Classic Germany - 10 Day Tour
This 10 day tour is Southern Germany at its finest. Beginning in Frankfurt, we will head south through the regions of Black Forest and Bavaria to discover the gem of German beauty and culture, ending in Munich just in time to experience the authentic Bavarian festival of Oktoberfest!
Please note: Pending tours are not set as we have not committed to operating tours to Europe 2021 due to Covid restrictions. Completing a reservation request means you’ll receive an email notifying you when we’re ready to take bookings for this tour. It doesn’t reserve or guarantee a seat on this tour. Keep the flame of wanderlust alive and you’ll be the first to know when we’re ready to return to Europe.
Day 1: Welcome to Germany
After landing at Frankfurt Airport, complete customs and immigration formalities. Your guide will welcome you to Germany and escort you and your luggage to the coach. Next, set off on an orientation sightseeing tour of Frankfurt, an old imperial city on the river Main. Along the way, see the Romerberg Old Town Center, attractive pedestrian zone, Hauptwache, an iconic Romer Town Hall from 1405 with a Justice Fountain, St Nicholas Church and Historical Museum. Transfer to your nearby hotel, check in and settle into your room. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 2: Frankfurt Sightseeing
This morning, set off to explore more of Frankfurt. View the Old Opera House, Goethe House and Museum and well known farmers market, Klaine Markthalle, a great place to get a feel for the city and try famous Frankfurt “Green Sauce”, a traditional condiment made of 7 herbs, sour cream and eggs. Stop to visit the Roman Catholic St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, built of red sandstone in Gothic style between the 13th and 15th centuries and is 95 meters high. Then, continue on to visit the Palm Garden, 54 acres of beautiful plant species and the largest botanical garden in Germany. Next, visit the Museum of World Cultures, which is regarded as one of Europe’s top ethnological museums. Founded in 1904, its collections include more than 65,000 artifacts from as far afield as Asia, Africa and North and South America. Return to your nearby hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure for individual pursuits and dining.
Day 3: Heidelberg
Leaving Frankfurt, drive into Heidelberg, an old University city. Upon arrival, stop to view Carl Theodor Old Bridge before continuing on to view Old University. Next, walk around Heidelberg’s Old Town and marvel at its pretty Renaissance architecture, experience the wonderful combination of old and new buildings, narrow streets, market squares, arts, history, science, shopping, eating and relaxing. The main road through the Old Town one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe and is where most of the shopping is centered. Stop to visit Church of the Holly Ghost before transferring to your hotel and checking in. Spend the balance of the day free to sightsee, shop and dine on your own.
Day 4: Baden Baden
Today, journey into Baden Baden, a spa town in southwestern Germany’s Black Forest, close to the France border. Its thermal baths made Baden Baden became a fashionable 19th-century resort. Upon arrival, set off on a walking tour with a local guide. Walk along the lovely Lichtentaler Allee, a park and arboretum in the heart of Baden-Baden, one of the prettiest places in a very pretty city. See the Gönneranlage, a lovely Art Nouveau garden with more than 400 different types of roses. Next, stop to visit the Friedrichsbad and Caracalla Baths. While here, take advantage of the 4,000-squaremeter bathing and therapy center at the Caracalla Spa includes two circular pools and a large central fountain, plus hot and cold rock grottos, whirlpools, swimming pools, saunas, a current channel and water jets, all fed by the springs from which water rises at temperatures of 69 degrees Celsius. After, transfer to your nearby hotel, check in and enjoy some free time before meeting your group for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 5: Strasbourg
Departing Baden Baden, travel into Strasburg, which has mirrored the changing fortunes of France and Alsace for hundreds of years and is worldly famous for its towering Gothic cathedral. Today, the city is the seat to the European Parliament. Upon arrival, set off on a guided walking tour of Strasbourg. Stop to visit the Strasbourg Cathedral, Rohan Palace, which is home to three museums; Museum of Decorative Arts, Museum of Fine Arts and the Archaeological Museum. Then, visit the nearby lively Place du Marché-aux-Cochons-de-Lait and Rue du Maroquin, which are lined with several restaurants. Next, stop for photos of the small district of magnificent half-timbered houses with wooden galleries. Continue on to view the Raven Bridge, and the Petite France District, perhaps the most famous district in Strasbourg, dating from 16th and 17th century. Stop to have lunch with your group at a local restaurant before driving into Colmar, a Fairytale Village with cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses, and quint canals. After a stop for photos, transfer to your hotel in Offenburg, check in and spend the balance of the day at your leisure. This evening, you may like to dine in one of the many traditional or modern dinner venues, located within the area.
