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The Best of Bavaria plus Frankfurt

11 Days / 10 Nights

Munich, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Frankfurt

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This sample 11 day (10 nights) itinerary covers the highlights of Bavaria, with stops in Munich, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, finishing up in Frankfurt. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transfers (airport and long-distance transfers between cities), and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide. One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Munich, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Frankfurt tour

3 Nights in Munich

3 Nights in Munich

4 days in Munich
4 days in Munich

3 Nights in Munich

With its traditional beer halls, designer shops, trendy restaurants and international business, Munich is a mix of old and new, German and cosmopolitan. Largely rebuilt after World War II, the city still retains its old world charm, even in the midst of expansion and modernization. You’ve probably heard of the city’s world famous Oktobertfest, a once-in-a-lifetime party dedicated to that incredible Bavarian beer along with some of the local delicacies, including tasty schnitzel. But there’s much more to Munich than drinking, and on your holiday you’ll have the chance to discover the best this charming city has to offer. Don’t miss out on the beer halls and the breweries, but be sure to get off the beaten path to discover a Munich of your own. Much of the city’s past centers around World War II, and there are several ways you can explore this chapter of Munich’s history, including a day trip to the Dachau concentration camp and a special tour focusing on Hitler and the local activities of the Third Reich. Munich is also a center of industry and there is nowhere better to experience this than BMW World. Moving slightly farther afield, Neuschwanstein Castle makes the perfect day trip, perched high in the hills over a verdant valley. Munich’s variety means there’s more than enough to satisfy even the most diverse groups of travelers. Let your curiosity guide you as you explore this unique German city.

With its traditional beer halls, designer shops, trendy restaurants and international business, Munich is a mix of old and new, German and cosmopolitan. Largely rebuilt after World War II, the city still retains its old world charm, even in the midst of expansion and modernization. You’ve probably heard of the city’s world famous Oktobertfest, a once-in-a-lifetime party dedicated to that incredible Bavarian beer along with some of the local delicacies, including tasty schnitzel. But there’s much more to Munich than drinking, and on your holiday you’ll have the chance to discover the best this charming city has to offer. Don’t miss out on the beer halls and the breweries, but be sure to get off the beaten path to discover a Munich of your own. Much of the city’s past centers around World War II, and there are several ways you can explore this chapter of Munich’s history, including a day trip to the Dachau concentration camp and a special tour focusing on Hitler and the local activities of the Third Reich. Munich is also a center of industry and there is nowhere better to experience this than BMW World. Moving slightly farther afield, Neuschwanstein Castle makes the perfect day trip, perched high in the hills over a verdant valley. Munich’s variety means there’s more than enough to satisfy even the most diverse groups of travelers. Let your curiosity guide you as you explore this unique German city.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Munich

When you arrive in Munich, a driver will be waiting to meet you and will then bring you to your centrally located accommodation.

First Night, First Beers

Suggestion to explore on your own

When in Munich, drink as the locals do. Munich has certainly earned its title as “Beer Capital of the World,” so what could be a better activity for your first night than going to one of its famed beer halls, meeting locals, and hearing their stories? If you’re the teetotalling type or raucous beer halls aren’t your thing, you can take a nice walk down Neuhauser Strasse, followed by the Kaufingerstrasse, leading to the city’s most famous square, the Marienplatz, with its magnificent city hall, the Neues Rathaus.

First Night, First Beers

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Munich

Munich Private Walking Tour

Munich Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

See Munich's key historical sites, most beautiful churches, and most famous beer halls. This tour won't ignore the more sinister aspects of 20th century Nazi history, but also you'll see the better sides of this lovely city, hearing the best stories and most interesting facts as you go.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Bike through the English Garden

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The English Garden is a must for every visitor. This vast green space in the middle of bustling city is a great way to stay active without leaving the city center. As one of Europe's largest urban parks, we recommend exploring it by bike. Some of the highlights in the park are Japanese teahouse and garden (a gift from Japan for the Olympics) and an 18th-century "Chinese Tower." This pagoda like structure is very pleasant place to have a break and get a drink, as it's right next to the city's largest beer garden. Further north, you can find the park's main lake, and a meadow popular with sunbathers, while heading south will take you to the Eisbach ("Ice Stream,") home to a standing wave popular with surfers.

