DAY 1: SUNDAY Frankfurt – Heidelberg – Triberg/ Black Forest
Depart from Frankfurt in the morning and drive to Heidelberg for a walking
tour of the oldest German university town, located at the river Neckar and
dominated by the impressive castle, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our next stop is
one of the most prestigious and famous Spa resorts worldwide, Baden-Baden. Enjoy
a visit of the charming Christmas market before we enter the Black Forest, a
region known not only for its delicious cake and the wooden cuckoo clocks but
also for its spectacular landscapes. In the evening, our welcome dinner will be
served at the hotel. Overnight at Hofgut Sternen hotel.
DAY 2: MONDAY Triberg/ Black Forest – Lake Constance –
Hohenschwangau – Fuessen (B) In the early morning, we are heading to the
region Allgaeu passing wonderful Lake Constance. During the journey we will do
several breaks, one of them at a real architectural treasure: the Basilica of
Birnau with lake view. You will already see the fantastic Bavarian Alps before
we arrive at Hohenschwangau. On the rugged hill above, the breathtaking
fairytale castle of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein! After the guided tour we
check-in at our hotel in nearby Fuessen. Overnight at Luitpoldpark o.s.
DAY 3: TUESDAY Fuessen – Oberammergau – Ettal – Munich (B)
After the breakfast we will take you to Oberammergau. The village is
internationally famous for its Passion Play – generally performed every ten
years – and for its numerous buildings with tromp l'oeil (Lueftlmalerei) painted
façades. On the further way to our today’s destination, the Bavarian capital,
Munich, we will make short stops at the glorious rococo church in Wies and at
the Benedectine abbey of Ettal. In Munich we will show you all the main sights
of the splendid city and finally we discover the romantic Christmas market. Free
time to explore the numerous stalls with handcrafted Christmas gifts or local
specialties. Taste the hot spiced wine called Gluehwein. Overnight at Hotel
King First Class.
DAY 4: WEDNESDAY Munich – Salzburg – Munich (B)
Today enjoy our full day excursion to the native city of the world famous
composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg in Austria. While walking through the
Old Town you will see its highlights such as Mozart’s birthplace, Getreidegasse
and the cathedral. You will have enough time to spend on your own, just
strolling around, visiting the lovely Christmas market and, of course, you
should not miss the opportunity to taste the famous sweets made in Salzburg,
Mozartkugeln. In the late afternoon we return to Munich. Overnight at Hotel
King First Class.
DAY 5: THURSDAY Munich – Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Nuremberg
After our breakfast and the check-out we head to Rothenburg ob der Tauber,
Germany’s well-preserved ‘Jewel of the Middle Ages’. During a city walk,
including a visit of St. Jacob’s Church with the Holy Blood Altar by Tilman
Riemenschneider, you will experience the special flair of this unique town.
Enjoy the Christmas market or even step inside the incredible Christmas Store
before we continue to Franconia’s biggest city, Nuremberg. You might have heard
about the local sausages called ‘Nuernberger’ or the Christmas specialty of
Lebkuchen, gingerbread. Overnight at Hotel Park Inn by Radisson.
DAY 6: FRIDAY Nuremberg (B/ D)
Today we will see the ‘Christkindlesmarkt’ – probably the most famous
Christmas market of the world – and all the main sights of the historic city
like the former home of the artist Albrecht Duerer. At the end of our tour, join
a visit of the medieval Kaiserburg Castle before the rest of the day is free for
shopping or other activities. In the evening we will meet again for a nice
Christmas dinner at one of the typical restaurants. Overnight at Hotel Park Inn
by Radisson o.s.
DAY 7: SATURDAY Nuremberg – Wuerzburg – Frankfurt (B)
This morning we leave for Wuerzburg, on the banks of the river Main. Enjoy a
guided tour of the magnificent Residence, a masterpiece of baroque architecture
and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together, let us celebrate a small good-bye at
the last Christmas market of our tour before we return to Germany’s financial
capital, Frankfurt. Arrival in the afternoon.