Discover the treasures of the Baden-Württemberg region on this 11-hour tour of charming Heidelberg and the Rhine River Valley. Your journey departs Frankfurt in the morning. With your private guide, leave behind the big-city and head 50 miles (80 km) south to beautiful Heidelberg, hugging the banks of the Neckar River. As you pull into town, marvel at the red-hued rooftops set against a backdrop of lush green hills.
Head to Heidelberg Castle, strategically perched upon a hilltop overlooking the city, where you’ll have time to tour the building’s impressive ruins. Explore the site’s architecturally diverse buildings and spaces, admire the sculpted portraits of famous German leaders, and check out centuries-old artifacts such as the Great Barrel that once stored up to 130,000 liters (about 34,342 gallons) of wine! Next, stroll along the cobbled streets of Old Town, peeking into cloistered courtyards and viewing impressive landmarks like the Karl Theodor Bridge, the Church of the Holy Spirit and Heidelberg University.
After your tour, re-board your coach for the short ride to Kaub where you’ll transfer to a boat for a scenic float along the UNESCO-listed Rhine River. Along the cruise, relax in the climate-controlled boat and enjoy views of lovely villages, picturesque vineyards and riverside castles. Upon arrival in Rudesheim, savor an included dinner and wine-tasting before heading back to Frankfurt for evening drop-off.