- 14 Days
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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.
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
• Oberammergau: Dinner and entertainment at Zauberstub’n Restaurant
• Swiss Alps hiking excursion
• Swiss folklore show
• 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)
Day1 - 2
Fly to Prague, Prague Sightseeing
Stay: NH Hotel Prague City, Prague
Meals: B, D
Stay: Akzent Schranne Hotel, Rothenburg ob der Tauder
Meals: B, D
Stay: Maritim Hotel, Munich
Meals: B, D
Meals: B, D
Stay: Hotel am Mirabellplatz, Salzburg
Meals: B, D
Meals: B, D
Stay: Hotel Wittelsback, Brussels, Oberammergau
Meals: B, D
Stay: Seehotel Wilerbad, Sarnen
Meals: B, D
Meals: B, D
Stay: Hotel Schloss Hornberg, Hornberg
Meals: B, D
Stay: Central Hotel, Rudesheim am Rhein
Meals: B, D
Return Flight Home
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.