The Heart of Germany

This 11-night small group tour covers some of the most popular areas in Germany. Discover the beauty, history, and architecture throughout the country by visiting areas like Frankfurt, Freiburg, Fussen, Munich, and Nuremberg.

The Heart of Germany

This 11-night small group tour covers some of the most popular areas in Germany. Discover the beauty, history, and architecture throughout the country by visiting areas like Frankfurt, Freiburg, Fussen, Munich, and Nuremberg.

Tour Highlights

  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURES.
  • Small Group - maximum of 25 tour participants.
  • Transportation by car, minivan, or bus during the entire tour (based on the number of participants).

Heart of Germany Tour Includes

  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • English speaking tour guide during the entire tour (driver-guide for groups of 7 people or less).
  • Daily buffet breakfast.
  • Welcome dinner in Frankfurt and regional dinner in Munich.
  • Traditional Alsatian Lunch
  • Rhine cruise with wine tasting.
  • Admission to Heidelburg, Neuschwanstein, Linderhof Palaces, and the Residence Palace of Würzburg.
  • Visit to a cuckoo clock visitor center.
  • Visit to a local Black Forest farm with cheese tasting.
  • Visit of the Eagle's Nest.
  • Visit of the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds of Nuremberg.
  • "Snow ball" tasting in Rothenburg.

Itinerary

Day 1, Saturday: Frankfurt

Arrival at Frankfurt airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Frankfurt is the financial and commercial heart of Germany, a city full of fascinating contrasts between modern development and historic landmarks. At 7 pm you meet your guide at the welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 2, Sunday: Frankfurt - Rüdesheim - St. Goar - Frankfurt

After breakfast, we travel to Rüdesheim. Short tour of the city‘s historic center. Next, we board a ship and sail along the most picturesque stretch of the Rhine: the Lorelei valley. Dur ng the cruise, we enjoy a wine tasting. We disembark in St. Goar and return to Frankfurt. (B)

Day 3, Monday: Frankfurt - Heidelberg -Baden-Baden - Freiburg

In the morning, you travel to Heidelberg to visit the famous castle, followed by a tour of the historic city center. Idyllically located on the shores of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university town and one of the most popular destinations in the country. Afterwards, we travel to Baden- Baden, the former summer residence of the European nobility and known worldwide for its thermal baths. Then, continue the tour to lovely Freiburg, famous for its beautiful church tower. (B)

Day 4, Tuesday: Freiburg - Colmar – Strasbourg - Freiburg

The Rhine River forms the natural border between Germany and France. After crossing the river, we arrive in Colmar. This city is known for its outstanding wines and architectural heritage that reflect the long history of this region and the German and French influences. Enjoy a typical Alsatian Lunch. After that, we continue to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace. Sightseeing tour of the city. Being the base of several European institutions, Strasbourg is also a symbolic capital of Europe. In the afternoon we return to Freiburg. (B,L)

Day 5, Wednesday: Freiburg - Lindau - Füssen

After breakfast, we drive to the Black Forest and enjoy a short presentation on the cuckoo clock production. We continue to a small traditional Black Forest farm where we have a cheese tasting and you see the real Black Forest. After that, we continue the tour to the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance, which offers spectacular views of the Alps. Depending on weather conditions, we will take the Alpine road from Lindau to Oberstaufen and Immenstadt to our final destination for the day, Füssen, the southernmost point on our tour of Romantic Germany. (B,T)

Day 6, Thursday: Neuschwanstein – Wieskirche - Oberammergau – Linderhof – Füssen

We start the day with a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the notorious “Mad King.“ At midday, we travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play and lovely crafts. Along the way, we visit the Wieskirche Church and take a brief stop at the Ettal Benedictine Abbey before continuing the tour to visit Linderhof Palace. This is one of the three castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one where the king actually lived for a significant amount of time. Return to Füssen. (B)

Day 7, Friday: Füssen - Munich

In the morning, we travel to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. We visit the city’s main attractions, concluding the tour at the Marienplatz square with its famous clock tower. Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria is famous for its Oktoberfest, which is annually celebrated in September. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure. In the evening, you enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner. (B,D)

