This well designed tour includes accommodation in 5* Luxury Hotels in Frankfurt (Hotel InterContinental), Nuremberg (LeMeridien Hotel) and Munich (Sofitel Hotel Bayerpost), a Rhine River Cruise, Day trips (by Rail) to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bamberg and Bayreuth and an escorted Coach tour to Oberammergau and the Royal Castles: Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle.
It also includes a comprehensive admission package: Admission to the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg, the New Residence in Bamberg, the New Palace, Margravial Opera House, Hermitage & Court Garden in Bayreuth, Residence Museum & Treasury, Nymphenburg Palace & Park, Hall of fame & Statue of Bavaria in Munich, Linderhof Palace in Ettal and Neuschwanstein Castle in Hohenschwangau is already included in the price of the tour!
This Luxury Hotel Summer Special is available on request only on certain dates in 2009 (July 4th, July 11th, July 18th, July 25th, August 1st, August 8th, August 15th, August 22nd) and it pre- and or post-tour night can be booked but the tour cannot be adjusted. This special offer sells out fast since our allotment is limited. Please book early! The tour can also be booked from Munich to Frankfurt.
Day 1: Frankfurt
Frankfurt is your international gateway for this beautiful tour. If you arrive in Frankfurt early enough enjoy this very modern metropolis which nevertheless offers many historic sites such as the Römerberg with its beautifully restored timber-framed houses, of course the Goethe Haus where the world famous poet once lived, the Paulskirche, symbol for democracy and freedom in Germany, "Alt-Sachsenhausen", where in Schellgasse number 6 you will find Frankfurt's oldest timber-framed house which was built around 1291, to name only a few of Frankfurt's historic landmarks.
The Frankfurt museum riverbank is one of the most important locations for museums in Germany and Europe. The exhibition buildings are lined up on both sides of the Main riverbank, several famous museums are to be found in the city centre. Visit the "Städel", the German Museum of Architecture as well as the Museum of Applied Art or the "Schirn Kunsthalle" to name only a few.
Don't miss out on Frankfurt's "Zeil", a huge pedestrian zone where shopping is the name of the game. In addition to the large department stores in the pedestrian zone in February 2009 "MYZEIL" was opened, a shopping center with 80 shops and Frankfurt’s longest escalator (46 metres).
Day 2: Rhine River Cruise: Rüdesheim & Loreley
Today you will go aboard a ship of the “Weisse Flotte” (White Fleet) leaving for the Loreley. The ship will take you through the romantic Rhine-valley, passing many castles and sunlit vineyard. You will disembark at the idyllic “wine- town” Sankt Goarshausen, which lies at the foot of the Loreley.
Explore the medieval part of the picturesque Old Town, where two of the towns towers as well as parts of the original wall protecting the town are preserved. Of course you should visit the castles “Katz” and “Maus” (cat and mouse) both proudly overlooking the Rhine. Do not miss the falconry in the castle “Maus”, here you can watch the King of birds, the proud eagle, on his lofty flight across the Rhine-valley.
But now for the real challenge: climb the stairway up to the “Loreley”, that legendary rock which is in an almost vertical position to the river down below. From up here you can marvel at the beautiful landscape and imagine how the songs of the “Loreley” beguiled the mariners, who drowned here where the Rhine river is as narrow and as deep as nowhere else! In the late afternoon a Ship of the Weisse Flotte will take you back to Rüdesheim from where the train takes you back to Frankfurt.
Day 3: Nuremberg
The High-Speed train (ICE) will take you from Frankfurt to Nuremberg. The LeMeridien is located right across from Nuremberg Main Station. The city's history reaches back to the year 1050, its name "nourenberc" translating into "rocky hill". Nuremberg's famous landmark, the "Kaiserburg" (Imperial Castle), towers above the Old town, which is protected by the five kilometers long city wall with its many towers.
When exploring the beauty of Nuremberg's mediaeval Old Town one can start at the Koenigstor ("Kingsgate"), from where the timber framed buildings, the Gothic Church of St.Lawrence and the Church of St.Sebaldus can be easily reached by foot.
Right next to the Koenigstor is the Handwerkerhof (craft center), here you will feel like you are back in the mediaeval times, there are craft workshops like they used to have a long time ago as well as a gingerbread bakery. Make sure to enjoy a Nuremberg Bratwurst along with a beer or a glass of Frankenwein.
Day 4: Day Trip (by Rail) to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
In the morning take a train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany's most beautiful mediaeval cities. Taking a walk thru this charming little town is truly a journey back in time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber was once a powerful free imperial town and its monuments, landmarks and buildings still bear witness to these days.
Marvel at the half-timbered buildings and at town walls which are withstanding time since hundreds of years, protecting the city since the Middle Ages. Visit the town's most famous spot, the Ploenlein square, probably the most photographed place in Rothenburg. Also very interesting to see is the Spitalbastei Gate, created by Leonhard Weidmann, the latin inscription on the gate reading: " Peace to those who enter, health to those who leave".
