A wine trip over the Rhine, Mosel and Neckar rivers, through the woods of the Black Forest and into the Alsace region.
“It sure is beautiful on the Rhine!” Riesling bliss, the Loreley, a “Palatinate Pint (Pfälzer Schoppen)”, Heidelberg and the Black Forest – it’s enough to make the adventurer’s heart beat faster!
And what does a real tarte flambée, chicken vol au vent, or Alsacian sauerkraut platter taste like? Find out on this trip, where we make sure your wine glass never runs dry!
8 days, 7 nights
- 1 overnight stay with half-board at a 4-star hotel in Cologne
- 1 overnight stay at a 3- or 4-star historic hotel in Rüdesheim
- 1 overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Heidelberg
- 1 overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Baden-Baden
- 1 overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Strasbourg
- 2 nights’ accommodations with half-board at a 3-star hotel in Colmar
- City tour of Cologne
- Visit to a local Cologne brewery, including a glass of Kölsch beer and a snack featuring specialties from Cologne
- Boat trip on the Rhine from Koblenz to Rüdesheim
- Dinner with musical accompaniment in Rüdesheim
- City tour of Heidelberg
- Visit to the “giant wine vat” in Bad Dürkheim
- Trip to a fort on the Maginot Line (Four à Chaux)
- Wine tasting in Cléebourg
- Sightseeing in Baden-Baden
- Wine tasting in Sasbachwalden
- Trip to Vogtsbauernhof (Vogtsbauernhof farmhouse)
- Entrance to the Black Forest Clock Museum
- City tour of Strasbourg
- Wine tasting on the Alsacian Wine Route
- Ride through the vineyards in the small train
- City tour of Freiburg
- City tour of Basel
Starting at 499 EUR per person.
Detailed Trip Description:
Day 1: Frankfurt/Amsterdam – Continue to Cologne
Arrival in Cologne from Frankfurt (160 km) or Amsterdam (260 km). The famous cathedral city is your first stop on the Rhine. Enjoy accommodations and dinner in a good 4-star hotel.
Day 2: Cologne – Koblenz – Rüdesheim
City bus tour of Cologne with a visit to the city’s large gothic cathedral (157 m). The tour ends with a glass of Kölsch beer and a typical Cologne-style snack in a local brewery.
Afterwards, continue on to Koblenz, the historic city at the junction of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. See the city’s historic city center, and enjoy an unforgettable boat trip through the most beautiful part of the Rhine Valley, the “German Corner.”
You will get to see the famous Loreley, the Bingen Mouse Tower and the marvelous castles and vineyards on either side of the river. Your boat trip ends at the wine town of Rüdesheim and its famous Drosselgasse. You will stay in a hotel in the center of the city. In the evening, indulge in a delicious dinner with musical accompaniment in true German style, as well as a wine tasting of a selection of Rüdesheim Rieslings.
Day 3: Palatinatian Wine Route – Heidelberg
This day leads you from the old Nibelung city of Alzey along the Palatinatian Wine Route all the way to Bad Dürkheim and its famous “giant wine vat.” On the road, enjoy a refreshing wine tasting with a local winemaker on the Wine Route before continuing on to the famous student city of Heidelberg, right near the junction of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Visit the famous castle ruins overlooking the quaint historic city center. Re-energize for Day 4 with dinner and hotel accommodations in Heidelberg.
Day 4: Heidelberg – the Maginot Line – Cléebourg – Baden-Baden (Karlsruhe)
Start the day by leaving Heidelberg to cross the German-French border. Close to Wissembourg, you will visit the famous fortress complexes of the Maginot Line from World War II. Afterwards, enjoy a small detour to Cléebourg where you can taste your first real Alsacian Riesling. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the popular spa and wellness destination, Baden-Baden, where you will have more than enough time to relax or discover the city for yourself (Baden-Baden is so nice, that you have to spell it twice). Round the day off with dinner and overnight accommodations.
Day 5: Black Forest Scenic Trip
Depart from Baden-Baden in the morning and enjoy a breathtaking scenic trip to the romantic wine village of Sasbachwalden in the Black Forest. The ride continues along Mummelsee Lake to the Vogtsbauernhof farmhouse, then to the Black Forest Clock Museum with the largest cuckoo clock in the world. Travel along the Triberg Waterfalls to Gengenbach, where you can visit its medieval marketplace. Dinner and overnight stay in Offenburg or Strasbourg.
Day 6: Strasbourg – Wine Route in Alsace – Colmar and the Surrounding Area
Set off in the morning for the modern European city of Strasbourg, featuring the famous cathedral, historic “Little France” district, as well as its European institutions, especially the European Parliament building. Your trip takes you along the Alsacian Wine Route to Dambach in the afternoon, where you will stop for a wine tasting followed by a ride through the vineyards on a small train. At this point, you’re probably already a Riesling expert and can identify the differences in a variety of different wines. In the evening, you will arrive in the region of Colmar for dinner and an overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.
Day 7: Colmar – Oberrhein – Freiburg – Basel – Colmar
Following a city tour of Colmar and its canals and stunning half-timbered medieval houses, you will continue South along the Alsacian Wine Route into Switzerland. In the afternoon, enjoy some sightseeing in Basel am Oberrhein. Your day comes to an end with dinner and accommodations in Colmar.
Day 8: Return home via Freiburg
Departure to Frankfurt, with a possible quick stop in the historic student city of Freiburg im Breisgau featuring a magnificent Minster, winding city streets and quaint canal pathways.
Details, Prices + Conditions:
Jan. 1 - Mar. 31
Nov. 1 - Nov. 22
Apr. 1 - Oct. 1 Nov. 23 - Dec. 2 Additional cost
for single room
*** / **** Hotels 499 EUR 549 EUR 569 EUR 280 EUR
City tax of 1.50 EUR to 2 EUR per night, visitor’s tax included in Cologne.
One free single room for groups with more than 20 participants.
Contact + Booking:
Touren Service Schweda GmbH
77694 Kehl am Rhein
Phone: +49 (0) 7851 99280
Fax: +49 (0) 7851 992830