Northern Ring

Duration

16 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; Orebro; Stockholm; Helsingor; Copenhagen

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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.
-OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: During your trip, it´s likely that your guide will offer you optional activities. If these activities are available in the Europamundo app or through your "My Trip" link, we strongly recommend that, if interested, you book them well in advance to ensure availability. Waiting until the last minute often means missing out on the opportunity to participate (due to lack of tickets, coach seats, etc).
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.
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.
Distance covered: 540 km.
Countryside: Forests, hills, small villages on the way.
07:30hrs - Berlin –Departure-.
10.00 hrs - Dresden –Arrival-. This city is the pearl of the river Elbe, the former residence of the kings of Saxony. The immense palace by the river Elbe reminds us of the city’s glorious historic past. Time to stroll.

12.00hrs - Dresden –Departure-. We continue towards the south of Germany. Stop in a service area for lunch. -
16:15hrs - Bamberg –Arrival-. A beautiful city full of life, don’t miss a stroll in “the Little Venice”. Its picturesque canals and its monumental heritage make this city one of the most beautiful in Germany. Time to stroll.
17:30 hrs - Bamberg –Departure-
18:30 hrs - Nuremberg -Arrival. The second most important city in Bavaria with its castle, its walls, its ancient university and its reminders of the Second World War and the Nazi period. This city was completely destroyed in the Second World War but has risen from its ashes. Time to stroll in its busy center. Accommodation.
Total distance covered: 250 km.
Scenery: valleys, fertile plains, industrial cities on the banks of the Danube.
08:00 hrs - Nuremberg -departure. Today’s stage will bring us great surprises.
09:45hrs - Kelheim – Arrival in this city on the banks of the Danube. We take a ferry (scheduled time 9:50 hrs.) to have a forty minute cruise through the Danube Valley , in the area known as the “Danube gorges”. We come to KLOSTER WELTENBURG , a very beautiful Benedictine monastery founded in 1040. Time to visit.
12:00hrs- Kloster Weltenburg –Departure-. We continue along tiny roads.
13:30hrs - Dachau –Arrival-. Concentration camp and museum. In this impressive place we will remember the difficult times of Nazism. Time to see the complex.

We continue to Munich , where we will visit the impressive BMW WELT (BMW world) complex , a very modern facility with multifunctional exhibitions of the BMW group, the prestigious German car manufacturers. We will also see the park, where the architecturally beautiful Olympiastadium stands, and where the famous Olympic Games of 1972 were held. After this free time in the historic center to enjoy the typical beer houses.
Note: In winter time or if the flow of the Danube River is too low, the cruise does not operate. In such a case this part of the journey will be carried out by road.
Note: At the time of the Beer Festival, the hotel might be located in the vicinity of Munich.
Distance covered: 575 km Countryside: Very beautiful scenery: Mountains, lakes, picturesque villages.
07:30hrs - Munich –Departure-.
09:30hrs - Fussen –Arrival-. In this city of Bavaria, nestled in the mountains, we come to the castle of Neuschwanstein . With our guide, we will walk to Queen Mary’s Bridge to enjoy the fantastic scenery between the gorges. You can walk back to the bus or take a horse and carriage (not included).
11:30hrs - Fussen. Departure-. We travel to the Rhine Valley. Stop in the service area on the motorway for lunch.
15:15 hrs - Rothenburg –Arrival-. For many, this is the prettiest village in Germany. It is located on the Romantic Route. Its walls, its marvellous, perfectly preserved mediaeval quarter. We include tickets to the Christmas Museum . Time for a walk.
16:45hrs- Rothenburg –Departure-.
19:15 hrs - Frankfurt –Arrival-. Before settling in our hotel, our guide will leave you for a while next to the Romer Platz, in the city center. Free time.
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: 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.
Total distance: 530 km.

Scenery: Impressive scenery, with mountains, forests and lakes.
08.00 hrs.- This morning we include a panoramic tour of the Norwegian capital with a local guide. This city unites its vibrant modern architecture with its classic buildings, a magnificent landscape environment and large parks with sculptures. Oslo has been named the “European green capital”. After the visit free time until departure.
11:30 h. - Oslo- Departure. We travel to Sweden with its impressive lakes, dense forests.
13.00 hrs.- After the border crossing, we stopped at a service area for lunch.
17.00hrs- Orebro - Arrival to this Swedish town next to a beautiful lake with a castle and charming historic center. Time for a walk.
18.00 hrs.- Orebro. Departure.
20.30hrs.- Arrival in STOCKHOLM in the evening.
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.
Total distance: 595 km.
Scenery: Large lakes and forests. Ferry crossing to Denmark.
07:30 h. - Stockholm –Departure-. We set out for southern Sweden, amidst pleasant scenery.
14:30 h . - Helsingborg – A bustling city in southern Sweden, on the Baltic coast. Time to have lunch and take a stroll before taking the small f erry to Denmark, which takes 20 minutes.

16:30 h. (approximately).- Arrival at Helsingor in Denmark. Free time in HELSINGOR , Hamlet’s city, with the enormous KRONBORG CASTLE. Visitors can take a picture of the exterior. Then we carry on to our next stop, Copenhagen.
18:45 h. - Copenhagen –Arrival-.
Note: On holidays or during conferences, we may soujourn Malmö, a Swedish city located 25 km from Copenhagen and connected by a fantastic suspension bridge.
Total distance covered by road: 395 km
Countryside: Pleasant hills in the south of Denmark. Large plains in Germany.
07.30 hrs- In the morning, we set off for a city tour of the Danish capital. This is the largest city in Scandinavia and full of contrasts: we are shown its popular “Tivoli”; Christianborg Palace; the Nyhavn terraces; the mermaid … Ending our visit at around 10:30 in the morning. Free time.
12:30hrs- - Copenhagen –Departure-. We travel towards the south of Denmark.
14:45 hrs - Gedser, Arrival in this small city on the Baltic Sea, where we board a ship for Germany . Our ship leaves at around 15:30 hrs.. An almost two-hour crossing in a modern ferry. We recommend lunch in its restaurants and stroll on deck.
At around 17:30 hrs Arrival in Rostock, in the north of Germany and continuation to Berlin.
20:30 hrs - Berlin –Arrival-.
Note: if only a few passengers make the journey between Copenhagen/Berlin, this route can be done on a regular passenger line without changing the content of this stage.
After breakfast, end of our services.
Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

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