B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1 ** Honolulu –> Newark –>Berlin
We start our vacation by boarding an international flight bound for Berlin, the capital of Germany. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2 ** Overnight at onboard
We will do a transit at Newark Airport, and overnight onboard. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 3 ** Berlin | (L)
Germany, is a country with a long history dating back to Germanic tribes in 750 BC. People often describe Germany as modern and cosmopolitan. We will learn how World War II and the cold war have affected the country and how technology and manufacturing have changed people’s lifestyles. Berlin, the capital and largest city of Germany by both area and population, is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science. Upon arrival at Berlin Airport, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet us and escort us on a brief city tour before lunch. We will visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a symbolic center of West Berlin and a memorial to peace and reconciliation, located in a busy shopping district. (The original church was badly damaged in an air raid in World War II.) We will see a large Mercedes logo rotating day and night on top of a high-rise tower at Europa Center, a busy shopping complex. Then we will have a photo stop at the Schloss Bellevue, the official residence of Germany’s president. We continue to the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s most famous landmark and symbol of unity. We will see the Siegessaule, a victory column celebrating Prussia’s victories in the Danish-Prussian War (1864), the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71). After lunch, we will check into our hotel. You can explore the city or enjoy free time on our own.
Hotel Accommodation: InterContinental Berlin or Similar 5*
Day 4 ** Berlin | (B, L, D)
A full day city tour of Berlin is scheduled for today. Our first stop is a private museum called Checkpoint Charlie Museum or the Wall Museum. It is named after the famous crossing point at the Berlin Wall, and was created to document the so-called “best border security system in the world”. Then, we will visit the Berlin Wall Memorial that commemorates the division of Berlin by the Wall and the deaths that occurred there. Next, we will go to the Reichstag Building, a historic edifice in Berlin, constructed to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire. The roof terrace and dome of the Reichstag Building will offer us spectacular views of the parliamentary and government district and Berlin’s sights. After lunch, we will enjoy some shopping time followed by a 1.5 km walk on Unter Den Linden, an arterial road in the center of Berlin. We will pass by numerous important buildings such as the Humboldt University and the Staatsoper, and landmarks such as the Neue Wache and the Zeughaus. Then, we will visit the Potsdamer Platz, formerly a big empty wasteland due to the Berlin Wall. After the Wall was torn down, this big empty space was transformed into a popular shopping district. We can see remnants of the Berlin Wall from here. After dinner, we will return to our hotel.
Day 5 ** Berlin – Potsdam – Cologne | (B, L, D)
This morning we will transfer to Potsdam, the capital city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. First, we will have a photo stop in Potsdam Conference Area, where The Big Three–Stalin, Churchill, and Truman—met from July 17 – August 2, 1945 to negotiate terms for the end of World War II. After that, we will visit the Sanssouci Palace and Park, the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. The 18th century interior of the palace has been preserved, allowing visitors to see more of the “philosopher of Sanssouci.” Its elegance and stylish displays of grandeur are a clear expression of the king’s love for beautiful surroundings – his “Prussian Arcadia.” It became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1990. After lunch, we will transfer to Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in western Germany and the region’s cultural hub. Tonight, we will enjoy a Special Cologne Meal (pork knuckle) with Cologne beer. After dinner, we will have an Evening Panorama Cruise on the Rhine River to enjoy the sparkling light and night view of the river.
Hotel Accommodation: Maritim Hotel Köln or Similar 4.5*
Day 6 ** Cologne – Koblenz – Rudesheim – Frankfurt | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will go to Cologne Cathedral Church, Germany’s largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Construction began in 1248 and was completed in 1880. Some of the special features in the church are the Modern Stained Glass Window, the Medieval Statue of St. Christopher, and the Shrine of the Three Kings. Apart from its exceptional intrinsic value and artistic masterpieces, Cologne Cathedral bears witness to the strength and endurance of European Christianity. On the way to Rudesheim, we will stop at Koblenz, also called Deutsches Eck in German. It is an ancient city in central Germany, and a gateway to the terraced vineyards and castle ruins in the Rhine Gorge. We will see the Kyffhäuser Monument, an Emperor William monument within the Kyffhäuser mountain range in the German state of Thuringia. We will see the Main tower and equestrian statue of Emperor William I. After lunch, we will transfer to Rudesheim, a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge and part of the UNCESCO World Heritage Site in this region. Drosselgasse is a small historic alleyway in Rudesheim. Enjoy some time here to view historic and impressive buildings on this narrow street, take some photos, and shop for souvenirs. After walking in this area, it is time for us to have wine tasting. As we ride a cable car up to the Niederwalddenkmal, a monument located in the Niederwald, near the city, we will see vineyards covering the countryside. We will sample wines and learn about the wine culture when we get there. Tonight, we will arrive in Frankfurt, the largest financial center on the continent and the historical city of coronations.
