Highlights of Germany

Highlights of Germany

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Highlights of Germany

12 Days

Visiting: Frankfurt, Cologne, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hamelin, Hamburg, Lübeck, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Weimar, Coburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle, Stuttgart, Heidelberg

Tour operator:

Cosmos

Tour code:

6040-2024

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Activities:

Shopping, Sightseeing

From:
$1957
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Tour Overview

Spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairy-tale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beer…this is Germany! On this comprehensive tour, you'll see Germany's highlights and visit its most famous cities, as well as its medieval towns and scenic areas. Your vacation begins and ends in Frankfurt with overnights in the Rhineland, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, and the Stuttgart area. Magnificent scenery awaits you on this value-minded Germany vacation. Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine River, passing castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty historic towns. In Bavaria, see King Ludwig II's 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled high in the Alps. Drive along the Romantic Road with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, half-timbered houses, and scenic countryside, and stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Among the tour highlights is Lubeck, a Hanseatic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 12th century and Veste Coburg Castle, one of Germany’s largest castle complexes. Today, the fortress houses the former art collections of the dukes of Coburg. You’ll also enjoy the must-see sights in the cities, including Munich’s Marienplatz, the main square in the city. In Dresden, see the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion, where the 40 bells of the Glockenspiel sound every quarter of an hour. From the beautiful scenery and exciting cities to the historic sights and fun experiences, this Germany tour has it all!

Places You'll See

Hotel Frankfurt Messe Affiliated By Meliá

Nh Altona Hamburg

Hotel Achat Monheim

B&B Hotel Berlin City Ost

B&B Berlin-Tiergarten

Nh Leipzig Messe

Ibis Muenchen Parkstadt Schwabing

B&B Hotel Nürnberg-City

Seminaris

Leonardo Royal Frankfurt

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive In Frankfurt Area,Germany
Location: Frankfurt
Meals Included: Dinner

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions.

Day 2: Frankfurt Area,Rhine Cruise,Cologne,Rhineland
Location: Frankfurt, Cologne, Rhineland-Palatinate
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s highlight is an included Rhine cruise to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. Next is the city of Cologne, the city known for its joyous attitude, with free time to visit the city center.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi/ 310 km

Day 3: Rhineland,Hamelin,Hamburg
Location: Rhineland-Palatinate, Hamelin, Hamburg
Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town center with the historical buildings and magically fancy gables echoing the “Pied Piper” legend. Continue to Hamburg.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km

Day 4: Hamburg,Lübeck,Berlin
Location: Hamburg, Lübeck, Berlin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Later, depart for Lübeck, formerly a free Hanseatic city and independent state. Lübeck, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany. Thomas Mann, Günther Grass, and Willy Brandt—all Nobel laureates—were among the famous residents of this city. Later, arrive in Berlin and enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km

Day 5: Berlin
Location: Berlin
Meals Included: Breakfast

No longer divided but every bit as fascinating, Berlin was once the city of contrasts with the wall separating two different worlds. Now, the city has developed into a harmonious blend of new and old, preserving its historical buildings and impressive boulevards as well as creating brand new buildings in the contemporary architectural styles. See all of this on the included city sightseeing with a Local Guide. Consider an optional excursion this afternoon.

Day 6: Berlin,Dresden,Leipzig
Location: Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel southwest to Dresden, the old capital of Saxony and at one time called the “Florence on the Elbe.” On the included guided sightseeing tour, see the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion where the 40 bells of the Glockenspiel sound four times per hour, and much more. Then it’s on to Leipzig, where composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived the last years of their lives. It was Mendelssohn who founded the Leipziger Conservatory in 1843.
Today’s Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km

Day 7: Leipzig,Weimar,Coburg,Nuremberg
Location: Leipzig, Weimar, Coburg, Nuremberg
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leave Leipzig to visit Weimar, home to many intellectuals of the past but mainly known for the name given to the historical period of the “Weimar Republic.” This city is also famed as the home of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Next stop is Coburg. Visit the dominating and mighty Veste Coburg Castle, built in 1225. Continue to Nuremberg and admire its town center, dominated by the imperial castle.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km

Day 8: Nuremberg,Rothenburg,Munich
Location: Nuremberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast

As you leave Nuremberg, stop for a photo at the famous Zeppelinfield. On the way to Munich, visit the quaint Medieval village of Rothenburg on the Romantic Road. Marvel at its towered gates and battlements, squares of half-timbered houses and decorated fountains.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km

Day 9: Munich
Location: Munich
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

With a Local Guide, take advantage of the included sightseeing tour of the city known as Germany’s “Secret Capital.” Time to admire the beautiful main square, Marienplatz, do some shopping, and sample Munich’s famous beer!

