Day 1: UK - Frankfurt.
Day 2: Frankfurt - Rhine Cruise - Rhineland.
Begin the day with a cruise along one of Germany’s most famous rivers - the romantic Rhine. Board your cruise and sail between steep, forested banks and awesome Rhineland panoramas. (B,D)
Day 3: Rhineland - Hamelin - Hamburg.
Journey into the Lower Saxony region to visit Hamelin, exploring the beautiful medieval old town, with its Haemelschenburg Castle, the town centre’s colourful historical buildings or the Hochzeitshaus. Later, continue to Hamburg. (B)
Day 4: Hamburg - Lübeck - Berlin.
Drive around cosmopolitan Hamburg, and observe the impressive merchants’ houses, glistening canals and lavish promenades before continuing to the ‘Queen of Hansa’: Lubeck. Still adorned with beautiful medieval and Gothic architecture, the city is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany and its oval Old Quarter is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Berlin for two nights in Germany’s vibrant capital. (B)
Day 5: Berlin.
Once the city of contrasts, with the Wall separating two different worlds, Berlin has since developed into a harmonious blend of new and old, preserving its historical buildings and impressive neo-classical boulevards as well as creating brand new buildings in modern architectural styles. Today enjoy a city sightseeing tour, with a local guide. (B)
Day 6: Berlin - Dresden - Leipzig.
Experience Dresden, taking an included sightseeing tour, and continue to Leipzig for the night. The city boasts a renaissance Old Town and is home to St Nicholas’ Church - the site where the ‘peaceful revolution’ was born, which led, eventually, to the reunification of Germany. (B,D)
Day 7: Leipzig - Weimar - Coburg - Nuremberg.
Your first stop today is Weimar. The city’s cultural and architectural importance was recognised by its appointment as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to Coburg to admire the mighty Veste Coburg Castle before heading to Nuremberg for a visit to its old centre. (B)
Day 8: Nuremberg - Rothenburg - Romantic Road - Munich.
Stop in the charming, picture-postcard town of Rothenburg to admire the ramparts and towers, cobbled streets and 16th-century houses that embody the essence of the medieval walled villages and hamlets along the Romantic Road. Next, drive amongst spectacular terraced vineyards and stunning natural landscapes before continuing to Munich. (B)
Day 9: Munich
Experience the best of Munich today on an included city sightseeing tour, with a local guide. There are optional excursions to choose from so you can tailor your day and really make the most of this fantastic city. (B,D)
Day 10: Munich - Neuschwanstein - Black Forest area.
Visit King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle, a spectacular fairytalestyled castle perched high in a dominant cliff-top position overlooking the frontier town of Fussen. Continue across a breathtaking landscape to the Black Forest region. (B,D)
Day 11: Black Forest area - Heidelberg - Frankfurt.
After a short visit to the medieval Heidelberg Old Town, with its pretty cobbled streets, lovely gateway and charismatic central square, continue to Frankfurt for one night. (B)
Day 12: Frankfurt - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)
Classic escorted tour : Ideal if you want to see it all. Led by an experienced Archers Tour Director, you’ll meet like-minded people and experience must-see sights, with free time to explore on your own or on one of our optional excursions. You’ll stay in comfortable, conveniently-located hotels rated at least 3 stars or above. With flights, hotels and transfers all included, you can rest assured that Archers have taken care of the details.
A steady paced tour.
The best - and Archers mean the best - tour directors
You’ll love them, because they love what they do and it shows. They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit, warm, friendly natures and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. Archers are sure you’ll be thrilled with your Tour Directors ~ 96% of customers rate them ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.
There’s no better way to get to the heart of a place and its people than by way of local introduction. We’ve sought out the most friendly and fascinating people to guide the way and bring you closer to the essence of the local culture.
It’s humbling to be invited to be part of a slightly more intimate display of cultural traditions and treasures, to get up close and watch artisans refine their work or musicians expressing something that captures the spirit of their home. From local Italian chefs to traditional farmers in Myanmar, we’ve met some unforgettable characters with unique skills and have woven them into our holidays so you can meet them too.