The Best of Secret Germany by Rail - May 13-24, 2018

Small-group (limit 12), good-valued, leisurely guided train tour of secret hideaways in Germany's Black Forest & Rhineland region. Based in just two under-the-tourist-radar hubs with unique day trips by rail, chairlift, & river boat. Most meals, lodging In family-run hotels, 1st class rail pass, great activities included. (i.e. baking class, blow your own glass base, wine & beer tasting, etc.) A $100 discount for TouristLink.com members. Interested? Email Ann@tripchicks.com

What's Included?

• Meet & greet at Frankfurt Airport with all transfers
• 10 nights twin or double bedding lodging in 2 family-run German hotels
• 10 breakfasts,10 dinners, Black F. cake, & wine tasting in medieval tower
• Hosted daily excursions by train (1st class German Rail Pass) & riverboat
• Scenic chairlift ride over Rhine gorge & 2-hour Rhine River cruise
• Visit to 13th century castle & UNESCO town on Mosel River
• Guided tour of Black Forest Open-Air Museum & regional bun baking class
• Private woodcarving demo by master Black Forest mask-carver
• Tour of 11th century former Benedictine Abbey
• Beer museum tour; 2 glasses monk beer, wieners/pretzels, beer schnapps
• Wine village chairlift ride to Rhine Valley
• Demo at glass-blowing factory with "blow-your-own glass vase" souvenir
• Entry into a top German spa with 9 thermal water pools (bring swimsuit!)
• Free time to wander, shop, & explore on own

Duration

12 days

Destination Covered

Germany

Best Suited

All, Budget, Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Kids, Luxury, Solo travellers
Due to the charm of our 2 "under-the-tourist-radar" home-base German towns & our wish to preserve their authenticity, we'll share the names of our "home hub" locations after final tour payment. Thanks for understanding.

Day 1: May 13-Fly to Frankfurt, Germany.

Day 2: May 14-Transfer by train to Black Forest village. Stroll through old town. Rest up & then sample Black Forest Cherry Torte. Dinner at hotel.

Day 3: May 15-After breakfast, day trip by train to thermal spa & then tour of Freiburg. Dinner at hotel.

Day 4: May 16-Woodcarving demo & visit to Black Forest Open Air Museum with regional bun baking class. Dinner at hotel.

Day 5: May 17-Guided visit to ancient Alpirsbach Benedictine Abbey & then tour a monk beer museum with snacks & beer/schnapps taste-testing. Dinner at hotel.

Day 6: May 18-Black Forest glass factory visit with blow-your-own-glass-vase activity. Dinner at hotel.

Day 7: May 19-Travel by train to our secret Rhine home-base with wine-tasting & snacks in medieval stone tower. Then dinner at hotel.

Day 8: May 20-Guided walk through wine village & Rhine Gorge chairlift ride. Dinner at hotel.

Day 9: May 21-Day trip by train to shopping & wine village of Ruedesheim am Rhein with walking tour & gondola ride above vineyards. Dinner at hotel.

Day 10: May 22-Rhine day cruise with tour of St. Goar fortress. Dinner at hotel.

Day 11: May 23-Day trip to Mosel River wine-growing town of Cochem with guided walking tour. Farewell dinner at hotel.

Day 12: May 24-Early morning train to Frankfurt Airport for flight home.
• A 50% tour payment due now.
• Final payment due April 12, 2018.
• Add 3% for credit card payments.
• Penalties apply due to current late booking window.
• Please email Ann@TripChicks.com for full details.
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