German Highlights (ZD)

11 Day Tour from Frankfurt to Frankfurt

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Germany is a country filled with spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairytale castles, a fascinating history, fun oompah music, and world-class beer. On this Germany 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 also in Düsseldorf, Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich, Oberammergau, and the Black Forest. You'll visit the must-see attractions in each city, including the famous gothic cathedral in Cologne, with its twin-steepled towers, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, badly damaged during the war and today a symbol of reconciliation.

Magnificent scenery also awaits you on this Germany vacation. Enjoy a Rhine cruise along the most scenic section of the Rhine River, with castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. Join the Romantic Road with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, and scenic countryside, and stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Visit King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled high in the Alps. Drive on the panoramic German Alpine Road to beautiful Lake Constance, Europe's largest freshwater reservoir, and to the charming island of Lindau. Finally, enjoy Germany's lush Black Forest region, where you’ll learn about the art of woodcarving and enjoy coffee and Black Forest Cake—a special experience included by Globus.

A tour to Germany would not be complete without sampling the local cuisine and beer. That's why Globus has included a beer at a famous brewery in Cologne, founded over 100 years ago. Bratwurst has been a tradition in Nuremberg for many centuries, and Globus has included dinner at a local Nuremberg restaurant to taste the traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste.

From the beautiful scenery and exciting cities to the traditional food and wonderful beer, this Germany tour has it all!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

FRANKFURT
A special welcome dinner at Schwarzer Stern restaurant and a farewell dinner
RHINE CRUISE
COLOGNE
Visit the cathedral; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a beer at the Cölner Hofbräu Früh
DÜSSELDORF–BERLIN
By high-speed first-class Eurocity train
BERLIN
Guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
LEIPZIG
Orientation including Bach’s Thomaskirche
NUREMBERG
Walking tour including the Old Town; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special dinner at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant
ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the walled town
MUNICH
Guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz
OBERAMMERGAU
Stay two nights in the Passion Play Village
NEUSCHWANSTEIN
Guided visit of King Ludwig’s castle
LINDAU
Visit the island on Lake Constance
BIRNAU
Visit the baroque church
BLACK FOREST
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Special welcome and overnight stay in family-owned hotel; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a woodcarving demonstration and Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen
HEIDELBERG
Walking tour of the Old Town; ride the funicular and visit the castle
Headsets throughout the tour

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Transportation:

Motorcoach; Rhine River cruise; first-class Eurocity train; funicular ride. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner, a special dinner in Nuremberg, and a farewell dinner in Frankfurt

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany

Time to rest or to start exploring the bustling metropolis on the Main River. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner at Schwarzer Stern restaurant.

Dinner

Day 2 Frankfurt–Cologne–Düsseldorf

A special treat at the very start of your journey through Germany is a romantic RHINE CRUISE along the most scenic section of the Rhine River, with castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, pretty wine towns, and the Lorelei rock. Disembark and drive to Cologne to visit the awesome gothic CATHEDRAL. Its twin 515-foot towers, five naves, splendid stained-glass windows, and the shrine of the Three Holy Kings are eloquent testimony to the quality of medieval engineering and craftsmanship. Afterwards, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a beer at the Cölner Hofbräu Früh, one of Cologne’s famous breweries. Continue to charming Düsseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, for your overnight stay.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 3 Düsseldorf–Berlin

Ride the EUROCITY TRAIN to Berlin, capital of reunited Germany, where sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 4 At Leisure in Berlin

A full day at leisure gives you a chance to join one of our exciting optional excursions, like to nearby Potsdam.

Breakfast

Day 5 Berlin–Leipzig–Nuremberg

On your way south through what used to be the “other” Germany, visit Leipzig, an important center since the Middle Ages. See the Thomaskirche, where J.S. Bach worked, and the Market Square with its fine renaissance buildings. Continue to Nuremberg, the town of children’s toys and gingerbread. Admire the impressive medieval ramparts and walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town to St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction, and admire the Schöner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings. Then, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a dinner at Bratwurst Röslein restaurant to taste the traditional Nürnberger Bratwürste.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 6 Nuremberg–Rothenburg–Munich

Join the Romantic Road and arrive in medieval Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone lanes, and 16th-century houses. Hear how the town survived the Thirty Years’ War, and shop for Christmas ornaments, for which this pretty town is famous. Next is the Bavarian capital, Munich. Tonight, you may wish to join an exciting optional dinner outing.

