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Day # 1 Friday, Sept 26th Arrival in Munich

Arrival at Franz Josef Strauss Airport Munich, Germany (MUC)

On arrival after clearing Immigration and Customs you will be met by your Custom Euro Tours Representative in the arrival hall.

Boarding your tour bus you will be transferred to the group’s hotel in the Munich / Alpine area.

Mid-afternoon arrival and check into your hotel for the next 3 nights.

Free time to adjust to the time change (+ 6hrs EST)

Dinner in the hotel.

Remainder of the day free at leisure

Hotel in Munich Area

Day # 2 Saturday, Sept 27th Munich City Tour & Oktoberfest

Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning sightseeing tour of Munich which is the Capital city of Bavaria. Here you will see the Olympic grounds built for the 1972 Olympic Games. Museum District, Karls Platz, Marien Platz, Konigs Platz and the world famous Glockenspiel.

After an independent lunch the group will transfer over to the Theresien Wiese, sight of the world’s most famous beer & food festival, “Oktoberfest”.

Remainder of the day & evening attending the Oktoberfest before our transfer back to the hotel.

Transfer back to your hotel

Day # 3 Sunday Sept 28th Neuschwanstein Castle- Ettal Monastery & Oberammergau

Breakfast in the hotel.

A full day excursion is planned to visit “Neuschwanstein” King Ludwig’s Fairytale Castle.

Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life. Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit "The Castle of the Fairytale King". In the summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.

On arrival, we will transfer to the shuttle bus for the drive to the upper parking area. After a short walk our guided tour of the castle will start in the castle courtyard. Return transfer to the coach parking area.

Free time will be given for an independent lunch.

Departing Neuschwanstein, we drive through the Austrian Tyrol and back into Germany by way of Garmisch Partenkirchen stopping at the Ettal Abbey.

Ettal Abbey was founded on 28 April 1330, Saint Vitalis of Milan's day, by Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian in the Graswang valley, in fulfillment of an oath on his return from Italy, on a site of strategic importance on the primary trade route between Italy and Augsburg. The foundation legend is that Ludwig's horse genuflected three times on the site of the original church building, where a statuette of the Virgin Mary ("Frau Stifterin" or the "Ettal Madonna") of the Pisano School now stands, a gift from Ludwig to his new foundation. This statue soon became an object of pilgrimage. The church is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.

The monastery runs a brewery, a distillery, a bookstore, an art publishing house, a hotel, a cheese factory joint venture, and several smaller companies. The distillery produces Ettaler Kloster Liqueur, an herbal liqueur which, like that of the Carthusian monks, comes in sweeter yellow and more herbal green varieties.

Departing Ettal a short drive will take us into the Oberammergau, famous for the “Passion Play” held every 10 years in the town.

The Oberammergau Passion Play was first performed in 1634 and is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague then sweeping the region they would perform a passion play every ten years. The play is now performed in years ending with a zero, as well as in 1934 which was the 300th anniversary and 1984 which was the 350th anniversary (though the 1940 performance was cancelled because of the intervention of the Second World War). It involves over 2000 actors, singers, instrumentalists and technicians, all residents of the village.

We return to our hotel in the early evening.

Remainder of the day & evening attending the Oktoberfest.

Transfer back to the hotel

Day # 4 Monday Sept 29th Augsburg – Nordlingen – Dinkelsbuhl & Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Breakfast in the hotel.

Sadly we say goodbye to Munich. Our tour will take us to Augsburg stopping at the Riegele Brewery for a short tour and a chance to sample some of the excellent beers brewed by one of Augsburg oldest Breweries.

Departing Augsburg we drive north along Germany’s famous Romantic Road making stops along the way at Nordlingen & Dinkelsbuhl before continuing to our base for the next 2 nights. Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany, well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world. Rothenburg was a Free Imperial City from the late Middle Ages to 1803.

In October 1631, during the Thirty Years' War, the Catholic Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly, wanted to quarter his 40,000 troops in Protestant Lutheran Rothenburg. Rather than allow entrance, the town defended itself and intended to withstand a siege. Everyone, young and old, is familiar with the story of brave Mayor Nusch, who, with his legendary "Master Draught" saved the town from destruction and the councilors from the death sentence. A tankard holding over 3 litres of wine - the Count promised leniency if one of the town citizens could drink the whole tankard in one draught. Nusch took up the challenge and thereby saved his town.

