Day 1: Berlin
Arrive in the fascinating city of Berlin where we have arranged a 2 night stay. Visit the Museum of Checkpoint Charlie where a section of the Berlin Wall, once the crossing point between East and West Germany, has been re-erected as a museum. Once notorious for its cabaret nightlife, Berliners now refer to their favorite cafes, restaurants or bars as Lokale. Here you can drink and mingle with Berlin’s artists, writers, students, business people and politicians and experience the warmth and chaos of these interesting places as people become embroiled in lively discussions of art or life. Try the fizzy local beer which is served with a shot of juice. You will stay 2 nights in Berlin.
Day 2: Berlin
Berlin is an exciting city of contrasts and contradictions that can be seen in the many historical and modern attractions. The Jewish Museum, opened in 2001, sits on land that was both East and West Berlin before the Berlin Wall fell and covers two millennia of German Jewish history. Monuments of Prussian grandeur stand beside reminders of a divided country alongside stunning new architectural developments
Day 3 and 4: Berlin – Dresden – Prague Czech Republic (ca. 220 mi/ 350 km)
Drive from Berlin to Dresden which will allow you a glimpse of the varying charms of Saxony’s 1000 year’s history. Dresden’s historical center is located on the left bank of the river Elbe. The Royal Palace was built in the 15th century and having been destroyed by fire in 1701 was rebuilt but again destroyed by the bombings of 1945. It has now been reconstructed as a museum complex. The reconstruction in 2005 of the 18th century Frauenkirche church’s steeple which rises above Dresden’s skyline is an impressive symbol of international reconciliation after World War II. Leave Dresden and continue on into the Czech Republic and to its capital city of Prague, which is situated on the River Vltava in central Bohemia and where we have arranged your overnight stay. As Prague suffered considerably less damage during World War II than other major cities in the region it contains one of the world’s most varied collections of architecture in style from Art Nouveau to Baroque, Renaissance, Cubist, Gothic and Neo-Classical, as well as ultra modern. Prague has a thriving nightlife with many bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants. You will stay 2 nights in Prague.
Day 5: Prague – Vienna/Austria (ca. 210 mi/340 km)
Today’s journey takes you through the historical region of Moravia and to the city of Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic. Its city center is full of historical buildings, fountains, sculptures and restaurants and is very compact so it is very easy to walk around and see most of the places of interest. Continue to Austria and to romantic Vienna, a city of great diversity of art, architecture and culinary delights. The former home of the Habsburg court, the city still has the trappings of the imperial capital it once was and its downtown historic center is like an open-air museum with its many famous buildings. You will find many fine shopping streets. Visit the Danube Tower for breathtaking views of the city. 2 overnights in Vienna.
Day 6: Vienna
Today see the famous Lipizzaner horse show, an equestrian tradition that dates from the 16th century. Music has a great impact to this city, home to such famous composers as Johann Strauss. Hear great operas with world star guests, the Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra and the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir. This evening dine on some of Vienna’s world famous cuisine of Wiener Schnitzel, apple strudel and Sachertorte.
Day 7: Vienna – Linza – Salzburg (ca. 185 mi/300 km)
From Vienna you drive to Salzburg where we have arranged your overnight stay. Noted for its beautiful Alpine setting, it is a city of spires, green hills and romantic parks and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amongst the Old Town’s famous sights is the Hohensalzburg Castle, which sits on a hill with views over Salzburg. Visit the magnificent Residenz Palace, Mozart’s birthplace and Mozart’s residence. Try the local cuisine of Flanken followed by Salzburger Chazerai.
Day 8: Salzburg – Munich/Germany (ca. 90 mi/145 km)
From Salzburg it”s a short drive across the border back into Germany and the city of Munich, where we have arranged your overnight stay. A city of museums, romantic castles and palaces, gardens and parks, the baroque Nymphenburg Palace with Park and Pavilions was the summer residence of Bavarian monarchs and houses several outstanding art collections. Among Munich’s many museums is the Alte Pinakothek – one of the oldest and most important galleries in the world with more than 800 European art masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the Rococo period. Munich has seven Michelin-starred restaurants, and many locally owned restaurants offering regional fare and of course Germany’s famous beer gardens.
Day 9: Munich – Oberammergau – Stuttgart – Heidelberg (ca. 200 mi/330 km)
Today visit the village of Oberammergau, famous for its production of the Passion Play. First performed in 1634, as a result of a vow made by its inhabitants for God to spare them the bubonic plague then sweeping the region, it has been performed every 10th year ending with a zero. Oberammergau has a long tradition of woodcarving, and there are dozens of woodcarver shops with pieces ranging from religious subjects to toys. Many of the homes and buildings have frescoes of traditional Bavarian themes, fairy tales or religious scenes. From Stuttgart your drive takes you to Heidelberg, a jewel of German cities. Here you will find many places of interest. The best way to enjoy the old town is to simply wander around and see what you come upon, it doesn”t cover a particularly large area, so there”s no chance of you getting lost and you”ll find plenty of opportunities to pick up some souvenirs or stop for a coffee and some traditional local food.
