Bavarian Highlights (ZE)

9 Day Tour from Munich to Munich

2019 Tour Details

Lederhosen, Oktoberfest, pretzels, a beautiful Alpine backdrop, excellent beer, storybook castles, and medieval towns… this is Bavaria and on this Germany tour, you’ll experience Bavaria's highlights. You’ll overnight in Munich, Regensburg, Nuremberg, the Black Forest, and Oberammergau, and you’ll visit many medieval towns along the way.

Sightseeing throughout the tour features the must-see attractions. In Munich, visit Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls and its famous Glockenspiel, re-creating a royal wedding from the 16th century. History buffs are sure to be delighted in Regensburg, where your sightseeing features the 12th-century Stone Bridge, the oldest preserved bridge of its kind in Germany; the Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in the 2nd century; and St. Peter's Cathedral, dating back to the 13th century. You will also enjoy a Danube cruise on the Swarovski Crystal boat. In Nuremberg, admire the impressive medieval ramparts as you walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town.

Additionally, on this Germany tour, Globus has included special experiences to help you get a feel for Bavaria and to make your vacation unique. Among the many included features, you can sample a "medieval hot dog" at the Historic Sausage Kitchen in Regensburg, one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. In picturesque Bamberg, the city with the largest historical center in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, taste "smoked beer," a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavor. And of course you will enjoy coffee with the traditional Black Forest cake. Near Oberammergau, you'll visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale castle of King Ludwig II nestled in the Bavarian Alps, and the Museum of Bavarian Kings, with a horse-drawn carriage ride.

These are just a few of the many features on this Bavarian Highlights tour. Between the historical sights, fascinating towns, unique included experiences, and a beautiful scenic backdrop, this is a vacation of a lifetime!

Selected departures can join cruise WAZ “Romantic Rhine”

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

MUNICH
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
REGENSBURG
Guided walking tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a cruise with the Swarovski Crystal Boat; guided visit of the Thurn und Taxis Palace; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste a “medieval hot dog” at the Historic Sausage Kitchen
NUREMBERG
Walking tour
BAYREUTH
Orientation of Wagner’s city of festival fame
BAMBERG
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Taste “smoked beer”; guided walking tour
ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the walled town
BLACK FOREST
Enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest cake)
LAKE CONSTANCE
OBERAMMERGAU
Orientation; excursion to King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle including a visit to the Museum of the Bavarian Kings and a horse-drawn carriage ride

Headsets throughout the tour

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

  • Margravial Opera House Bayreuth ( See Only)
  • Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof
  • Town of Bamberg

Transportation:

Motorcoach; boat cruise; horse-drawn carriage. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Munich

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY

Time to relax or to start exploring the lively Bavarian capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 MUNICH–REGENSBURG

Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during your guided sightseeing featuring the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; Nymphenburg Palace; and the impressive Königsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall, a monumental loggia on the Odeonsplatz. Visit lively MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. Arrive in Regensburg, and meet your Local Guide for a walking tour, featuring the Stone Bridge, the oldest preserved bridge of its kind in Germany; the Porta Pretoria, built in the 2nd century by Emperor Marcus Aurelius; and St. Peter’s Cathedral. Next, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite board the Swarovski crystal boat for a relaxing CRUISE on the Danube River. You cannot leave Regensburg without Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite tasting a medieval hot dog at the Historic Sausage Kitchen.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 REGENSBURG–NUREMBERG

Visit the THURN UND TAXIS PALACE, a former Benedictine monastery that was converted into the residence of the Princes of Thurn und Taxis in 1812. This family started the first large-scale postal service in Europe in the 15th century. Continue to Nuremberg, known for its children’s toys and gingerbread. Admire the medieval ramparts as you walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town. See St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction. Also 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO BAYREUTH & BAMBERG

Look forward to an exciting day. First, stop in Bayreuth for an orientation of this city of festival fame. Richard Wagner came to Bayreuth in 1871 and was not satisfied with the existing 18th-century theater, the Markgräfliches Opernhaus, so he had a new one built. Today, the Festival Hall is used exclusively for the Bayreuth Festival, and only works by Wagner are performed there. Continue to picturesque Bamberg, the city with the largest historical center in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Taste “smoked beer,” a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavor imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. Later enjoy a guided walk along the cobblestone streets, and admire the architecture of the houses. Return to Nuremberg.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 NUREMBERG–ROTHENBURG–BLACK FOREST

A short drive delivers you to 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. Enter the Black Forest, associated with the Brother Grimm’s fairy tales, and stop for Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest cake) on your way to your hotel.

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Day 6 BLACK FOREST–LAKE CONSTANCE–OBERAMMERGAU

A scenic drive this morning to sparkling Lake Constance, Europe’s largest freshwater reservoir. Enter the Bavarian Alps and arrive in the quaint Passion Play village of Oberammergau.

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Day 7 OBERAMMERGAU. NEUSCHWANSTEIN EXCURSION

Today prepare for a journey to the past: drive to nearby Schwangau and see two castles facing each other: Hohenschwangau, where King Ludwig spent much of his youth, and the one he built: magnificent NEUSCHWANSTEIN, the most famous in Germany and inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle at his theme park. Follow your Local Guide through this fairytale castle on its craggy outcrop high above a sparkling lake. Also visit the MUSEUM OF THE BAVARIAN KINGS and travel in style on a HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDE.

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Day 8 OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH

A leisurely morning offers the possibility to join an optional excursion to King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle, the smallest of the castles he built, but the only one finished and where he stayed the most. This afternoon, you can return to Marienplatz and explore its many enticing shops. Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at one of Munich’s lively restaurants to say auf Wiedersehen!

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 9 MUNICH

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast 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.

WERNER HARTLIEB

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

I enjoy sharing insights about the always-changing countries of Central Europe. What I like just as much, if not more, is the camaraderie that guests form. With each tour, I am astonished by this. A group of strangers at the start, they get acquainted with each other in a pleasant way and sometimes take home friendships for life. I think it is great this takes place while exploring new regions and discovering new cultures.

Tour Director - WERNER HARTLIEB

 Accommodations

Munich
Regensburg
Nuremberg
Black Forest
Oberammergau

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Oberammergau
Munich

Oberammergau

Country Dinner

Country Dinner

Enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner

Price Range: $$

Excursion to the Zugspitze

Excursion to the Zugspitze

Enjoy a wonderful view over the Bavarian Alps from the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze

Price Range: $$

Munich

Excursion to Linderhof Castle

Excursion to Linderhof Castle

Visit King Ludwig's Linderhof Castle, famous for its Italian-style terraced gardens.

Price Range: $

 Private Touring

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For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

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6 guest in a party: $1,849*
12 guest in a party: $780*

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* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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