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Highlights

Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Depart from North America
  • Flight to Frankfurt Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America to Frankfurt, Germany.
Day 2 The Adventure Begins...
  • Arrive Frankfurt – Rhine Gorge Area Our 24-hour tour director will meet us at the airport and remain with us until our final airport departure. We will have use of a private coach and driver while touring for the next eight days.
  • Visit Kölner Dom We will start our adventure with a visit to Kölner Dom, the most famous Gothic structure in Germany. In addition to its grandiose size; the cathedral also features the Shrine of the Three Kings, a huge Romanesque reliquary said to hold relics of the Three Kings and the Altar of the Magi, the work of Stephan Lochner. Take the opportunity to ascend to the viewing platform for wonderful views of Cologne.
  • Köln (Cologne) Köln (Cologne) is one of Germany’s oldest cities, having been founded by the Romans around 2,000 years ago. It features an impressive cathedral with towering twin spires, as well as numerous cultural and historical treasures, world-famous museums, and an active art scene. Our base for the next one nights will be Cologne (area), where breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel.
Day 3 Day Trip to the Rhine Gorge
  • Lorelei Rock Stop at the famed Lorelei Rock (or Loreley Rock). It produces an echo, and is associated with the legend of a beautiful maiden who threw herself into the river in despair because of a faithless lover; she was transformed into a siren who lured fishermen to their destruction with her song.
  • Rhine Cruise Steamer Trip Take a Rhine River Cruise, one of the best ways to get a really intimate look at the Rhine Valley, a region that helped shape the history of Europe. The tour offers stops for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, including vineyards and medieval castles.
  • Travel to Frankfurt am Main A cosmopolitan and bustling city on the Main River that is Germany’s financial powerhouse will be our base for the next night. Frankfurt features a mixture of soaring skyscrapers, half-timbered houses, and also boasts a wealth of museums.
  • Hotel check-in We will check into our centrally located hotel. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel.
  • First Concert Performance
Day 4 Explore Rhine Gorge Area – Worms – Heidelberg Area
  • St. Peter Cathedral in Worms We continue on our journey from Frankfurt to Heidelburg. En route we stop in Worms. The city of Worms (a name of Celtic origin) is located on the River Rhine. It is one of Germany’s oldest cities and has a rich history, featuring kings and emperors, the myths and legends regarding the Nibelungs, and traces of Judaism and Martin Luther. It also boasts a magnificent cathedral. Visit Dom St. Peter (Worms Cathedral), towering physically and historically above all the other ancient buildings of the city. The basilica is a fine example of High Romanesque. Inside, view the rosette window and the highly decorated 14th century side chapel of St. Nicholas with its Gothic baptismal font and new stained-glass windows.
  • Martin Luther monument View the Luther Monument, the world’s largest Reformation monument. At its center is a statue of Martin Luther, flanked by Frederick the Wise of Saxony and Philip of Hesse. It also features the names of other towns that played an important part in the Reformation.
  • Heidelberg We will arrive in Heidelberg, a city that stretches romantically along the river Neckar in Baden Württemberg. Its picturesque character has inspired many artists and poets, including Goethe and Mark Twain. The city boasts a world-famous castle, as well as Germany’s oldest university. It also features one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe, and a Baroque Old Town with lanes that are steeped in history. We will stay in Heidelberg for the next two nights.
  • Dinner We will discuss today's adventures while enjoying local fare at a restaurant.
Day 5 Sightseeing in Heidelberg
  • Breakfast Enjoy breakfast in your hotel.
  • Heidelberg Castle Explore Heidelberg Castle, a dignified ruin and one of the finest Gothic-Renaissance castles in Germany. Enter into the Palace of Friedrich IV, which features the gallery of princes and kings of the German empire from the time of Charlemagne, and the Chemist’s Tower, housing the Pharmaceutical Museum.
  • Old Quarter Take a Walking Tour of Heidelberg’s Old Quarter. Begin at the entrance to the old walled city and become immersed in the 16th century surroundings as the tour passes cobbled streets, historic houses, and fountains.
  • Second Concert Performance
  • Dinner We will enjoy our evening meal together in a local restaurant.
Day 6 Journey to Rothenburg
  • Walking Tour of Rothenburg Take a walking tour of Rothenburg around the old walled city, beginning at its entrance, before exploring the windy cobbled streets leading along to Herrngasse, which is famous for its mansions and courtyards. Visit the Rathaus (Town Hall), which is filled with Renaissance works. Climb the Tower for a beautiful view over the city.
  • Museum of Medieval Justice Visit the Museum of Medieval Justice, the former headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, which has been turned into a museum displaying medieval attitudes towards crime and dissidence.
  • Hotel check-in We will stay in Rothenburg tonight and enjoy breakfast in our hotel in the morning.
Day 7 Journey from Rothenburg Area to Nymphenburg to Munich
  • Nymphenburg Palace Explore the splendid Nymphenburg Palace, once the residence of the Bavarian kings. Of particular interest is the Rococo Banqueting Hall with its vivid frescoes by Johann Baptist, and the Gallery of Beauties, which displays portraits of the loveliest women of the time of Ludwig I. Visit the Carriage Museum, which houses coaches, carriages, and sleighs once belonging to the Bavarian rulers, before enjoying a stroll in the formal Gardens.
  • Head to Munich Munich is the capital city of Bavaria. It was founded in the 12th century and named for a settlement of Benedictine monks. Munich is now a cosmopolitan city that is at the forefront of the financial and publishing industries and notable for its role in the development of music and the arts.
  • Hotel check-in Our centrally-located Munich hotel will be our home for the next three night(s). We will have breakfast at the hotel daily.
  • Dinner We will dine this evening in a local restaurant.
Day 8 Move through Munich
  • The Alte Pinakothek museum Explore the Alte Pinakothek, one of the world’s great art museums. It houses a large and important collection that represents the greatest European artists from the 14th to the 18th century, including Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Dürer, Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens, Bruegel, Hals, and El Greco.
  • Deutsches Museum Visit the Deutsches Museum, one of the most important museums in the world for scientific and technical matters. Enjoy a series of working models and demonstrations, tracing the history of science and technology from the beginning of time to the present day.
  • Third Concert Performance Your concert performance will be today. Venue options include: Asamkirche, with its outstanding rococo interior; the Bürgersaal; Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan (Theatine Church of St. Cajetan); St. Michael's Church; and the Frauenkirche, which dominates the Marienplatz in the heart of the city.
  • Dinner We will dine this evening in a local restaurant.
Day 9 Explore Neuschwanstein Castle — Garmisch and Partenkirchen
  • Neuschwanstein Castle Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, situated on an outcrop of rock towering over a gorge in the River Pöllat. King Ludwig II himself only lived here for 172 days, but the highlight of the castle tour is the Throne Room, designed in Byzantine style, with gilded mural paintings, mosaics, and a huge chandelier.
  • Garmisch and Partenkirchen Spend time in the twin villages of Garmisch and Partenkirchen, which make up Germany’s top alpine resort. In spite of their urban flair, the towns maintain the charm of an ancient village, often with country folk in traditional dress. The towns and their environs offer some of the most panoramic views in Bavaria.
  • Dinner We will dine this evening in a local restaurant.
Day 10 Departure from Munich
  • Time to say goodbye... Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our tour director accompanies us to the airport on our final day.