Germany and Norway

Duration

12 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Berlin

Available

April 2024 / March 2025

Cities to visit: Berlin; Dresden; Bamberg; Nuremberg; Kloster Weltenburg; Dachau, Bavaria; Munich; Fussen; Rothenburg; Frankfurt; Rhine Cruise; Cologne; Dortmund; Fairy Tale Route; Hannover; Hamburg; Flensburg; Aarhus; Kristiansand; Stavanger; Bergen; Sogne Fjord; Oslo

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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! We’ll transfer you to the hotel and you’ll have some free time. In the afternoon, you’ll find information about the start of your tour on the boards located at the hotel reception.
IMPORTANT: Please note that hotel check-in time is typically at 14:00 p.m. If you need early room access, consider booking an additional night at the start of your trip.
If you have booked additional nights, your room will be prepared upon arrival, but your trip guide will generally only contact you when the scheduled activities begin. At reception, you’ll find a sign with contact details and assistance hours for our staff. Until the tour begins, your schedule is free, and the hotel staff can assist with any inquiries.
Optional activities: During your trip, your guide may offer optional activities. We recommend booking these activities well in advance through the Europamundo app or your "My Trip" link to ensure availability. Last-minute bookings may result in limited availability (e.g., tickets, coach seats).
Note: The timings in this itinerary are indicative. The guide may adjust schedules as needed to make sure you have the best experience.
08:00 a.m. – Berlin (confirm schedule at hotel reception). We’ll begin our panoramic tour of Berlin with a local guide, lasting approximately two and a half hours. From the bus, we’ll see Museum Island, the Television Tower, the central shopping streets, the old cathedral destroyed in World War II, the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, and the city’s large parks. We’ll also leave the coach to explore the Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall Memorial Museum, two powerful landmarks that remind us of Germany’s difficult history in the previous century. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city at your leisure. Optionally, you can visit Potsdam with its gardens, Sanssouci Palace, and Cecilienhof Palace.
Note: In some cases, the city tour may take place the day before.
Total distance covered: 540 km.
Scenery: Forests, hills, and little villages along the way.
07:30 a.m. - Departure from Berlin.
10:00 a.m. - Arrival in Dresden. Known as the pearl of the River Elbe, this city was once the residence of the kings of Saxony. The grand palace stands as a testament to Dresden’s glorious historic past. We’ll have time to stroll and explore.
12:00 p.m. - Departure from Dresden. We’ll head south towards Germany, stopping at a service area for lunch.
04:15 p.m. - Arrival in Bamberg. This lively and beautiful city is a must-see. Enjoy a stroll through "Little Venice," with its picturesque canals and monumental heritage, making Bamberg one of Germany´s most enchanting cities. We’ll have time to explore.
05:30 p.m. - Departure from Bamberg.
06:30 p.m. - Arrival in Nuremberg. Bavaria´s second-largest city, Nuremberg, features a historic castle, ancient walls, and an old university. The city also holds significant reminders of World War II and the Nazi era. Despite being completely destroyed during the war, Nuremberg has risen from its ashes. We’ll have time to wander through its bustling center. Accommodation.
Total distance covered: 250 km.
Scenery: Valleys, lush meadows, and industrial cities along the banks of the Danube.
08:00 a.m. - Departure from Nuremberg. Today’s journey will be full of surprises.
09:45 a.m. - Arrival in Kelheim, a city on the banks of the Danube. We’ll board a ferry (scheduled for 9:50 a.m.) for a forty-minute cruise along the Danube, in the area known as the “Danube Gorge”. We’ll arrive at Kloster Weltenburg, a stunning Benedictine monastery founded in 1040, with time to explore.
12:00 p.m. - Departure from Kloster Weltenburg. We’ll continue our journey along little roads.
01:30 p.m. - Dachau. We’ll have time for lunch before we visit the concentration camp museum in the outskirts of Munich, a reminder of the harrowing times of Nazism. There will be time to tour the complex. At the start of the afternoon, we’ll continue to Munich, where we’ll visit the impressive BMW Welt, a modern multifunctional exhibition facility of the prestigious German vehicle brand BMW Group. We’ll also see the park that houses the Olympiastadion, an architectural marvel where the 1972 Olympic Games were held. After this, you’ll have free time in the historic center. You can stroll through Marienplatz, the heart of Munich, visit the picturesque Viktualienmarkt open-air market, relax in the Englischer Garten, or enjoy the traditional beer houses.
Note: In winter or when Danube’s water level is too low, the cruise will not operate. In this case, the journey will be made by road.
