HAMLIN, HAMBURG, GERMAN ALPINE ROAD, BAVARIAN ALPS, BLACK FOREST
scenery, medieval towns, fairy-tale castles, a fascinating history, and
world-class beer…this is Germany!
On this Germany tour, you'll see Germany's highlights and visit its
most famous cities, as well as its medieval towns and scenic areas.
Your vacation begins and ends in Frankfurt with overnights also in the
Rhineland, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, and the
Magnificent scenery awaits you on this value-minded Germany vacation.
Enjoy a cruise on the Rhine River, passing castle-crested hills,
terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. In Bavaria, visit King
Ludwig II's 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled high in the
Alps. Drive along the Romantic Road with its charming villages,
cobblestone streets, walled cities, half-timbered houses, and scenic
countryside, and stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained
its medieval character.
Among the tour highlights are: the famous gothic cathedral in
Cologne—known for its twin-steepled towers—that was started in 1248 and
completed in 1880; Lübeck, a Hanseatic city and UNESCO World
Heritage Site founded in the 12th century and Veste Coburg Castle,
built in 1225 and one of Germany’s largest castle complexes. Today, the
complex houses the former art collections of the dukes of Coburg.
You’ll also enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights in the cities,
including Munich’s Marienplatz, the main square in the city that hosts
the Oktoberfest beer festival. In Dresden, see the Zwinger Carillon
Pavilion, where the 40 bells of the glockenspiel sound every quarter of
From the beautiful scenery and exciting cities to the historic sights
and fun experiences, this Germany tour has it all!
Inside visits and
special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in
the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites
can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Upper Middle Rhine Valley
Hanseatic city of Lübeck
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
September 11, 13, 18, 20 & 25 Departures – Oktoberfest
November 27 & December 4 Departure – include visits to Cologne,
Lübeck, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, and Munich Christmas
Choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices to customize your
own experience. Please find a detailed list in your travel documents
throughout the tour
FRANKFURT Hotel Frankfurt Messe (F)
or Leonardo Royal Frankfurt (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf
COLOGNE Leonardo Koeln
HAMBURG NH Hamburg City (F)
or NH Altona Hamburg (F)
BERLIN NH Berlin City West
LEIPZIG NH Leipzig Messe (F)
NUREMBERG Ramada Park Hotel
MUNICH Achat Premium Muenchen
Sud (SF) or Ibis Muenchen Parkstadt Schwabing (ST)
STUTTGART AREA Seminaris (ST)
(SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class (ST) Superior Tourist Class
(T) Tourist Class
breakfasts; 5 dinners
TRANSPORTATION Scheduled transatlantic flights and
airport transfers in Frankfurt if Cosmos issues the air tickets.
Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Rhine cruise
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Dresden, Munich. Services
of a professional Tour Director while touring
AIRPORT TRANSFERS Airport transfers
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
Day 1 Arrive in FRANKFURT, Germany Check into your hotel. The rest of the
day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day2FRANKFURT–RHINE CRUISE–COLOGNE–RHINELANDToday’s highlight is an included RHINE
CRUISE to enjoy scenic views of the Rhineland, including the famous
Lorelei rock. The next highlight is Cologne with free time to visit its
impressive gothic CATHEDRAL, started in 1248 and completed in 1880. Today’s Distance: 193
mi/ 310 km
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 3 RHINELAND–HAMELIN–HAMBURGJourney into Niedersachsen to visit
Hamelin. Admire its town center with the colorful historical buildings
and magically fancy gables echoing the story of the Pied Piper.
Continue to Hamburg. Today’s Distance: 304
mi/ 490 km
Day4HAMBURG–LÜBECK–BERLINStart the day with an orientation drive
in Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Later, depart
for Lübeck, formerly a free Hanseatic city and independent state.