Day 10: Heidelberg – Rhine River – Cologne (ca. 160 mi/255 km)
Leave Heidelberg and drive through Hesse with its densely forested upland range of mountains to the main river that flows through the region of North Rhine-Westphalia, the River Rhine. Although parts of the area is industrial with high-tech industries, North Rhine-Westphalia offers much rural charm and natural beauty with densely wooded rolling hills, beautiful lakes, fields and pastures, sheltered small villages and picturesque historic towns. Further up the Rhine is Cologne, one of the oldest cities in Germany and where we have arranged your overnight stay. Cologne is north of Bonn and located on both sides of the Rhine River. At the beginning of the 18th century Italian expatriate Johann Farina created a new fragrance and named it after his hometown Cologne – hence Eau de Cologne (Water of Cologne). As a major cultural center of the Rhineland. Cologne has a vibrant arts scene with hundreds of galleries. Cologne is also famous for its Cathedral, begun in 1248 the construction of this Gothic masterpiece took place in stages and was not completed until 1880. The city is proud to be the home of one of Europe’s oldest universities, the University of Cologne.
Day 11: Cologne – The Netherlands – Arnhem – Amsterdam (ca. 165 mi/265 km)
Your drive today is parallel to the Rhine River from Germany and across the Netherlands via Arnhem, site of a famous WWll battle to cross the river. Before arriving in Amsterdam where we have arranged your two-nights stay, you can visit the Hoge Veluwe National Park, famous for its Kroller Muller Museum which houses one of the largest Van Gogh exhibitions in Europe. It also has a wonderful Sculpture Garden. You will stay 2 nights in Amsterdam.
Day 12: Amsterdam
Fall in love with this relaxed and friendly city, where everyone speaks English and are most pleasing and helpful. Amsterdam is best explored by foot or bicycle, which can be easily and cheaply rented throughout the city. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Shop at the Waterlloplein flea market and experience the aromas of the floating flower market. Wander through narrow streets and find interesting shops selling antiques and books. Throughout the day relax in one of the many cafes, and you can find great dining at the many restaurants scattered throughout the city. Service is very friendly and helpful in suggesting local specialties. Try the Indonesian rice dishes, very typical of Amsterdam, or the country’s many cheeses or smoked fish. Take a canal cruise in a glass topped boat, which is a great way to see the city and some of the tours are hop-on-hop-off so you can use the tour to get around town. Alongside the canal visit the Anne Frank House where teenage wartime diarist Ann Frank hid with her family from Nazi persecution, and is now preserved as a museum. The Rijksmuseum is the Dutch national museum with a large collection of paintings of Rembrandt and other Dutch masters. The Van Gogh Museum has much of the great man’s life on display and is the largest collection of his paintings and drawings in the world.
Day 13: Amsterdam – Bremen/Germany (ca. 220 mi/355 km)
Your drive from Amsterdam takes you across the border into Lower Saxony Germany, and to the port city of Bremen where we have arranged your overnight stay. Visit the Marktplatz which is dominated by the Town Hall. Today it hosts a restaurant with original décor and gigantic wine barrels and whose wine list boasts over 600 German wines. This 1,200 year old city has a unique quality with its wealth of restaurants, beer gardens, riverboats and antique markets.
Day 14: Bremen – Hamburg (ca. 80 mi/125 km)
Germany’s biggest harbor city, Hamburg, where we have arranged your overnight stay. It is also the greenest city in Germany with its parks, tree-lined canals, protected countryside and nature reserves. Its skyline is dominated by the pale green of its copper spires and domes, though but a few houses and churches are all that is left from before the last century. The Great Fire of 1842 was the main cause of this loss, followed by the bombing during World War II. The grand building of the unique Rathaus, the city hall supported by dozens of pillars, is worth a visit. End your day as you relax in one of the many beer halls, cafes and restaurants.
Day 15 and 16: Hamburg – Berlin (ca. 180 mi/290 km)
From Hamburg your drive takes you to the fascinating city of Berlin where we have arranged a 2 night stay. Visit the Museum of Checkpoint Charlie where a section of the Berlin Wall, once the crossing point between East and West Germany, has been re-erected as a museum. Once notorious for its cabaret nightlife, Berliners now refer to their favorite cafes, restaurants or bars as Lokale. Here you can drink and mingle with Berlin’s artists, writers, students, business people and politicians and experience the warmth and chaos of these interesting places as people become embroiled in lively discussions of art or life. Try the fizzy local beer which is served with a shot of juice.
Days 17: Return from Berlin (End of your trip)
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- 17 days Self Drive Tour according to program
- 16 nights in double room in 3/4 star hotels incl. breakfast
- Hotel taxes and Service charges (tourist taxes not included)
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