12 Day Highlights of Germany

Cosmos Coach Tour starting in Frankfurt and finishing in Frankfurt

Countries Visited: Germany 
2015 Comos Europe Tours
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Operator: Cosmos
Reviews: (6)
Style: Low Cost    Email a Friend
Duration: 12 Days    Compare Tour
From: Frankfurt to Frankfurt    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: 6040

Tour Description

This comprehensive holiday focuses on the crown jewels of Germany, starting and ending in Frankfurt. Begin with a panoramic Rhine River cruise. Then, see Cologne with its gothic cathedral, the historic buildings of legendary Hamelin, the harbor city of Hamburg, and Hanseatic Lübeck. Enjoy two overnights in Berlin, Germany’s once-divided capital, then the cultural centers of Dresden and Leipzig. Stop in Weimar, where the Bauhaus movement started in the 1920s, and Coburg, with its medieval fortress. From Nuremberg, discover the half-timbered houses of picture-postcard Rothenburg, then follow some of the scenic Romantic Road. Wander at leisure in Munich’s Marienplatz and experience the gem of the Bavarian Alps: King Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Enjoy more German panoramas as you drive through the famed Black Forest and stop in Heidelberg before returning to Frankfurt, where you’ll say “Prost!” to this exciting adventure.

Included Experiences

  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Visits to Cologne, Hamelin, Hamburg, Lubeck, Leipzig, Weimar, Coburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Heidelberg; Rhine cruise.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Romantic Road, Bavarian Alps, Black Forest.
  • GUIDES: Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Dresden, Munich. Professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach.
  • HOTELS: Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.

Included Meals

  • Buffet breakfasts (B); 5 dinners (D)


  • FRANKFURT Holiday Inn City South (F) or The Qube (F), COLOGNE AREA Ramada (F) at Bruehl or Leonardo Hotel Am Stadtwald (F) at Cologne, HAMBURG NH Hamburg City (F) or Panorama Billstedt (F), BERLIN Abba (F) or Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST), LEIPZIG NH Leipzig Messe (F), NUREMBERG Ramada Park Hotel (F), MUNICH Rivoli (ST) or Ibis Parkstadt (ST), BLACK FOREST AREA Best Western Bad Herrenalb (ST) at Bad Herrenalb, FRANKFURT Holiday Inn City South (F)

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Arrive In Frankfurt, Germany.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to see some of Frankfurt. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)
Frankfurt - Rhine Cruise - Cologne Area.
Today's highlight is an included RHINE CRUISE from Oberwesel to Boppard to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous Lorelei rock. The next highlight is Cologne and a visit to its impressive gothic CATHEDRAL/ started in 1248 and completed in 1880. (B/D)
Cologne Area - Hamelin - Hamburg.
Leave the Cologne area this morning and journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town centre with its colourful historical buildings and magically fancy gables. Also hear the story of the Pied Piper. Continue to Hamburg, where you arrive in time for an optional harbour cruise. (B)
Hamburg - Lubeck - Berlin.
Start the day with an orientation drive to see one of Germany's greatest maritime cities. Later this morning, a comfortable drive to Lubeck, formerly a free Hanseatic city and independent state. Lubeck, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany. Thomas Mann, Gunther Grass, and Willy Brandt-all Nobel laureates-were among the famous residents of this city. Continue eastwards on the Autobahn to reach Berlin in time to enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany. (B)
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. Maybe join an optional excursion this afternoon. (B)
Berlin - Dresden - Leipzig.
This morning, travel southwest to Dresden, the old capital of Saxony, at one time rightly called the "Florence on the Elbe." See the ZWINGER CARILLON PAVILION and much more of this city on your included sightseeing. Then it's on to Leipzig, where the great composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived the last years of their lives. It was Mendelssohn who founded the Leipziger Conservatory in 1843. (B/D)
Leipzig - Weimar - Coburg - Nuremberg.
Leave Leipzig for a stop in Weimar, home to many intellectuals of the past but mainly known for the name given to the historical period of the "Republic of Weimar." 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 famous town centre dominated by the Imperial Castle. (B)
Nuremberg - Rothenburg - Munich.
Visit picture-postcard medieval Rothenburg by the Tauber River. Then, travel through the beautiful scenery of the Romantic Road before arriving to the Bavarian capital, Munich, for two overnights. (B)
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 its most famous product-beer! (B/D)
Munich - Neuschwanstein - Black Forest 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 NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE. Enjoy more fairytale scenery on your way through the Black Forest for an overnight here. (B/D)
Black Forest Area - Heidelberg - Frankfurt.
The day starts by travelling to Heidelberg for a short visit. This city is the location of Germany's oldest university and became an inspiration and myth for the German Romantic movement. From here, just a few more miles to Frankfurt. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

12 Day Highlights of Germany Reviews

Tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. 6 Reviews. Average Rating 4.5 of 5.

