Secrets of the South – Undiscovered Germany – NEW GROUP TOUR
South West Germany: Cars, Wine and Scenery
Although famous for cars, wine and beautiful scenery, South West Germany is often left undiscovered. Based near Stuttgart, the region’s capital, you will explore the many highlights the area has to offer. Visit vibrant and modern Stuttgart itself, travel to baroque Ludwigsburg and romantic Heidelberg and marvel at the awe-inspiring landscape which is the Swabian Jura.
Learn more about Germany and its culture and traditions while exploring the area’s many facets. Firstly, Stuttgart being the modern, international hub in the south-west, home to important brands like Mercedes Benz or Porsche, gives you a taste of German big city life. Heidelberg is a city which draws tourists from all over the world and has certainly earned its popularity. Walk along the cobbled streets of the wonderful old town and marvel at the view from its majestic castle. Ludwigsburg is just as delightful to explore. Slightly different architecturally, but you will still be fascinated by its Palace. The Swabian Jura, also known as the Swabian Alps, will surely take your breath away. Peace and quiet, wonderful views and a gorgeous hilltop castle await you on this stop.
19th October 2019 & 23rd October 2019
Depart the UK
Start your journey to Germany and depart from your local area in direction of Dover where you will take the ferry to Calais. Make an overnight stop in France, perhaps in the Reims area. If time permits, explore this charming town at leisure.
Arrive at Stuttgart
Continue your journey to the south-western German metropole that is Stuttgart, perhaps stopping in Baden-Baden en route. The beautiful spa town at the border of the Black Forest has a lot to offer. Stroll along the Lichtentaler Allee, discover small boutiques and little cafes in the picturesque old town or visit one of the many museums, e.g. exhibiting the work of Frida Kahlo.
When you arrive at your hotel, enjoy dinner and spend the evening at leisure.
Explore Stuttgart – the Capital of the South West
Start your morning with a delicious breakfast at your hotel before you head to central Stuttgart to meet your guide for a gentle walking tour through Stuttgart. Discover everything around the city’s main square, the Schlossplatz, and marvel at the Old Castle and New Palace.
In the afternoon, explore further at leisure. You might want to go inside the Old Castle and New Palace or look at beautiful Stuttgart from a bird’s eye view by taking a ride on the funicular railway. Alternatively, find out more about Germany’s rich car history by visiting the Mercedes Benz or Porsche Museum; both brands call Stuttgart home. You might prefer to spend your afternoon outside strolling around Wilhelma, a famous zoological-botanical garden. Do some shopping along the city’s main retail street, Königsstraße, or visit the art nouveau style Market Hall for a special treat.
On this day explore baroque Ludwigsburg, a city full of history. The highlight of this day trip will be Ludwigsburg Palace. Discover these historic, baroque grounds and a enjoy a guided tour. Additionally, there are two nice restaurants on palace grounds where you might want to savour a traditional German lunch of Maultaschen or Käsespätzle.
Further discover Ludwigsburg’s gorgeous old town. Perhaps stop for a treat in one of the delicious bakeries, or visit Blühendes Barock, the gardens behind Ludwigsburg Palace, including the Märchenwald Fairytale Garden. En route back to your hotel, perhaps you want to stop in Untertürkheim, an area famous for its wines, and take part in a wine tasting.
Today, make your way to Heidelberg and enjoy a guided tour through the beautiful old town. Discover the cobbled streets, learn about the city being a scientific hub and find out more about the quaint monkey sitting on the Old Bridge. Together with your guide, make your way up to Heidelberg Castle using the funicular railway and enjoy breath-taking views of the city, the River Neckar and its gorgeous surroundings.
Spend the afternoon strolling around the cobbled streets and along the River Neckar or stop for a little tea break in one of Heidelberg’s many cafes. Alternatively, you might want to visit one of the city’s museums, e.g. the Carl Bosch Museum or the, some might say bizarre, Body Worlds Museum.
Discover the Swabian Jura
This undiscovered part of Germany will be a delight for nature enthusiasts. Enjoy a guided, panoramic coach drive through the geographical sensation which is the Swabian Jura, stopping here and there for a perfect photo opportunity. Continue to the picturesque Lichtenstein Castle, where you will get a guided tour of South-West Germany’s fairy tale castle.
Spend your afternoon at leisure in the gorgeous medieval town of Tübingen. With its many cafes and restaurants, wine taverns and narrow alleys, this quaint town is a delight to explore.
Return to the UK
After breakfast at your hotel, start your journey home. Retrace the route back to Calais for the ferry to Dover, stopping overnight in France along the way.
Mercure Hotel Stuttgart Böblingen ****
This four-star hotel is only a 20 minute drive from Stuttgart city centre, located in the charming small city of Böblingen. The air conditioned bedrooms come with TV and free WiFi, as well as a safety deposit box, electric kettle and an en-suite bathroom with free toiletries. In the restaurant regional specialities are served alongside appetising international dishes, which can also be enjoyed on the terrace. There’s an outdoor pool with garden and a volleyball pitch too. Coach parking is available at this hotel.
Maritim Hotel Stuttgart ****
This elegant hotel is located in a quiet part of central Stuttgart, 0.6 miles from the Königsstraße shopping mile, and right next to the green Hoppenlau Park. The refurbished en-suite rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, safety deposit box and minibar. International as well as regional food is served in the Maritim’s Rôtisserie, Reuchlin and Liederhalle restaurants. Guests can also relax with a drink in the café, piano bar or on the terrace.
|Tour Date||Hotel||Half Twin||Single Supplement|
|19th October 2019||Maritim Hotel Stuttgart||From £650.00 per person||From £149.00 per person|
|23rd October 2019||Mercure Hotel Stuttgart Böblingen||From £449.00 per person||From £142.00 per person|