Rhine Valley Tour in Germany 
Heidelberg, Trier, Cologne,
Rüdesheim, Mainz, Frankfurt
 Germany tour Rhine Valley

Short Rhine Tour in Germany
5 Nights/6 Days

on Saturdays

2009:
May 23/Jun 13, Jul 4, Aug 1, Aug 29, Sep 26

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Legendary Rhine and Moselle Tour for Wine Lovers! Taste the excellent German vines and enjoy the extraordinary landscapes of the legendary rivers Rhine and Moselle.
Itinerary 2009:

Day 1: Saturday. Frankfurt
After your arrival at Frankfurt Airport a driver will take you to your hotel in a private limousine. In the late afternoon your tour-guide meets you with a welcome drink at the lobby of the hotel. Enjoy a small city tour of Frankfurt – the German financial capital. Overnight at InterCityHotel Frankfurt o.s.

Day 2: Sunday. Frankfurt – Heidelberg – Trier (B/ L)  
After breakfast we leave for the old university town Heidelberg. After a visit of the inner courtyard of the impressive castle, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its wine cellar with the big barrel enjoy a welcome lunch with an excellent local wine at famous Restaurant Zum Ritter St. Georg built in the 16th century. In the early afternoon drive to Trier, Germany’s oldest city and located at the river Moselle.
According to legend, in 2000 BC the Assyrians established a colony here. The Roman colony of Augusta Treverorum (Trier) was founded under Augustus in 16 BC. Trier became a favoured residence of several Roman emperors. Overnight at Hotel Golden Tulip Trier o.s.

Day 3: Monday.  Trier – Cologne (B)
In the morning we will enjoy a city walk of Trier. The face of Trier is impressively shaped by the Roman era. Most famous relic is the Porta Nigra, the beautifully-preserved fortified gate from the great age. But all the other major stylistic epochs have also left behind their monuments here. Quite justifiably, the city has been declared a treasure of world civilization by UNESCO. In addition, Trier is Germany's oldest wine-growing centre. Famous vineyard estates and celebrated wine producers are headquartered here. So it also pays to become acquainted with the subterranean realm of the Trier sommeliers! In the early afternoon we leave Trier to take a scenic route along the Moselle with a vine-taste in one of the famous vine-villages. We go on to Cologne where we will arrive in the early evening. Evening at leasure to explore some local breweries where the “Kölsch” (light beer served in small glasses) can be sampled. Overnight at Maritim Hotel Köln o.s.

Day 4: Tuesday. Cologne  (B)
Today we will visit Cologne. Starting at the cathedral which is one of the largest gothic churches in Europe your city tour will lead you through the small alleys of the Old Town and splendid avenues to the river Rhine with its bridges and parks. For the sweet-lovers we have planned a visit in the Chocolate Museum where you can learn all about chocolate and then sample from the large chocolate fountain as much as you can. Take your time in the afternoon to explore Cologne on your own.

Day 5: Wednesday. Cologne – Koblenz – Rüdesheim (B/ D)
After breakfast we leave for Koblenz where the river Moselle meets the Rhine. In the early afternoon we will take a Rhine cruise from St. Goar to Rüdesheim, passing romantic castles and the Loreley Rock. Maybe you see the blond maid combing her hair from the deck of your steamer. On the arrival in Ruedesheim we will have a tasting of Rhine wines and check-in at hotel in Rüdesheim. Farewell Dinner at Restaurant Rüdesheimer Schloss.

Day 6: THURSDAY  Rüdesheim – Mainz – Frankfurt (B)
It is only a 45 minutes drive from Rüdesheim to Mainz. We will visit the Old Town, the cathedral and the Museum of Gutenberg – the inventor of the printing press – before we reach Frankfurt again where your tour ends in the afternoon or you check-in to your optionally booked post-tour hotel.

Services included
 
* 5 nights at first class and tourist superior hotels incl. tax, service charges and baggage handling (one piece per person). All rooms with private bath or shower and toilet.
*  Transportation by train and by air conditioned motorcoach with AC/WC
*  Professional bilingual English/Spanish speaking guide from day 02-07
*  All excursions and city tours not marked as optional  
* Welcome lunch incl 1 glass of local wine
* Five buffet breakfast
* Farewell dinner
* Winetastings at Moselle and Rhinevalley

ENTRANCE FEES/ FARES/ Included:

            Heidelberg Castle inner courtyard and wine cellar

            Chocolate Museum, Cologne

          Rhine River Cruise from St. Goar to Rüdesheim

            Gutenberg Museum, Mainz

Prices in 2009: 
Euro ($rate varies depending the exchange)  850 per person for double occupancy
Euro ($ rate varies depending the exchange) 
820 for third person in a room
Euro ($ rate varies depending the exchange) 180 single supplement 

Pre and Post-night Hotels in Frankfurt 2009 / Prices are in Euro ($ rate varies depending the exchange)

Le Meridien Parkhotel (Deluxe: 5star) 
Weekdays MON-FRI:
EUR 103 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included 
Single supplement: EUR 86
Weekends FRI-MON:
EUR 64 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included
Single supplement: EUR or USD* 49

Hotel Tryp (First Class: 4star)
Weekdays MON-FRI:
EUR 58 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included 
Single supplement: EUR 18
Weekends FRI-MON:
EUR 53 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included
Single supplement: EUR 19

Hotel Intercity, Frankfurt City Center  (3star)
Weekdays MON-FRI:
EUR 61 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included 
Single supplement: EUR 35
Weekends FRI-MON:
EUR 47 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included
Single supplement: EUR 32

Hotel Hamburger Hof, Franfkurt City Center  (3)
Weekdays MON-FRI:
EUR 47 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included 
Single supplement: EUR 32
Weekends FRI-MON:
EUR 43 per person based on double occupancy with breakfast and taxes included
Single supplement: Eur 32

Transfers in Frankfurt Airport/Hotel: 
1-3 pax- EUR ($ rate varies depending the exchange) 107 per car  without assistance
4-8 pax EUR ($ rate varies depending the exchange) 157 per car without assistance 


Note: The booking of these hotels is subject to availability. The following rates are not valid during trade fair periods and conventions.
Maximum  one or two nights before/after tour are available at that special rate.


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