Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to Frankfurt! Upon arrival, you pick up your rental car and proceed to your centrally located Frankfurt hotel for check-in.
The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.
Journey by car: the total distance to be covered is 7 miles (approximately 20 minutes pure driving).
Day 2: Departure
Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and start your journey by car.
The first stop today is in a town Mainz, where you meet a local guide who takes you on a 2-hour walking city tour. Together you explore the city's main attraction - the 1000-year-old Roman Catholic cathedral, old town, and modern city center.
Following the tour take a chance to travel to Wiesbaden. It is an exciting city with a historical background and the state capital of Hesse region. Here you may visit the St Elizabeth's Church known as the "Greek Chapel" and marvel at Biebrich Schloss, a superb Baroque palace. You may head up the 245-meter high (804 ft) Neroberg mountain aboard a rack railway called Neroberg Mountain Railway (Nerobergbahn) to enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Continue your journey by car to Heidelberg.
Journey by car: the total distance to be covered for the one way trip Frankfurt-Mainz 27 miles (approximately 40 minutes pure driving).
*Please note: Neroberg Mountain Railway operates from March 24 to October 30
On your way to Heidelberg have a photo stop at Mannheim Baroque Palace which was intended to be the second largest Baroque palace complex in Europe, after Versailles. In 2019 inside visits are not possible due to restoration works.
Arrival in Heidelberg
Upon arrival you check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.
Day 3: Old Town Walking Tour & Heidelberg Castle
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your private guide in the lobby and enjoy a wonderful 4-hour walking old town or Altstadt tour and explore the university town of Heidelberg, with its historic and romantic appeal.
The old town of Heidelberg has a typical atmosphere of the German old quarters: squares where the locals socialise, cobblestone streets with bar terraces, and of course the marketplace, or the Marktplatz.
You get a chance to step inside the Studentenkarzer, the old Students' Prison, and hear interesting stories of how the students ended up here. You see the Old Bridge and admire the Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg's main church.
After the pleasant walk through the Old Town, you board a historic funicular to reach the top of the hill where you find Schloss Heidelberg, the Heidelberg Castle, which is considered to be one of the most important ruins in Germany. These extraordinary Renaissance ruins, that inspired Germany’s Romantics, used to be the former seat of Heidelberg’s Prince Electors. In the Castle you will also have a chance to visit the German Apothecary Museum and see the Great Tun, the biggest wine barrel in the world, that was able to hold 221,726 liters (or 58,578 gallons) of wine.
After the tour, you take the funicular back down to the Old Town and return to your hotel.
At your free time you may continue exploration of the city and surrounding area. Join a hike on Philosophers’ Path with the guide, or take a 3-hour river cruise on from Heidelberg along the beautiful and peaceful Neckar Valley.
In the evening you may join a Night Watchman walking tour to Unveil the Heidelberg of the old times and hear mysterious stories of the atmospheric Altstadt.
Day 4: Tour to the Black Forest
Following breakfast and check out, continue your journey by car and explore the Black Forest region.
Start your journey by car to arrive on the shore of a beautiful Mummelsee lake, where you can opt for a short hike to the Hornisgrinde, the highest point in the Northern Black Forest.
Before arrival in Freiburg you may stop for a walk in Baden-Baden, which is famous for being a unique spa-town and may be even spend some time relaxing at the famous bathing complex Friedrichsbad.
Arrival in Freiburg and City Tour
Upon arrival, you check in to your hotel .
Meet your local private guide and have a 3-hour walking tour to explore Freiburg - a town with a unique culture. You visit Freiburg Minster - the cathedral which was one of few buildings in the city survived after WW II. Here you also witness a "praying devil" - one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. When strolling the streets pay attention to small water-filled runnels called "Bachle", being one of the city's most famous landmarks they lead you to the old town to Historical Merchant's Hall and Rathaus.
During the tour, your guide takes you for tastings of local specialties. Here you get to know a German pizza - Flammkuchen with a classic filling of classic bacon, creme fraîche, and onion. You also taste region’s finest wines from the many enchanting wine villages. The final chord of the day is a dessert - the Black Forest Cake, but whether it is originally from the Black Forest or it is from another region, your guide unveils its legends.
Following the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 5: Departure
Following breakfast, you check out and depart from Freiburg.
In about 50 minutes from Freiburg you arrive at the shore of Titisee lake where you may take a 1 hour boat ride to enjoy the beauty of the region from water.
Continue your journey by car and drive along the biggest lake in Germany - Bodensee (Lake Constance). This lake is ringed by three countries – Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Small towns along the way have many sites to enjoy. Meersburg is surrounded by vineyards and its Medieval Meersburg Castle houses the Fortress Museum. From here you can travel to the Flower Island of Mainau by means of Meersburg - Konstanz ferry.
