Champagne, Chocolates & Romance
The Romantic Road is a German Scenic Drive through Bavaria that leads you from the Franconia wine country to the foothills of the German Alps. Follow the Romantic Road and your heart, finding unspoiled nature, picturesque towns with city walls, towers, and half-timbered houses, hidden monasteries, medieval castles, and romantic hotels. This 261 mile long scenic route makes the journey your reward.
The Romantic Road used to be a major trade route during the Middle Ages, and is alive today with plenty of old world charm: Dine in romantic courtyard restaurants, stroll through lush parks, take in historical castles, and explore the old town centers that have lost nothing of their original splendor.All the while driving alongside beautiful vineyards, clear waters, and rolling hills, until you reach the majestic Bavarian Alps. The destination of your trip is the romantic fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein, nestled in the Bavarian mountains.
Romantic Road - Highlights
Würzburg: Located in the heart of the Franken wine growing region, Würzburg is famous for its excellent wines and gourmet restaurants, colorful wine festivals, and beautiful vineyards. The architectural gem of Würzburg is the Residence Palace, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Welcome to the best preserved medieval town in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber – its fortified city center is picture-perfect. Walk atop the medieval wall that encircles the old city center, or go to the top of the historical Town Hall for a spectacular view of the region.
Castle Hotel Colmberg: Beautiful 1000 year old castle
Dinkelsbühl: The old town of Dinkelsbühl boasts 16 fortified towers, several authentic city gates, and a original ring wall. Take a tour through the historical town with the night watchman, who is on patrol in the illuminated city center at night.
Augsburg: Encounter the legacy of the Romans and the wealthy traders from the Middle Ages in one of Germany's oldest cities; Augsburg's 2000 year old past comes to life in the historical city center with its baroque town houses, splendid boulevards, and traditional restaurants, where you can enjoy a genuine medieval candlelight dinner in old vaulted rooms.
Pfaffenwinkel: This part of Bavaria (called "Pastor's Corner") is famous for its churches and pristine landscapes; a must-see is the pilgrimage church Wieskirche ("Church in the Meadow") in Steingaden; this rococo masterpiece is on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage sights. Neuschwanstein: The fairy tale castle nested in the Bavarian Alps encompasses the very notion of romanticism in Neuschwanstein.
Our tour will also visit the beautiful Champagne region of France where you can visit and tour some of the various champagne houses, seeing the production, wandering through the underground cellars and then tasting the wonderful product itself. Settle yourself outside a small bar on the Avenue Du Champagne where you can order their fantastic product by the glass for the price of a glass of cheap wine here in the UK
Meet up and travel to our campsite in Kent near the port of Dover. This gives us a chance to get to know the group we are about to spend the next couple of weeks together with and a campsite meal will be provided.
Early departure gets us on a morning ferry across to France where we will then take the short drive of around 1hr 30min to Brugge in Belgium. Here you will have time once set up to walk into the beautiful old linen town and get your first taste of the famous Belgian beers, chocolates and of course their Flemish stew.
Crossing Belgium now we will park up just inside the Belgian border close to Luxembourg where we can all relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this part of Belgium.
Crossing now into Luxembourg and filling our tanks with the cheapest diesel we will come across. Quickly across Luxembourg and into Germany where we will head for the Mosel river and valley to start taking in some breath taking scenery along the winding valley. Following this river which feeds the Rhine you will see the river cruise ships ambling along beside you before stopping at one of the little riverside campsites along the route for the night.
Relaxing start and off we head to start our journey along Germanys famous Romantic road, only a short distance away to Wurzburg where we will park up after lunch. Ample time now to take a bus into the town and see some of the marvellous sites it has to offer.
From Wurzburg we now start our travel down along the romantic road via: Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbuhl, Augesburg, Pfaffenwinkel and ending up at Neuschwanstein castle in Fussen. Stopping at Augesburg for the evening.
Leaving Augesburg we now take the short drive and pay a visit to Neuschwanstein castle in Fussen. Come and see the castle that was the inspiration for Walt Disney to come up with the iconic Disney castle itself. There are two castles here so you may wish to visit both and spend the day here before having some Bratwurst for lunch and returning to our campsite for the night.
From Fussen we now head west toward Baden Baden which is at the foot of the beautiful Black forest where we will be parking for the night and spending our next day also to explore Badens (bath) ancient Roman legacy and history. There is also a stunning castle high above Baden in the hills which is easily accessible with our motorhomes, winding our way up the mountain road to then be met with beautiful mountain views of the Black Forest just beyond.
Across now into France heading for the Champagne region but stopping off at halfway to break up the drive. We will stay here for the night and leave early tomorrow to arrive in Epernay by late morning.
Arrive Epernay and park up at our campsite which is within easy walking distance of Epernay centre itself. The Champagne capital is now at your doorstep and you now have today and tomorrow to immerse yourself in the very finest product this region has to offer the world.
Epernay to Ypres in Belgium which is situated less than an hour from Calais and will make for an easy transfer in the morning. Ypres is smothered in WW1 history and itself was at the very heart of some of the most catastrophic battles focused around Passendale, a must for 2014 as we will be marking the 100 year anniversary of this “war to end all wars” to show we haven’t forgot. The last post still played every evening in Ypres and its certainly a poignant and moving few moments to take out and show our respects to all who gave. Dinner in the town square is surprisingly good value and hearty if you follow your guide as he heads off in search of Flemish stew or Ham hock and frittes. Belgian beers to end our evening before you amble back the short walk to our campsite.
Free day to avail of the fantastic museums or take one of the great local battlefield and trenches tours or simply relax on site.
Ypres to Calais with a visit to the local Hypermarket for some shopping before taking an early afternoon ferry back to Dover where our tour will end.