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Rhine Castle Tour

7 days – EUR 1,122.00 pp in dbl-room*

Enjoy unforgettable views of the Rhine from your castle chamber on a tour that includes stays in three authentic castles and stops in the historical cities of Cologne, Rothenburg and Heidelberg. This tour offers the ideal combination of history, adventure and culture.


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1st day: Mittelrheintal

Rental car pick-up
Type: VW Rabbit or similar
Pick-up location: Frankfurt, Airport

From Frankfurt to Oberwesel85 km | 1 hour 30 minutes

Accommodation: A medieval castle overlooking the Rhine1 Night | Dinner, bed & breakfast

During the 12th century the Dukes of Schöneburg ruled the area from this castle on a hill above the town of Oberwesel and levied duties on Rhine commerce. The castle was burned down in 1689 and lay in ruins for over 200 years until it was bought and restored by an American named Mr. Rhinelander in the early 1900s.

Today the modern, luxury hotel is owned once again by the town of Oberwesel and has been managed by the Hüttl family since 1957. It offers 20 elegant, individually furnished rooms and two suites with four-poster beds and balconies facing the Rhine River. Guests can stroll through the surrounding forests, meadows and vineyards or just relax and enjoy the one-of-a-kind views.

 

Attractions:

  • Rheingau: Wine bars and manor houses

Majestic accommodations: A 12th century castle
Majestic accommodations: A 12th century castle
A castle chamber
A castle chamber
Vineyards in Rüdesheim: Rheingau
Vineyards in Rüdesheim: Rheingau

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2nd day: Köln

From Oberwesel to Köln160 km | 2 hours 30 minutes

Attractions:
  • Bonn: Residence of Cologne's Electorate and Beethoven's birthplace

Accommodation: An award-winning hotel next to Cologne Cathedral1 Night | bed & breakfast

The 5-star hotel has been an institution in Cologne since it was first opened in 1863. In 1910 it made headlines when it began offering ensuite bathrooms with running warm water, a rarity at the time that was considered the epitome of luxury and comfort. This tradition has been proudly maintained over the last century: exactly 100 years after it began offering warm water, the hotel in the heart of Cologne was named the Hotel of the Year by one of the country's leading hotel and restaurant guides. The exceptional service extends from the "pillow card" which enables guests to select just the right pillow for a good night's rest, to the free minibar and valet parking. Two restaurants are available: the "Hansestube", serving innovative French cuisine, and the Japanese restaurant Taku, which received a Michelin Star in 2012. The rooms are surprisingly quiet despite the central location just steps from the train station and the Cathedral.

Attractions:

  • Köln: Rhenish zest for life in the shadow of the cathedral

A tradition in Cologne since 1863
A tradition in Cologne since 1863
In the shadow of the cathedral:  The old town of Cologne
In the shadow of the cathedral: The old town of Cologne

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3rd day: Rothenburg

From Köln to Rothenburg374 km | 4 hours 30 minutes

Attractions:
  • Frankfurt: Medieval old town in front of the skyline of the financial district

Accommodation: A Tollhouse from the year 12642 Nights | bed & breakfast

Originally built in 1264 as a customs house, the hotel occupies one of the best locations in Rothenburg: on main street, next to a medieval city gate and just minutes from the central square. The current hosts, Stephan and Lilo, are the fourth generation of the same family to run the facility, which has been a hotel since 1488. The first thing guests notice is the charming entryway decorated with antiques. The bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes, and no two are alike. They all have one thing in common, however: each was personally decorated by the hostess with exquisite attention to detail. Guests can sample traditional Franconian dishes and home-brewed beer in the rustic restaurant.

Attractions:

  • Rothenburg: Medieval jewel on the Tauber river
  • Iphofen: Baroque wine village with preserved city walls

At the city gates: A tollhouse from the year 1264
At the city gates: A tollhouse from the year 1264
Hardly changed since 30-year war: Rothenburg
Hardly changed since 30-year war: Rothenburg

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5th day: Heidelberg

From Rothenburg to Heidelberg178 km | 3 hours

Attractions:
  • Heilbronn: Free imperial city on the River Neckar

Accommodation: A Renaissance hotel in downtown Heidelberg2 Nights | bed & breakfast

Heidelberg is a romantic old university town with a long pedestrian street, the Hauptstrasse, which constitutes the dynamic heart of the city. The hotel stands at the beginning of this key avenue. Its stately facade dates from 1592, the year the gold sign was imprinted that still hangs above the door. Official records show the building served as a town hall for a decade before becoming the Hotel Zum Ritter. Thanks to the hotel's impressive facade and central location, its lovely panelled dining room is popular among the throngs of tourists that flock to Heidelberg. This makes the hotel a very bustling place in the evenings. It has been extended to the rear, and in the newer wing you find ten spacious, modern bedrooms with custom-fitted furniture and floor-to-ceiling draperies. The remaining rooms vary from small single rooms to large bedrooms overlooking the busy main street. The decor is more modern than old-world.

Attractions:

  • Heidelberg: Romantic university town on the Neckar

Renaissance architecture: Hotel in Heidelberg
Renaissance architecture: Hotel in Heidelberg
The cradle of German Romanticism: Heidelberg
The cradle of German Romanticism: Heidelberg

7th day: Frankfurt

From Heidelberg to Frankfurt86 km | 57 minutes

Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Frankfurt, Airport

Departure


Rental car:

AVIS

Rental car company: AVIS (Germany)
Type: VW Rabbit or similar (Group B)

Equipment: Air-conditioning, radio/CD, electric windows, central locking system, manual shift

Max excess/deductible: EUR 850.00


Services


The cost is per person based on two people sharing a double room and includes accommodation and meals per itinerary.

USD 1,259.00*
(EUR 1,122.00)*




You can start this tour on any date.
Best Travel Time:
April–Oct.

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» the names, addresses and telephone numbers of each accommodation
» Your vouchers
» detailed directions to each accommodation

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