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Welcome to Fairy Tale Germany Frankfurt Brothers Grimm statue in Hanau Sleeping Beauty Castle, Lohr Steinau Homberg Bad Wildungen Castle (Snow White's home) The Pied Piper of Hamelin Goose Girl statue in Gottingen Rudesheim on the Rhine
Welcome to Fairy Tale Germany
Brothers Grimm statue in Hanau
Sleeping Beauty Castle, Lohr
Bad Wildungen Castle (Snow White's home)
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Goose Girl statue in Gottingen
Rudesheim on the Rhine
“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” C. S. Lewis
As one of the great fantasy writers of the 19th century (and one who encouraged Lewis Carroll to pen Alice in Wonderland), Scottish George MacDonald acknowledged, “I write, not for children, but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five.” His works on The Princess and the Goblin and The Light Princess demonstrated his commitment to create worlds where the young and the wise (frequently old women for MacDonald) could find their fantastic imaginations working, waking meaning in their curious minds.
On this 9-day tour, you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of fairy tales, particularly those written by the Brothers Grimm. Professors Terry Lindvall and Kathy Merlock-Jackson will bring the stories alive as you visit key locations that influenced their writings.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Monday, May 16, 2022: Depart
We will depart from the USA today on our group flight from Virginia Beach, VA. (IF)
Day 2: Tuesday, May 17, 2022: Frankfurt, Hanau
On arrival in Frankfurt, we will meet our bilingual tour director and board our deluxe motor coach. We will travel to “New Old Town” in downtown Frankfurt and have time to purchase lunch on our own. After lunch we will visit the Struwwelpeter Museum, an interactive museum that exhibits the life and work of author, Heinrich Hoffmann. We will then drive to Hanau, the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm and see their monument in front of the Neustadter Town Hall. We will end our day with a welcome dinner in our hotel in Hanau. (IF/D)
Day 3: Wednesday, May 18, 2022: Gelnhausen, Lohr, Steinau
Today we will visit Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Lohr. It’s believed that the Brothers Grimm based Snow White on Maria Sophia von Ethal due to the many similarities in the stories. We will have a guided walking tour of Lohr and visit the Spessartmuseum at the castle. On the way to Steinau, we will visit the ruins of an imperial fortress in Gelnhausen. This was the palace of Frederick 1, also known as Barbarossa. He may well have been the inspiration for some of the Grimms’ villainous kings. We’ll also take a look at the carvings of monsters and fire-breathing serpents inside St. Mary’s Lutheran Church. We will then drive to Steinau and dine together. (IF/D)
Day 4: Thursday, May 19, 2022: Steinau, Kassel, Homberg
We will tour the Brothers Grimm Museum in Steinau before driving up to Kassel. Our guided tour of Kassel will include a guided tour of Grimm World, where we will explore exhibits about the world of the Brothers Grimm. This evening we will have dinner at Brauhaus Knallhutte after being welcomed by the fairy tale woman, Dorothea Viehmann. We will then continue to our hotel in Homberg (Efze). (B/D)
Day 5: Friday, May 20, 2022: Homberg
This morning we will drive to Bad Wildungen Castle, the home of Snow White, and Bergfreiheit, the home of the Seven Dwarfs. In the afternoon, we will return to visit the Castle Museum in Homberg and hike up to the Hohenburg Castle that sits high above the town. We will also have a guided visit to the church tower at City Church of St. Mary for a beautiful view. This evening we will return to our hotel for dinner. (B/D)
Day 6: Saturday, May 21, 2022: Gottingen, Ebergotzen, Bodenwerder, Hamelin
After breakfast, we will drive and stop along the way in Gottingen to see Ganseliesel, the famous fountain with the statue of the goose girl. We will continue to Wilhelm Busch Mill in Ebergotzen, where Wilhelm Busch grew up with the miller’s son, Erich Bachmann. Their friendship inspired his stories about two mischievous boys, Max and Moritz. We will also visit the Munchhausen Museum in Bodenwerder. We will have dinner in our hotel in Hamelin. (B/D)
Day 7: Sunday, May 22, 2022: Hamelin
Today we will have a full day tour in the footsteps of the Pied Piper. This will include a walking tour, a cruise on the Wesrer River, and a tour of the Hamelin Museum. In the afternoon we will have a workshop on the therapeutic effectiveness of fairy tales for adults, including time for discussion. We will enjoy dinner at Rattenfangerhaus before returning to our hotel. (B/D)
Day 8: Monday, May 23, 2022: Rhine Cruise, Frankfurt
We will head back towards Frankfurt today and our final highlight is a cruise on the Rhine, past magnificent castles and the famous Loreley rock to St. Goar. Every bend in the river will bring more stunning scenery, ships will pass left & right, and numerous trains will roar up and down the Rhine River valley. This evening we will have a nice farewell dinner and check in to our hotel in Frankfurt. (B/D)
Day 9: Tuesday, May 24, 2022: Return
We will leave this morning and drive to Frankfurt Airport for our flight home. (B/IF)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
May 17-18, 2022
Hotel Residence Hanau
Steinau an der Straße, Germany
May 18-19, 2022
Landgasthof Deutsches Haus
In der Ährecke 2
May 19-21, 2022
May 21-23, 2022
Hotel zur Börse
May 23-24, 2022
MEININGER Hotel Frankfurt/Main Airport
60549 Frankfurt am Main
Group air is are included in the tour price:
|UA 4579||May 16||Norfolk||Newark||3:07 PM||4:46 PM|
|UA 960||May 16/17||Newark||Frankfurt||7:40 PM||9:10 AM|
|UA 961||May 24||Frankfurt||Newark||11:20 AM||1:35 PM|
|UA 4508||May 24||Newark||Norfolk||3:44 PM||5:01 PM|
• Round-trip air transportation
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coach
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• All transfers, as a group
• Passenger trip cancellation insurance (during tour)
• All taxes and tips
• Single supplement ($350)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to 100 days before departure: $100 cancellation penalty
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 cancellation penalty plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
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