The tour was very fast paced with early starts, but there was so much to see and do so this was necessary. Highlights were Neuschwanstein, the Rhine River cruise, and Rothenberg, but everywhere we stopped was lovely. The hotels and coach all had wifi. Some hotels were better than others, but we didn't spend much time in them. It was a good way to sample Germany and pick out places for longer visits in the future.

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Generally food was good (sometimes excellent) for a budget tour. Unfortunately, several hotels, possibly thinking patrons were not cultured enough to enjoy typically German fare, provided meals more suited to our home countries. Whilst I enjoyed this tour very much, next time, I will be paying extra for choice of food etc - Globus? I must mention surprise that the feedback form provided in the coach had its first question relating to the Tour Director - which then had to be handed to her - and not under cover! This would surely influence the feedback (GJ. That's why we ask for it and you can have a gripe without Cosmos brushing it under the rug!) Some negatives: At one hotel we were told that the hotel does not provide meals and that we had to catch a train into the main city to find a suitable restaurant. That is not acceptable. Some of us not wishing to go into the city at night spent 45 minutes walking around looking for a restaurant. We later discovered that the hotel did provide evening meals. The tour director had major problems in providing details of meeting places. It's not good enough to tell people to remember the name of some German Street. As a result one lady missed the coach, I got lost three times. On another occasion, after several hours on the coach we got off to go on a walking tour. I desperately need to relieve myself and asked the tour director for directions to a WC, and advised I'll be back very shortly. When I returned the coach had gone and so were tour patrons and director. I was left on my own in a very crowded city - totally lost. A map with the details of the meeting place plus some local landmarks would be helpful. Even better if in German. It's not good enough saying, 'You have my number, ring me if you get lost.' Several people did not have a mobile. Others didn't bring them in view of the huge cost of local calls. Otherwise, the tour was well organised and most enjoyable.

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Overall the tour was very well organised and commendations to the Tour Director and driver for keeping us well entertained in between sights. Undoubtedly there are many more aspects of Germany, particularly certain places, that we would've liked to explore and experience more. But this tour is as it is called - 'Highlights'. Nothing really to complain about that weren't unavoidable. For a 'low cost' tour it's certainly more than that and a real value for money. Very highly recommended.

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The tour was excellent, very well organised and planned. All the locations visited were wonderful and memorable. The staff on the tour were very friendly, experienced and efficient, even offering after hours transport when located in out-of-the-way locations and included ample advice on suggested local activities outside the organised tour. Accommodation was of a consistent standard with some quite basic hotels but still very comfortable and restful. Also we had a great fun on the tour and enjoyed travelling with the vast mix of other tour participants. Thank you very much Georgie for your excellent organisation and assisting us with booking the tour. Many thanks.

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Germany is such a beautiful country. Cosmos took us to all the number one tourist attractions at each location. The hotels exceeded our expectations. The weather in October was just perfect for touring.

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Our Tour Director was very average. Some extra time in Nuremberg to enter the Court House would be nice. Overall the tour exceeded our expectations. Cosmos took us to all the number one highlights associated with the stops. We are booking another Cosmos Tour for 2013 and will recommend Cosmos to all our friends. Great job!

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Cosmos holidays combine the freedom of independent travel with the benefits of group travel, all at an unbelievable value. If you have never taken a package holiday, consider this: travelling with Cosmos is less expensive, more comfortable and far easier than going it alone.
Region: Europe Guided: Tour Host & Driver Average Age: 50+
Style: Low Cost Coach: 5+ Star Flights: Not Included
Accommodation: 3+ Star Max Group Size: 44 (Avg. 40) Airport Transfers: Available
Hotels: Central - Sometimes Free Coach WiFi: No Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
* Source: Cosmos for tours in Europe . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should we choose a Cosmos Tour?

  • Our famous value with complete travel packages including hotel, transportation, sightseeing and services of a professional Tour Director
  • Visits to major and must-see sights included in the vacation price
  • Expert Tour Directors share their unique stories and knowledge of destinations
  • Cosmos hotels are selected with care - three star or better hotels with private facilities, so you can relax in a comfortable, clean, and attractive environment
  • Optional excursions at an unbeatable value - diverse enough for unique interests and at reasonable prices
  • A dynamic blend of transportation, including first-class motorcoach, rail, air, and cruise - we make getting there part of the fun
  • Plenty of leisure time to explore on your own or to sit back and take it all in
  • Porterage included - not handling your own bag really makes you feel like you are on a holiday
  • Cosmos budget travel packages receive a 93% satisfaction rating on our customer's post-vacation surveys

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Travel documents, including any air tickets, tour itinerary, hotel lists, and helpful hints and other information are sent approximately 20-30 days prior to your tour departure. Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant can organise these earlier if you are travelling before your holiday starts.

Who else will be travelling with me, and how many will be on tour with me?

