This Germany vacation takes you from the cosmopolitan streets of Munich to the picture perfect medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, set against a beautiful backdrop of forests and mountains in the heart of Bavaria. End your journey in historic Nuremberg, where modern art and culture blend uniquely with Bavarian traditions and World War II history.
The mere mention of Munich and one conjures up images of annual Oktoberfest gatherings where lederhosen and dirndl-clad women serve beer in large tankards!
Footloose in München: City Tour Get to know a little of the distinctive character of the Bavarian capital on this leisurely walk. Following a hearty breakfast at your hotel, meet your local guide at the landmark fountain on Marienplatz Square, Munich’s central square. As you stroll through the city, passing by iconic churches and cathedrals, museums and historic palaces, let your guide fill you up with stories and anecdotes behind each. Starting off with the Marienplatz, the heart of the Altstadt with the striking St. Peter’s Church and City Hall, enjoy your informative and laidback tour. Amble past the landmark Frauenkirche, the gigantic church with its twin towers; the Residenz Palace and Museum, the erstwhile home of Bavaria’s Wittelsbach rulers; and the legendary Hofbräuhaus, the massive beer hall and restaurant that easily hosts the largest beer tent during Oktoberfest! Also take in the lively Food Market, the old Jewish quarter and the City Museum, as your guide keeps you entertained with snippets from the cultural history of this remarkable city. (Time of Day: Morning; Duration: approx. 2 hrs, from 1000 onwards; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Note: Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
Discovery Tour of Iconic Neuschwanstein Castle Head out to explore the magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle in this private tour. Drive out of Munich and travel for about two hours to reach Neushwantstein. As you travel, watch out for breathtaking views of the iconic Romanesque Revival castle set on a rugged hill. Soaring over the town, this impressive castle built by King Ludwig II known for his eccentric tastes, appears to be straight out of a fairy tale. Aptly so, as it has served as the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle! Movie lovers are also sure to identify it as the castle featured in the classic movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Explore to your heart’s content the exquisite architectural features of this castle. Marvel at the incredible artwork housed in this beautiful castle and savor the spectacular views from its many windows before it is time to turn back. Round out the day with a visit of Linderhof Palace, followed by a visit to the village of Oberammergau. (Full Day; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy.)
With its cobbled lanes and picturesque houses, Rothenburg ob der Tauber takes you back in time to the medieval ages.
Rothenburg: Mysteries of the Night Travel back in history with this exciting night tour of the streets in Rothenburg. Set off from your hotel as you accompany your local expert to the Market Square where you will meet the city’s night watchman. Follow the individual, who seems to have stepped right out of the Middle Ages, as he leads you through the dark alleyways and dimly lit squares. Stop by notable landmarks and listen to the watchman narrate interesting facts and stories about each of these. Imagine the lives of people in medieval times as you walk along, learning about the city’s many secrets. Pause en route to capture stunning images of the popular landmarks that appear quite different in the glow of the night lights. Return to your hotel with memories of a lifetime. (Duration: 1 hr; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Nuremberg reminds you of a typical Bavarian village with its charming chalets and quaint canals. A city steeped in history, the formidable city walls and castle that have been restored after the Second World War stand testimony to its glorious past.
Down Memory Lane: Nüremberg Through the Centuries Discover the historic heart of Nüremberg on this informative city tour. From its rich medieval heritage and Industrial-era innovations to the devastating WWII and subsequent modernization, discover your favorite version of this many-layered metropolis. Accompanied by your driver guide, soak in the spirit of the city’s medieval avatar at the Imperial Castle, whose iconic silhouette once represented the grandeur of the Holy Roman Empire. Walk over to the main market square or Hauptmarkt, which is lined with the city’s landmark monuments. This is where the city’s famous Christmas Market or Christkindlesmarkt has been held each year for centuries. Look out for the “Beautiful Fountain” or Schöner Brunnen, a medieval fountain that stands next to the Town Hall, and heritage stores such as a 600 year old bakery famous for its traditional gingerbread. You will also come across the lovely 14th century Church of our Lady or “Frauenkirche” lining the market square. Stop by the striking structure of St. Lorenz, another medieval church with heritage artwork, dedicated to Saint Lawrence. Also visit the Nazi Party’s Rally Grounds during your walk. A symbol of Germany’s industrial revolution, Hitler had seen Nüremberg as the perfect site for his massive public rallies. Ironically, after WWII, Nüremberg was also where the war crimes tribunal was set up, which you will see on this historic tour, at the Memorium Nüremberg Trials. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: approx. 4 hrs, from 1000 onwards; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes).
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Accommodation in one double room for 7 days / 6 nights.
Meals as indicated
All activities as listed :
Munich: Footloose in München: City Tour
Munich: Discovery Tour of Iconic Neuschwanstein Castle
Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Rothenburg: Mysteries of the Night
Nuremberg: Down Memory Lane: Nüremberg Through the Centuries
All activities specified in the itinerary including transfers and entrance fees unless otherwise specified
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Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)