German Trek End Helsinki

Duration

12 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Frankfurt

Available

April 2024 / November 2024

Cities to visit: Frankfurt; Rhine Cruise; Cologne; Dortmund; Fairy Tale Route; Hannover; Goslar; Berlin; Copenhagen; Jonkoping; Vadstena; Stockholm; Ferry Estocolmo, Turku; Naantali; Helsinki

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is part of our flexible coach touring range, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people. Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

This tour is guided in English only. Please note if English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

The tour offers flexibility, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. By clicking 'Quote or Book,' you will have the choice to select your desired start and end dates and destinations within the tour's defined parameters. Given this flexibility, it's important to note that the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Welcome to Europamundo! Transfer to the hotel and free time. You will be provided with the information required for the beginning of the trip in the afternoon; otherwise, the information will appear on the information panels at the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT: - Remember that hotels check-in time is usually at 14:00 hrs. If you require more hours of room availability, consider booking an additional night at the beginning of your trip.
- IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked, but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included activities. At the reception you can also find an informative sign, indicating the telephone number and hours of assistance of our staff. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.
Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.
Total distance covered: 369 km.
Landscape : Very pretty scenery following the Rhine and Moselle valleys. Very beautiful villages are scattered along the way.
08.00 hrs - Frankfurt -departure. Today we will see the Rhine and the Moselle valleys. Two rivers charged with history and sprinkled with charming villages.
09.00 hrs - Rudesheim am Rhein. - We reach the Rhine at this picturesque mediaeval village full of tourist and commercial life. After some time to stroll, we board a boat to take a CRUISE ALONG THE RHINE of around two hours. We find ourselves in the prettiest sector of the river: fortresses, mediaeval villages, ancient churches, vineyards on the hillsides. Arrival in ST. GOAR and continuation along small roads travelling towards the Moselle Valley.
12:15hrs - Cochem - Arrival- We are now in one of the prettiest villages of the valley. Time for lunch and to take a walk.
15:00 hrs.- Cochem –Departure-
16.45 hrs. - Cologne -Arrival. Time to visit its impressive Gothic cathedral, which with its 154 metres of height was the tallest building in the world until the end of the 19th century. You can also have a walk along the Rhine River and through the lively city center.

19:00 hrs - Cologne. Departure for our hotel.
20:15 hrs - Dortmund. Arrival and accommodation.
Note : On dates with trade fairs or congresses, accommodation may be given in a nearby city.
Total distance covered: 290 km.

We will have a stage full of magic, reminding us about the stories of the Brothers
Grimm, along the itinerary of the Fairytales Route .
08.00 hrs. - Dortmund, departure.
10.15 hrs.- Trendelburg - arrival at this picturesque walled village, dominated by its large medieval castle. We visit the castle with its Rapuntzel Tower (entrance included) and the princess´s long blonde braid hanging from the window.
11.15 hrs. - Tendelburg - departure. We continue along small roads, crossing forests, while we imagine Hansel and Gretel .
12.00 hrs - Hoxter . Arrival and time for lunch in this small town full of life, where Corvey Abbey is located, an ancient monastery from the 9th century, a World Heritage Site (a stop to photograph its walls and interior patios).
14:30 hrs. – Hoxter - departure. We continue our route making a brief stop in POLLE to photograph the exterior ruins of Cinderella’s Castle .
15:45 hrs. – Hamelin . We are in the city famous for the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin . We will enjoy remembering the Grimm Brothers´ story and following the mouse´s footprints. Time to have a walk.
17.30 hrs. - Hamelin - departure.
18:30 hrs. - Hannover - Arrival. A walk through the center before heading to our hotel.
Note: On some dates the accommodation might be given in Cologne or another city nearby. In that case the departure from Cologne on Thursday will be at 07:30 hrs.
Total distance covered: 370 km.

Scenery: pleasant landscapes in Saxony, Hartz mountains, little villages.-
08:00 hrs. - Hannover - Departure -.
09:30 hrs. - Goslar - Arrival -. A town declared UNESCO World Heritage, one of the prettiest towns in Germany with its historic houses and its Market Square. Time for a walk.
11.15 hrs. - Goslar -departure-. We continue our route through one of the most beautiful areas of Germany.
12.00 hrs. - Quedlinburg- arrival. UNESCO declared this city a World Heritage Site due to its fascinating historic center, which has survived almost unscathed for centuries with its more than 2100 half-timbered houses. Also noteworthy are the town hall and the castle. Free time for a walk and lunch.
14.15 hrs. - Quedlinburg departure. We travel to the capital of Germany.
17.00 hrs. - Berlin -Arrival.
08:00 h. Sightseeing tour of the most modern city in Europe, and visit to the Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, the Reichstag, Potsdamerplatz and the Zoo. We leave the coach to visit the Holocaust Memorial and Berlin Wall Museum . Berlin bore witness to many significant events of the 20th century. Free afternoon to explore the city. We recommend a visit to Kurfurstenstrasse, the city’s main shopping Street, and Kantstrasse, where there are many international restaurants. Optionally you will have the opportunity to visit Potsdam with the Sanssouci gardens and palace and Cecilienhof palace.
Note: in some cases the city tour might be carried out the day before.
Total distance covered by road: 395 km
Countryside: Pleasant hills in the south of Denmark. Large plains in Germany.
NB: We recommend you enjoy the ferry crossing. Take some warm clothes, if you want to stroll on deck. -
Free time in the morning.
11:30 hrs - Berlin –Departure-. We travel towards the north of Germany. Around 15.00hrs, we come to the port of Rostock where we will board a ferry (normally leaving at around 15:30hrs) for an almost two-hour crossing to Denmark. - A very modern and pleasant ferry (shops, cafeterias, exchange booths, leisure offer).
At around 17:30hrs Arrival in Denmark and continuation to
20.00 hrs - Copenhagen –Arrival.
7:30.- City tour of the Danish capital with a local guide. Copenhagen is the largest Scandinavian city, and full of contrasts: the popular Tivoli, Christianborg Palace, the terraces of Nyhavn, the Mermaid... The city tour finishes around 10:30. Free time in the afternoon.
Distance covered: 635 km
Countryside: Forests, lakes, Scandinavian scenery.
07:30hrs - Copenhagen –Departure-.
08:15 hrs - Helsingor i n Denmark. A brief stop in Helsingor, the city of Hamlet, in which its great KRONBORG CASTLE stands out. A chance to take photographs from outside before getting on a small ferry that will take us to Sweden . A crossing of around 20 minutes. Arrival in Sweden (expected at around 9:30hrs). On board, we can change currency and buy Swedish kroner. - We continue on our route amidst pretty forest scenery and great lakes. -
12:30 hrs- Jonkoping – A provincial capital on the shores of Lake Vättern, a stroll through its elegant centre and to see its churches. Time for lunch.

