Highlights of Germany 2020

Highlights of Germany 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Spectacular scenery, medieval towns, fairy-tale castles, a fascinating history, and world-class beer…this is Germany! 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 the Rhineland, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, and the Stuttgart area. Magnificent scenery awaits you on this value-minded Germany vacation. Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine River, passing castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. In Bavaria, visit King Ludwig II's 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled high in the Alps. Drive along the Romantic Road with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, half-timbered houses, and scenic countryside, and stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Among the tour highlights are: the famous gothic cathedral in Cologne—known for its twin-steepled towers—that was started in 1248 and completed in 1880; Lübeck, a Hanseatic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 12th century and Veste Coburg Castle, built in 1225 and one of Germany’s largest castle complexes. Today, the complex houses the former art collections of the dukes of Coburg. You’ll also enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights in the cities, including Munich’s Marienplatz, the main square in the city that hosts the Oktoberfest beer festival. In Dresden, see the Zwinger Carillon Pavilion, where the 40 bells of the glockenspiel sound every quarter of an hour. From the beautiful scenery and exciting cities to the historic sights and fun experiences, this Germany tour has it all!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2: FRANKFURT–RHINE CRUISE–COLOGNE–RHINELAND.
Today’s highlight is an included RHINE CRUISE to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. The next highlight is Cologne with free time to visit its impressive gothic CATHEDRAL, started in 1248 and completed in 1880.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi/ 310 km (B,D)

Day 3: RHINELAND–HAMELIN–HAMBURG.
Journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town center with the colorful historical buildings and magically fancy gables echoing the story of the Pied Piper. Continue to Hamburg.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km (B)

Day 4: HAMBURG–LÜBECK–BERLIN.
Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Later, depart for Lübeck, formerly a free Hanseatic city and independent state. Lübeck, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany. Thomas Mann, Günther Grass, and Willy Brandt—all Nobel laureates—were among the famous residents of this city. Later, arrive in Berlin and enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km (B)

Day 5: BERLIN.
No longer divided but every bit as fascinating, Berlin was once the city of contrasts with the wall separating two different worlds. Now, the city has developed into a harmonious blend of new and old, preserving its historical buildings and impressive boulevards as well as creating brand new buildings in the most daring architectural styles. See all of this on the included city sightseeing with a Local Guide. Consider an optional excursion this afternoon. (B)

Day 6: BERLIN–DRESDEN–LEIPZIG.
Travel southwest to Dresden, the old capital of Saxony and at one time rightly called the “Florence on the Elbe.” See the ZWINGER CARILLON PAVILION and much more on your included sightseeing. Then it’s on to Leipzig, where composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived the last years of their lives. It was Mendelssohn who founded the Leipziger Conservatory in 1843.
Today’s Distance: 224 mi/ 360 km (B,D)

Day 7: LEIPZIG–WEIMAR–COBURG–NUREMBERG.
Leave Leipzig to visit Weimar, home to many intellectuals of the past but mainly known for the name given to the historical period of the “Weimar Republic.” This city is also famed as the home of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Next stop is Coburg. Visit the dominating and mighty VESTE COBURG CASTLE, built in 1225. Continue to Nuremberg for a visit to its town center, dominated by the imperial castle.
Today’s Distance: 249 mi/ 400 km (B)

Day 8: NUREMBERG–ROTHENBURG–MUNICH.
On the way to Munich, stop to visit the quaint Medieveal village of Rothenburg on the Romantic Road. Marvel at its towered gates and battlements, squared of half-timbered houses and decorated fountains.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km (B)

Day 9: MUNICH.
With a Local Guide, take advantage of the included sightseeing tour of the city known as Germany’s “Secret Capital.” Time to admire the beautiful main square, MARIENPLATZ, do some shopping, and sample Munich’s famous beer! (B,D)

Day 10: MUNICH–NEUSCHWANSTEIN–STUTTGART AREA
. Leave Munich and drive into the heart of the Bavarian Alps to visit the most famous 19th-century, neo-romantic castle of the world, King Ludwig II’s fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE. Overnight in a lovely village outside Stuttgart.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi/ 450 km (B,D)

Day 11: STUTTGART AREA–HEIDELBERG–FRANKFURT AREA.
The day starts with a scenic drive for a taste of the Black Forest landscapes and villages, followed by visit to Heidelberg—location of Germany’s oldest university and inspiration for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km (B)

Day 12: FRANKFURT AREA.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

September 11, 13, 18, 20 & 25 Departures – Oktoberfest
November 27 & December 4 Departure – include visits to Cologne, Lübeck, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, and Munich Christmas markets.

