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12 DAYS – FROM/TO FRANKFURT
Romantic Germany and Benelux
Discover Germany in combination with a tour of the most fascinating cities of northwest Europe. Travel back in time with a visit to beautiful historic towns and fairytale castles in Germany. Belgium’s capital and headquarters of the European Union and NATO, Brussels boasts an impressive historic center with medieval streets. Amsterdam is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, packed with historic monuments and beautiful canals.
Day 1 / Sunday
Arrival at Frankfurt airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. We recommend to do an optional boat excursion on the Rhine from Rüdesheim to St. Goar (regular and private services available). Frankfurt is the financial and commercial heart of Germany, a city full of fascinating contrasts between modern development and historic landmarks. At 7 pm you will meet your guide at the welcome-dinner at the hotel. Accommodation at the Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City****.
Day 2 / Monday
Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Freiburg
In the morning we travel from Frankfurt to Heidelberg. Visit the famous castle ascending with the cable car and enjoy a sightseeing tour of ist historic city center. Idyllically located on the shores of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university town and one of the most popular destinations in the country. If weather conditions allow it, we will take the scenic Schwarzwald Hochstrasse to Freudenstadt. Our next stop is Freiburg. Accommodation at the Park Hotel Post****.
Day 3 / Tuesday
Freiburg - Lake Titi - Lindau - Füssen
After breakfast we enjoy a sightseeing tour of lovely Freiburg, famous for its beautiful church
tower. Next we travel to Lake Titi, nestled in the legendary Black Forest. We will have the full “Black Forest experience”: Make your own Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte and savor it afterwards with a cup
of coffee and gaze at a short presentation on the cuckoo clock production. We continue the tour to
the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance, which boasts spectacular views of the Alps. Depending on
weather conditions we will take the Alpine road from Lindau to Oberstaufen and Immenstadt to our final
destination Füssen, the southernmost point on our tour of Romantic Germany. Accommodation at the Hotel Hirsch****.
Day 4 / Wednesday
Neuschwanstein - Wieskirche - Oberammergau - Ettal Abbey - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
We begin the day with a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the notorious “Mad King“. In the afternoon we travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play and lovely crafts. Along the way we visit the Wieskirche Church before continuing the tour to the Ettal Benedictine Abbey. Taste the delicious cheese on a visit to the local cheese factory. Today‘s final destination is Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany’s winter sports capital and site of the 1936 winter Olympics. This mountainous region also features Germany’s highest peak, Zugspitze (2.962 m). Accommodation at the Rheinischer Hof****.
Day 5 / Thursday
Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Innsbruck - Linderhof - Munich
In the morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Innsbruck, Austria, located in the Inn valley, in the heart of the Alps. As an alternative excursion you may also ascend to the top of Zugspitze (instead of Innsbruck, not included). In the afternoon we travel to Munich and visit Linderhof Castle. This is one of the 3 castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one where the king actually lived for a significant amount of time. Accommodation at the Hotel Excelsior****+.
Day 6 / Friday
After breakfast we visit the city‘s main attractions, concluding the tour at the Marienplatz square with its famous clock tower. The capital of Bavaria state, Munich, is famous for its Oktoberfest, which is annually celebrated in September. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure. In the evening you enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner. Accommodation at the Hotel Excelsior****+.
Day 7 / Saturday
Munich - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Frankfurt
After breakfast we travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Romantic Germany. Sightseeing tour of this lovely medieval town concluding with a Schneeballen (snow ball) tasting, a pastry considered the signature dish of Rothenburg. Next we travel to Frankfurt. Accommodation at the Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City****.
Day 8 / Sunday
Frankfurt - Rhine Valley - Cologne
In the morning we travel to Cologne. Our itinerary takes us along the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine valley with magical scenery and medieval castles. Upon arrival in Cologne we enjoy a tour of the metropolis on the Rhine. The spires of the gothic cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage site) dominate the skyline of this old German city filled with numerous art treasures, lovely museums and a rich cultural agenda. Accommodation at the Hotel Maritim****.
Day 9 / Monday
Cologne - Aachen - Brussels
In the morning we depart for Brussels. Along the way we stop in Aachen, home of kings and emperors in the Middle Ages. Upon arrival in Brussels you enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city’s lovely medieval streets, museums, shops and cafés. Accommodation at the Hotel NH Atlanta Brussels****.
Day 10 / Tuesday
Brussels - Ghent - Bruges
Our first destination is Ghent, where we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Then we continue to Bruges, also known as ” Venice of the North” because of its many canals. Once a powerful and prosperous merchant city, Bruges still preserves an impressive legacy of medieval monuments and buildings. Accommodation at the Hotel NH Brugge****.
Day 11 / Wednesday
Bruges - Antwerp - Amsterdam
After breakfast, we travel to Amsterdam. Along the way we stop briefly in Antwerp. Arrival in Amsterdam and city tour. The capital of the Netherlands is one of the most fascinating cities in the world and boasts a wealth of historic monuments, museums and beautiful canals. Don‘t miss the opportunity to visit the Van Gogh Museum. Accommodation at the Hotel NH Schiller****.
Day 12 / Thursday
Amsterdam - Frankfurt
Transfer from Amsterdam to Frankfurt Airport.
During holidays, conferences and special events, accomodation may only be available outside the city. Excursions and tours are usually not affected by these events.
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Selected and traditional hotels in the city center
Entrance fees included
Travel in a small group
Accompanied by our experienced guide
THIS PROGRAM INCLUDES
Transfer in from Frankfurt airport to your hotel (only on day 1 of the tour)
Transportation by car, minivan or bus from day 2 - day 7 (depending on number of participants)
English speaking tour guide during the entire tour (driver-guide for groups of 7 persons or less)
Accommodation at the hotels described or similar
Daily buffet breakfast
Visits and excursions as listed in the program
Welcome dinner in Frankfurt and typical regional farewell-dinner in Munich
Admission to Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles
Black Forest Cake cooking class
Visit to a cuckoo clock visitor center
Visit to a local cheese factory
Visit to a local brewery and beer tasting (minimum of 20 persons)
“snow ball” tasting in Rothenburg
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