Day 1: Frankfurt Airport to Rüdesheim
Arrive at Frankfurt airport and board train to to Rüdesheim. Rüdesheim is not only famous for its “Drosselgasse” in the Old Town on the banks for Rhine River. It is also famous for its scenic location in midst steep vineyards along the river. The region is famous for the Riesling, a dry white wine which is very popular in Germany. The Breuer´s, who are your hosts at the Rudesheimer Schloss, are famous wine-grower and you might want to visit their cellar which is located in the Old Town. There you can also do some wine tasting. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Rhine River Cruise through the Upper Rhine Valley
Today after breakfast reach pier which is near to your hotel & use the pass as a return ticket to get from one city to another, or maybe you prefer to use it as a return trip to spend a day elsewhere along the river, the choice is yours!
The paddle steamer cruise on the Nostalgic Route allows you to enjoy the Rhine Valley with its numerous beautiful castles, endless vineyards, the Lorely and much, much more. This is a fantastic alternative to rail travel, while viewing the Rhine Valley from it's best vantage point - the Rhine itself!In the late afternoon a boat will take you back to Rudesheim where your hotel is located.Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Würzburg (Approx 3 hrs)
After breakfast take a train to Würzburg, your last stop along the Romantic Road. The city is idyllically located amidst vineyards, with the mediaeval fortress Marienberg towering above. Würzburg is old bishop´s see and lively town, proudly presenting monuments of different eras. Culture, art, history and hospitality are ever-present in this remarkable city!
The fortress Marienberg, Würzburg´s landmark, has of course changed its appearance a great deal since it was first mentioned; today the oldest part of the fortress is the "Rundkirche" (round church) which was built in the year one thousand. The Cathedral, the Marienkapelle, the "Alte Mainbrücke" (old bridge across the river Main ), the Juliusspital and the "Käppele" are musts, but make sure that you do not miss out on the "Fürstbischöfliche Residenz" (Prince bishops residence ). This "Palace above all Palaces" is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are only a few cities in Germany which present buildings of so many different eras as Würzburg does, some of them being true masterpieces of their time. Enjoy this beautiful town which offers not only cultural but also culinary highlights such as the hearty cuisine and of course the world famous Frankenwein! overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
In the morning take a train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany's most beautiful mediaeval cities. Taking a walk thru this charming little town is truly a journey back in time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber was once a powerful free imperial town and its monuments, landmarks and buildings still bear witness to these days.
Marvel at the half-timbered buildings and at town walls which are withstanding time since hundreds of years, protecting the city since the Middle Ages. Visit the town's most famous spot, the Ploenlein square, probably the most photographed place in Rothenburg. Also very interesting to see is the Spitalbastei Gate, created by Leonhard Weidmann, the latin inscription on the gate reading: " Peace to those who enter, health to those who leave". The Gothic St.James church is the town's most prominent church, here you can take a minute and relax in quietness while you enjoy the beauty of the famous Altar of the Holy Blood and the Twelve Apostles Altar. Every step you take in this old town is a step thru history with yet another beautiful spot to be discovered around the corner.
Rothenburg also offers museums which are cultural highlights, such as the Christmas Museum with an exhibition showing Christmas tradition in Germany, the Doll and Toy Museum where the history of playthings is shown, as well as the Crime Museum, where the visitor gets an insight into the law and especially its execution during the last 700 years. In the evening you will join the legendary English-speaking tour with the Night-Watchman.overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Nuremberg
After breakfast it takes about 1:45 hrs from Rothenburg ob der Tauber by train to Nuremberg. Your hotel is located right across from Nuremberg Main Station.
