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Black ForestCologne CathedralZwinger PalaceRiver Rhine
Black Forest
Cologne Cathedral
Zwinger Palace
River Rhine
  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Brochure: Costsaver 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Cruise along the romantic River Rhine and take in the spectacular scenery. Enjoy an orientation tour of the sights of Hamburg before crossing the former "Iron Curtain" to the historic city of Berlin. Shop for wooden Christmas ornaments in the medieval town of Rothenburg, enjoy a beer in Bavaria's capital of Munich and be amazed on the drive through the enchanting Black Forest.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to Frankfurt.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE FRANKFURT

    Welcome to Frankfurt! After check-in this afternoon, your Travel Director takes you on an orientation tour of the city's dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz before dining in the hotel.


    Meal(s): (Dinner)

    Hotel: Mercure Frankfurt Airport Neu Isenburg

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  • Day 3

    FRANKFURT – RHINE CRUISE – COLOGNE

    Cruise along the River Rhine from St. Goar, site of the famous Lorelei Rock. The scenery is spectacular! Your day ends in Cologne, Germany's fourth largest city, where you see the impressive Gothic Cathedral.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Cologne-Troisdorf

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  • Day 4

    COLOGNE – HAMELIN – HAMBURG

    Drive through Lower Saxony and stop in Hamelin en-route to Hamburg. Hamelin is a picturesque town depicted in the Brothers Grimm fairy-tale and has also been immortalised in poems by Goethe and Robert Browning. Later in Hamburg, see the main sights including the inner Alster Lake during an orientation tour with your Travel Director. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mercure Hamburg Arena

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  • Day 5

    HAMBURG – BERLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    Follow the valley of the River Elbe from Hamburg, across the former “Iron Curtain” to the historic city of Berlin, your home for the next two nights.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Park Plaza Prenzlauer Berg

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  • Day 6

    BERLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin during your sightseeing tour with your Local Guide, including The Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the German State Opera House, Reichstag Building, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm. Spend the rest of your day exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    BERLIN – DRESDEN

    A short drive south brings you to Dresden - known as ‘Florence on the Elbe'. See the highlights of this astonishing Renaissance city including the Opera House and Zwinger Palace.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Wyndham Garden Dresden

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  • Day 8

    DRESDEN – BAYREUTH – NUREMBERG

    In Bayreuth, admire the Wagner Festival Theatre before arriving in Nuremberg, where you see mighty ramparts, a bustling market place and St. Sebald's Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Intercity Hotel

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  • Day 9

    NUREMBERG – ROTHENBURG – MUNICH (2 NIGHTS)

    Your Travel Director takes you on a wonderful orientation walk of Rothenburg, perhaps the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany. Sights include half-timbered houses and the old town hall. Shop for wooden Christmas ornaments, then follow part of the Romantic Road through picturesque villages and pristine countryside to Munich, the lively capital of Bavaria. Enjoy an included dinner at your hotel this evening.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Munich South

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  • Day 10

    MUNICH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See the city's landmarks on your orientation tour including the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse and Marienplatz, famous for its Glockenspiel. Take an optional excursion to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in the afternoon or spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. You could visit Munich's fine museums or enjoy a walk in some of the beautiful city gardens. This evening, consider a visit to the Hofbräuhaus, the world's most famous beer hall!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    MUNICH – OBERAMMERGAU – NEUSCHWANSTEIN – BLACK FOREST

    Head south to the quaint village of Oberammergau, where the famous Passion Play is performed once every decade. Stop to marvel at King Ludwig's fairy-tale 19th century castle of Neuschwanstein. After time for lunch, admire the scenery as you drive along the Bavarian pre-alpine range and into the hills and lakes of the Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Best Western Hofgut Sternen

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  • Day 12

    BLACK FOREST – HEIDELBERG – FRANKFURT

    A scenic drive brings you to the famous university town of Heidelberg built alongside the picturesque River Neckar. See Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the alps as well as the Baroque style Old Town. Enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Mercure Frankfurt Airport Neu Isenburg

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  • Day 13

    FRANKFURT - CANADA

    This morning, say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to your Travel Director and traveling companions as your memorable German vacation comes to an end. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • FrankfurtOrientation tour of this impressive city.
  • Rhine CruiseEnjoy a scenic cruise through part of the romantic Rhine Valley.
  • CologneSee the Gothic Cathedral.
  • HamelinVisit the town famous for the folk tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
  • HamburgOrientation includes the Inner Alster Lake.
  • BerlinSightseeing tour of this re-united city with a Local Guide.
  • DresdenOrientation includes the Zwinger Palace and Opera House.
  • BayreuthSee the Wagner Festival Theatre.
  • NurembergOrientation includes St. Sebald's Cathedral.
  • RothenburgOrientation of this medieval city.
  • MunichOrientation includes the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz and Glockenspiel.
  • OberammergauVisit the town made famous by the Passion Play.
  • NeuschwansteinView the castle.
  • Bavarian AlpsEnjoy views of this spectacular mountain range.
  • Black ForestScenic drive through the thickly forested mountains.
  • HeidelbergVisit the oldest and best-known University town in Germany.

Dining

  • 11 buffet breakfasts
  • 5 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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