks as Germany’s oldest town with settlements as early as 300 BC, attested by impressive Roman remains. Visit imposing Porta Nigra, one of the fortified Roman gates and walls converted into a church of the 11th C.. Further south we will see the ruins of a Roman Imperial Bath with construction beginnings of the 4th C., during medieval times used as a castle with a labyrinth of subterranean rooms. - Dinner tonight will be served at your hotel. (B&D/ OV)
This morning we journey along the lovely Moselle river first by way of Koblenz to view its commanding Citadel Ehrenbreitstein, a 10th C. fortress dominating the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine river. At St. Goarshausen we board for a most popular Rhine River Cruise, passed castles crowning hills, medieval villages and legendary Loreley Rock where mermaids are said to have lured sailors to their death. - We disembark at Ruedesheim with some time to browse around on picturesque alley Drosselgasse with a medieval appearance, lined with a number of inviting wine bars. - Following this break we continue with our today’s route further south to Heidelberg, Germany’s heart of Romanticism. See the city’s Old University of the 14th C., a unique Knight Mansion of the late 16th C. and drive up Heidelberg’s castle hill to enjoy a wonderful view down to the city and its Neckar river. (B/ OV)
We leave the City of the Student Prince and travel this morning on Germany’s famous Romantic Road with a stop at Rothenburg, a truly Middle Age town that appears with towers, gates and fountains, almost untouched in its original architecture since the Thirty Years War. Enjoy a most interesting walking tour to see first its beautiful painted old Town Hall of Renaissance and Gothic style, admire the outstanding Baumeister-Haus, an old restaurant building of 1596 and don’t miss St. James Church with its famous altar, a masterpiece of woodcarver T. Riemenschneider. - Time is yours before we continue with our route, by way of Ulm, birthplace of A. Einstein, to Bavaria’s capital Munich in time for dinner and for the following three nights. (B&D/ OV)
Your day starts with a sightseeing of Munich’s old city center to see its landmark and Church Of Our Lady, the Marienplatz with its impressive City Hall and famous Glockenspiel, the infamous Hofbrauhaus and Munich’s Olympic Stadium with a seat capacity for 80.000 visitors covered by a unique tent roof. You will see Nymphenburg Palace amid a flower-filled park and visit its outstanding Royal Horse Carriage Museum showing a display of splendid coaches, sedan-chairs, the coronation coach of Emperors and magnificent sledges used by „made“ King Ludwig II. - The following afternoon is at your complete disposal. (B/ OV)
A most scenic morning drive leads you into the countryside of Bavaria to dream-like Castle Neuschwanstein, built 1869 for King Ludwig II by sketches of a theatrical decorator which explains its fairy-tale atmosphere. You will tour the inside showing heavy tapestries in Romanesque and Byzantine style, the Singers Hall with fine candelabras and chandeliers and among other apartments King Ludwig’s unique bedroom with artistic woodcarvings as well as an artificial grotto recalls themes of his former and close friend Richard Wagner. - After this unforgettable visit the route continues further south and into Austria arriving Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol. From the city’s main street enjoy first an imposing view of the northern Alpine chain and see the charming mansion Golden Dachl, Innsbruck’s landmark, built during the late 15th C. for Emperor Maximilian celebrating his wedding. - Time is left to browse around before we cross border again back to Gemany’s Bavaria and stop at world-known Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play taking place next in 2010. An orientation tour will show its Theatre with a seating for almost 5.000 spectators, the Parish Church, numerous houses with beautiful paintings on their external walls and inviting woodcarving shops. Some time is yours to enjoy this lovely village before we return to Munich. Dinner tonight is a festive occasion with wine or beer, music and entertainment. The highlight will be a surprise-drawing with everyone winning a valuable gift. We wish this last evening to be the most enjoyable one of your great tour! (B&D/ OV)
Another tasty breakfast this morning and your airport transfer is waiting. Under the assistance of your Tour Director check-in at Munich Airport, say „Auf Wiedersehen“ to Old Germany before your flight takes you back home. (B)
Please note: This tour can also be operated out of Frankfurt Airport and return / end your tour in Frankfurt. On request further information available.