Frankfurt, Rhine Valley, Heidelberg, Freiburg, Black Forest, Baden-Baden
Cruise, Gourmet & Wine, Outdoor & Adventure, History & Culture
The Rhine runs through the heart of Europe from Switzerland to the North Sea – a source of myths and legends and an important trade route. This journey focuses on the Rhine Rift Valley between France and Germany, gorgeous landscapes of forested hillsides and terraced vineyards.
We start in the finance hub of Frankfurt and dig deep to learn about its Roman past, before heading into the UNESCO listed region of the Upper Rhine Valley where castles and idyllic villages dotted with its scenic banks. You will visit the charming university town of Heidelberg, browse the historic market town of Freiburg, and immerse yourself into the lush setting of the Black Forest, before ending at the fashionable spa town of Baden-Baden to end the trip with some well-deserved pampering.
Upon arrival in Frankfurt, meet your driver at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon, your guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby to take you on a 3-hour Frankfurt Highlights Tour. The city at the river Main is full of exciting stories, breath-taking records and many different treasures and cultures to explore. You will learn how diverse the city of Frankfurt is and you will experience history and modernity from the Old Town to the shopping mile to the townhall of the Romans and the imperial cathedral.
Spend the day visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Valley – home to more than 40 castles, world class wines and gorgeous landscapes. Familiarise yourself with the landscape and culture of one of Germany’s most romantic regions, exploring picturesque villages and historic castles and enjoying a wine tasting experience at one of the prestigious wineries.
After breakfast, meet your drive and transfer to the beautiful town Heidelberg (approx. 100km, 1.5hrs).
In the afternoon, your private guide will meet you at your hotel lobby for a walking city of this bustling university town, showing you pretty little historical squares, impressive Renaissance buildings and churches that are all contemporary witnesses of former centuries. Next, you will be visiting the beautiful Heidelberg Castle – its ruins rise 80 meters majestically over the roofs of the former residential city and dominate the Old Quarter. The castle was previously property of the Palatine electors of the Wittelsbach dynasty.
Enjoy a full day trip to explore the towns overlooking vineyards around Heidelberg. Along the Weinstrasse, you will first explore the famous Speyer Cathedral before continuing to Neustadt, a small town which is known for its gothic abbey church, weekly markets and the Hambacher Palace with its panoramic views over the winelands and the Rhein River. Next, make a stop at Bad Dürkheim for a glimpse of its giant wine drum and enjoy a tasting experience of its selection of fine wines.
Transfer to Freiburg, known as the ‘capital of the Black Forest’ (approx. 190km, 2hrs), where you will discover Germany’s sunniest town, surrounded by vineyards and a popular stop for wine connoisseurs and gourmets. This market town has a picturesque old quarter or Altstadt with twisting lanes, pretty courtyards, little streams known as ’Bächle’ as well as traditional restaurants and quaint bars, which you will explore with your guide on a half-day tour. Learn about its 900 years of history and many legends born through the centuries, before finishing at the highlight of the town – The Munster or Freiburg Cathedral, whose unique spire soars high above the city.
After breakfast, depart from Freiburg to stunning Lake Titisee where you can take a scenic lake cruise to learn more about the region. Stop in Triberg, famous for the House of the 1000 Cuckoo Clocks, a Black Forest must-see. We recommend also taking a hike through the forest to Triberg Waterfalls, Germany’s highest.
After lunch, if time permits, you could continue to Wolfach where craftsmen still use the traditional method of glassblowing at the famous Dorotheenhütte glass factory, or drive to the village of Gutach to explore the Vogtsbauernhof open air museum which is a historically reconstructed Black Forest village. Drive along the tranquil Kinzig Valley towards Baden-Baden where you can make stops at local villages which still retain their quaint half-timbered houses.
Today you will explore Mummelsee, a beautiful lake in the heart of the Black Forest which will mesmerize you with unique insights of untouched nature. While there, you can admire a beautiful view and learn something about the lake’s history, and also try a local delicacy – the famous Black Forest cake. Next, visit the Favorite Palace also known as the ‘porcelain palace’ because of its huge porcelain interior furnishing. End the day with some delicious wine tasting with different regional wines.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Baden-Baden, an elegant city known for its hot springs and striking architecture from the belle epoque era with plenty of lovely green spaces. There is also a vibrant cultural scene with events and art exhibitions throughout the year. Make a trip up Merkur Mountain on the funicular railway – the longest in Germany for views of the city and the Black Forest beyond, and you could take a hike back down to town and end the day with a full pampering experiences at one of the luxurious thermal spas.
After breakfast, transfer to Frankfurt airport (approx. 170km, 2hr) for your onward journey.
Low Season: November – April
Mid Season: May, October
High Season: June – September
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Designed by Piero Lissoni, this is a sophisticated lifestyle hotel with urban minimalist rooms, a spa, gym and rooftop pool where international guests meet Black Forest locals. Enjoy the culinary delights of its pan-Asian restaurant or exciting mixologies at the rooftop lounge bar with panoramic views. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 130)View More
Low Season: November – April
Mid Season: May, October
High Season: June – September
Jumeirah Frankfurt • Heidelberg Suites • Colombi Hotel • Brenners Park Hotel & Spa
This centrally located, 25-storey skyscraper hotel sets new standards for corporate-luxe hotels, with a modern luxurious décor and bold artworks and sweeping views of the Frankfurt cityscape through floor-to-ceiling windows from the rooms. There is an attractive spa, and the hotel has direct access to the glitzy MyZeil shopping mall next door. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 218)View More
This boutique hotehl is set in a striking white, 19th-century villa by the Neckar River, featuring neutral colour schemes that highlight the unique, custom-designed furnishings, mixing romanticism with contemporary flair. Service is personal and intimate, and the spacious suites look out to Heidelberg Old Town or onto lush gardens. (Renovated: 2009; Rooms: 25)View More
The grand dame of Freiburg, well-sited on the edge of the city’s old quarter across Colombi Park, perfect for seeing the main sights and a refuge for those seeking a quiet retreat thereafter. Interiors are elegant with traditional furnishings aimed at creating a welcoming, homely atmosphere for guests. There are 3 restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Zirbelstube. (Opened: 1957; Rooms: 112)View More
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