Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Collette's 10 Day Germany's Cultural Cities Featuring the Romantic Road. Through Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich, come to know Germany and the charms of its Romantic Road. Tour Berlin and Munich with an expert city guide, then walk the Fairytale Road guided by the Pied Piper. Feel like a local when you take the sleek ICE train from Berlin to Hamburg. Enjoy an overnight stay in the medieval city of Marburg. On Rothenburg’s breathtaking Romantic Road, go on a “Night Watchman” tour. Try the local beers of Munich. Along storybook pathways and across historic city...read more streets, fall under the spell of this magical country.
Your tour opens in Berlin, Germany's capital. Maintaining a blend of deep history, modern flare and multi-cultural influences, Berlin has served as a European icon for centuries. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic cuisine. (D) Stay: Hotel Riu Plaza (2 Nights)
Start your day by getting acquainted with Berlin's main sights with an expert guide. Reflect at the Holocaust Memorial before continuing on to the lively Potsdam Square. Stroll down Niederkirchner Strasse to see remnants of the First Wall and walk through the “Topography of Terror” exhibition, delving into the rise and fall of the Third Reich. See Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin. Explore the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt square, pass through the colorful Old Town, and head down Avenue Unter den Linden to Brandenburg Gate. This afternoon you may choose to join an optional excursion outside the city to visit Potsdam and the famous Cecilienhof Palace. (B)
Feel like a local when you travel to Hamburg, hopping on the sleek ICE train that connects all the major German cities and reaches speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Take in “the Venice of the North,” with winding canals and an impressive harbor that made it a center of trade for centuries. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before getting the lay of the land on a brief orientation tour. The evening is yours to explore as you wish. Perhaps you will take an optional evening cruise, admiring the cityscape as you coast along. (B/L) Stay: Reichshof - Curio by Hilton (2 Nights)
Today, it's your choice! Feel as if the world has shrunk around you at Miniature Wonderland, home to the largest model railway system in the world with over ten awe-inspiring themed landscapes -OR- visit the International Maritime Museum which houses nine levels of sea-faring adventure including exhibits on Viking dragon boats, deep-sea diving, and a ship simulator. This evening, gather for a walking tour along Reeperbahn, Hamburg's red light district. The area has been immortalized as the place where the Beatles cultivated their fame in the early 1960s. Join in on the rock-legend fun with a local Beatles expert, who wields a ukulele as you travel down memory lane. (B)
Made famous by the Pied Piper in the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Hamelin is your next stop. Feel like you have stepped into the pages of a storybook when the “Pied Piper of Hamelin” leads you through the city, playing catchy tunes as you discover Hamelin's charming Tudor-style architecture. Your journey continues to the medieval city of Marburg whose enchanting atmosphere has inspired many of Brothers Grimm fairy tales. This picturesque city is your home for the night. (B) Stay: Vila Vita Hotel
Journey to the perfectly preserved medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, located on the Romantic Road and in the heart of the Franconia wine region. En route, make a stop in Würzburg, a Bavarian wine town known for its lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture. Enjoy time to explore the town on your own before continuing to Rothenburg, located high on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. Arrive at your city-center hotel, the perfect location to discover this captivating town. Take an evening stroll to a local restaurant for a taste of local wines followed by a traditional German dinner. Later, join a colorfully costumed local expert for the famous “Night Watchman” walking tour of the medieval town. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Altes Brauhaus (2 Nights)
Gather at the famous Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Museum and be treated to a private tour. See an ornament-making demonstration and shop for handmade Christmas ornaments. The remainder of the day is yours to do as you choose. (B)
Make your way through mountains and along winding country roads as you leave Rothenburg behind for a tour inside the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle. Built by King Ludwig II, it is the most photographed castle in Germany. Continue to Munich, the vibrant capital of Bavaria. Your evening is free to explore the city independently. (B) Stay: Eurostars Grand Central Hotel (2 Nights)
Come to know the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a walking tour that highlights the world-famous Glockenspiel and Marienplatz – a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. This afternoon, it's your choice! Venture to the innovative BMW World to learn the history of this dynamic global automaker -OR- embark on a poignant journey through history at the Dachau Memorial, the former concentration camp where you will learn about the terrors of war and the resilience of the human spirit. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a beer tasting followed by a farewell dinner in one of Munich's most famous restaurants. (B/D)
Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
Embark on a guided tour of Hamelin with a flute-playing “Pied Piper.”
Feel like a local when you take the sleek ICE train from Berlin to Hamburg.
Join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.
Tour Berlin's and Munich's famed landmarks with a local guide.
Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval city in the heart of Franconia.
Step into the pages of a storybook on a tour of Neuschwanstein Castle.
Indulge in a wine tasting at a local restaurant.
Enjoy a beer tasting followed by a farewell dinner in one of Munich's famous restaurants.
Expertly crafted itineraries
Skilled and engaging tour managers
Expert local guides with insider knowledge
Attraction entrance fees
Many meals full of local flavour
Enriching cultural experiences
Comfortable on-tour transportation
Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
Plus, access to Wi-Fi hotspots on tour
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Arriving Flight: The closest arrival airport is Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) Airport, Please make sure your flights arrive before 12:00am
Departing Flight: The closest departure airport is Munich Airport (MUC) Airport, Please do not book flights departing earlier than 12:00am on the last day
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Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
Trip Optionals These optional activities can be pre-booked & included in your trip price.
Location: Berlin. Cost: $130.
Leave the city behind and make your way to Potsdam, the former home of Prussian kings. Pause along the way to hear stories of the exchange of prisoners between the former East Germany and Western Germany at the Glienicke Bridge, dubbed “the Bridge of Spies.” Next, you’ll arrive at Sanssouci. Stand in awe of this magnificent former palace of Frederick the Great and UNESCO World Heritage site. Join your guide for a stroll through the perfectly manicured, tiered gardens that will take your breath away. Make your way to Cecilienhof Palace, the site where the main Allies of World War II decided on the shape of post-war Europe. Discover the palace with a guide, venturing through the historical photographs, memorabilia, and the legendary Conference Hall. In addition to its wartime past, get a glimpse into the lives of the former royal residents of the palace. On the way back to the city, sit back and take in the sights of Potsdam while you hear stories of the city’s rich history. Duration approximately 5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.
Location: Wurzburg. Cost: $58.
Get a glimpse into the life of royalty in 18th century Germany on an expert-led guided tour of the spectacular Würzburg Residence palace. This fine example of architecture is a blend of styles that include French château, Viennese Baroque and the architecture of northern Italy. Built in a relatively short amount of time from 1720 through 1744, it is a marvel inside and out. A meticulous garden adorns the grounds surrounding the yellow-hued symmetrical stone façade. Inside, behold an elaborate grand staircase that leads your gaze to a ceiling of frescoes. Your guide will lead you though the impressive rooms including Imperial Hall, Garden Hall, White Hall and Mirror Cabinet. You’ll come away from this architectural masterpiece simply in awe. Duration approximately 2 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.
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