2016 SEASON
Dec 2016 - Dec 2016
2017 SEASON
Apr 2017 - Dec 2017

12 Day Highlights of Germany

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in Frankfurt and finishing in Frankfurt

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Read 11 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 12 Day Highlights of Germany. 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,...read more

Overview

Operator: Cosmos
Type: Guided Tour (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 12 Days
From: Frankfurt to Frankfurt
Tour Code: 6040
Visits: Germany
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$ 1,815
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

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)
2

Frankfurt - Rhine Cruise - Cologne - Rhineland

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)
3

Cologne Area - Hamelin - Hamburg

This morning, 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)
4

Hamburg - Lubeck - Berlin

Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, 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)
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. Maybe join an optional excursion this afternoon. (B)
6

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)
7

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)
8

Nuremberg - Rothenburg - Munich

Drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages protected by medieval towered gates and battlements, with squares of half timbered houses and richly decorated fountains. A fine example of this architecture is the centre of Rothenburg, where you stop awhile. Overnight in Munich. (B)
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 its most famous product-beer! (B/D)
10

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)
11

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 kilometres to Frankfurt. (B)
12

Frankfurt

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Day By Day

1

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)
2

Frankfurt - Rhine Cruise - Cologne - Rhineland

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)
3

Rhineland - Hamelin - Hamburg

This morning, journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town centre with its colourful historical buildings and magically fancy gables echoing the story of the Pied Piper. Continue to Hamburg, where you may want to join an optional harbour cruise. (B)
4

Hamburg - Lubeck - Berlin

Start the day with an orientation drive in Hamburg, one of Germany's greatest maritime cities. Later this morning, leave for 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. Later, arrive in Berlin and enjoy your first evening in the capital of Germany. (B)
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. Maybe join an optional excursion this afternoon. (B)
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. (B/D)
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 "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)
8

Nuremberg - Rothenburg - Munich

Drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages protected by medieval towered gates and battlements, with squares of half-timbered houses and richly decorated fountains. Visit a fine example of this architecture in the quaint medieval centre of Rothenburg. Overnight in Munich. (B)
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 its most famous product-beer! (B/D)
10

Munich - Neuschwanstein - Black Forest Area

Leave Munich and drive into the heart of the Bavarian Alps to visit the most famous 19th-century, neoromantic castle of the world, King Ludwig II's fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE. Enjoy more idyllic scenery on your way through the Black Forest. (B/D)
11

Black Forest Area - Heidelberg - Frankfurt

The day starts with a visit to Heidelberg. This city is the location of Germany's oldest university and became an inspiration and myth for the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt. (B)
12

Frankfurt

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
  • 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: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Rhine cruise.
  • HOTELS: Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MEALS: Buffet breakfasts (B) daily; 5 dinners (D).

Included Meals

  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners

Accomodation

  • Hotel Classifications: Superior First Class (SF), First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist (ST), Deluxe (D), Moderate Deluxe (MD), Best Available (BA), National Park (NP)
  • Frankfurt Leonardo Royal Hotel Frankfurt (F) or Qgreenhotel by Melia (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf, Rhineland Leonardo Stadtwald Cologne (F) or Mercure Köln West (ST) or Avendi (F) at Bad Honnef, Hamburg NH Hamburg City (F) or Tryp Arena (ST), Berlin Abba (F) or Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST), Leipzig NH Leipzig Messe (F), Nuremberg Ramada Parkhotel (F), Munich Ibis Parkstadt (ST) or Tryp (ST), Black Forest Area Best Western (ST) at Bad Herrenalb, Frankfurt Leonardo Royal Frankfurt (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land / cruise only. Flights not included.

 

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Rhine cruise, visits to Cologne cathedral, Hamelin, Hamburg orientation drive, Lubeck, Leipzig, Weimar, Coburg castle, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Heidelberg.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Rhine Valley, Romantic Road, Bavarian Alps, Black Forest.
  • GUIDES: Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Dresden, Munich; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Rhine cruise.
  • HOTELS: Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MEALS: Buffet breakfasts (B) daily; 5 dinners (D).

Included Meals

  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners

Accomodation

  • Hotel Classifications: Superior First Class (SF), First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist (ST), Deluxe (D), Moderate Deluxe (MD), Best Available (BA), National Park (NP)
  • Frankfurt Qgreenhotel by Melia (F) or Leonardo Royal (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf, Rhineland Leonardo Royal Am Stadtwald (F) or Ramada (ST) at Bruehl, Hamburg NH City (F) or NH Altona (F), Berlin Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST) or Abba (F), Leipzig NH Leipzig Messe (F), Nuremberg Ramada Parkhotel (F), Munich Ibis Parkstadt (ST) or Achat Premium South (ST), Black Forest Area Best Western Plus Vier Jahreszeiten (ST) at Durbach

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 40)
Free WiFi: Yes
* Source: Cosmos for trips in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (11)

Kerry's Holiday

Australia
Trip Date: 02/10/2016

“First Overseas Trip”

I didn't know what to expect as this was my first overseas adventure. The pace of the tour was very good, great transport and free WiFi was a bonus. Visited many different towns of which I preferred visiting the smaller towns rather than the main towns as the smaller towns had so much more interesting buildings and places of interest. I saw some amazing sights as well as architectural beauties, which included castles and churches and age old houses. The group of people that were on the same tour as myself were so friendly and it was a pleasure being included in the group. The accommodation - some were very nice to stay in after a long day travelling on the coach and sightseeing and other accommodation was quite poor. The same applied to the included dinners, some were good and some were not edible, however, the two optional dinners that I attended were great.

As I have already stated this was my first overseas tour and I didn't really know what to expect. I understand that our Tour Guide was a Tour Director and not a Tour Guide, myself I would of preferred a tour guide to take me to the important places of each town, rather than providing us with an out of date map and having free time to explore the towns. In saying that I did enjoy the free time to explore the town on my own and overall I enjoyed the tour immensely, which went all too quick. My travel operator was extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble for her to answer my many questions and assist me through the process. I will travel and book another tour with Cosmos & book with Global Journeys which will be either Greece, Italy or Spain. Thanks again.


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Australia
Trip Date: 23/09/2016

“Fabulous tour”

This was my fourth tour with Cosmos and again great value. It covers major and very minor places that you wouldn't normally see on your own. Our tour guide Buddy was very friendly and helpful and as all the tour guides at Cosmos could not do enough for us. I feel it could be slowed down to take one extra day as it is quite fast paced and a few very early mornings. I understand Cosmos saves money by staying just out of the major towns but the hotel in Munich was way below par. It took quite a walk and two modes of transport to get into town. If it was raining it would have been awful. All other hotels were fine with wonderful beds and good food although all did not have a restaurant.


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Australia
Trip Date: 27/05/2016

“Pleasant Tour of Germany”

The accommodation was better than expected for a low budget tour. The tour bus was excellent as were the driver and the tour director. All places visited were enjoyable, it is just a shame more time was not allotted to enjoy them. I would have preferred to have more local guides as there were only three included. Also, traffic delays meant that we didn't have as much visiting time as we would have liked.

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Australia
Trip Date: 21/08/2015

“Found Cosmos very good”

First time with Cosmos and found them very good , but options could have been better. Will use them again in the future.

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2016 SEASON
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