Breakfast

Day 7 Munich–Oberammergau

Sightseeing with a Local Guide of Germany’s “Secret Capital” features the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; and Königsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall. Also visit lively MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. In the late afternoon, drive to the romantic Passion Play town of Oberammergau, where you will stay for the next two nights.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 8 At Leisure in Oberammergau

A full day at leisure. Choose from our optional excursions to make the most of your stay in this romantic area.

Breakfast

Day 9 Oberammergau–Neuschwanstein–Lindau–Black Forest

Start today with a visit to King Ludwig’s magnificent NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, which inspired Walt Disney. Follow your Local Guide through this fairytale castle on its craggy outcrop high above a sparkling lake. Then, continue along the panoramic German Alpine Road to the sunny northern shore of Lake Constance, Europe’s largest freshwater reservoir. Visit the charming island of Lindau, then continue west and visit the baroque CHURCH at Birnau. Enter the lush Black Forest and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a special welcome by the Drubba family at their hotel, Hofgut Sternen.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 10 Black Forest–Heidelberg–Frankfurt

This morning, drive deeper into the Black Forest, then stop for Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION and Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest Cake). Arrive in Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town, of Student Prince fame. Time to stroll around in the Old Town, then ride the FUNICULAR up the hill and visit the red-walled CASTLE where the GREAT VAT, a 58,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask, attracts particular attention. Return to Frankfurt, where a farewell dinner with wine has been prepared to say auf Wiedersehen!

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 11 Frankfurt

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MARIA PASCUAL

Years of Experience: 16

I have had the privilege of being a Tour Director for many years and even after all this time, there is still so much to share. I believe traveling is a learning experience. You learn about places, cultures, history, and of course, yourself. When traveling through Central and Western Europe, I love to help my groups learn by sharing what I know with them. What I love most is what they share with me. At the end of the trip, I have the feeling we have enriched each other's lives.

 Accommodations

Frankfurt
Dusseldorf
Berlin
Nuremberg
Munich
Oberammergau
Breitnau

Frankfurt

Sheraton Congress

First-Class

Lyoner Strasse 44-48
Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

Free Wifi

Contemporary 14-story Hotel with glass & concrete facade, set in an office park on landscaped grounds; 7 km to airport.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk

Dusseldorf

Leonardo Royal Hotel Dusseldorf Konigsallee

First-Class

Graf-Adolf-Platz 8-10
Duesseldorf, Germany

The hotel offers indoor pool, sauna and 253 rooms featuring several facilities such as flat-screen TVs and soundproof windows.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access

Berlin

Arcotel John F

First-Class

Werderscher Markt 11
Berlin, Germany

Free Wifi

Right in the heart of the capital city, located at its trendy cultural district of "Berlin-Mitte", welcomes you the design hotel ARCOTEL John F Berlin - an ideal starting point for city and business trips. The 4-star-superior-hotel is centrally located between the famous Museumsinsel and Gendarmenmarkt, directly at the "Quartier am Auswärtigen Amt", with walking distance to the famous Friedrichstrasse and the "Unter den Linden" boulevard.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer

Nuremberg

NH Nuernberg City

Superior First-Class

Bahnhofstrasse 19
Nuernberg, Germany

Free Wifi

The NH Nuernberg City hotel was built in 2005 as the latest and most modern 4-Star Hotel in Nuremberg. With modern design and fresh ideas, the hotel's 244 rooms are all spacious double rooms, bathed in warm colors and elegant wood floors.

Hotel Amenities

  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television

Munich

Ambiance Rivoli

First-Class

Albert-Rosshaupterstr.22
Muenchen, Germany

Free Wifi

Six story, pleasant hotel with multilingual staff; modern facilities; located ten minutes from the city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television

Munich

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

First-Class

Hochstrasse 3
Muenchen, Germany

Multistory Hotel housed within office/apartment & showroom complex in city center near Deutsches Museum.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Voicemail

Oberammergau

Ringhotel Boeld

First-Class

Konig-Ludwig-Strasse 10
Oberammergau, Germany

Free Wifi

Two story, small family run hotel offering comfortable accommodations; restaurant & bar; situated 2 km from the railway station.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Window Opens
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer

Breitnau

Best Western Hofgut Sternen

Hoellsteig 76
Breitnau, Germany

Free Wifi

A comfortable hotel in typical Black Forest style, situated in a quiet park area within easy access from the B31 between Freiburg and Titisee. Nearby are mountain bike rentals, Black Forest cuckoo clock and glassblower's workshop with gift shop and St. Oswald's chapel, the oldest chapel of the Higher Black Forest.

Hotel Amenities

  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television

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