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
Depart U.S. for Frankfurt, Germany
Arrive in Germany’s – and Europe’s – financial center. Early this evening you’ll meet for a briefing about the journey ahead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Depart for the U.S.
Spend three days and two nights on your own in Berlin.
Program itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete 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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