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Aug 2015 - Dec 2015

12 Day Highlights of Germany

Cosmos Coach Tour starting in Frankfurt and finishing in Frankfurt

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' more


Operator: Cosmos
Style: Low Cost
Duration: 12 Days
From: Frankfurt to Frankfurt
Tour Code: 6040
Our Price From:
$ 1,616
Per Person
Save This Month:
$ 95
Per Person
Countries Visited: Germany

Day By Day


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)

Trip Inclusions

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)

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Style: Low Cost
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Hotels: Central - Sometimes
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Coach: 5+ Star
Average Age: 50+
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Available
Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 44 (Avg. 40)
Free Coach WiFi: No
* Source: Cosmos for tours in Europe. Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Reviews (6)

Overall Rating

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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Aug 2015 - Dec 2015

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