Day 1: Arrival in Cologne
Dinner and overnight stay in Cologne.
Day 2: Cologne
After breakfast you will explore the area around the Cathedral and the Old Town. Many sights are concentrated within one square kilometer of the Cathedral, town hall and the old town with the Romanesque church of Groß St. Martin. In the narrow, cobble-stoned alleys of the Old Town and on the busy squares like the Roncalliplatz, the Alter Markt or the Heumarkt, you will get a feeling for life in the cathedral city, yesterday and today. Afterwards you will visit the most famous building in the city and find out why the people of Cologne wanted to build "the largest church in the world. In the afternoon you will see 2 very interesting museums, the Romano-Germanic Museum and the Chocolate Museum. The Romano-Germanic Museum was completed in 1974 above the place where the Dionysos mosaic was found. The collection gives a lively picture of the Roman culture on the Rhine over three floors. The Chocolate Museum seems a futuristic ship, made of glass and aluminum. A tour of the exhibition extends over three floors of the museum and takes you on a journey through the 3,000 year history of chocolate – from "the food of the Gods" for the Aztecs to a modern industrial product. Dinner and overnight stay in Cologne.
Day 3: Wolfsburg - Berlin
Today you continue your trip do Berlin. On your way, you will make a stop in Wolfsburg and visit the Autostadt. During your guided tour you will get to know many insights of Volkswagen. Dinner and overnight stay in Berlin.
Day 4: Potsdam, Sanssouci & Fernsehturm
In the morning you will explore Potsdam. The tour takes you through historic Potsdam to the Glienicke Bridge which offers views of the palaces and parks of Babelsberg. You will take a stroll through the New Garden, an exterior tour of Cecilienhof Palace, and enjoy views of the Marble Palace. A visit to Sanssouci Park completes the tour. In the afternoon you will go back to Berlin and visit the Fernsehturm (TV tower). From 203 and 207 metres high you can look out over the entire city with its large number of tourist attractions: you can see the Reichstag (Parliament building), the Brandenburg Gate and the Main Railway Station from here, as well as the Olympic Stadium, the Museum Island (Museumsinsel) and the Potsdam Square (Potsdamer Platz). Enjoy the view! Dinner and overnight stay in Berlin.
Day 5: Berlin & Hohenschönhausen
Breakfast in hotel. This morning you will have a guided tour of Berlin. You will see for example the famous Kurfurstendamm and the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche, which became the symbol of Berlin after WWII, the Reichstag and the Brandenburger Tor. In the afternoon you will visit Hohenschönhausen, the Stasi Museum, a formerly prison. From here the last minister Erich Mielke commanded the Ministry for State Security or so called “Stasi”. Dinner and overnight stay in Berlin.
Day 6: Berlin - Dresden
Today you will continue your tour to Dresden. Get to know the city of Dresden during a sightseeing stroll through the historic part of the city! Your guide will make you familiar with the most impressive sights. Walk from the world famous Zwinger Palace along the Semper Opera House passing by the Cathedral and the Dresden Residential Palace. Dinner and overnight stay in Dresden.
Day 7: Dresden - Munich
Next stop of your trip is Munich. Dinner and overnight stay in Munich.
Day 8: München & Allianz Arena
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have a guided walking city tour through the city centre of Munich. You will see the main sights e.g. main hall at Marienplatz and the Frauenkirche. Afterwards you will visit the Allianz Arena. Europe’s most modern stadium, with a capacity of nearly 70,000, has already established itself in the collective conscience of football fans all over the world within a short timescale. You will do a Fan Tour incl. visit of press conference area, players’ tunnel, middle tier and many more. Dinner and overnight stay in Munich.
Day 9: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof
Today you will leave the capital of Bavaria and continue your trip to Oberammergau. On your way you will visit Wies Church. The church was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983 and underwent extensive restoration between 1985 and 1991. Afterwards you will visit Neuschwanstein Castle. The tour (audio guide in French) of the palas (the residential part of a medieval castle) begins with a view into the servants' rooms with authentic oak furnishings on the first upper floor. The rooms on the second floor were never finished and today house a shop, a cafeteria and a multimedia room. The apartments and state rooms of the king are on the third and fourth floors. Next highlight of this day is Linderhof Castle. Linderhof Palace, the eventual result of a long period of building and rebuilding, is the only large palace King Ludwig II lived to see completed. Dinner and overnight stay in Munich.
Day 10: Departure
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