Day 01, Wednesday: U.S. - Berlin
Depart U.S. for your overnight flight to Berlin, Germany. Dinner will be served on board. Tours purchased on a land only basis begin on day 02.
Day 02, Thursday: Arrive Berlin
Arrival at Berlin airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to independently spend at your leisure (no services of a tour escort or guide today). The capital of Germany, Berlin is the artistic center of the country with a large number of museums, art galleries and theater shows. Accommodation at the Hotel Maritim proArte.
Day 03, Friday: Berlin
In the morning you visit Berlin's many well-known historic locations, like Under den Linden avenue, the State Opera and the Brandenburg Gate. There will also be time to explore the modern parts of the city, such as the German Parliament and Potsdam Square. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure. Accommodation at the Hotel Maritim proArte.
Day 04, Saturday: Berlin - Potsdam - Erfurt
After breakfast you travel to Potsdam where we visit Sanssouci palace and park. With more than 300 hectares, this lovely park features hundreds of species of plants and trees. In the afternoon we continue to Erfurt, also known as "Thuringian Rome" because of its architectural beauty. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and visit the Merchants' Bridge (Kramerbrucke), the longest series of inhabited buildings on any bridge in Europe. Accommodation at the Mercure Hotel Erfurt.
Day 05, Sunday: Erfurt - Frankfurt
In the morning you are free to explore Erfurt at your leisure. As an alternative you may also visit the Wartburg (not included). In the afternoon transfer to Frankfurt, the financial and commercial heart of Germany, a city full of fascinating contrasts between modern development and historic landmarks. At 7:00 pm dinner with the rest of the group. Accommodation at the Mövenpick Frankfurt City.
Day 06, Monday: Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Black Forest
In the morning we travel from Frankfurt to Heidelberg. Visit the famous castle ascending with the cable car and enjoy a sightseeing tour of its historic city center. Idyllically located on the shores of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is Germany's oldest university town and one of the most popular destinations in the country. We continue to the famous Black Forest region. This night we will have an authentic experience: Enjoy a typical Black Forest dinner and overnight in a romantically located hotel. If you like have a little walk to the beautiful Ravenna Gorge or see the region's oldest chapel, both are next to the hotel. Accommodation at the Best Western Hotel Hofgut Sternen.
Day 07, Tuesday: Black Forest - Lake Titisee - Lindau - Füssen
After breakfast we enjoy a short presentation on the cuckoo clock production. We continue to a small traditional Black Forest farm where we will have a cheese tasting and you will see the true life of the Black Forest. After we will travel to Lake Titisee, nestled in the legendary Black Forest. We continue the tour to the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance, which boasts spectacular views of the Alps. Depending on weather conditions we will take the Alpine road from Lindau to Oberstaufen and Immenstadt to our final destination Füssen, the southernmost point on our tour of Romantic Germany. Accommodation at the Hotel Hirsch.
Day 08, Wednesday: Neuschwanstein - Wieskirche - Oberammergau - Linderhof - Innsbruck
We begin the day with a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the notorious “Mad King“. In the midday we travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play and lovely crafts. Along the way we visit the Wieskirche Church before continuing the tour to visit Linderhof Castle. This is one of the 3 castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one where the king actually lived for a significant amount of time. After a brief stop at the Ettal Benedictine Abbey. Today‘s final destination is Innsbruck. Accommodation at the Hotel Grauer Bär.
Day 09, Thursday: Innsbruck - Munich
In the morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Innsbruck, Austria, located in the Inn valley, in the heart of the Alps. As an alternative excursion you may also ascend to the top of Zugspitze (instead of Innsbruck, not included). In the afternoon we travel to Munich. Accommodation at Holiday Inn Munich City Center Hotel.
Day 10, Friday: Munich
After breakfast we visit the city's main attractions, concluding the tour at the Marienplatz square with its famous clock tower. The capital of Bavaria state, Munich, is famous for its Oktoberfest, which is annually celebrated in September. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure. In the evening we enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner. Accommodation at Holiday Inn Munich City Center Hotel.
Day 11, Saturday: Munich - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Frankfurt
After breakfast we travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Romantic Germany. Sightseeing tour of this lovely medieval town concluding with a Schneeballen (snow ball) tasting, a pastry considered the signature dish of Rothenburg. Next we travel to Frankfurt. The program ends at Frankfurt airport, around 6 pm. Overnight at the Frankfurt Airport Hotel.
Day 12, Sunday: Frankfurt - U.S.
After breakfast, make your way to the airport for your return flight home.