Germany: Romantic Road and Castles8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Frankfurt
Upon arrival at the Frankfurt airport, enjoy a private transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the city of Frankfurt at your own pace.Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof
At first glance, Frankfurt impresses visitors with its modern skyscrapers, but a closer look reveals a charming and quaint city. Enjoy a walk through the beautifully restored Romerberg, on the shore of the Main River. Visit the city's museums, the quaint "Fressgass" alley, the Old Opera, and elegant Goethestrasse Street. Other highlights include the former residence of Goethe, the Paulus Church, and wonderful city views from the Hauptwache.
Day 2Frankfurt to Wurzburg
Today you will travel from Frankfurt to Wurzburg. Along the way, you'll visit Mespelbrunn Castle, a late-medieval/early-Renaissance moated castle. This fascinating historical site is tucked deep in the woods, and will seemingly transport you back in time.Schlosshotel Steinburg (B)
After this, you will arrive in Wurzburg, a pretty town on the banks of the Main River, for a sightseeing tour. One of the tour highlights is a visit to the Residenz Palace in Wurzburg, the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria.
Continue to the Castle Steinburg Hotel, set amidst the oldest vineyards of Wurzburg. You'll have some free time to enjoy a walk through the vineyards or to sample some wines from the castle cellar (not included).
Day 3Wurzburg - Rothenburg ob der Tauber
The famous Romantic Road to Fussen begins in Wurzburg. The German Romantic Road was a trade route in medieval times, and today, it's one of the biggest tourist attractions in the southern provinces of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg. As you begin to follow the road, follow the brown route markers and you'll encounter picturesque German towns and castles.Reichskuchenmeister (B)
This morning we depart for Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Romantic Germany. This charming city is a shining emblem of the legacy of the Romantic Movement in Germany. Enjoy a sightseeing tour to get a taste of the local culture and dive deeper into the rich history of the area.
Day 4Rothenburg - Dinkelsbuhl - Augsburg
In the morning you will travel to Dinkelsbuhl, an idyllic medieval town with 16 towers. This city has a rich history, from being a notable town during the Protestant Reformation to having a unique story about its surrender in the Thirty Years War with Sweden. Learn all this, and more, as you explore.Steigenberger Drei Mohren (B)
Next, continue to the city of Nordlingen for a tour of the old city wall that surrounds the lovely medieval city center. This is the only ancient city walled in Germany that has been completely preserved.
Continue to Augsburg. In the Middle Ages, this town was famous for the amazing craftsmanship of its silversmiths and goldsmiths. Here you will spend the night before continuing on in the morning.
Day 5Augsburg - Fussen - Neuschwanstein
Today you will travel to Fussen, the southernmost town on the Romantic Road. Visit the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Built by "Mad King" Luis II, the castle served as Walt Disney's inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle. Travel back in time and arrive at the castle in a horse drawn carriage.Schlosskrone (B)
Then visit the Wieskirche Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This oval Rococo church, designed in the late 1740s, is a popular pilgrimage site and is held close in the hearts of many locals. The rest of the day is free to explore the small town of Fussen.
Day 6Fussen - Linderhof - Oberammergau - Munich
This morning, visit Linderhof Palace. This is one of the three castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one he lived in for a significant amount of time. Set against a mountainous backdrop, this majestic schloss (or country home) will capture your imagination.Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski (B)
Continue to Oberammergau, a picturesque town famous for its 380-year tradition of Passion Plays (Easter pageants). Check out the craftsmanship that the town is famous for; it's woodcarvers are some of the best in the world.
Finally, arrive in Munich, and settle into your charming hotel.
The capital of Bavaria, Munich is located near the Alps, and straddles the banks of the River Issar. It is a major center of art, technology, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, and business.Grand Hotel / Nobis (B)
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and visit its most important monuments. Enjoy the gardens of the Palace of the Nymphs, the Baroque summer residence of the Bavarian kings and the birthplace of King Ludwig II. Other highlights include the Cathedral of the Virgin, whose Italian domes can be seen from many miles away; and the Marienplatz, the geographic and social heart of Munich. The square is dominated by the magnificent neo-Gothic City Hall. The beautiful carillon can be heard every day at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 5:00 p.m.
The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Explore more sights and try a taste of the local food and beer as you explore on your last full day in Germany.
Day 8Depart Munich
Today you will depart, takin a private car transfer to the airport for your flight.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
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Germany: Romantic Road And Castles
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