The Gothic St.James church is the town's most prominent church, here you can take a minute and relax in quietness while you enjoy the beauty of the famous Altar of the Holy Blood and the Twelve Apostles Altar. Every step you take in this old town is a step thru history with yet another beautiful spot to be discovered around the corner.
Rothenburg also offers museums which are cultural highlights, such as the Christmas Museum with an exhibition showing Christmas tradition in Germany, the Doll and Toy Museum where the history of playthings is shown, as well as the Crime Museum, where the visitor gets an insight into the law and especially its execution during the last 700 years. In the evening take the train back to Nuremberg.
Day 5: Day Trip (by Rail) to Bamberg
Today a train will take you in around 45 minutes to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Bamberg. Bamberg is a rarity even by "German standards", as the basic fabric of the Old Town is largely obtained, over one thousand (!) buildings are land marked. A "main" attraction is of course also the Imperial Cathedral (admission included), built on one of Bamberg´s seven hills. Marvel at the enigma of the cathedral's most well-known sculpture, the Bamberg horseman, as of today no one knows who the author is and whom it represents! The Imperial cathedral is one of the most important works of art in the surroundings. In the evening you will return to Nuremberg by train.
Day 6: Day Trip (by Rail) to Bayreuth
From Nuremberg you will take the train to Bayreuth. The train ride takes around 60 minutes to the town of the popular Richard Wagner festivals. The New Town Residence (admission included) was built in Bayreuth after the Old Palace burned down. Margravine Wilhelmine had considerable influence on its final form, designing some of the rooms herself, including the Cabinet of Fragmented Mirrors and the Old Music Room with its pastel portraits of singers, actors and dancers. The Palm Room with its outstanding walnut paneling is a typical example of the Rococo style in Bayreuth. See the Margravial Opera House (admission included), built between 1744 and 1748, one of the few remaining 18th-century theater buildings in Europe.
The interior of this theater with its tiers of boxes, made entirely of wood, was designed by Guiseppe Galli Bibiena from Bologna, the most important theater architect of his day. Margravine Wilhelmine, a sister of Friedrich der Große (Frederick the Great), Margravine Wilhelmine converted the Old Palace into a charming little summer palace. Her audience room, the Music Room, the Japanese Cabinet as well as the Chinese Mirror Cabinet are splendid examples of Rococo architecture. The Margravine, who was a theater buff, also had an artificial amphitheater ruin erected, in which she herself appeared along with the writer and philosopher Voltaire. A particular highlight of a tour of the palace is the interplay of water fountains in the grottoes. An around one hour train ride will take you back to your hotel in Nuremberg.
Day 7: Munich
After breakfast you take the train from Nuremberg to Munich.Munich, famous throughout the world, is the Bavarian metropolis, close to the Alps and in the heart of Europe. Where to begin when one wants to name places to see and things to do in this extraordinary city which like few others combines modern life with lively history.
There is Munich's old town where 850 years of history are showing off, there is the Marienplatz (Marien square) where 3 times each day thousands of people are spell bound when the world famous Glockenspiel (carillon) starts it's beautiful song Visit and marvel at the Frauenkirche, the town's landmark, do not miss the Hofbräuhaus and find out why the Münchner (inhabitants of Munich) don't want to miss out on their "Brotzeit" (a meal or snack consisting of bread, cold cut, cheese and so on, usually enjoyed between breakfast and lunch).
These are only a very few ideas of what to see and to do in this great city which might deserve an extra day's visit! Please note that admission to many sights in Munich is included in this tour and that your rail ticket is also valid for the Munich public transportation system that day (until 3 am the next day).
Day 8: Royal Castles Linderhof & Neuschwanstein (Day trip by Coach). This all day escorted coach tour will first take you to Oberammergau for a photo stop. Here the famous Oberammergau Passion Play take place every ten years.
The tour will then continue to Linderhof Palace, the "Royal Villa" of Ludwig II. Visit this beautiful furnished castle with the Hall of Mirrors and visit the beautiful palace park laid out from 1870 to 1880. The picture of Neuschwanstein Castle is probably present in everybody's mind but certainly for those traveling along the Romantic Road. Be prepared that reality will surpass all pictures and imaginations: Neuschwanstein seems to be taken out of a fairy tale!
Seeing the Castle from the outside is unforgettable, a tour of the insight, which was originally built for the one famous inhabitant, will make the picture perfect! But make sure to take some time to explore the castle grounds, the view of Neuschwanstein from the bridge behind it is like none other!
Day 9: Munich. The tour ends in Munich, as an option you can extend your stay in Munich and/or return to Frankfurt by train. You can start the tour every week on a Saturday from July 4th to August 22nd. The tour is available July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and it can not be adjusted.
Please note that this tour can also be booked from Munich to Frankfurt!
The price of the tour is 999 EUR per persons in double room(s) and a 650 EUR supplement per person(s) in single room(s).
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