Bavarian Highlights (ZE)

9 days from Munich to Munich

2020 Tour Details

Lederhosen, Oktoberfest, pretzels, a beautiful Alpine backdrop, excellent beer, storybook castles, and medieval towns… this is Bavaria and on this Germany tour, you’ll experience Bavaria's best. Overnight in Munich, Regensburg, Nuremberg, the Black Forest, and the Füssen Area, and visit numerous medieval towns along the way.

Sightseeing throughout the tour features the must-see attractions. In Munich, visit Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls and its famous Glockenspiel, re-creating a royal wedding from the 16th century. History buffs are sure to be delighted in Regensburg, where sightseeing features the 12th-century Stone Bridge, the oldest preserved bridge of its kind in Germany; the Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in the 2nd century; and St. Peter's Cathedral, dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy a Danube cruise on the Swarovski crystal boat. In Nuremberg, admire the impressive medieval ramparts as you walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town.

Additionally, on this Germany tour, Globus has included special experiences to help you get a feel for Bavaria and to make your vacation unique. Among the many included features, you can sample a "medieval hot dog" at the Historic Sausage Kitchen in Regensburg, one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. In picturesque Bamberg, the city with the largest historical center in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, taste "smoked beer," with its distinctive smoky flavor. And of course enjoy coffee with the traditional Black Forest cake.

Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale castle of King Ludwig II nestled in the Bavarian Alps, with a horse-drawn carriage ride, as well as the Museum of Bavarian Kings, and a stop in the Passion Play village of Oberammergau.

These are just a few of the many features on this Bavarian Highlights tour. Between the historical sights, fascinating towns, unique included experiences, and a beautiful scenic backdrop, this is a vacation of a lifetime!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

MUNICH
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Marienplatz; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

REGENSBURG
Guided walking tour; [LF] enjoy a cruise with the Swarovski Crystal Boat; guided visit of the Thurn und Taxis Palace; [LF] taste a “medieval hot dog” at the Historic Sausage Kitchen

NUREMBERG
Walking tour

BAYREUTH
Orientation of Wagner’s city of festival fame

BAMBERG
[LF] Taste “smoked beer”; guided walking tour

ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the walled town

BLACK FOREST
Enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest cake)

LAKE CONSTANCE

OBERAMMERGAU
Orientation; excursion to King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle including a visit to the Museum of the Bavarian Kings and a horse-drawn carriage ride

Transportation:

Motorcoach; boat cruise; horse-drawn carriage.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Munich

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY. Time to relax or to start exploring the lively Bavarian capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

MUNICH–REGENSBURG. Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during your guided sightseeing featuring the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; Nymphenburg Palace; and the Königsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall, a monumental loggia on the Odeonsplatz. Visit lively MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. Arrive in Regensburg, and meet your Local Guide for a walking tour, featuring the Stone Bridge, the oldest preserved bridge of its kind in Germany; the Porta Pretoria, built in the 2nd century by Emperor Marcus Aurelius; and St. Peter’s Cathedral. Next, [LF] board the Swarovski crystal boat for a relaxing CRUISE on the Danube River. You won’t want to leave Regensburg without [LF] tasting a “medieval hot dog” at the Historic Sausage Kitchen.
Today’s Distance: 106 mi / 170 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

REGENSBURG–NUREMBERG. Visit the THURN UND TAXIS PALACE, a former Benedictine monastery that was converted into the residence of the Princes of Thurn und Taxis in 1812. This family started the first large-scale postal service in Europe in the 15th century. Continue to Nuremberg, known for its children’s toys and gingerbread. Admire the medieval ramparts as you walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town. See St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction. Also admire the Schöner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings.
Today’s Distance: 90 mi / 145 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO BAYREUTH & BAMBERG. This morning, stop in Bayreuth for an orientation of this city of festival fame. When Richard Wagner came to Bayreuth in 1871, he was not satisfied with the existing 18th-century Markgräfliches Opernhaus theater, so he had a new one built. Today, the Festival Hall is used exclusively for the Bayreuth Festival, and only works by Wagner are performed there. Continue to picturesque Bamberg, the city with the largest historical center in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. [LF] Taste “smoked beer,” with a distinctive smokey flavor imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. Later enjoy a guided walk along the cobblestone streets, and admire the architecture of the houses. Return to Nuremberg.
Today’s Distance: 140 mi / 225 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

NUREMBERG–ROTHENBURG–BLACK FOREST. A short drive delivers you to medieval Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone lanes, and 16th-century houses. Hear how the town survived the Thirty Years’ War, and shop for Christmas ornaments. Enter the Black Forest, associated with the Brother Grimm’s fairy tales and taste the delicious Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest cake) which the area is famous for.
Today’s Distance: 261 mi / 420 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

BLACK FOREST–LAKE CONSTANCE–FÜSSEN AREA. Take a scenic drive this morning to sparkling Lake Constance, Europe’s largest freshwater reservoir. Enter the beautiful Bavarian Alps region.
Breakfast Breakfast
Today’s Distance: 180 mi / 290 km

Day 7

FÜSSEN AREA. NEUSCHWANSTEIN EXCURSION. Today, prepare for a journey into the past with a drive to nearby Schwangau. See two castles facing each other: Hohenschwangau, where King Ludwig spent much of his youth, and the one he built: magnificent NEUSCHWANSTEIN, the most famous in Germany and inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle at his theme park. Follow your Local Guide through this fairytale castle on its craggy outcrop high above a sparkling lake. Also visit the MUSEUM OF THE BAVARIAN KINGS and travel in style on a HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDE.
Today’s Distance: 19 mi / 30 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

FÜSSEN AREA–OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH. A short drive leads to Oberammergau, the quaint village known for the once-a-decade Passion Play. Time to browse for souvenirs, and you may wish to join an optional excursion to nearby King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle. The smallest of the castles he built, it is the only one finished and where he stayed the most. Back in Munich this afternoon, you can return to Marienplatz and explore its many enticing shops. Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at one of Munich’s lively restaurants to say auf Wiedersehen!
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

WERNER HARTLIEB

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"I enjoy sharing insights about the always-changing countries of Central Europe. What I like just as much, if not more, is the camaraderie that guests form. With each tour, I am astonished by this. A group of strangers at the start, they get acquainted with each other in a pleasant way and sometimes take home friendships for life. I think it is great this takes place while exploring new regions and discovering new cultures."

Tour Director -  WERNER HARTLIEB

 Accommodations

BLACK FOREST

BEST WESTERN HOFGUT STERNEN

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

FUSSEN AREA

MUELLER

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MUNICH

SHERATON ARABELLAPARK

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

NUREMBERG

NH COLLECTION NUERNBERG CITY

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

OBERAMMERGAU

ROMANTIK HOTEL BOELD

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

REGENSBURG

BEST WESTERN PREMIER NOVINA HOTEL

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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