Day 8, Saturday: Munich - Berchtesgaden - Munich

After breakfast, we start our day excursion to Berchtesgaden. Berchtesgaden is a typical, traditional Alpine village at the foot of Mount Watzmann. The region’s attractions include the salt mines, Lake Königssee, and Obersalzberg with the Eagle’s Nest, once the site of Hitler’s mountain retreat. After a visit to the infamous Eagle’s Nest (depending on the weather conditions), you have time to take a boat tour on Lake Königssee (not included). In the afternoon, we return to Munich. (B)

Day 9, Sunday: Munich - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Nuremberg

In the morning, we travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Romantic Germany. Sightseeing tour of this lovely medieval town concluding with a Schneeballen (snow ball) tasting, a pastry considered the signature dish of Rothenburg. Next, we travel to Nuremberg. We visit Nuremberg’s historic city center and learn more about its impressive history with a tour of the well-preserved castle, Gothic churches, romantic houses, and peaceful squares. (B)

Day 10, Monday: Nuremburg

Today, we visit the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Ground. Still today, the gigantic remains of buildings in the southern districts of Nuremberg are a reminder of the megalomania of the National Socialist regime. Across eleven square kilometers, a monumental backdrop was to be created for the self-staging of the Nazi Party. Today, the unfinished Congress Hall houses the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds. (B)

Day 11, Tuesday: Nuremberg - Würzburg - Frankfurt

In the morning, we travel from Nuremberg to Würzburg. Arrival at Würzburg, a pretty town on the banks of the Main. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. One of the tour highlights is a visit to the Residenz Palace in Würzburg. On the way to Frankfurt, we have a brief stop at the Mespelbrunn Castle. (B)

Day 12, Wednesday: Frankfurt - US

After breakfast transfer to the airport. (B)

Note: Transfers on day 1 and day 12 only - if you arrive before touring or stay after touring, transfers are additional. This tour includes a Tour Escort with groups of eight (8) or more. Groups that are seven (7) or fewer will have only a driver/guide and vehicle will be sized to fit the group.

Rates & Hotels

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Mövenpick Hotel Frankfurt City

Frankfurt Am Main -

Whether you are planning to visit Frankfurt on a business trip to attend or host a conference, or on vacation to enjoy one of Germany’s finest cities, the modern and comfortable Mövenpick Hotel Frankfurt City is the perfect choice for you and your party. [more]

Central Hotel Freiburgh

Freiburgh -

It is our ultimate goal to ensure your comfort during your stay! We will take care of your wishes and provide suggestions for visiting our beautiful city, for excursions, restaurants and events. The Central Hotel is privately owned, and we are very happy to personally look after you. We look forward to your visit! [more]

Hotel Hirsch

Fussen -

The Hirsch Hotel enjoys a convenient location in the very heart of Füssen on the edge of the picturesque old town. The town of Füssen is situated at the southern end of the "Romantische Straße" tourist route and beside "Via Claudia Augusta", the ancient Roman road. [more]

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

Munich -

Enjoy a relaxing stay at the contemporary Holiday Inn Munich City Centre hotel, just 10 minutes' walk from Marienplatz central square. [more]

Park Plaza Hotel Nuremburg

Nuremberg -

Park Plaza Nuremberg lies in an iconic building that was formerly home to the Bavarian American Hotel. Located near the Old Town district, our contemporary accommodation offers an impressive list of services, including free Wi-Fi, an advanced fitness centre, a sauna and complimentary business services. If you feel like exploring the area, ask our front office team for helpful tips on where to go. [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Meals not noted
  • Porterage
  • Tips to driver/guide

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start / end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) months from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Tour date is the date the tour begins in Frankfurt. Please book your air one day prior to allow for overnight flights.

Note: if tour participants drop to 7 or fewer, there will be no tour host and it is escorted by a driver/guide only. Vehicle will be sized based on tour participants.