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From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

1. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows. In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

2. Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

Discover the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with scenery and historic buildings. Get to know the countryside with a cruise along the iconic river, wine tasting at a charming tavern, and a delightful dinner by the riverbank. After you set out from the heart of Frankfurt, board a boat and ride along the Rhine River. Admire the villages, charming little vineyards, and mighty medieval castles that define the German countryside. Your steamer takes you along the shores of Kaub. Then, step ashore in the winemaking town of Ruedesheim and visit a little tavern to try some local wine.  Complete your experience in the village of Assmannshausenn with a delicious dinner at a cozy restaurant by the riverbanks. Then, ride back to Frankfurt as your tour comes to an end. 

From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

3. From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

Take a trip down an authentic German holiday route. Sample locally-made wines, and explore local landmarks in the company of a guide in historical costume. Begin your trip outside Würzburg main station. Board your air-conditioned coach, cross the River Main, and head for the vineyards of the Tauber Valley. Cruise past Bad Mergentheim and the wine town of Markelsheim as you enjoy your journey. Alight at Weikersheim to meet your guide in historical costume. Be led through a renaissance castle and park, designed in the style of Versailles. Encounter Röttingen, regarded as Germany's first European city, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, claimed to be the most romantic city in Germany. Taste 3 different wines from the Markelsheim winegrowers' cooperative. Start with a welcome glass of Secco on the journey out, then enjoy a Müller Thurgau or Silvaner white as you drive along the vineyards in the Tauber Valley, and a glass of red on your way home.

From Rüdesheim: 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise with Wine Tasting

4. From Rüdesheim: 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise with Wine Tasting

Embark on a journey with famous names of history onboard a Rhine ship and enjoy a cruise along one of Europe’s oldest trade routes, passing by former toll castles and robber baron nests. Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard with you in spirit as your guides to the most beautiful places, through which the Middle Rhine Valley becomes the source of the Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Explore the village of Assmannhausen, which is known for its red wine, as well as the flourishing town of Bingen and the world-famous Rüdesheim. Along the way, taste four wines under the expert guidance of a Rüdesheim winemaker, enjoy fresh pretzels, and take a souvenir glass home with you.

Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

5. Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

Embark on a day trip from Frankfurt along the Romantic Road, Germany's oldest and most loved holiday route. Travel through Würzburg into the Tauber Valley to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the epitome of German romanticism. Depart Frankfurt in the morning, start the drive through the Spessart to Würzburg. Passing the university town, the Tauber Valley will be reached. Bad Mergentheim and Markelsheim are located where three major wine-growing regions come together. Drive to the Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the official starting point of the Romantic Road. Crossing the River Main, enjoy views of the Marienberg Fortress and the Käppele, the Chapel of Grace. Visit the city of Weikersheim next, where the Renaissance castle and the Baroque garden can be visited. See the historic market square, then pass Röttingen, Germany’s first European town, and Creglingen. Rothenburg ob der Tauber will be reached at lunch time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a must when traveling in Europe. Famous sights are the medieval town wall, the historical marketplace, the town hall, the Gothic Parish Church of St. Jakob, and the Plönlein, an area featuring a colorful timber-frame house. The tour ends round-trip back in Frankfurt.

From Frankfurt: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Wine Tour

6. From Frankfurt: Rothenburg ob der Tauber Wine Tour

Embark on a day trip from Frankfurt along the "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg on der Tauber. Taste some regional wines during the journey, and see the main sights of the charming city of Rothenburg with your guide. Depart from in front of Frankfurt's main train station in the morning and travel through the Tauber Valley, the wine-growing region of Germany's oldest holiday route. Pass small villages such as Weikersheim and catch a glimpse of its magnificent Renaissance palace and its beautiful park. On the way from Frankfurt to Rothenburg make a stop to taste some regional wines including sparkling wine and dry white wine. Make a brief photo stop in the city of Würzburg and see the Prince Bishop's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive at Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which is considered one of Germany`s most romantic towns, and a medieval architectural jewel. See the main sights of the town with your guide, such as the town wall with its numerous towery and gates. Stroll around the Market Place with its magnificent Town Hall and many half-timbered houses. Admire the exterior of the Church of St. Jakob and the "Plönlein." You will also have time for lunch, reserved at a restaurant at your own expense. Pay a visit to The German Christmas Museum, which highlights festive traditions and history in Germany. Or, you may visit the Medieval Crime Museum with its historical collection of objects relating to medieval law. On the return journey to Frankfurt am Main, stop for a glass of Tauberschwarz red wine. Finally, be returned to central Frankfurt in the evening.