On arrival into Rothenburg, we check into the hotel. Remainder of the day free at leisure.
Hotel in Rothenburg

Day # 5 Tuesday Sept 30th Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Breakfast in the hotel.

A morning city walking tour with our local step-on guide. A full morning walking tour will show us the highlights of this well preserved historical city. The Town Hall, Riemenschneider Alter Piece, Toppler Castle, Medieval Crime and Torture Museum, St. Jacob’s Church, Market Place, Castle Gardens and many more sights.

Remainder of the day free at leisure to discover this charming medieval city and its fortification walls or shopping in Kathe Wohlfahrt. The world’s largest Christmas store.

Day # 6 Wednesday Oct 1st Wurzburg - Rudesheim

Breakfast in the hotel.

Departing Rothenburg this morning we drive north and into Wurzburg a city in the region of Franconia, Northern Bavaria, Located on the Main River, and is the capital of the region of Lower Franconia.

A guided tour of the Würzburg Residenz: The vast compound near the center of the town was commissioned by two prince-bishops, the brothers Johann Philipp Franz and Friedrich Karl von Schönborn. Several architects, including Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt and Maximilian von Welsch, supervised the construction between 1720 and 1744, but it is mainly associated with the name of Balthasar Neumann, the creator of its famous Baroque staircase. The palace suffered severe damage during World War II, but has been completely rebuilt.

Continuing by mid-afternoon to the Rhineland area and the most famous wine town of Rudesheim on the Rhein where we check into our hotel for the next 2 nights.

Rüdesheim is a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge and thereby part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dinner in a local wine tavern. 

Hotel in Rudesheim

Day # 7 Thursday Oct 2nd Rudesheim

Breakfast in the hotel.

This morning we take a trip on the gondola chair lift to the Niederwald Monument. In 1877, the first foundation stone for the Niederwalddenkmal, which would be finished in 1883, was laid. This patriotic monument was built in commemoration of the Franco Prussian war. Here we have free time to take in the spectacular views overlooking the mighty River Rhein.

Back in Rudesheim, after an independent lunch, the group will enjoy a guided tour of the Asbach Uralt Brandy Distillery. Asbach's history dates back to 1892 when Hugo Asbach founded the company. The Treaty of Versailles decreed that the word Cognac could only be used for French products, so Hugo Asbach coined the term Weinbrand for German brandy.

Our day will finish with another guided tour of one of Rudesheim’s more popular attractions, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. This is the brainchild of eccentric Siegfried Wendel, whose hobby in the 1960s was to rescue and repair 19th-century “automatic musical instruments” that were being discarded as scrap metal. Today, Herr Wendel is still at work in his 70s, and his Musik-Kabinett displays 350 or so automatic musical instruments—prototype jukeboxes, hand-cranked carnival machines and monstrous pianolas all still in working order. Several gramophones still transmit voices directly from the 19th century, as they turn wax barrels that recorded the voices of opera legends such as Enrico Caruso.

The most elaborate devices are the century-old Orchestrions – huge wooden artworks as large as minibuses that play all the instruments of an orchestra, including trombones and cymbals. The sound can be deafening, and the first audiences in the early 1900s apparently regarded them as either unholy creations of the devil or the Eighth Wonder of the World. But everyone marvels at the device that plays six violins in perfect harmony like an invisible chamber group.

Tonight is free to wander the famous Drossel Gasse and visit some of the many wine taverns.

Day # 8 Friday Oct 3rd St. Goarshausen – Loreley Rock - Koblenz

Breakfast in the hotel.

This morning we take a leisurely drive north along the East bank of the River Rhine, making various stops along the way for pictures. In St. Goarshausen our bus will take us to the top of the Loreley Rock.

The Loreley is a rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine near St. Goarshausen, Germany, which soars some 400ft above the waterline. It marks the narrowest part of the river between Switzerland and the North Sea, and is the most famous feature of the Rhine Gorge, a 40 mile section of the river between Koblenz and Bingen that was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in June 2002. A very strong current and rocks below the waterline have caused many boat accidents there.

