Castles and Chateaux on the Rhine – Rhine castles tour for groups
Day 1: Rhine castles tour – Arrival in Frankfurt/Main – Wiesbaden
A comfortable coach will be waiting for you and take you to Wiesbaden. The rest of the day is at your disposal, you might want to discover the town.
The charm of the former “City of Emperors” and “World Spa” is still clearly visible today. Wiesbaden convinces with its special architecture and a number of buildings that are historical gems. Generous parks and greens as well as the proximity of the Rhine are further valuable attributes of the town. Whereas the elegant centre attracts with its splendour, the lively old town boasts timber framed houses and cosy wineries. Night and dinner in the Wiesbaden area.
Day 2: Wiesbaden – Heidelberg – Speyer – Schwetzingen – Wiesbaden
Today you will first travel to Heidelberg. The name of Heidelberg is above all linked to its famous chateau, Germany´s oldest university and lanes laden with history. On a guided walk through the town you will get to know the most important sights. The fascination of the chateau is unbroken – the ivy-covered ruin has inspired romantic poets and artists. We invite you to take part in an audio tour, which will familiarize you with the magic, secrets and history of this chateau. After a short break you will continue your journey to the 2000-year-old city of Speyer. The Baroques town with its 55-metre-high gate is dominated by its mighty cathedral. This monumental church (11th century) is Unesco World Heritage. Having enjoyed a short walk around Speyer, you continue to Schwetzingen. The chateau there is surrounded by beautiful parks and and makes a playful and merry impression. The Rokoko theatre is a special attraction, especially as it is still in use. Visit the magnificent rooms and gain some insight into everyday life of the electors. Return to Wiesbaden.
Overnight stay and dinner in the Wiesbaden area.
Day 3: Wiesbaden – Ruedesheim – Koblenz
Today it is time to pack your suitcases, as your journey takes you further downstream. Your first stop is Eberbach Monastery. Viniculture and medieval architecture are the reasons why this Cistercian abbey, founded in the 12th century, is a popular destination. This Romanesque monastery was also the setting of the film “The Name of the Rose”. You can enjoy a guided tour of the monastery and taste some wine afterwards.
Rhine castles tour: Continue to Ruedesheim. Get to know the romantic old town of Ruedesheim and savour a cup of genuine “Ruedesheim coffee” in the famous Drosselgasse lane. Then you will board the coach again and travel along the River Rhine. You will see the former robber baron´s castle of Reichenstein, which has been turned into a museum and hotel, on the opposite bank and Castle Sooneck. The wine village of Kaub with Gutenfels castle is the absolute highlight of this romantic stretch of castles and vineyards. Having visited this village, another must awaits you: Germany´s most famous rock, the Loreley. If you look at this romantically so celebrated rock rationally, it is of course nothing more or less than a 132 metres high rock at one of the narrowest parts of the Rhine. In the evening you will reach Koblenz, where you will spend the following three nights.
Night and dinner in Koblenz.
Day 4: Koblenz – Stolzenfels – Marksburg
Koblenz – founded by the Romans, conquered by the Franks, chosen as residency by electors, occupied by the French and ruled by Prussia: More than 2,000 years of history still have a lot to say today! On a tour of the town you will hear everything worthwhile about this town. Afterwards you will get to know Chateau Stolzenfels. In 1823, the town of Koblenz gave the ruins of Stolzenfels castle to Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia. A few years later a romantic chateau was built on the foundations of the ruins, which can still tell you a lot about life in the 19th century. A walk will take you round most parts of this complex, including the terraces and royal chambers.
Travel on to Marksburg castle, which is picturesquely situated above the town of Braubach. Experience how knights lived, there is a lot to see: the castle kitchen, wine cellar, smithy and gardens.
Night and dinner in Koblenz.
Day 5: Koblenz – Cochem – boat tour on the Mosel – Koblenz
Rhine castles tour: Today you will travel along the Mosel to the romantic little town of Cochem. Explore the town off your own bat. Visit the Reichsburg castle, wander through the narrow lanes or stop off at one of the many winemakers´. Then you will change your means of transport and board a ship to Beilstein (about one hour). There, too, you will have time to explore the town. Then the coach will pick you up and take you back to Cochem for dinner and wine tasting in a traditional romantic winery. Return journey to Koblenz.
Night and breakfast in Koblenz.
Day 6: Koblenz – Cologne
Once again you will have to pack your suitcases, as you will travel further downstream to Cologne. Cologne is famous for its cathedral, a Unesco World Heritage Site. You will have some free time to go sight-seeing, drink some Koelsch – a traditional drink -, go shopping and generally enjoy the hospitality of the people of this region.
Night and half board in Cologne.
Day 7: Cologne – Frankfurt
Today finishes your “Rhine castles tour” Transfer to Frankfurt. Journey home or further programme.