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13 DAYS EPIC GERMANY – SOUTH TO NORTH

Munich, Rothenburg, Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt

History & Culture

Highlights

  • Experience the contrast between the traditions in Bavaria in the south, the bustling capital Berlin and the commercial Hanseatic cities of the north
  • Sample fresh local produce while listening to the tales of farmers at Viktualienmarkt in Munich
  • Cruise past charming towns and villages along the Romantic Road
  • Marvel at the beautiful architecture of cultural Dresden

This journey traverses the length of Germany, taking you from the Bavaria traditions to the cultural riches of Berlin and Dresden, and the former Hanseatic League cities of the north.

Munich provides a great introduction to Bavaria, before you pick up your rental car for a jaunt through the smaller towns and villages of the Romantic Road, with charming half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. The driving journey ends in Dresden, reconstructed in a stunning baroque style and offers a wealth of cultural sights. The capital Berlin should not be missed, where modernity and history comes together into an arresting alternative cityscape. Lastly, explore Hamburg in north Germany, the country’s largest seaport, with a different charm in old town and UNESCO listed port district. End the trip in Frankfurt for your onward journey, or continue exploring Germany on one of our other journeys.

From

HKD 70,080 per person

13 Days 12 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival In Munich

Arrival In Munich
Munich
N.A.

Arrive in Munich and transfer to your hotel.

Munich Old Town Walking Tour (2hrs)

Meet your guide for a walking tour of Munich’s old town, visiting places for good food and company like the Hofbräuhaus and historical buildings like the New Town Hall and the Church of our Lady. Exploring the Stachus and the English Garden, you will learn a lot about Munich’s history.

Munich Viktualienmarkt’s Farmer Experience (2hrs)

The historic Viktualienmarkt farmers’ market is a delight for all the senses. It is located in the heart of the old town and it is a premier place to shop for fresh produce, dairy, bread, Bavarian specialities and even Bavarian arts and crafts! Your guide will introduce you to the marketeers who are happy to share more about their traditional Bavarian products and their history. Enjoy bites of local delicacies like Obatzter with fresh bread or local cheese as you listen to their fascinating stories.

Day 02 Munich

Munich
Munich
Breakfast included

Munich At Leisure

Day at leisure in Munich to explore on your own, from its many excellent museums, to the enchanting Nymphenburg Palace and gardens, the summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria. Don’t miss out on the famous BMW World to get acquainted with the car manufacturer’s illustrious history, with an opportunity to visit the plant and gain an insight on the production of the vehicles. We will be happy to arrange a tour if you wish to learn more.

Day 03 Munich / Rothenburg

Munich / Rothenburg
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Breakfast included

After breakfast, pick up your rental car and start your self-drive journey along the Romantic Road to Rothenburg (approx. 260km, 3hrs).

En route, make a stop at Ausburg, the oldest city in Bavaria, with stunning Renaissance buildings.

Arrive at Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where you will immerse yourself in medieval life. Thousand years of history will pass in a moment and bring the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to life right before your eyes.

Day 04 Rothenburg

Rothenburg
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Breakfast included

Rothenburg Private Walking Tour (2hrs)

This tour through the historic old town with its romantic alleyways and picturesque squares offers an overview of the various aspects and epochs of the history of the town of Rothenburg. Treat yourself to a tour of the most important and beautiful historic buildings and find out what life was like in a medieval town.

The afternoon is at your leisure to explore – visit the German Christmas Museum, walk on the old city walls, or take a short hike to Detwang village and visit the Church of St James.

A Night Watchman tour can also be arranged through dark alleyways and across dimly lit squares to enjoy the special mood of the town at night. Listen to his stories and find out how the people lived in the Middle Ages – a wonderful finale for your evening in Rothenburg.

Day 05 Rothenburg / Dresden

Rothenburg / Dresden
Dresden
Breakfast included

Take on the autobahn today for the long drive up to Dresden (approx. 420km, 4hr 15min) – there are certain stretches where there is no speed limit. We will be happy to recommend stops en route for lunch for sightseeing.

Return your rental car and enjoy your afternoon in this elegant Saxon city.