Munich Bike Group Tour

Munich Bike Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Hop aboard a bike and enjoy a fun and active tour of Munich, one of the most fascinating cities in Germany. You'll see all of the most famous sights in the center of the city and also explore some of the lesser-known but not less notable neighborhoods. From historic architecture to contemporary beer halls, you'll get a better understanding of the city and its special character. Led by an expert guide, the tour will be a highlight during your stay in Munich.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Munich Private Bike Tour

Munich Private Bike Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Munich is one of Germany's greatest biking cities. Ride with a guide to the most famous sights, interesting places, and through the beautiful English Garden. Biking in Munich is quick and easy, so you can see and experience a lot on this tour without having to walk for a long time or sit in a traffic jam.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Munich

Bavarian Alps Private Hiking Tour

Hike the Alps

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Munich is inseparably connected to the Alps. If you're an active traveler, you shouldn't miss the chance to hike in the Bavarian Alps. The landscapes are lush, the valleys are full with hidden pastures, dairy farms, and huts, and you can head for ruined castles and well-preserved monasteries when the weather refuses to cooperate. Here are some easier hikes, with more challenging alternatives on offer, to provide a fun, memorable day, no matter the weather.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Regensburg by Private Transfer

Today you will leave the capital of Bavaria, Munich and will travel to Regensburg. Based on your preferred departure time a driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Munich and will bring you to Regensburg on less than a two hour drive. Please note that this is not a guided transfer.

2 Nights in Regensburg

2 Nights in Regensburg

3 days in Regensburg
3 days in Regensburg

2 Nights in Regensburg

Mention Regensburg to any student of German or Czech history, and watch their ears perk up. This ancient city is perched above the foundations of Castra Regina, a Roman camp. The capital of Bavaria for 700 years, Regensburg hosted the Holy Roman Empire's parliament for centuries, making it a co-capital alongside Vienna (the town itself served as five separate independent states within the Holy Roman Empire, which had hundreds of members). The seemingly endless UNESCO-listed Old Town (the largest north of the Alps) is a reminder of the city's golden age, when the Stone Bridge across the Danube linked Venice to Northern Europe. This bridge made Regensburg the cultural center of southern Germany, and made its weavers and goldsmiths wealthy. Give yourself plenty of time to stroll Regensburg's streets. Visit the Gothic capital, and enjoy the city's famous sausages at the world's oldest continually open public restaurant, which is nearing its 900th birthday.

Mention Regensburg to any student of German or Czech history, and watch their ears perk up. This ancient city is perched above the foundations of Castra Regina, a Roman camp. The capital of Bavaria for 700 years, Regensburg hosted the Holy Roman Empire's parliament for centuries, making it a co-capital alongside Vienna (the town itself served as five separate independent states within the Holy Roman Empire, which had hundreds of members). The seemingly endless UNESCO-listed Old Town (the largest north of the Alps) is a reminder of the city's golden age, when the Stone Bridge across the Danube linked Venice to Northern Europe. This bridge made Regensburg the cultural center of southern Germany, and made its weavers and goldsmiths wealthy. Give yourself plenty of time to stroll Regensburg's streets. Visit the Gothic capital, and enjoy the city's famous sausages at the world's oldest continually open public restaurant, which is nearing its 900th birthday.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Regensburg

Upon your arrival in Regensburg your driver will bring you directly to your accommodations.

Postcard Pics

Suggestion to explore on your own

Regensburg's center is picturesque no matter where you go, but perhaps the best view is where the Old Town meets the New, via the connecting bridges. We recommend walking to the Stadtamhof quarter, from which you can take pictures of Regensburg's historic center from across the river, especially when the city is lit up by the sun during the Golden Hour.

Postcard Pics

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Regensburg

Sail to Valhalla

Suggestion to explore on your own

A Neoclassical hall of fame based on Athens' Parthenon, Walhalla ("Valhalla") was built in the 19th century to commemorate great Germans, albeit with a definition loose enough to include Copernicus, Erasmus, Paracelsus, Catherine the Great, and others from places no longer considered German. Located along the Danube, the most scenic way to arrive is with an hourlong boat ride. From April to October, ferries run three times a day from near the Stone Bridge.

Sail to Valhalla

The World's Oldest Public Restaurant

Suggestion to explore on your own

Regensburg's Historic Sausage Kitchen is perhaps the world's oldest continuously open public restaurant, serving heavenly sausages for 850 years. Located next to the Old Stone Bridge, seating is limited, but we recommend carrying your sausages, with their mustard and homemade sauerkraut, with you along the river until you find a free bench, and enjoying the scenery from there.

The World's Oldest Public Restaurant

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Nuremberg by Private Transfer

Today you will be traveling from Regensburg to Nuremberg. Upon your preferred departure time your driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Regensburg and take you directly to your accommodation in Nuremberg. The transfer takes approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes. Please note that this is not a guided transfer.

