Germany is known for fabulous year-round festivals, medieval castles, amazing history, and mouth-watering food including an assortment of sausages, beer, pretzels and delicious desserts and pastries. Germans live to have fun and are producers of some of the most stunning white wine in the entire world. Miles of vineyards surround beautiful rivers such as the Rhine and the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Taking a Germany wine tour is like stepping into a fairytale; complete with picturesque villages, medieval castles, crystal clear lakes and snow capped mountains. Its cities are elegant and stylish with vibrant culture, historical centers and sidewalk cafes.
The German Wine Route is the oldest scenic route in the country, and the region it passes through is enchanting throughout most of the year. West of the Rhine and right next to France, the much-beloved German Wine Route in the Palatinate runs through the country’s second largest wine growing area. Starting in Bockenheim in the north it works its way down south for 83 km and ends in Schweigen, right on the French border. A Germany wine tour is a beautiful experience and a wonderful way to see this magnificent country in its entire splendor.
Frankfurt is the dynamic and international financial and trade fair city with the most imposing skyline in Germany. This is the image that many visitors associate with the Main metropolis. But the city in the heart of Germany and Europe can offer many other facets and contrasting variety. Lose yourself to the magic of creativity here, as you spend time at the famous Frankfurt Opera or a host of other centers for performances.
The Rhine Valley is one of the 13 recognised wine districts in Germany , noted more for the quality of the wines produced than for the quantity. It certainly has the oldest wine-growing tradition in Germany - going back to the time of the Romans and the emperor Charles the Great is said to have planted vines here. The dominant Wine of the Rhine Valley is Riesling accounting for around 80% of production.The abundance of slate in the soil together with near perfect weather conditions account for the dominance of the Riesling grape.
Last minute preparation should be concluded before your international flight to Germany. Check your travel list and make sure not to forget important items like your pass port.
Welcome to Frankfurt, the gateway to Germany’s wine country. Vacations always look forward to unpacking and time to freshen up before venturing out. The remainder of today is set aside for exploring your marvelous hotel and the surrounding area.
Today starts with a city tour of Frankfurt. This truly is a marvelous historical city and helps set the stage for your vacation. The city tour includes important sights of Frankfurt such as the Museum Embankment, Historic Stock Exchange, Apple Wine District, Opera House and the old town center. At the conclusion of your city tour…. A transfer is in place to the Ahr wine region. Upon arrival, stretch your legs by taking a walk along the “Red Wine Trail”. This is a perfect opportunity to taste delicious wines indicative of the area.
This morning starts with a Rhine-Steamer cruise on the most scenic stretch of the mighty Rhine River. At the conclusion of the cruise a driver will be waiting for you in Rudesheim. Your driver will escort you to three winery tours and tastings today. This evening relax at your hotel and enjoy a feast of regional German cuisine and local folk music.
Stroll through Drosselgasse, a famous narrow street lined with wine taverns, historical homes and gardens. Visit the Wine Museum at Broemserburg Castle, and enjoy a variety of wine tastings at the colorful and lively wine taverns. The local German food is a perfect conclusion to this spirited day. Dining suggestions and recommendations are provided for your evening at leisure.
After a hearty breakfast, you will board a ferry headed to the famous town of Bingen, for an educational wine tasting. Next up is Bermersheim where you will taste the sweet wines of Trockenbeerenauslesen and Eiswein. Conclude your perfect German wine tasting day with a transfer to Worms for a historical tour of this charming hamlet before private time on your own this evening.
By the end of this wine tasting day, you will have toured the sights of Speyer and Baden Baden, seeing two of Germany’s most impressive architectural sights. Additionally, you will be the special guests of two local vintners. A stop is included for tasting fresh artisan cheese at a local cheese factory. Dinner reservations this evening will be available upon request.
Your wine journey continues as you make your way to Trier, the oldest town in Germany once known as “Second Rome.” Make your stay arrangement in the heart of this ancient town. In the afternoon discover the unbelievable historical sights of Trier. The local guide has folk lore tails to amuse all vacationers.
Look forward to another full day of wine sipping along the Mosel River wine region. This region is also known for more exceptional cheeses. There will be several opportunities to sample the German cheeses of this region. This evening consider dining at a very prestigious restaurant that features over 200 wine selections.
The Black Forest is your vacation focus for the day. This day has an antiquities focus with visits to the museums of Heidelberg and Karlsruhe Palace. Heidelberg is very beautiful and offers many scenic encounters, so don’t forget the camera. Your accommodations tonight have you staying at a medieval castle. Here you will dine with candle light within ancient stone walls.
Rise and shine this morning for a trip to Frankfurt. In route to Frankfurt, look forward to visiting a traditional cuckoo-clock factory along the way. Your day also include 2 additional wine tastings featuring the wines of Franken.
Say your goodbyes to the picturesque olde world country of Germany as you board your flight for your journey home.