Pre- and post-tour accommodation in Amsterdam and Budapest can be added. The tour can also be booked from Budapest to Amsterdam. The tour includes second class rail tickets. It can be upgraded to first class rail for an extra of EUR 150 per person. This includes seat reservations for all long distance rails.
Day 1 : Cologne
In about 2 hours and 40 minutes the High-speed rail (ICE) will take you from Amsterdam to Cologne Central Station. Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Its roots can be found almost two thousand years ago. The Romans founded the Ubii village on the Rhine in 50 AD and called it "Colonia". There is something “historical” to see at almost every corner. Don´t miss to visit Cologne´s most famous landmark, the Kölner Dom (cathedral) which is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe, taking 632 years to build! Explore this truly interesting city and enjoy modern life surrounded by history’s influence.
We recommend to go on an one hour Panorama Cruise on the Rhine River where you will see many sights of Cologne. Cologne is also the “city of churches”, in no other German city are so many churches within the realms of the old city wall. Then there is the Rathaus (townhall), built around 1330, and some towers and parts of the old city wall are still to be seen. In the evening you may take a break in one of the traditional breweries, called "Brauhaus" in German and enjoy a "Kölsch" (typical beer in Cologne).
Day 2: Wurzburg. From Cologne you take a High-Speed train to Wurzburg. The city is idyllically located amidst vineyards, with the mediaeval fortress Marienberg towering above. Würzburg is old bishop´s see and lively town, proudly presenting monuments of different eras. Culture, art, history and hospitality are ever-present in this remarkable city!
The Fortress Marienberg, Würzburg´s landmark, has of course changed its appearance a great deal since it was first mentioned, today the oldest part of the fortress is the "Rundkirche" (round church) which was built in the year one thousand. Please note that Marienberg Fortress and the Rundkirche are closed on Mondays and from November to March 15th.
The Cathedral, the Marienkapelle, the "Alte Mainbrücke" (old bridge across the river Main ), the Juliusspital and the "Käppele" are musts, but make sure that you do not miss out on the "Fürstbischöfliche Residenz" (Prince bishops residence ).
This "Palace above all Palaces" is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are only a few cities in Germany which present buildings of so many different eras as Würzburg does, some of them being true masterpieces of their time. Enjoy this beautiful town which offers not only cultural but also culinary highlights such as the hearty cuisine and of course the world famous Frankenwein!
Day 3: Nuremberg. The High-Speed train (ICE) will take you from Wurzburg to Nuremberg. 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 medieval 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 medieval 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: Munich. After breakfast take the High-Speed train (ICE) to Munich. Your hotel is located very close to Munich Central Station.
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). Visit the Residence, Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Hall of Fame and all the other sights in Munich which are included in your comprehensive sightseeing package. With your Munich All Day Pass you have free use of the public transportation system (buses, trams, subways) within Munich.
Day 5: Oberammergau, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof . Your all day escorted coach tour will first take you to Oberammergau for a photo stop. The coach will then take you to Linderhof Palace, the "Royal Villa" of Ludwig II. Visit this beautiful furnished castle and the park. Admission to Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle is included in the price of the tour.
The picture of Neuschwanstein 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 the Castle is like no other!
Day 6: Salzburg. In your personal timetable (which is included in your tour information sheets) you will find a choice of High-Speed trains you can take from Munich to Salzburg. You are holding unrestricted Rail tickets and you may travel that day at your convenience.
Your hotel is located very close to Salzburg Central Station.
In the afternoon you will join the English-speaking most unique 4-hour Sound of Music tour. This tour is an ideal opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Maria von Trapp whilst taking in local historical sights both from the city of Salzburg and also the picturesque Lakes and Mountains region along the way.
Day 7: Vienna. At your convenience take the train from Salzburg to Vienna.
Your hotel is located in walking distance to Vienna Central Station. Visit Vienna Hofburg, the St. Stephan Cathedral, the Opera House and many more. You might also want to visit the Spanish Riding School for a performance.
Day 8: Vienna. On your second day in Vienna get an impression of the most significant historical sights of Vienna. Along the Ringstrasse you will see numerous grand buildings, such as the MAK, the State Opera House, the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts with its world famous art treasures of the Habsburgs and the Natural History Museum, the cultural district the Museums Quartier, the Hofburg (the former Habsburg winter residence), the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater.
You may want to visit Schonbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Habsburg family and home of Maria Theresia. On the way back to the opera you will pass by the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugen, which houses the largest and the most precious Gustav Klimt collection in the world. If you are interested to book a concert at Schoenbrunn Palace please contact us by Email for an arragement (can also include dinner and a tour of the Palace).
Day 9: Budapest.In your personal timetable (which is included in your tour information sheets) you will find a choice of High-Speed trains you can take from Vienna to Budapest. You are holding unrestricted Rail tickets and you may travel that day at your convenience.
In a little less than three hours you will be in Budapest. Budapest - one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities. Consisting of two very different cities, Buda on the West bank of the Danube River and Pest on the East bank, Budapest is a charming and romantic city. Most of Budapest's famous sights are concentrated on Castle Hill on the Buda side, in downtown Pest and along the riverside walkways. You are holding a 24 hour Hop-on Hop-off City tour ticket which is a very good way to explore the City.
The most popular attraction is the Royal Palace which is towering on the Castle Hill above the city as well as the Parliament Building - a neogothic jewel, beautifully situated overlooking the Danube. St. Stephen's Basilica is the main church of Budapest. It is an important example of neoclassical architecture. The mummified right hand of Hungary first king, St Stephen is kept in the chapel. The 96 meter high dome can be seen from anywhere in the city and inside is beautifully decorated with mosaics.
Day 10: Budapest. Your 24-hour Hop-on Hop-off City ticket is still valid. These are the stops along the tour through Budapest:
József Nádor square
-Dohány Street Synagogue
-Liszt Ferenc square/ Oktogon
-Heroes’ Square / City Park
-Keleti Railway Station / Hungaria Hotel
-Chain Bridge / Funicular
-Castle Hill / Dísz square
-Váci utca – Március 15. square
Day 11: Budapest to Budapest Airport. By Airport Shuttle transfer you will get from your hotel to Budapest Airport where your tour ends.
Please note that the tour can be customized. Pre- and post accommodation nights can be added.
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