The Enchanting North Germany | Ritz Tours

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Day 1   |  Arrive Frankfurt 

Arrive in Frankfurt and enjoy a convenient transfer to your 4-star hotel in the city. Check in and spend the rest of the day as you please,  discovering this bustling metropolis on the Main River. Either relax at your hotel or explore the city, famous as one of Europe's main financials hubs, with a delightful Old Town at its heart. See the skyscrapers of the modern city, and perhaps discover some of the landmarks of the Old Town, a maze of cobbled streets flanked with churches, museums and half-timbered houses.

Day 2   |  Frankfurt - Rudesheim - St. Goar – Cologne  (B)

After breakfast, gaze out at the German countryside as you venture through vineyards and hills to Rüdesheim on the Rhine River. On arrival, join a tour of the quaint Old Town, a medieval delight brimming with wine cellars, historical houses and museums. Meander along the Drosselgasse, the pretty cobbled street that winds through the old wine quarter, passing vine-bedecked taverns, wine bars, restaurants and music spots. Next, enjoy a Rhine sightseeing cruise along the most picturesque stretch of the Rhine — through the Lorelei valley — to St. Goar. Sailing downriver, take in the scenery of steep, vine-coated riverbanks dotted with villages and hilltop castles. Keep your camera at the ready for the celebrated Lorelei Rock, where the Rhine reaches its narrowest point. Shrouded in legend, it’s said that Lorelei; a maiden who committed suicide here, still lures sailors to their deaths through the hypnotizing murmurs of the river waters. At St. Goar, disembark and continue to Cologne, one of Germany’s most imperious cities and famed for its vast Gothic cathedral. Tonight, enjoy an overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in the city center.

Day 3   |  Cologne – Hamburg  (B)

Following breakfast at your hotel this morning, relax as you journey north to Hamburg, Germany’s foremost maritime city, known as the ‘gateway to the world.’ Upon arrival, enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city, known for its massive port, elegant boulevards and lively atmosphere. Be sure to check out the port — the second largest in Europe — with its historical warehouses and shipyards, and discover the famous St. Pauli neighborhood, nicknamed the ‘sinful mile’ for its Red Light quarter. Other sights include the Baroque church of St. Michaelis, known locally as ‘Michel‘, and the Alster, Hamburg’s central lake. Tonight, relax at your 4-star city-center hotel, or perhaps head out to sample Hamburg’s excellent restaurants and bars.

Day 4   |  Hamburg – Berlin  (B)

Today the morning is yours to do as you wish. Why not visit St. Michaelis church, one of the most beautiful baroque churches in northern Europe’s Hanseatic cities, known for its copper spire, which served as a landfall mark for ships sailing into the port. Alternatively, hunt for souvenirs or relax with a coffee on the vibrant Mönckebergstrasse, the main shopping street. This afternoon, sit back and drink in northern Germany’s breathtaking landscapes on a journey southeast to Berlin, the cosmopolitan capital. Steeped in history, culture and attractions, this remarkable city is perhaps now best known for the infamous wall that divided it, and its inhabitants, into East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. On arrival, check in at your 4-star hotel in Berlin’s center for your two-night stay.

Day 5   |  Berlin  (B)

After breakfast this morning, begin your sightseeing with a visit to Berlin’s iconic TV Tower. Marvel at the 360-degree views from the observation deck of this 368-meter tower, and learn about its fascinating history. Next, enjoy an extensive tour of the city’s major landmarks and attractions. View the imposing Brandenburg Gate and remnants of the Berlin Wall, and take in other must-see attractions, including the tree-lined Unter den Linden boulevard, the stately German Parliament, and Potsdam Square, a striking testament to Berlin’s urban renewal following the fall of the wall in 1989. Afterward, get the afternoon free to explore this vibrant city on your own, perhaps visiting some of its numerous art galleries, archaeological and communist-era museums, shopping for souvenirs in the fashionable retail malls, or relaxing in one of the many enticing restaurants.

Day 6   |  Berlin - Potsdam – Erfurt  (B)

Bid a fond farewell to Berlin after breakfast today, and make the short trip southwest to Potsdam, the capital of the German state of Brandenburg, and home to the UNESCO-listed Sanssouci Palace and Park, the one-time summer retreat of the former King of Prussia, Frederick the Great. Take a fascinating tour of this grandiose rococo residence, built between 1745 and 1747, viewing highlights such as the white and gold Marble Hall and ornately carved Voltaire Room, and enjoying a stroll in its landscaped park, graced with fountains, mock ruins and statuary. Later, continue to Erfurt, the regional capital of Thuringia, nicknamed the ‘Thuringian Rome.’ Standing at the crossroads of ancient European and German trade routes, this delightful city is replete with beautiful churches, bridges, beamed houses and Renaissance buildings. Admire the city’s architectural highlights on a guided tour, and take a memorable walk on the picture-postcard Merchants Bridge (Krämerbrücke), the longest string of inhabited buildings found on a bridge across the whole of Europe. Tonight, stay in 4-star hotel in the heart of the city.

Day 7   |  Erfurt – Frankfurt  (B)

Enjoy spending the morning as you please, perhaps exploring more of Erfurt, picking up last-minute gifts at its quaint shops or visiting some of its many medieval churches. Alternatively, take an optional morning trip (not included) to nearby Wartburg Castle. This UNESCO-protected hilltop castle is one of Germany’s most famous and picturesque, and where Martin Luther translated the New Testament in the early 1500s. Admire the well-preserved ramparts, halls and courtyards with their mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture on a walk around the castle, learning about its incredible history as you explore. Later, relax on a drive back to Frankfurt, where an early evening transfer to Frankfurt airport for your homeward flight to the US brings your time in Germany to a close.
AB = Full American Breakfast  B = Breakfast at hotel or on cruise
L = Lunch  LH = Lunch at hotel
D = Dinner at Local Restaurant  DH = Dinner at Hotel  DP = Special Dinner Party  
DS = Dinner and show