tour through the enchanting places of southern Germany, Luxembourg and Strasbourg

This tour is a great opportunity to see the beauty of Southern Germany with its old romantic cities, medieval town centers, castles and Alps, to admire the architectural heritage of Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic eras in Strasbourg, enjoy the French and German cuisine, fine wines and taste dozens of different types of beer in cosy old restaurants, to visit the smallest and most developed country in Europa - Luxemburg and take a boat trip along the lovely Constace lake!

Tour-Code: GER03
Culture trip
People, nature & history
12 Days/ 11 Nights
Including the days of arrival and departure
Number of participants
Small groups: 6-12
Accommodation
3* hotels
Features
Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Trier, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Meersburg, Munich and gorgeous Neuschwanstein Castle!
Meals
All breakfasts
Transfer
From & to the airport, all excursions, boat trip in Meersburg
Guide
English speaking guides

ITINERARY

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INCLUDED SERVICES
NOT INCLUDED INTO THE SERVICE
Arrival and transfer to the hotel
Our driver will meet you at the airport and bring you to the hotel in Frankfurt.

Overnight in Frankfurt


Highlight: Frankfurt city tour
Today is dedicated to one of the major financial centres of Europe and a global hub for commerce, culture, and transportation – Frankfurt am Main.
After the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, Frankfurt was a fully sovereign city state with a republican form of government for about 50 years. During World War II, the city was destroyed. Its postwar reconstruction took place already in a modern style, thus changing Frankfurt's architectural face: today it has many high-rise buildings in the city center, creating the typical skyline.
During out tour we learn interesting facts from the history of this city and visit its major sights. We walk cobbled streets in the historic heart of its medieval old town, look at the Roman Catholic Gothic church from the 16th century, where emperors were crowned and go up the 220-m skyscraper to discover the city from above.

Overnight in
Frankfurt
highlight: Excursion to Heidelberg - all day
After breakfast, we make an excursion to the university town Heidelberg that is about 1 h drive from Frankfurt.
One of the city's main attractions is the Heidelberg University founded in the 14th century, which is considered the oldest of the most reputable universities in Europe. It is located in the historic center of Heidelberg and is an integral part of the architectural ensemble that survived World War II. The university's library is also worth a visit.
The Heidelberg Palace is located near the city center and attracts around 1 Mio. visitors from all over the world. The earliest castle structure was built before 1214 and throughout the centuries it has been destroyed by wars, lightning and subsequent fires.
After our stroll down the streets of the Town Hall, we pass the "Karl Theodor" bridge and look at the great Heidelberg Tun, an extremely large wine barrel within the cellars of Heidelberg Castle.
At the end of the day we come back to Frankfurt and can rest in the Hotel.

Overnight in Frankfurt

1st highlight: Trier city tour
Today we set off for Trier, located near to the border with Luxembourg. It was founded by the Celts in the late 4th century BC as Treuorum and conquered 300 years later by the Romans, who renamed it Augusta Treverorum ("The City of Augustus among the Treveri"). Today we can discover the well-preserved medieval Old Town and the city's most atmospheric and picturesque district. We pass by the Dreikönigenhaus dating back to the 13th century, the old town hall "Steipe", the lionpharmacy, the oldest pharmacy in Germany and family business since 1660. We visit the oldest church in Germany "The High Cathedral of Saint Peter" that was commissioned by Emperor Constantine the Great in 320, the gothic Church from the 13th century "Liebfrauenkirche", "Basilica of Constantine" from the 4th century (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Electoral Palace and is a large Roman city gate "Porta Nigra", built in grey sandstone after 170 AD.

2nd highlight: free time
In the evening you can explore the city on your own and look at the large Roman bath complex of the 4th century (UNESCO World Heritage) or try German wine in one of the charming restaurants.

Overnight in Trier
1st highlight: Luxembourg city tour
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a small but very industrialized country with the highest living standards in the European Union is today's destination. This country borders with Belgium, Germany and France, which largely shaped its culture and leisurely lifestyle. Of course, the city of Luxembourg itself is the pearl of the Duchy. Its history began with the eponymous Fortress of Luxembourg, which for centuries was one of the strongest fortifications in Europe. It was destroyed in 1867-1868 but not as a result of hostilities, but as a gesture of goodwill - for the sake of the emergence of an independent constitutional monarchy of the country. Today we see the most interesting sights in the city: its "Ville Haute" the medieval town (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the 21 m high Monument of Remembrance "Gëlle Fra", the Notre-Dame Cathedral from the 17th century, the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg – the Grand Ducal Palace from the 16th century and many others.

2nd highlight: free time
At the end of the tour we visit the National Museum of History and Art to see the main ancient artefacts of the city. Then you will have time to explore the city on your ownand enjoy local cuisines in one of the restaurants.
Return back and overnight in Trier.


