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September 16 – October 1, 2018

Cost: $3,700, based on double occupancy
Cost will include: transfer to/from New York airport, air transport, hotels with private facilities, Charter bus transport, breakfasts, some admissions

Sunday, 16 September
Depart Elite Coach, 1685 W. Main St., Ephrata at 1:00 PM … charter bus takes us to JFK Airport…non-stop Singapore Airlines flight #25 departs JFK at 8:55 PM… multi meals

Monday, 17 September
Flight arrives in Frankfurt at 10:40 AM… approximately 2 hour charter bus ride to Mosel River Valley… the Mosel follows a slow serpentine course and reveals new scenery at every bend…there is a wonderful bicycle path along the river for the more adventurous… we Will stay in the town of Bernkastel-Kues for 2 nights … Bernkastel is a charming town and the hub of the middle Mosel region… it contains beautiful half-timbered buildings and wine taverns… we will explore the vineyards and wineries… we will stay 2 nights at 3-star Hotel Moselblumchen, This traditional family-run hotel is located on a narrow old town lane and is known for its homemade cooking in its restaurant.

Tuesday, 18 September
6-8 hour day tour of Mosel wine region... visits to nearby wine villages of Traben-Trarbach, Cochem, Beilstein, and Bremm…visit fairy-tale castle, Burg Eltz… possible bicycle riding… return to Bernkastel …Stay at Hotel Moselblumchen

Wednesday, 19 September
1.5 hour to Bockenheim, the northern gateway on the Deutsche Weinstrasse (German Wine Road), a region of gentle forests, ruined castles, and Germany’s largest contiguous winegrowing area…there are many hiking and biking options…visit Bad Durkheim, a handsome, easily walkable spa town…stay 2 nights at 3 star Hotel Café Ritter von Bohl ( in Deidesheim, one of the German Wine Road’s most picturesque and upscale villages…our hotel is set around a delightful wisteria-wrapped courtyard…Deideshiem is known for its culinary scene.

Thursday, 20 September
6-8 hour day tour of the German Wine Road…the Wine Road winds another 50 miles through beautiful scenery with many small towns and villages to visit…those who want to walk and/or bike will have options…there are trails of 2-3 hours and more and an 18 mile bike path…those who prefer not to hike or bike can remain on our bus for touring…Stay at Hotel Café Ritter von Bohl.

Friday, 21 September
1.5 hour drive to Stuttgart, a city in an attractive setting between hills and vineyards…lunch in a weinstube (winebar)…walk in Stuttgart and/or visits to Mercedes Benz and/or Porsche museums…continue 30 minutes to Tubingen, our home for the next 2 nights…Stay at 3 star Hotel am Schloss (

Saturday, 22 September
All day to explore Tubingen, a pretty university city where cobbled alleys line with gabled town houses twist up to a turreted castle…it has a pedestrianized old city and a 16th century castle…leisurely cafes, punting on the willow-lined Neckar River and time in chestnut shaded beer gardens are on the agenda today…Stay at Hotel am Schloss

Sunday, 23 September to Thursday, 27 September
1.5 hour drive into the green, rolling, and beautiful Black Forest…the Black Forest is laced with zigzagging roads, beech forests, and story-book villages…We will have the next 5 days in the Black Forest…we will visit different parts of the Black Forest by driving on at least 4 great, scenic drives

* Schwarzwald Hochstrasse (Black Forest Highway) connecting the spa town of Baden- Baden with Freudenstadt…it affords expansive views of the Upper Rhine Valley and the Vosges Mountains of Alsace, France…
* Badische Weinstrasse (Baden Wine Road) this route corkscrews through the red wine vineyards of Ortenau.
* Schwarzwald-Talerstrasse (Black Forest Valley Road) affords views across steep valleys (Murgtal and Kinzig)…Highlights include Gernsbach’s half-timbered houses, Forbach’s bridge, and freshly tapped beer in Alpirsbach.
* Deutsche Uhrenstrasse (German Clock Road) revolves around clock-making in the Black Forest town of Triberg.
*villages to visit include
* Gengenbach, with its delightful old town of half-timbered houses framed by vineyards and orchards, has been featured in several movies…
* Schiltach is the fairest village in the beautiful Kinzig Valley
* Sasbachwalden, among the many pretty villages the Ortenau has to offer, was voted the prettiest village in the entire state of Baden Wurttemburg.
* An optional 9 mile circular walk in the lovely Achertal where you can buy schnapps and apfelmost (cider) from the farmers as you walk.
* Oberkirch, a charming town known for its premium red wines and schnapps distilleries…we will Stay at the 4 star Obere Linde ( for 2 nights, 23 and 24 September
* Durbach, with its main street with a little stream alongside
* Triberg, home to the highest waterfall in the country
* Freiburg, Germany’s warmest city and home to a large munster…it is a lovely mix of gabled townhouses, narrow lanes, and cobbled squares…it is university town known for its alfresco dining and canalside beer gardens….we will Stay at the 3 star Hotel Oberkirch ( for 2 nights, 25 and 26 September.

Thursday,27 September to Saturday, 29 September
Short drive across the Rhine River to the Alsace, France, where French and German cultures collide…the Alsace is renowned for cosy wine taverns and centuries-old wine culture…enjoy castles, pastel-shaded towns and the canals of Colmar..we will travel the green and rustic Route des Vins d’Alsace, one of France’s most evocative drives…we will stay 3 nights at the 3 star Auberge Alsacienne ( in Eguishiem, France, near Colmar…

Villages to visit include
* Ribeauville, nestled snugly in a valley and presided over by a castle
* Hunawihr, home to storks on rooftops
* Dambach-la-Ville, a chocolate box village with lots of pre-1500 houses painted in pastel colors, with a turreted castle hovering above the vineyards and hills
* Riquewihr, perhaps the most enchanting town on the route, with its medieval ramparts enclosing a maze of twisting lanes and half-timbered houses
*Kaysersburg, with its backdrop of vines, castles, and 16th century bridge
* Katzenthal, Turckheim, and Eguisheim, great for tiptoeing off the tourist trail
* Colmar, a town made for wandering…walk around the canal quarter of Petite Venise (Little Venice)…there are worthwhile museums

Sunday, 30 September
2.5 hour drive to Frankfurt airport hotel…hotel not yet certain…visits along way…visit to Strasbourg is possible

Monday, 1 October
Shuttle to Frankfurt Airport for non-stop Singapore Airlines flight #26 departing at 8:35 AM and arriving at JFK at 11:10 AM… return to Ephrata.

This itinerary is subject to change…. Lonely Planet Guides to Germany and France

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