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German Factory Excursion

$ 25,499.00


March 3-9, 2015

Trip for 2

5-Star Hotels

Cities: Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Munich

Rental Car: Mercedes CL63 AMG

Museums with Private Guided Tours:

  • Porsche Museum
  • Mercedes-Benz Museum
  • Audi Factory Tour
  • BMW Museum

*Note: Airfare purchased separately

SUMMARY

Explore the cities of Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich on this car­-themed adventure trip. Cruise the Autobahn in a Mercedes CL63 AMG as you go between Frankfurt and Stuttgart, and Stuttgart and Munich. Enjoy factory tours at Porsche, Mercedes, Audi and BMW. Rest your head in top of the line, 5­star accommodations.  Breakfasts are included.  Private Drivers will escort you in each location from maximum convenience.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

This is truly an extraordinary, white-glove, specialized experience.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Tue, Mar 03 2015 ­ Frankfurt

Airport transfer with private vehicle and German speaking driver.

For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Your representative will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Enjoy a half day 4-hour walking tour with a private English speaking guide. From 1st Century Roman settlements to those made under the Germanic tribes, Frankfurt was to become of pivotal importance to the German­-dominated Holy Roman Empire, and is where the German Kings and Emperors were coronated over a millennia ago. Despite the ravages of the Napoleonic War, Nazism and obliteration by bombing raids in WWII, Frankfurt's remarkable cultural legacy prevails, making it one of the world's most important cities. Having served as the seat of the first democratically elected German parliament, it is also the city of Goethe and home to the Frankfurt School, and is nothing less than the financial centre of the European continent. The tour includes a specialized guide and entrance fees.

Accommodation: Villa Kennedy (5*)

Day 2: Wed, Mar 04 2015 ­ Frankfurt

You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to one of the region's most prestigious vineyards for a wine tasting with your English speaking guide. Castle Johannisberg sits amongst the quartzite hills in the heart of Germany's wine country. The winery is famous for its Riesling, but you will have the opportunity to sample other varietals during your tasting (3 different wines included). At the end of your tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Villa Kennedy (5*)

Day 3: Thu, Mar 05 2015 ­ Frankfurt ­ Stuttgart

Your 2-day Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG rental comes with 250km included per day. Additional km EUR 6.10.
Seats: 4, Luggage pieces: 3, Transmission type: automatic, Driving wheels: rear, Engine power: 557 hp, Engine capacity: 5461 cc, Maximum speed: 250 kmh, Tank capacity: 70 lt, Average consumption 19 lt/100 km.
Damage deductible EUR 9000, Loss and Theft Deductible EUR 9000

 

Enjoy a scenic drive from Frankfurt to Stuttgart.

Boasting the only skyscraper vista in Germany, Frankfurt offers an unusual blend of high commerce and high art. It is considered a vibrant centre of business and culture, and the remnants of its old centre are juxtaposed against the most modern of office blocks, including the highest skyscraper in Europe, the Commerzbank. Although much of the city was destroyed in WWII, Frankfurt has done a lot to rebuild its reputation as a cultural centre. Even though it can't replace the medieval buildings permanently lost in the Allied bombing of the city, Frankfurt now spends more on arts than any other city in Europe. The result is a hard fought worldwide reputation as a centre for all the arts, with over 40 museums and a wonderful programme of exhibitions and performances.

In Stuttgart­-Zuffenhausen you can find one of the most spectacular car museums in the world ­ the Porsche Museum. Be inspired by over 80 vehicles in the 5,600 square metre exhibition area.

The building visibly translates the dynamic nature of the Porsche
brand into architecture. From every angle, the shapes of the monolith
and base building look different thanks to their polygonal, avant­garde
forms and the variation in the structures and windows. The glazed
main façade of the 23 metre high museum adorned with the Porsche
logo faces north, greeting those heading into the city centre by car.
The architect has succeeded in creating an eye­catching complex that nevertheless blends well into its overall setting.

A Museum guide will take you on an hour­long private tour through the exhibition and give you exclusive insights into the history of Porsche. Entrance fees are included.

Accommodation: Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten (5*) (B) (Superior)

Day 4: Fri, Mar 06 2015 ­ Stuttgart ­ Munich

The Mercedes-­Benz Museum is the only museum in the world that can document in a single continuous timeline over 125 years of auto industry history from its very beginnings to the present day. On nine levels and covering a floor space of 16,500 square metres, the museum presents 160 vehicles and over 1,500 exhibits. As a place of innovation, it also demonstrates that history can point the way ahead.

