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12 to 18+ Nights from $1,976 w/air, hotel & air taxes*
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This is an independent vacation itinerary where you are not travelling in a bus with a group. Our carefully selected partners at the destination take care of you during your stay.
Combine Basel, Strasbourg, Heidelburg, Koblenz, Cologne and Munich with the RE, IC and ICE Trains.

This 12 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Basel and out of Munich
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Basel
  • RE Train: Basel - Strasbourg
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Strasbourg
  • IC Train: Strasbourg - Heidelburg
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Heidelburg
  • ICE Train: Heidelburg - Koblenz
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Koblenz
  • ICE Train: Koblenz - Cologne
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Cologne
  • ICE Train: Cologne - Munich
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Munich
  • Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel info)
  • Hotel taxes

Price history for this itinerary (past 7 days):
From New York,John F Kennedy, NY for 12 nights
$1,976 * incl.tax
Related Cities:
Basel (5)  Cologne (29)  France (288)  Germany (187)  Heidelberg (36)  Koblenz (11)  Munich (112)  Strasbourg (24)  Switzerland (102)  
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2. Strasbourg
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3. Heidelberg
   (26 hotels)
4. Koblenz
   (4 hotels)
5. Cologne
   (90 hotels)
6. Munich
   (116 hotels)
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2 nights in Basel

Located in an "international" area, Basel is the third-largest city in Switzerland and a rich tourist attraction. The Rhine splits up the city into Kleinbasel (where the modern centre is) and Grossbasel - old town ruled by the Münster cathedral, where the bones of the reformist Erasmus are buried. The oldest bridge over the Rhine (1225) is still in function. Known as an international marketplace for art and antiques, Basel offers 27 museums, among which Jean Tinguely Museum has a distinct role.


2 nights in Strasbourg

The capital of Alsace, Strasbourg is one of France's greatest cities and also one of France's major ports, only 2 miles west of the Rhine. It was wrestled back and forth between the Germans and the French, resulting in a curious - and often rewarding - mixture of language, culture and food. La Petite France is the most interesting quarter of Strasbourg. For a good view, walk along rue des Moulins, branching off from rue du Bain-aux-Plantes.


2 nights in Heidelberg

This town is especially famous for its oldest German University of Heidelberg (1386). As students always made up the majority of population, it escapes from the war air raids and managed to preserve the ancient buildings from Middle Ages and Renaissance. Beside the University decorated with towers and turrets, you can admire the Heidelpberg Castle, with its charming color changing with the sunlight. You can get excellent photos from the Karl-Theodor Bridge or walk along the famous Philosophenweg.


2 nights in Koblenz

This town was founded as a military post about 8 BC and occupied an excellent strategic position, as a triangle bordered by the confluence Rhine-Mosel and a line of strong forts on the surrounding hills - most razed to make room to the modern railway station. The visitor is invited to admire the Alstadt historical buildings (the church of Saint Castor, the municipal picture gallery) and also the palace Residenzschloss and memorial equastrian statue of the emperor Wilhelm I (in the new city).


2 nights in Cologne

The world feels at home in Cologne, where people meet to enjoy a Kölsch. (Kölsch is a language, a philosophy of life and also the popular local beer.) The largest city in the Rhineland, Cologne is rich in antiquity. There is much to see from every period of the city's two millennia history: from the old Roman towers to the modern opera house. Cologne is also a bustling modern city with a decent shot at becoming the fine-art capital of Germany. The city of Cologne also hosts an annual Carnival.


2 nights in Munich

Big-city style and rural charm, Alpine character and Mediterranean verve, art treasures and the Oktoberfest, traditional customs and high technology, beer gardens and haute cuisine, operas and in bars; these are all ingredients that makes Bavaria's state capital so endlessly fascinating, and so popular with visitors from all over the world. Sprawling Munich is one of Germany's major cultural centers, second only to Berlin in terms of museums and theaters. It's also one of Germany's most festive cities, and its location, at the foot of the Alps, is idyllic. Munich's self-imposed image is that of a fun-loving and festival-addicted city - typified by its Oktoberfest.



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Basel
Day 1
Arrive to Basel
Overnight in Basel    40 hotels offered
Day 2
Overnight in Basel    40 hotels offered
Day 3
Departing from Basel
Transportation to next city by: RE - Basel to Strasbourg (r)
Strasbourg
Day 3
Arrive to Strasbourg
Overnight in Strasbourg    48 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 4
Overnight in Strasbourg    48 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 5
Departing from Strasbourg
Transportation to next city by: IC - Strasbourg to Heidelberg (r)
Heidelberg
Day 5
Arrive to Heidelberg
Overnight in Heidelberg    26 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Heidelberg    26 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Heidelberg
Transportation to next city by: ICE - Heidelberg to Koblenz (r)
Koblenz
Day 7
Arrive to Koblenz
Overnight in Koblenz    4 hotels offered
Optional   1 Things to do
Day 8
Overnight in Koblenz    4 hotels offered
Optional   1 Things to do
Day 9
Departing from Koblenz
Transportation to next city by: ICE - Koblenz to Cologne (r)
Cologne
Day 9
Arrive to Cologne
Overnight in Cologne    90 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 10
Overnight in Cologne    90 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 11
Departing from Cologne
Transportation to next city by: ICE - Cologne to Munich (r)
Munich
Day 11
Arrive to Munich
Overnight in Munich    116 hotels offered
Optional   26 Things to do
Day 12
Overnight in Munich    116 hotels offered
Optional   26 Things to do
Day 13
Departing from Munich

