(Munich, Augsburg, Rothenburg, Wurzburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau)
Bavaria is a land of forests, castles and medieval cities. Spend time exploring the region taking in all of the sights and staying in great accommodations along the way. Munich is Bavaria's capital city and boasts architectural treasures from the Baroque and Renaissance period. Augsburg is a charming city and one of Germany's oldest. The centre of Rothenburg has a magnificent well preserved medieval centre. Dating from the 10th century, Wurzburg is a majestic city complete with a palace and a thriving centre. Nuremburg is well worth a visit and a stone's throw from the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg. Regensburg (also a UNESCO designated city) on the Danube is the perfect setting for a river cruise. Its historical centre is in contrast to its modern day activities - highlighted by the state of the art BMW plant. Passau is notable for its gothic and Baroque architecture and a day trip to the Cesky Krumlov, the heart of Bohemia and a UNECO world cultural and natural heritage site in the Czech Republic is recommended.
Germany has a great rail system and traveling by train is one of the most efficient and pleasant ways to get around. Experience the traditional and modern sides of Bavaria as you enjoy private tours in various cities.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Munich.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Ghotel Munich Zentrum Hotel (3*) is located in the heart of the city and you can almost reach Viktualienmarkt, the Marienplatz and the Deutsches Museum by foot. The hotel commands an excellent view of the Isar River, which is situated in the edge of the Isarvorstadt, a multicultural quarter lying in the south of the Old Town, surrounded by nice restaurants and bistros. The hotel has 154 rooms which are tastefully furnished. They have a shower/bathroom, hairdryer, safe, cable TV, direct dial telephone and, if requested, offer access to the internet by WLAN, analogue dial-in or ISDN. The hotel does not have its own restaurant, but there are several dining options within the surrounding area. Please note that there is no air conditing in this hotel.
Enjoy an informative and entertaining walk through the heart of Munich’s beautiful old town with private guide. Along the way you will be taken to look into the city’s colorful 850 year history, stopping at various sights which over the years have witnessed events creating not just local, but also worldwide interest. From royal scandals right through to being one of the most influential and important cities in European and world events, Munich has experienced the lot! Entrance fees are not included in the tour.
Should you find yourself in Munich during Oktoberfest, we would be more than happy to customize your walking tour to showcase the festivities.
Enjoy lunch at leisure (not included in tour price). Enjoy dinner at leisure (not included in tour price).
In the midst of the German Alps, the magnificent towers of Neuschwanstein castle rise in all their majestic splendor – it is simply breathtaking! Set in one of the world’s most beautiful locations, the castle overlooks the idyllic 700 year old, medieval village of Fuessen. The panoramic view from the Marienbruecke (the bridge high above the castle and gorge) is spectacular with unspoilt natural lakes and valleys stretching far into the distant horizon. This tour takes a full day tour and includes vehicle and English speaking guide. Entrance fees are included in the tour cost.
Enjoy your train ride from Munich to Augsburg. Approximately 45 minute ride and is direct.
Enjoy a private half day guided walking tour of Augsburg. There are many places of interest including the Town Hall, Perlach Tower, Monumental fountains, the Bishop's Residence, Glass Palace, the Fuggeri (known as a "city within a city") and the Armorary.
Romantik Hotel Augsburger Hof (4*) this traditional, family-run hotel is situated in the city of Augsburg, across from the Mozarthaus and within walking distance of the city’s heart and sights, including the lovely Fünfgratturm tower. The charming hotel offers elegantly furnished, rustic rooms with modern amenities. Wake up in the morning to a delicious breakfast buffet. Visit the Augburger Hof’s restaurant and enjoy regional, Swabian and international culinary delights. Relax in the attractive hotel bar, which opens onto the courtyard in warmer weather. Just across the road lies the Mozarthaus, in which the famous composer’s father, Leopold Mozart, was born and which is now a museum tracing the family’s history in Augsburg. The center of the city is just a 15-minute walk away, as is the historic Fuggerei social housing complex and the pretty Fünfgratturm, which sits next to the Lechkanal.
Take the train from Augsburg to Steinach (which is located approximately 15 minutes from Rothenburg - thus avoiding having to take an addtional connecting train to Rothenburg). The train from Augsburg typically connects in Treuchtlingen and train duration is about 2 hours.
Enjoy a half day in the company of a local Guide as they bring you around the historical part of Rothenburg on a guided walking tour. The city is one of the star attractions along Germany's "Romantic Road". The city is justifiably celebrates not only for its well-preserved medieval buildings and walls, but also for its unspoilt setting. The market square houses two of the city’s most important buildings - the Town Hall (which was built over a 300 year period from 1250) and the historical City Councillors Tavern. The former city walls are still intact and make for a great wander around and above the city.
