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Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Pickup and Lunch

1. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Pickup and Lunch

Travel about an hour and a half in an air-conditioned bus departing Krakow for a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, a historic site that leaves an unforgettable experience for all visitors and is an important Holocaust memorial. Explore the museum in the outskirts of Oświęcim, approximately 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival, meet a professional local educator who will show you around the site and tell you about its inhuman history. You will be provided with a meal box to take a break during the tour. Learn the tragic history of the largest Holocaust concentration camp, founded by the Nazis in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. You will learn how it became the final resting place of millions of people, mostly Jews, sentenced to death in hideous gas chambers. Walk through the gate marked "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work frees) to enter Auschwitz 1, where your guide will show you around the preserved area and introduce the history of the place. In the second part, you will spend approximately an hour in Birkenau, where the mass killings as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" took place. After the visit, our staff will take you back to Krakow.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

2. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows.  In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

From Krakow: Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Guided Tour

3. From Krakow: Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Guided Tour

Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau on a day trip departing from Krakow. Explore the history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex on a guided tour with a certified educator, historian, and guide. Auschwitz-Birkenau was founded in 1940 by the Third Reich and was the largest Nazi-run concentration camp. Currently, it is the resting place of millions of people, mainly Jews and Poles, exterminated in the gas chambers. Upon arrival, you will visit the memorial museum in the outskirts of the city of Oświęcim, 60 kilometers west of Krakow. After traveling around an hour and a half, meet your professional guide for an in-depth tour. Walk through the famous "Arbeit macht frei" gate to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the originally preserved site and explain the place's touching history. After a short break, visit the second camp at Birkenau where the mass murders took place as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Problem." At Birkenau, you will spend about an hour before meeting your driver for the return journey to Krakow.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

4. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Experience the charm of Heidelberg on this day trip from Frankfurt which includes entrance to Heidelberg Castle. Board a bus in the morning and spend the day seeing sights like the one of the largest wine bottles in the world.  Hop aboard an air-conditioned bus at a centrally-located bus stop in Frankfurt. Sit back and relax on the drive to Heidelberg. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle which has a stunning combination Gothic and Renaissance elements.  Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Wander through the medieval town center to find the Old Bridge, the Karlstor, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Admire the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's house) with its magnificent Renaissance façade. Take a walk on old narrow lanes lined with half-timbered houses. Pass by Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories.  Extra time can be spend philosophizing on the Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or purchasing a glass or two of excellent regional wine. Return to Frankfurt by bus at the end of your tour. 

Frankfurt: Tandem Skydiving Experience

5. Frankfurt: Tandem Skydiving Experience

Discover the miracle of flight with this once in a lifetime skydiving experience. Enjoy a thrilling free-fall through the air organized by a company with over 20 years of experience in providing the safest and most fun skydiving adventure. Upon arrival at the location, listen to a quick safety briefing and jump instructions before boarding the plane. Then get kitted out with a harness, jumpsuit, and goggles. You will have 20 minutes to chat with your pilot and friends whilst looking out over the stunning views of Odenwald Mountain, right outside your window. Once you reach a height of 3000 to 4000-meters, it’s time to jump. Your free fall will last 35 to 55-seconds. The parachute will open gently about 1400-meters above the landing area, giving you an opportunity to glide for about 4-minutes and enjoy the views. Enjoy a smooth and easy landing and receive a commemorative certificate from the crew.

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

6. Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

Discover the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with scenery and historic buildings on this cruise from Frankfurt to the village of Assmannshausenn. Admire the countryside, taste wines tasting at a charming tavern, and enjoy a delightful dinner by the riverbank. Set out from the heart of Frankfurt onboard a comfortable boat and ride along the Rhine River. Glide by the villages, charming vineyards, and mighty medieval castles that define the German countryside. Ride along shores of picturesque town of Kaub.  Step ashore in the winemaking town of Ruedesheim and visit a little tavern to try some local wine. Complete your experience in the village of Assmannshausenn with a delicious dinner at a cozy riverside restaurant. Cruise back to Frankfurt as and end your tour.

