Old-world mystique cascades across the Middle Rhine as vineyards roll beneath fabulous castles, and half-timbered taverns reveal medieval charms. Germany's most scenic region is also its most sensual, a realm of sublime aesthetics and subtle smells, captivating in its revelation of bygone centuries. This 8-day tour follows the great river, unraveling the vineyards and the surprises.
Frankfurt – Culinary Welcome
Frankfurt's culinary heritage is far more complicated than the simple sausage it gave its name to. While Frankfurters are easily found from the street hawkers, the city reveals a gourmet indulgence far beyond a sausage and a bread roll. This city has been a cultural hotbed for 2,000 years, and its legacy prevails amidst the towering skyscrapers of its future. You'll be greeted at the airport and transferred to a five-star hotel in the city's heart, where the atmosphere is distinctly old-world. Relax. Refresh. Admire the skyline. Then head out in the evening for a fantastic restaurant experience.
Housed in a fabulous country residence, this fabled restaurant has two Michelin stars and an outdoor terrace of pure indulgence. After an outdoor drink, step inside to a dining room that's as kitsch as it is chic, a style that reflects the royal tastes of a bygone era. The food is innovative and sophisticated, delicate flavors in bold and daring creations, an ode to creation that reflects the bounty and style of the Rhine. It's an ideal introduction to the tastes of this region, one that's rooted in regal history and pioneering in every dish.
Frankfurt – Exploring an Intriguing City
Rudesheim – Discovering the Wine of the Rhine
Rudesheim – The Medieval City of Winegrowers
Worms – Cruising Along the Rhine and More Sensual Wine
Heidelberg – Walking Through a Pre-Roman City
Heidelberg – The History of Heidelberg
Heidelberg – Departure
- Explore the delightful wine of the Rhine River, one of Europe's unknown and unexpectedly sensual regions
- Lose yourself in the medieval city of winegrowers with two nights in Rüdesheim
- Cruise along the Rhine River by boat, stopping to find chateaus and vineyards that delight in their rurality
- Start the luxury tour in Frankfurt, where the juxtaposition of styles begins to unravel the historical wonders of Germany
- Spend a day exploring the local Rheinhessen wine that's been cultivated for centuries
- Step back into a distant century and spend two nights in Heidelberg, where castle ruins symbolize the impression of a fairytale world
- Spend evenings in cozy, traditional wine taverns found in half-timbered houses, historical buildings that retain their old-world atmosphere
The old-world atmosphere feels untouched along the banks of the River Rhine. Crumbling castles stand above terraced vineyards; towns reveal streets of cobblestone and intrigue, and the image of yesteryear infiltrates every angle. The Middle Rhine is Germany's most scenic area, a sublime landscape carved along the shores of a river steeped in history. Along this water, you find the medieval and Roman remains of Germany, symbolized by fairytale castles, or fine old cities of half-timbered houses, or baroque cathedrals dominating quaint stone squares.
Elevating the ambiance is the fabled produce of the Rhine and the wines and gourmet treats nurtured for centuries. This is Germany's exquisite wine growing region, an area that values quality over quantity and always provides a delightfully unique place to try it all. Sip wine in castle ruins, spend evenings in medieval wine taverns and watch the river softly ripple as you wander through the vines. Wine tasting is integral to the itinerary, and you spend two full days exploring the various styles of the Rhine, including the Liebfraumilch, and the historic home of Germany's winegrowers.
This private luxury tour starts in Frankfurt, a city that juxtaposes a modern financial center with a beguiling cultural legacy. Roman remains blur into the relics of first millennia emperors, all beneath a backdrop of glass-fronted skyscrapers. You will travel along the Rhine, wine tasting along the banks and cruising past 1000-year-old castles. Stop in the spa town of Wiesbaden, taste in a medieval ruin, and continue to Rüdesheim, the famous city of winegrowers. Several nights here allow you to soak up the atmosphere of historic wine taverns and medieval streets.
Cross the Rhine to Bingen, for a series of tastings focused on Rheinhessen wine. With the river glimmering below, you're in Germany's rural heartland, an area of elegance and continual panoramas. Worms is where Liebfraumilch wine originated, and the town's prosperity from the high Middle Ages is discovered. Then move on to Heidelberg, an ancient town that responds to its legendary reputation and provides nights of atmospheric bliss to complete this luxury tour. Private guides and wine experts offer the narrative throughout while a selection of stellar hotels exudes the old-world charm.
$2,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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