Rhine River & Black Forest Discovery

  • Ride a funicular to the hilltop castle ruins of Heidelberg.
  • Cruise along the Rhine River on a steamer boat.
  • Private guided tour of the highlights of Frankfurt, Baden Baden, and Freiburg.
  • Enjoy private transfers between airport and hotels.
  • Featuring a charming array of 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 a visit to the Rhine Valley; a UNESCO World Heritage Site, charming Baden-Baden; an international and exclusive thermal spa resort and so much more! This is a perfect tour for those seeking to discover the culture, history and beauty of this stunning region.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Frankfurt
    Frankfurt
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Welcome Package
    • Meet & Greet - Assistant(12)
    • Private - 1/2 Day Walking City Tour with Goethe House and Museum (4hrs) - Guide(20)
  • Day 2 Frankfurt
    Frankfurt
    • Shared - Rhine Tour & Wine Tasting (with lunch) (8hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 3 Frankfurt to Heidelberg
    Frankfurt to Heidelberg
    • Frankfurt - Heidelberg [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Private - 1/2 Day Old Town Walking Tour with Castle (4hrs) - Guide(10)
  • Day 4 Heidelberg to Baden Baden
    Heidelberg to Baden Baden
    • Heidelberg - Baden Baden [ (1hr)] - Vehicle/driver(3)
    • Private - 1/2 d Walking City Tour (1.5 hrs) - Guide(12)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Baden Baden to Freiburg
    Baden Baden to Freiburg
    • Baden Baden - Freiburg [1hr] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Private - 1/2 d Walking City Tour (3 hrs) - Guide(12)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Freiburg
    Freiburg
    • At Leisure
    • Optional Colmar and Breisach Tour
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Freiburg
    Freiburg
    • Freiburg - Basel [1 hr] - 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

Airport transfer with private vehicle and German speaking driver.

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

For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Your representative will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents.

Enjoy a half day 4hour walking tour with a private English speaking guide. From 1st Century Roman settlements to those made under the Germanic tribes, Frankfurt was to become of pivotal importance to the German-dominated Holy Roman Empire, and is where the German Kings and Emperors were coronated over a millennia ago. Despite the ravages of the Napoleonic War, Nazism and obliteration by bombing raids in WWII, Frankfurt's remarkable cultural legacy prevails, making it one of the world's most important cities. Having served as the seat of the first democratically elected German parliament, it is also the city of Goethe and home to the Frankfurt School, and is nothing less than the financial centre of the European continent. The tour includes a specialized guide and entrance fees.

Accommodation: NH Frankfurt City Hotel (4*)

NH Frankfurt City Hotel is situated in the heart of Frankfurt, close to the pedestrian zone, the Zeil shopping street, restaurants and major sightseeing attractions like: the Modern Art Museum, Our Lady's Church, Cathedral and Cathedral Museum, Historical Museum, Zoo, St Leonard's Church, Museum of Applied Arts and German Cinema Museum. The airport is approximately 12.5 kilometres from the hotel. NH Frankfurt City Hotel has air-conditioned guestrooms, equipped with modern comforts, including complimentary broadband and internet access throughout the hotel. The restaurant offers a selection of international, national and Spanish dishes, accompanied by a fine selection of wines, cognacs and cigars at the hotel bar. For relaxation the hotel provides a well-being area where you can enjoy spa facilities, including a fitness room, sauna, massage room, steam room and solarium.

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
NH Frankfurt City Hotel
NH Frankfurt City Hotel

Day 2: Frankfurt

An unforgettable day trip to the Rhine River Valley – an area which UNESCO counts to the World Heritage of mankind. Come to see the river, the little villages and vineyards. Mighty medieval castles, more than anywhere else in the world. See the famous Loreley Rock. Enjoy a gorgeous view from the Niederwald Monument and a cable car ride (optional) from the top of the hills in summertime. Lunch in a beautiful restaurant at the riverside is included and a wonderful boat trip on a Rhine steamer alongside the famous river panorama up to St. Goarshausen. We invite you to a wine tasting. Shopping stop at Ruedesheim/Drosselgasse. (In winter when steamers are not operating we may visit a castle instead). Enjoy dinner at leisure (not included in tour price).

Accommodation: NH Frankfurt City Hotel (4*)
Rhine River - Loreley Rock
Rhine River - Loreley Rock

Day 3: Frankfurt - Heidelberg

Enjoy your private transfer from Frankfurt to Heidelberg with your own vehicle and driver.

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: Hotel Holländer Hof (3*)

The hotel is situated in the heart of Old Heidelberg, opposite the "Old Bridge” and has a beautiful view over the Neckar river, the Philosopher's walk and the Heidelberg Castle. This location is the ideal starting point to explore the oldest University town in Germany, the longest shopping street, the cozy student inns and the famous sights (e.g. the Heidelberg castle, the old university, the historic old town, the Palatine museum). Each of the guest rooms are furnished with a telephone (ISDN), radio, TV, safe, hairdryer, minibar, shower bathroom, and wireless LAN connections.

Heidelberg
Heidelberg
Hotel Hollander Hof
Hotel Hollander Hof

Day 4: Heidelberg - Baden Baden

Enjoy your private transfer from Heidelberg to Baden-Baden.

