Luxury Guided Coach Tour:

 Maidens, Aristocracy and Romance

Tour

Berlin – Potsdam – Ludwigslust Castle – Hamburg – Celle – Hamelin – Bad Salzuflen – Cologne – Königswinter – Koblenz –   Rhine Valley – Rüdesheim – Marksburg Castle – Cochem Castle – Speyer – Heidelberg – Frankfurt

 

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Known as “the fairytale castle”, Neuschwanstein Castle is famous all over the world. Built by the ‘Mad' King Ludwig of Bavaria it is considered to be the inspiration behind Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World. Located in the state of Bavaria, Germany's 'Castle Country', Neuschwanstein nowadays attracts more than 1,3m tourists every year. But not only in Bavaria - fascinating castles, palaces and gardens from every period and style can be discovered in every region of Germany. Join us and discover some magical moments off the beaten track.

 

Day 01 - Saturday:

Berlin

Welcome to Berlin! Please advise your flight/train data at least 4 weeks prior arrival and our driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. Germany’s capital is vibrant, cosmopolitan and creative, allowing for every kind of lifestyle. East meets West in the metropolis at the heart of a changing Europe. Berlin is a city of opportunities just waiting to be seized in all areas, like entertainment, recreation, economy, science and academic life. Please meet your guide at the Hotel Lobby at 06:30pm. To get to know some local specialities we will serve you a 3-course-menu at a typical restaurant - 2 drinks (glass of beer, wine, water or Soft Drink) + 1 coffee p/p included.2x Overnight at “Hotel Seehof Berlin” or similar

 

Day 02 - Sunday:

Berlin - Potsdam

Today we will discover all the highlights of Germany’s capital and most exciting city. See Brandenburg Gate, our parliament „Reichstag“, the victory column, Palace Bellevue, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial Church, Checkpoint Charlie, remains of the wall, the boulevard “Unter den Linden” and the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral). Not to forget Charlottenburg Palace, the largest and most important remaining Hohenzollern residence in Berlin. Before we depart towards Potsdam we will have a really original “Berlin Experience” and stop at one of cities most famous “Currywurst” booths to try the local speciality.

Potsdam is known for the magnificent palaces and parks that date back to its time as the former royal seat of Prussia. One of the must-see destinations is Sanssouci Palace with its impressive courtyards, the former summer residence of Frederick the great.

Day 03 - Monday

Berlin - Ludwigslust Castle - Hamburg

In the morning we visit Ludwigslust. Hidden away in the Mecklenburg countryside, the jewel of this town, Ludwigslust Palace, is full of surprises. Many of the wall and ceiling decorations are made of papier mâché, also known as 'Ludwigslust carton'. Afterwards we go on to Hamburg, a maritime world city. Enjoy all the main sights of northern Germanys “pearl”, like the famous baroque church 'Michel', the historical Speicherstadt - an old warehouse district with its historic facades surrounded by loading canals, St. Pauli quarter, the jetties called “Landungsbruecken” and the brand-new HarbourCity. We will discover Germany’s largest port on a very special yet relaxing way: on a typical harbour cruise. The evening you can use for own activities but of course our guide will also offer you a walking tour along the Reeperbahn. This amusement district originally was visited by sailors who were able to spend a whole six month pay in only one happy night. Nowadays, of course, you can also see more ‘civilised’ areas.

Overnight at Hotel “Waldhaus Reinbek” or similar

 

Day 04 - Tuesday:

Hamburg - Celle - Hamelin - Hämelschenburg Palace - Ruhrgebiet

In the morning we go on to Celle. The beautiful city situated on the banks of the river Aller offers an enchanting old quarter with hundreds of timber-framed houses and a palace uniting Renaissance and baroque styles. Learn more about the city whose history is affected by horses, Dukes and knights. Definitely worth seeing is Germany's oldest baroque theatre still in use today and the only chapel north of the Alps with a fully preserved Renaissance interior. In the afternoon we reach Hamelin, the city known for the legend of the Pied Piper, which is mentioned in the writings of Brothers Grimm. But of course there is more to Hamelin than just a legend: Well worth visiting (and guaranteed rodent-free) are the towns beautiful churches, magnificent timber-framed and sandstone buildings, many of which date from the Renaissance period. Our next destination will take us even deeper back in the world of the Renaissance: The imposing edifice of Hämelschenburg Palace, a Masterpiece of Weser Renaissance Architecture. Its gardens, outbuildings and the church forms one of Germany's finest Renaissance ensembles. Overnight at Hotel “Romantikhotel Platte” in Attendorn or similar. 

