Driving destination Germany-Austria
Here is an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime, a holiday that is different and real. It`s called self-drive. Get behind the wheels and feel the spirit of a true traveller as you mingle with the locals and find your way around the map. Add to this experience with the scenic view of your surrounding and the thrilling things to do on the list.
16 Days / 15 Nights
(starting price per adult
inclusive of airfare)
Airfares are subject to change.
Below is the tour cost without airfare.
Day 1, Cologne
Cologne`s history traces back more than two millennia. Founded as Roman colony, the town flourished in the Middle Ages. Various powers soon gained influence on the town which up to the present days developed into a cosmopolitan city. Cologne is more than just a city - it is a matter of the heart, an emotion and an unfalteringly positive state of mind. At the root of this outlook are carnival, kolsch beer and, of course, Cologne Cathedral. Overnight at Cologne.
Day 2, Cologne
Your afternoon starts with a visit to the city`s landmark - Cologne Cathedral. It is one of the largest churches in Europe and one of Germany`s top attractions, with more than six million people visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site every year. At approximately 157 metres in height, the Gothic cathedral has the second tallest church spire in Europe and houses the shrine of the Three Wise Men. Another highlight at the cathedral since 2007 is the window by artist Gerhard Richter. Get amazed by this architectural marvel. Next head to the Rhine in Flame in the evening. Rhine in Flames: the river at its most romantic. This captivating display of fireworks and illuminations can be witnessed on five dates at some of the most scenic locations on the Middle Rhine. There`s always a traditional wine festival or similar celebration happening at the same time, as well as music and dancing. In the late evening, beautifully illuminated boats sail out into the river to give their passengers the best views of the fireworks, which begin as the flotilla arrives. Overnight at Cologne.
Day 3, Nurburgring
Today you head to Nurburgring which is a motorsports complex around the village of Nurburg. Feel like Michael Schumacher out here and enjoy the thrill of speed! On several days in the year the Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit is now open for tourist drivers. Take a drive in the circuit; carry home mementos that will remind you of the thrill and excitement of racing. Overnight at Nurburgring.
Day 4, Stuttgart
Today you drive from Nurburgring to Stuttgart. And during this scenic drive you will make a stopover at Heidelberg Castle. The city has so much to offer: charm and character in abundance between the Old Bridge and the mighty castle, an unparalleled choice of culture and entertainment, hearty yet heavenly cuisine and a picturesque setting nestled between the Neckar River and the foothills of the Odenwald forest. The Heidelberg Castle is perched on the slopes of Mount Konigstuhl some 70 metres above the Neckar. Together with the Old Bridge across the river, the castle and its neighbouring buildings are among the most impressive sights anywhere in Germany. Arrive in Stuttgart. Overnight at Stuttgart.
Day 5, Stuttgart
There are cars you drive... and then there are cars you dream of. Stuttgart has both in abundance. Not only does the city produce internationally renowned cars, but it also lives and breathes automotive history in a way that nowhere else does. So, head to the Mercedes Museum. The only museum in the world to present the history of the automotive industry from start to finish. Before you even step foot in the building you are struck by the museum`s futuristic design - and once inside, you cannot fail to be mesmerised by the 160 automotive gems on display. There are other treasures on show at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Centre in Fellbach, including such motoring legends as the 300 SL gullwing. Your evening is free for shopping at Koenigstrasse. It is the shopping mile of Stuttgart. Along this street you can find department stores, special shops, cafes and relaxation areas. It`s pretty long and worth the walk, really because literally every attraction in Stuttgart, at some point, becomes a corner away when you`re walking down Koenigstrasse. Overnight at Stuttgart.
Day 6, Baden-Baden
Today you drive to Baden the spa town. After a long drive relax at the Caracalla Spa. It offers lots of scope for you to unwind in relaxation and bathe at leisure in the hot thermal water. The bathing area with its large variety of bathing pools and the Roman saunascape with an outdoor area in the picturesque castle gardens invite you to relax and enjoy. Discover Baden-Baden on a horse drawn carriage ride. Sit back, relax and enjoy this sightseeing tour with a difference. The well-known coachman will not only show you all the interesting parts of the town, but he`ll also tell you a few amusing tales on the way. Experience the magic of Baden-Baden from the grand viewpoint of a horse-drawn carriage. In the evening head to the Merkure Mountain the highest point at Baden-Baden. Ride Europe`s steepest and most technically advanced, funicular railway. You can stand back and admire the view. Overnight at Baden Baden.
Day 7, Baden-Baden
Today you head to the Karlsruhe Palace. When Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach laid the foundation stone for the palace in 1715, he also marked the birth of the city. At his behest the palace was built amid previously unspoilt countryside in the Hardt forest, just like Louis XIV had done with Versailles. The streets and avenues of Karlsruhe radiate out from the palace - a symbol of power and perfection. The palace served as a residence for the Margraves and Grand Dukes of Baden until 1918. Today it houses the Baden State Museum and part of the Federal Constitutional Court. Overnight at Baden Baden.
Day 8, Black Forest
Drive to Blackforest and visit Vogtsbauernhof the Historical Open Air Museum. Culture and history come to life in this open air museum. Find out how people have lived and worked in Black Forest farmhouses over the last 400 years. Most of the buildings are open to the public and black smoke rooms, furnished farmhouse parlors and bedchambers with painted furniture, shield clocks and tiled stoves can be seen in the houses as well as the impressive roof structures of the large farmsteads, which were used to store hay. The visitor obtains a fascinating insight into rural life and housing and the rural culture and technology of the Black Forest. A great variety of traditional crafts are demonstrated every day. Overnight at Black Forest.
