Day 1: Arrival Munich
As a prelude to this culinary journey, enjoy a meal prepared by the famous chef, Alfons Schuhbeck at his Star Restaurant in the heart of Munich. Enjoy the excellent cuisine in a cosy and stylish atmosphere where Bavarian tradition and international influence skilfully come together. Overnight stay in the Munich area.
Day 2: Typical Homemade Specialities
Before leaving Munich, get excited for the day by enjoying a typical Bavarian veal sausage breakfast (Weisswurst) with a pitcher of beer (1 litre). As a departing gift, you will receive a recipe to make your own Weisswurst. Before leaving Munich, you will discover this city with your local guide and get to know the most famous sights. Afterwards you will travel to Lake Constance. Having arrived in Swabian country, make use of the opportunity to enjoy the national dish - cheese spaetzle (Kaesspaetzle) in a German-style inn (Gasthof). Did you know that the speciality in the Laendle region appears on the menu of only a few restaurants? This is because the Swabian people prefer to eat this favourite food at home, personally prepared. Overnight stay in the Lake Constance area.
Day 3: Culture With "Taste" In Constance
In the morning, you will travel by boat to Reichenau Island. The island is renowned for its herb growing culture and fruit and vegetable production. In the historic Monastery Garden alone, 22 different herbs thrive. Constance is considered, because of its rich history, idyllic old passages, picturesque patrician buildings and unrefined wine-taverns, to stand out amongst the German cities. As history must not always be dry - cultural information is provided to you in between historically inspired courses which are served at various charming locations…After a prosecco (sparkling white wine), from the domestic Spital wine cellar, the tour finds its way to the council building. The main course is enjoyed on the Obermarkt and the guided tour concludes in a wine tavern with dessert. Overnight stay in the Lake Constance area.
Day 4: The Heartland of the Black Forest Gammon
Today, you will travel on curving panoramic roads with stunning views over the Black Forest to Gengenbach…this is the heartland of Black Forest gammon. The unique and delicious gammon is made by smoking the ham with spruce chips, pine deadwood, leaves and juniper branches. On this tour, you will discover more about the culinary specialities of the region and learn about the seal of quality by the Association of Black Forest Ham Manufactures. During your visit to the "country of the stars", Baden, we will take the time to appreciate the master chefs of the region. Enjoy, for example, a classic dish in the Dollenberg Hotel: creamed deer meat with handmade spaetzle and pear in red wine Overnight stay in the Black Forest area.
Day 5: Wine Country Rhineland-Palatinate
Today you will visit the oldest wine region in Germany. In Neumagen-Dhron you will explore the land of the ancient Romans lived. Apart from Trier, in Neumagen-Dhron you will find the highest density of preserved sites of the Roman Empire in Germany. Here you find the world-famous Roman wine ship and the grave of a rich wine dealer. Go on a wine tour and sample the delicious wines of the region on foot. After the winery tour, you will be rewarded for your efforts with a wine tasting by various growers. Next, you will visit the castle of Cochem where you will enjoy a rustic knight's meal. Then, you will be personally welcomed by the "Castellan" and receive a short lesson on old table manners and customs. Minstrels in historic robe will serenade you with traditional music during your visit. Overnight stay in the Koblenz area.
Day 6: Culture & Wine in Franconia
Discover Wuerzburg and its iconic symbol, the castle Marienburg, which towers over the city and offers beautiful views of the Franconian wine landscape below. In the Main-Franconian Museum, you will see the world-famous collection of works by Riemenschneider and discover Franconian folklore and wine culture. Finally, you can stop for wine tasting in the historic Juliusspital. Here, you will receive wine in the uniquely pot-bellied and short-necked Bocksbeutel bottle from the region as a souvenir. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to relax on a raft trip on the old Main River. As boats are no longer able to use this specific section of the river, you are free to enjoy this trip in almost completely untouched nature. On board you can treat yourself to a typical in-between vesper meal with farm style meats, cheese and dressing (Haeckerplatte), provided by the Franconian wine-growers. Dinner and overnight stay in the Bamberg area.
Day 7: Bamberg and Its Fluid Bread
Indeed, Bamberg takes pride in its nickname, "B", which stands for baroque, butter, bread, brezn pretzel and the famous beer. Here more than anywhere, beer has a special meaning and history. The proof is in the abundance of private breweries, which Bamberg can still boast today. In the city, ten different types of beer are produced. You are welcome to explore all the different sides of Bamberg – an emperor city, bishop city, a city with its own university and, finally, a city of beer-culture. Take the guided tour and try the regional beer! Your journey then continues to Berlin. You will have dinner and an overnight stay in the Berlin area.
Day 8: Eating Out in the Capital – Berlin
Besides the world famous curried sausage, Berlin, as modern and international city, has much more to add to the culinary scene. Head to Friedrichshain for a culinary journey of the world. From the former Stalin Avenue, one of the longest monuments in Europe, your journey brings you to the heart of Berlin around the Boxhagen Place. While you indulge in specialities from all over the world, you will simultaneously discover the history, architecture and colourful entertainment scene of Berlin. After the guided tour you will feel like an insider, who is no longer lost in the gastronomic jungle - almost like a (genuine) Berliner! Dinner and overnight stay in the Berlin area.
Day 9: Departure
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