Day 06 Dresden

Dresden
Dresden
Breakfast included

Dresden Private Walking Tour (3hrs)

There are many ways to interpret or define the city’s culture, but Germans will understand if you summarize it with just one word: Dresden. The sheer abundance and splendour of the city’s cultural treasures are enough to take your breath away. Discover the historic centre during a guided walking tour, taking in the main sights such as the old town, Church of Our Lady, Royal Palace Zwinger, Semper Opera, The Georgentor and the Procession of Princes, Brühl Terrace & the river Elbe.

Day 07 Dresden / Berlin

Dresden / Berlin
Berlin
Breakfast included

After breakfast, a transfer will be arranged to Dresden train station for your train in first class to Berlin (approx. 2hrs).

Upon arrival in Berlin, a transfer will be arranged to your hotel.

Berlin Private Highlights Tour (3hrs)

Your guide will take you on a 3-hour private panoramic highlights tour by car through Berlin. You will see Berlin’s most famous sights and will learn about Berlin’s colorful history and get to know the hidden spots of the city.

Day 08 Berlin

Berlin
Berlin
Breakfast included

Berlin Street Art Tour (3hrs)

It is hard to find a place in this creative city that is not painted, tagged, sprayed or otherwise decorated. Graffiti is an established part of the art scene in Berlin and an expression of how this city ticks. See some of the city’s larger-than-life murals by international artists such as Blu and track the proliferation of stickers, stencils, paste-ups and tags throughout Berlin’s streets.

 

Berlin has plenty more to offer, from world-class museums to tours revolving around the Cold War and alternative neighbourhoods and a diverse food scene. We will be able to arrange local experiences depending on your interests

Day 09 Berlin

Berlin
Berlin
Breakfast included

Potsdam Private Excursion from Berlin (Full Day)

Meet your driver and guide at your hotel lobby for the excursion to Potsdam.

Potsdam is best known for its magnificent palaces and parks (UNESCO World heritage sites) that date back to its time as the former royal seat of Prussia. During the tour you will see the highlights of this city including the Glienicke Bridge. This bridge connects Potsdam and Berlin and is the place where East and West exchanged secret agents and spies during the Cold War.

Your next stop is Cecilienhof Palace, which was the last castle built by the Hohenzollern dynasty. The Potsdam Conference took place there in 1945, at which the four victorious powers decided to divide Berlin and Germany. Afterwards you are going to visit the Dutch Quarter and the famous Nauener and Brandenburg Gates.

Afterwards you continue to the famous Palace Sanssouci. No other castle is more closely associated with Frederick the Great than Sanssouci. It was his summer residence and the name Sanssouci – “without worries” – should be understood as the striving and leitmotif of the king. There the king preferred to surround himself with his closest friends, the intellectual elite of his court and enlightened scientists and writers from Italy and France.

Day 10 Berlin / Hamburg

Berlin / Hamburg
Hamburg
Breakfast included

After breakfast, transfer to Berlin Train Station for your train in first class to Hamburg (approx. 2.5hrs). Upon arrival in Hamburg, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Hamburg Highlights Private Tour with Harbour Cruise(6hrs)

As one of Europe’s largest and most important port cities, Hamburg has a fascinating history and a rich maritime heritage. Listen to exciting anecdotes from Hanseatic trade deals to WWII bombing as you pass points of interest that mark the development of this world port city, such as the UNESCO-listed Speicherstadt, Jungfernsteig pedestrian street, the Kontorhaus district, the Nikolai Church, and the Elbphilharomie in Hafen City with a great view over the biggest seaport in Germany. Finish with a cruise to get a different perspective of the harbour, with colourful containers, huge cargo ships and complex logistics and an intriguing lifestyle that traces the development of Hamburg into a world port city.

Day 11 Hamburg

Hamburg
Hamburg
Breakfast included

Luneburg Excursion (Full Day)

The charming town of Luneburg has a rich Hanseatic history. Salt mining once was a source of wealth for its inhabitants, as the architectural ensemble of the city, which has been perfectly preserved to this day, attests to. Stroll through the old centre with a guide, along the legendary “Salzböschung” at the Ilmenau and the fish market Stintmarkt and learn a lot of interesting things about the Hanseatic past of this city. Special to the region is the Lüneburger Heide Nature Park. Picturesque meadows covered with juniper, heather and flowers make this place attractive for hiking, cycling or horse riding.

