Romantic Road, Munich, Royal Castles, Alp Mountains, Venice and Rome: what else is there to say? A great travel itinerary for independent travelers!
From Frankfurt, where the Limes once formed the northern border of the Roman Empire, this Rail tour takes you along an old trading route, the Romantic Road, to Munich and on to Innsbruck, Venice and Rome (can also be arranged from Rome to Frankfurt Int. Airport). An Airport Shuttle transfer to/from Rome Airport form/to the hotel in Rome can be added. The tour includes second class Rail, most of the time on High-speed trains (see the tableau this is already included in the price of your tour) and there is an option to upgraded to 1st-class Rail for the long distance train rides . This is just an extra of US $ 239.00 per Person and includes seat reservations! Here you also find everything else that is included: rail tickets, tours and admissions.
Price per Person
|two sharing a double room||one in a single room||three sharing a triple room|
|US $ 1,819||US $ 2,849||US $ 1,639|
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DAY 1 Frankfurt Int. Airport to Wurzburg
By High-Speed train (ICE) you will be traveling from Frankfurt Int. Airport directly to Wurzburg, the gateway to the Romantic Road. Your hotel is located in alking distance from Wurzburg Central Station. Visit the Old Town in Wurzburg as well as the Residence admission included), where you can join a free English-speaking tour at 3pm each day. From mid-March to October you may also want to visit Fortress Marienberg which is towering above the scenic Old Town of the “Historic Highlights of Germany” city of Wurzburg (closed on Mondays, admission included).
Day 2 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
By regional rail you will get from Wurzburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The Bavarian medieval town is definitely a highlight along your tour. Your charming Hotel is located in the Old Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber (within the City Wall). Taking a walk thru this charming little town is truly a journey back in time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber was once a powerful free imperial town and its monuments, landmarks and buildings still bear witness to these days. Marvel at the half-timbered buildings and on top of the historic town walls which are withstanding time since hundreds of years. Visit the town’s most famous spot, the Ploenlein square, probably the most photographed place in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Also very interesting to see is the Spitalbastei Gate, created by Leonhard Weidmann, the latin inscription on the gate reading: ” Peace to those who enter, health to those who leave”. The Gothic St. James Church is the town’s most prominent church, here you can take a minute and relax in quietness while you enjoy the beauty of the famous Altar of the Holy Blood and the Twelve Apostles Altar. Rothenburg ob der Tauber also offers museums which are cultural highlights, such as the Christmas Museum (admission included) with an exhibition showing Christmas tradition in Germany, the Doll and Toy Museum where the history of playthings is shown, as well as the Crime Museum, where the visitor gets an insight into the law and especially its execution during the last 700 years. In the evening take an English-speaking tour with the Night-Watchman (included).
DAY 3 Nuremberg
By Rail it takes less than 1,5 hours from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Nuremberg. Your hotel is located in walking distance from Nuremberg Central Station (which is located just outside the Old City Wall surrounding Nuremberg Old Town and the Imperial Castle). Nuremberg’s history reaches back to the year 1050, its name “nourenberc” translates into “rocky hill”. Nuremberg’s famous landmark, the “Kaiserburg” (Imperial Castle), towers above the Old town, which is protected by the five kilometers long city wall, many towers and gates can still be visited. The medieval Castle is one of the most important imperial palaces dating from the middle ages from the 11th century (admission included). In the Third Reich Adolf Hitlers´Nazi Party had chosen Nuremberg for their Nazi Rallies and if you are interested in that part of history you may want to visit the Documenation Center Nazi Rally Grounds which are located just south of the Old Town.
When exploring the beauty of Nuremberg’s medieval Old Town you may want to start right at the Koenigstor (“Kingsgate”) which is the gate right across from Nuremberg Central Station. From where the timber framed buildings, the Gothic Church of St.Lawrence and the Church of St.Sebaldus can be easily reached by foot. Right next to the Koenigstor is the Handwerkerhof (craft center), here you will feel like you are back in the medieval times, there are craft workshops like they used to have a long time ago as well as a gingerbread bakery. Make sure to enjoy a Nuremberg Bratwurst along with a beer or a glass of “Frankenwein” (franconian wine).