Hotel Accommodation: InterContinental Frankfurt or Similar 5*
Day 7 ** Frankfurt – Heidelberg – Rothenburg | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will have a city tour of Frankfurt. We will see the Eiserner Steg, a famous iron and concrete footbridge used daily by over 10,000 pedestrians who travel between the city center and the district of Sachsenhausen. Then we will have a photo stop at St. Paul’s Church, the symbol of German democracy. Next we will go the Romerberg Plaza, the most beautiful square in Frankfurt where we will see many picturesque medieval buildings such as City Hall. After lunch, we will transfer to the university town of Heidelberg. Upon arrival, we will visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. The castle is a combination of several buildings surrounding an inner courtyard, put together with a haphazard look. Each building highlights a different period of German architecture. The castle was built in 1300 and is almost as old as the city. After visiting the castle, we will see the Heidelberg Tun, the world’s largest wine barrel. It can hold 220,000 liters (58,124 gallons) of wine, and has a dance floor built on top of it. A staircase allows us to climb to the top of the barrel for a quick dance! Next we will take a “philosophy walk” on the Philosophenweg, a congenial place used by Heidelberg’s university professors and philosophers where they could talk seriously and contemplate while enjoying the charming view of the Neckar River. We will see Karl-Theodor-Brucke, commonly known as the old bridge that connects the Old City with the eastern part of the Neuenheim district on the opposite bank; the Church of the Holy Spirit, the largest and most important church in Heidelberg; and City Hall, the focal point for local politics and the headquarters of the city’s administrative services. We will tranfer to Rothenburg after we leave this romantic city.
Hotel Accommodation: Hotel Eisenhut or Similar 4*
Day 8 ** Rothenburg – Nuremberg – Munich | (B, L, D)
We will have a brief city tour of Rothenburg after breakfast. Rothenburg is a well-preserved medieval old town and is part of the popular Romantic Road through southern Germany. We will see St. Jakobs Church, a historic Lutheran and most important church in the city. In addition to seeing Rothenburg’s fine old architecture, we will visit Burggarten (Castle Gardens), a lovely park and gardens. Although the castle was destroyed by an earthquake in 1356, the gardens still offer wonderful views of the old town and the famous double bridge farther down the Tauber Valley. Our last stop is the Town Hall with its 50 meter high bell tower, located in the center of Marktplatz. It is one of the historical landmarks in southern Germany and was originally constructed in the 13th century with additions built in the 16th century. We can see spectacular views of the old town from the top of the tower. After visiting the town hall, we will transfer to Nuremberg, founded in the 11th century as the residence of Kaiser (Emperor) Heinrich III and the city that quickly followed became an important trade center. We will see the Kaiserburg Castle, a group of medieval fortified buildings on a sandstone ridge dominating the historical center of Nuremberg. Next, we will visit the market place of Nuremberg, the Hauptmarkt and Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) located in the center of the market place. Our last stop is St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, built in the 14th century and dedicated to Saint Lawrence, one of the seven deacons of Rome, Italy. Tonight we will transfer to Munich, the third-largest city in Germany.
Hotel Accommodation: Munich Marriott Hotel or Similar 5*
Day 9 ** Munich | (B, L, D)
Today we will spend all day touring Munich, a major center of art, technology, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business, and tourism in Germany and Europe. Residents enjoy a very high standard of living and quality of life. New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) hosts the city government including the city council, offices of the mayor, and part of the administration. The busy shopping square called the Marienplatz is in front of City Hall. One of the unique landmarks in Marienplatz is the Glockenspiel, a special chiming clock. Every day at 11am and midday, the Munich Glockenspiel recounts a royal wedding, jousting tournament and a ritualistic dance. Not too far from the Marienplatz, we will see a pair of towers crowned with onion domes, called Frauenkirche, the main church and cathedral of southern Bavaria. One of the notable features of the building is the high walls, one reaching 100 meters in height, which makes it one of the best known landmarks of Munich. Next we will take a walk on Munich’s most elegant promenade, the Maximilianeum, one of the four avenues named after the king. After enjoying the street view, we will visit the English Garden, one of the world’s largest urban parks. The layout has changed throughout the centuries as new buildings and green spaces were added time and again. For example, the Chinese Tower was built based on Kew Gardens’ pagoda. After lunch, we will visit the Nymphenburg Palace, a Baroque palace that was the main summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. Later in the day, we will stop at the Olympiapark (Olympic Park) built in 1972. While many former Olympic parks tend to be forgotten, the Munich Olympic Park is still very popular in Munich. Our last stop is the BMW Museum, a futuristic museum of Bavarian Motor Works often described as the “salad bowl”. The museum shows BMW’s technical development throughout the company’s history and contains engines, turbines, aircraft, motorcycles, and vehicles in a plethora of possible variations.