2 Nights in Nuremberg

2 Nights in Nuremberg

3 days in Nuremberg
3 days in Nuremberg

2 Nights in Nuremberg

Nuremberg in northern Bavaria is famous for its well-preserved medieval architecture and delicious local food. Head to the Old Town to see its houses, stone towers, and fortifications, and to marvel at the Schöner Brunnen ("Beautiful Fountain") located in the "Hauptmarkt" main square. Kaiserburg castle is the most famous place to visit here, with its impressive insight into the city's history. But, there is so much more to Nuremberg; this is a lively modern city with lots of interesting museums, different festivals and events and a great variety of international cuisine. Even among Germans, the city is known for its beer, sausages, and gingerbread, so come hungry!

Nuremberg in northern Bavaria is famous for its well-preserved medieval architecture and delicious local food. Head to the Old Town to see its houses, stone towers, and fortifications, and to marvel at the Schöner Brunnen ("Beautiful Fountain") located in the "Hauptmarkt" main square. Kaiserburg castle is the most famous place to visit here, with its impressive insight into the city's history. But, there is so much more to Nuremberg; this is a lively modern city with lots of interesting museums, different festivals and events and a great variety of international cuisine. Even among Germans, the city is known for its beer, sausages, and gingerbread, so come hungry!

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Nuremberg

Upon arriving in Nuremberg, your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation.

Climb the Castle Hill

Suggestion to explore on your own

After getting settled, we recommend ascending through the city to the imposing castle at one end of the historic center. The castle and the neighboring city walls are considered one of the most imposing medieval fortifications in Europe, while the castle itself offers the best view of the city and its preserved center. Be sure to check out the castle gardens, a quiet retreat from the bustle of the city.

Climb the Castle Hill

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Nuremberg

Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds Group Walking Tour

Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds Group Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Join a group walking tour and discover this amazing medieval town together with a professional guide. You'll dive deep into the city's sometimes dark history, including its ties to Nazism.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

See the City's Best Museums

Suggestion to explore on your own

The National Germanic Museum is home to the country's largest collection centered around German art and culture. The museum has more than 1.3 million items, from antique toys and dollhouses, to pivotal treaties, imperial seals, unusual musical instruments, and fine works of art. The museum is located on Kartäusergasse, which also hosts the Way of Human Rights, a monument dedicated to world peace that stretches all the way down the street. The city's other most famous museum is the Nuremberg Transport Museum, composed of the DB Museum (run by Deutsche Bahn, the German Amtrak) and the Museum of Communications.

See the City's Best Museums

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Rothenburg by Private Transfer

Your private driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Nuremberg and bring you directly to your centrally located Rothenburg accommodation.

1 Night in Rothenburg

1 Night in Rothenburg

2 days in Rothenburg
2 days in Rothenburg

1 Night in Rothenburg

Sitting on the banks of the Tauber river, Rothenburg is a German medieval go-to, picturesque and vivid, a true throwback to some other times. This walled town used to be one of the biggest places in Germany during Middle Ages, and has kept its charm to this day. Although small in size and population, Rothenburg is home to many festivals and events, so there is a good chance you'll stumble upon one or two while there. Photos do not really do justice to the town; its beauty and atmosphere inspired many German artists, writers and painters and it is known as the most romantic place in Germany.

Sitting on the banks of the Tauber river, Rothenburg is a German medieval go-to, picturesque and vivid, a true throwback to some other times. This walled town used to be one of the biggest places in Germany during Middle Ages, and has kept its charm to this day. Although small in size and population, Rothenburg is home to many festivals and events, so there is a good chance you'll stumble upon one or two while there. Photos do not really do justice to the town; its beauty and atmosphere inspired many German artists, writers and painters and it is known as the most romantic place in Germany.

Day 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Rothenburg

Upon arriving in Rothenburg, your driver will bring you directly to your accommodations.

Get the Best First Impression

Suggestion to explore on your own

One of the most popular activities in Rothenburg is to spend half an hour or so walking atop the old town’s preserved walls between its gates (or “Tors”). This fascinating and scenic walk is best started from the Spitaltor, a massive gatehouse built in the 1500s, then heading toward the equally stunning Rödertor, stopping along the way to enjoy the views. The next leg leads to the Klingentor and the 15th-century St. Wolfgang's Church. In all there are 42 gatehouses and towers, so be sure to allow enough time to see as many as possible along your walking tour. For the town’s best view, visit the park behind the Burg Tower. 