Day 9, Black Forest
Today it`s all about fun and excitement with a day tour to Europa park. Look forward to a sensational mix of adventure, entertainment and white-knuckle thrills. The 90-hectare grounds are divided into themed lands, 13 of which feature the architecture, food and flora of a particular European region. More than 100 shows and attractions - including eleven roller-coasters - promise extreme thrills, excitement and plenty of memorable moments. Overnight at Black Forest.
Day 10, Black Forest
Start you morning in the spirit of adventure as you Zipline through the trees. Try the longest Zipline in Germany with 570 Meter (1870 feet) and 83 Meter (272 feet) above ground. In the afternoon surround yourself with the magic of the Black Forest and relax in the idyllic ambience of the Hofgut Sternen. Head to the Glassblowers studio and see how glass articles are made from the raw materials or fin a generous selection of typical souvenirs from the Black Forest, jewellery and accessories whether it`s a cuckoo clock, a beerstein or a piece of jewellery, you`ll find that something special to take back home. Your late afternoon is reserved for the Feldberg Mountain, the highest in the Black Forest. A cableway runs from the car park at the Haus der Natur (House of Nature) to the Seebuck foothill. The actual summit of the Feldberg is reached from the upper terminus via a 2km footpath. There are several sign-posted hiking trails leading round the summit area with a walking time of between 30 minutes and 3 hours, from which you can enjoy the beauty of the landscape in its entirety and the magnificent views in every imaginable direction. Overnight at Black Forest.
Day 11, Garmisch Partenkirshen
Drive to Garmisch Partenkirshen and visit the Neuschwanstein Castle. It is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Among the castle`s finest rooms are two magnificent halls. One of these, the Singers` Hall, is a larger and more exquisite version of the same room in the Wartburg, and also incorporates elements from the medieval castle`s banqueting hall - though it never echoed to the sound of singing or festivities. The double-storey throne room reaches fifteen metres in height and is encircled by galleries on both floors. Its extravagant decorations dazzle in gold and blue. Overnight at Garmisch Partenkirshen.
Day 12, Garmisch Partenkirshen
Today you go for a day tour to Zugspitze. It`s the highest mountain in Germany with an altitude of 2962 meters - with a fantastic view of the mountains of four countries. Ride the historic cog railway up to the Schneeferner glacier. During a small walk visit the chapel and the famous Schneeferne-house. Everything accompanied with small anecdotes about the Zugspitze, its development and the history. Afterwards, proceed to the summit using the cable car. At the viewing platform see the Zugspitz-cross, then proceed towards the Austrian side of the Zugspitze passing the old weather observation tower which is still in use (Germanys highest weather station) and the historic ``Munchner Haus``. The Eibsee-cableway will bring you down to the valley. A stop at the lake ``Eibsee`` with its marvellous view can be added. Overnight at Garmisch Partenkirshen
Day 13, Salzburg
Drive to Salzburg and in the afternoon head to the world`s largest ice caves. One of the true wonders on earth, the caves are a wondrous underground world of natural ice sculptures and formations. Discover a world of natural beauty. It was discovered in 1879 is a dynamic cave, meaning that the corridors and the crevices connect lower lying entrances to higher openings, hence making it possible for draughts of air to circulate - similar to the effect in a chimney. Overnight at Salzburg.
Day 14, Salzburg
Today you visit the Hohenwerfen fortress. The historic falconry Center and the (seasonal) falcons show add a very special air to the imposing complex which is often used as a movie location. The mighty castle of Hohenwerfen has towered over the 155 metre high craggy rock pillar above the Salzachtal valley for more than 900 years. A tour of the castle includes a walk around the castle chapel, the pitch kitchen, the armoury and arsenal featuring an exhibition of the weapons over the ages, the battlements, the bell tower and the adapted rooms of the regents. The illuminated exhibition on the history of building progress and the new, interactive exhibition - `To arms! Power, Honour, Submission` - give visitor fascinating insights into medieval life. Overnight at Salzburg.
Day 15, Innsbruck
Drive to Innsbruck and enter a world that is made of dreams and it`s called Swarovski Crystal World. Created by Andre Heller, it is a pure invitation to dream. Only a 20 minutes drive away from Innsbruck this sparkling fantasy world is definitely worth a visit. Be enchanted by this unique fairy tale world and the unbelievable ambiance of glittering crystals! Commissioned by the Austrian firm of Swarovski, the renowned artist Andre Heller created this illusory world of glitter that is divided into nine chambers of wonder inside an artistically created water-spitting giant. Overnight at Innsbruck.
Day 16, Departure
Depart for Munich to take your flight back homewith a refreshing experience and memories.
|1||Cologne||Burns Fair & More|
|2||Cologne||Burns Fair & More|
|3||Nurburgring||``Lindner Hotel Eifeldorf Grune Holle|
|6||Baden Baden||Holiday Inn Express|
|7||Baden Baden||Holiday Inn Express|
|11||Garmisch- Partenkirshen||Hotel Atlas Sport|
|12||Garmisch- Partenkirshen||Hotel Atlas Sport|
|13||Salzburg||Goldenes Theater Hotel|
|14||Salzburg||Goldenes Theater Hotel|
|15||Innsbruck||Golden Krone Hotel|
Price Details In EUR (Per Person)*
|16 Days / 15 Nights Standard||Cologne||Innsbruck||0||0||0||1550||0||0||0||0|
|*Tour cost without airfare||L - Low Season, H - High Season|
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