Gotisches Haus Hotel (4*) was recently restored with much love and close attention to historic detail. Its 700 year old timber, natural stone and spacious rooms are tastefully combined with the modern conveniences that you would expect from a four star hotel. Each room has its own unique story and flair. And each lets you enter the medieval period to make your stay in Rothenburg ob der Tauber unforgettable. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and historic charm of their thirteenth century mansion, the former residence of crown princes.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Enjoy some time exploring the city. What better way to get a bird's eye view than from the Remparts. Allow two to three hours for a walk along the medieval walls that surround Rothenburg's historic center. You'll enjoy great views of the city's rooftops and the surrounding countryside, and you can climb down along the way to admire the city's gates and other fortifications. A full tour requires 3.4 km (2.1 miles) of walking. The walkway has railings and is mostly level, but you'll need to watch your head in sections with low roofs and overhangs.
Take the train from Rothenburg to Wurzburg. The trip typically takes 1 hr and you have to change the train once.
Wuerzburg is the best place to start driving the Romantic Road. Wuerzburg remained faithful to the Roman Catholic Church throughout the Reformation. It’s been called “the town of Madonnas” because of the more than 100 statues of its patron saint that adorn the house fronts. The best known of these statues is the baroque Patrona Franconiae, also known as the “Weeping Madonna,” which stands among other Franconian saints along the buttresses of the 15th-century Alte Mainbruecke, Germany’s second-oldest stone bridge. During a walking tour of the city you will learn more about its famous sights including The Residence Palace, one of Europe’s most renowned baroque castles and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Other sites are the Fortress Marienburg, the cathedral and St Mary’s chapel.
Explore the city of Wurzburg independently. Cross the "Alte Mainbruecke", bridge which is lined with many nice statues of saints and is known as the oldest standing bridge (built 1473-1543) over the Main River. Then a lovely 20-minute walk up the wine-covered hill will take you to the Marienberg Fortress, where you can visit the castle's restaurant or relax in the beer garden.
The Maritim Hotel (4*) is located in central Wurzburg. With 287 comfortably furnished rooms, including 2 large suites, 6 junior suites, guests can expect elegance and comfort. The restaurant "Viaggio" has excellent mediterranean highlights, "Fränkische Weinstube" (Franconian Wine Bar) with specialties typical for the region and 1 more restaurant for guests to enjoy. Complete with a swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and fitness area, guests will be satisfied in always having something to do.
During your time in Wurzburg, consider a guided tour to the "Juliusspital" - the third-largest wine estate in Germany for wine tasting. The 250m of vaulted cellars beneath its historic buildings are lined with huge wooden barrels, some being more than a century old - it's one of the most popular sights of Wurzburg in Germany is proud of. Alternatively, if wine is not your thing, a tour of the World Heritage Site of the Wurzburg Residence is well worth some time. Marvel at the ornately decorated palace's interior by taking a closer look at the grand staircase, the Imperial Hall and the Hall of Mirrors. After strolling through the beautiful garden a visit in the beer garden might be a good idea. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like something organised for you on this day.
Take the train from Wuerzburg to Nuremberg. The direct fast speed train typically takes an hour.
Enjoy seeing the gem that is the old, historical city of Nuremberg in the company of an English speaking Guide on a 3 hour walking tour. You will gain information on the castle, the fountains, wells, the city churches and art treasures, as well as a flavour about the city's colourful past and cosmopolitan present. Entrance fees are not included.
The NH City Hotel (4*) is located near by the pedestrian zone and is in an exceedingly accessible location, only 300 m away from the main station of Nuremberg. The motorway or the airport are only a couple of kilometers away and very easy to find. By subway or tram you are having the best connections to do sightseeing. The 4-star hotel offers 244 comfortable guest rooms with bath/shower, air conditioning, minibar, Pay TV, modem point, ISDN Point, Wi Fi, Internet access, room safe and non-smoking rooms.
Spend the day exploring Bamberg in the company of an English speaking Guide. After being picked up from your hotel, you'll be transferred to Bamberg (approx. 1hr) where you'll meet up with your Guide and have plenty of time to see this beautiful city. The Old Town of Bamberg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage, primarily because of its authentic medieval appearance. Some of the main sites include the Cathedral which dates back to the 12th century, the former Bishops residence from the 16th and 17th centuries and the Old Town Hall which is accessible by two bridges. It is one of the few cities in Germany that was not destroyed by World War II bombings because of a nearby Artillery Factory that prevented planes from getting near to Bamberg. You'll have time to have lunch at leisure, before continuing on to the city of Bayreuth. Most well known for is association with the composer Wagner, who lived here for the final years of his life, the city has plenty of interesting sights that are worth exploring. The Old and new Castle, Wager, Liszt and Jean-Paul Museums and three baroque parks are amongst the city's highlights. At the end of the day you will be returned to Nuremberg. Entrance fees are not included.
