Germany: Frankfurt, Franconia Wine Country & Heidelberg - New 2014 Tour


Region

Viticulture in Franken dates back to at least 777AD with a Deed of Gift from Charlemagne. The oldest winery “Wurzburger Stein" is today Germany’s largest vineyard site! In the sheltered valleys of the Main River and its tributaries on the slopes of the Steigerwald, the microclimate is Mediterranean with perfect conditions for grape growing. The terroir equation is complete with soils that are rich in nutrients and the resulting produce an earthy, mineral character. The most widely grown grape is the Muller-Thurgau, followed by Silvaner, the flagship wine of Franconia. The Reislings here (and some are the best in Germany), are like the Sylvaner and offer a perfect combination of fruitiness and mineral content.

One of the highly recognizable features of Franconian wine is the “Bocksbeutel”, the fat- bellied, short-necked, round bottle that since 1726, when the Wurzburg city council declared that the Bocksbeutel “Certified pure genuine wine”, symbolizes the superiority and quality of Franken wines.

For area must–see, must-do activities, we have researched a fantastic range of Franken’s iconic cultural, historical, artistic and religious sights and experiences, many of which are listed below in your Inclusions.

Wineries

You will visit Stractlicher Hofkeller, Weingut Zur Schwane, Weingut am Stein, Winzerhof Stahl and Winzer Sommerach, voted Germany’s “Up and Coming Winery of the Year” in 2013.

Accommodation

This is your perfectly located 5* Hotel in Frankfurt. The 19th Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof offers a Michelin-starred restaurant, a Spa with Turkish bath and elegant rooms with traditional and modern décor; the centrally located 4 Star Romantic Zur Schwane in Volkach, one of the prettiest medieval towns in all of Germany, dates back to the 15th Century. Its rooms are individually decorated with antique details; and Villa Marstall This is an elegant 4-star hotel in a stylish 19th-century villa in the heart of Heidelberg, overlooking the Neckar River and a brief walk to Heidelberg castle, the Alte Brücke (old bridge) and one of the longest shopping streets in Europe.


Suggested Tour


Germany: 4-5 Star - 6 Nights 7 Days Frankfurt, Franconia Wine Country & Heidelberg

Inclusions

  • Private Transfers from and to airport/hotel
  • 6 Nights Accommodation
  • 6 Buffet breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches – one picnic and one at a German Gasthaus
  • 2 Gourmet dinners with matching wines: a 4-course Degustation Gourmet Dinner and German wine introduction with eight corresponding wines at the Restaurant Zur Schwane and…5-course Gourmet Dinner with aperitif and wine tasting (one wine with each dinner course)
  • 3 Full days of English-speaking Chauffeur- Wine Guide in luxury vehicle.
  • Cruise on the River Main
  • Admission to Apothecary Museum, Heidelberg Castle, Herrgottskirche and Veitshoechheim Palace and Weikersheim Palace and Gardens!
  • 5 Private Walking Tours: Frankfurt, Old towns of Wertheim & Wuerzburg including Unesco World Heritage site: Residenz, Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Heidelberg.
  • 6 VIP winery visits & tours plus two more tastings

Exclusions

  • International airfare & Customs fees.
  • Meals and wine not stated as included.
  • Personal items: tips, taxes, laundry /dry cleaning, and liquor not stated as included.

Pricing

Price Per Person $5,261.00 double occupancy Can be as low as $3,077.00 per person with 6 like-minded food, wine and culture lovers (e.g. 3 couples) traveling together.

The Fine Print

Prices are per person double occupancy and subject to change due to currency fluctuations until deposit made.

N.B. Restaurants, Hotels and Winery Owner/Wine Consultant Lunches may change based on availability of seats, rooms, or individuals. Substitutes will be of equal or greater value and interest.

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