GERMAN HIGHLIGHTS - 2017

11 Days - FRANKFURT to FRANKFURT

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Overview

Germany is a country filled with spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairytale castles, a fascinating history, fun oompah music, and world-class beer. On this Germany tour, you'll see Germany's highlights and visit its most famous cities, as well as its medieval towns and scenic areas. Your vacation begins and ends in Frankfurt with overnights also in Düsseldorf, Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich, Oberammergau, and the Black Forest. You'll visit the must-see attractions in each city, including the famous gothic cathedral in Cologne, with its twin-steepled towers, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, badly damaged during the war and today a symbol of reconciliation.

Magnificent scenery also awaits you on this Germany vacation. Enjoy a Rhine cruise along the most scenic section of the Rhine River, with castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. Join the Romantic Road with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, and scenic countryside, and stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Visit King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled high in the Alps. Drive on the panoramic German Alpine Road to beautiful Lake Constance, Europe's largest freshwater reservoir, and to the charming island of Lindau. Finally, enjoy Germany's lush Black Forest region, where you’ll learn about the art of woodcarving and enjoy coffee and Black Forest Cake—a special experience included by Globus.

A tour to Germany would not be complete without sampling the local cuisine and beer. That's why Globus has included a beer at a famous brewery in Cologne, founded over 100 years ago. Bratwurst has been a tradition in Nuremberg for many centuries, and Globus has included dinner at a local Nuremberg restaurant to taste the traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste.

From the beautiful scenery and exciting cities to the traditional food and wonderful beer, this Germany tour has it all!

Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Enjoy a beer in Cologne's Cölner Hofbräu Früh
Taste traditional Nürnberger Bratwurste at the Bratwurst Roslein restaurant
Experience a woodcarving demonstration and enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
- FRANKFURT

A special welcome dinner at Schwarzer Stern restaurant and a farewell dinner.

- RHINE CRUISE.

- COLOGNE

Visit the cathedral; enjoy a beer at the Colner Hofbrau Fruh.

- DUSSELDORF-BERLIN
By high-speed first-class Eurocity train.

- BERLIN
Guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

- LEIPZIG
Orientation including Bach's Thomaskirche.

- NUREMBERG
Walking tour including the Old Town; a special dinner at Bratwurst Roslein restaurant.

- ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the walled town.

- MUNICH
Guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz.

- OBERAMMERGAU
Stay two nights in the Passion Play village.

- NEUSCHWANSTEIN
Guided visit of King Ludwig's castle.

- LINDAU
Visit the island on Lake Constance.

- BIRNAU
Visit the baroque church.

- BLACK FOREST
Woodcarving demonstration and Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen.

- HEIDELBERG
Walking tour of the Old Town; ride the funicular and visit the castle.

- MEALS
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 7 three-course dinners (D) with wine, including a special welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Frankfurt, and a special dinner in Nuremberg.

- TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; Rhine River cruise; first-class Eurocity train; funicular ride.

- 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 FRANKFURT, GERMANY.

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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 travelling companions and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner at Schwarzer Stern restaurant. (D)

Day 2FRANKFURT - COLOGNE - DUSSELDORF.

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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, with castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, pretty wine towns, and the Lorelei rock. Disembark and drive to Cologne to visit the awesome gothic CATHEDRAL. Its twin 157-metre (515-foot) towers, five naves, splendid stained-glass windows, and the shrine of the Three Holy Kings are eloquent testimony to the quality of medieval engineering and craftsmanship. Afterwards, enjoy a beer at the Colner Hofbrau Fruh, one of Cologne's famous breweries. Continue to charming Dusseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, for your overnight stay. (B,D)

Day 3DUSSELDORF - BERLIN.

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Ride the EUROCITY TRAIN to Berlin, capital of reunited Germany, where sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku'damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 64-metre-high (210-foot) Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. (B,D)

Day 4AT LEISURE IN BERLIN.

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A full day at leisure gives you a chance to join one of our exciting optional excursions, like to nearby Potsdam. (B)

Day 5BERLIN - LEIPZIG - NUREMBERG.

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On your way south through what used to be the "other" Germany, visit Leipzig, an important centre since the Middle Ages. See the Thomaskirche, where J.S. Bach worked, and the Market Square with its fine renaissance buildings. 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 to St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction, and 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. Then, have dinner at Bratwurst Roslein restaurant to taste the traditional Nurnberger Bratwurste. (B,D)

Day 6NUREMBERG - ROTHENBURG - MUNICH.

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Join the Romantic Road and arrive in 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, for which this pretty town is famous. Next is the Bavarian capital, Munich. Tonight, you may wish to join an exciting optional dinner outing. (B)

Day 7MUNICH - OBERAMMERGAU.

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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. In the late afternoon, drive to the romantic Passion Play town of Oberammergau, where you will stay for the next two nights. (B,D)

Day 8AT LEISURE IN OBERAMMERGAU.

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A full day at leisure. Choose from our optional excursions to make the most of your stay in this romantic area. (B)

Day 9OBERAMMERGAU - NEUSCHWANSTEIN - LINDAU - BIRNAU - BLACK FOREST.

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Start today with a visit to King Ludwig's magnificent NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, which inspired Walt Disney. 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, then continue west and visit the baroque CHURCH at Birnau. Enter the lush Black Forest and enjoy an overnight stay at the family-owned Hofgut Sternen hotel. (B,D)

Day 10BLACK FOREST - HEIDELBERG - FRANKFURT.

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This morning, drive deeper into the Black Forest, then stop for a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION and Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest Cake). Arrive in 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 219,554-litre (58,000-gallon) 18th-century wine cask, attracts particular attention. Return to Frankfurt, where a farewell dinner with wine has been prepared to say auf Wiedersehen! (B,D)

Day 11FRANKFURT.

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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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