Northern Route
 
Day 1
Early afternoon landing at Frankfurt airport and drive to the Rhine Valley. Stop at Eibingen to visit the cloister founded by St. Hildegaard, the most outstanding woman personality of early Middle Age. She wrote religious music books on healing herbs and corresponded with the pope and the emperor. Late afternoon visit a vineyard for wine tasting (on request visit the Wine Museum at castle Brömseburg) in Rüdesheim. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 2
Drive across the river on to Mainz. City touring partly on foot: the romanesque cathedral, Gutenberg Museum, St. Stephan’s church (Marc Chagall’ stained glasses). Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon drive south to Speyer. During the imperial assembly in 1529 many German princes protested against Luther’s condemnation, there since Luther’s followers have been called „Protestants“. Visit the Imperial Cathedral, with tombs of German kings and emperors, one of the most important churches in medieval Germany. Drive back to Rüdesheim for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 3
Morning board a boat for a river cruise along the most romantic part of the Rhine to see the floating castle Pfalz, the Tower of Mice and the legendary Loreley Rock. Lunch at traditional restaurant in Boppard. Drive forth to Coblence for city sightseeing tour showing the ruins of St. Castor church, the medieval Balduin Bridge and the view point to see the Mosel River flowing into the Rhine. Dinner at Coblence’s wine village and overnight.
 
Day 4
Morning drive to Trier, the oldest German town, former capital of the Roman Empire under emperor Constantine and his mother St. Helena. Touring the ancient Roman and religious buildings (imperial baths and aula, Porta Nigra, St. Peter’s cathedral with the relic of the „holy robe“, Our Lady’s church). Drive to Cologne for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 5
City tour of the fourth largest German city with its impressive cathedral (see the shrine of the three Kings) and the twelve romanesque churches, symbolizing Jesus and his 12 apostles (see St. Ursula church, place of the martirdom of Ursula and 11000 – actually only 11 – virgins). Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure or visit the Roman-German-Museum, with a rich collection of sculptures, mosaics and objects from the ancien Roman city of Colonia. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 6
Tour to Aachen, former capital of Charlemagne’s empire. City touring partly on foot including the Cathedral, classified by the UNESCO, one the most sacred places in medieval Germany. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon drive to Kevelaer and visit the Chapel of Candles and the church St. Maria one of the most worshipped shrine of Our Lady in whole Germany. Drive back to Cologne for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 7
Drive sothwest to Marburg an der Lahn to see the beautiful church, the earliest gothic church in Germany, dedicated to St. Elisabeth, daughter of the king of Hungary, who was buried here after her canonization. Continue to Fulda and lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon city tour including the tomb of St. Boniface. The English monk Winfrid was called to Germany to evangelize the country. He established in Fulda as the first bishop, changed his name in Bonifatius and was buried here in the year 754. The chapel is considered the German national catholic shrine. Dinner and overnight in Frankfurt area.
 
Day 8
Morning sightseeing tour in Frankfurt including the so called imperial cathedral. This magnificent gothic church was the site for the crowning of German kings and emperors. Proceed to the airport and fly home.
 
The programme of this tour is but a suggestion!
Your gateway to Germany is a different airport than we suggest? Are you not arriving and departing from the same airport? Is your group travelling to Germany by motorcoach and they need no ground transportation? You just want a different routing?

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