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Highlights of Romantic Germany

9 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

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Willkommen! Welcome to Cologne, located on the Rhine River and famed for its gothic architecture among many other things. Meet your group at 6 pm then hit Cologne for an included dinner at a local restaurant with a glass of kolsch beer, the local brew.

Day 2 Cologne
Take a leader-led walk around the centre of Cologne and visit the famous, drop-dead gorgeous Gothic cathedral. More than just an orientation point, Cologne Cathedral has dominated the city's skyline since it was completed in 1880 and it's impossible not to feel slightly religious in its presence. Cologne, unsurprisingly, is the home of the original eau de cologne and has smelt seriously good for a seriously long time. Take a tour through the Fragrance Museum at Farina House and learn about the this city's perfumed history before enjoying a free evening to stroll the river by dark and pull up a pew in one of the city's beer halls.

Day 3 Rudesheim
Today you'll take a train from Cologne to Rudesheim, a winemaking town, so if zesty riesling is your tipple you're in for a real treat. Straight out of a velvet Christmas stocking or a wood-chipped miniature house, Rudesheim is famous for its overly traditional feel. Set on the banks of the Rhine, this small town is packed full of half-timbered houses, vineyards and enthusiastic residents. Check in to the hotel on arrival then it's time to taste wines but don't get too excited, you still have dinner, so enjoy a traditional German meal by the Rhine River and maybe share some stories with the friendly locals.

Day 4 Rudesheim
Depart Rudesheim in the morning for a boat cruise on the Rhine to Koblenz, a 2000-year-old town that really is awfully pretty. Surrounded by small mountains and vineyards and characterised by winding alleys and historic buildings, Koblen is the perfect place to explore by foot. Take a quick orientation walk with your leader then enjoy a free afternoon getting to know this beautiful corner of the world. You'll catch the 6.53 pm train back to Rudesheim, arriving a touch before 8 pm, at which point you can call it an evening or polish your palate with some local wines.

Day 5 Freiburg
Catch the morning train from Rudesheim to Freiburg, arriving just before 1 pm. Situated deep within the saliva-inducing Black Forest region, this tasty town is known for its sunny weather, beautiful surroundings and the strange gutters in its streets, which carry water diverted from the river for livestock and fighting fires. Well, that's what they used to be for, now they just sound nice. The city suffered heavy bombing during WWII but has bounced back and is now a beacon of sustainability, with a government heavily invested in environmental progress. Check in to your hotel on arrival then take an orientation walk around town with your leader, then enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

Day 6 Freiburg
Transfer by private vehicle from Freiburg to the Black Forest proper, and indulge in traditional Black Forest ham, bread and Black Forest cake. This is fairytale country and the forest where Hansel and Gretel encountered the wicked witch, but rest assured there's no evil here, just stunning European scenery featuring mossy streams, green valleys and the cutest houses you can imagine. Once the group is done exploring you'll return too Freiburg for a free evening enjoying (hopefully) a warm night and buzzing university nightlife.

Day 7 Munich
Today will be your longest travel day, coming in at approximately five hours, albeit on a comfy, inter-city train. Arrive in Munich in time for a late lunch and take a walk with your leader afterwards. The city may be best known for its yearly Oktoberfest, but there's so much else to see and do here apart from, you know, beer. Though the beer is ridiculously good. Munich is one of the prettiest cities in Europe, so walking around the city is extremely rewarding and once you've finished, you've definitely earned one of those tasty beers we can't stop talking about.

Day 8 Munich
Today is a free day to discover all that Munich has to offer. Visit some of the impressive museums such as the Royal Palace and Bavarian National Museum, or perhaps check out one of the art galleries. The Alte Pinakothek is one of the oldest galleries in the world or, if you feel like getting out of the city, a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle is a great option. Built by the reclusive Bavarian King Ludwig II, this castle was Walt Disney's inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle and is visited by over a million people every year. Back in the city, you could also check out the surfers at the Eisbach, Munich's famous river wave. Meet up with your group in the evening for a typical Bavarian farewell dinner and beer. Think schnitzel, think bratwurst, think sauerkraut and think beer. Lots of delicious beer.

Day 9 Munich
Your adventure comes to an end today after breakfast. There are no more activities planned and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time.
All This Included
Oh Germany, what can't you do? A land of history, fairytales, cobblestones, perfume, bratwurst, wine and beer, this is a country to fall in love with. Take a whiff of Cologne and its incredible cathedral then sample the local wines in Rudesheim. You'll have to drag yourself away though, because the Freiburg and the Black Forest is waiting, a region that inspired Hansel and Gretel and countless legends. Finish in Munich, one of Europe's prettiest cities, and indulge in what many would consider the best beer (and food) in the world.
  • Meals - 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Transport - Train, private vehicle
  • Wine Tasting in Rudesheim
  • Schwarzwald day trip
  • Find out why people of Cologne are so proud of its city’s landmark, the mighty Cologne Cathedral.
  • Test your senses on a tour through three centuries of fragrance history in Cologne.
  • Explore Germany's answer to Tuscany during your stay in Rudesheim am Rhein, a wine-making town.
  • Explore the Rhine River on a morning boat tour to Koblenz.
  • Discover the dark, slightly sinister canopy of evergreen hills, valleys and rivers in the mighty Schwarzwald, also known as Black Forest. Taste the treasures of the region; local ham, black forest cake and bread.
  • Explore Munich, arguably one of the prettiest cities in Europe. Check out why beer halls are always full with locals during the included traditional Bavarian dinner.
Comfortable Hotel (8 nights)
  • Ages: Min 15
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 12
  • On day 3 we’ll visit Fragrance museum. It’s an intresting way to discover part of the culture and history of Cologne, but it will be rather full of smells. If you’re sensitive, make sure you’ll stay behind.
  • On Day 4 we’ll take a boat cruise along the Rhein. Its’ very comfy ride, but you must feel comfortable on the water.
  • On Day 6 we’ll discover amazing Black Forest. This will require us to walk for couple of hours. It’s going to be a pleasant, relaxing walk, but you must be ready to spend few hours on your feet. Mosquito repellent during summer days may come useful, all in all, we’ll be in the forest.
  • On Day 7 we will travel on an Intercity train for about 5 hours if everything goes to plan. Please make sure you are prepared for a long ride.
  • The most of transportation on this trip is done by train. German trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning. Toilets are always available. Some of the trains have snack bars (or vending machines) and power points next to the seats but that cannot be guaranteed on every journey. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Please note that you will have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, and also up or down few flights of stairs as unfortunately some of the stations may not have lifts. Make sure the luggage doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
  • Many streets of the cities we’ll visit are made of cobblestones. On this trip this is the case in Rudesheim and Freiburg old town areas especially. During rainy days, cobblestones may be slippery, so be aware, and have good footwear to wear.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
  • A single supplement is available on this trip.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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