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10-Day Germany and Switzerland Rail Circle Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Switzerland   Germany  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Railway Trips  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1149 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1829 Euro (EUR)

This 10-days/9-nights tour takes you from/to Frankfurt International Airport with a delightful itinerary for you. You will enjoy some of the most charming cities of Germany and Switzerland: Würzburg, Nuremberg, Munich, Zürich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Bern and Frankfurt . The rail tour includes 2nd-class Rail tickets (can be upgraded to 1st-class Rail tickets for just EUR 190.00 per person for the entire tour. This includes seat reservations on all long distance rails). Adore a wonderful Scenic-Panorama "Golden-Pass"-train ride from Interlaken to Lucerne, on which you will have a marvelous view over snowcovered mountains. All hotels are very well rated and they are conveniently located close to the Rail Stations.

Day 1.

Take a train to Würzburg. 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. 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 2.

It takes less than one hour from Würzburg by train to Nuremberg. 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 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 3.

You have a choice of trains that will take you from Nuremberg to Munich Main Station. Your hotel is located in walking distance 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 and there is the Marienplatz (Marien square) which is known as the center and heart of Munich. Use your all day pass for unlimited free use of the public transportation system (Subways, trams, busses) for sightseeing within Munich (e.g. Frauenkirche, the famous beer hall “Hofbrauhaus”) and many historic sights on.

Day 4.

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 next time they take place is in 2020...

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 5.

In the morning take the train to Zürich. As a lifestyle capital on the water, Zürich offers the unique mix of discovery, pleasure, nature and culture. The finest culinary highlights, unlimited shopping pleasure, over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries, Switzerland’s liveliest nightlife, numerous events and countless green oases in the center of the city tempt guests to linger and enjoy. If you want to have a glorious view of the Old Town, Grossmünster Church, City Hall, the Limmat river, the university and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, visit Lindenhof, a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of the city. At the church "Fraumünster" you can find glass windows that has been created by Marc Chagall. If you want to do some shopping a visit of the “Bahnhofstrasse” is a must. The street runs from the Main Station right down to the lake. It is said to be among the most beautiful shopping areas in Europe and with its boutiques and stores it is also known to be one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping streets in the world. In Zürich you might want to look for a new Swiss made watch but you definitely have to try a piece of the Swiss Chocolate (Frey or Lindt).

Day 6.

Lucerne is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne and an important tourist destination due to its location on the shore of Lake Lucerne within sight of Mount Pilatus and Rigi. Visit Chapel Bridge: It is a 14th century wooden bridge crossing the Reuss River in the Old Town. The Chapel Bridge with the octagonal water tower is a famous landmark of Lucerne. You will come across 17th century triangular painted roof panels lining the ceiling of this covered bridge, recounting important events from Swiss history and mythology. it is the most photographed monument in Switzerland. Don´t forget to visit one of the world's most famous monuments: The dying Lion of Lucerne. It was carved out of natural rock a renowned Danish/Icelandic sculptor, commemorates the hundreds of Swiss guards who were massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. Mark Twain says about the Lion of Lucerne that it is the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.

Day 7.

In the morning take the Scenic-Panorama "Golden-Pass"-train ride from Lucerne to Interlaken. Interlaken (Latin for “between the lakes”) is nestled between two lakes: Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. It also affords a view of the worlds famous Icy Icons: the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The Jungfrau – Top of Europe - can be reached by train. This wonderworld of eternal snow and ice is absolutely stunning. Visit the Ice Palace and its sculptures or enjoy the breathtaking views from the Sphinx look-out terrace over the Aletsch Glacier, the longest ice stream in Europe, to the surrounding mountain peaks of the neighboring countries. Your admiration for this spectacle of nature will know no bounds! But please do only visit this wonderful place if the weather is nice so that you can enjoy the marvelous view. You can buy tickets at the ticket station right at Interlaken West (where you arrive).

Day 8.

Take the train to Bern. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote about Bern: “It is the most beautiful that we have ever seen”. Albert Einstein lived here from 1903 till 1905. Don´t miss to visit the Cathedral of Bern. It is Switzerland's largest ecclesiastical building. Construction started in 1421, the spire was finally completed in 1893. At its portal you can see a depiction of the Last Judgment. Climb up Switzerland´s highest church to have a marvelous view cross the city and into the Bernese Mittelland and the snow-capped mountains of the Bernese Oberland. After a long day you may want to have something to eat at the Schwellenmätteli, a famous restaurant in Bern. Located on the banks of the River Aare you'll feel like you're on an island vacation.

Day 9.

Frankfurt, Goethe’s hometown and today a 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 in 1291, to name only a few of Frankfurt’s historic landmarks. 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 meters).

Day 10.

Today your tour ends after breakfast. The train takes about 30 minutes from Frankfurt Main Station to Frankfurt International Airport.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 2nd-class Rail
- Rail from Frankfurt International Airport to Wurzburg Main Station
- Rail from Wurzburg to Nuremberg, Nuremberg to Munich, Munich to Zurich, Zurich to Lucerne, Interlaken to Bern, Bern to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Frankfurt International Airport
- Scenic-Panorama "Golden-Pass"-train from Lucerne to Interlaken
- Accommodation in Wurzburg, Nuremberg, Munich, Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Bern and Frankfurt (includes buffet breakfast).

The tour can be upgraded to 1st-class Rail tickets for just EUR 190.00 per person for the entire tour. This includes seat reservations on all long distance rails.
- Single supplement EUR 680.

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