Munich - Nuremberg - Castles of Bavaria

Package No: sp3235
5 DAYS - 4 NIGHTS
Departures: 24, 31/12 & 02/1

The trip Munich - Nuremberg - Castles of Bavaria is a must of travel! World Heritage cities, long history, great tradition, landscapes of unique natural beauty are just a few of the reasons why it is worth getting to know Germany up close. In one of the largest countries in Europe we will see palaces, medieval castles, city-temples and we will get to see a different aspect of Germany than the one we are used to. We will tour historic Nuremberg, picturesque Rothenburg and the imposing Neuschwanstein Castle, images that seem to have come from fairy tales.

DepartureCyprus-Larnaca
DestinationGermany
Month AvailabilityDecember 2020, January 2021
Flights

Larnaca - Athens   06.00    07.45
Athens – Munich    08.30    10.10
Munich – Athens    11.00    14.40
Athens - Larnaca   20.30    22.10
 

INCLUDED

Flights Larnaca - Athens - Munich - Athens - Larnaca with Aegean

Airport taxes

Selected 4 s central hotel as follows or similar (Mercure City Center / Courtyard Marriott)

Buffet breakfast daily

Transfers, excursions, tours as described in the program

Hotel tips / city taxes

Experienced leader / companion throughout the trip

Τravel folder with useful information

NOT INCLUDED

Drinks / soft drinks during lunches / dinners

Optional individual travel insurance

Anything not mentioned or listed as optional / suggested

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Day 1: Larnaca / Athens / Munich (excursion to Nuremberg)

With a stopover in Athens, morning flight to the capital of Bavaria, Munich. The city is built on the banks of the Isar, one of the largest tributaries of the upper Danube. Munich is the third largest city in Germany in terms of population after Berlin and Hamburg and is an important hub for transport, road, rail and air travel. It is also a renowned European shopping center, as well as a major industrial and cultural center, with the two best and most renowned universities in Germany, museums and many other higher artistic institutions. 

Arrival and excursion to the historic city of Nuremberg, located in the valley of the river Pegnitz, about 140 km north of Munich. It is often referred to as the "unofficial capital" of the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation, because the so-called Reichstag (imperial councils) and courts met in Nuremberg Castle. It is hard to believe that this beautiful medieval city was completely destroyed by the allies during World War II. The city was rebuilt after the war and its pre-war appearance and some of its medieval buildings were restored to some extent. The restoration of its historic center was done with absolute respect for its medieval and renaissance past, giving the city its old glory. In the tour of the city we will see the Cathedral, the City Hall that architecturally resembles a palace of the Italian Renaissance, the Allied Court of World War II and we will admire the Gothic and Baroque churches. We will visit its wonderful cafes on the Pegnitz River and dine at one of the picturesque restaurants in the old town. 

Return to Munich and check-in at the hotel.
 

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Day 2: Munich

After breakfast we will enjoy a short tour of the historic center of Munich and its Christmas market. The heart of the city is Marienplatz which is adorned with the new and historic town hall, as well as the Peterskirche church, the oldest church in the historic center, while a little further is the Frauenkirche church with its green helmeted towers. It is the emblem of the city, not only visually but also acoustically: Its ringing is a unique, enthusiastic, diffuse sound. 

In the evening we suggest you visit some of the famous local breweries that serve fine beer and delicious dishes accompanied by music from local musicians in traditional costumes.

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Day 3: Munich (Romantic Road / Rothenburg / Harburg)

Today's excursion will give us the opportunity to enjoy one of the most picturesque parts of southern Germany, and in particular of Bavaria with the "romantic road". Beautiful picturesque villages and towns, romantic castles and beautiful nature stretch along our way to the medieval castle-fortress of Harburg dating to documents from the 11th-12th century, when Henry Stauffer wrote about it to his aunt Bertha, Empress Byzantium. In 1530 the historian Wolf refers to this palace which was fortunate never to be destroyed by war. Today it is a well-preserved impressive medieval building and in the 15th century the original fortress was expanded with habitable buildings. Between the 16th and 18th centuries other halls were added such as the banquet hall and the castle church.

Crossing the area of Nördlinger Ries after a short stop at Dinkelsbühl, we will then reach the medieval Rothenburg, the Franciscan region of Bavaria or "red fortress over the Tauber". Rothenburg was a free imperial city from the late Middle Ages until 1803. Its name indicates the exact location of the city which is on a plateau overlooking the River Tuber. Regarding the name "Rothenburg", the main view states that it comes from the German words rot (red) and burg (medieval fortified settlement), and is associated with the red color of the roofs of houses, which overlook the river. The well-preserved walls, the old town market, the squares with the big fountains, the City Hall, all the historical places of Rothenburg exude the magic of another era that is very charming. It is no coincidence that so many travelers around the world visit it. Do not forget to try the authentic sweet of the city, the "snowball" (German: Schneeball) which is a fried dough in the shape of a ball covered with either icing sugar or chocolate. Return to Munich late in the afternoon.

(The trip will take place on Christmas day for both departures).

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Day 4: Munich (Neuschwanstein Castle – Oberamergau – Garmis Partenkirchen)

Today we will enjoy a unique excursion. The first stop of our trip today is the fairytale castle Neuschwanstein, the most famous achievement of the Bavarian king Louis II that we will admire outside. The castle dominates in the middle of an imposing landscape at an altitude of 965 m. And is riveted with the luxury and grandeur of its interiors. Then we will visit the unique Bavarian town of Oberamergau with its painted houses and special Bavarian color. The city is known for the representation of the Passion of the Lord, which takes place every 10 years in honor of the vow to stop the plague in Central Europe. Finally, we will see the famous ski resort of Germany, Garmisch Partenkirchen at the foot of the German Alps, with its picturesque streets and wonderful gardens, where wonderful classical music concerts take place in the summer. It is certain that we will be impressed by its wonderful location and its excellent picturesqueness. Return to our hotel.

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Day 5: Munich / Athens / Larnaca

Transfer to the airport for our return flight to Larnaca with a stopover in Athens.

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