Day 1 Depart USA
- Reliving “The Student Prince” in Heidelberg in your hotel’s bar, replete with beer tankards and dueling swords from days gone by
- A stay in a luxury hotel that also functions as a major vineyard in Germany’s Kaiserstuhl region
- A walking tour through the narrow streets of Colmar dating back to the 11th Century
- A charming farewell dinner at your 16th Century Alsace hotel overlooking a tranquil river.
You board your aircraft for the overnight flight to Frankfurt, a major commercial city but also the gateway to many scenic areas of Germany.
Day 2 Welcome to Germany
You arrive in Frankfurt in the morning and after passing through customs you are met by your guide who escorts you to the waiting car. After settling into the car you proceed to the Romantic City of Heidelberg, Germany's oldest seat of learning. Upon reaching the city you check into your hotel which is over 500 years old and situated in a select residential area below its own vineyard. In the past it has included luminaries such as Mark Twain and Count Von Bismarck as guests. The hotel has two excellent restaurants one of which has a 250 year old table into which Bismarck carved his initials. After freshening up you have a chance to explore the vineyards around the estate before enjoying dinner.
Day 3 A Day in Heidelberg
Today you have the chance to explore the charming town of Heidelberg. This is the Heidelberg made famous in the operetta "The Student Prince" and the inn has swords and beer tankards on display as testament to those dueling days gone by. This is a town better seen on foot and so you take a walk around the picturesque town, along the banks of the River Neckar, across the pretty bridge to the castle that overlooks the old town. You take a cable car to the castle for outstanding views of the city and the surrounding countryside. After lunch the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 4 Baden-Baden and the Black Forest
Today you will head to Baden-Baden where royalty and aristocracy have been coming to "take the waters" since Roman times. You will visit the ruins of the Roman baths built 2,000 years ago and visit "Trinkhalle" where a more contemporary taking of the waters can be practiced. After your visit you have the opportunity to have lunch before you head into the scenic Black Forest area where craftsmen in fairy tale villages still carve cuckoo clocks. Can anybody say "Hansel and Gretel"? You then proceed to your charming and renowned hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Through Baden Wurttemberg to Kaiserstuhl
After breakfast you meet up with your guide to begin a leisurely ride through southwest Germany. For part of the journey, the Rhine will be on your right with France on the other side and you will be headed towards Switzerland. This is some of Germany's best wine growing region sharing its bounty with the Alsace Wine Route on the other side of the Rhine. You shave the opportunity to admire the scenery before arriving at your destination, a luxury hotel, working vineyard and Michelin starred restaurant.
Day 6 Absorbing the Winemaker’s Art
After breakfast you have the opportunity to meet the people who create the great wine produced at the estate. You walk the vines with the knowledgeable individuals who nurture the grapes until maturity. At the same time you enjoy the spectacular views of the terraced vines stretching to the horizon. A simple but elegant lunch of wurst, cheese and bread enhances the wines you sample and serve as a precursor to a visit to the cellar, stretching over 300 feet into the mountain where wooden casks allow the wines to reach their full potential.
Day 7 : A Side Trip To Switzerland
Today you meet up with your guide and head to the city of Basel. This is the area where France, Germany and Switzerland come together. Because of this location, the city has a cosmopolitan feel. The romantic Old Town, one of the best-preserved and most attractive in Europe, is as fascinating as the many modern buildings by architects of international renown that complete the picture of a tolerant and liberal-minded city. The Old Town with the Town Hall, Market Place and Cathedral is one of the best maintained and finest in Europe. You have a chance to explore it before enjoying lunch overlooking the river at a restaurant located in one of the oldest hotels in Europe but still offering unsurpassed service.
Day 8 Colmar and the French Side of the Rhine
After breakfast you say goodbye to Germany and cross the Rhine into France and the town of Colmar. After checking into your hotel which was built in the 16th Century, you join your guide on a walking tour. You wander through winding streets dating back to the 11th Century and marvel at the medieval and Renaissance architecture. A highlight of the tour will be the Issenheim Altarpiece by Mathias Grunewald in the Unterlinden museum. Colmar is also the birthplace of Bartholdi, the creator of the Statue of Liberty and your guide will show you other examples of his work within the town.
Day 9 Experiencing the Alsace Wine Route
Today you will take advantage of your hotel's proximity to the wine growing areas of Alsace. Your guide will be ready to take you on a leisurely tour of the Alsace wine route that meanders for 100 miles through picturesque vineyards and fairy tale villages of cobbled streets, timber framed houses and medieval church towers. As you drive along you will stop at the various wineries sampling their wines. You will also stop for lunch in a scenic area adding to the pleasure of the day. Tonight you enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.
Day 10 Return to USA
After breakfast, your driver will be waiting to take you to Basel-Mulhouse airport where you catch your connecting flight back to the USA arriving back that same afternoon.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Heidelbrg, Baden Baden, Kaiserstuhl, Colmar