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Fairy-tale towns and unforgettable scenery
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Wander the cobbled streets of Germany's famed 'Student Prince' city, discover the breathtakingly beautiful town of Bamberg, follow the 'Romantic Road' to Rothenburg and Nordlingen, and step inside two of the astonishing Bavarian homes of 'Mad' King Ludwig as we take a tour through the villages, green pastures and towering peaks of scenic southern Germany.
Fly to Stuttgart or Frankfurt. Your Tour Manager will meet you at the airport, and our coach will carry you through the countryside to your first hotel in Markelsheim, in the Tauber Valley.
Once you've checked in, the evening is yours. The hotel's pretty restaurant will be open for dinner, or you could stroll into town and explore the traditional bars.
On the banks of the river Neckar, Heidelberg has been a centre of learning and culture since the Middle Ages. Luther defended his 95 Theses here, and the halls of its university have housed great minds from Mendeleev to Schumann, Hegel and Max Weber. Above the town, the ruins of Heidelberg Castle remain one of northern Europe's most magnificent pieces of Renaissance architecture. Discover the city's fascinating history and Baroque architecture on an included walking tour, then stroll its pretty streets or perhaps sit back and relax on an optional river cruise.
The cobbled streets and squares of Bamberg have survived the turmoil of European history remarkably intact, and today's walking tour will weave its way through the city and its history. Climb to the 12th-century Altenburg castle atop the highest of the city's hills and see the city cathedral's quartet of spires. Cross the bridges to the Altes Rathaus (old town hall) on its tiny island in the middle of the River Regnitz and explore the 19th-century half-timbered houses of Little Venice just downriver.
Germany's Romantic Road is a 220-mile route between Wurzburg and Fussen. Originally a medieval trade route it passes through some of the countries loveliest scenery and prettiest towns. Today our coach will follow the route south to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Explore the streets, squares and medieval walls on a guided walking tour, then return to the coach and continue to Nordlingen. Here an intact ring of medieval walls guard a city where the stones of the buildings contain millions of miniscule diamonds - scattered throughout the local geology by a meteor strike 15 million years ago.
Moving on, we'll head still further south, into Bavaria and past Munich, to our second hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The creation of 'Mad' Ludwig II of Bavaria, Neuschwanstein castle has become an unmistakeable benchmark for a fairy-tale castle and is the highlight of today's included excursion. Discover lavish interiors inspired by the operas of Wagner, and take a walk through the forested grounds to the Marienbrucke for an unforgettable view across the treetops to the castle.
Your excursion will also include a visit to Oberammergau, best known for its once-a-decade Easter Passion Play. Here you'll have the chance to visit the theatre (payable locally) or ride to the summit of the Laber and soak up the astonishing views in one of the Laber Bergbahn's tiny cable cars on an optional excursion.
The smallest of Ludwig II's palaces, Schloss Linderhof is still surrounded by spectacular formal gardens and filled with astonishingly extravagant interiors - not to mention an artificial grotto dedicated to Venus that was once of the first spaces lit by electricity in Bavaria.
After your morning at Linderhof we'll return to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Here you'll be free to relax, explore or join our optional trip on the cog-wheel train and cable cars to the summit of the Zugspitze, Germany's tallest mountain, which towers above the landscape to the south of the town.
We'll check out of the hotel this morning, and head through the rolling Bavarian countryside to Munich airport to board the flight home.