In Lindau you may walk through the old city and see the harbour entrance with its Bavarian lion. Witness the white lighthouse which sets against an impressive panorama looking over the Alps and the lake.
Arrival in Füssen
Upon arrival in Füssen you check in to your hotel and the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6: Neuschwanstein Castle and Departure to Munich
Following breakfast and check-out, continue your journey by car to Neuschwanstein Castle.
Visit the majestic castle which inspired Walt Disney! Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit "the castle of the fairy-tale king". Each summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were initially intended for a single inhabitant.
During the guided group tour of the castle, you learn about the eccentric Fairy Tale King Ludwig II, a builder of this imposing landmark, his complicated life in Bavaria at the start of the Second Reich and his life-long friendship with the composer Richard Wagner.
Arrival in Munich
Welcome to the magnificent capital of Bavaria! Upon arrival, you check in to the hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 7: Munich City Tour
After breakfast, you meet your private guide and go on a fascinating 3-hour tour of Munich's beautiful old town to get an insight into the city's turbulent 850-year history.
With its exuberant atmosphere and vitality, Munich is one of Europe's great cultural centers. Enjoy your city tour around Marien Square, Church of Our Lady and Residenz Palace. In the ancient part of the town the world-famous Hofbrauhaus, the medieval town gates, and the colorful open-air market Viktualienmarkt are waiting for you. Munich’s elegant Maximilian Street offers views at the Bavarian Parliament, Deutsches Museum, Royal Palace and the Opera House. You also pass by Theatiner Church, Hall of Generals (Feldherrnhalle), and House of Arts, the Bavarian National Museum and the Angel of Peace.
After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.
To broaden knowledge in the history of the country dating back to WW II you can drive just 12 miles to the North from Munich to the Dachau Concentration Camp, well-known for being the first concentration camp of the Nazis. Group guided tour is included in the entrance tickets are runs 2 times a day at 11AM and 1PM. The tour is available for visitors over the age of 13.
Note: If you would like to have a trip to Dachau please refer to your destination specialist to settle the time for the walking city tour in advance.
If you want to stay in Munich for the evening we recommend you to spend it in a company of a local guide and take an amazing opportunity to learn more about the life of this beautiful city. Together you enjoy a walk along the evening streets of the old town followed by a visit to Hofbräuhaus, the most famous tavern in the world. Sharing long tables with the locals as it was in the old times and tasting the most traditional drinks and snacks surely enrich your experience in Munich!
Day 8: Departure
Following breakfast at the hotel and check out, continue your journey by car.
On the way to Nuremberg you may stop in the city of Augsburg and have a walking city tour. Here you have a chance to stroll through the oldest social housings in the world - Fuggerei and visit St. Ulrich Basilica. Also, you can see the Golden Hall and historic City Hall and get to know more about Martin Luther and the city during the Reformation.
Journey by car: the extra distance to be covered for the stop in Augsburg is 30 miles (approximately 40 minutes pure driving).
Arrival to Nuremberg
Welcome to the second largest city of Bavaria - Nuremberg! Upon arrival you check in to your hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 9: Nuremberg City Tour
Following breakfast, meet your guide and embark on a 3-hour walking tour of the Old Town. Together you dive into the history of the Medieval city with narrow streets and spacious squares and witness the beautiful Gothic Church of Our Lady.
The highlight of the tour is a visit to the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg - dominating the historical center of the city. For more than 500 years the castle was a residence of the Kaisers of the Holy Roman Empire and can tell its visitors many legends.
After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.
When staying in Nuremberg you learn that beer brewers, according to the Medieval law, had to have their own beer cellar for fermentation and storage, and today you can join a tour and visit the underground rock passages with a private guide, and of course taste the beers!
In about 40 miles from Nuremberg you may visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg and have a 2-hour guided tour or explore it on your own.
Day 10: Departure from Nuremberg
Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and continue your journey by car.
On the way to Frankfurt you drive by two towns which are a part of the famous Castle Road in Germany - Rothenburg and Wurzburg. In each town you may have a guided tour to have a deeper insight into the history or explore them on you own.
The history of Rothenburg goes back to the 10th century, having periods of the rise and fall. In the 19th century, the city became an inspiration for artists and writers, presenting the epitome of “old German” urban architecture.
Wurzburg stands right on your way and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. Here you can see the Town Hall, Marienberg Fortress, the Cathedral and have a visit to Wurzburg Castle.
Journey by car: the extra distance to be covered for the stop in Rothenburg is 39 miles (approximately 1 hour pure driving).
Arrival in Frankfurt
Upon arrival you check in to the centrally located hotel and the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 11: Departure
This is the last day of your amazing tour in Germany! After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and depart from Frankfurt centrally located hotel to the Frankfurt am Main Airport where you drop off your rental car.
Journey by car: the total distance to be covered for the one way trip is 7 miles (approximately 20 minutes pure driving).
Not included:international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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