Sightseeing & Activities:

RHINE CRUISE

COLOGNE

Visit

HAMELIN
Visit

HAMBURG
Orientation drive

LÜBECK
Visit

BERLIN
Guided sightseeing

DRESDEN
Guided sightseeing

LEIPZIG
Orientation

WEIMAR
Visit

COBURG CASTLE
visit

NUREMBERG
Visit

ROMANTIC ROAD
Rothenburg visit

MUNICH
Guided sightseeing

NEUSCHWANSTEIN
Visit King Ludwig’s castle

BLACK FOREST
Scenic drive

HEIDELBERG
VisitTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Rhine cruise

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$490, $690 (departure September 11 & 25)

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Frankfurt Area: Hotel Frankfurt Messe
Frankfurt Area: Mercure at Friedrichsdorf
Cologne: Leonardo Koeln Airport
Hamburg: NH Altona Hamburg
Hamburg: NH Collection Hamburg City
Berlin: NH Berlin City West
Leipzig: NH Leipzig Messe
Nuremberg: Ramada Parkhotel
Munich: Achat Premium Muenchen Sud
Munich: Ibis Muenchen Parkstadt Schwabing
Stuttgart Area: Seminaris
Frankfurt Area: Leonardo Royal Frankfurt

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Questions & Answers

Question: I see part of the tour is a cruise ship. Is part of the tour by train? I assume there is a daily tour guide, is it the same one each day?

There is a mid-afternoon excursion on a river cruise ship on the Rhine but there are no train portions on the tour. You will have one tour director with you throughout the entire escorted tour.

Question: How many people are allowed on this tour? Large or small group?

The amount of people on tours vary. Passenger numbers on a Cosmos tour are limited to 51. Often, group sizes are well below 50 people.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 96 reviews . Currently showing 25 reviews with comments only.
By Sharon L on Oct 05, 2018

The optional dinners were overpriced.

By Christopher F on Oct 05, 2018

Dinner excursions especially the Munich Bavarian dinner was very very disappointing and really put a damper on my experience with your tour. I would not recommend anyone to do a dinner excursion the value and experience is not there at all- I would of had a better Bavarian evening at the local Munich McDonalds for less then a third the cost. I made a horrible mistake signing up for that excursion but I did so because everything up till that point was good to excellent so I expected that to be good too but boy was I wrong.

By Chungsun K on Oct 05, 2018

Travel with cosmos was great. The driver, Tom and , tour director, Anita were wonderful.

By Janet B on Oct 05, 2018

Great trip... I booked extra days at the end and my shuttle came right on time..

By Michael A on Sep 16, 2018

This tour should be advertised as strong on shopping and weak on history. More time was given to exploring the shopping area at the sites than to information.

By Shimona S on Aug 31, 2018

Excellent tour. I have stopped counting the number of tours I've booked with Cosmos thru Affordabletours. Have never been disappointed. Highly recommended.

By Alexander S on May 13, 2018

It was my first experience in traveling with Cosmos. Except for three hotels, most accommodations were either substandard or below any criticism, especially the hotel in Friedrichsdorf whose room 214 I occupied twice. The soiled furniture, stench in the room, towels which were used by ancient Roman soldiers, disgusting dinner and the general atmosphere of the run-down sixties were far from the promised conditions. The same reaction concerns the terrible food in the Munich hotel. The very fact that the company accommodated tourists in the first hotel in the rural area, over 40 km from the Frankfurt airport, made them spend a pretty penny on transportation to the hotel speaks for the selfish concerns of Cosmos, but never about the interests of its clients. I will not travel with this company again because the traveling conditions it provided were far from what was expected. In the hotel in Berlin, from May 17 to May 18, I had to spend a sleepless night due to the drunk feast of the guests who occupied the room over mine. Twice during the night I turned to the hotel security system to restore order. It did not help. The next day, I received a promissory letter from the hotel front desk manager Tanja in which the hotel guarantees a refund for one day. My letter to Cosmos and a copy of the hotel manager's letter were sent to Cosmos by the Tour Director Maja on May 19, 2018. I have not received a response or confirmation of the receipt of my letter from Cosmos so far.

