Overflowing with surprise, Germany's ancient land reveals inspirations that would change the world. Medieval castles, historic churches, artistic movements, steel barons, regal palaces and more, the country's World Heritage sites provide a narrative on our planet's development, compelling and confounding as they sweep across the centuries. This unique 10-day tour explores 11 of the country's most resonant UNESCO sites, each an unmistakable piece of world history.
Cologne – Cologne Cathedral and the Famous Old Town
Gothic Cologne Cathedral stands proudly above the city, its ornate spires dominating a city that remains firmly in an ancient era. Touch down at Cologne International to be greeted by your guide and accompanied to your hotel, a delightful five-star hotel that's almost as iconic as the old cathedral dome. As you travel into the city, you can't miss the cathedral, an exquisite place of worship that took over two centuries to build. It's the natural starting point on your walking tour of Cologne, a 13th-century masterpiece that was developed in the late 19th century and spent four years as the world's tallest building. Step inside and the glamour drips from the dome, exquisite stained glass, and sculptures filling the nave.
The Cathedral stands in the heart of the old town, a collection of curling streets and cobbles. One leads into Sunner Keller, a local brewery that specializes in classic Cologne delicacies. Take a tour, and then enjoy a filling lunch of iconic local cuisine. Down another lane, find the 4711 Kolnisch Wasser Perfumery, where 220 years of scented production is there to explore. Craft your own perfume, piecing together fragrances before stepping back out into the charms of Old Cologne. A table at your hotel's restaurant has been reserved for a relaxed first evening in Germany.
Essen – Inspiring Remains of Industrial Germany
Aachen – Aachen Cathedral and the Dramatic Eifel National Park
Bochum – Delights in Southern Germany
Eisenach – The Iconic German Medieval Fortress
Erfurt – Fabulous Art and Design of the Bauhaus School
Eisleben – The Life and Times of Martin Luther
Berlin – Palaces and Parks of Potsdam
Berlin – Walking Across the Heritage of Berlin
Berlin – Departure
- Explore an evocative sweep of Germany's World Heritage sites, traveling west to east and journeying through the eras
- Start in Cologne, where a fabulous cathedral and quaint old town immerses you in the scents of yesteryear
- Explore the raw imagery and sharp lines of Industrial Germany and the start of the steel barons
- Discover the Dome of Aachen, a masterpiece that was sparked copies for many centuries to come
- Lose yourself in Wartburg Castle, Germany's most iconic medieval fortress
- Spend a day navigating through the life and times of Martin Luther, including the house where the Protestant Reformation was born
- Find the expressionist artwork that's leftover from the Bauhaus School of the early 20th century and symbolizes the birthplace of modernism in Germany
- Stand before the regal grandeur of old before stepping inside fabulous palaces and parks
- Walk through the heritage of Berlin, from the line that once divided East and West to the housing estates that have inspired a continent
Germany's landscape is one of contradictions. Picture Italy or Spain, and it's easy to conjure up a set of resonant images. But Germany? The country flickers across the paradigms, confounding its stereotypes with sites that meander across the centuries. Medieval villages hide among southern forests, iconic industrial sites that became blueprints for the world persist as palaces shimmer with regal excess while quaint churches are steeped in history. Some of Germany's World Heritage sites are from the 20th century, inspiring movements of art and design that shaped Europe. Others scroll back to the first millennium AD, and it's remarkable to think of how much war and conflict they've survived.
This is a country that quickly charms, throwing away its stereotypes as it reveals innovation and inspiration. Home to 40 World Heritage sites, from prehistoric pile dwellings to primeval beech forests, Germany has much to offer. You'll travel west to east across the country, this handcrafted luxury itinerary taking in 11 of the most diverse and significant UNESCO sites in the country. Over ten days you traverse the paradigms, starting in old Cologne and ending in the urban beauty of Berlin. Mostly rural, the route pieces together the secrets of the country and connects the enchantment of a nation: the birthplace of Martin Luther and the Reformation, the Bauhaus art school, a marble palace hidden by forests, a fabulous fortress from the 11th century.
Travel in a luxury saloon vehicle with your specialist guide, moving slowly across Germany. Actual driving time is short on most days, other than one three-hour drive from Bochum to Wartburg Castle. Sleep in sublime luxury hotels on route, boutique offerings that exude the charms of both rural and urban Germany. Not a journey through skyscrapers and bustling cities, this itinerary is an immersion in the historic atmosphere of the country; at the hotels and guesthouses you'll notice how the ambiance remains adorably old-world. Dotted throughout are a series of culinary and fragrant treats, along with many places that prefer to avoid any fame. Think along the lines of a meal at a locally celebrated brewery, designing your own perfume, watching musicals, and enjoying lunch from the chef who cooks for the German national soccer team.
$3,895 per person (excluding international flights)
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