13.30hrs - Jonkoping –Departure-.
15.00 hrs - Vadstena – arrival and time for a walk in this picturesque town next to the lake with its old houses and its large 14th century castle that was converted into a monastery.
16.30 hrs - Vadstena –Departure-.
20.30hrs - Stockholm –Arrival at the end of the day in the capital of Sweden, a beautiful city in the Baltic Sea archipelago connected by numerous bridges and ferries and known for its rich history, impressive architecture and its combination of modernity and tradition.
Sightseeing tour of this gorgeous capital city built on 14 interconnected islands. Water is everywhere. We will visit Gamla Stand or the "City between the Bridges", Stockholm’s Old Town full of life where many of the monumental buildings are located such as the Nobel Museum, located next to Stortorget main square, which pays tribute to the winners of the Nobel Prizes , the Cathedral or the Royal Palace. When possible we can have a nice view from the Fjällgatan viewpoint.
Free time. We advise taking a walk through the centre and seeing the museum island. In the afternoon, we offer visitors an optional visit to the Town Hall and the Royal Ship Vasa.
Stockholm (boarding) .
Scenery : Very beautiful landscapes from the boat leaving Stockholm.
Notes: Tonight we embark on a night cruise; Carry your documentation (will be required when boarding) and prepare hand luggage (luggage will remain in the coach). Do not forget warm clothing to enjoy on the deck of the boat. In Finland, the currency used is the euro, if you have Swedish Crowns, there are convinient exchange offices on the ship.
Free day in the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals. We recommend walking around the historic center and the island of museums.
17.00hrs.- Transfer to the port of Stockholm. We embark on the modern ferry of the Silja Lines company. Restaurants, bars, nightclub, casino, shops, ample rooms ... cruise conditions. Our ship leaves at 19.30 hrs (estimated time at the time of writing this itinerary).- The landscapes you can see at the exit of Stockholm are of great beauty (lots of islands). We recommend to enjoy on the deck. Do not forget your camera! Night on board, double cabins.
Total distance: 195 km.

Scenery: Forests, lakes. Pleasant landscapes.
Note: Upon arrival in Finland you will have to change your watch; When in Sweden it is 12 o´clock in Finland it is 13 o´clock.
We recommend you to go on the ship deck at dawn; The arrival in Finland is done by outlining the Aland archipelago. Hundreds of islands covered with forests. Breakfast is included in your trip.
07:30 hrs. - TURKU. Disembark in the second Finnish city with strong Swedish influence. A time for a walk in the center.
08:30 hrs. Turku, departure.
09:20hrs- NAANTALI, very picturesque village of wooden houses by the sea. Lots of tourist life. Time for a stroll.
10:45 hrs. - Naantali-Departure.
13:00 hrs. - HELSINKI. Time for lunch. Afternoon free, you will be able to know this city with, its old market, the Russian influence in its buildings and churches.
Note: a boat trip to Suomenlina scheduled on Friday morning can be made at this time according to the routes of the participating passengers.
Leaving the hotel at 09:00 hrs., we enjoy a boat trip to Suomenlinna Islands , a group of islands, where we can witness a great fortress that used to protect the sea entry to the city, it has been declared World Heritage. Take time to walk around, it is possible to cross the islands through small pedestrian bridges. Free time in the afternoon. Our guide will accompany you to the islands and advise you on the possibilities of leasure; you will have a return ticket, having the opportunity to decide how long you wish to stay on this beautiful archipelago.
End of our services.
Please, check the time of your flight in case you might need an additional night. Our guide will advise you on the best public transportation for your transfers.
Note: In case you have to book an external service (plane/train...) on the day of the end of your tour with activities included, please remember that the schedules of the detailed itineraries are the "planned" ones but may be affected by different circumstances (traffic density, customer delays, breakdowns...). Do not book a flight/train with a tight schedule without taking this into account. Always leave a margin in the schedule for unforeseen events.

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