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Germany, 7 Days

In the footsteps of Hildegard of Bingen in Bingen, Loreley, Ruedesheim, Mainz, Worms, Speyer and Bad Sobernheim

Tour-Code:
 GER - 30107


  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival in Frankfurt. Continue to Bingen, famous for St. Hildegard and the Legend of the Mouse Tower. Bingen is surrounded by an inviting landscape of churches, castles, monuments, and the River Rhine. The town and region has a rich cultural life, excellent wines and friendly and welcoming people. Visit the monastery ruins and domain of St. Hildegard at the Disibodenberg. In the afternoon, go on a trip to the former Rupertsberg monastery in Bingerbrueck, then visit the Basilica of St. Martin. Go for a stroll through the inner city of Bingen followed by a visit to Rochus Chapel on Rochus Hill where several relics of St. Hildegard and the only authentic piece of her habit are preserved. Opportunity in the afternoon for a German 'coffee and cake' break in the Hildegard forum of the Sisters of the Cross nestled among the medieval herb garden and orchard on Rochus Hill. Check in to hotel for 5 nights in Bingen.

    Day 2: Go on a boat cruise to the Loreley in a treacherous meander of the Rhine with a strong current causing many accidents. The writer Clemens Bretano created the modern myth of a woman named Loreley, who, spiteful after being betrayed by her lover, bewitches men on the river and causes their death. Pass the picturesque scenery of the River Rhine with the fortified castles towering on hillsides and villages set between the vineyards of the region. Continue to nearby Assmannshausen renowned for its excellent wines. Ride on a chairlift from Ruedesheim to the Niederwald Monument of Germania, built to commemorate the founding of the German Empire and the union of all Germans under William I. Go on to Eibingen Abbey and St. Hildegard's Church and Shrine with the mortal remains of Hildegard of Bingen. Return to hotel.

    Day 3: Drive along the River Rhine for a visit to Mainz. Visit St. Augustine's Church, a gem of Rococo architecture in the heart of the old town. Discover the unique atmosphere in St. Stephen's Cathedral in the ethereal blue light of the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Rhine Hessen is the heartland of German wine culture, producing premium quality wines. Mainz as the 'wine capital' lists numerous wine bars and restaurants of which the House of German Wines offers the broadest selection. Return to hotel.

    Day 4: Continue to Worms for a sightseeing tour including St. Peter's Cathedral, Liebfrauenkirche 'Church of Our Dear Lady' and Trinity Church. After lunch, go on a tour in the Nibelungen Museum. Worms is linked to the legend of the Nibelungen whose vast riches are said to be buried beneath the city. Continue to Speyer for a tour of the city and a visit to St. Magdalena's Convent, Trinity Church and Speyer Cathedral, an imposing Romanesque cathedral commissioned by German emperors as their final resting place. The cathedral with its characteristic six church towers is part of the Unesco World Heritage. Return to hotel.

    Day 5: Bingen. Full day to discover the town on your own. Return to hotel.

    Day 6: Continue to Bad Sobernheim, a spa town in the Palatinate. Go on the 'barefoot trail' known for its healing properties. The path leads through woods, over meadows and brooks in a 1.5-hour walk and has a stimulating and cleansing effect. Continue to Frankfurt. Overnight stay in Frankfurt.

    Day 7: Departure.

    (subject to alterations)

  • Tour includes

    Accompanying English-speaking tour host, coach rides and day trips in a modern long-distance coach, experienced driver, and accommodation in mid-price hotels, double rooms with ensuite bathroom; breakfast and dinner, guided tours by trained local tour guides, maps and informative material.

  • Not included

    Tips, admission fees, beverages, personal expenses, possible increases in fuel prices.