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12 Day Highlights Of Germany
Cosmos Coach Tour starting in Frankfurt and finishing in Frankfurt
Countries Visited: Germany 
Cosmos Brochure Operator: Cosmos
Reviews: (3)
Category: Low Cost    Email a Friend
Duration: 12 Days    Compare Tour
From: Frankfurt to Frankfurt    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: 6040
  

Tour Description

Begin with a panoramic Rhine River cruise. See Cologne with its gothic cathedral, the historic buildings of legendary Hamelin, the harbour city of Hamburg, and Hanseatic Lubeck. Enjoy two overnights in Berlin, Germany's once-divided capital, then the cultural centres of Dresden and Leipzig. Stop in Weimar, where the Bauhaus movement started in the 1920s, and Coburg with its medieval fortress. From Nuremberg, follow the Romantic Road and discover the half-timbered houses of postcard-perfect Rothenburg. Wander at leisure in Munich's Marienplatz and experience the gems of the Bavarian Alps: the Passion Play village of Oberammergau and Prince Ludwig's breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle. Enjoy more German panoramas as you drive through the Black Forest and stop in Heidelberg before returning to Frankfurt, where you'll say 'Prost!' to this exciting adventure.

Included Features

  • Individual headsets
  • SIGHTSEEING: Visits to Cologne, Hamelin, Hamburg, Lubeck, Leipzig, Weimar, Coburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Heidelberg; Rhine cruise.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Romantic Road, German Alpine Road and 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); 5 dinners (D)

Hotels

  • 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)

Tour Meals

  • Breakfast - 11
  • Dinner - 5

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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)
Day
2
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)
Day
3
Cologne Area-Hamelin-Hamburg
Leave the Cologne area this morning and journey into Niedersachsen to visit Hamelin. Admire its town center with its colorful 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 harbor cruise. (B)
Day
4
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)
Day
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. In the afternoon, there is an optional excursion to historic Potsdam to visit Sanssouci Park, a marvel of landscape gardening and architectural wonders, and Cecilienhof Castle. (B)
Day
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)
Day
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 1920's. 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 center dominated by the Imperial Castle. (B)
Day
8
Nuremberg-Rothenburg-Munich
Visit picture-postcard medieval Rothenburg by the Tauber River. Then, travel west and then southwards through the beautiful scenery of the Romantic Road. Continue to the Bavarian capital, Munich, for two overnights. (B)
Day
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)
Day
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)
Day
11
Black Forest Area-Heidelberg-Frankfurt
The day starts by traveling 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 kilometers to Frankfurt. (B)
Day
12
Frankfurt
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

12 Day Highlights Of Germany Reviews

Tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. 3 Reviews. Average Rating 4.7 of 5.

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+
Tour Type: Coach Tour 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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START DATE END DATE BROCHURE
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25 Apr 2014 06 May 2014 AU $2,035 AU $2,664 AU $110 AU $1,925  
02 May 2014 13 May 2014 AU $2,104 AU $2,734 AU $115 AU $1,989  
09 May 2014 20 May 2014 AU $2,104 AU $2,734 AU $115 AU $1,989  
16 May 2014 27 May 2014 AU $2,104 AU $2,734 AU $115 AU $1,989  
23 May 2014 03 Jun 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
30 May 2014 10 Jun 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
06 Jun 2014 17 Jun 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
13 Jun 2014 24 Jun 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
20 Jun 2014 01 Jul 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
27 Jun 2014 08 Jul 2014 AU $2,088 AU $2,717 AU $115 AU $1,973  
04 Jul 2014 15 Jul 2014 AU $2,088 AU $2,717 AU $115 AU $1,973  
11 Jul 2014 22 Jul 2014 AU $2,088 AU $2,717 AU $115 AU $1,973  
18 Jul 2014 29 Jul 2014 AU $2,088 AU $2,717 AU $115 AU $1,973  
25 Jul 2014 05 Aug 2014 AU $2,088 AU $2,717 AU $115 AU $1,973  
01 Aug 2014 12 Aug 2014 AU $2,088 AU $2,717 AU $115 AU $1,973  
08 Aug 2014 19 Aug 2014 AU $2,088 AU $2,717 AU $115 AU $1,973  
15 Aug 2014 26 Aug 2014 AU $2,088 AU $2,717 AU $115 AU $1,973  
22 Aug 2014 02 Sep 2014 AU $2,088 AU $2,717 AU $115 AU $1,973  
29 Aug 2014 09 Sep 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
05 Sep 2014 16 Sep 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
12 Sep 2014 23 Sep 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
14 Sep 2014 25 Sep 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
19 Sep 2014 30 Sep 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
26 Sep 2014 07 Oct 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
28 Sep 2014 09 Oct 2014 AU $2,126 AU $2,756 AU $115 AU $2,011  
03 Oct 2014 14 Oct 2014 AU $2,047 AU $2,676 AU $115 AU $1,932  
05 Oct 2014 16 Oct 2014 AU $2,047 AU $2,676 AU $115 AU $1,932  
10 Oct 2014 21 Oct 2014 AU $2,012 AU $2,641 AU $110 AU $1,902  
29 Nov 2014 10 Dec 2014 AU $2,012 AU $2,641 AU $110 AU $1,902  
06 Dec 2014 17 Dec 2014 AU $2,012 AU $2,641 AU $110 AU $1,902  
27 Dec 2014 07 Jan 2015 AU $1,944 AU $2,573 AU $105 AU $1,839  
Note: The majority of departures above will proceed or are guaranteed to depart. We will outline the status of your departure date in your quote along with all applicable discounts and specials.
 

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