The exhibition not only presents the fascinating history of the Mercedes­Benz brand, it also affords illuminating insights into the future. This dual function is also reflected in the architecture of the Mercedes­Benz Museum, designed by the UNStudio of Dutch architects van Berkel and Bos, Amsterdam. The building’s interior is inspired by the double helix structure of the DNA spiral that carries the human genome. This in turn illustrates the Mercedes­Benz brand’s philosophy of originality – to continuously create radically new products to advance the cause of human mobility.

During a two­-hour tour of the exhibition, visitors experience a unique journey through automotive history. Transported by lift to the uppermost level of the museum, the visitor arrives back in the year 1886, where two museum tours gradually spiral their way down through the extensive collection and back to the museum exit. 

Like other German cities Stuttgart manages to blend the traditional
architecture and old world atmosphere of a market town with the
trappings that come with being a modern city in one of Europe's
economic powers. Located in the beautiful Neckar Valley, Stuttgart
has always been a city of artists, philosophers, poets and inventors.
Through the Middle Ages it was a very influential city­state, and the
many medieval castles and buildings in and around the city bear
testament to Stuttgart's wealth and power. The city has a number of
great shopping streets ­ including ultra­chic Calwer­Strasse.
However, amidst this modernity are interspersed traditional cameos.
The Baroque­style Neues Schloss (New Palace) sits near to its
medieval relative, the Altes Schloss (Old Palace), while the surrounding vineyards and rustic villages of Baden­Württemberg are charming for tourists to investigate.

Enjoy a scenic drive from Stuttgart to Munich.

Like other German cities Stuttgart manages to blend the traditional architecture and old world atmosphere of a market town with the trappings that come with being a modern city in one of Europe's economic powers. Located in the beautiful Neckar Valley, Stuttgart has always been a city of artists, philosophers, poets and inventors. Through the Middle Ages it was a very influential city­state, and the many medieval castles and buildings in and around the city bear testament to Stuttgart's wealth and power. The city has a number of great shopping streets ­ including ultra­chic Calwer­Strasse. However, amidst this modernity are interspersed traditional cameos. The Baroque­style Neues Schloss (New Palace) sits near to its medieval relative, the Altes Schloss (Old Palace), while the surrounding vineyards and rustic villages of Baden­Württemberg are charming for tourists to investigate.

Accommodation: The Charles (5*)

Day 5: Sat, Mar 07 2015 ­ Munich

The Audi Forum Ingolstadt offers visitors an attractive variety of services, events, automotive features and fascinating architecture. Wherever you go, whether it's the Audi museum mobile, the "Market and Customer" building, the Customer Centre, the Audi independent cinema or one of the smart restaurants, you will find a warm Audi welcome awaiting you. With a wide­ranging programme of themed tours, concerts, trade shows, exhibitions, films, lectures and conferences that continues all year round, visitors are guaranteed an eclectic experience. Tour includes all entrance fees and guided tours of the production line, the Forum, and Museum.

Enjoy a city tour with private vehicle and guide. Start your tour with
the Old town. Visit Olympiaturm and enjoy the landscape. The view of
 Munich, its surroundings and, if the weather is good, the Alps from
the Salzkammergut to the Allgaeu Alps is just as unique as the
Olympic tower itself. On April 5, 2005 the Olympic tower has even
grown by 1.75 meters. A Russian specialist helicopter under Swiss
flag has been used to lift off the antenna’s top end and put up a new
antenna piece by piece, which from now on will provide six million TV
viewers in Munich and the south of Bavaria with digital TV
broadcasting. The new height of the Olympic tower is now 291.28
meters. Up here on one of the highest towers in Europe you can get
away from the bustle of the city. Take a deep breath, forget everything and then relax. From the viewing platforms of the tower at a height of 190 metres, the shiny silver tent roof silhouette of the Olympic park is a brilliant example of exceptional architecture. Entrance fees are included.

Continue your tour with BMW Museum and its distinctive architecture in the shape of a futuristic silver bowl, which is among the most attractive museums in Munich. Entrance fees are included in the tour cost.

