Rhine River & Black Forest Discovery

7 days from $4,732 per person*
  • Private guided tours of Baden Baden, Freiburg, and the Black Forest.
  • Spend 2 nights in a historic castle overlooking the Rhine River.
  • Ride a funicular to the hilltop castle ruins of Heidelberg.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Enjoy this adventure through the popular Black Forest Region of Germany. Travelling through beautiful forest scenery, you will encounter enchanting medieval and traditional wine villages, castles and cathedrals that are the epitome of German romanticism. Highlights include staying the night in a historic castle overlooking the Rhine River, exploring charming thermal spa town Baden-Baden with private guide, drive through the scenic Black Forest, and so much more! This is a perfect tour for those seeking to discover the culture, history and beauty of this stunning region.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Frankfurt to Oberwesel
    Frankfurt to Oberwesel
    • Frankfurt - Oberwesel [Airport, 1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Germany - Welcome Package(2)
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    • 4-Course Gourmet Dinner (Included)
  • Day 2 Oberwesel
    Oberwesel
    • KD Rhine Pass - Ticket
    • 4-Course Gourmet Dinner (Included)
  • Day 3 Oberwesel to Heidelberg
    Oberwesel to Heidelberg
    • Oberwesel - Heidelberg [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Old Town Walking Tour with Castle (4hrs) - Guide(10)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Heidelberg to Baiersbronn
    Heidelberg to Baiersbronn
    • Heidelberg - Baiersbronn [via Baden Baden (8 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide(3)
  • Day 5 Baiersbronn
    Baiersbronn
    • Tour - Private - Black Forest Tour (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide(3)
  • Day 6 Baiersbronn to Freiburg
    Baiersbronn to Freiburg
    • At Leisure
    • Baiersbronn - Freiburg [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking City Tour (3 hrs) - Guide(12)
  • Day 7 Freiburg
    Freiburg
    • Freiburg - Stuttgart [2.5hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Frankfurt - Oberwesel

Meet your driver and enjoy your private transfer from Frankfurt Airport to Oberwesel.

A welcome package with  a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.

This evening, you'll be treated to an exceptional 4-course gourmet dinner at Castle Auf Schoenburg.

Accommodation: Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg (4*)

In a wooded setting overlooking the Rhine River, the Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg is located 950m from Oberwesel train station and 1 km from the medieval town center. Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg, a middle-aged romantic castle, built in the 10th century, one of the most expressive German castles on the Rhine River. Behind its ramparts and towers, the Schoenburg is the perfect castle hotel, intimate and elite. The traditional rooms feature antique furniture and flat-screen TVs, plus free minibars and a welcome glass of sherry. Individual rooms include four poster beds, wood paneling, and Rhine-view balconies. Suites add living rooms. Buffet breakfast served on a terrace overlooking the Rhine, and 4-course dinners are included. There's an elegant restaurant with three refined dining rooms and a terrace with Rhine views, plus a lounge with a fireplace, a library, and gardens.

Church of Our Lady
Church of Our Lady
Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg
Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg

Day 2: Oberwesel

An easy way to start your romantic day on the Rhine on board the KD ships (except Rheinjet) and enjoy your day cruises on the Rhine and Moselle rivers for one whole day. The extensive and reliable timetable enables you to disembark as often as you like at the many interesting stops and spend as much or as little time as you would like.

This evening, you'll be treated to an exceptional 4-course gourmet dinner at Castle Auf Schoenburg.

Accommodation: Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg (4*)
Rhine Cruise
Rhine Cruise

Day 3: Oberwesel - Heidelberg

Meet your driver and enjoy your private transfer from Oberwesel to Heidelberg.

Enjoy a private tour of Heidelberg in the company of a private guide for a 4hr walking tour and visit the historical part of town, which lies in the shadow of  the imposing castle ruin on top of the hill.  Ride the funicular and enjoy the views as you make your way uphill towards the castle. (Entrance fees to the castle (outside) and funicular included).