Day 10: Munich,Neuschwanstein,Stuttgart Area
Location: Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle, Stuttgart
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Munich and drive into the heart of the Bavarian Alps to see the most famous 19th-century, neo-romantic castle of the world, King Ludwig II’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Overnight in a lovely village outside Stuttgart.
Today’s Distance: 192 mi/ 310 km

Day 11: Stuttgart Area,Heidelberg,Frankfurt Area
Location: Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Frankfurt
Meals Included: Breakfast

The day starts with a scenic drive for a taste of the Black Forest landscapes and villages, followed by a visit to Heidelberg—location of Germany’s oldest university and inspiration for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km

Day 12: Frankfurt Area
Location: Frankfurt
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

UNESCO Sites

Classical Weimar|Cologne Cathedral|Hanseatic city of Lubeck|Speicherstadt and Kontorhous District of Hamburg

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

Accommodation

Frankfurt Area:Hotel Frankfurt Messe
Cologne:Leonardo Koeln Airport
Hamburg:NH Altona Hamburg
Berlin:Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof
Leipzig:Seminaris Hotel Leipzig
Leipzig:NH Leipzig Messe
Nuremberg:Ramada Parkhotel
Munich:Ibis Muenchen Parkstadt Schwabing
Stuttgart Area:Seminaris
Frankfurt Area:Leonardo Royal Frankfurt

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  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1961

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Cosmos is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and to reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    All guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for travel through February, 2023. Beginning March 1, 2023, while we highly recommend vaccination, we will no longer require it. We ask all guests to comply with airline and destination requirements, which still may apply. To check your destination requirements for your travel dates, view the Latest Travel & Health Restrictions for Travel.

Reviews of this Operator

Mrs Susan Hyland  

We have just returned from a Cosmos…

28-Sep-2022

We have just returned from a Cosmos tour- Gourmet Tuscany. We stayed in Montecatini Terme and traveled from there to many wonderful places, in towns and the fabulous Tuscan countryside. We visit Vineyards for wine tastings, farms for cooking lessons and lunches and dinners in authentic Italian restaurants. All assisted by a friendly, informative tour director. First class holiday

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Rick  

Excellent in every respect

08-Dec-2022

I recently did a 2-week "best of Italy" tour with this company. Our guide, Daniella, was fantastic, the itinerary was excellent and they catered for my rather difficult dietary requirements really well. Really happy and will certainly book with them again

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John Lomanno  

A wonderrful experience

09-Nov-2022

WE saw so much. The tour director Mladin was very knowledgeable and made the experience so enjoyable. The bus driver Paul was so nice and helpful. A couple of the hotels had no refrigerators to keep the water cold. We had to carry our own luggage to and from the rooms. There should have been porters to help us. Over all we had a great time.

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Bruce  

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27-Oct-2022

Great organisation, tour guide(Kris) and driver(Tony) who went extra mile and good group of people from all over world. The hotels were excellent in New Orleans and Nashville and very good in other cities. The itinerary was well thought out with visits to Gracelands and Grande ole Oprey topping the bill. We added 3extra nights in New Orleans (giving us 6nights) which was absolutely fab and would advise anyone doing this tour that they consider some extra nights to see and do as much as you can

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Francine Ramos  

The tour director expertise and…

18-Dec-2022

The tour director expertise and personality made the trip all the more pleasant. No stress. The local guides as well added to the beauty of this trip. They were knowledgeable and personable. I also have to mention the travelers (the group of 21). The people were friendly an accommodating. This is my third trip with this tour company and I will continue to travel with this company due to excellent planning and customer service. Thank you

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    Cosmos requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of cosmos charges.

    Up to 65 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 64 days before tour starts: Forfeit 20% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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