DAY 4 Munich
On board of the direct High-speed ICE-train it takes a little more than an hour from Nuremberg to Munich. The price of your tour already includes a ticket for unlimited free use of public transportation within Munich (also to Munich Int. Airport) as well as admission to many sights in Munich (Munich Residence and Residence Museum, Treasury, Cuvilliés-Theatre, Hall of Fame and Statue of Bavaria,Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Marstallmuseum, Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain) and with your tour package you will also receive walking suggestions for a self-guided walking tour through Munich City Center. Along this walking tour you will visit the Marienplatz with the New Town Hall (with the “Glockenspiel”), the Konigsplatz (King´s Square), cultural center in the 19th century and later, during the “Third Reich”, site of Nazi Party mass rallies and location of the Nazi Party headquarters in Germany, the English Garden as well as the the State Opera House. You will be able to visit famous churches like Munich Frauenkirche, “Dom zu Unserer Lieben Frau (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady), with a height of 325 ft. a Munich landmark, St. Peters Church, built in the 14th century and the Asam Church, which was built as a private chapel and integrated into an apartment building. The tour will pass by the most famous Munich shopping streets (Kaufinger street and Neuhauser street) as well as by the “Viktualienmarkt”, a traditional farmers market (open every day except on Sundays). The tour will take you by the famous “Alois Dallmayr” luxury delicatessen and coffee store as well as to the Hofbrauhaus of course, probably the world’s most popular beer hall. This may be a great place to enjoy a hearty dinner and a fresh Mass of beer (one mug holds 33.8 US fl oz)!
DAY 5 Escorted Coach tour to Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace
Your all-day, escorted coach tour will first take you to Oberammergau for a photo stop. The coach will then take you to Linderhof Palace, the “Royal Villa” of Ludwig II. Visit this beautiful furnished castle and the park. Admission to Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle is included in the price of the tour. The picture of Neuschwanstein is probably present in everybody’s mind but certainly for those traveling along the Romantic Road. Be prepared that reality will surpass all pictures and imaginations. Neuschwanstein seems to be taken out of a fairy tale! Seeing the castle from the outside is unforgettable, a tour of the interior, which was originally built for one famous inhabitant, will make the picture perfect! But make sure to take some time to explore the castle grounds. The view of Neuschwanstein from the bridge behind the Castle is like no other! PLEASE NOTE: if you have been on the escorted coach tour to the Royal Castles before it is also possible to change this to a different tour from Munich.
DAY 6 Innsbruck
Speed rail will take you in a little less than two hours from Munich Central Station to Innsbruck in Austria – Capital of Tyrol. You will be able to enjoy a very scenic train ride since the train will take you right through the Alp Mountains – passing Rosenheim and Kufstein. Innsbruck is known as the “Capital of the Alps“. From Innsbruck Central Station it is just about a 10 minute walk to the Old Town where you find one of the highlights of Innsbruck: the “Goldenes Dachl“ (golden roof). Most of the sights are on the right bank of the River Inn, from which the town takes its name. Innsbruck’s boulevard and central pedestrian area is “Maria-Theresien-Strasse” which offers a nice street view with the mountains seen in the back. The oldest part of town, the Altstadt, is a small area between the river and the semi-circle of road known as the Graben (now a street, but once the route of the old moat that surrounded this part of town). Delivery vehicles are allowed down the cobbled streets at certain times of day, but otherwise pedestrians can wander around uninterrupted. A good orientation point is the Sprungstadion ski jump – built in 1964 for the winter Olympics – that sticks up rather incongruously on the southern side of town.
Day 7 – Venice
Take the afternoon train from Innsbruck to Venice. Your hotel is in walking distance from the rail station. You have all afternoon and evening to see many of the highlights: the Rialto Bridge which is the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal in Venice, St. Mark´s Square the principal public square of Venice, the Doge´s Palace one of the main landmarks of Venice… and many more!
Day 8 – Venice
One of the best ways to see the highly pedestrianized city of Venice is by foot, where most of the top attractions are easily within walking distance. On the two-hour English-speaking Venice walking tour, you’ll be escorted through the city’s most famous landmarks: St. Mark’s Square, Marco Polo’s House, the Cannareggio District and much more. Skip the line at St. Mark’s Basilica and uncover hidden Venice with your local, English-speaking tour guide. You’ll walk through history – from the city’s beginnings as a maritime power to the modern day sightseeing mecca Venice has become.
Day 9 – Rome
For the High-speed EuroStar train from Venice to Rome we will reserve seats for you for the train leaving around 10:30am (travel time 3:45 hours). If you would like to spend more time in Venice please let us know and we will make the reservation for a later train.
Depending on your arrival time in Rome, you may have free time for sightseeing in Rome City Center, where your hotel is located. From there many of the major sights in the City are within walking distance. Visit the Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna, the Piazza Navona with its many baroque attractions by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini, the Trevi Fountain and many more.
Day 10 – Rome
Maybe you want go on a three-hour English-speaking walking tour to day. The tour includes a visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and will give you an overall impression of the most significant sights of Ancient Rome. The tour starts with the Colosseum and an in-depth discussion on the history of the Amphitheater. After a short break at the Arch of Constantine, you arrive at Palatine Hill, one of the famous Seven Hills of Rome. Walk on the Via Sacra (Sacred Way) to the Roman Forum and see the Temple which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. The tour ends at the Arch of Septimus Severus (within the Roman Forum).
After the tour you may want to have lunch at the Piazza Navona, a beautiful piazza with three fountains. Here you will find many restaurants with outside tables – a very nice place for lunch. After lunch you may want to take a short walk towards the Tiber. On the other side, you find Saint Peter´s Square within the Vatican.