Frankfurt: Day Trip to Eltz Castle

7. Frankfurt: Day Trip to Eltz Castle

Visit the perfectly-preserved and beautifully-located castle, which has been inhabited by the same family since its construction. Admire the unparalleled architecture and the original furnishing dating back over 8 centuries. Tour rooms and halls that contain hundreds of years' worth of cultural history. Admire the festive knight's hall, the medieval kitchen, exquisite furniture, wall hangings and paintings as well as fascinating weaponry and armor. The treasury in the cellar vaults houses a precious art collection with over 500 exceptional pieces. Stop in a restaurant right on the banks of the river in the enchanting Rhine Valley on the way back and enjoy a delicious dinner before returning to Frankfurt.

Day Trip to Rothenburg from Frankfurt

8. Day Trip to Rothenburg from Frankfurt

Take a day trip to one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. On this trip you will first travel along the Romantic Road, a route linking many of the prettiest places in Germany, including Rothenburg. Be enchanted by the beautiful core of the historic town on a guided tour. Your informative guide will acquaint you with the history of Rothenburg as you walk around seeing the sights. A visit here is like a trip into the past, with medieval passages and alleyways, the Jakobskirche, the wonderful altarpiece by Tilman Riemenschneider, half-timbered houses, turreted city gates, the mighty town hall from the Renaissance period, and the Kriminalmuseum

From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

9. From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

Take a trip down an authentic German holiday route. Sample locally-made wines, and explore local landmarks in the company of a guide in historical costume. Begin your trip outside Würzburg main station. Board your air-conditioned coach, cross the River Main, and head for the vineyards of the Tauber Valley. Cruise past Bad Mergentheim and the wine town of Markelsheim as you enjoy your journey. Alight at Weikersheim to meet your guide in historical costume. Be led through a renaissance castle and park, designed in the style of Versailles. Encounter Röttingen, regarded as Germany's first European city, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, claimed to be the most romantic city in Germany. Taste 3 different wines from the Markelsheim winegrowers' cooperative. Start with a welcome glass of Secco on the journey out, then enjoy a Müller Thurgau or Silvaner white as you drive along the vineyards in the Tauber Valley, and a glass of red on your way home.

Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

10. Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

Explore romantic Heidelberg and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley on a delightful combination of a city tour and river cruise. Admire some of Germany's most charming sights, from the medieval castles in one of the country's most beautiful cities to a ride on a classic steamer. Your day starts with a ride south from Frankfurt to the picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, the tour takes you into the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its remarkable scenery and medieval structures. Admire the mighty castles, villages, and charming little vineyards, and then board a Rhine steamer for a voyage downriver from Kaub to the town of Assmannshausen. Once you're back ashore, stop to sample the local wine in a local tavern and enjoy a delicious dinner in a restaurant by the riverbank before the time comes for your return to Frankfurt.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 466 reviews

Our experience was very wonderful and awesome! We really appreciated the efforts of our tour guide Marcella. She is packed with all the information as every tourist wanted to know. She is so kind to answer questions not even related to the tour and asked us to share what we also knew about the history of the attractions we were visiting. Marcella is also a multilingual tour guide. Way to go Marcella!

Such a great experience. The tour guide taught us so much about the history of the romantic road, which leads us to rothenburg and it goes further. On the way to rothenburg, we made multiple stops along the romantic road at such beautiful villages. Then rothenburg was so so beautiful. Overall 10/10 would highly recommend this tour if you are looking for a day trip from Frankfurt.

The trip was very informative, the guide Michael, was excellent and really tried hard to make sure that everyone was enjoying themselves. The lunch was forgettable in a restaurant that is really not indicative of German Restaurants, and the service was poor. If there was one thing to improve, I'd say find another location to feed your guests!

Bus on time, guide was amazing with jokes, helpful, very good and giving information all the way though the trip. Gave details of the day, made sure we all understood our time line, went one by one to ask if anyone needed anything or help with their travels.

This is a really nice day trip to add to your Frankfurt sightseeing experience. Lunch was decent. Drinks are not included which is customary in Germany. You need to purchase your own drinks including water. We really enjoyed the trip.