From atop you will have one of the most impressive views overlooking the River Rhine.

A short stop for an independent lunch in St. Goarshausen before continuing north to Braubach for a guided tour of the mighty Marksburg Castle.

The Marksburg is a fortress above the town of Braubach in Rhineland-Palatinate. It is the only medieval castle of the Middle Rhine that has never been destroyed. It is one of the principal sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge. The fortress was used for protection rather than as a residence for royal families.

The castle was built to protect the town of Braubach and to reinforce the customs facilities. It was built about 1117 and explicitly first mentioned in 1231. In 1283 Count Eberhard of Katzenelnbogen bought it and through the 14th and 15th century the high noble Counts rebuilt the castle constantly. In 1479 the territories of the Counts of Katzenelnbogen went to the Count of Hessen.

In the Napoleon period the castle was used as a prison. 1815 it belonged to the Duchy of Nassau. After the Austro-Prussian War 1866 the Duchy of Nassau became a territory of Prussia. Finally it was sold 1900 for a symbolic price of 1000 Gold Mark to the German Castle Association.

After our tour we have a short drive into Koblenz and check into our hotel for the next 3 nights.
Koblenz, is a German city situated on both banks of the Rhine at its confluence with the Moselle, where the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and its monument (Emperor William I on horseback) are situated.
As Koblenz was one of the military posts established by Drusus about 8 BC, the town celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 1992.

The name Koblenz originates from Latin confluentes, confluence or "(at the) merging of rivers". After Mainz and Ludwigshafen am Rhein, it is the third largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate, with a population of c. 126,000.
Dinner to be taken in the German wine village (Weindorf)
Hotel in Koblenz

Day # 9 Saturday Oct 4th Koblenz – Boppard - Koblenz

Breakfast in the hotel.

A visit to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress for beautiful views overlooking the confluence of the River Rhine and Moselle.

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is a fortress on the mountain of the same name on the east bank of the Rhine opposite the town of Koblenz in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

It was built as the backbone of the regional fortification system, Festung Koblenz, by Prussia between 1817 and 1832 and guarded the middle Rhine region, an area that had been invaded by French troops repeatedly before. The fortress was never attacked. Early fortifications at the site can be dated back to about
1000 BC.

From the Fortress we proceed back down into Koblenz and visit the Deutsches Eck with the statue of Kaiser Wilhelm.

The monument with a total height of 130 ft, including 60 ft equestrian statue of Emperor Wilhelm I, is a tourist magnet that attracts more than 2 million visitors annually, and since 2002 it became a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. German Corner is fringed by the flags of the German states, as well as the European flag and the flag of the United States of America, which is dedicated to the victims of the 11th September 2001.

Leaving the German Corner we drive south along the West bank of the River Rhine, through the steep Riesling Vineyards adorned by medieval castles to Boppard.

On arrival into Boppard, remainder of the day and evening is free time to explore the Boppard Wine Festival.

The Boppard winegrowers delight in inviting locals and guests to join in the celebration and therefore the Wine Festival is one of the most important highlights of the year. There is a perfect combination of: the romantic setting in the market square, the various wine stands for wine-tasting, the music and entertainment and, last but not least, the spectacular fireworks displays on Saturday evening, which can be enjoyed from the Rhine promenade or from one of the many boats taking part. This weekend the gates to Wine Heaven are opened and you are never so near to Wine Heaven as here in Boppard!

Return transfer back to your hotel in Koblenz.

Day # 10 Sunday Oct 5th Koblenz – Remagen – Rhine Scenic Cruise – Boppard - Koblenz

Breakfast in the hotel

Driving north this morning we visit the site of the Remagen Bridge. Here we will visit the Peace Museum dedicated to all who lost their lives during WWII and the actions taken by the American forces to capture this bridge thus allowing the allies to move east towards Berlin.

The Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen—the last standing on the Rhine—was captured by soldiers of the U.S. 9th Armored Division on 7 March 1945, during Operation Lumberjack. On 7 March 1945, soldiers of the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, led by Lieutenant Karl H. Timmermann, from West Point, Nebraska, approached the bridge, and found it standing. The first American soldier across the bridge was Sergeant Alex Drabik, Lt. Timmermann was the first officer across.