Take the train from Nuremberg to Regensburg today. The train journey typically takes about 1 hour and there are often both regular and fast speed trains that run throughout the day.
Enjoy a short boat trip (6km) upriver from Regensburg to Walhalla - a Teutonic Hall of Fame to honor German-speaking artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, and other historic figures. The impressive building which overlooks the Danube is modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. After choosing the location, Ludwig I of Bavaria ordered his architect, Leo von Kienze, to construct a Greek Revival monument based on the Parthenon in Athens. The building, called Walhalla, was built over a 12-year period (from 1830 to 1842) and became a symbol of "the German nation" at a time when Germany was a patchwork of kingdoms and small states. The white stone temple sits on a massive foundation with 358 steps that lead down to a boat landing on the Danube.
The Regensburg Tourist-Information office in the Altes Rathaus has a free "Living History" brochure that outlines four self-guided walking tours. Another good resource is Regensburg: Guide to the City with 70 Colour Pictures. As you walk around the Altstadt or Old Town, use the Tourist-Information office's free "At a Glance: Regensburg" map to identify important monuments such as: Steinerne Bruecke, the Old Stone Bridge, which has spanned the Danube for almost 900 years. At the bridge's head next to the Altstadt is the Brueckturm or Bridge Tower where you can see exhibits about the Danube and enjoy a view of the city's rooftops. Porta Praetoria, a Roman gatehouse built in 179 A.D. This portal, which lies between the Cathedral square and the Danube, was the northern entrance to the Castra Regina military camp in the time of Marcus Aurelius.
Eurostars Park Hotel Maximillian (4*) is an impressive Bavarian palace, with modern, totally refurbished interiors, set in the historical capital of the Sacred Roman-Germanic Empire. For lovers of refined taste, of history, classical architecture and ornate palatial décor, this hotel in Bavaria will fulfil your greatest expectations. Offers guests the perfect formula between the old and the new, between the elegantly classical and the latest trends in comfort. The hotel is a well-known landmark and an age-old reference point for city dwellers and visitors. Hotel provides 52 bright, spacious guestrooms, completely refurbished in 2008. There are two totally different types of rooms: those on the first and second floors offer modern, minimalist decoration, with large beds and wooden flooring; the rooms on the top floor have also been totally renovated but have kept the original style denoting their origin, Bavarian Rococo, with furniture of the period. They all have high-speed Wi-Fi connections and writing desks.
Regensburg, Germany's medieval center has earned a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list, but the city has its modern side, too--including a state-of-the-art BMW plant where some 10,000 skilled workers produce the BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, M3, and specialized vehicles such as police cars. Since the factory opened in 1986, more than three million BMWs have emerged from its flexible assembly line. Consider doing a two-hour guided tour of the plant which lets you walk right into the middle of the action: During your visit to the body shop, for example, you'll be surrounded by giant conveyors that lift car bodies into place for automated welding by computer-controlled robots. Other highlights include the "wedding" of engines and car bodies (with a cluster of automatic bolt-drivers rising up to lock the engines into place) and a final-assembly line where cars from different series--many of them customized for individual buyers--are put together one after the other in a remarkable display of logistical efficiency. Whether you're a liberal who's concerned about worker welfare or a capitalist who values productivity and quality control, you'll be impressed by the thought that has gone into making the assembly line "worker-friendlyThe plant is cleaner and better lit than many people's kitchens, and there's less noise than you'd expect. (I've worked in newsrooms that had less charm than the BMW factory's assembly line).
Take the train from Regensburg to Passau today. The train journey typically takes about 1 hour by direct train.
Try your hand at being a Patissier (baker) and create some high quality marzipan using the original "Passauer Toelpel“. Enjoy a glass of Passau wine “Stiftswein” in the historical wine tavern the "Heilig-Geist-Stift-Schenke“ - the perfect accompnaiement to the sweet marzipan!
The Hotel Passauer Wolf (4*) is located at the river Donau and amidst the old town of Passau, set on the beautiful banks of the Danube River, this 4-star hotel is situated close to Passau’s pedestrian area and main historic sights. Hotel reopened in April 2009 after extensive renovations. The shipping piers and Danube river promenade are just 30 meters from your doorstep. The cathedral and many more sights are within walking distance. The central location at the shipping piers and close to several cycling trails makes this hotel to an ideal starting point for your holidays.
Enjoy a full day shared excursion which will take you over the border and into the Czech Republic. You'll first travel along the reservoir of the river Moldau to the birth place of the bohemian writer Adalbert Stifter, to Horni Plana. Then continue on to Cesky Krumlov, the heart of Bohemia and a UNECO world cultural and natural heritage site. If time allows, there will also be a visit to the town of Prachatice with its charming sgraffiti houses before returning to Passau.
Fee 2010/2011: 200 €
Take the direct train from Passau to Munich today - the journey is typically around 2 hours and 15 minutes in duration.
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