Day 1: Arrival.
Arrival in Dusseldorf and transfer to your hotel in Cologne. The rest of the day is open for your own explorations. Accommodation in Cologne
Day 2: Cologne.
After breakfast your local guide awaits you for a city tour of Cologne. Start with a visit of the breathtaking Cologne Cathedral, which was built from 1248 to 1880. With a height of 157 m, this masterpiece of Gothic architecture is the third highest sacral building in the world. Further sights include the historic town hall, the Romanesque church Gross St. Martin with its prominent crossing towers, the old town with the historic market place, as well as the Roncalliplatz. After lunch you will leave the cathedral city and head west to the spa town Aachen, located at the border to Belgium and the Netherlands. Here you will meet your local guide who will show you Kaiserdom also known as the Imperial Cathedral, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site as the first German architectural monument. Further famous sights are the historic center with its narrow lanes and the town hall. Accommodation in Cologne
Day 3: Cologne – Boppard/St. Goar – Heidelberg.
Starting from Cologne in the morning you will follow along the river Rheins to Koblenz and further on to the town of Boppard. Around noon you will proceed with a boat trip along the Mittelrhein with its steep vineyards, winding villages, rugged rocks and the legendary Lorelei to St. Goar. In St. Goar your driver awaits you to bring you to Heidelberg. The evening is at your own disposal. Accommodation in Heidelberg.
Day 4: Heidelberg & Speyer.
After breakfast, your local guide will take you on a sightseeing tour through the oldest university town and without doubt one of the most beautiful places in Germany: On this tour through the historical center of Heidelberg, you will see the Old Bridge, the old university assembly hall, the stables, the town hall, the knight, as well as the university library. As another highlight we suggest a visit to the Heidelberg castle. This symbol of the town, which is enthroned on the hill overlooking narrow alleys and picturesque old town rooftops, is among the most famous ruins of Germany. For ages, the complex of the castle was a symbol of rise and fall of the residency of the Electoral Palatinate and a source of inspiration for many artists during the period of romanticism. Following this visit, you will continue to Speyer. Founded by the Romans, it is one of Germany’s oldest cities and has many different faces waiting to be discovered. Explore the idyllic historic center with its winding streets and the lovingly restored houses with your local guide. Famous sights are the unique historical cathedral “Kaiserdom” (UNESCO World Heritage), the “Dreifaltigkeitskirche” and the Jewish district. Accommodation in Heidelberg.
Day 5: Heidelberg – Konstanz – Fussen area.
After an early breakfast we will transfer a couple of hours south to the city of Konstanz, situated on the picturesque Lake Konstance. This area was inhabited from the Stone Age on, with permanent settlements erected by Romans in the first century AD. In Early Medieval period, Konstance was an important ecclesiastical center. A bit later the strategic position of the city was magnified by the erection of the only permanent bridge across the Rhine River. Because of its immediate proximity to the Swiss border, the city was not bombed during WWII; which spared a charming medieval center that is very large for the modest overall size of the modern city. In the afternoon you’ll have some time to explore the city on your own or to take a short boat cruise on the Bodensee Lake. You will reach Fussen in the evening. Accommodation in Fussen area.
*Please note: long day with a lengthy transfer in the afternoon
Day 6: Fuessen – Neuschwanstein – Linderhof – Munich.
In the early morning you set off to a full-day excursion to the Royal Palaces of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. The so-called “fairytale castle” of King Ludwig II was built from 1868 onwards and nowadays belongs to the most popular castles and palaces in Europe with over one million visitors per year. Because the king was afraid of rebellion, he used the castle as a retreat from the public. Architecture and decor have been influenced by romantic historism and eclecticism of the 19th century. Following your visit of the “fairytale castle”, you will you will head to Linderhof Palace. Amid the foothills of the Alps, King Ludwig II had the forester`s house, once belonging to his father Max II, rebuilt and appointed as the “King`s Cottage”. Although this palace with its extensive landscaped park is the smallest of the 2 royal palaces, it used to be Ludwig`s favorite place where he spent most of his time. Adjacent to the palace, you can marvel at the Grotto, the Moorish Kiosk, the Moroccan House and the “Koenigshaeuschen”. On your way to Munich you will have a stop in Oberammergau for lunch. This city is famous for its production of a Passion Play and its woodcarvers. Arrival in Munich in the evening.
Day 7: Munich.
After breakfast, your local guide is awaiting you for a sightseeing tour in the third biggest city in Germany. You will see the Marienplatz with the column of St. Mary in the very heart of the city; the new town hall with its famous carillon and its elaborate facade, seat of the mayor and the city council; the old-established and very popular Viktualienmarkt; the medieval city gate Isartor; the Cathedral Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the landmark of Munich; the grand and expensive commercial street Maximilianstrasse; the Residence, former center of power of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings; the 3 Pinakothek-museums with outstanding collections; as well as the baroque Nymphenburg Palace, one of the largest Royal Palaces in Europe. The afternoon is at your own disposal. We suggest visiting the German Museum. Accommodation in Munich
Day 8: Munich – Castle Schleissheim – Romantic Road – Rothenburg.
