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Time to rest or to start exploring the bustling metropolis on the Main River. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
A special treat at the very start of your journey through Germany is a romantic RHINE CRUISE along the most scenic section of the Rhine River. See castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, pretty wine towns, and the Lorelei rock. Disembark and drive to Cologne to visit the monumental gothic CATHEDRAL. Its twin 515-foot towers, five naves, splendid stained-glass windows, and the shrine of the Three Holy Kings are eloquent testimony to medieval engineering and craftsmanship. Afterwards, join the locals for LF a beer at the Cölner Hofbräu Früh, one of Cologne’s famous breweries.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km
Ride the ICE TRAIN to Berlin, capital of reunited Germany, where sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the fabulous boulevard Unter den Linden with its historical buildings, including the Berlin Cathedral, State Opera House, and Museum Island. Make a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, and see the restored Reichstag, the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park, Charlottenburg Palace, and the elegant Ku-Damm. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged bell tower, stop for pictures at the Holocaust Memorial, and pass the former Allied Checkpoint Charlie.
Today’s Distance: 367 mi / 590 km
Full day at leisure or join one of our optional excursions, such as a visit to nearby Potsdam.
Arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your orientation, see the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, once destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km
Discover Bayreuth, of festival fame. When Richard Wagner came to Bayreuth in 1871, he was not satisfied with the existing 18th-century Markgräfliches Opernhaus theater, so he had a new one built. Today, the Festival Hall is used exclusively for the Bayreuth Festival, and only works by Wagner are performed there. Continue to Nuremberg, the town of children’s toys and gingerbread. Admire the impressive medieval ramparts and walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town. See St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction, and admire the Schöner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings. Then, have LF dinner at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant to taste the traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km
Prepare for Rothenburg—a picturesque, medieval walled town with ramparts and towers on the Romantic Road. Step back in time and follow your Tour Director for a walk to the main square with its Town Hall. Wander through the cobblestone streets and shop for Christmas ornaments, for which the town is famous, before continuing to the Bavarian capital, Munich. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional dinner outing.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km
Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during your guided sightseeing. Admire the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; and Königsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall, a monumental loggia on the Odeonsplatz. Visit lively MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche.
Enjoy a leisurely day, or choose from a range of optional excursions to make the most of your stay.
Drive to Schwangau where two castles are facing each other: Hohenschwangau, where King Ludwig spent much of his youth, and magnificent NEUSCHWANSTEIN, the most famous in Germany and inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle at his theme park. Follow your Local Guide through this fairytale castle on its craggy outcrop high above a sparkling lake. Then, continue along the panoramic German Alpine Road to the sunny northern shore of Lake Constance, Europe’s largest freshwater reservoir. Visit the charming island of Lindau and the baroque CHURCH at Birnau before entering the lush Black Forest. During dinner, traditional Schwarzwaldkuchen (Black Forest Cake) will be served.
Today’s Distance: 242 mi / 390 km
This morning, enjoy the peaceful surroundings of your hotel and attend a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION, before continuing to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town, of Student Prince fame. Time to stroll around in the Old Town, then ride the FUNICULAR up the hill and visit the red-walled CASTLE where the GREAT VAT, a 58,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask, attracts particular attention. Return to Frankfurt, where a farewell dinner has been prepared to say auf Wiedersehen!
Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
A 165-room modern hotel located in the Niederrad business district of Frankfurt with Free Wifi internet access throughout the property. There is a contemporary bistro style restaurant and a modern bar serving International wines and cocktails as well as apple cider, a speciality of the Hesse region.
A 305-room hotel in the heart of Cologne offering Free Wifi internet access throughout. There is a bright and airy breakfast restaurant and a bistro bar with an outdoor summer terrace for drinks and snacks.
Right in the heart of the capital city, located at its trendy cultural district of "Berlin-Mitte", welcomes you the design hotel ARCOTEL John F Berlin - an ideal starting point for city and business trips. The 4-star-superior-hotel is centrally located between the famous Museumsinsel and Gendarmenmarkt, directly at the "Quartier am Auswärtigen Amt", with walking distance to the famous Friedrichstrasse and the "Unter den Linden" boulevard.
Situated in the heart of the Old Town, overlooking Dresden's Market Square, this modern 240 room property offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout, a refined restaurant serving German and Spanish fare, as well as a funky cocktail bar with a cigar lounge. Other amenities include a gym and a wellness area with sauna and steam bath.
Located in the heart of Nuremberg, this 244-room property has a striking modern design and offers a Free Wi-Fi connection throughout. The restaurant serves regional and Mediterranean food with a summer terrace for al fresco drinks and dining, other amenities include a contemporary bar and Gym with sauna and steam room.
Conveniently located in Munich's entertainment district, this 480-room upscale property provides a relaxing atmosphere alongside an exciting array of culinary delights and ambience in its lobby and signature bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, there is a 24-hour fitness room and its direct access to a metro station ensures fast easy connections to the city center and all major sites.
This sleek 446-room high-rise hotel close to the famous English Garden offers a choice of two restaurants serving market-fresh grill variations and healthy light Mediterranean fare. The stylish bar offers a variety of locally produced drinks, spirits, home made cakes and culinary delicacies and the Beer Garden offers the chance to indulge in some traditional Bavarian dishes and barbecued specialties (weather permitting). Leisure facilities include the city´s highest spa with panoramic views from the 23rd floor, a large wellness area including a heated swimming pool, Finnish sauna and steam bath. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the public areas; access in the rooms is subject to a fee (payable locally).
A comfortable hotel in typical Black Forest style, situated in a quiet park area within easy access from the B31 between Freiburg and Titisee. Nearby are mountain bike rentals, Black Forest cuckoo clock and glassblower's workshop with gift shop and St. Oswald's chapel, the oldest chapel of the Higher Black Forest.
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