The city's history reaches back to the year 1050, its name "nourenberc" translating into "rocky hill". Nuremberg's famous landmark, the "Kaiserburg" (Imperial Castle), towers above the Old town, which is protected by the five kilometers long city wall with its many towers. When exploring the beauty of Nuremberg's mediaeval Old Town one can start at the Koenigstor ("Kingsgate"), from where the timber framed buildings, the Gothic Church of St.Lawrence and the Church of St.Sebaldus can be easily reached by foot. Right next to the Koenigstor is the Handwerkerhof (craft center), here you will feel like you are back in the mediaeval times, there are craft workshops like they used to have a long time ago as well as a gingerbread bakery
Make sure to enjoy a Nuremberg Bratwurst along with a beer or a glass of Frankenwein.overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Munich
After breafast The High-Speed train will take you from Nuremberg to Munich. Your hotel is located close to Munich Main Station. Munich, famous throughout the world, is the Bavarian metropolis, close to the Alps and in the heart of Europe. Where to begin when one wants to name places to see and things to do in this extraordinary city which like few others combines modern life with lively history.
There is Munich's old town where 850 years of history are showing off, there is the Marienplatz (Marien square) where 3 times each day thousands of people are spell bound when the world famous Glockenspiel (carillon) starts it's beautiful song Visit and marvel at the Frauenkirche, the town's landmark, do not miss the Hofbräuhaus and find out why the Münchner (inhabitants of Munich) don't want to miss out on their "Brotzeit" (a meal or snack consisting of bread, cold cut, cheese and so on, usually enjoyed between breakfast and lunch).
With your Hop-on Hop-off ticket and the admission package for Munich you can easily visit many of the sights of the largest and most vibrant city in Bavaria.Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 :Escorted English-speaking Coach tour to the Royal Castles
Today after breakfast departing Munich, visit the smallest of three royal castles, Linderhof, which was built by King Ludwig II during the 19th century as a hunting lodge. Built in French Rococo style, the castle has a Moorish pavilion which can be visited during your two hour stay. You have the option to join a guided tour of the interior of Linderhof.
After departing Linderhof, you will have a short shopping stop in Oberammergau, world-famous for its woodcarvers, richly painted houses (Luftl-paintings) and Passion Play. On the approach to Neuschwanstein, it will quickly become clear as to why this magnificent neo-Romanesque style castle is the most well known castle in the world. It appears through the mist like something out of a fairytale, and you will not be surprised to hear that the man who conceived its design - King Ludwig II, was considered quite eccentric. If it all seems very familiar, it may be because the castle was the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. You will have four hours to explore the grounds of Neuschwanstein, and the option of joining a guided tour of the interior of the castles if you wish.Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Heidelberg
Today in the morning the High-Speed train (IC) will take you from Munich to Heidelberg. Your visit of the romantic city of Heidelberg is the last stop on this impressive tour. Heidelberg, with its idyllic location on the river Neckar, the beautiful Heidelberger Schloss (castle) towering above.
Heidelberg, both historic and young, will capture you with its easygoing charm, will remain unforgettable for those who stood in the castles gardens, overlooking the town and the river, will make you feel history while roaming thru cobbled alleys when visiting the Old Town and the scenic Old Bridge
Day 9: Heidelberg to Frankfurt Airport
Today check out from hotel in Heidelberg right to Frankfurt Airport.
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Tour cost per person from €801
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- Train ticket from Frankfurt airport to Rudesheim
- 2 nights at Rudesheim with breakfast
- Rhine River Cruise
- Train ticket from Rudesheim to Wurzburg
- 1 nights at Wurzburg with breakfast
- Admission to the Wurzburg Residence and to Marienberg Fortress
- Train ticket from Wuezburg to Rothenbrg ob der tauber
- 1 nights at Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- 90 minute English-speaking walking tour with the Night-Watchman at Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- Train ticket from Rothenbrg to Nuremberg
- 1 nights at Nuremberg with breakfast
- Train ticket from Nuremberg to munich
- 2 nights at Munich with breakfast
- Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing tour of Munich
- Royal Castles Linderhof & Neuschwanstein
- Train tickets from Munich to Heidelberg
- 1 night at Heidelberg
- Train ticket from Heidelberg to Frankurt airport