Day 1 - Frankfurt to Cologne
Total travel time: 1 hour
Take one of several daily connections to Cologne, your first stop of the tour. This former Roman outpost is now a major cultural centre, filled with museums, galleries and clubs. It has the most pubs per capita in all of Germany, so plenty of choices to try their Kölsch beer.
Your hotel is located close to the train station inside the old city walls and a short walk from the Rhine.
Day 2 - The River Rhine & Heidelberg
Total travel time: 8 hours
In the morning, you will depart Cologne by train and head to Boppard, where you will take a 3-hour boat tour upriver to Assmannshausen through the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Before April 8 and after October 22, this section of the tour can only be done by train). More than 20 castles stud the banks of this part of the Rhine. At Assmannshausen you will disembark and take connecting trains to Heidelberg, where you will stay for the night.
Heidelberg has been a university town since 1386, making it the oldest university in Germany and one of the most treasured in all of Europe. You will be staying in the Baroque old town, from where you can stroll along the river Neckar or take the Philosopher’s Walk up the Heiligenberg (Saint’s Mountain), which offers a beautiful view of the town and castle.
Day 3 - Oberammergau
Total travel time: 5:45 hours
Your destination today is the village of Oberammergau, which lies at the foot of the Ammergau Alps. A morning departure from Heidelberg will get you to Oberammergau in the afternoon. In 2020, between mid-May and early October, the inhabitants of the village will perform their famous Passion play, which they only perform every 10 years and have been doing so since 1634. Be sure to book early if you want to stay in the village during this period.
Day 4 - Munich (or Frankfurt)
Total travel time: 2 hours (or 5:30 hours to Frankfurt)
The final day of the tour will take you to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. A visit to the Deutsches Museum is highly recommended, as it is the largest museum of science and technology in the world.
It is possible to add train tickets back to Frankfurt or an overnight stay in Munich to your booking. Additional fees will apply.