BAVARIAN HIGHLIGHTS - 2017

7 Days - MUNICH to MUNICH

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Overview

Lederhosen, Oktoberfest, pretzels, a beautiful Alpine backdrop, excellent beer, storybook castles, and medieval towns…this is Bavaria and on this Germany tour, you’ll experience Bavaria's highlights. You’ll overnight in Munich, Regensburg, Nuremberg, the Black Forest, and Oberammergau area, and you’ll visit many medieval towns along the way. 


Sightseeing throughout the tour features the must-see attractions. In Munich, visit Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls and its famous glockenspiel, re-creating a royal wedding from the 16th century. History buffs are sure to be delighted in Regensburg, where your sightseeing features the 12th-century Stone Bridge, the oldest preserved bridge of its kind in Germany; the Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in the 2nd century; and St. Peter's Cathedral, begun in the 13th century.  In Nuremberg, admire the impressive medieval ramparts as you walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town.


Additionally, on this Germany tour, Globus has included special experiences to help you get a feel for Bavaria and to make your vacation unique. Among the many included features, you’ll enjoy a light lunch at the Historic Sausage Kitchen in Regensburg, Germany's oldest restaurant. Here-where the locals congregate-feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river as you enjoy a "medieval hot dog." In medieval Bamberg, the city with the largest historical centre in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, taste "smoked beer," a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavour. Near Oberammergau, you'll visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale castle of King Ludwig II nestled in the Bavarian Alps.


These are just a few of the many highlights on this Bavarian Highlights tour. Between the historical sights, fascinating towns, unique included experiences, and beautiful scenery as a backdrop, this is a vacation of a lifetime!


Combine with an Avalon Waterways river cruise (WZA)

Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Enjoy a cruise with the Swarovski Crystal Boat
Guided visit of Thurn and Taxis Palace
Enjoy a medieval hot dog at the Historic Sausage Kitchen 
Taste smoked beer in Bamberg
An exciting visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart
Visit the magnificent King Ludwig's Nueschwanstein Castle

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
- MUNICH

Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz; special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

- REGENSBURG
Guided walking tour; enjoy a cruise with the Swarovski Crystal Boat; guided visit of the Thurn und Taxis Palace; enjoy a "medieval hot dog" at the Historic Sausage Kitchen.

- NUREMBERG
Walking tour.

- BAYREUTH
Orientation of Wagner's city of festival fame.

- BAMBERG
Taste "smoked beer"; guided walking tour.

- ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the walled town.

- STUTTGART
Visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

- BLACK FOREST.

- LAKE CONSTANCE.

- OBERAMMERGAU AREA

Orientation; excursion to King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle including a visit to the Museum of the Bavarian Kings and a horse-drawn carriage ride.

- TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; boat cruise; horse-drawn carriage.

- HEADSETS
Throughout the tour.

- FREE WI-FI
available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

- MYACCOUNT
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.​

Package Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY.

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Time to rest or to start exploring the lively Bavarian capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)

Day 2MUNICH - REGENSBURG.

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Sightseeing with a Local Guide of Germany's "Secret Capital" features the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 305-metre-high (1,000-foot) Olympic Tower; and Konigsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall. Also visit lively MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. Arrive in Regensburg, and meet your Local Guide for a walking tour, featuring the Stone Bridge, the oldest preserved bridge of its kind in Germany; the Porta Pretoria, built in the 2nd century by Emperor Marcus Aurelius; and St. Peter's Cathedral. Next, board the Swarovski crystal boat for a CRUISE on the Danube River. (B)

Day 3REGENSBURG - NUREMBERG.

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Visit the THURN UND TAXIS PALACE, a former Benedictine monastery that was converted into the residence of the Princes of Thurn und Taxis in 1812. This family started the first large-scale postal service in Europe in the 15th century. You cannot leave Regensburg without tasting the local sausages; a light lunch has been included at the Historic Sausage Kitchen, where you can try a "medieval hot dog." Continue to Nuremberg, known for its children's toys and gingerbread. Admire the impressive medieval ramparts as you walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town and see St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction. Also admire the Schoner 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. (B,L)

Day 4NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO BAYREUTH & BAMBERG.

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Look forward to an exciting day. First, stop in Bayreuth for an orientation of this city of festival fame. Richard Wagner came to Bayreuth in 1871 and was not satisfied with the existing 18th-century theatre, the Markgrafliches Opernhaus, 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 picturesque Bamberg, the city with the largest historical centre in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste "smoked beer," a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavour imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. Later enjoy a guided walk along the cobblestone streets, and admire the architecture of the houses. Return to Nuremberg. (B)

Day 5NUREMBERG - ROTHENBURG - STUTTGART - BLACK FOREST.

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A short drive delivers you to medieval Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone lanes, and 16th-century houses. Hear how the town survived the Thirty Years' War, and shop for Christmas ornaments. On to Stuttgart for an exciting visit to the MERCEDES-BENZ MUSEUM. Then, enter the Black Forest for your overnight stay. (B,D)

Day 6BLACK FOREST - LAKE CONSTANCE - OBERAMMERGAU AREA.

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A scenic drive this morning to sparkling Lake Constance. Next, stop in the Passion Play village of Oberammergau before continuing to your hotel. Choose from our exciting optional excursions. (B)

Day 7OBERAMMERGAU AREA. EXCURSION TO NEUSCHWANSTEIN.

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The highlight today is a visit to King Ludwig's magnificent NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, one of Germany's most famous castles 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. Also visit the MUSEUM OF THE BAVARIAN KINGS and enjoy a HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDE. (B,D)

Day 8OBERAMMERGAU AREA - MUNICH.

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A leisurely morning with the possibility to join an optional excursion to visit King Ludwig's Linderhof Castle. This afternoon, you can return to Marienplatz and explore its many enticing shops. Tonight, a special farewell dinner awaits you at one of Munich's lively restaurants to say auf Wiedersehen! (B,D)

Day 9MUNICH.

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

AVAILABLE 2017 TOURS

Return Economy economy class airfare
Welcome drinks at hotel
Stay in 3 star hotel
Guided tour
Sighseeing

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