Rhine and Moselle

 

Bus or Rail Tour for groups

 

Frankfurt – Heidelberg – Trier – Cologne – Koblenz – Rüdesheim – Mainz - Frankfurt

Day 1: Saturday

After your arrival at Frankfurt Airport a driver will take you to your hotel in a private limousine. In the late afternoon your tour-guide meets you with a welcome drink at the lobby of the hotel. Enjoy a small city tour of Frankfurt – the German financial capital. Overnight at InterCityHotel Frankfurt o.s.

Day 2: Sunday

After breakfast we leave for the old university town Heidelberg. After a visit of the inner courtyard of the impressive castle, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its wine cellar with the big barrel enjoy a welcome lunch with an excellent local wine at famous Restaurant Zum Ritter St. Georg built in the 16th century. In the early afternoon drive to Trier, Germany’s oldest city and located at the river Moselle. According to legend, in 2000 BC the Assyrians established a colony here. The Roman colony of Augusta Treverorum (Trier) was founded under Augustus in 16 BC. Trier became a favoured residence of several Roman emperors. Overnight at Hotel Golden Tulip Trier o.s.

Day 3: Monday

In the morning we will enjoy a city walk of Trier. The face of Trier is impressively shaped by the Roman era. Most famous relic is the Porta Nigra, the beautifully-preserved fortified gate from the great age. But all the other major stylistic epochs have also left behind their monuments here. Quite justifiably, the city has been declared a treasure of world civilization by UNESCO. In addition, Trier is Germany's oldest wine-growing centre. Famous vineyard estates and celebrated wine producers are headquartered here. So it also pays to become acquainted with the subterranean realm of the Trier sommeliers! In the early afternoon we leave Trier to take a scenic route along the Moselle with a vine-taste in one of the famous vine-villages. We go on to Cologne where we will arrive in the early evening. Evening at leasure to explore some local breweries where the “Kölsch” (light beer served in small glasses) can be sampled. Overnight at Maritim Hotel Köln o.s.

 

Day 4: Tuesday

Today we will visit Cologne. Starting at the cathedral which is one of the largest gothic churches in Europe your city tour will lead you through the small alleys of the Old Town and splendid avenues to the river Rhine with its bridges and parks. For the sweet-lovers we have planned a visit in the Chocolate Museum where you can learn all about chocolate and then sample from the large chocolate fountain as much as you can. Take your time in the afternoon to explore Cologne on your own.

Day 5: Wednesday

After breakfast we leave for Koblenz where the river Moselle meets the Rhine. In the early afternoon we will take a Rhine cruise from St. Goar to Rüdesheim, passing romantic castles and the Loreley Rock. Maybe you see the blond maid combing her hair from the deck of your steamer. On the arrival in Ruedesheim we will have a tasting of Rhine wines and check-in at hotel in Rüdesheim. Farewell Dinner at Restaurant Rüdesheimer Schloss.

Day 6: Thursday

It is only a 45 minutes drive from Rüdesheim to Mainz. We will visit the Old Town, the cathedral and the Museum of Gutenberg – the inventor of the printing press – before we reach Frankfurt again where your tour ends in the afternoon or you check-in to your hotel. Overnigt hotel InterCity o.s.

Day 7: Friday

Depending on the time of your flight – transfer to Frankfurt Int. Airport.