Idstein: Ultimate Gin Tasting Experience

7. Idstein: Ultimate Gin Tasting Experience

Tickle your tastebuds with the ultimate gin tasting in Idstein. Pay tribute to the spirit's inventor, Dr. Sylvius, and learn all about how it was discovered. Accompanied by a true gin expert, try 6 high-quality gins, paired with appetizers, bread, and mineral water to keep you ready for more. Meet your guide at the Ziegelhutte Inn and get ready to taste some of the finest gins of Germany and other countries around the world. Discover the inventor of gin, the alchemist, Dr. Franciscus Sylvius, and how he was originally trying to invent a new type of medicine. Tastings vary, depending on the night, but many possible branded Gins are offered, including Hendrick's, The Duke Munich Dry, Mombasa Club London, Ungava Canadian, Saffron, King of Soho, Black Tomato, and many more. Snack on bread and appetizers to ensure you can always ask for another sip and learn the intricacies of tasting this fabulous spirit, from a true enthusiast.

Frankfurt: Wine Bar Guided Walking Tour with Tastings

8. Frankfurt: Wine Bar Guided Walking Tour with Tastings

Discover the wines from the Rheinhessen wine region in Germany on this guided walking tour to two wine bars in Frankfurt's charming Old Town. Awaken your inner wine connoisseur as you try a variety of locally produced wines in a great atmosphere. Have the option to choose between a tour to 2 wine bars with 4 wine tastings, or pick a tour that includes a walking tour of the highlights in the Old Town, as well as 5 local wines at two wine bars paired with appetizers. Follow your guide on a journey through the long winemaking history of the region. Hear about what variety of grapes are cultivated in the local vineyards and what styles of wine are produced. Learn how to read German wine labels. With the first tour, sip on 4 types of wine that your guide will pick for you based on their experience and your personal preferences. Each of the served wines will be thoroughly explained in terms of their origins and characteristics. Engage all of your senses during the tasting. During the second tour, head to Frankfurt’s Old Town to uncover local history, culture and heritage. See highlights such as St. Paul’s Church (Paulskirche), the iconic Gothic-style Romer, and the Market Square. Stop in at 2 wine bars for a tasting of 5 different wines with paired appetizers like regional cheese delicacies.

Idstein: Ultimate Rum Tasting Experience

9. Idstein: Ultimate Rum Tasting Experience

Embark on the ultimate taste experience of pure rum with a spirits expert. Get an introduction to the history of rum and learn the basics of rum production. Follow your guide through the evening who'll share stories about your favorite drink. In between, enjoy appetizers and bread to neutralize. Many great rums can easily compete with cognacs, whiskies, and other noble spirits. Light rums are commonly used for cocktails, while "golden" and "dark" rums are mostly drunk pure. The tasting program varies from date to date, possible samples would be: Bacardi 8 AnosBayou SelectDon PapaEl DoradoAngostura 1919Botucal Reserva Ecxlusiva Ron de Jeremy Single Batch XXXO Rum El Ron Prohibido Reserva J. Bally Rhum Vieux Agricole Habitation Velier Forsyths WP 502 Ron Millonario Atlantico Gran Reserva Private Cask Rum and Cane Merchants Asia Pacific XO

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What people are saying about Hessen

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 183 reviews

Wonderful trip down the beautiful Rhine with a very informative, humorous, professional tour guide who truly enjoys his job. This excision is a must, via this company, for anyone visiting Frankfurt. Wished the trip would go on forever!! Would highly recommend to everyone. The Greenwoods

Great trip. Really enjoyed the chair lift and the boat ride. The guides were informative and funny. Even the crazy restaurant was entertaining, if not the best food.

I took the trip with my godson (21 years old) from Ireland. We had a lot of fun on this ride. I also really enjoyed the trip as a tourist in my own country.

It was a nice and scenic boat cruise with lunch and wine tasting included. The guide was friendly and informative. I enjoyed the day trip.

Wonderful guide. Informative. Meal was good. Small group. Loved it.