Imagine Tours - Germany

Germany 7N 8D

Cologne


Day 1:
Arrive in Frankfurt. Pick up at the airport and drive to Ruedesheim on Rhine. Here you get to walk down narrow cobble stoned lanes which in the evenings are bustling with people and music streaming out of each of the cafes you pass by.
You take a cable car over the vineyards and on top of a hill from where you get a breathtaking view of the Rhine. You walk half an hour through the vineyards on the opposite side of the hill to be met by your driver. After a light snack we continue our drive towards Koblenz and stop at the Deutsches Eck where the river Moselle flows into the Rhine. En route we pass the Rheingau vineyards and the romantic rock of Loreley, who because of her beckoning beauty caused the shipwreck of many a lovelorn mariner. This drive of 63 kms, better known as the middle-Rhine route, is dotted with numerous medieval castles perched on hilltops along the river. The route has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the most beautiful drives in Germany.
We continue on to the village of Villip which is located on the edge of the Kotten Forests for a nights rest in the countryside.
Overnight Villip.

Day 2:
After breakfast we drive to Cologne to see the Cathedral and the war museum nearby. You may also visit the the Eau de Cologne and the chocolate museum shops. Cologne is a shoppers paradise.
On our return we visit Bonn which used to be the old capital of Germany. After lunch we continue on to the Dragon mountain and the beautiful town of Linz on Rhine.
In Linz we we take a ferry across the Rhine and and head towards the Ahr valley which is a secret hideaway in a part of Germany where foreign tourists are never seen. You visit the Monastery of Marienthal which is a perfect location for some exquisite wine tasting.
Optional: 20 kms lap around the northern circuit of the Nurburgring Formula 1 racecourse.
Overnight Villip.

Day 3:
After breakfast we drive to Bernkastel Kues which is a beautiful town on the river Moselle. We continue on to Trier which used to be the northern most capital of the Roman Empire. In Trier you get to see the Porta Nigra which is a ruin from the days of the Romans nearly 2000 years ago. The town is also the birth place of Karl Marx and houses a basilica and cathedral.
Overnight Trier.

Day 4:
After breakfast we drive to Luxemburg. After a walkabout in the city centre we head for Bad Rippoldsau in the Black Forest. Your accommodation here is located in a valley and is a perfect place for walks through the countryside. The views are breathtaking and the cosyness of the family run hotel is what the Black Forest is all about.
Overnight Bad Rippoldsau.

Day 5:
After breakfast we explore the tiny Black Forest villages and head for Triberg to view the highest waterfalls in Germany. You may try the famous Black Forest cake here or buy yourself a cuckoo clock and have it sent home. In Wolfach you may visit the glass factory and be witness to a glass blowing and cutting demonstration. You may purchase some fine cut glass crockery if you wish to do so.
We drive on to Freiburg in the centre of which is a most beautiful cathedral surrounded by a market place which is about the best in Germany. After dinner we return to our country home in the Black Forest.
Overnight Bad Rippoldsau.

Day 6:
After breakfast we depart for Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This historical town with high city gates and quaint houses is one of the most well kept medieval towns in Germany.
You may walk about the narrow lanes or duck into a pub to try the local brew. At night we join the night watchman on his walk through the town – a feature not to be missed.
Overnight Rothenburg.

Day 7:
After breakfast we head south towards Neuschwanstein castle, better known as the Fairy Tale castle. After a conducted tour we drive for about an hour to the famous monastery of Andechs which is well known for its strong beer originally brewed by the Benedictine monks.
Overnight Andechs.

Day 8:
After breakfast we drive to Munich and begin the day with an orientation tour of the city. Munich is the capital of the state of Bavaria. It has a lot of art museums and numerous places to visit. Among those:
Marien Platz: The church of Our Lady.
Ludwig Strasse: Munich University where the young students, Hans and Sophie Scholl defied the Nazis.
Maximilian Strasse: Great for shopping.
BMW museum.
Allianz Stadium.

Transfer to Munich airport.

END OF TOUR

Above itinerary includes:
Airport transfers
Driver from day of arrival to day of departure
Welcome dinner and drinks
Mineral water (1 liter per day)
All matters relating to vehicle i.e. vehicle hire, fuel etc.

Tour does not include:
Alcoholic drinks except on Day 1 (Welcome drinks)
Telephone costs
Laundry

Total costs for group comprising:
2-3 Persons € 3102 (VW Touran or similar)
4-8 Persons € 3602(VW Transporter, Mercedes Vito or similar)

HOTEL ACCOMODATION CAN BE BOOKED AS PER THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CLIENTS. THEY MAY RANGE FROM COMFORTABLE BED & BREAKFAST UP TO 5 STAR CATEGORY.

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