Overnight in Trier

1st highlight: Strasbourg city tour
After breakfast, we set off for the capital and largest city of the Grand East region of France, bordering with Germany. It immersed in Franco-German culture and has been a cultural bridge between France and Germany for centuries. Its historic city center, the "Grande Île" (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its rich architectural heritage embraces styles from the Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic and Art Nouveau eras. There is a maze of narrow streets that beckon you to wander and look up at the rooflines and steeples. The monument of the Alsace's heritage is located here- the cathedral of Notre-Dame. Hundreds of sculptures stand out from its wall accentuating the effects of shadow and light and its windows are adorned by the 12th - 14th century stained-glass. The colour of its walls, made from red sandstone, changes throughout the day depending on the weather and colour of the sky. From its tower we get a look across the entire city: the Kammerzell house from the 16th century, the Petite France quarter - the most picturesque district of the city, the Church of Saint-Thomas from the 12th century and many others.

2nd highlight: free time

After the tour you can relax in the hotel or continue to explore Strasbourg on your own.

Overnight in
Strasbourg
Highlight: free time
On this day you can freely plan your time and visit the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Musée alsacien, dedicated to all aspects of daily life in pre-industrial and early industrial Alsace or take a nice river boat tour. Try out "Tarte flambée" (flame cake), Choucroute (cabbage is shredded and pickled in wine, before being stewed with vegetables and all kinds of smoked meat).

Overnight in Strasbourg

1st highlight: Konstanz city tour
Today we set off to Konstanz and later on to the picturesque Lake city Meersburg. In the university city of Konstanz, we take a stroll to the historical part of the city and see its well-preserved houses from the 14th – 16th century. One sight we look at will be the Konstanz Cathedral, which traces back to the 9th century.We walk further to the harbour and check out the Imperia statue that stands on a pedestal and rotates around its axis once every 3 min. Our guide will explain the city's history to us and tell us the meaning of this interesting monument.

2nd highlight: ferry ride to Meersburg
If the weather is suitable in the evening, we will reach Meersburg by ferry, otherwise we will take the car and have a 1 h drive.

Overnight in
Meersburg
1st highlight: Meersburg city tour
Meersburg is located on the shore of the lake Constance (Bodensee). This city is surrounded by vineyards and is a member of one of the major German tourist routes "German Framework Road". It is home to two castles, the Medieval Meersburg Castle, one of the oldest inhabited castles in Germany, and Neues Schloss Meersburg. Today we have enough time to leisurely visit a well preserved living room and the dungeon of Medieval Meersburg Castle, walk along its cobbled streets that have retained the spirit of the Middle Ages and learn about the history and legend of this romantic city.

2nd highlight: boat trip
In the second half of the day we make a boat trip along the lake and can admire the Alps that surround the south coast of the lake.

Overnight in Meersburg
Highlight: Neuschwanstein Castle
After breakfast we visit the Neuschwanstein Castle located at the foot of the Alps that strikes with its beauty and incredible location. This castle is the result of the romantic fantasy of king Ludwig II., who ordered to lower the cliffs by 8 m to create a miracle of architecture in 1869 - the medieval knight's castle. During its construction, Ludwig II. insisted on the personal approval of each drawing. At the end his participation was so significant that the castle was considered his personal creation. During the tour, we will visit his throne room, living and dining rooms as well as other halls, decorated with illustrations from Wagner's operas and ancient German legends. And of course, it's hard not to notice the swan motif here. It permeates the entire architecture and art decorations of the castle.

Overnight in Munich
1st highlight: Munich city tour
In the morning we return back to Germany and drive to the capital of Bavaria – Munich. Here, you can find the best ski resorts in the country, the largest number of recipes for meat dishes, the largest number of registered beer recipes, the most visited castles and the largest number of cities over 800 years of age. The world's largest beer festival "Oktoberfest" takes place in Munich as well. It has a number of attractions that we start to explore on the second part of the day. We discover Munich's inner city and look at the Devil´s Footstep, into the old and new town hall and walk on the daily "Viktualienmarkt" listening to the legends and history about this majestic city.

2nd highlight: free time
In the afternoon you can freely plan your time.

Overnight in Munich

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport
At the agreed time the driver will wait for you in the hotel lobby and take you to the airport.
11 x nights in 4 * hotels
11 x breakfast
English speaking attendand throughout the entire trip
Local English speaking guides
Entrance Ticket to the Neuschwanstein castle
All described excursions
Boat trip along the Constace lake
Transfers from & to the airport
Flights to Germany and back
Not mentioned meals and drinks
Self-organized excursions
Insurance
Tips
Visa

DATES & PRICES

We are glad to prepare individual appointments on your request!