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German Highlights

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    German Highlights

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    Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
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    Itinerary

    Day 1 : ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY.

    ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY. Time to rest or to start exploring the bustling metropolis on the Main River. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

    Day 2 : FRANKFURT–COLOGNE.

    FRANKFURT–COLOGNE. 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. See castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, pretty wine towns, and the Lorelei rock. Disembark and drive to Cologne to visit the monumental gothic CATHEDRAL. Its twin 515-foot towers, five naves, splendid stained-glass windows, and the shrine of the Three Holy Kings are eloquent testimony to medieval engineering and craftsmanship. Afterwards, join the locals for [LF] a beer at the Cölner Hofbräu Früh, one of Cologne’s famous breweries. Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km (B,D)

    Day 3 : COLOGNE–BERLIN.

    COLOGNE–BERLIN. Ride the ICE TRAIN to Berlin, capital of reunited Germany, where sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the fabulous boulevard Unter den Linden with its historical buildings, including the Berlin Cathedral, State Opera House, and Museum Island. Make a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, and see the restored Reichstag, the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park, Charlottenburg Palace, and the elegant Ku-Damm. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged bell tower, stop for pictures at the Holocaust Memorial, and pass the former Allied Checkpoint Charlie. Today’s Distance: 367 mi / 590 km (B,D)

    Day 4 : AT LEISURE IN BERLIN.

    AT LEISURE IN BERLIN. Full day at leisure or join one of our optional excursions, such as a visit to nearby Potsdam. (B)

    Day 5 : BERLIN–DRESDEN.

    BERLIN–DRESDEN. Arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your orientation, see the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, once destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km (B)

    Day 6 : DRESDEN–BAYREUTH–NUREMBERG.

    DRESDEN–BAYREUTH–NUREMBERG. Discover Bayreuth, of festival fame. When Richard Wagner came to Bayreuth in 1871, he was not satisfied with the existing 18th-century Markgräfliches Opernhaus theater, 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 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. See St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction, and admire the Schöner 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 [LF] dinner at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant to taste the traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste. Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km (B,D)

    Day 7 : NUREMBERG–ROTHENBURG–MUNICH.

    NUREMBERG–ROTHENBURG–MUNICH. Prepare for Rothenburg—a picturesque, medieval walled town with ramparts and towers on the Romantic Road. Step back in time and follow your Tour Director for a walk to the main square with its Town Hall. Wander through the cobblestone streets and shop for Christmas ornaments, for which the town is famous, before continuing to the Bavarian capital, Munich. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional dinner outing. Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km (B)

    Day 8 : MUNICH.

    MUNICH. Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during your guided sightseeing. Admire the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; and Königsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall, a monumental loggia on the Odeonsplatz. Visit lively MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. (B,D)

    Day 9 : AT LEISURE IN MUNICH.

    AT LEISURE IN MUNICH. Enjoy a leisurely day, or choose from a range of optional excursions to make the most of your stay. (B)

    Day 10 : MUNICH–OBERAMMERGAU–NEUSCHW...

    MUNICH–OBERAMMERGAU–NEUSCHWANSTEIN–LINDAU–BIRNAU–BLACK FOREST. Drive to Schwangau where two castles are facing each other: Hohenschwangau, where King Ludwig spent much of his youth, and magnificent NEUSCHWANSTEIN, the most famous in Germany 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. 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 and the baroque CHURCH at Birnau before entering the lush Black Forest. During dinner, traditional Schwarzwaldkuchen (Black Forest Cake) will be served. Today’s Distance: 242 mi / 390 km (B,D)

    Day 11 : BLACK FOREST–HEIDELBERG–FRA...

    BLACK FOREST–HEIDELBERG–FRANKFURT. This morning, enjoy the peaceful surroundings of your hotel and attend a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION, before continuing to 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 58,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask, attracts particular attention. Return to Frankfurt, where a farewell dinner has been prepared to say auf Wiedersehen! Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 320 km (B,D)

    Day 12 : FRANKFURT.

