9 or 11 days
Rothenburg, Munich, Lucerne, Heidelberg, with extension to Rhineland
An age-old folkloric heritage is alive and well in the villages, towns and big cities of Central Europe. At the Glockenspiel in Munich, in the spectacular Alpine mountains of Lucerne, at the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein - the images and the atmosphere conjure up countless regional stories and fables that have made their way into our own literary tradition.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Germany

  • Day 2: Frankfurt • Rothenburg

    Meet your Tour Director at your destination
  • Day 3: Rothenburg • Munich

    Take a tour of Rothenburg

    Travel via the Romantic Road to Munich

  • Day 4: Munich

    Take a guided tour of Munich

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Olympic Stadium
    • Residenz
    • Marienplatz

    Take a walking tour of Munich

    With your tour director you will see:

    • Frauenkirche
    • Neues Rathaus
    • Hofbräuhaus

    Visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

  • Day 5: Munich

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Salzburg and the salt mines

    Salzburg and the salt mines

    Start your full-day excursion in the picturesque village of Berchtesgaden, where you’ll take an exciting underground tour via train, boat, and wooden slides through the 450-year-old salt mines. Continue on to Salzburg for a guided tour of the city of Mozart. 

  • Day 6: Munich • Liechtenstein • Lucerne

    Travel via Liechtenstein to Lucerne

    Visit Neuschwanstein Castle

  • Day 7: Lucerne

    Take a walking tour of Lucerne

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Lion Monument
    • Kapellbrücke
    • Lake Lucerne
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Swiss Alps Experience

    Swiss Alps Experience

    Venture to the roof of the Swiss Alps, atop one of the majestic peaks that tower over charming Lucerne. Take a boat across Lake Lucerne (in season) and ride a cog railway to the top of either Mount Pilatus (best known for its steep railway and its iconic craggy summit) or Mount Rigi (beloved for its original mountain railway and its history as a favourite spot of Mark Twain). Enjoy the splendid views of the quaint villages and fields of Switzerland as you trek along the mountain with your group. (Note: Warm clothes and appropriate shoes recommended). 

  • Day 8: Lucerne • Heidelberg

    Explore Freiburg on your own

    Visit the Heidelberg Castle and wine barrel

    Take a tour of Heidelberg
  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 2 more days

  • Day 9: Heidelberg • Rhineland

    Rhine cruise from Ruedesheim to St. Goarshausen (seasonal)

    Take a walking tour of Koblenz

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Mutter-Beethoven-Haus
    • Old Town
  • Day 10: Rhineland

    Visit the Museum of German History

    Visit the Beethoven House

    Visit Cologne Cathedral
  • Day 11: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Germany

  • Day 2: Frankfurt • Rothenburg

    Meet your Tour Director at your destination
  • Day 3: Rothenburg • Munich

    Take a tour of Rothenburg

    Travel via the Romantic Road to Munich

  • Day 4: Munich

    Take a guided tour of Munich

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Olympic Stadium
    • Residenz
    • Marienplatz

    Take a walking tour of Munich

    With your tour director you will see:

    • Frauenkirche
    • Neues Rathaus
    • Hofbräuhaus

    Visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

  • Day 5: Munich

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Salzburg and the salt mines

    Salzburg and the salt mines

    Start your full-day excursion in the picturesque village of Berchtesgaden, where you’ll take an exciting underground tour via train, boat, and wooden slides through the 450-year-old salt mines. Continue on to Salzburg for a guided tour of the city of Mozart. 

  • Day 6: Munich • Liechtenstein • Lucerne

    Travel via Liechtenstein to Lucerne

    Visit Neuschwanstein Castle

  • Day 7: Lucerne

    Take a walking tour of Lucerne

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Lion Monument
    • Kapellbrücke
    • Lake Lucerne
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Swiss Alps Experience

    Swiss Alps Experience

    Venture to the roof of the Swiss Alps, atop one of the majestic peaks that tower over charming Lucerne. Take a boat across Lake Lucerne (in season) and ride a cog railway to the top of either Mount Pilatus (best known for its steep railway and its iconic craggy summit) or Mount Rigi (beloved for its original mountain railway and its history as a favourite spot of Mark Twain). Enjoy the splendid views of the quaint villages and fields of Switzerland as you trek along the mountain with your group. (Note: Warm clothes and appropriate shoes recommended). 

  • Day 8: Lucerne • Heidelberg

    Explore Freiburg on your own

    Visit the Heidelberg Castle and wine barrel

    Take a tour of Heidelberg
  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 2 more days

  • Day 9: Heidelberg • Rhineland

    Rhine cruise from Ruedesheim to St. Goarshausen (seasonal)

    Take a walking tour of Koblenz

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Mutter-Beethoven-Haus
    • Old Town
  • Day 10: Rhineland

    Visit the Museum of German History

    Visit the Beethoven House

    Visit Cologne Cathedral
  • Day 11: Depart for home

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  • Hotels

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • Meals

    Traditional breakfasts and dinners bring local flavours to life as part of your tour experience. Lunches are left for you to discover new favourite dishes of your own.

  • Entrances

    Dachau; Neuschwanstein Castle; Heidelberg Castle wine barrel; With extension: Cologne Cathedral; Beethoven House; Haus der Geschichte; Rhine River Cruise

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