Grand Duchy of Franconia

7 days from £659pp.


Visit: Würzburg, Germany


Visit: Bamberg, Germany


Visit: Nuremberg, Germany

From our base in Schlüsselfeld, this holiday features a delightful cocktail of romantic cities, charming castles and time for a tipple or two with a spot of wine tasting! Visit the ‘Beer city’ of Bamberg, built over seven hills and take a guided tour of the city’s rich history. Revel in regal architecture as we travel to Memmelsdorf and see the famous Seehof Castle. Our tour continues, as we cruise the river Veitshöchheim and pass vineyards and idyllic castles after a visit to Würzburg, with wine-tasting at a historic wine cellar. As the holiday comes to an end, why not join us on a tour to Bavaria's second largest city, Nuremberg, see the city’s many monuments and artworks, which reflect its imperial past.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    We head across Germany to reach our hotel in Schlüsselfeld where we stay for four nights. Dinner tonight is accompanied by a presentation and tasting of wines from Franconia

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today we include a full day excursion to the UNESCO world cultural heritage site of Bamberg and Seehof Castle. We head first to Bamberg, known as the ‘Beer City’ or the ‘Franconian Rome’, being built over seven hills. We included a guided city tour, to show you the main highlights. With a rich history of 1000 years, Bamberg is a real jewel of Franconia. Explore ‘The Sand’, the oldest part of the city, and the dreamlike island city ‘Little Venice’. In the afternoon we head to nearby Memmelsdorf and visit Castle Seehof, which was built in 1686 as the summer residence of the Prince-bishops of Bamberg. We include entrance to the castle and a guided tour.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included excursion as we head through the Franconian wine growing country to Würzburg, the residence town of the prince-bishops beside the Main. We enjoy an included guided walk as we take a journey through the Centuries. See Fortress Marienberg, the grand baroque Residence and historic heart of the city. We include a visit to the historic wine cellar under the world cultural heritage ‘Residenz’ and round off the tour with a glass of Frankenwein! Later enjoy time at leisure and an included cruise on the river to Veitshöchheim and back to Würzburg. On the journey back to our hotel we pass vineyards and idyllic castles. Dinner tonight is a buffet of Franconian specialities, followed by musical entertainment with a local accordion player.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Join our optional excursion to Nuremberg, which was once a powerful free imperial city. Even today, numerous buildings, monuments and artworks still reflect its former power. The walking tour through the Old Town shows the main sights, including many of the architectural highlights - churches, the castle, the fountains and wells.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave Franconia and head to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • 4 evening meals including a four course dinner with winetasting and a traditional Franconian buffet
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service coach

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Bamberg & Castle Seehof - Entry and guided Tour
    • Würzburg & Main Valley - Guided walk,visit to Wine Celler and River Cruise

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Nuremberg


    Single Room Supplement from £99.00 (7 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    You will stay for four nights at the 3-star superior Hotel Zum Storch in Schlüsselfeld. This charming family run hotel is built in Franconian style and offers 54 bedrooms, all fully equipped with satellite T.V. Some rooms have balconies. The restaurant is well known for its excellent food and service.

    Overnight stays in Belgium will be in city-style hotels. 


    Zum Storch Exterior

    Zum Storch

    Zum Storch

    The 3 Star Zum Storch is located in the heart of Franconia the 'Drei-Franken-Eck' area of Germany. The hotel is in the centre of the town of Schlüsselfeld and is close to a local museum and shopping area. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, a bar, lounge and Wi-Fi/internet access. All bedrooms feature hairdryer, T.V, telephone and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.


    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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