Day 05 - Wednesday

Ruhrgebiet - Cologne - Königswinter - Koblenz - Rhine Valley

In the morning we will have a walking Tour of Cologne, the city that is famous for carnival, kölsch beer and, of course, it’s Cathedral. The UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the largest churches in Europe.

The scale of Cologne Cathedral is evident from its two mighty towers. Completed in the 19th century, they dominate both the city and the surrounding region. With more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries Cologne is a real cultural mecca. Of course we can not leave without learning something about the famous  EAU de COLOGNE.

On our way to Koblenz we make a stop at Königswinter, a winegrower’s village which attracts due to its picturesque atmosphere. With Germany´s oldest cog railway we will go up to the most famous point of the national park Siebengebirge – the Drachenfels Mountain high over the Rhine Valley. Surrounded by Vineyards and forests Koblenz is one of Germany's oldest and most beautiful towns, we visit before we go on to our hotel.2x Overnight at Hotel “Schloss Rheinfels” or similar

Day 06 - Thursday:

Rhinevalley - Rüdesheim - Marksburg Castle - Rhinevalley

In the morning we will board a Rhine steamer to do a scenic cruise passing splendid villages & castles. This part of the Rhine River to Rüdesheim where we will disembark is the most scenic and romantic of all. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley - that already enchanted poets, composers and painters like Richard Wagner and J.M.W. Turner -  was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in June 2002.

Rüdesheim is surrounded by vineyards and on top of one of those, dominated by the Germania statue which is known as the Niederwald-Monument. Enjoy a walk through the Drosselgasse, a bustling lane of shops and wine bars. We will have a light lunch including wine tasting at the unique and cosy atmosphere of the wine restaurant “Rüdesheimer Schloss” - famous for its wines from the own winery GEORG BREUER.

On our way to Marksburg Castle we pass the famous Lorelei Rock, which inspired several tales. The Castle, being the only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed, will takes us back to the middle ages. In the late afternoon we return to our hotel

 

Day 07 - Friday:

Rhine Valley – Cochem Castle – Speyer – Heidelberg

After breakfast we go on to Cochem. From far away you can see the Highlight of this town: Rising majestically above Cochem is the old imperial castle with its oriels and battlements on an outstanding hill. Also the old town with its narrow streets and twisty alleys, the lovingly restored half timbered houses with the typical slate roofs, the historical market-place and the medieval town gates, churches and walls are worth a visit. We move on to Speyer, the city with the magnificent Romanesque imperial cathedral. Visiting Speyer we can not miss the Technical Museum. It offers a large variety of masterpieces of technology to be found nowhere else. Some of the highlights are an original BURAN spaceshuttle, the largest space flight exhibition in Europe, a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, the submarine U9 and a former German Navy submarine.

 

In the evening we will arrive at Heidelberg. As this city offers charm and character like no other, our Farewell Dinner will already take place today. We will serve you a 3-course-menu at one of the most historical townhouses  - 2 drinks (glass of beer, wine, water or Soft Drink) + 1 coffee p/p included.Overnight at Hotel “Zum Ritter” or similar

 Day 08 - Saturday:

Heidelberg - Frankfurt

After breakfast we will have a city tour of this perfectly preserved Baroque city. With its history and unique location overlooking the town, Heidelberg Castle is one of the most famous historical monuments in Germany. The ruins rise majestically high above the narrow lanes and picturesque jumble of roofs of the old town, like a scene from the pages of a storybook. Heidelberg also offers the oldest university of Germany, a beautiful Old Town and the world’s largest wine barrel. In the afternoon we go on to Frankfurt. Most people associate the city only with brokers, banks, stocks and shares – and they wouldn't be wrong, but there is much more to the city than just big business. There is plenty to see in so-called “Mainhattan”, the lively and diversified metropolis in the heart of Europe: The unique skyline, the city’s premier sight-seeing attraction, is visible for miles. The Römer, Frankfurt Cathedral and St. Paul’s Church - the cradle of German democracy and the seat of the first German parliament in 1848 - are all absolute must-sees. For the perfect view we will visit the Main Tower, Frankfurts only sky scraper with a public observation platform. Overnight at Hotel “Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof” or similar

 Day 09 - Sunday:

Frankfurt

Please inform us about your flight/train data at least 4 weeks prior arrival and meet your driver at the arranged time at the hotel lobby for transfer to Airport / Train Station.

Please note special conditions:

Please note that due to the exclusivity of the tour and the therefore necessary private arrangements in the various visited castles and sight, a minimum participation of 8 persons is necessary. This is why this tour is NOT GUARANTEED! We reserve the right to cancel the tour latest 8 weeks prior to start of tour. Surcharge for tour with less than 8 participants on request.