By John T on Apr 22, 2018

Well organized!!! Great tour director and bus driver... very educational as well as enjoyable!

By Debjani M on Aug 11, 2017

Two hotels were nasty, but the rest was nice.

By Theresa K on Sep 11, 2016

This tour Highlights of Germany gives a great overview of the country of Germany. Choosing to go during the Octoberfest weeks was a bonus of great fun. The food, the accomodations and the people were all wonderful. Thank you Affordable Tours for making this trip cost-effective and helping us book and get ready for our trip!!

By Jacquelynn L on Aug 25, 2016

I've always enjoyed all the tours I've taken with Globus and Cosmos.

By Carlo Angelo M on Jul 01, 2016

The Highlights of Germany Tour by Cosmos provided a quick overview of Germany and was not meant to be fully immersive and in-depth. The overall experience was positive but there were some issues that arose from our trip. In two occasions, the two hotels did not have porter service for luggage and we had to carry our own luggage when we arrived at the hotel and when we left the following morning. The hotel selection was poor. They are far from the city center, the rooms were small, air-conditioning was inadequate, 1 hotel did not have air-conditioning at all, and the buffet breakfast was inconsistent when it comes to quality. There were buffet breakfasts that were great and there were ones that were poor. Lastly, the tour director did not seem personable and was not able to provide more information about destinations, significance of the area we are visiting, and as well as what to expect. The tour director was friendly but needs improvement as far as providing information (city orientation tour, etc.).

By John R on Jun 17, 2016

We spent too much time on the autobahn. Perhaps a more geographically narrow tour would be better. One or two of the hotels were hot and the air conditioning insufficient. Had to open window to the noisy outside to sleep.

By Constance H on Oct 04, 2015

Trip covered many towns and cities in Germany so this was a good introduction to this country. Not much time in any one place to really discover more and much time spent on the road. Overall a good value and enjoyable tour

By Garry E on May 15, 2015

Excellent trip with very professional tour guide and driver...two (2) of the optional excursions were less than our expectations.

By Zamira L on Oct 03, 2014

We were happy with our trip. We liked the itineraries. One or two hotels/breakfasts were not that great.

By Kenneth F on Jun 06, 2014

Our experience with our travel consultant was excellent. She was very helpful with everything that we dealt with. Our tour with Cosmos was extremely enjoyable and exceeded our expectations. Our guide and driver were the best of the best and we enjoyed the total experience.

By Dennis H on May 09, 2014

The Germany trip was an outstanding value for the price. I will highly recommend it to my friends. The agent was very easy to work with and extremely competent.

By Ronald D on May 09, 2014

Agent handled all arrangements beautifully and everything went off without a single hitch! The tour was even better than expected, the hotels were excellent, the meals were sub-par when compared to all of the others provided. We had a brand new Mercedes coach to ride in with an excellent driver and the tour guide was exceptional. This is my third Cosmos tour, booked through Affordable, and I will be back again next year!! Thank you to Affordable Tours and Cosmos.

By James V on May 24, 2013

Our trip to Germany was everything that we hoped it would be. Our tour guide was awesome! Thanks affordable tours! We will see you again soon! 

By Wasfi Y on Oct 05, 2012

Most of the rooms in Germany's hotels didn't have coffee and tea machines.

By Stephan H on Sep 28, 2012

happy with the trip overall. Acouple of the optional tours were not up to expectation. No problems encountered. Thank you for all your help!

By Glenda S on Sep 23, 2012

All went well, enjoyed the trip and will take another! The hotels were all very nice and we enjoyed all the good food they provided also. Fun, good memories!

By John S on Oct 15, 2010

This Cosmos tour exceeded our expectations and we would therefore book another tour with your company.


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