After your arrival at Frankfurt Airport your personal driver-guide will welcome you and take you to your hotel in a private limousine (or minivan). During the transfer the guide will already give you some first information about the next days and ask for personal wishes. In the late afternoon you will meet again to start with a small city tour of Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital. At a charming place, enjoy your welcome drink – a local speciality: Apple wine. Overnight at InterCityHotel or similar
Frankfurt – Heidelberg – Trier (B/ L)
After the breakfast you will leave for Heidelberg, the oldest German university town where the guide will show you the inner courtyard of the impressive castle, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the wine cellar with its big barrel. The welcome lunch with an excellent local wine will be served at famous Restaurant Zum Ritter St. Georg, built in the 16th century. In the early afternoon drive to Trier, Germany’s oldest city, located at the river Moselle. According to legend, in 2000 BC the Assyrians established a colony here. The Roman settlement of Augusta Treverorum was founded under Augustus in 16 BC. Trier became a favoured residence of several Roman emperors. Overnight at Hotel Golden Tulip o.s.
Trier – Cologne (B)
In the morning enjoy a city walk of Trier. The face of the city is impressively shaped by the Roman era. The most famous relic is the Porta Nigra, the beautifully-preserved fortified gate from the great age but many other major stylistic epochs have also left behind their monuments. Quite justifiable, the city has been declared a treasure of world civilization by UNESCO. In addition to that, 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! Leave for a scenic route along the Moselle with a wine tasting in one of the charming villages. Go on to Cologne where you will arrive in the early evening. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore some local breweries where the ‘Koelsch’ (light beer served in small glasses) can be sampled. Overnight at Maritim Hotel o.s.
Today you will visit Cologne. Starting at the cathedral which is one of the largest gothic churches in Europe the 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. Should you be a sweet-lover, your guide will plan a visit of the Chocolate Museum where you can learn all about chocolate and sample from the large chocolate fountain as much as you can. Take your time in the afternoon to discover Cologne on your own. Overnight at Maritim Hotel o.s.
Cologne – Koblenz – Ruedesheim (B/ D)
After breakfast you leave for Koblenz where the Moselle meets the Rhine. In the early afternoon board a steamer for a Rhine river cruise from St. Goar to Ruedesheim, passing fascinating castles, ruins and the legendary Loreley Rock. Maybe, from the deck of the ship, you will see the blond maid combing her hair. Your driver-guide awaits you upon arrival at Ruedesheim and take you to a tasting of Rhine wines. In the evening, unfortunately, it is already time to celebrate a great farewell dinner at Restaurant Ruedesheimer Schloss. Overnight at Hotel Traube Aumueller o.s.
Ruedesheim – Mainz – Frankfurt (B)
From Ruedesheim it is only a 45 minutes drive to Mainz, the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate. You will visit the historic centre, the dominating cathedral and the Museum of Gutenberg – the inventor of the printing press – before you reach Frankfurt in the afternoon where your tour ends at the airport or with your check-in to the optionally booked post tour hotel.