Duration

  • 14 Days

Price

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We begin our journey through the heart of Europe with a guided tour of Prague. The Golden City has spires, bridges, a 600-year-old Astronomical clock and Hradčany, the largest castle complex in the world.

Departing the Czech Republic, we travel across Bohemia and northern Bavaria to the medieval walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. In friendly Munich, we’ll take in rich Bavarian heritage, and world-class sights. Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, perched high in the Alps, provides breathtaking views on the way to beautiful Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace.

Back to Germany to see Sleeping Beauty’s Neuschwanstein Palace, the world’s most celebrated fairytale castle. Through dark forests to Oberammergau, a village of colourful alpine houses and wood carver’s shops, for a “magical” dinner. Then we head over gorgeous mountain passes to Switzerland, with time to explore lovely Lucerne’s Altstadt (Old Town) and colourful waterfront promenades. A hiking excursion, cogwheel train ride, and gondola ride put us in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

We’ll visit Rhinefalls, the largest waterfall in Europe, as we head back to Germany, entering the dense woods of the Black Forest where Hansel and Gretel nearly met their demise. On our last day, we’ll cruise the mighty Rhine River, passing by castle ruins and vineyards before our return flight home from Frankfurt.

 

Romantic Rhine

From where it begins in the Swiss Alps to where it ends at the North Sea, the Rhine River holds more famous cities on its idyllic banks than any other in the world. It cuts through the Rhenish slate mountains, covered in dense forests, and draped in near-vertical vineyards that grow award-winning grapes (Rhinegau Reislings). It is a mythical land. The Romans considered it the edge of civilization, where pagans lived in the wilds beyond and where Loreley, the siren of the rocks, brought men to their doom! The dramatic 65km stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley around Rüdesheim is an historic transport route between the southern and northern halves of the continent. Feudal Lords once blocked the river with iron chains, extorting tolls from merchant ships seeking passage. For 1,000 years, 40 hilltop castles were built high above villages born out of trade. The wars of the 1600s destroyed some of them, leaving their picturesque ruins for us to admire. We’ll cruise the romantic Rhine, past its historical timber settlements and mighty Gothic fortresses, and see the natural beauty that influenced artists for centuries along the Rhine’s ancient storybook shore.

Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers overseas, motorcoach transportation, 12 nights accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 12 dinners, all highlights listed, English speaking tour manager, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.

• Prague: Guided city tour, Astronomical Clock, Jewish Quarter including oldest synagogue in Europe
• Guided walking tour of Hradčany
• Rothenburg: St. James Church, guided tour of the town with the night watchman
• Concentration Camp Memorial
• Munich: Guided city tour, Nymphenburg Palace, Maximillian Straße, 1972 Olympic Grounds, Glockenspiel Play
• Berchtesgaden: Salt Mine tour, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest
• Salzburg: Walking tour, Getreidegasse, Mozart’s birthplace, Salzkammergut, Stiftskeller St. Peter dinner and concert
• Palace Neuschwanstein
• Wieskirche
• Oberammergau: Dinner and entertainment at Zauberstub’n Restaurant
• Vaduz
• Lucerne
• Trümmelbachfälle
• Swiss Alps hiking excursion
• Swiss folklore show
• Rhinefalls
• Black Forest
• House of 1,000 Clocks
• Tour of the Vogtsbauernhof
• Rhine River sightseeing cruise

Prague: NH Hotel Prague City (2 nights)
Rothenburg ob der Tauder: Akzent Schranne Hotel (1 night)
Munich: Maritim Hotel (2 nights)
Salzburg: Hotel am Mirabellplatz (2 nights)
Oberammergau: Hotel Wittelsbach (1 night)
Sarnen: Seehotel Wilerbad (2 nights)
Hornberg: Hotel Schloss Hornberg (1 night)
Rüdesheim am Rhein: Central Hotel (1 night)

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Day1 - 2

Fly to Prague, Prague Sightseeing

Fly from Toronto to Prague for a day of sightseeing. A place of spires and bridges, a local guide will tell us about the Golden City, including the Old Town Square, an impressive open space surrounded by churches and historic buildings. We’ll walk to the Old Town Hall to view the famous Astronomical Clock and end our tour with a visit to the Jewish Quarter with a walk through the oldest synagogue and Jewish cemetery in Europe.

Stay: NH Hotel Prague City, Prague
Nights: 2
Meals: D

Day3

Prague

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Hradčany, the largest castle complex in the world. Besides Prague Castle, the grounds also include St. Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane, a collection of small cottages from the 16th century. After crossing the famous Charles Bridge, we arrive at Wenceslas Square, a wide boulevard dominated by the National Museum and a statue of Saint Wenceslas. The afternoon is yours to visit museums, sample Czech cuisine, or purchase Czech crystal or garnet jewellery. This evening, we enjoy a typical Czech meal accompanied by traditional folk entertainment.

Meals: B, D

Day4

Rothenburg

Today we’ll traverse Bohemia and northern Bavaria. Our final destination is the medieval walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Inside St. James Church, view the famous altar created by renowned woodcarver, Tilman Riemenschneider. The rest of the afternoon is ours to explore the cobblestone streets, ramparts, and half-timbered buildings. After dinner, we will accompany the night watchmen to learn about life in medieval times. We’ll stay in the quaint Akzent Schranne Hotel this evening.