Day 12 Hamburg / Frankfurt

Hamburg / Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Breakfast included

After breakfast, transfer to Hamburg Train Station for your train in first class to Frankfurt Train Station (approx. 4hrs). Upon arrival in Frankfurt, a transfer will be arranged to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Frankfurt, from the history and modernity of the Old Town to the shopping mile to wonderful museums that line the Main River. We will be happy to arrange a guide if you would like to learn more about the diversity of this bustling city.

Day 13 Departure From Frankfurt

Departure From Frankfurt
N.A.
Breakfast included

Day at leisure to explore or to do some last minute shopping before your transfer to Frankfurt airport (approx. 170km, 2hr) for your onward journey.

Hotel & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative cost per person

Min. 2 pax
HK$70,080
Min. 4 pax
HK$45,780
Single Supplement
HK$11,880

L: Low Season (Nov – Apr)
M: Mid Season (May, Oct)
H: High Season (May – Oct)

Roomers Munich • Romantik Hotel Markusturm • NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt • The Mandala Hotel • Sir Nikolai Hotel • Roomers Frankfurt 

Munich

Munich

Roomers Munich (Superior Room)

A member of Autograph Collection hotels, this unique lifestyle hotel in the heart of the Westend ups the glam factor in Munich, with intimate and cosy rooms combined with an award-winning gastronomic concept. There is a spa with Infinity pool and cinema, and a large courtyard suitable for events. (Opened: 2017; Rooms: 280)

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Rothenburg

Rothenburg

Romantik Hotel Markusturm (Double Room Superior)

This family-run boutique hotel is housed in a medieval customs house dating back to 1264, retaining a charming atmosphere of a bygone era. The rooms are all individually decorated, offering guests a choice of traditional décor with antiques or a more modern style. Do not miss the famous wine soup in the hotel’s restaurant or the home-brewed beer. (Renovated: 2005; Rooms: 25)

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Dresden

Dresden

NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt (Superior Double View)

Housed in a contemporary building constructed using traditional Dresden sandstone and well located on Dresden’s historic market square in the heart of the old town, this modern hotel is a short hop away to the city’s main attractions. There is a gym and wellness centre on site to relax after a day of exploring Dresden. (Opened: 2010; Rooms: 240)

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Berlin

Berlin

The Mandala Hotel (City Studio)

On Berlin’s exhilarating Potsdamer Platz, this hotel exudes serene and subtle essence, with oriental antiques providing a rare touch of exotic timelessness. Windows of the Qiu Restaurant & Bar hideaway offer glimpses of the city rushing by, in contrast to the all-suites residence with rooms facing a tranquil inner courtyard away from the area’s hustle and bustle. (Renovated: 2018; Rooms: 158)

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Hamburg

Hamburg

Sir Nikolai Hotel (Sir Deluxe)

In a 19th century revived warehouse and overlooking the boutique shops, cafés, and waterways of Hamburg’s Old Town, this standout gem is a testament to the city’s creative vitality. Custom-made furniture inhabits a world defined by a jewel-toned colour palette, elegant lighting, with bold interiors bolding of polished marble, unrefined wood, handpicked artwork, and vintage rugs. (Opened: 2017; Rooms: 94)

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt

Roomers Frankfurt

Sleek, clean lines greet guests as they enter the lobby which has a futuristic take on a posh Japanese club, with dark tones, mood lighting and ultramodern furnishings. Rub shoulders with locals at the swanky Japanese-Californian restaurant or the award-winning bar, before retreating to the modern and hip rooms in neutral and dark shades. (Renovated: 2012; Rooms: 116)

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Category 2

Indicative cost per person

Min. 2 pax
HK$77,180
Min. 4 pax
HK$52,780
Single Supplement
HK$18,080

L: Low Season (Nov – Apr)
M: Mid Season (May, Oct)
H: High Season (May – Oct)

