4-day tour from Frankfurt to Munich with private hotel accommodation
Enjoy the scenic landscapes along the Romantic Road and the magnificent countryside of Bavaria
- Explore the romantic German cities of Rothenburg, Heidelberg and Munich
- Explore Neuschwanstein Castle built by the fairy-tale King Ludwig
Transport by air-conditioned coach
What You Can Expect
Visit the 'Jewel of the Middle Ages' - Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Rothenburg above the Tauber). A picturesque city, located 425 meters above sea level, on a plateau at the intersection of the Romantic and Castle Roads, this once free imperial city is one of Germany's most frequented towns. The Tauber River flows below the town in a valley 180 feet (55 meters) deep.
Enjoy the sites and the countryside at your own pace. This independent multi-day package is a combination of guaranteed scheduled coach services with additional features like transfers, hotel accommodation and sightseeing tours. Please read the itinerary below for full details.
Day 1: Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Frankfurt (L)
Depart Frankfurt and start your tour with a half-day trip to Heidelberg, the old university town at the banks of the Neckar River, including a visit of the inner courtyard of the castle. Lunch box is provided. After returning to Frankfurt, the rest of the day in free for you to explore on your own.
Overnight: InterCityHotel or similar.
Day 2: Frankfurt - Rothenburg (B)
Depart from Frankfurt for a picturesque drive through the Spessart mountains to Wuerzburg, on the banks of the river Main. Continue on the Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany's well-preserved 'Jewel of the Middle Ages' with its ramparts, city gates, town hall and Jakobskirche (church). The altar was created by the famous wood-carver Tilmann Riemenschneider. Upon arrival in Rothenburg, a taxi will take you to your hotel. In the afternoon or evening please join the city walk with a local guide or the historic Night Watchman in Rothenburg.
Overnight: Hotel Spitzweg or similar.
Day 3: Rothenburg - Hohenschwangau (B)
After breakfast, you will have time to spend at leisure. Around noon, a taxi will meet you at your hotel and take you to the bus stop. Your coach drives along the Romantic Road passing such picturesque places as Dinkelsbuehl, Noerdlingen and Donauwoerth, with high-gabled houses and cobbled-stone streets. Via Augsburg, a metropolis during the Roman times and famous for old trade dynasties during the Middle Ages, you reach Hohenschwangau in the evening.
Overnight: Hotel Muller or similar.
Day 4: Hohenschwangau - Munich (B)
In the morning your tickets for Neuschwanstein Castle will be waiting for you at your hotel's front desk. Visit the famous 'Cinderella Castle', built by King Ludwig II before concluding your tour in Munich at approximately 7pm.
While this tour felt a little rushed in some of the smaller towns/stops along the way, booking the trip this way made the logistics very simple. All the connections and accommodations were clearly laid out and very well planned for our comfort along the way. The stops in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Hohenschwangau were long enough for us to both see everything that was of interest to us and have time to meander the streets and the mountain trails just for the sheer enjoyment of the environment.
Very special. Overnight stay in Rothenburg wonderful, especially as all the day trippers have left. Time to walk the town, do the Night Watchman's Tour and walk the wall which surrounds the village. Simply lovely overnight stay in Hohenschwangau and despite huge numbers of people tour of Neuschwanstein Castle extremely well organised and orderly. Very pretty spot. Although there are short stops along the way bus trip from Rothenburg to Hohenschwangau a very long day.
My friend and I had a wonderful time on this tour. The stops are lovely and the hotels very clean and comfortable. The time allotted to each place is perfect!
This was a great trip. It got more beautiful at every stop. Hotels were very good. I was amazed that nothing went wrong on our entire trip.
Rothenburg was a beautiful medieval city, however, the accommodation wasn't up to par when compared with the other nights. I suspect that this was due to hotel availability during that busy week. The night watchman tour was an entertaining insight into the history of the town.
Hohenschwangau was a magical experience. I would recommend the Hotel Muller to anyone - spectacular rooms and top class service. They definitely made out stay very memorable.
The bus tours were comfortable, however, the bus was an hour late caught up in traffic on the trip from Heidelberg to Rothenburg, and we missed out on a few stops along the way. The trip from Rothenburg to Hohenschwangau was much better and we got to enjoy the various stopovers and Dinkelsbuhl and Nordlingen. Overall, the bus tours were a good way to see to country sights.
Overall, the tour package gave me an overview of Germany that I would not have been able to experience on my own with the limited planning time that I had for this trip. There was a mix-up at the office in Frankfurt when I picked up my vouchers and I was told to meet at the bus stands by the train station at 8 AM when in reality we were meeting at a different tour operators office at 9:30 ---- not a good start with rain falling all morning, and I'm schlepping my bags around Frankfurt. The day tour to Heidelberg was great with a fantastic tour guide that blended the ancient and recent history, not to mention a wicket sense of humor! The tour to Rothenburg from Frankfurt was comfortable with several stops with guided tours/ the ability to wander on your own. This was mostly due to the great bus driver for this leg that spoke very good English and German, and was very polite and generous. The time in Rothenburg was fantastic with cozy accomodations, a town festival, and the Night Watchman tour in the evening. Also a great place to do some shopping for souveniers to take home.
Now comes the not so nice part of the tour ---- the bus ride from Rothenburg to Newschwanstien. The bus driver was surly, and we weren't sure if he really knew how to drive the bus since he kept gunning the engine and slowing down, giving a less than comfortable ride. He didn't stop at some of the guide points due to falling behind due to traffic on the road, and didn't seem to know anything about where he was supposed to stop. We ended up in a short stop in Munich the only WC stop all day to find that they were under construction --- you mean to tell me that someone who drives this every week didn't know???Needless to say, we were relieved to get off the bus at the Muller House at Neuschwanstein, which is charming and very hospitable with beautiful views! The interior castle tour was not as I expected, but the outer access and horse carriage ride down was very nice.
Paul Raymond V