    FRANKFURT. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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    729 Globus Travel Reviews & Ratings

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    German Highlights

    So Many Sites!

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    Very fun trip that includes all the major stops in Germany. The pacing was very good and there were many days where you could either do side trips or spend the day doing your own exploring.
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    Excellent

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    A great mix of sites, friendly group, stellar tour guide Joppe, lots of extras, well paced to see many sites but not exhaustive

    Amazing Sights And Educational As Well

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    We visited many of the major German cities as well as the Black Forest for a complete tour of Germany.
    Our guide was amazing as was the bus driver and the local guides.
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    Very Good

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    Our first land-based tour was about what we expected, i.e., upscale hotels, generally good food (although the Ratskeller in Berlin for which we paid an arm and a leg) was horrible. The only thing we missed was being able to go to planned museums. We did in Cologne, where we had been before, but generally didn't like not being able to go to museums.

    Would be go on a tour like this again? Not sure as there are places we want to tour that don't seem to be on any scheduled tour.
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    Excellent

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    The trip was fabulous. The weather was wonderful - we got to see Germany when the leaves were changing! Our guide and bus driver were so great. The schedule was perfect. I am so pleased with all of the places we visited and think of this wonderful experience everyday!
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    Very Good

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    The first thing I want to start out with, is our guide-Sheryl (not sure on the spelling) was fantastic. I couldn't have asked for a better guide. She was extremely informative, interesting, and easy to listen to. I would take a tour with her anywhere in the world. Highlights of the trip included the Cruise on the Rhine, Nuremburg, Rothenburg, the Castles in Bavaria (all of them), and the Black Forest. What I didn't like: The FOOD. I am capitalizing this, because, frankly it was terrible. I would rather eat at the local pub that is known for good food, then at a 5 star restaurant in a hotel. I also thought there was way too much German traditional food. I did every extra meal, and I wish I hadn't now. I would have rather gone out and found a good place to eat instead. There were a few locations that were ok, and the only place that the food was inedible was the restaurant in Berlin that we paid for, but overall, I was really disappointed in the food. I also thought we needed another day in Munich. We didn't get to see much of the city and got to spend no time at the museums or memorials there. Munich is supposed to have better stuff then Berlin, and we didn't get to see much. I did appreciate the bus tour, but I thought we should have had at least another half day there. Cologne was great, I liked the hotel, the cathedral, and the pub we stopped at. Berlin was cool. Although I wish the bus tour would have given us a bit more time and visited a few more places. The tour to Potsdam was definitely worth it, and I liked the guide. Lipzieg was fun and totally worth the stop. Nuremburg, I wish we would have had about 2 more hours. We were really rushed to see part of the castle, and didn't get to spend much time seeing the other parts of the square. Also, where we ate that night, they were extremely rude. (I went to Nuremburg later with a friend, and we found a couple of places that had better food and were friendlier.) Rothenburg was awesome and totally worth the stop. I loved Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. Both castles were worth the time. I wish we had had the chance to go up in the alps, but there weren't enough people interested. Dachau was 5 stars as well, although I would have loved to heard Sheryl's take on stuff, just because she studied that information-but she wasn't allowed to tell us anything in the camp. The Black Forest was cool, although it would have been fun to take a hike through the woods at one point. I loved the cuckoo clock place-and they treated us really well. I loved Lake Lindau-and that was the perfect amount of time at that location. Hamburg was awesome, but I would have liked about 1 more hour there. We didn't have quite enough time to see what I wanted. The places we stayed were really nice. I would give 5 stars to all of them. Was really impressed with where we stayed-especially in Frankfurt, Cologne, Oberammergau, and Nuremburg. Overall, I would say this, give Sheryl a raise, choose different places to eat, and add 1 more day to the trip so that we could do more in Munich and add an hour or 2 in different spots.
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