Experience Group Tours of Germany
After arriving in Berlin, we are met by our tour guide and board our motor coach to begin touring the city. Our sightseeing group tours include the city-center with the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Nicolai quarter, the boulevard Unter den Linden, Checkpoint Charlie, Charlottenburg Castle and Brandenburg Gate. This afternoon is at leisure to visit one of the many museums on Museum Island such as the Pergamon. If time permits, we visit the Reichstag Building, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding sights. After our group tours’ plentiful German breakfast, we have a short drive through the German countryside to Wittenberg. We visit Luther Hall, the Augustinian monastery. We visit the Market Square and Town Hall. Then we tour All Saints Church, the famous site where Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door, sparking the beginning of the Reformation. We tour St. Mary’s Church, where Luther did the majority of his preaching. In the evening, we enjoy Leipzig for dinner and overnight. In the morning, our group tours St. Nicholas Church. We visit the magnificent St. Thomas Church where Luther preached and Johann Sebastian Bach performed and directed the famous St. Thomas Boys’ Choir. Next, we drive to Eisleben and tour the house where Luther was born in 1483 and the house where he died in 1546. We then continue to the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul where Luther was baptized, then on to St. Andrew’s Church. In the afternoon, we continue to Erfurt, the spiritual home of Martin Luther. Before check in our hotel, we visit the Augustinian Monastery, with a permanent exhibit depicting Luther’s life as a monk.
Visiting St. Peter’s Cathedral
Today we start with a walking tour and see the city highlights, like Krämer Bridge, Fish Market and Town Hall, as well as the historical section of the city including St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Luther was ordained as a priest, and Church of St. Severus. After we drive to nearby Eisenach and our group tours the magnificent Wartburg Castle where Luther, disguised as “Junker Jörg,” translated the New Testament into German. Then we enjoy a city tour, including a visit to the famous Luther House and the St. Georg Cathedral. Our group tours the Bach House as well. Here we enjoy a musical performance on historical instruments. This morning we make our way to Mainz, the birthplace of printing, and visit the Gutenberg Museum where the evolution of printing is documented. Johannes Gutenberg is considered to be the most important individual-contributor of the Second Millennium. Next, we continue on to the charming wine village of Rüdesheim, which dates back to before the Roman era. We enjoy a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the Rhine River. After, we learn about the history in wine-making in Rüdesheim and the history of the city. We conclude our day with a dinner including a wine-tasting. After breakfast, we drive to Worms, thought to be one of the oldest towns in Germany. Here we visit St. Peter’s Cathedral, situated on the highest elevation of the inner city. Here we see the marker where Luther made his famous “Here I Stand” declaration. We continue our group tours to the world’s largest Memorial to the Reformation and then Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery, the Holy Sands. Then we travel to Speyer to visit the Imperial Cathedral of Speyer. We will tour this fantastic town by foot through the Altportal. Finally, we reach Heidelberg the gorgeous town on the Neckar River, where romanticism is both past and present. Our walking tour includes the Heidelberg Castle, Castle Church, German Apothecary Museum, Old Town, and the famous Stone Bridge over the Neckar River. After breakfast, we cross the border of France and visit the city of Strasbourg, known as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and home of the European Union’s Parliament. We tour the Cathedral of Strasbourg. We stop in the historic La Petite Strasbourg, a riverfront neighborhood that appears to be straight out of a fairytale book. Afterwards, we cross back into Germany for our visit to Triberg in the Black Forest region. Triberg is also the world capital for cuckoo-clocks and if time permits, we will visit a cuckoo-clock factory.
Salzburg’s Historic City Center
Today our group tours what is said to be Germany’s highest waterfalls. The falls follow the course of the river over seven cascades. Our day continues to be filled with breathtaking sights as we cross over the border and visit the spectacular natural beauty at Rhine Falls in Switzerland, Europe’s largest waterfall. Today we drive around Lake Bodensee back into Germany, and through the Bavarian Alps. We stop for a spectacular photo opportunity to see Neuschwanstein Castle, the famous fairytale castle of King Ludwig. This fantastic castle was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s castles. Next, we visit Linderhof Castle, one of King Ludwig’s personal residences with its ornate suites and Venus grotto. Following breakfast, we board our coach for a scenic drive into Austria to Salzburg, the “city of Mozart” and where the “the Sound of Music” was filmed. Many of the popular sights can be seen on our walk through Salzburg’s historic city center: the Residence, the Carillon, Salzburg Cathedral, Franciscan Church, Mozart Square, Hofstallgasse, Hohensalzburg Fortress, St. Peter’s Abbey, and the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Our group tours the Mozart Museum as well. Today we visit Munich, the fun-filled capital of Bavaria. Our group tours highlight the Old Pinakothek Museum, Olympic Park, Deutsches Museum, Nymphenburg Palace, the Town Hall and its famous Glockenspiel. We have free time in the afternoon to stroll through the Marienplatz with its numerous shops or visit the fresh produce and flower markets. You could also visit the world famous Hofbrauhaus, complete with authentic Bavarian food and entertainment.