The Harz Mountains & Fairytale Germany

7 days from £499pp.


Hannover

Visit: Hannover, Germany

Harz Mountains

Visit: Harz Mountains, Germany

Cologne

Visit: Cologne, Germany

Hannover

Visit: Hannover, Germany

About the Tour

Join our escorted tour to Germany, home to enchanting forests and glistening streams, and enjoy the panoramic scenery of the Harz Mountains, as we travel into the heart of a fairy tale country stopping at the Möhne Dam on route. With visits to medieval cities and picturesque towns of Goslar, Wernigerode, Hannover, Celle and Hamelin, you can discover the history and culture of this impressive region, on one of our popular Holidays.

Tour Includes


  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria
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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    Mohne Dam

    Mohne Dam

    This morning we travel across the border into Germany and include a stop at the Möhne Dam in the Ruhr Valley, heroically breached by the Lancasters of 617 Squadron (Dambusters) in 1943. At Möhne you can walk on top of the dam and still see where the breach was made. Of the 20 massive dams constructed in the Ruhr Valley, six dams were selected as targets with three of these being the primary targets - the Möhne, the Eder and the Sorpe dams. Between the Möhne and Sorpe, they held back 76% of the total water available to the industrial valley, one of the main reasons they were two of the primary targets. If breached, these dams would bring the whole industrial valley to a standstill, causing massive damage to the steel industry devastating production of tanks, aircraft, guns and locomotives which were all vital to Germany's war effort. After our visit we continue east to Hannover and our hotel in the Hannover Messe area for a four-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Goslar

    Goslar

    Our included excursion today takes us first to the former imperial city of Goslar. With over 1,000 years of history, Goslar was the favoured seat of government in northern Germany, for centuries. At the same time it was also a centre of Christianity and the spires of the 47 churches, chapels and monasteries delineated the town’s unique silhouette. Goslar was also referred to as the ‘Rome of the North’. Today the view of the townscape with the steeples of the five large parish churches is impressive when viewed from the knoll upon which the Imperial Palace stands. The many crooked, narrow, cobble-stoned streets in the Old Town are a joy to explore. After free time we take a scenic drive through the beautiful Harz region to the delightful town of Wernigerode. Wernigerode is an attractive destination on the Holtemme River, nestling against the northern foothills of the Harz Mountains. It has an impressive medieval town centre with rows of charming, centuries-old, timber-framed houses and is dominated by a fascinating, fairy tale castle. Enjoy free time exploring the town at your leisure before returning to our hotel in time for our evening meal.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Celle

    Celle

    A free day to relax and explore Hannover at your own pace. Hannover has had a long and special relationship with Britain since 1714 when Elector Georg Ludwig became King George I of England. Hannover is not the typical European city. It was unfortunately hit hard during World War II, leaving it with only a few historical landmarks. Even the Altstadt or Old City is relatively new. Head to the Kröpcke a large pedestrian area in the heart of Hannover. It is the city’s major shopping spot and home to the Opera house. You will also find many places to eat here. This afternoon, why not join us for an optional visit to the nearby picturesque town of Celle? Situated in a glacial valley, Celle is a town with a distinctive flair. It is located approximately 25 km south of the town of Bergen, the location of the largest concentration camp on German soil during World War II. It was here that Anne Frank was interned and later died. Celle was founded over 700 years ago, and managed to emerge from World War II virtually unscathed with its historical centre intact. There are over 400 half-timbered buildings in the Old Town alone, which has made it a popular tourist destination. There will be free time to explore this picturesque town. Be sure to see the three oldest buildings, the Ducal Palace, Town Church and the Old Town Hall. Another architectural delight is the New Town Hall, which is an impressive red brick building dating from the 19th century and one of the largest buildings of its kind in Germany. (Entrances to places of interest are not included).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Hamelin

    Hamelin

    Today’s optional excursion is devoted to two of Germany’s most famous sons, the Brothers Grimm, who between them wrote some of the world’s best-loved fairytales. We head south to the city of Göttingen, where the Grimm brothers were both professors at the university. One of the main sights is the ‘Gänseliesel’ or Goose Girl fountain. This art nouveau figure is a favourite of all newly graduated doctors, who kiss her bronze cheeks after passing their exams – a tradition which has continued for over 100 years. This afternoon we continue to the quaint town of Hamelin. Situated on the River Weser, Hamelin was originally founded in the 9th century by monks. By the 13th century a full-fledged town had developed. Although the town itself is quite charming with many Renaissance and half-timbered buildings, the famous Pied Piper fairy tale is the town’s principal draw. Many of the bakeries offer rat shaped breads and you will even have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Pied Piper and follow the ‘Rat Trail’ where thousands of handcrafted painted rats show you the way around the town.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cologne

    Cologne

    This morning, we leave our hotel after breakfast and travel back through Germany to Belgium and our overnight hotel. En route we pause at the majestic city of Cologne; this stylish and attractive city stands on the banks of the Romantic River Rhine. Here you can enjoy some free time to explore the many shops and boutiques. During the Second World War around 90 percent of Cologne’s inner city was reduced to rubble. Today the Rhine metropolis is the fourth largest city and one of the most outstanding travel destinations in Germany and Europe. The Cologne cathedral, famous around the world, dominates the panorama of the city and is still today the second highest building in Cologne after the telecommunications tower. Maybe take time to visit the famous Gothic Cathedral, with its most celebrated work the Sarcophagus of the Magi thought to hold the remains of the three wise men. The local cuisine, with its many traditional pubs and restaurants, is highly varied and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Whether it’s relaxing on the Rhine promenade or drinking a Kolsch in one of the typical breweries – a visit to Cologne is always worthwhile!

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Goslar, Wernigerode & the Harz Mountains - Former imperial city and impressive mountain scenery
    • Hannover - Charming and picturesque city
    • Cologne
    • Möhne Dam - Dambusters fame

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Celle - Charming town with medieval centre
    • Göttingen & Hamelin - University City and quaint town famous for the 'Pied Piper' tale

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £129.00 (7 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for four nights at the 4-star H4 Hannover Messe. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and lift.

    Overnight stays in Belgium will be in city-style hotels.

    Germany

    H4 Hotel Hannover Messe

    H4 Hotel Hannover Messe

    H4 Hotel Hannover Messe


    The 4 Star superior H4 Hotel Hannover Messe is located close to the Hannover Trade Fair Grounds (site of EXPO 2000), just to the south of Hanover and has good access to the motorway network and public transport. Hanover, the state capital of Lower Saxony, offers a variety of attractions, including the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, Adventure Zoo and Lake Maschsee. The hotel facilities include a cosy Irish Pub, a restaurant, a fitness centre including sauna and a large swimming pool* and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All hotel guest rooms have recently been renovated and feature T.V with major channels, Tea and Coffee making facilities, hairdryer, telephone, air conditioning, safe and en-suite bathroom. *The swimming pool can close without prior notice for necessary maintenance.

    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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