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Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Cruise past the mythical Lorelei Rock, walk in the footsteps of the Pied Piper of Hamelin and visit the real-life castle that inspired Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ on this enchanting German trip steeped in myth and legend.
Fly to Frankfurt where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for one night.
Begin today with a leisurely cruise along one of Germany's most famous rivers - the romantic Rhine. Board your cruiser and sail between steep, forested banks and awesome Rhineland panoramas. Pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, said to have been home to sirens who lured sailors to their demise.
This morning, journey into the Lower Saxony region to visit Hamelin, a town made famous by the Brothers Grimm Pied Piper fairytale. Spend time exploring the beautiful medieval old town, with its Haemelschenburg Castle, the town centre's colourful historical buildings or the Hochzeitshaus, whose elaborate gables and clockwork figures depict the Pied Piper's tale. Later, continue to Hamburg and arrive in time for an optional harbour cruise.
Enjoy an orientation drive around cosmopolitan Hamburg, Germany's greatest maritime and second largest city. Observe the impressive merchants' houses, glistening canals and lavish promenades before continuing to the 'Queen of Hansa': Lübeck. The founding city of the Hanseatic League, Lübeck was a former centre for all the sea-borne trade around the Baltic and North Seas. Still adorned with beautiful medieval and Gothic architecture, the city is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany and its oval Old Quarter is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Carry on to Berlin for two nights in Germany's vibrant capital.
Once the city of contrasts, with the Wall separating two different worlds, fascinating Berlin has since developed into a harmonious blend of new and old, preserving its historical buildings and impressive neo-classical boulevards as well as creating brand new buildings in modern architectural styles. See all of this on the included city sightseeing tour, with a local guide.
This morning, visit Dresden, the old capital of Saxony often called 'the Florence of the Elbe', to experience this beautiful city effortlessly blending the traditional and the modern. Take an included tour of the sights today including the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion, the beautifully restored Frauenkirche and much more. Later, continue to Leipzig, where the great composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived the last years of their lives. The city boasts a renaissance Old Town and is home to St Nicholas Church - the site where the 'peaceful revolution' was born, which led, eventually, to the reunification of Germany. Laden with historical architecture and a vibrant cultural scene, Leipzig is your base for tonight.
Your first stop today is Weimar, renowned as an intellectual centre throughout the late 18th and early 19th centuries and former home to scholars such as Goethe, Schiller and Liszt. Famed for having the historical period 'Weimar Republic' named after it, the city's cultural and architectural importance was also recognised by its appointment as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After time in Weimar, continue to Coburg to admire the mighty Veste Coburg Castle, built in 1225 and dominating the town from the hillside, before heading to Nuremberg for a visit to its old centre, home to Gothic churches, ancient ramparts and elegant patrician houses.
Today, stop in the charming, picture-postcard town of Rothenburg, set alongside the Tauber River, to admire the charming ramparts and towers, cobbled streets and 16th-century houses that embody the essence of the medieval walled villages and hamlets along the Romantic Road. Next, drive amongst spectacular terraced vineyards and stunning natural landscapes dotted with picturesque half-timbered houses and richly decorated stonework, before continuing to Munich, the Bavarian capital, for two nights.
Often called 'Germany's secret capital', experience the best of Munich today on an included city sightseeing tour, with a local guide. Take time to admire the beautiful main square, Marienplatz, perhaps do some shopping, or stop and sip its most famous product: beer. There are optional excursions for you to choose from so you can tailor today to best suit you and really make the most of this fantastic city.
Visit the most famous 19th century neo-romantic castle in the world: King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle. This spectacular fairytale-styled castle is perched high in a dominant cliff-top position overlooking the frontier town of Füssen. This afternoon, continue across this breathtaking landscape to the Black Forest region for one night.
Today, head to Heidelberg for a short visit to the medieval Old Town with its pretty cobbled streets, lovely gateway and charismatic central square. Home to Germany's oldest and best-known university, the city is also regarded as the inspiration and source of myths for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt for one night.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
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