Day 1: Nuremberg – Swiss Franconia – Bamberg.
Leaving the local "metropolis" Nuremberg we are right in the beautiful landscape of Swiss Franconia (Germans tend to name every picturesque area 'Swiss'). Besides the beautiful nature and landscapes this is the world's #1 beer brewing area - nowhere else you will find more breweries (still more than 300). If you feel like it, you're welcome to ask your guide to stop at one or two of them to try these unique beers. Later on in the day we will visit Buttenheim. Most people have never heard of this tiny village, but everyone knows its famous son Levi Strauss, the jeans inventor. Close by is medieval Bamberg, where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Bamberg – Steigerwald – Würzburg – Rothenburg.
After crossing the Steigerwald, a romantic area of farmland, vineyards (ask your guide if you want to try some wine), small towns and forests we arrive in Würzburg. Famous churches, a splendid palace, The Residenz, and an impressive fortress are waiting for us. Following small river valleys we arrive in today’s final destination, the medieval jewel of Rothenburg.
Day 3: Rothenburg – Romantic Road – Oberammergau.
Following the Romantic Road, Germany’s best loved tourist route we travel south. Along the way, we will see some historic towns and gorgeous surrounding landscape of the Alps. Oberammergau, a textbook example of a Bavarian village with beautifully painted house facades, will be our base for the next 2 nights.
Day 4: Oberammergau – Linderhof – Neuschwanstein – Wieskirch – Garmisch – Oberammergau.
Day excursion to the fairytale castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof (less iconic than Neuschwanstein but at least as beautiful with its gardens, teahouses and grotto). We also visit Garmisch, city of the 1936 Nazi Olympics and Germany’s best known Rococo church in Wies.
Day 5: Oberammergau – Andechs – Munich.
On our way to Munich we stop in Germany’s most popular beer garden in Andechs, located in and operated by a Benedictine Monastery. Munich's awaiting treasures include the Marienplatz, Hofbrauhouse, museums, beer gardens and more.
Day 6: Munich – Holledau – Regensburg – Nuremberg.
Just after few miles north of Munich we will travel through the Holledau, the world’s most important hops area. If you would like, we can take a boat ride on the most scenic part of the Danube River. Regensburg – the city of the 3 rivers – is full of charm. Impressive residential houses and towers as well as churches bear witness to the wealth of bygone eras. But there is more than just a glorious past. Today Regensburg has an important university and interesting industrial productions such as BMWs. In the evening we will return to Nuremberg, completing our Bavaria Loop.
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