Get the Best First Impression
Night Watchman Private Tour

Night Watchman Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

A unique way to experience this picturesque medieval town, join a night watchman on his patrol, as he ensures a calm night.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour

Day 9

Day 9 - Traveling to Frankfurt by Private Transfer

Charming Town, Charming Museums

Suggestion to explore on your own

Despite its small size, Rothenburg punches above its weight, offering some fascinating museums. Museums like Walburga's House, the Crime and Punishment Museum, ad the City Museum bring the history of Rothenburg to life, and are interactive and informative, enjoyable for travelers of every age. Your local representative will recommend places that focus on both the city, and some more unusual topics.

On this day you will be traveling from Rothenburg to Frankfurt. Based on your preferred departure time a driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Rothenburg and will bring you directly to your accommodation in Frankfurt. The transfer takes approx. 2 hours. If you'd like, we can add a stop on the way for additional fee. Please note that this is not a guided transfer.

2 Nights in Frankfurt

2 Nights in Frankfurt

3 days in Frankfurt
3 days in Frankfurt

2 Nights in Frankfurt

The birthplace of German democracy, Frankfurt is now more famous for its bankers, and the skyscrapers they have funded. A hub from the very beginning (the name comes from a river ford used by the Franks who went on to conquer France), Frankfurt's airport offers flights to more destinations than any other, and you can seemingly take trains anywhere from here, too. This is one of Germany's most diverse cities, even when its famous trade shows aren't in town, yet next to the skyscrapers you'll find the restored old town that served as the brief capital of a democratic Germany during the failed 1848 revolutions, and remains a reminder of Frankfurt's time as one of the Holy Roman Empire's prime cities.

The birthplace of German democracy, Frankfurt is now more famous for its bankers, and the skyscrapers they have funded. A hub from the very beginning (the name comes from a river ford used by the Franks who went on to conquer France), Frankfurt's airport offers flights to more destinations than any other, and you can seemingly take trains anywhere from here, too. This is one of Germany's most diverse cities, even when its famous trade shows aren't in town, yet next to the skyscrapers you'll find the restored old town that served as the brief capital of a democratic Germany during the failed 1848 revolutions, and remains a reminder of Frankfurt's time as one of the Holy Roman Empire's prime cities.

Day 9

Day 9 - Arrival in Frankfurt

Upon your arrival in Frankfurt a driver will take you directly to your accommodation.

Enjoy Local Brews

Suggestion to explore on your own

A pub crawl is ideal for experiencing Frankfurt’s vibrant nightlife. Germany's may be famous for beers, but don't miss out of Apfelwein, the sour hard cider Frankfurt and its surroundings are known for (you can drink it "pure," but many order it mixed with sparkling water or carbonated lemonade to reduce the sourness). To head from bar to bar, visit Schweizer Strasse in Old Sachsenhausen. This tree-line commercial street houses plenty of pubs and taverns that brew their own Apfelwein, but naturally offer plenty of local beers and wines as well.

Enjoy Local Brews

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Frankfurt

Frankfurt Private Walking Tour

Frankfurt Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover the Frankfurt's famed highlights and hidden gems most tourists never find. From Frankfurt's beautiful old opera house, St. Paul's Church, and the stock exchange, through to the cathedral and the beautifully reconstructed new "Old Town," you will get a comprehensive overview of the city's architecture, history and culture. There is even the chance to sample one of the local markets and try the local apple juices, apple wine and white wines from the Rhine region.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Riverside Museum After Museum

Suggestion to explore on your own

The Museumsufer ("Museum Riverbank") is an area containing many of Frankfurt's best museums, lined up on or near the River Main. The collection is anchored by the Städel, one of Germany's best art museums. The rest were built in the 1980s, either from scratch, or by restoring historic villas. Walk along the river, and you can find museums devoted to icons, applied arts, ethnology, film, architecture, communications, fine art, sculptures, contemporary art, Judaism, modern art, and Frankfurt's history.

Day 11

Day 11 - Departure Day

Based on your departure time, a driver will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to Frankfurt's airport.

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Munich

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Munich Airport Transfer
Munich Private Walking Tour
Munich - Regensburg Private Transfer

Regensburg

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Regensburg - Nuremberg Private Transfer

Nuremberg

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds Group Walking Tour
Nuremberg - Rothenburg Private Transfer

Rothenburg

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Night Watchman Private Tour
Rothenburg - Frankfurt Private Transfer

Frankfurt

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Frankfurt Private Walking Tour
Frankfurt Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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