Accommodation: The Charles (5*)

Day 6: Sun, Mar 08 2015 ­ Munich

Enjoy a private day of touring Bavaria today visiting two of the region's epic castles ­Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Palace. In the midst of the German Alps, the magnificent towers of Neuschwanstein castle rise in all their majestic splendor – it is simply breathtaking! Set in one of the world’s most beautiful locations, the castle overlooks the idyllic 700 year old, medieval village of Fuessen. The panoramic view from the Marienbruecke (the bridge high above the castle and gorge) is spectacular with unspoilt natural lakes and valleys stretching far into the distant horizon.

Linderhof Palace, is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed. Although Linderhof is much smaller than Versailles, it is evident that the palace of the French Sun­King Louis XIV (who was an idol for Ludwig) was its inspiration. The staircase, for example, is a reduction of the famous Ambassador's staircase in Versailles. Stylistically, however, the building and its decor take their cues from the mid­18th century Rococo of Louis XV, and the small palace was more directly based on that king's Petit Trianon on the Versailles grounds. (Entrance fees are included in the tour cost).

Accommodation: The Charles (5*)

Day 7: Mon, Mar 09 2015 ­ Munich

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport)

 

ACCOMODATIONS

Villa Kennedy (5*) ­ Frankfurt

The Villa Kennedy is a luxury five­star hotel in the centre of Frankfurt nestled just off the south bank of the Main River in a wonderful villa landscape on Kennedyallee. A wonderful combination of tradition and innovation, the hotel's three newly constructed buildings set the stage for this luxurious downtown retreat. Guests feel instantly at home in the Villa Kennedy's minimalist deluxe 163 bedrooms and suites where the furniture and lighting have been explicitly chosen to make guests feel truly comfortable.

Room: Deluxe King

The Deluxe King rooms have a size of 35m2 with views overlooking residential Frankfurt. All rooms feature an oak floored hallway that leads into a combined bedroom and comfortable living room area with armchair, work desk, sofa, and dining table. All rooms feature a spacious wardrobe and king size bed. Most of these rooms offer a French balcony or mansard. All rooms are air­conditioned and have dual­line phones, voice messaging, secure high speed Wi­Fi and broadband internet connection, flat screen LCD televisions with interactive video on demand, in­room bars, and personal safe.

Restaurant Amenities

Villa Kennedy (5*) Restaurants
Inviting, and with a view to the lush gardens of the inner courtyard, our elegant hotel restaurant GUSTO, seating around 140, is open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant has a cultured and refined atmosphere. The interior architectural style divides the room into several sections, which creates privacy and calm in the eating area. For diners who desire complete privacy, so­called 'private dining rooms' are available as well. The calm courtyard, with its large trees, is used as a terrace on beautiful summer days and offers the ideal surroundings for events of all kinds.

Recreation Amenities

Villa Kennedy (5*) Activities
Relax, rejuvenate and refresh is what guests will be able to do at The Villa Spa. Here, there is a 15 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi and relaxation lounge chairs, sauna and steam room, a Technogym training area, yoga and pilates room, three manicure stations, and a spa garden.

Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten (5*) (B) (Superior)

This international 5­star hotel is situated in the park landscape of the castle gardens of Stuttgart closest proximity to the Königstraße shopping area as well as many cultural institutions such as the city theatre, the famous ballet and opera house, the city gallery, and the new as well as the old castle and belongs to The Leading Hotels of the World®. The luxurious hotel is only a few minutes away on foot from the central train station Stuttgart.

Similar to a private home, guests can experience a homely atmosphere, while at the same time enjoying the high technical standards of a luxury hotel. Warm natural tones are combined with strong accents ­ glass and chrome meet wood an rich fabrics. You will have a carefree, relaxing stay in any one of our 106 rooms and suites, which are partially accompanied by a breathtaking panoramic view of the palace gardens.

The Charles (5*)

The Charles Hotel (5*) of Rocco Forte Hotels perfectly situated in the centre of Munich, promises to be one of the finest hotels in this historic and cosmopolitan Bavarian city. The design was overseen by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels' Director of Design. With its own personality The Charles Hotel reflects its location with the use of original paintings by Munich's celebrated 19th century artist Franz von Lenbach in the public areas, as well as the Monforte Suite. This luxury Munich hotel is custom built and has all the hallmarks of a Rocco Forte Hotel; individual design, timeless elegance and comfort, excellent levels of service, up­to­date corporate facilities and a top quality health club. The Charles Hotel's location in the heart of Munich, close to the historic square of Königsplatz, the old town and the superb shopping area, suits both, business and leisure guests. Its idyllic situation in the Old Botanical Gardens, means peace and tranquillity, away from the city's bustle.