Southern Route
 
Day 1
Arrive at Frankfurt airport and drive to Seligenstadt to see the Einhardt basilica, built in the 9th century A.D. to preserve the relics of the Roman martyrs Marcellinus and Petrus, that were brought here from Rome in 828. See the precious shrine and time permitting, visit the ajoining cloister. Drive forth to Würzburg for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 2
City sightseeing tour in Würzburg, former seat of a powerful bishopry. See the Residential palace with frescoes by Tiepolo and the Court Chapel. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon short cruise on the Main River. Disembark at Veitshöchheim to stroll in the beautiful gardens surrounding the summer palace. Continue to Dettelbach and stop to see the shrine of Our Lady In The Sand to see the miraculous picture of 1505. Reach Bamberg in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 3
Sightseeing tour of the lovely medieval city centre, partly on foot. The major monument is the impressive Romanesque cathedral with the grave of emperor Henry II „the saint“ and emperess Kunigunde. In the adjoining museum you can see the crown and mantles of the imperial couple. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon short drive to nearby Staffelstein to see the magnificent church of the Fourteen Saints a masterpiece of the Baroque architecture. This church was built on the site of the miraculous apparition of Jesus and the fourteen Saints Helpers in 1445-46. In the middle of the beautiful building you see the main altar featuring the miracle. Drive to Regensburg, one of the oldest German cities for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 4
During the tour of Regensburg you will see the city gates of the 2000 years old Roman settlement, the magnificent gothic cathedral of St. Peter amid the medieval city centre. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon drive to Weltenburg, one of the most beautiful cloisters in Bavaria built on the Danube River bank. After touring the church short cruise on the Danube along the winding gorges between steep walls of chalck rocks. Late afternoon drive to Landshut for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 5
Before leaving Landshut pay a short visit to St. Martin’s church to see the impressive belfry. Drive to Altötting, the most worshipped shrine in Bavaria. In 1489 a child falled down from an hay waggoon, slipped in the water and drowned. He was saved by a picture of a black Madonna, which is now preserved in the Gnadenkapelle, the most important building of the town. After a sightseeing tour you have time to attend a holy mass. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon drive to Munich for an orientation city tour of the Bavarian capital city. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 6
Your sightseeing tour will show you the medieval city centre with the cathedral and the townhall (chimes concert). Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the memorial of the former concentration camp in Dachau, to see the site and the adjoining museum. On request attend a holy mass at the memorial chapel. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 7
Early morning drive to the Alps region to world famous Oberammergau. A pedestrian tour of the village will show you the painted houses, formerly set of the Passion Plays since 1638. These are now held at a special theatre every ten years (next ones in 2010). Drive along the Ammer Valley with the skyline of the Alps. Stop at the Wieskirche (the Church in the Field), built in 1740 to preserve the miraculous statue of Scourged Christ. This is one of the major sites of pilgrimages in Bavaria and alltogether a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Lunch in the village of Hohenschwangau. Afternoon climb up the hill (horse-driven carriage available on the spot) and touring Neuschwanstein, the most famous of the Royal Bavarian Castles. Late afternoon arrive at Weingarten for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 8
Morning visit of the Basilica on top of the town. Since the Middle Age this magnificent church preserves a most venerated shrine: the relic of Jesus Holy Blood. Drive along the hills of the Suabian Woods to reach Stuttgart. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon city sightseeng tour (Bible Museum on request) including the Mercedes Car Museum showing the very first automobile. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 9
Morning drive to Maulbronn to visit one of the finest religious buildings in Germany, the former Cistercian Cloister, classified by the UNESCO. This was built between 1140 and 1300 in Romanesque and Gothic styles. Arrive at Heidelberg for lunch. Afternoon touring of this romantic university city and its castle (see the giant barrel). Evening farewell dinner at a traditional student tavern. Overnight.
 
Day 10
Drive to Frankfurt airport.
 
The programme of this tour is but a suggestion!
Your gateway to Germany is a different airport than we suggest? Are you not arriving and departing from the same airport? Is your group travelling to Germany by motorcoach and they need no ground transportation? You just want a different routing?

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