Day 10 ** Munich – Hohenschwangau – Lindau | (B, L, D)
Today’s highlight is Neuschwanstein Castle, located at Hohenschwangau, a next-to-last town on the Romantic Road tourist route that terminates in Füssen. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the “Fairytale King”, and was his home until his death in 1886. It was opened to the public shortly after his death. The location of Neuschwanstein is also a fairytale. It is located in the Alps in Bavaria, on a hilltop from which we can see the Hohenschwangau Valley. We will take a shuttle bus from the town to the castle, and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. Behind the castle is a bridge call the Marienbrücke. If time permits, we can enjoy a 15 minute walk to the bridge and we will be amazed by the extremely beautiful landscape of the Neuschwanstein Castle. Tonight we will transfer to Lindau, a town on Lake Constance in Bavaria. As the sunniest area in Germany, this gorgeous stretch of water is a favorite holiday destination almost year-round. The lake laps the shores of picture-perfect towns; it also looks out to the majestic Alps and is steeped in culture and history.
Hotel Accommodation: Hotel Bad Schachen or Similar 4.5*
Day 11 ** Lindau – Meersburg – Titisee | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit the Lindau Lighthouse, one of the most beautiful and most photographed lighthouses in Germany. It is a medieval tower with a tall pyramidal roof located on Lake Constance. The Bavarian Lion Sculpture is also one of the special landmarks at the light house. The harbor was built with the lion statue, a symbol of the Bavarian royal family. On the way to Titisee, we will pass by Meersburg, known for its medieval city. The lower town (“Unterstadt”) and upper town (“Oberstadt”) are reserved for pedestrians only, and connected by two stairways and a steep street (“Steigstrasse”). Later in the day we will transfer to the town of Titisee, named after the lake in the southern Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg. Around 10,000 years ago, during the last ice age, Lake Titisee was formed. Tonight, we will stay at a hotel right on the shore of the crystal-clear waters of Lake Titisee.
Hotel Accommodation: Maritim Titisee Hotel or Similar 4*
Day 12 ** Titisee – Baden Baden – Strasbourg | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will take a scenic drive down to the Schwarzwaldhochstrasee ( the Black Forest Highway). During the drive, we will see the sunshine trying to fight with the 100-mile stretch of dark colored pine trees of the Black Forest. We will stop at the Triberg Waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Germany with a descent of 163 m, and a landmark in the Black Forest region. We will take a half hour hike to this beautiful waterfall. After lunch, we will transfer to an elegant town called Baden Baden, famous for its 30+ spas. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a thermal bath at Caracalla Spa, which offers plenty of space for relaxing and bathing in hot thermal waters. We can take a break and relax after a long bus ride. After that, we will visit The Kurpark, German for “Spa Park”, a public park in the center of Wiesbaden. Tonight, we will transfer to France, in Western Europe, with its medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Strasbourg is the first city we will visit in France.
Hotel Accommodation: Hotel Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile or Similar 5*
Day 13 ** Strasbourg – Colmar- Dijon | (B, L, D)
Strasbourg is on the border of Germany and France. It is a beautiful, charming city with a fascinating mixture of cultures from both countries. The city is filled with historic sights, as well as numerous modern additions that form a vibrant, contemporary culture. It was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. First we will stop at the Strasbourg Cathedral, a 15th century medieval church that was built with beautiful rose-colored sandstone. Then we will visit the La Petite France (Little France), a historic quarter of the city, and one of the most distinctive and stunning parts of Strasbourg. This area is notable for its numerous canals and historic buildings. Next we will see the European Parliament, directly-elected European Union body with legislative, supervisory, and budgetary responsibilities. In the afternoon, we will drive to Colmar, known by colorful photographs of imaginative scenes of half-timbered houses and quaint canals, and draped in blooming foliage. It is also known as “The little Venice”, and is the third-largest commune of the Alsace region in north-eastern France. We will walk down the alleys and enjoy the atmosphere of this little city. Tonight we will transfer to Dijon, capital city of the historical Burgundy region in eastern France, one of the country’s principal wine-making areas.