Note: During the Beer Festival, accommodation may be in the vicinity of Munich.
Total distance covered: 575 km.
Scenery: Stunning landscapes featuring mountains, lakes, and picturesque villages.
07:30 a.m. - Departure from Munich.
09:30 a.m. - Füssen. Nestled in the Bavarian Alps, this charming town is home to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. With our guide, we’ll walk to Mary’s Bridge to take in the breathtaking scenery of the gorge. You can return to the bus on foot or by horse carriage (not included).
11:30 a.m. - Departure from Füssen. We’ll head towards the Rhine Valley, stopping at a motorway service area for lunch.
03:15 p.m. - Rothenburg. Often considered the prettiest village in Germany, Rothenburg is located on the Romantic Road and boasts a beautifully preserved medieval quarter. We’ll visit the Christmas Museum (tickets included) and have time for a walk.
04:45 p.m. - Departure from Rothenburg.
07:15 p.m. - Frankfurt. Before settling into our hotel, our guide will drop you off near Römer Square in the city center. Enjoy some free time to explore.
Total distance covered: 369 km.
Scenery: Picturesque landscapes following the Rhine and Moselle Valleys, with charming villages along the way.
08:00 a.m. - Departure from Frankfurt. Today, we’ll explore the stunning Rhine and Moselle Valleys, two rivers rich in history and dotted with picturesque villages.
09:00 a.m. - Rüdesheim am Rhein. This charming medieval village is bustling with tourists and commercial activity. After some free time, we’ll go on a two-hour boat ride on the Rhine. We’ll cruise along the most scenic part of the river, featuring fortresses, medieval villages, ancient churches, and hillside vineyards. We’ll arrive in Sankt Goar and continue our journey along scenic roads toward the Moselle Valley.
12:15 p.m. - Cochem. A picturesque village dominated by its castle which dates back over a thousand, years, Cochem is the perfect spot for lunch and a leisurely walk.
03:00 p.m. - Departure from Cochem.
04:45 p.m. - Cologne. We’ll visit its impressive Gothic cathedral, which, at 154 meters tall, was the tallest building in the world until the late 19th century. Enjoy a walk along the Rhine River and through the lively city center.
07:00 p.m. - Departure from Cologne for our hotel.
08:15 p.m. - Dortmund. Accommodation.
Note: During fairs or congresses, accommodation may be in a nearby city.
Total distance covered: 290 km.
Today, we’ll embark on a magical journey, reminiscing about our favorite childhood stories and movies as we travel through the towns that inspired the Brothers Grimm, now known as the Fairy Tale Route.
08:00 a.m. - Departure from Dortmund.
10:15 a.m. - Arrival in Trendelburg, a picturesque walled village where we’ll visit the large medieval castle and the famous Rapunzel Tower (admission included) – we’ll see the princess´s long blonde braid which still hangs from the window.
11:15 a.m. - Departure from Trendelburg. We’ll continue along scenic roads, crossing forests that will remind us of the tale of Hansel and Gretel.
12:00 p.m. - Höxter. We’ll have time for lunch in this lively small town, home to Corvey Abbey, an old monastery from the 9th century and a World Heritage Site (admission included).
02:30 p.m. - Departure from Höxter. We’ll continue our route, making a brief stop in Polle to photograph the exterior ruins of Cinderella’s Castle.
03:45 p.m. - Hamelin, a city renowned for the tale of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”. Hamelin, renowned for the tale of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin." We’ll immerse ourselves in the Grimm Brothers´ story, following the mouse´s footprints through the city. There will be time for a walk.
05:30 p.m. - Departure from Hamelin.
06:30 p.m. - Arrival in Hanover. We’ll take a walk through the center before heading to our hotel.
Note: On some dates, the accommodation might be in Cologne or another nearby city, in which case, the departure from Cologne on Thursday will be at 07:30 a.m.
Total distance covered: 520 km
Countryside: Hills and plains of Denmark. Rich farming regions.
NB: We go into Denmark, a country where you will need Danish kroner.
Transfer to the centre and time for a stroll in the centre of Hanover, a very busy city.
08:30 hrs - Hanover –Departure-. We travel towards the north of Germany.
10:45 hrs - Hamburg – Arrival in this city which stands between the lake and its busy port on the River Elbe (full of restaurants). Our guide will take us around the port and give us information about the city. Hamburg is one of the most active and representative cities of Germany. Time to have a stroll and for lunch.
13:30hrs - Hamburg -departure.
15:45 hrs - Flensburg. - A small picturesque city by the sea with its pretty sports marina. Time for a walk.
16:45 hrs - Flensburg –Departure-. We go into Denmark.
19.00 hrs - Aarhus. - The second most important city in Denmark, a stroll through its busy pedestrian centre is recommended.
Total distance: 420 km.

