For hundreds of years the Rhine has ranked as one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, and now this region – truly one of the most beautiful in Germany – has been recognized with the title "World Heritage Upper Rhine Valley" by UNESCO.
Spend plenty of time discovering the river, its castles and ruins, tales and legends and also those of its tributaries Moselle, Neckar and Main.
Visit Bavaria to see King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein, the most famous castle in Germany, and spend some time in the famous Wilhelma Zoo and Legoland Germany.
The days are planned to offer you many highlights but they are leisurely paced with time for you to explore on your own. Enjoy, relax and let us take care of the details for you.
Day One. Arrival in Frankfurt, Germany. Your flight should arrive at the Frankfurt Airport by 11:15 a.m. at the latest for the complimentary transfer at noon.
When the group is complete we drive to the RHINE for lunch in one of the charming villages on the River. Transfer to the four-star Bellevue Rheinhotel
in Boppard, one of the best hotels in the Rhine area. This Art Nouveau style hotel is situated directly on the river, with a dock at its front door, and has welcomed guests since 1877. We will spend the next five nights here. You can spend some relaxing moments at the on-site swimming pool and sauna. Health conscious guests can work out at the fitness centre. Tonight we meet for a welcome drink followed by dinner at the hotel.
Day Two. Cruising all day on the Rhine on the most beautiful stretch of the river, the part added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. We travel upstream past the Loreley Rock and lots of medieval Castles on both sides of the river to most charming RUEDESHEIM (Rüdesheim or Ruedesheim in German). Time for lunch and souvenirs in famous Drosselgasse, and afterwards we take a cable car uphill through the vineyards to the Niederwald Monument. Be prepared for incredible views over the valley. From there a short drive downstream again to visit the RHEINFELS at St. Goar, one of the most amazing and largest ruins on the river. Dinner in Boppard tonight.
Day Three. Today we cross the river by ferry to Braubach, the Town of Roses where we take a guided tour of the MARKSBURG, an 11th century castle, the only one on the Rhine that was never destroyed. We continue to KOBLENZ, meaning confluence, where the Moselle joins the Rhine at the Deutsches Eck (the German Corner). Admire the equestrian statue of Wilhelm I. Time to explore Koblenz on you own before we head along the Moselle to visit the twelfth century BURG ELTZ, majestically rising above the end of the wild Eltz Valley, one of Germany’s most beautiful castles, surrounded by the river on three sides. We return to the Rhine, dinner on your own tonight in Boppard, with a big selection of nice outdoor restaurants.
Day Four. Today we leave the Rhine area and head south to HEIDELBERG, on the banks of the Neckar river. In medieval times the Electoral Palatinate with Heidelberg as the political centre was one of the most advanced European states. See the beautiful red-walled Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberger Schloss in German), including the great vat, with a guided tour. Afterwards we take a cogwheel train down into the city where you have more time for sightseeing, shopping and postcards. Later continue to Stuttgart where you can go shopping, join an included excursion to the Wilhelma, one of the most beautiful and oldest zoos in Germany, or visit the Mercedes Benz Museum. Dinner in a garden restaurant tonight.
Day Five. Today we drive to LEGOLAND DEUTSCHLAND at Gunzburg (Günzburg or Guenzburg in German), a fantastic world created using over 50 million LEGO bricks. With countless attractions and spectacular shows, a special adventure awaits everyone here! The IMAGINATION area is for those fascinated by research and experimentation. ADVENTURE LAND is hidden in the middle of a LEGO brick jungle. A suspension bridge takes you inside a giant castle in KNIGHTS' KINGDOM, the realm for all budding knights and damsels. Racing drivers, pilots, helmsmen and pirates are in their element in LEGO X-TREME, TEST TRACK, LEGO CITY and PIRATE LAND. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel in the Bavarian Alps near the Royal Castles at the southern end of Germany's famous Romantic Road.
Day Six. Today at Fussen (Füssen or Fuessen) we visit SCHLOSS NEUSCHWANSTEIN (Neuschwanstein Castle), Germany's most famous castle. First we go up to Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge), sitting high above the Poellat Gorge, where you can take the best pictures of the castle. From there we walk downhill for our inside tour of Neuschwanstein with a castle guide. Back down in the village of Hohenschwangau, you have time to eat and go for a stroll on beautiful Lake Alpsee, where young Ludwig learned to swim. Afterwards we go by cable car up to MOUNT TEGELBERG, the mountain above the castle, and later ride a bobsled on the foot of the hill. Dinner tonight in a great place in the mountains.
Day Seven. Our last traveling day takes us to medieval ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER in Frankonia, where you feel like you just jumped back into the 16th century. Completely surrounded by its medieval ramparts with countless towers, Rothenburg is famous for its ancient houses, fountains, cobbled lanes, hidden corners and street signs. Also famous for the Meistertrunk, in which – according to legend – the burgomeister saved the town by emptying a 6-pint tankard in one single draught. Back to Frankfurt for overnight. Farewell dinner tonight at our hotel.
Day Eight. Time to say "Auf wiedersehen". Transfer to Frankfurt Airport for your return flight home.