Mystique envelops the Black Forest, a region of surreal villages, sublime landscapes, and the soft charms of rural Germany. Surprise inhabits all of the corners, from Michelin-starred restaurants in tiny towns to medieval cities that gaze out onto the misty green forest. With this unique 8-day luxury tour, traverse the High Route, heading through the forest to indulge in historical spa towns, idyllic village life, and the cobblestone treasures of yesteryear.
Frankfurt – The Compelling Contrasts of Frankfurt
Frankfurt doesn't quite resemble what you might be picturing for the Black Forest. The skyline is all glistening skyscrapers and futuristic design, resembling the city's role as Germany's financial capital. But from the upper echelons of the towers, you can see the rural landscape start to spill out and far beneath the clean lines, you wil find a history that contrasts the cityscape. Frankfurt has been around since before the Romans, the home of dozens of monarchs and a place of Renaissance revival. Unfortunately, not that much survived World War II, so you'll need an expert local guide to unravel the compelling contrasts.
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to a five-star hotel that's been built into one of Frankfurt's finest old buildings. Settle in, rest, relax, and head out on a Frankfurt tour whenever you are ready. A local guide connects the different sides to the city, enabling you to explore the unique design of the financial district and then head into the streets that showcase Frankfurt's past. Travel at a relaxed pace and the tour can be extended in a variety of directions dependent on your energy levels; choose to return to the hotel for an early dinner or find the artistic treasures in the city's galleries.
Frankfurt – Cruising Along the Rhine River
Heidelberg to Baden-Baden – Castles Remains and Royal Spa Hangouts
Vogtsbauernhöfe to Freiburg – The Spectacular High Route Through the Black Forest
Britnau – Immersed in the Charms of the Forest
Titisee to Baiersbronn – Cuckoo Clocks and Culinary Treasures
Stuttgart – Enchanting Stuttgart and a Fabulous Farewell Dinner
Stuttgart – Departure
- Discover the compelling beauty of Frankfurt, a city that mixes cutting-edge modern design with many hidden historical secrets
- Spend a day cruising along the sublime Rhine River, rolling past castle remains and mystical valleys of vineyards and flowers
- Salubriously relax into the atmosphere of Baden-Baden, a spa town that was the renowned hangout of Europe's nobility
- Travel along the stunning rural roads through the Black Forest, taking the High Route and connecting untouched and idyllic villages
- Stop at some of Germany's finest medieval towns, like the red roofs of Heidelberg and the delightful authenticity found in Freiburg
- Explore the culinary treasures of the Black Forest and discover the world's most unexpected gastronomic centre; tiny Baiersbronn is home to a remarkable 12 Michelin stars
- Complete the luxury tour in Stuttgart, a city filled with charms and more gourmet treasures
The Black Forest dances with a sophisticated mystique. It pulls on your heartstrings, enticing you in with landscapes from an oil painting, all swirls and blurring colors. From a distance, you see the full canvas. Get closer, and the intimate details jump from their hiding places amidst the trees; the medieval towns, crumbling castles, vineyards, the spas used by nobility for centuries. Roads loop beneath the canopy, winding their way to villages from the past and the escapist bliss of rural Germany. This unique itinerary immerses you in the oil painting, surrounding you with the colors and charms of one of Europe's most sublime destinations. Spend a week exploring the intricate details, connecting all the realms of the Black Forest and uncovering all its secrets.
Frankfurt provides the compelling vantage point, its skyscrapers gazing south to where the forest starts to cascade. Spend a day in the city, and then a day on a private cruise along the River Rhine; stop at a vineyard and explore with the senses, discover a medieval fortress, and slowly roam along the iconic waterway. Then head beneath the forest awning, first to Heidelberg, a spectacular ancient town that tumbles across the green slopes and then onwards to Baden-Baden, a spa town that's been revered by nobility for centuries. It goes without question that your luxury hotel offers salubrious facilities that capture the essence of Baden-Baden's past.
Continue through the High Route, traverse the valleys of the Black Forest and wind through the panoramas of the Alps. Freiburg is framed by peaks, and often the mist rises amongst the trees, adding more mystique added to the itinerary. Like all the stops in the Black Forest, there are countless walking trails, most of them starting from right outside your hotel. Move on with travel to Britnau, fully enveloped in the contrasting vistas of alpine escapism and alluring forest. Nearby is the land of cuckoo clocks and you spend a morning discovering the how, what, and the why.
Culinary treasures guide the last days of this luxury tour. Tiny Baiersbronn is home to a remarkable 12 Michelin stars, an unexpected gastronomic center that offers a menu that challenges the stereotypes of German cuisine. Amongst a thick awning of evergreens, dine at one of the town's celebrated restaurants, a menu of indulgence enhanced by the bucolic landscapes. Cultural Stuttgart is the final stop, one elevated by a farewell dinner with a five-course menu as a complement to the hotel's spa. Throughout the itinerary, expect exceptional hotels, mostly with luxurious spa facilities and a boutique sense of the Black Forest's serenity. Transfers are in luxury saloon vehicles with a driver guide who narrate all the tales from this stunning landscape.
$3,115 per person (excluding international flights)
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