Lübeck, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the
cultural capital of northern Germany. Thomas Mann, Günther Grass,
and Willy Brandt—all Nobel laureates—were among the famous residents of
this city. Later, arrive in Berlin and enjoy your first evening in the
capital of Germany. Today’s Distance: 249
mi/ 400 km
BERLINNo longer divided but every bit as
fascinating, Berlin was once the city of contrasts with the wall
separating two different worlds. Now, the city has developed into a
harmonious blend of new and old, preserving its historical buildings
and impressive boulevards as well as creating brand new buildings in
the most daring architectural styles. See all of this on the included
city sightseeing with a Local Guide. Consider an optional excursion
Day6BERLIN–DRESDEN–LEIPZIGTravel southwest to Dresden, the old
capital of Saxony and at one time rightly called the “Florence on the
Elbe.” See the ZWINGER CARILLON PAVILION and much more on your included
sightseeing. Then it’s on to Leipzig, where composers Johann Sebastian
Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived the last years of their lives. It was
Mendelssohn who founded the Leipziger Conservatory in 1843. Today’s Distance: 224
mi/ 360 km
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 7 LEIPZIG–WEIMAR–COBURG–NUREMBERGLeave Leipzig to visit Weimar, home to
many intellectuals of the past but mainly known for the name given to
the historical period of the “Weimar Republic.” This city is also famed
as the home of the Bauhaus architectural movement in the 1920s. Next
stop is Coburg. Visit the dominating and mighty VESTE COBURG CASTLE,
built in 1225. Continue to Nuremberg for a visit to its town center,
dominated by the imperial castle. Today’s Distance: 249
mi/ 400 km
Day8NUREMBERG–ROTHENBURG–MUNICHOn the way to Munich, stop to visit the
quaint Medieveal village of Rothenburg on the Romantic Road. Marvel at
its towered gates and battlements, squared of half-timbered houses and
decorated fountains. Today’s Distance: 217
mi/ 350 km
Day 9 MUNICHWith a Local Guide, take advantage of
the included sightseeing tour of the city known as Germany’s “Secret
Capital.” Time to admire the beautiful main square, MARIENPLATZ, do
some shopping, and sample Munich’s famous beer!
Breakfast | Dinner
Day10MUNICH–NEUSCHWANSTEIN–STUTTGART AREALeave Munich and drive into the heart of
the Bavarian Alps to visit the most famous 19th-century, neo-romantic
castle of the world, King Ludwig II’s fairytale NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE.
Overnight in a lovely village outside Stuttgart. Today’s Distance: 280
mi/ 450 km
Breakfast | Dinner
Day11STUTTGART AREA–HEIDELBERG–FRANKFURT AREAThe day starts with a scenic drive for a
taste of the Black Forest landscapes and villages, followed by visit to
Heidelberg—location of Germany’s oldest university and inspiration for
the German Romantic movement. From here, continue to Frankfurt. Today’s Distance: 124
mi/ 200 km
Day12FRANKFURT AREAYour vacation ends with breakfast this
12 Day Tour
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than three decades ago Cosmos
pioneered the idea of quality value
to Europe. Since then we've developed and refined the concept of
packages. Over a million people have come back to us for a second or
repeat business is the best testimony to the incredible value and
If you've never
taken a package vacation, consider this: Traveling with Cosmos is less
expensive, more comfortable, and far easier than going it alone. Our
contracting for hotels and services provides you with travel at
prices. A Cosmos package is carefully planned to make the best possible
use of your time.
Our team of
experts has refined our itineraries to combine the must-see sights with
significant time on your own, offering more choice and flexibility. You
can travel relaxed and hassle-free, knowing that we've taken care of
the details. Once you've
discovered the special advantages of traveling with Cosmos, you'll
want to travel any other way again. Cosmos is "A Smart Way To Go."
the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable
folks who show you around and help you maximize your free time. We go
to incredible lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and
Local Guides. They deliver commentary in English, but are multilingual
so they can navigate Europe with ease and give you the richest
For all guided visits and included sightseeing in Europe, Cosmos will
provide personal audio headsets. See tour itinerary for details.
The Right Balance
No one enjoys a vacation where every second is spent on a schedule. We
build free time into every Cosmos vacation, so you can eat, shop, and
explore the way you want. Your Tour Director and Local Guides can offer
suggestions for things to see and do-or you can join one of our many
intriguing optional excursions.
Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that
reveal the best of Europe, North America, and South America. Enjoy
inside visits of the must-see sites with knowledgeable Local Guides who
will bring each destination to life. Inside visits and special features
are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description. See individual
itinerary pages to learn what is included in your vacation.
Vacation with MyCosmos
Cosmos lets you enhance your tour with optional excursions that are
meaningful to you. Whether you enjoy art, music, food, wine, history,
or whatever, we give you the freedom to truly personalize your trip.
Best of all, you can make your selections-and even pre-pay-in advance
online at Cosmos.com/MyCosmos.
