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Day 2: Frankfurt - Heidelberg
Arrive in Frankfurt, meet your Teach by Travel tour manager, and enjoy an orientation tour of this 2,000 year-old city. See the Kaiserdom, the Paulskirche - the cradle of German democracy - the Opera House and more. Time to explore the pedestrian shopping street before transferring to Heidelberg for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Heidelberg - Trier
Morning guided tour of Heidelberg, with its magnificent backdrop and narrow, picturesque roads. Stroll the Gothic streets and see the Old Town, Universitätsplatz, the Marktplatz, the Alte Brücke (Old bridge) and more. Visit fourteenth-century Heidelberg Castle before journeying to picturesque Trier, situated in a valley between low vine-covered hills, for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Trier - Cologne
Guided tour of Trier, Germany's oldest city, and still featuring Roman remains. Time to explore Trier's market square (Hauptmarkt), one of the nicest in Germany, filled with fruit stands, flowers, painted facades, and fountains, before transferring to Cologne, founded by the Romans in the year 38 BC, for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Cologne
Take in the Rhine panorama this morning on your guided tour of Cologne. The winding cobblestoned streets transport you back in time as you take in the Old Town with the Cathedral, the Roman church Groß St. Martin (Great St. Martin) and the historical Town Hall. Fascinating visit to the Cologne Chocolate Factory, an interactive experience that incorporates 3,000 years of chocolate history! Free afternoon to further explore Cologne on your own. You may want to visit one of the many ecclesiastical and private museums in this cathedral city.
Day 6: Rudesheim
Depart Cologne and transfer to your Rhine River Cruise. Sit back, relax, and drink in the spectacular scenery of castles and old fortresses. Arrive in Rudesheim with time to explore on your own before dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Rudesheim - Mainz - Frankfurt
After breakfast, transfer to Mainz for a guided tour. A number of baroque buildings, monuments and palaces serve as reminders of the town's colorful history. Stroll Augustinerstrasse, a vibrant shopping street and heart of the old town, and the picturesque Kirschgarten and Leichhof squares. Included visit to the Gutenberg Museum, a tribute to Johannes Gutenberg who revolutionized communication when he invented printing with moveable type. See demonstrations of Gutenberg's methods, as well as two of the original Gutenberg Bibles. Continue to Frankfurt for dinner and overnight.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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