Scenery: Attractive woodlands and mountains in Norway; first view of fjords.
Note: The times of the ferries between Denmark and Norway often vary and so the times during this part of the circuit will depend on those changes. We recommend you wear warm clothing for the boat crossing. Note: although in Norway, the currency used is the Norwegian Krone, in Scandinavian countries, cash is practically not used, payments are made using bank credit or debit cards. Don´t forget to bring your card.
08:00 h - Aarhus –Departure-. We set out for the northern part of Denmark, amidst attractive scenery.
10:30 h - Hirsthals. We take a tour of this city and port before embarking on the modern ferry to cross the North Sea to Norway-. Normally our boat sails at 12.15 h. The crossing takes about three hours.
15:30 h. - Kristiansand – We land and then continue our journey-.
17:00 h. - Flekkefjord – A town on a fjord, with wooden houses and tiny restaurants. Time to explore.
17:45 h. - Flekkfjord –Departure-. The scenery is even more attractive.
19:45 h. - Stavanger –Arrival-. Free time to explore this beautiful lively city next to the sea.
Total distance: 170 km.

Scenery: Beautiful fjord and sea landscapes. Many bridges that will make you feel you are travelling between the “sea and the land”. Deep tunnels. Two sections travelling by boat.
Notes: Wear warm clothing during the boat crossings. There may sometimes be queues to board the boats, and we may arrive at Bergen later than planned.

07:30 h. - Stavanger –On leaving the city, we will stop at the " Swords in Rock" monument, where we will remember the Vikings before continuing on along the coast and soon come to Mortavika where we take a boat and cross Skunden fjord , which takes just over half an hour
Arrival at Aarsvagen where we continue to travel through amazing scenery dominated by the sea. We then pass through the deepest tunnel in the world, below the sea.
At approximately 11.30 h. we arrive at Sandvikvag where we make a boat crossing lasting 45 minutes surrounded by spectacular fjords.
13:30 h. Bergen – Arrival-. We ascend on the cable car to Mount Flouyen (price of trip included) where there are fantastic views of the city and its fjords. Then visitors have a free afternoon in Bergen, to enjoy its lively atmosphere.
Total distance: 520 km.

Scenery: Spectacular scenery. Impressive views of mountains and fjords and landscapes permanently covered in snow.
Note: H ave warm clothes at hand to enjoy the snow and the short stretch by ferry between the fjords. The schedules of the cruise can be modified; according to that the schedule of the rest of the day may also undergo changes.
07.45hrs . - Bergen –Departure-. We set out amidst beautiful scenery and enter the fjords region.
09.45hrs- Waterfall of Tvindefoss. Short stop to admire this beautiful waterfall 100m of height also call Trollafossen or waterfall of the Trolls. Its waters have the reputation not only of rejuvenating but also of increasing the sexual potency.
10.15hrs- Departure to Sognefjord , the largest Norwegian fjord and often considered the most beautiful one. We continue our journey through impressive landscapes and come to Gudvangen.
10:30 hrs. – Gudvangen . We visit this tiny city and then take a boat cruise on the fiord (departure scheduled for 12.00 h.). The cruise lasts for just over 1h30min and takes us near impressive cliffs. We recommend having lunch on board.
At about 13.30 hrs . we arrive in Aurland, and then continue our journey surrounded by woods, lakes, isolated mountains with peaks covered in snow all the year round and glaciers.
After passing through the 24.5km Aurland tunnel , considered the longest in the world and using innovative techniques to rest the eyes and avoid the monotony of the drivers, we will arrive to the Borgund medieval wooden church , possibly the best preserved Norwegian temple of the 12th century, where we will make a brief stop to admire from the outside and take a photo .

18:45 hrs. - Oslo –Arrival-. Free time in this pleasant Norwegian city next to the fjord that ears its name and surrounded by mountains. We can visit its port, streets and the works of art of the Frognerparken.
We include a sightseeing tour with a local guide of the Norwegian capital; this city combines its vibrant modern architecture with its classical buildings, magnificent scenery and large parks with sculptures. It has been nominated the "European green capital". Free time after the city tour.
Our journey will come to an end, leaving you with wonderful and lasting memories.
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.
If you need to book an external service (like a plane or train) on the last day of your tour, which includes activities, please note that the detailed itineraries are based on "planned" schedules and could be affected by various factors such as traffic, customer delays, mechanical issues, etc. It´s advisable not to book a flight or train with a tight schedule without considering these factors. Always allocate extra time in your schedule for unexpected events.

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