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6. Munich ( 116 hotels)
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France

France remains one of the worlds most talked-about and written-about destinations. Whether the romance of Paris sweeps you off your feet or you fall gently for the relaxed life of Provence, France is a place for lovers, and will leave you spellbound. Paris is undoubtedly one of the world's great cities, with enough monuments, museums, restaurants, theatres and shows to last a lifetime. The northern provinces of Normandy and Brittany are steeped in history while the Loire Valley is world famous for its châteaux. And there is more to explore.

Germany

Germany's landscape is straight from the Fairy tales: castles, deep dark forests and mythical rivers. The German landscapes are extraordinarily diverse, with graceful big-city appeal, small picture-postcard towns, pagan-inspired harvest festivals, a wealth of art and culture, and the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, delightful castles and fine wine and beer. From Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, no other nation has molded Europe the way Germany has - for better or worse.

Switzerland

Switzerland is a pristine country of lakes, mountains and forests. The best known of the continent's mountain ranges, the Alpine chain, runs through most of Switzerland and provides the majority of the country's magnificent natural sights. In the summer, towns such as Interlaken become green mountain centers for walking and mountaineering, and there are few places more naturally beautiful in the whole of Europe. Zurich, Geneva, Bern and Lucerne are models of Swiss efficiency, offering a wealth of perfectly serene history. Less busy are the lakeside resorts, including fashionable Montreux on Lake Geneva.

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Basel
Located in an "international" area, Basel is the third-largest city in Switzerland and a rich tourist attraction. The Rhine splits up the city into Kleinbasel (where the modern centre is) and Grossbasel - old town ruled by the Münster cathedral, where the bones of the reformist Erasmus are buried. The oldest bridge over the Rhine (1225) is still in function. Known as an international marketplace for art and antiques, Basel offers 27 museums, among which Jean Tinguely Museum has a distinct role.
Strasbourg
The capital of Alsace, Strasbourg is one of France's greatest cities and also one of France's major ports, only 2 miles west of the Rhine. It was wrestled back and forth between the Germans and the French, resulting in a curious - and often rewarding - mixture of language, culture and food. La Petite France is the most interesting quarter of Strasbourg. For a good view, walk along rue des Moulins, branching off from rue du Bain-aux-Plantes.
Heidelberg
This town is especially famous for its oldest German University of Heidelberg (1386). As students always made up the majority of population, it escapes from the war air raids and managed to preserve the ancient buildings from Middle Ages and Renaissance. Beside the University decorated with towers and turrets, you can admire the Heidelpberg Castle, with its charming color changing with the sunlight. You can get excellent photos from the Karl-Theodor Bridge or walk along the famous Philosophenweg.
Koblenz
This town was founded as a military post about 8 BC and occupied an excellent strategic position, as a triangle bordered by the confluence Rhine-Mosel and a line of strong forts on the surrounding hills - most razed to make room to the modern railway station. The visitor is invited to admire the Alstadt historical buildings (the church of Saint Castor, the municipal picture gallery) and also the palace Residenzschloss and memorial equastrian statue of the emperor Wilhelm I (in the new city).
Cologne
The world feels at home in Cologne, where people meet to enjoy a Kölsch. (Kölsch is a language, a philosophy of life and also the popular local beer.) The largest city in the Rhineland, Cologne is rich in antiquity. There is much to see from every period of the city's two millennia history: from the old Roman towers to the modern opera house. Cologne is also a bustling modern city with a decent shot at becoming the fine-art capital of Germany. The city of Cologne also hosts an annual Carnival.
Munich
Big-city style and rural charm, Alpine character and Mediterranean verve, art treasures and the Oktoberfest, traditional customs and high technology, beer gardens and haute cuisine, operas and in bars; these are all ingredients that makes Bavaria's state capital so endlessly fascinating, and so popular with visitors from all over the world. Sprawling Munich is one of Germany's major cultural centers, second only to Berlin in terms of museums and theaters. It's also one of Germany's most festive cities, and its location, at the foot of the Alps, is idyllic. Munich's self-imposed image is that of a fun-loving and festival-addicted city - typified by its Oktoberfest.
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