The Charles Munich • Romantik Hotel Markusturm • Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden • Hotel de Rome • The Fontenay Hamburg • Villa Kennedy

Munich

Munich

The Charles Munich (Classic Room)

This elegant hotel has a cultural-centric location next to the Old Botanical Gardens and Munich’s Museum Quarter, itself an enclave for art lovers thanks to an abundance of original works displayed throughout. The contemporary rooms are some of the largest in the city, some with lovely views to Munich’s historic centre. (Opened: 2007; Rooms: 160)

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Rothenburg

Rothenburg

Romantik Hotel Markusturm (Family Suite)

This family-run boutique hotel is housed in a medieval customs house dating back to 1264, retaining a charming atmosphere of a bygone era. The rooms are all individually decorated, offering guests a choice of traditional décor with antiques or a more modern style. Do not miss the famous wine soup in the hotel’s restaurant or the home-brewed beer. (Renovated: 2005; Rooms: 25)

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Dresden

Dresden

Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden (Standard Regenten Double Room)

An 18th century palace as a pledge of love by the Saxon king August the Strong to his mistress, this baroque masterpiece combines historic glory and contemporary elegance. Rooms pay tribute to its glorious past, incorporating modern technology with classic décor, and has hosted illustrious guests including Prince Albert II of Monaco and US President Barack Obama. (Renovated: 2010; Rooms: 213)

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Berlin

Berlin

Hotel de Rome (Classic Room)

Located on historic Bebelplatz in the former headquarters of Dresden Bank, this is one of Berlin’s most prestigious hotels, where heritage and stylish modernity meet. Step through the impressive stone entranceway into a sanctuary of glamour, where heritage design meets elegant contemporary furnishings. (Opened: 2006; Rooms: 145)

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Hamburg

Hamburg

The Fontenay Hamburg (Fontenay Deluxe)

Located on the tranquil banks of Lake Alster in the heart of Hamburg, this is a modern architectural masterpiece, epitomizing pure lakeside luxury with a contemporary and cosmopolitan style. An exclusive 1,000sqm rooftop spa comprises of a 20m pool offering panoramic views, and a great place to combine fitness, relaxation and well-being. (Opened: 2018; Rooms: 130)

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt

Villa Kennedy (Deluxe Room)

In leafy Sachsenhausen on Frankfurt’s verdant south bank, this Neo-Gothic stately family home turned intimate hotel has an enchanting internal courtyard and a 1,000sqm sun-filled spa offering a range of wellness treatments. A high level of personalised service is the benchmark at the hotel, one that is synonymous with The Rocco Forte Hotels brand. (Opened: 2006; Rooms: 163)

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COST INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • Transfers for all destinations as described in the itinerary
    • Munich Airport to Hotel
    • Dresden Hotel to Train Station
    • Berlin Train Station to Hotel and return
    • Hamburg Train Station to Hotel and return
    • Frankfurt Train Station to Hotel and return
    • Frankfurt Hotel to Airport
  • Private tours as per itinerary (no admission unless indicated)
    • Munich Old Town Walking Tour (2hrs)
    • Munich Viktualienmarkt Farmer Experience (2hrs)
    • 3 days car rental (Audi A2 Sedan Auto for 2pax, or BMW X5 Auto for 5pax). Includes insurance to 0 Excess
    • Rothenburg Walking Tour (2hrs)
    • Dresden Walking Tour with admissions to Old Masters Galery (Half Day)
    • Berlin Highlights Tour with driver and guide (3hrs)
    • Berlin Street Art Tour with driver and guide (3hrs)
    • Potsdam Excursion with admission to Sanssouci Palace (7hrs)
    • Hamburg City Tour with driver and guide, including harbour cruise (6hrs)
    • Luneburg Excursion (8hrs)
  • 1st class seats on the following trains
    • Dresden to Berlin
    • Berlin to Hamburg
    • Hamburg to Frankfurt
  • Local taxes and service charges

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfares
  • Visa
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. laundry, bar, spa services
  • Phone and internet charges

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