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Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Today’s highlight is an included Rhine cruise to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. The next highlight is Cologne with free time to visit the city center.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi/ 310 km
Journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town center with the colorful historical buildings and magically fancy gables echoing the story of the Pied Piper. Continue to Hamburg.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km
Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Later, depart for 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. Later, arrive in Berlin and enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km
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. Consider an optional excursion this afternoon.
Travel southwest to Dresden, the old capital of Saxony and at one time rightly called the “Florence on the Elbe.” See the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion and much more on your included sightseeing. Then it’s on to Leipzig, where composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived the last years of their lives. It was Mendelssohn who founded the Leipziger Conservatory in 1843.
Today’s Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km
Leave Leipzig to visit Weimar, home to many intellectuals of the past but mainly known for the name given to the historical period of the “Weimar Republic.” 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 town center, dominated by the imperial castle.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km
As you leave Nuremberg, stop for a photo at the famous Zeppelinfield. On the way to Munich, visit the quaint Medieval village of Rothenburg on the Romantic Road. Marvel at its towered gates and battlements, squares of half-timbered houses and decorated fountains.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km
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 Munich’s famous beer!
. 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 fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Overnight in a lovely village outside Stuttgart.
Today’s Distance: 192 mi/ 310 km
The day starts with a scenic drive for a taste of the Black Forest landscapes and villages, followed by a visit to Heidelberg—location of Germany’s oldest university and inspiration for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
The QGREENHOTEL by Meliá provides 177 fully equipped rooms; different dining areas (Restaurant / Lobby Bar); free WiFi internet; 24 hour Fitness Room for the exclusive use of guests.
440 rooms, close to the airport (13 km), close to the motorway A3 and A5, Bus station in front of the hotel and taxi station (to the city center), 1 Sportsbar, 3 Restaurants.
Six-story Airport Hotel located 500 meters from airport; 15 km from Cologne city center & train station.
Situated close to the fashionable Ottensen district where many shops, reataurants and galleries can be found. This 235-room hotel offers modern decor with wooden floors in the air-conditioned guest rooms and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property. International cuisine is served in the restaurant together with a selection of fine German wines and the retro-style lounge bar offers a wide selection of drinks and snacks.
Contemporary designed hotel, combining elegance and sophistication with modern facilities, located in the center of Berlin.
The NH Leipzig Messe hotel is just a short walk from the Leipzig Trade Fair and the Congress Center Leipzig, Meanwhile, you're also close to the city's cultural highlights, including the Zoo Leipzig, the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Auerbach's Cellar, a restaurant that dates back to the 15th century. It's a 10-minute walk to the tram, which will take you into town.
The Ramada Nuernberg Parkhotel is set in peaceful and quiet surroundings, dominated by lawn, trees and flowers.
The ibis München Parkstadt Schwabing is located in Schwabing, the most popular district in Munich, between the English Garden and Leopoldstraße. Both attractions are just a short distance away. Our hotel has good public transport links. It is a ten-minute journey to the Allianz Arena and Olympiazentrum, and Marienplatz is just 2.5 miles (4 km) away. All 147 rooms are air conditioned and have 24/7 WIFI. WIFI is available free of charge in the lobby, bar and restaurant.
Located in the spa town of Bad Boll, 30 km from Stuttgart surrounded by a nature reserve, this chalet-style property offers a selection of restaurants, a beer garden, a terrace bar and wellness center. Cozy guestrooms have comfortable beds, minibar, and free Wi-Fi connection.
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