Arrive in Stuttgart at the airport or rail station and pick up your rental car before checking in to your selected hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax or explore the city independently. You'll discover that this city is more than Mercedes Benz. Stuttgart is filled with green spaces, and surrounded by vineyards. Popular parks include the Schlossgarten, Rosensteinpark and Killesbergpark.
After breakfast, take advantage of your Hop-on/Hop-off city tour on convertible open-air buses. With two different routes (blue and green) and your 24-hour ticket, you'll have enough time to explore the city as you wish. One of the stops (#4) on the Blue route is the Mercedes Benz Museum where you will enjoy a shared tour. Arrive at the museum for your 11am guided tour. On display are more than 160 vehicles of all types. They range from some of the oldest automobiles ever built to legendary racing cars and futuristic research vehicles- a unique journey through automotive history, celebrating the automobile invented by Carl Benz.
After the completion of your tour, you can resume your sightseeing on the Hop-on/Hop-off bus with several attractive sights to visit. The Kunstmuseum holds Swiss and German art from the 19th century, and sits on the corner of the Schlossplatz; a formal garden and spacious grounds for open-air concerts. A good place to stop for a bite is the Markthalle. Built in 1914 with a graceful Art Nouveau design, it's a gourmet destination with stalls selling specialty foods and exotic treats alongside staples like meat, cheese, vegetables, wine, confectionery and flowers. For a panoramic view of the city, stop at Germany's first television tower, the Fernsehturm, and take the lift to the observation decks (492 feet). Animal lovers can stop at Wilhelma, one of the largest zoos and botanical gardens in Europe, with more than 1,000 species, exceeded only by the Berlin Zoo.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Stuttgart)
After breakfast, enjoy your leisurely drive to Munich. After returning your car and checking into your hotel, there's ample time to explore this Bavarian capital. Marienplatz is the central square in the heart of Munich and holds the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus). The tower of the New Town Hall houses the Glockenspiel, a beautiful chiming clock that is over 100 years old. Nearby is the Catholic Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche); the most identifiable landmark of Munich and the city's largest church. Just a few blocks northeast of the Munich city center is the English Garden, Munich's largest park. Bigger than Central Park in New York, this green oasis is a wonderful place to explore and relax.
(Breakfast, Stuttgart; Accommodations, Munich)
Today, make your way to the BMW Welt and Museum for your shared tour. You can take a taxi which will cost about 16-20 euros. Another option is the subway from Marienplatz (U3) to the Olympiazentrum stop, then a short 5 minute walk to the museum. The BMW Museum offers about 125 of the brand's most valuable and attractive automobiles, motorcycles and engines; all displayed on a surface area of over 50,000 square feet. After the tour, you can explore on your own, and there's a gift shop offering a variety of souvenirs including tin signs and various models.
This evening, enjoy dinner at the famous Ratskeller Restaurant. The restaurant is housed in the vast cellar of the Neues Rathaus on Marienplatz. Although the Rathaus is relatively young (about 100 years old), it is a classic piece of gothic architecture and this theme is carried through to the Ratskeller Restaurant, making it a great dining experience. You can choose a table in the open hall or find a little alcove tucked away in one of the adjoining passages. Aside from the lower level restaurant, the Ratskeller also has an outdoor terrace, which is situated in a courtyard. You'll be served a 3-course dinner with a choice of several main dishes, accompanied by wine, beer or a soft drink.
(Breakfast, Dinner & Accommodations, Munich)
After breakfast, your private transfer will take you to the airport or rail station, onward to your next Avanti destination.