Cosmos attracts a wide range of clientele of many ages from all over the English speaking world. Cosmos offers an affordable way to travel and as such the size of the Cosmos group can vary from departure to departure. A Cosmos coach can carry up to 51 passengers however on many tours the number of passengers is below 50 people.

Will the coach be modern and comfortable, and how many will be on tour with me?

Your Cosmos coach is a quiet smooth-riding high cruiser, equipped with soft, semi-reclining lounge seats, huge pan windows, a high-fidelity sound system, and air-conditioning. There is a no smoking policy enforced on the coach, but there are plenty of opportunities to smoke during the frequent stops. Cosmos uses the custom of daily seat rotation which gives every tour member a variety of vantage points to see the passing countryside and city scenery.

What hotel standards can I expect on a Cosmos tour?

Our experienced hotel contractors carefully select hotels that provide the best value for money. Of course, different countries have different standards, but Cosmos endeavours to provide our clients with the best available in cleanliness and comfort. They are mainly 'superior tourist' and 'tourist' class establishments that follow the standards set by the independent Official Hotel Guide (OHG) or by national tourist boards.

Where are Cosmos hotels located?

When Cosmos selects its hotels, it does so with you in mind. A great deal of effort goes into ensuring that the hotels are suitably located to meet the needs of the tour. Some hotels are more centrally located than others. In bigger cities (particularly in Europe), we sometimes use hotels that are located in the suburbs rather than using overpriced hotels or hotels in less desirable areas. In these instances, we make every attempt to locate hotels near public transport and with good access to shopping and/or meals.

Are breakfasts included in the tours?

On Cosmos European tours a daily continental breakfast is provided. In London and on the Continent, you can expect to start the day with cereal, croissant, yoghurt, bread, butter, jam, cold cuts (cheese, ham, salami) and juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Elsewhere in the United Kingdom, a fully cooked breakfast is provided. Included meals are outlined in the itinerary.

What about dinners?

The number of dinners provided varies from tour to tour, check your itinerary for details. Where dinners are on offer, they tend to have an 'international' flavour. For clients wanting to sample some of the 'local' fare, there are optional excursions which feature dining out at local restaurants. Alternatively, clients can discover the local cuisine when there are free evenings without scheduled meals. Included meals are outlined in the itinerary.

What is the difference between a tour director & a local guide? What are they like?

Your tour director will accompany you from the start to the end of your tour, educating you on the places and the history of the destination. Local guides are included in many cities to give you in-depth information on the culture, history and attractions of the city. Both Tour Director and Local Guides have a passion for travel, people and the destination and look forward to sharing their passion with you.

I'm finding it difficult to match two tours together?

Have you considered pre or post tour accommodation? We offer fantastic rates hard to find elsewhere and this may enable you to select sequential tours with minimal disruption to your intended travel plans.

What does the tour cost include?

Our packages take in each destinations's most popular highlights. They are carefully planned to include visits to places of interest and panoramic drives through areas of natural beauty. There's so much for you to look forward to!

Do coach tour prices include tips to Tour Directors, Drivers & Local Guides?

It is customary worldwide to pay tips to Tour Directors and Drivers on all international vacations and these are not included in your quote. The option to prepay these tips prior to departure is possible however. Please ask your consultant to include this in your quote. You will receive Gratuity vouchers with your travel documents and all you need to do is give this to the Tour Director, Driver, Cruise Director and ship's crew at the end of the vacation.

Are there optional excursions & is there much free time?

In addition to included sightseeing, we offer a rich program of optional excursions, all full of interest and very reasonably priced. Optional activities can be booked through your Tour Director. Many optional excursions are mentioned in the package descriptions. Your pre-vacation literature will specify cost and content of the optional highlights that may be offered during your trip. This enables you to budget accordingly before you leave home.

Do you have a share program for singles?

More than one third of Cosmos' clients travel alone. We can provide clients with a 'guaranteed share' facility. This means that we charge singles the basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded rooms. If we cannot find a roommate for a tour member who has booked on a 'guaranteed share' basis, we will absorb the single room supplement. For mutal comfort, we do adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms. Please note that 'guaranteed share' cannot be offered for pre and post tour accommodation.

Where can I find out more information on Cosmos?

We have a dedicated section on our website providing more detailed information on Cosmos including FAQ's on what you need to know before, during and after your travel; as well as information on their 'Touring Styles', and a comprehensive search facility to enable you to easily find more of their tours. Read more> (NB: This link will take you away from this tour itinerary page).

Airport Transfer Information

Cosmos tour members may reserve our airport transfer service at AU$ 28 per person one way on the tour start and end date of the tour and are available for flights arriving/departing, within certain times (your tour consultant will outline these to you in your quote). Please see travel documents for full details regarding set pick-up times at designated airport locations. For very early departures, please note that breakfast cannot be included.

Note: Airport transfers can be arranged when you purchase extra nights before or after the tour only if the extra accommodation is booked in conjunction with Global Journeys & Cosmos.

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