Day 11 Rome
After breakfast your tour ends. Airport Shuttle Transfer from your hotel to the Airport can be added.Would you like to download an overview of the 11 Day Frankfurt to Rome Rail Tour (11R01) as a pdf to print it out or to forward it to a friend? Please download it right here:
This is already included in the price of your tour
|Day 1 - Frankfurt Int. Airport to Wurzburg/ Wurzburg||Unrestricted ticket (not restricted to a specific time or train type - also valid for High-Speed "ICE" trains) from Frankfurt Int. Airport directly to Wurzburg (travel time about 1:30 hrs)||Wurzburger Hof (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Wuerzburg Central Station)||Admission to the Wurzburg Residence and Marienberg Fortress (open March 16th to October, closed on Mondays)|
|Day 2 - Wurzburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber/ Rothenburg ob der Tauber||Unrestricted ticket (not restricted to a specific time or train type) from Wurzburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (travel time about an hour)||Hotel Spitzweg (or similar if not available), located within the Old Town, right across from Rothenburg Central Station - 8 walking minutes)||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Wurzburg, english speaking tour with the Night Watchman and admission to the Christmas Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber|
|Day 3 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Nuermberg/ Nuremberg||Unrestricted ticket (not restricted to a specific time or train type) from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Nuremberg (travel time about 1:20 hrs)||Hotel Victoria (or similar if not available), located within the Old Town, right across from Nuremberg Central Station - 3 walking minutes)||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Admission to the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg, admission to the Deep Well and to the Sinwell Tower|
|Day 4 - Nuremberg to Munich/ Munich||Unrestricted ticket (not restricted to a specific time or train type - also valid for High-Speed "ICE" trains) from Nuremberg directly to Munich (travel time about 1:30 hrs), ticket for unlimited free use of the public transportation system (buses, trams, subways) within Munich||King´s Hotel Center (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Munich Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Nuremberg, Admission Residence Museum & Treasury, Admission Cuvilliés-Theatre, Admission Hall of Fame and Statue of Bavaria, Admission Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Admission Marstallmuseum and Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain|
|Day 5 - Royal Castles/ Munich||no rail ticket needed||King´s Hotel Center (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Munich Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Munich, All day escorted coach tour to Oberammergau and to the Royal Castles - Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace, Admission Neuschwanstein Castle (Hohenschwangau), Admission Linderhof Palace & Park (Ettal)|
|Day 6 - Munich to Innsbruck/ Innsbruck||Restricted ticket (your rail ticket is restricted to a specific train and time) from Munich directly to Innsbruck (travel time about 1:50 hrs)||Hotel Innsbruck (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Innsbruck Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Munich|
|Day 7 - Innsbruck to Venice/ Venice||Restricted ticket (your rail ticket is restricted to a specific train and time) from Innsbruck directly to Venice (travel time about 4:40 hrs)||Hotel Abazzia (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Venice Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Innsbruck|
|Day 8 - Venice||no rail ticket needed||Hotel Abazzia (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Venice Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Venice, free english speaking walking tour thru Venice (daily at 10.45am and 3pm)|
|Day 9 - Venice to Rome/ Rome||Restricted ticket (your rail ticket is restricted to a specific train and time) from Venice to Rome (travel time about 3:45 hrs)||Hotel Napoleon (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Rome Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Venice|
|Day 10 - Rome||no rail ticket needed||Hotel Napoleon (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Rome Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Rome|
|Day 11 - Rome||no rail ticket needed||no hotel needed||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Rome|
Your tour package includes all tickets, vouchers and information necessary to enjoy a great independent tour. The tour package also contains tour information sheets (20-35 pages) with general information about the tour and a day by day itinerary which you can download from our website once your booking is confirmed.
This is not included in the price of your tour
- Airfare from your origin to Frankfurt International Airport/from Rome to your origin
- all meals other than breakfast (which is included)
- gratuities (tips)
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We wanted to start our adventure in Rome and end up in Frankfurt and the wonderful travel experts had no problem accommodating our request! They also helped up add a couple of days into our trip to spend more time in Munich and Frankfurt. All of the hotels were nice and comfortable, there weren't any problems with our reservations and all went smoothly. All of the hotels were within walking distance from the train stations, so they were pretty easy to find. We did run into a couple of times where our train tickets said the time the train was leaving, but we arrived at the station to find out the train had left 20 minutes early! There was no problem getting a later train and switching our reservations, but we went to the train station early after that! All in all this was a great, well organized trip and I would highly recommend using to-europe to organize a trip. I would certainly use them again!
We customised our tour to allow extra time in some cities to see the magnificent architecture and scenery along the way. We were totally impressed with how efficiently and professionally our tour package was put together. The hotels used were of a high standard and close to the railway stations. The checklist provided before the tour, information and links for the places we visited, the clearly explained rail ticketing and walking instructions to the hotels made our experience worry free. Many thenks to the to-europe team for enabling us to have a wonderfel holiday. We'll be back!