Accommodation: NH Heidelberg (4*)

NH Heidelberg Hotel is set in a central location in the historic buildings of the old brewery in Heidelberg. A mere 1km from the historical center of town and the city's castle, the hotel offers comfortably furnished guestrooms, all equipped with a wide range of modern amenities. The onsite “Bräustüberl” is a typically German restaurant which serves only dishes from the region. From spring to fall a pleasant beer garden is available to hotel guests and barbecues, live music or fondue evenings are often organized.  For guests who want to work out, the hotel provides a fitness center and sauna onsite.

Heidelberg
Heidelberg
NH Heidelberg Hotel
NH Heidelberg Hotel

Day 4: Heidelberg - Baiersbronn

Following your hotel pickup by a private vehicle and driver-guide you will depart Heidelberg for a scenic drive to Baiersbroon via Baden- Baden. The Russian poet Shukowski once said about Baden-Baden: "It is a paradisiacal place." Recovery for body and soul, scenic beauty and Mediterranean lifestyle, splendid parks and various society events - Baden-Baden offers all that in a charming and open way. Already in the 19th century, various kings and artists found their way to this glamorous health resort. Baden-Baden became the "summer capital of Europe" while Paris formed its counterpart as "Europe's winter capital". These are aimed at all those who enjoy widening their knowledge of historic, social or cultural subjects, and want to learn about topics of special interest during an informative but entertaining excursion through the streets, buildings and historic events of the town. Afterwards you will continue your drive towards Baiersbroon. 

Accommodation: Hotel Traube Tonbach (5*)

The Traube Tonbach is nestled in the Black Forest and strives to help guests achieve a positive balance between movement, relaxation, fitness and therapy. Operating for over 220 years, this family owned hotel offers luxury, the highest standards of quality and a sophisticated ambiance. The hotel’s luxurious rooms and suites have everything guests need to escape everyday life and enjoy their time in the Black Forest. The Wellness Area uses the latest beauty and relaxation techniques, indoor & outdoor swimming facilities, gym and saunas to pamper hotel guests. Exquisite and tasteful, the hotel’s restaurants have received several awards and have outstanding kitchen teams, which serve exclusive culinary creations every day.

Baden Baden
Baden Baden
Hotel Traube Tonbach
Hotel Traube Tonbach

Day 5: Baiersbronn

Meet your driver-guide at the hotel and start your Black Forest full day tour in a private vehicle. The Black Forest, with its vast forests, open mountain heights and peaks with grandiose views, its deep and mysterious cirque lakes and charming valleys, is one of the most visited regions. Unspoilt landscapes, nowadays rare in Germany, characterize this unique and varied part of the country and almost the whole Black Forest has now been designated as a nature park – the largest one in Germany. Black Forest visitors will find rich and varied landscapes, a diverse selection of health and spa resorts, delicious regional food, cultural and architectural treasures, especially in local cities, living regional traditions and a big variety of country sports such as hiking, Nordic walking, mountain biking and cycling, horse riding and golf. You will visit the alternative wolf and bear park in Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach where you will see the wolves and bears in their natural habitat, and Pforzheim, known for its jewelry and watch making industry. Entrance fee to the alternative wolf and bear park in Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach and lunch is included.

Accommodation: Hotel Traube Tonbach (5*)
Black Forest
Black Forest

Day 6: Baiersbronn - Freiburg

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Meet your driver for a private transfer from Baiersbronn to Freiburg. 

Freiburg is a lovely middle age town with small lanes and historical monuments. During your guided tour you’ll see old villas, the house of the whale, the bubbling streams passing through the town, and last but not least, the famous cathedral of Freiburg. 

Accommodation: Dorint Hotel Freiburg An den Thermen (4*)

The Dorint An den Thermen Hotel is located in the Breisgau district, perfect starting point from which to explore the historic city and directly linked to the healing hot springs in the Keidel Mineral Thermal Baths. The hotel features elegant rooms that are constantly renewed to meet the highest standards of comfort, and feature decor inspired by the combination of nature and comfort to offer guests a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. The hotel’s gourmet restaurant takes guests through full sensory cuisine experiences, featuring classic Badian dishes with Mediterranean twists, created with select bio-certified ingredients from the region, accompanied by good wines and excellent service. The Freiburger Cafe-Bar-Lounge offers simple laid back inviting venue where one can re-energize after a long day’s adventure. The hotel also features access to the Keidel Mineral and Thermal Baths which are fed by natural hot-springs, as well as a full range of medical wellness and beauty programs, which were developed in collaboration with the health center. The wellness amenities include a fitness room where guests can keep up with their daily workout routine. 

