2022 - Rheingau Wine Festival
Calling all Wine Lovers! Possibly the ‘longest wine bar in the world’ will be back in 2022 at the annual Rheingau Wine Festival which takes place every August in fashionable Wiesbaden, one of Europe’s oldest spa towns. Over one hundred local wine-growers offer top-class still and sparkling wines and regional culinary delights from stalls set up in the pedestrianised city centre. Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy the convivial atmosphere, fabulous musical entertainment and of course, great wines. Wiesbaden lies at the eastern edge of the Rheingau winegrowing region, which stretches along the Romantic Rhine's right (northern) bank west to Rüdesheim. And there will be plenty of opportunity to sample the local wines on this great little weekend break. Prost!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - After joining your holiday coach, travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Then continue to the Wiesbaden area for late evening arrival at the H+ Hotel Wiesbaden Niedernhausen. BB
Day 2 - 3 - At leisure with two included excursions and buffet dinner in the hotel on two evenings. DBB
WIESBADEN & THE RHEINGAU WINE FESTIVAL
Idyllically situated at the foot of the rolling Taunus low mountains, Wiesbaden exudes the flair of a bygone genteel age with its grand hotels, neoclassical buildings and opulent villas. One of the oldest spa towns in Europe, Wiesbaden, known as the ‘Nice of the North’, combines a traffic-free Altstadt with expanses of lavish parkland, luxury shopping, hot springs and thermal baths. It is also a centre for the ‘Sekt’ industry – Germany’s delicious sparkling wine. Explore the city with a local English-speaking guide on an included sightseeing tour this morning before enjoying an afternoon at leisure at the Rheingau Wine Festival. Stalls are located all around Wiesbaden’s picturesque Schlossplatz, the square in front of the Market Church, and there are several stages where musical entertainment is performed. The combination of wine and music has proved extremely popular since the festival first started in 1976 when it was established to provide local vintners with the chance to offer their wonderful produce. Today an estimated 300,000 bottles are consumed every year at the 10-day festival.
EBERBACH MONASTERY & RÜDESHEIM
This morning you will visit the impressive Eberbach Monastery which was originally founded in 1136. This expansive former Cistercian Abbey has a chequered history having been a prison, an asylum and a WW1 military rehabilitation centre. It also featured in the 1986 film ‘The Name of the Rose’ starring Sean Connery. Today, it is the wine estate of the Federal State of Hessen. Enjoy a guided tour of the monastery complete with a tasting of three wines produced at Eberbach’s own vineyard. Next stop is pretty Rüdesheim with its cobbled streets and quaint, half-timbered houses. Take a stroll along the famous Drosselgasse, the bustling medieval alley full of inviting cafes and wine bars. An included 30-minute road train trip on the Rüdesheim Vineyard Express takes you through the old town as well as through the vines. A recorded commentary will give you the low down on the history of the town as well as its viticulture.
Day 4 - Early start today to travel back through France to Calais for the return to England.Back to top
H+ Hotel Wiesbaden Niedernhausen
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This 4* stylish hotel is located on the edge of the Rhine Taunus Nature Park, approximately 7 miles from the centre of Wiesbaden.
It offers comfortable guestrooms with modern décor, flat screen TV, free WiFi and hairdryer.
All rooms have a walk-in shower.
There is a fitness room, restaurant, bar and sun terrace.
A lift serves all rooms.