Hotel Accommodation: Hotel Mercure Dijon Centre Clémenceau or Similar 4.5*
Day 14 ** Dijon – Beaune – Dijon | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will take a half day city tour of Dijon. First we will visit the Place Francois Rude, a lovely square, lined with many cafes, bars, restaurants, and shops. Local people also call this square “Place du Bareuzai” because of the statue of the grape harvester placed above the fountain in the center of the square. Then we will have a photo stop at the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, a remarkably well-preserved architectural assemblage located in the center of Dijon. Then we will see the Porte Guillaume (Triumphal Arch), an 18th-century monumental arch serving as the western gateway into Dijon’s non-vehicular medieval center. The Church of Notre-Dame in the heart of the preserved old center of Dijon, is a Roman Catholic Church considered to be a masterpiece of 13th-century Gothic architecture. In the afternoon, we will take a wine tour in Beaune, a walled town at the center of the Burgundy winemaking region in France. It is the heart of Burgundy’s famous vineyards, Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, Romanée-Conti, Meursault, Santenay and Savigny-les-Beaune, and brings a twinkle to the eyes of wine lovers. We will visit the vineyards and learn the process of making wine. We will have wine tasting before returning to Dijon for another night.
Day 15 ** Dijon – Fontainebleau – Paris | (B, L, D)
Paris, the capital and most populous city of France, has been one of Europe’s major centers of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts. Before arriving in Paris, we will stop at one of the small towns southeast of Paris, Fontainebleau. We will spend the morning at the Palace of Fontainebleau, one of the largest French royal palaces. There are over 1500 rooms, making it the biggest and the most furnished castle in France. It is now a national museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. Finally, we will head to Paris. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a Seine River Day Cruise. The Banks of the Seine were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. The Seine River is a 776 km long river and an important commercial waterway within the Paris Basin in the north of France. We will discover Paris as we’ve never seen it, gliding under one bridge to another with a view of the finest monuments, and enjoy an hour’s relaxation in the heart of bustling Paris. After dinner, we will check into our hotel.
Hotel Accommodation: Le Méridien Etoile or Similar 4.5*
Day 16 ** Paris | (B, L, D)
We will have a panoramic city tour of Paris today. Sacré-Couer is a Roman Catholic Church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A popular landmark and the second most visited monument in Paris, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. We will take a roundtrip funicular ride to the top of the Basilica. Then, we will see the Palais Garnier, the most famous opera house in the world, before stopping at Place Vendôme, a square in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Lastly, we will visit the most famous Museum in the world, the Louvre Museum. The Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement. Nearly 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 782,910 square feet. The Louvre is the world’s most visited museum, receiving 10.2 million visitors in 2018. It is home to the famous Mona Lisa, which has been acclaimed as the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.
Day 17 ** Paris | (B, L, D)
A trip to Paris would not be complete without a City Tour to the famous Arc de Triomphe. It stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end of the Avenue des Champs Elysees. The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. We will stop by Place De La Concorde. We will see the Pont Alexandre III, a deck arch bridge; Les Invalides, a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement (district) of Paris; and the Eiffel Tower, a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. After lunch, we will visit The Palace of Versailles, a “monument historique” and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. It was the principal royal residence of France from 1682 and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art. With 60,000 artworks, the collections of Versailles illustrate 5 centuries of French history. Once inhabited by the sovereigns, it is now a museum dedicated “to all the glories of France” and inaugurated by Louis-Philippe in 1837. “It’s not a palace, it’s an entire city. Superb in its size, superb in its matter”, described by Charles Perrault, a French author and member of the Académie Française. Tonight, we will enjoy a Moulin Rouge dinner show, one of the most prestigious cabarets in the world.
Day 18 ** Paris – Honolulu | (B)
Today we will say farewell to Paris and transfer to the airport for our return flight home via San Francisco, ending an amazing trip to Germany and France.
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