After breakfast, you will leave Munich to visit the Schleissheim Palace. The complex comprises of three palaces, Old Palace, New Palace and Lustheim Palace, in a grand baroque park. The palace was a summer residence of rulers of Bavaria and belongs to the most famous baroque sites of Germany. After the visit follow the Romantic Road to the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Surrounded by a mighty wall, this town makes the visitor feel set back into medieval times. Continue to beautiful Wurzburg afterwards. Arrival in the evening and accommodation.
Day 9: Wurzburg – Bamberg - Leipzig.
In the early morning, your guide is awaiting you for a city tour in Wurzburg. Your guide will show you the former Prince Bishop`s Residence, part of the UNESCO world heritage. Built from 1720 to 1744, this masterpiece of Southern German Baroque is among the most important castles of Europe. Further sights are the old bridge over the River Main, an impressive building with 8 arcs; Cathedral St. Kilian, fourth biggest Romanesque church in Germany; the old University as well as the monumental fortress on the Marienberg, whose settlement dates back to Celtic times. After this city tour you will leave Wurzburg in order to drive to Leipzig. For lunch we recommend a stop in Bamberg. Its historic city center is a listed UNESCO world heritage site. Bamberg is also known for its versatile beer tradition. Accommodation in Leipzig. Please note: long day with a lengthy transfer in the afternoon
Day 10: Leipzig – Dresden.
After your breakfast and check out, your local guide is awaiting you in the oldest city of fairs: see the opera house, with its 300-year history; Gohlis Palace one of the most picturesque places in Leipzig, the Schiller House, Old Fair Ground, Monument to the Battle of the Nations, Russian Memorial Church and the German National Library. Afterwards you continue your journey through Germany’s East to Dresden and its Pillnitz Castle, the most important Chinoisery castle complex in Europe. Pillnitz Castle is harmoniously integrated with the natural setting of the Elbe valley and the surrounding hills and vineyards. Today, the castle houses the Arts and Crafts Museum of the Dresden State Art Collections and a Palace Museum. The 28-hectare park surrounding the main buildings contains botanical attractions from all over the world. On request we can arrange a guided tour or you stroll around the complex on your own. Accommodation in Dresden.
Day 11: Dresden.
Today you will meet your tour guide for a city tour in so-called “Florence on the Elbe”, where you can see the world-famous Frauenkirche church, the symbol of Dresden, which is regarded as Germany`s most important Protestant building in Baroque style; the Zwinger, a most perfect example of late Baroque architecture in Germany; the Semper Opera House, one of the most beautiful opera buildings in the world; the Royal Palace, which used to be the center of power of the Saxon sovereigns; the richly decorated cathedral; the Procession of Princes, a mural painting on tiles from Meissen porcelain of over 100 m length; the Bruhl Terrace, a former rampart also known as “the balcony of Europe”. On request we can arrange a guided tour through the Old Masters Picture Gallery with an English speaking guide. The Gallery attracts more than 500,000 art lovers from all over the world to see Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna” and much more. The evening is at your free disposal. Accommodation in Dresden
Day 12: Dresden – Potsdam - Berlin.
After your breakfast you will leave Dresden. On your way to Berlin we will make a stop in Potsdam for a visit of the Sanssouci Palaces and to enjoy the charming cultural landscape dotted with palaces and historic gardens on a boat trip. In the afternoon your driver brings you to German’s capital, Berlin. Accommodation in Berlin.
Day 13: Berlin.
Today, your local guide will take you on a sightseeing tour: See some of the most important sights such as Alexanderplatz, Berlin`s most famous square with the World Time Clock and the Fernsehturm (TV tower) Alex, with a height of 368 m, the city`s highest building which offers a tremendous view from its panoramic top floor; Berlin Cathedral, the former court church of Prussia`s royal family, the Hohenzollern; the medieval quarter Nikolaiviertel; the world heritage Museum Island, uniting five important museum buildings into a harmonic ensemble on the River Spree; Berlin Town Hall, official seat of the mayor which is colloquially known as the “Red Town Hall”; the Gendarmenmarkt, generally regarded as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe; as well as the legendary Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing point between East and West Berlin. The afternoon is open for your own explorations. Here, you will have the opportunity for a shopping excursion through the numerous stores along the Kurfuerstendamm or to conclude this day in any of the near restaurants, clubs or pubs. Accommodation in Berlin.
Day 14: Departure.
After a rich breakfast and check-out and departure. You will leave Germany with many impressions and lasting memories.
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