Medieval Germany isn't just a slice of history. It's alive, breathing an evocative atmosphere into cobbled villages and castles that cling to cliffs. On this unique two-week tour you will journey into its heart and soul, stay in castles and immerse yourself in the untouched charms of bygone centuries. From the royal fortresses of emperors to the fairytale icons of the Alps, discover all the glamor and allure of the medieval era, traveling in style across Germany.
Frankfurt – Relaxation in the City
The River Rhine should be savored and explored during the day when the castles dominate the cliffs and the patchwork fields are in full bloom; but that's for tomorrow. After your intercontinental flight to Frankfurt, be greeted at the airport and transferred to a five-star hotel just outside the city, for a relaxed evening that helps you reenergize from the journey. Dating back to 1904, the slick, polished interiors of your luxury hotel reflect Frankfurt's glamorous past, and it’s a serene place to recuperate. A dinner at its elegant restaurant is also included.
Heidelberg – Castles and Cruising Along the River Rhine
Heidelberg – The Romance of the Medieval City
Rothenburg – Following the Beautiful River Neckar
Rothenburg – Baroque Wine Villages and Heritage Streets
Ahorntal – Fortress of the German Emperor
Ahorntal – Ancient Villages and Franconian Switzerland
Day 8 - 9
Wartburg Castle – Relaxing in Tudor-Style Germany
Dresden – A Knight's Castle on a Cliff
Dresden – A Royal Residence in a Baroque City
Neuschwanstein – The Iconic Fairytale Fortress
Neuschwanstein – Surreal Tales Amidst the Alps
Munich – Departure
- Spend almost every night in an authentic castle, an accommodation that reflects the charismatic beauty of Germany's old-world realm
- Explore the medieval towns that have been completely untouched by modernity, like romantic Heidelberg and Rothenburg
- Immerse yourself in Franconian Switzerland, a land of half-timbered villages and green valleys
- Discover the fabled castles of the country, like Kriebstein, the knight's castle on a cliff, and Wartburg, where Luther translated the Bible
- Journey into the fairytale world of Neuschwanstein, King Ludwig's castle on a hill that was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty
- Find yourself lost amongst the Baroque brilliance of Dresden and the Renaissance beauty of architecture across the region
- Travel slowly through Germany and take in the panoramas of its backcountry, epitomized by a private cruise on the River Rhine
Medieval Germany appears like fiction when seen from afar; the castle of Sleeping Beauty dominating a hilltop, a knightly realm clinging to a hillside, half-timbered houses untouched for centuries, valleys dappled with Baroque design. The panorama appears like a postcard, expertly edited to blur the boundaries of fiction. But when you explore medieval Germany, discover that the landscape is very much alive. Not merely a historical realm; it's more than a slice of the past preserved as if in a museum. A resonant atmosphere flickers through the cobbled streets, castles are still working buildings, and tradition is preserved because there has never been any other way. Explore medieval Germany and the ambiance envelops you at every turn, pulling you into a world that's architecturally unchanged, but also culturally untouched. It feels like you're in another era.
This expert luxury tour maximizes the immersion. Over two weeks, explore the most redolent of Germany's medieval villages and towns. Almost every night is spent sleeping in a castle, enabling you to breathe in the heritage at all times. Each stop is bathed in a certain historical romance, the streets doused in a blanket of intrigue and old-world fascination and every night ensures the spell is never broken. Travel across Germany, heading west to east and then finishing at Neuschwanstein, the castle that inspired Sleeping Beauty and so many fictional narratives. Along the way, there's Baroque wine villages, sublime valleys, cities resurrected from the ruins, and lots of castles.
After a night in Frankfurt following your intercontinental flight, take a private cruise along the River Rhine to Heidelberg, winding slowly past the crumbled ruins and expressive vineyards of the Rhine Valley. Travel through Heilbronn and follow the River Neckar to Rothenburg, where your hotel is an ancient tollhouse from the year 1264, refurbished with contemporary comfort in mind. Discover the fortress of the German emperor in Nuremberg before spending two nights in Franconian Switzerland in an 800-year-old castle that towers above the landscape.
Move on to Wartburg Castle, perhaps Germany's most aesthetically pleasing fortress, with its Tudor-style design and expansive views. Naturally, you'll be staying in the castle itself. Kriebstein Castle offers a knightly tale on route to Dresden, the Saxon capital that's been restored to its Baroque glory. Your hotel is situated on the grounds of Pillnitz Castle, the residence of the Kings of Saxony. Then a short flight to Munich enables you to complete the luxury itinerary at Neuschwanstein Castle, the most iconic and famous of Germany's fortresses.
$5,455 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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