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Germany, 9 Days

Cologne, Koblenz, Heidelberg, Munich, Berchtesgaden, Salzburg, Passau and Prague

 GER - 30209

  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival in Dusseldorf. Continue to Cologne. Visit to Cologne Cathedral, World Heritage Site and one of the world's oldest Gothic Cathedrals finally finished in 1880 after 632 years. Go on a guided tour of the city. The town hall, built in 1330, then the Gurzenich, venue for feasts and festivities as well as coronations and (Imperial) diets. Go on to RheinEnergieStadion stadium, one of Germany's largest and most modern football stadiums, then to Severinstor, Eigelsteintor and Hahnentor, the only three remaining of twelve city gates of the medieval city fortifications, still used for various occasions. Go on to the Neugotisches Stammhaus, the manufactory where the original 'Eau de Cologne' was created. Overnight stay in Cologne.

    Day 2: Continue to Koblenz, one of Germany's oldest cities. Guided tour of the historic old town, romantic alleys to the Basilica of St. Castor, Liebfrauenkirche, Deutsches Eck with the city's landmark Monument of Kaiser William, and finally the Schlangelbrunnen fountain at the town hall. Go on a river cruise on the Rhine. Continue to Heidelberg. Overnight stay in Heidelberg.

    Day 3: Heidelberg. In a walking tour through the old town see the statue of Madonna am Kornmarkt, the late Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit, and the old bridge. Go on to Universitatsplatz square, St. Peter's Church and town hall. Continue to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. In a city tour see the Church of St. James and the historic town hall with belfry and Meistertrunk-Clock. Continue to Munich. Check in to hotel for 2 nights.

    Day 4: Munich. Stroll through the historic old town to Marienplatz to see the old and new town hall with its Glockenspiel chiming every day at 11 am, 12 pm and 5 pm. Go on to the Cathedral of Our Dear Lady, one of Munich's landmarks, then to Promenadenplatz. Cross the Funf Hofe to Odeonsplatz, pass nearby Feldherrnhalle and Theatine Church to get a view of the Victory Gate. Continue past Residenz, National Theater and the Munich Opera. Go on to one of Munich's royal avenues, Maximilianstrasse and past the Old Court, imperial residence of Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV, to Hofbrauhaus am Platzl beer hall for traditional Munich specialties such as pretzels, beer and weisswurst. End the tour at the Viktualienmarkt, a food and delicatessen market held every day.

    Day 5: Continue to Berchtesgaden. A boat takes you to the pilgrimage Church of St. Bartholomew on Konigsee, a fjord-like lake known for its beautiful blue waters. Visit to St. Bartholomew's Church and its red domed roofs. Go on to the oldest enzian distillery for a tasting of the spirit made of gentian roots. A tour of the nearby salt mine takes you down funiculars, slides for a raft ride on the underground salt lake. Continue to Salzburg, Austria, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Check in to hotel for 2 nights.

    Day 6: Salzburg. Explore World Heritage Site Salzburg in a tour of the city. Start at the Franciscan Church and St. Peter's Church. Go on to Mirabell Palace with its famous gardens featured in 'The Sound of Music'. Walk uphill to Hohensalzburg Castle for a panoramic view of the city. Visit Mozart's Birth House in Getreidegasse 9 and Hellbrunn Palace, a Baroque villa with extensive gardens and parks in the south of Salzburg. Return to hotel.

    Day 7: Continue to Passau. Guided tour of the city through charming alleys, avenues and squares including a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral. The Baroque cathedral built in 1662 on the remains of the burnt-down Gothic building has the world's largest cathedral organ with nearly 18 000 pipes. Continue to Prague. Check in to hotel for 2 nights.

    Day 8: Prague. Go on a guided sightseeing tour of the Castle District Hradcany and the Lesser Town. Start at Prague Castle, past St. Vitus' Cathedral, St. George's Basilica, to the surrounding Castle Gardens with a beautiful view of Prague. Go on to the magnificent Wallenstein Palace, then to 'Lesser Town' mala stran√° with St. Nicholas' Church, built by architect Christoph Dientzenhofer in the unique Prague Baroque style. Cross the famous Charles Bridge lined with 30 statues, the most famous of which is patron saint John of Nepomuk, to the Old Town Bridge Tower, Wenceslas Square, and the National Museum. Return to hotel.

    Day 9: Transfer to airport and departure.

    (subject to alterations)

  • Tour includes

    Accompanying English-speaking tour host, coach rides and day trips in a modern long-distance coach, experienced driver, and accommodation in mid-price hotels, double rooms with ensuite bathroom; breakfast and dinner, guided tours by trained local tour guides, maps and informative material.

  • Not included

    Tips, admission fees, beverages, personal expenses, possible increases in fuel prices.