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The Hidden Treasures of Germany: Schwerin, Wismar and Rostock


7N/ 8D  – Hamburg | Schwerin | Wismar | Rostock | Berlin

Hamburg: Aroma of the Great Wide World

The harbour of Hamburg is one of Europe’s greatest shipment centres.  From nutmeg to coffee, the aromas from around the world guide you with every step throughout the city. Magnificent palaces, noble villas, elegant parks and numerous water routes dominate the city. The quality and variety of goods available in the shopping districts tempts all those who walk past.

DAY 1 (3-star accommodation; upgrade available)

  • Collect 1-Day Hamburg Card, includes free public transport in the Greater Hamburg area and discounts on about 130 tourist attractions

Optional Activities:

  • Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s biggest model railway exhibition
  • Reeperbahn, the famed nightlife district

DAY 2

  • 2-hour city tour of Hamburg by coach (audio-guide)
  • 1-hour cruise on Hamburg’s Alster Lake (audio-guide)

DAY 3

  • Departure from Hamburg Main Station

Schwerin: Pearl of the Lakes

A profusion of water and forests, cultural treasures and a fascinating old quarter are the hallmarks of Schwerin. Its remarkable fairy-tale castle in a fabulous setting is the town’s most famous landmark. Schwerin is the ideal location for a relaxing holiday with plenty to do.

DAY 3 (Continued)

  • Check-in to Crowne Plaza Hotel Schwerin (4-stars); Includes breakfast and 3-course dinner (Indian-orientated food, vegetarian food should be booked in advance)
  • Visit Schwerin’s fairytale castle which is also the regional capital’s most famous   landmark and the seat of the regional parliament; In the castle museum, visitors          can tour the state rooms in all their historic grandeur; Includes entrance to castle          and exhibitions as well as a complimentary English guidebook about castle per   room; All exhibitions throughout castle are available in English

DAY 4

  • Departure from Schwerin Main Station

Wismar: UNESCO World Heritage Site by the Baltic Sea

Medieval Wismar, with 8 centuries of history, is the only town of its size on the southern Baltic that remains virtually intact. The architectural heritage of the market square, the three monumental Gothic churches and other impressive monuments contribute to the World Heritage Site’s inimitable appeal.

DAY 4 (Continued)

  • Check-in to Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Hamburg (4-stars); Includes breakfast and dinner (Indian-orientated food, vegetarian food should be booked in advance)
  • Sightseeing tour on the bus with an English-speaking presentation
  • Ascent of the impressive tower of St. Mary with its height of 81 metres, completely built from red bricks (guided tour for safety reasons with English-speaking guide)
  • Individual visit to the exhibition on Red Brick Gothic in the rooms of St. Mary,   including a stereoscopic film-presentation on how they built these impressive red-Brick-Cathedrals in medieval times; explanations and presentation in English language (exhibition closes at 18.00 hrs., April-October)

DAY 5

  • Harbour cruise with nice views of town and traditional sailing ships along the      morning sites of the Old Harbour, a nice experience with a maritime flair       (English presentation on board)
  • Individual walk from the Old Harbour back to the hotel, final impression of the   historic city centre with numerous shopping facilities
  • Departure from Wismar Main Station

Rostock: Hanseatic Town on the Baltic

Neighbouring the seaside resort of Warnemünde, Rostock has a diverse cultural scene. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the historical centre with typical north German brick architecture and the maritime flair of old houses, a large beach, a lighthouse and the old fisherman port.