Although the bridge's capture is sometimes regarded as the "Miracle of Remagen" in U.S. histories, historians debate the strategic importance of the capture of the bridge at Remagen. General Eisenhower said that "the bridge is worth its weight in gold". However, few U.S. units were able to operate east of the Rhine ahead of the main crossings in the south, under Generals Patton and Bradley, and in the north, under Field Marshal Montgomery (Operation Plunder). Ultimately, only a limited number of troops were able to cross the Rhine before the bridge's collapse. However, the psychological advantage of having crossed the Rhine in force and in pursuit of the retreating Wehrmacht improved Allied morale while communicating disaster to the retreating Germans.

On leaving Remagen we once again drive south back to Boppard where we board our Rhine cruise ship for a 3 hour round trip cruise through the Romantic Rhine valley and steep Riesling Vineyards adorned with medieval castles.

An included lunch will be served on board.

On returning into Boppard the remainder of the day will be spent at the final evening of the Boppard Wine Festival where you can sample some of the finest wines and food from this area of Germany.
Return transfer back to your hotel in Koblenz

Day # 11 Monday Oct 6 th Koblenz – Frankfurt Airport

Breakfast in the hotel.

Sadly we say goodbye to Koblenz and drive south to Frankfurt Airport and check in for our flights back to the USA.

Auf Wiederesehen!

B = Buffet Breakfast D = 3 Course Group Dinner L = Light Lunch

Tour Highlights
  • Scenic views of the German Alpine range

  • Munich city Sightseeing tour

  • Visit the World Famous Oktoberfest
    on 2 days

  • Visit King Ludwig’s Fairytale Castle “Neuschwanstein”

  • Drive into Austria

  • Visit the Ettal Monastery

  • Visit Oberammergau

  • Guided tour of a brewery in Augsburg

  • Visit Augsburg

  • Scenic drive along the Romantic Road

  • Visit Dinkelsbuhl

  • Visit Nordlingen

  • Stay in Medieval Rothenburg

  • Walking tour with local guide of Rothenburg

  • Visit Wurzburg

  • Guided tour of the Rezidenz Palace

  • Stay in Rudesheim on the River Rhine

  • Take a Gondola ride over the Riesling Vineyards

  • Visit the Niederwald Monument

  • Guided tour of the Asbach Uralt Brandy Distillery

  • Guided tour of Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum

  • Dinner in a wine tavern on the famous Drosselgasse in Rudesheim

  • Visit the Loreley Rock

  • Guided tour of the Marksburg Castle

  • Stay in Koblenz on the River Rhine

  • Dinner in the Koblenz Wine Village

  • Visit the Ehrenbreeitstein Fortress

  • Take part in the Final Boppard Wine Festival
    of 2014

  • See the spectacular fireworks display in Boppard

  • Visit the famous WWII Bridge of Remagen and the Peace Museum

  • 3 hour cruise through the Romantic Rhine Valley

  • Lunch on board the Cruise Ship

What is included:

  • 10 Nights in 4**** Category Hotels

  • 10 Full hot / cold Buffet Breakfasts

  • 3 Dinners (3 courses excluding beverages)

  • 1 Cruise Lunch

  • All excursions and sightseeing as per the Itinerary

  • All transfers as per the Itinerary

  • All entrances as per the itinerary

  • Group transfer from Munich International Airport to Hotel in Bavaria

  • Group transfer from Hotel in Koblenz to Frankfurt International Airport

  • Land transportation by Luxury Coach with W.C. & A/C

  • Services of local guides / assistance where applicable

  • All road tolls, parking fees & taxes

  • All entrance fees as per the Itinerary

  • All rooms with en-suite facilities

  • Luggage handling (1 piece of main luggage on coach & hotels)

  • Full travel insurance package

  • All Gratuities for service with included itinerary

What is not included:

  • Round trip airfare to and from the USA Gateway to Germany

  • All items of a personal nature: i.e., telephone calls, laundry, pay TV, hotel mini bars, etc.

  • All meals not specified in the Itinerary

  • All entrances to museums, art galleries, etc. not specified in the itinerary.

  • All private excursions not specified in the itinerary.

  • Any public transport, taxi, local bus, rail or flights not specified in the itinerary.

  • Luggage handling at the airport

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