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Classic Germany

Sept. 18–Oct. 2, 2017

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Classic Germany: it’s the legendary Rhine, the beauty of the Black Forest and Bavarian Alps, culturally rich Munich, international Berlin. It’s history of note – and of notoriety. And we see it all on this alluring small group tour

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart U.S. for Frankfurt, Germany

Day 2
Arrive Frankfurt

Arrive in Germany’s – and Europe’s – financial center. Early this evening you’ll meet for a briefing about the journey ahead.

Day 3
Frankfurt/Rhine River

Cruise one of the great rivers of Europe and Germany’s historic highway of commerce and industry, the Rhine holds a special place in German tradition. You’ll encounter this fabled waterway on a full-day excursion – including a relaxing cruise – through the Rhine River Valley, land of castles and kings, legends and lore.

Day 4
Frankfurt/Heidelberg/Black Forest

With its riverside setting, medieval castle ruins, and narrow, winding streets that were spared wartime bombing, Heidelberg stands as perhaps the quintessential German city. Discover this romantic university town on a tour featuring Old Town; the university; Carl Theodor Old Bridge spanning the Neckar River; Heidelberg Castle; and lively Market Square.

Day 5
Black Forest/Freiburg/Triberg

Discover the Black Forest today, traveling first to Freiburg, to visit the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, one of Germany’s most beautiful; and the adjacent Augustinian cloister. Then travel on to Triberg, birthplace of the cuckoo clock and where you’ll visit the Schwarzwald museum, a series of houses whose furnishings depict life here over the centuries.

Day 6
Black Forest/Bavaria

Leaving the Black Forest, you’ll travel along the shores of Lake Konstanz through scenic Bavaria, home to the breathtaking Bavarian Alps. Tonight’s hotel is set amid the stunning Bavarian alpine scenery.

Day 7
Bavaria/Neuschwanstein Castle/Munich

Today you’ll encounter the fairy tale castle of our collective imagination: Neuschwanstein, Ludwig II’s 19th-century palace that was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. A horse-drawn carriage ride sets the stage for our tour of the castle.

Day 8
Munich

A morning sightseeing tour of Germany’s most prosperous city includes the baroque Nymphenburg Palace, former summer home of Bavarian royalty; the Glockenspiel carillon in Marienplatz; the royal avenue of Maximilianstrasse; and the Munich Residence, the former royal palace now a museum. Tonight you’ll dine at the historic Hofbrauhaus restaurant and brewery.

Day 9
Munich/Dachau/Nuremberg

Today you’ll visit Dachau, site of Germany’s first concentration camp and today a memorial to the 40,000-plus who perished there. After this somber encounter, continue on to Nuremberg, a historic city where Allied forces prosecuted Nazi leaders in military tribunals that became known as the Nuremberg Trials.

Day 10
Nuremberg/Bamberg/Dresden

Continuing your journey through Bavaria, you’ll set out today for Bamberg, which like Rome sits on seven hills and whose Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a walking tour along the medieval cobblestone streets of this town considered among Germany’s most picturesque.

Day 11
Dresden

Its historical center largely destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II, Dresden today is a rebuilt and reunified city. Among the attractions of the capital of Saxony seen on this morning’s tour: the beautiful and beloved Semper Opera House; and the Historic Green Vault in Dresden Castle, the “jewel box” of Europe housing an astounding array of treasures.

Day 12
Dresden/Meissen/Berlin

Stop in Meissen to visit the factory that produced the world’s first high quality porcelain outside of the Far East. Opened in 1710, Meissen’s Royal Porcelain Factory still creates the fine china that is on display in museums and homes around the world.

Day 13
Berlin

Berlin Germany’s capital, its largest city, cultural center, and beating heart, Berlin is both provincial and international, historic and up-to-the-minute, sophisticated and friendly. You’ll get your first taste on this morning’s tour featuring Brandenburg Gate, the triumphal arch now a symbol of reunification; the Reichstag parliament building; the Pergamon Museum housing treasures from the Turkish archaeological site; and the admired German Historical Museum.

Day 14
Berlin

This morning you’ll visit the Berlin Wall Memorial, the remaining section of the partition that brutally divided the city – and the nation – from 1961 to 1989. Here, too, is Checkpoint Charlie, symbol of a once-divided nation. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 15

Depart for the U.S.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Spend three days and two nights on your own in Berlin.

Program itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete details.

Cost Details

Land Only: $4,295

With Group Air from Seattle: $5,792 (includes $697 in taxes and fees)

Single Supplement: $1,495

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