DAY 5 (Continued)

  • Check-in to Hotel Neptun (5-stars) with direct sea view from all rooms; Includes breakfast and dinner (Indian-orientated food,vegetarian food should be booked in advance); Includes use of ARKONA SPA (indoor-swimming pool with seawater, sauna, fitness facilities and much more)
  • Visit to Warnemünde, a 100-metre wide sandy beach with a promenade, a lighthouse, fish market, picturesque little fishermen’s cottages, traditional fish restaurants, fishing boats and sailing boats on the Alter Strom waterway; Bicycle hire is included as you cycle along the Baltic coast – one of the most popular cycling routes in Germany

DAY 6

  • Enjoy a coach tour with English presentation of the Gothic, Renaissance and baroque gabled houses of Rostock’s historic city centre; these are impressive reminders of the wealth enjoyed by Rostock’s merchants in the Middle Ages, as are the mighty churches; the astronomical clock draws visitors into the Gothic basilica; just a stone’s throw away is the town hall with its baroque frontage
  • Departure from Rostock Main Station

Berlin: Open Around the Clock

With 150 theatres, 170 museums, 300 private art galleries and 7000 pubs and restaurants, Berlin offers superlative experiences. The Kurfürstendamm offers 3.5 kilometres of shopping opportunities. Berlin is the focal point of politics, entertainment and cultural life in Germany.

DAY 6 (Continued) (3-star accommodation; upgrade available)

  • Collect 48-hour Berlin Welcome Card including unlimited travel on public transport covering tram, underground, bus services and local train services; discounted admission fees including free entries to 140 top sights of Berlin; city map; public transport map

DAY 7

  • Full-day hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour with audio guide

DAY 8

  • Departure from Berlin Airport (via Frankfurt/ Istanbul) to Mumbai

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Beyond Paris…

Paris is the world’s most visited tourist destination. The region recorded 14.4 million visitors in 2008. Its blend of heritage and modernity, history and creativity all in a melting pot of cultures puts Paris at the pinnacle of the tourism leaderboard.  But there is much more to France than the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum.

CHAMONIX

Chamonix is a quintessential alpine resort located in the French Alps at the foot of the majestic and iconic Mont Blanc (4810 metres). Because of its popularity as a ski resort, Chamonix lends an eclectic cosmopolitan character to the area. Aside from mountain sports, one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mont Blanc range via the highest gondola in Europe.

DEAUVILLE

Only 2 hours from Paris and located in Normandy, Deauville is a seaside resort which can be visited all year round. With its racecourse, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is a fashionable holiday resort regarded as the ‘Queen of the Norman beaches.”

DIJON

Located halfway between Switzerland and Paris, Dijon is the historical capital of the province of Burgundy. It is a pedestrian-friendly city and its abundance of half-timbered houses, 17th Century mansions and Gothic churches make it a joy to discover on foot.

LOURDES

For 150 years, Lourdes has been a spiritual haven for numerous people from all over the world. Today, Lourdes welcomes over 6 million visitors from more than 140 different countries every year.

LYON

Situated in the heart of France, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Lyon is the gateway to the region’s world-famous gastronomy, vineyards, mountain sightseeing, ski resorts, largest lakes and charming towns all steeped in over 2000 years of history.

NICE

The capital of the French Riviera, Nice is counted among the greatest European cities because of its spectacular cultural effervescence. It is the ideal destination whether for cultural and architectural discovery or for a romantic escapade.

SAINT-TROPEZ

The fishing village of Saint-Tropez remains the most sought after destination for people with a passion for travelling, the sea, history, art and heritage. The exhilarating festivities throughout the year further enhance the legendary spirit of the town.

STRASBOURG

Strasbourg has a unique cultural and architectural heritage. The rich beauty of the capital of the Alsace region can be explored by foot, by scenic boat ride, by mini-tram or by bicycle. Its historic UNESCO World Heritage city centre is bordered by the branches of the river III.

LOIRE VALLEY

At the gateway to Paris, the Loire Valley is regarded as the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language. Surrounded by the Loire River and its tributaries, the Loire Valley dotted with magnificent Chateaux boasts countless holiday ideas to suit every taste

VAL D’LSÈRE

Situated at an altitude of 1850 metres, Val d’lsère is the gateway to a world of snow and winter sports. From the end of November to the beginning of May, one can enjoy a multitude of sporting activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoe outings, dog sledging, ice climbing, ice driving and even paragliding amongst the mountains.