Day 6: Black Forest
After breakfast, set off to explore Black Forrest and small villages. Stop in Hausach, located in the Kinzig valley, Central Black Forrest, at the confluence of the Kinzig and Gutach rivers. Hausach is on the Westweg (West Trail) and is the most well-known and most popular long-distance hiking trail in the Black Forest. Next, travel to view the Triberg waterfalls, the highest in Germany. Then, continue on to visit Gutach, the home of the Bollenhut, a traditional ladies’ hat topped with pom-poms, which is a symbol for the Black Forest as a whole. After, journey into Schiltach, home of half timbered houses, raftsmen and tanners. This village was first mentioned as a parochial village in 1275. Stop to visit the marketplace with its half-timbered houses, and the Apothecary Museum. Return to your hotel in Offenburg for a free evening.
Day 7: Offenburg at Leisure
Spend the morning and afternoon at leisure to rest or sightsee and explore Offenburg. The city, with its 60,000 inhabitants, is located on the Rhine valley and on the Black Forest. You may like to visit one of the delightful cafés, restaurants and shops that line the pedestrian streets. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 8: Munich
Leaving Offenburg, drive into Munich, Capital of Bavaria. Upon arrival, embark on a sightseeing tour which features the Olympic stadium and a photo stop at Nymphenburg palace. Drive among the countless museums, palaces and historic monuments to Konigsplatz and Marienplatz with its mechanical clock and the neo-gothic city hall. Motor a short distance to your hotel, check in and settle into your room. Tonight, dine with your group in the hotel restaurant.
Day 9: Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle, which is hidden in the seclusion of the
mountains where Ludwig II built one of his dream castles. After your visit, return to your hotel in Munich, where the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10: Farewell
All too soon, your vacation has come to the end. Transfer to Munich Airport in plenty of
time to check in for your flight. You may do some last minute shopping at the duty free stores before boarding your aircraft and flying back to the United States.
Tour Dates: September 9th-18th, 2021. Unless you are already in Europe before the tour, members will fly out on the 14th to arrive in Frankfurt on the 15th. More on arrival information below under flights and extended stays.
Pricing: $3,689 per person inclusive land tour (see below for what’s included)
- A small group of just 15 – less than half the size of most tour groups
- 9 nights luxury accommodation (based on double room rates, single room supplement $619)
- Full-time services of tour host Jack Baumann
- All transportation by luxury motor coach with driver and tour director
- Personal Guidester custom travel guide that will help you explore in your free time
- Meet and greet service with arrival transfer
- All your breakfasts (9) and half your dinners (5)
- Private walking tour of Frankfurt
- Private walking tour of Baden-Baden with local guide
- Admission Friedrichsbad and Caracalla Baths
- Walking tour of Strasbourg historic center
- Admission Strasbourg Cathedral
- Admission Rohan Palace which includes entry into Museum of Decorative Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Archaeological Museum
- Sightseeing day through the Black Forest and small villages
- Sightseeing tour of Munich city center
- Tips and taxes on items included
- Admission Neuschwanstein Castle
- Flight bags, ticket wallets, and portfolio of travel documents
You will need a valid passport. We recommend renewing or applying for your passport well in advance of travel due to higher wait times for passports in 2019. Passport MUST be valid six months after your final return date. You can find detailed instructions on how to renew or apply for your passport online here through the State Department.
You will want to pack for cooler weather, but be ready for sunny days as well. Warmer clothes and a wind jacket is advised. Comfortable walking shoes is a must as there will be a lot of walking.
Southern Germany in September begins to cool down with average temperatures ranging from 60 as a high during the day, and a low of 50 in the evenings.
This tour does not include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you. Tour will officially begin in Frankfurt and end in Munich.
For those that wish to stay for Oktoberfest, we are happy to work with you to accommodate an additional stay in Munich.
You are welcome to come a day or two early before the tour start date. This will allow you to recover from jet lag as well as spend more time exploring Frankfurt.
$3,689 per person per person
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