Stay: Akzent Schranne Hotel, Rothenburg ob der Tauder
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day5

Munich

Travel south to Dachau after breakfast. We’ll visit the Concentration Camp Memorial and have plenty of time to walk the grounds on our own and have lunch before leaving for Munich. In Bavaria’s friendly capital city, our guide will tell us about Marienplatz, the main square in front of the new town hall, and we’ll have some time for sightseeing checking into our hotel for the next two nights.

Stay: Maritim Hotel, Munich
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day6

Munich

Enjoy a guided tour of popular Munich sights today, including Nymphenburg Palace, the elegant Maximillian Straße, and the 1972 Olympic Grounds. Midday, we’ll watch the Glockenspiel play in the tower of the Neues Rathaus. The rest of the day is ours to shop along the mile-long pedestrian zone, get a bite to eat at the nearby Viktualien Market, or visit one of a number of fine museums. Dinner tonight is at the Schneider (Weißes) Bräuhaus, a traditional Munich restaurant. Afterward, those who wish may want to spend some time at Munich’s Hofbräuhaus for singing and live entertainment.

Meals: B, D

Day7

Salzburg

Our first stop today is in Berchtesgaden. Donning miners’ apparel, we’ll descend into a salt mine for an unforgettable tour. Then upward for a spectacular view of the Alps from Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest atop Kehlstein mountain. On to Salzburg, Austria, which is famous for being Mozart’s birthplace and the backdrop for The Sound of Music. We’ll end with free time to explore the narrow winding streets of the old city before dinner.

Stay: Hotel am Mirabellplatz, Salzburg
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day8

Salzburg

A walking tour of Salzburg fills our morning. Sightseeing includes the magnificent Cathedral, the Getreidegasse, the city’s quaint shopping area, Mozart’s birth house and a walk through St. Peter’s Cemetery. After lunch, we’ll head to Salzkammergut, the popular vacation destination for many Austrians. Tonight, we are treated to dinner and a concert in the Stiftskeller St. Peter, the perfect setting to enjoy Austrian food and the music of Mozart.

Meals: B, D

Day9

Oberammergau

Departing Austria, we drive through the Bavarian countryside to visit Palace Neuschwanstein, the world’s fairytale castle. One of three palaces built by Bavaria’s King Ludwig II, Walt Disney used it as the model for Fantasyland. A short drive to nearby Wieskircheto to see the “Churchin the Meadow,” a fine example of Rococo architecture. Then, we continue through dark forests to Oberammergau, home of woodcarvers and famous for the Passion Play performed here every ten years. Tonight, we are treated to a “magical” dinner at the Zauberstub’n Restaurant, where Vlado performs some amazing tricks as we dine.

Stay: Hotel Wittelsback, Brussels, Oberammergau
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day10

Sarnen

Today’s drive is filled with breathtaking mountain scenery as we travel over Swiss mountain passes to the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland. Our first stop: Vaduz, the capital of little Liechtenstein. The Lion Monument in Lucerne pays tribute to the Swiss mercenaries who lost their lives defending the kings of France. Take some time to explore Lucerne’s Altstadt (OldTown), the colourful waterfront promenades, and walk across the famous wooden Chapel Bridge before continuing on to our hotel in Sarnen.

Stay: Seehotel WilerbadSarnen
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day11

Sarnen

This morning we drive to Trümmelbachfälle, a place where several waterfalls within a mountain drain nearby glaciers. The raw power and beauty of the falls have attracted tourists for decades. Next up, a hiking excursion in the heart of the Swiss Alps that begins with a cogwheel train to the small care-free town of Wengen. In Wengen, we’ll have time to explore before taking a gondola up to the ridge of the nearby mountain. From there it’s an easy and leisurely hike to Kleine Scheidegg with vistas of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks, as well as views of the tiny villages in the valley. At Kleine Scheidegg, we have time for lunch before taking a train down to Grindelwald where there’s an opportunity to shop or relax at one of the many outdoor cafés. This evening’s entertainment features a Swiss folklore show at our hotel.

Meals: B, D

Day12

Black Forest

After breakfast we leave Switzerland, stopping in Schaffhausen to see the mighty Rhinefalls, the largest waterfall in Europe. Returning to Germany, we enter the dense, dark Black Forest, the land of“elvesand cuckoo clocks.” In Triberg, visit the House of 1,000 Clocks followed by some time for lunch. In Gutach, we will tour the Vogtsbauernhof, an interesting open-air museum. After a busy day, we are ready to check into our hotel and relax before dinner.

Stay: Hotel Schloss HornbergHornberg
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day13

Rudesheim

For our final day in Europe, we leave the Black Forest and travel to Rüdesheim to board a boat that sails down one of Europe’s most important waterways. A cruise on the mighty Rhine River puts us up close to the history of the many castle ruins and vineyards that dot the hillside. After our cruise, we transfer to our hotel for our final overnight and have some time for last minute shopping before a farewell dinner and a tasting of the region’s fine Rhine wines.

Stay: Central HotelRudesheim am Rhein
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day13

Return Flight Home

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight from Frankfurt to Toronto.

Meals: B

Packing

  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.

Medical

  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.

Documents

  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.

Gratuities

Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.

Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.

Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

 

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