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you stay makes all the difference After a day's
traveling you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive
We have chosen hotels with the best rooms, service, and food for the
Of course, they vary as different countries have different standards.
we ensure that everywhere you get the best available in cleanliness and
are always located in good neighborhoods, some more centrally and
in residential areas. Especially in large cities we sometimes prefer
hotels in residential areas on the outskirts to less desirable or
Rooms at all
our hotels include private facilities: private bath or shower and a
are usually no larger than twin rooms and the third bed is often a
bed put into a twin-bedded room just for the night.
your hotels Our hotels
are mainly superior tourist-class (ST) and tourist-class (T)
but we also feature some first-class (F) hotels. Cosmos hotel ratings
standards set by the independent Official Hotel Guide (OHG) or by
tourist boards. The specific rating for each contract hotel is
by our quality controllers.
the right to substitute hotels listed on the tour pages with hotels of
equivalent standard. With your Cosmos travel documents you'll receive a
list of hotel addresses, telephone numbers, and fax numbers for your
Vacation Dollars Value-packed
vacations at bargain prices. With Cosmos,
a company that specializes in package travel arrangements, you'll visit
the world without spending a fortune. Because all our buying power is
to package travel, our clout with suppliers is powerfully concentrated
-- and we pass the savings on to you with affordable vacation packages
for every budget.
with "guaranteed share" rates More than one-third
of all people traveling with Cosmos are traveling independently. We
accept reservations on a "guaranteed share" basis. We charge singles
basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded
For mutual comfort we adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms.
shares" are not available for extra nights before or after your tour,
tours with overnight trains, or on train or cruise extensions. If we cannot
find a roommate for a traveler who has booked on a "guaranteed share"
we'll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be
in a single room at no extra charge. Of course we
do offer single rooms when available to those who prefer to travel solo
and pay the single supplement.
reduction Cosmos grants
a reduction to three people who travel together and share the same
Triple room reductions, when available, are listed in the Dates and
box on the tour page.
A word of caution:
Triple rooms usually are no larger than twin rooms, and the third bed,
if there is one, is often a rollaway bed put in a twin-bedded room for
young tour members Cosmos grants
a 10 percent discount on the land tour price to travelers who are under
18 years old on the tour departure date, provided they are accompanied
by an adult. We do not accept children under eight on our tours because
we have found that they are too young to enjoy these vacations.
Offer Flexibility Joining late and
Many Cosmos land arrangements start and end in London. If you have
already spent time in the British capital, you may want to skip one or
more of the included London nights or even join at the first overnight
hotel on the Continent. Call your Travel Agent for any reductions that
apply to your vacation for joining late or leaving early. Vacations
with these reductions are sold on a land-only basis.
professional team takes care of you in London
For any help or information you might require during your London stay,
please contact the Cosmos hospitality desk at your hotel. Our
knowledgeable staff will serve you with a smile; give you guidance on
what to do and where to go; and arrange excursions, evening
entertainment, and theater outings for you.
If you'd like more hotel nights than we've provided at the start or end
of your tour, we can make reservations for you at the rates quoted
below, provided you request them at the time you book your vacation.
Rates are per person, per night, and include room with private bath,
breakfast, service charges, and taxes.
Extra nights are only available immediately prior to or after your
tour. Extra pre-tour nights in London are not available if you join
your tour later than Day 2.
Every effort is made to reserve extra nights at the hotel where your
tour stays. If space at the tour hotel is not available, alternative
accommodation will be reserved at a hotel of equivalent standard. When
this is the case, the transfer to and from the tour hotel is at our
As hotel space is limited, we cannot reserve more than two extra nights
before and/or after a tour, unless they are needed to bridge the gap
between two Cosmos vacations. During particularly busy periods, hotel
space in certain cities can become so tight that we may be unable to
sell extra nights.
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and The Globus
More than 90
years ago, Antonio Mantegazza bought a rowboat to transport commercial
goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Who could know that rowboat
would launch the world's leading escorted travel company? Today Globus
is a global, family-owned company reaching every corner of the world.
Globus is now the first choice among individuals looking for vacations
with both domestic and international travel in a variety of styles to
six continents and hundreds of itineraries to choose from (see Globus History video right).
frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to
consider opportunities in a different market - tourism. His
entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some
motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. In
1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring
called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches
which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland.
1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches
and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites and
the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours
and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the
leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus
pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class
European tours to North Americans. By 1961, the company launched its
Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring
for the cost-conscious British traveler.
coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon
introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday
packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos
air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline,
Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used
Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most
successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets
and its own engineering division.
the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president
and son of Antonio, Globus began expanding its markets beyond Great
Britain and North America. Since 1974, travel packages have been sold
in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently in Southeast Asia.
Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its
offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour
operator with packages to Africa, South and North America, Europe, the
South Pacific and Asia.
the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated
by a network of more than 32 independent tourism and aviation
businesses, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals
worldwide. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms carry over 500,000
passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of
guided vacations worldwide. Globus attributes its success to the ideals
of founder Antonio Mantegazza. For three generations, his vision, hard
work, love for travel, and commitment have guided the company. These
values are the cornerstone on which Globus was built and will continue
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