Freiburg
Freiburg
Dorint Hotel Freiburg An den Thermen
Dorint Hotel Freiburg An den Thermen

Day 7: Freiburg

Meet the driver and enjoy your private transfer from Freiburg to Stuttgart.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg (4*): Oberwesel

In a wooded setting overlooking the Rhine River, the Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg is located 950m from Oberwesel train station and 1 km from the medieval town center. Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg, a middle-aged romantic castle, built in the 10th century, one of the most expressive German castles on the Rhine River. Behind its ramparts and towers, the Schoenburg is the perfect castle hotel, intimate and elite. The traditional rooms feature antique furniture and flat-screen TVs, plus free minibars and a welcome glass of sherry. Individual rooms include four poster beds, wood paneling, and Rhine-view balconies. Suites add living rooms. Buffet breakfast served on a terrace overlooking the Rhine, and 4-course dinners are included. There's an elegant restaurant with three refined dining rooms and a terrace with Rhine views, plus a lounge with a fireplace, a library, and gardens.

Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg
Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg
Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg
Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg

NH Heidelberg (4*): Heidelberg

NH Heidelberg Hotel is set in a central location in the historic buildings of the old brewery in Heidelberg. A mere 1km from the historical center of town and the city's castle, the hotel offers comfortably furnished guestrooms, all equipped with a wide range of modern amenities. The onsite “Bräustüberl” is a typically German restaurant which serves only dishes from the region. From spring to fall a pleasant beer garden is available to hotel guests and barbecues, live music or fondue evenings are often organized.  For guests who want to work out, the hotel provides a fitness center and sauna onsite.

NH Heidelberg Hotel
NH Heidelberg Hotel

Hotel Traube Tonbach (5*): Baiersbronn

The Traube Tonbach is nestled in the Black Forest and strives to help guests achieve a positive balance between movement, relaxation, fitness and therapy. Operating for over 220 years, this family owned hotel offers luxury, the highest standards of quality and a sophisticated ambiance. The hotel’s luxurious rooms and suites have everything guests need to escape everyday life and enjoy their time in the Black Forest. The Wellness Area uses the latest beauty and relaxation techniques, indoor & outdoor swimming facilities, gym and saunas to pamper hotel guests. Exquisite and tasteful, the hotel’s restaurants have received several awards and have outstanding kitchen teams, which serve exclusive culinary creations every day.

Hotel Traube Tonbach
Hotel Traube Tonbach
Hotel Traube Tonbach
Hotel Traube Tonbach

Dorint Hotel Freiburg An den Thermen (4*): Freiburg

The Dorint An den Thermen Hotel is located in the Breisgau district, perfect starting point from which to explore the historic city and directly linked to the healing hot springs in the Keidel Mineral Thermal Baths. The hotel features elegant rooms that are constantly renewed to meet the highest standards of comfort, and feature decor inspired by the combination of nature and comfort to offer guests a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. The hotel’s gourmet restaurant takes guests through full sensory cuisine experiences, featuring classic Badian dishes with Mediterranean twists, created with select bio-certified ingredients from the region, accompanied by good wines and excellent service. The Freiburger Cafe-Bar-Lounge offers simple laid back inviting venue where one can re-energize after a long day’s adventure. The hotel also features access to the Keidel Mineral and Thermal Baths which are fed by natural hot-springs, as well as a full range of medical wellness and beauty programs, which were developed in collaboration with the health center. The wellness amenities include a fitness room where guests can keep up with their daily workout routine. 

Dorint Hotel Freiburg An den Thermen
Dorint Hotel Freiburg An den Thermen
Dorint Hotel Freiburg An den Thermen Lobby
Dorint Hotel Freiburg An den Thermen Lobby
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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