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9-Day German Highlights: 1st-Class Rail and Cruise

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Destination(s): Germany  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Railway Trips  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1329 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2019 US Dollar (USD)

If you have been in Germany before and want to see it again - or if you want to get a first look: this tour takes you to the most famous places like Rudesheim in midst of the Rheingau Vineyard region, to Wurzburg in midst of the Franconian Vineyard region, to medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber, to Nuremberg, to Munich and to Heidelberg. You will see many sights like the Residence in Wurzburg, the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg, Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Linderhof Palace and - of course - Neuschwanstein Castle.

Fly into Frankfurt/Germany and enjoy this exceptional Self-guided tour which offers:
- Accommodation (includes buffet breakfast) in Rudesheim, Wurzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, Munich and Heidelberg
- Private transfer from Frankfurt Airport to your hotel in Rudesheim located at the Rhine River
- Rhine River Cruise through the Upper Rhine Valley
- 1st-class Rail from Rudesheim to Wurzburg
- Admission to the Residence in Wurzburg and to Fortress Marienberg (closed on Mondays and during the winter – November until mid-March)
- Day trip by Rail to medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- 1st-class Rail from Wurzburg to Nuremberg
- Admission to the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg
- 1st-class Rail from Nuremberg to Munich
- Munich All-Day Pass for unlimited free use of the public transportation system (busses, trams, subways) within Munich
- Admission to the Residence, the Cuvilliés Theatre and to Nymphenburg Palace (also includes admission to Palace Park and Amalienburg, Badenburg, Pagodenburg and Magdalenenklause)
- All day English-speaking escorted panorama coach tour to Oberammergau, Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle (includes admission to Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle)
- 1st-class Rail from Munich to Heidelberg
- Taxi transfer from Heidelberg Main Station to your hotel in Heidelberg
- Private transfer from your hotel in Heidelberg to Frankfurt Airport.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Frankfurt Airport to Rüdesheim

Your private transfer will meet you at the airport and take you to Rüdesheim. Rüdesheim is not only famous for its “Drosselgasse” in the Old Town on the banks for Rhine River. It is also famous for its scenic location in midst steep vineyards along the river. The region is famous for the Riesling, a dry white wine which is very popular in Germany. The Breuer´s, who are your hosts at the Rudesheimer Schloss, are famous wine-grower and you might want to visit their cellar which is located in the Old Town. There you can also do some wine tasting (ask Susanne Breuer for details).

Day 2: Rhine River Cruise through the Upper Rhine Valley

The pier is very close to your hotel and a ship of the “Weisse Flotte” operated by Koeln-Duesseldorfer will take you on a marvelous cruise on the Rhine River. You pass by medieval Castles and small historic towns located on both sides of the Rhine River. Visit the Old town of St. Goar and enjoy the view of the Loreley which is located across the river. You may also take a walk (or take a ride on the small train) up to Castle Rheinfels which is towering above the City. In the late afternoon a boat will take you back to Rudesheim where your hotel is located.

Day 3: Würzburg

Take a train to Würzburg, your first stop along the Romantic Road. The city is idyllically located amidst vineyards, with the medieval 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.

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 4: Day trip 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 Würzburg.

Day 5: Nuremberg

The High-Speed train (ICE) will take you from Würzburg to Your hotel 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 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 6: Munich

The High-Speed train (ICE) will take you from Nuremberg to Munich. Your hotel is located close to Munich Main 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).

Day 7: Escorted English-speaking Coach tour to the Royal Castles

Today the all day escorted English-speaking coach tour will take you first to Oberammergau for a photo stop. Here the famous Oberammergau Passion Plays 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 the Castle is like none other!

Day 8: Heidelberg

In the morning the High-Speed train (IC) will take you from Munich to Heidelberg. A taxi transfer will take you from Heidelberg Main Station to your hotel. Your visit of the romantic city of Heidelberg is the last stop on this impressive tour. Heidelberg, with its idyllic location on the river Neckar, the beautiful Heidelberger Schloss (castle) towering above. Heidelberg, both historic and young, will capture you with its easygoing charm, will remain unforgettable for those who stood in the castles gardens, overlooking the town and the river, will make you feel history while roaming thru cobbled alleys when visiting the Old Town and the scenic Old Bridge.

Day 9: Heidelberg to Frankfurt Airport:

A private transfer will take you from your hotel in Heidelberg right to Frankfurt Airport (usually takes about 50-60 minutes depending on the traffic situation).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

The price of the tour is USD 1379.00 per person in a double or twin bedded room, USD 1329 per person in a triple room and USD 2019 in a single room. This tour includes first class rail tickets.

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