Explore Baden Baden town with your private guide.  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 from personal or professional motivation. Associations, researchers or teachers, student travellers, individual guests or simply "Baden-Baden lovers" will learn about topics of special interest during an informative but entertaining excursion through the streets, buildings and historic events of the town.

Accommodation: Hotel Etol (3*)

The Hotel Etol is set in a listed industrial building from 1840 which houses today the historical guild house of Baden-Baden. The places of interest, such as the congress house, the spa building, the casino, the theatre, the Burda Museum, the Kunsthalle (art gallery), the drinking house and the spa garden are within walking distance. The thermal baths and the festival hall are also a mere stroll away and can be reached within 10 minutes on foot.  All rooms are quiet with a view of the green inner courtyard. They come with bathtub or shower, toilet, hair dryer, cable TV, mini bar and direct dial telephone. Furthermore, the hotel provides of a laundry service and parking facilities right on the doorstep.

Baden Baden
Baden Baden
Hotel Etol (3*)
Hotel Etol (3*)

Day 5: Baden Baden - Freiburg

Enjoy a private transfer from Baden-Baden 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: Intercity (3*)

The InterCityHotel Freiburg is centrally located and the main station is situated just next to the hotel. The nearest motorway junction is a mere 5 km from the hotel. It is also 60 km to the Airport and the Exhibition Centre in Basle. After a sumptuous breakfast in the InterCityHotel Freiburg set off to see the highlights of the city free of charge by local public transport using your FreeCityTicket which is included in the price of the room. Each of the beautifully appointed guestrooms provides all the amenities needed for an enjoyable vacation.

Freiburg
Freiburg
Intercity Hotel
Intercity Hotel

Day 6: Freiburg

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

Consider a day tour of the beautiful Alsace region, exploring quaint Breisach am Rhein and picturesque Colmar (France) with the possibility of visiting the famous Isenheimer Altar.Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in doing this tour or if you would like information on more options.

Accommodation: Intercity (3*)

Day 7: Freiburg

Enjoy a private transfer between Freiburg and Basel, the trip takes 1 hour drive.

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.

NH Frankfurt City Hotel (4*): Frankfurt

NH Frankfurt City Hotel is situated in the heart of Frankfurt, close to the pedestrian zone, the Zeil shopping street, restaurants and major sightseeing attractions like: the Modern Art Museum, Our Lady's Church, Cathedral and Cathedral Museum, Historical Museum, Zoo, St Leonard's Church, Museum of Applied Arts and German Cinema Museum. The airport is approximately 12.5 kilometres from the hotel. NH Frankfurt City Hotel has air-conditioned guestrooms, equipped with modern comforts, including complimentary broadband and internet access throughout the hotel. The restaurant offers a selection of international, national and Spanish dishes, accompanied by a fine selection of wines, cognacs and cigars at the hotel bar. For relaxation the hotel provides a well-being area where you can enjoy spa facilities, including a fitness room, sauna, massage room, steam room and solarium.

NH Frankfurt City Hotel
NH Frankfurt City Hotel

Hotel Holländer Hof (3*): Heidelberg

The hotel is situated in the heart of Old Heidelberg, opposite the "Old Bridge” and has a beautiful view over the Neckar river, the Philosopher's walk and the Heidelberg Castle. This location is the ideal starting point to explore the oldest University town in Germany, the longest shopping street, the cozy student inns and the famous sights (e.g. the Heidelberg castle, the old university, the historic old town, the Palatine museum). Each of the guest rooms are furnished with a telephone (ISDN), radio, TV, safe, hairdryer, minibar, shower bathroom, and wireless LAN connections.

Hotel Hollander Hof
Hotel Hollander Hof

Hotel Etol (3*): Baden Baden

The Hotel Etol is set in a listed industrial building from 1840 which houses today the historical guild house of Baden-Baden. The places of interest, such as the congress house, the spa building, the casino, the theatre, the Burda Museum, the Kunsthalle (art gallery), the drinking house and the spa garden are within walking distance. The thermal baths and the festival hall are also a mere stroll away and can be reached within 10 minutes on foot.  All rooms are quiet with a view of the green inner courtyard. They come with bathtub or shower, toilet, hair dryer, cable TV, mini bar and direct dial telephone. Furthermore, the hotel provides of a laundry service and parking facilities right on the doorstep.

Hotel Etol (3*)
Hotel Etol (3*)

Intercity (3*): Freiburg

The InterCityHotel Freiburg is centrally located and the main station is situated just next to the hotel. The nearest motorway junction is a mere 5 km from the hotel. It is also 60 km to the Airport and the Exhibition Centre in Basle. After a sumptuous breakfast in the InterCityHotel Freiburg set off to see the highlights of the city free of charge by local public transport using your FreeCityTicket which is included in the price of the room. Each of the beautifully appointed guestrooms provides all the amenities needed for an enjoyable vacation.

Intercity Hotel
Intercity Hotel
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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    Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours.

  • Marilynn Weaver — April 21, 2014 — Europe

    All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!

  • Ann Saxon — November 06, 2013 — Europe

    Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family.

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  • John Edstrom — October 22, 2013 — Europe

    Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!

  • Kevin Wilshere — October 19, 2013 — Europe

    Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch.

  • Chery Westlund — November 07, 2013 — Europe

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  • Randy Gramlich — October 07, 2013 — Europe

    Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease.

  • Jay Steffan — September 24, 2013 — Europe

    We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.

    We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip.

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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