About the tour: Bad Dürkheim Wine Festival

This fantastic 12-day coach holiday takes us to some of Germany’s most enchanting towns. Relax and enjoy the charms of Koblenz and Cochem as you relish in the picturesque river scenery, along with visiting romantic Heidelberg, historic Rothenburg and the vibrant city of Cologne.

The highlight of the trip is our visit to Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt – the largest wine festival in the world. Sure to be a taste-sensation, visit the large wine halls, traditional stands and cosy wine villages - there’s plenty of varieties to sample!

Tour Includes

  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 9 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points

12 days from $3373 pp

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Tour Itinerary

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 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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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    Travel to the wine producing town of Ellenz on the Moselle River for a three night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We enjoy a scenic drive to Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. You will be introduced to the key sights of this picturesque town on our included sightseeing tour. During our guided tour we will enjoy a panoramic river cruise on the Rhine. There will be some free time before returning to the hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Koblenz with Sightseeing

    Included Highlights

    • Koblenz with Sightseeing Tour

    We enjoy a leisurely morning as we drive along the Moselle River to the charming wine town of Cochem, dominated by the ancient and mighty Reichsburg Castle, dramatically perched on a hillside overlooking the town.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Cochem

    This morning we visit the ever-popular ‘wine town’ of Rüdesheim, home to the vibrant ‘Drosselgasse’, a narrow alley lined with restaurants, shops and bars, many playing traditional Rhineland music and the perfect place to enjoy a glass of local wine or beer.

    We later continue to the Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt. Although the literal translation is ‘the sausage market’, the Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt is the largest wine festival in the world. Taking place in the centre of the town, outside the famous giant wine cask, you will have time at leisure to explore everything the festival has to offer; from large wine halls to small traditional wooden stands and the cosy wine village, there are over 150 different varieties of wines to try!

    We check into our hotel in Bad Dürkheim for a three night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Bad Dürkheim Wine Festival
    Bad Dürkheim Wine Festival

    Included Highlights

    • Rüdesheim
    • Bad Dürkheim Wine Festival

    Today we visit the ancient university town of Heidelberg. The city of Heidelberg enjoys a beautiful location on the banks of the River Neckar. It is often referred to as the ‘Romantic Town’ on account of its castle ruins and red sandstone buildings, which dominate the city. Heidelberg Castle has been described as the most beautiful castle ruin of Germany, and enjoys a prominent location overlooking the town and from where the views across Heidelberg and the Neckar are astounding.

    During our visit we include the funicular to the castle and a tour around the courtyard and the castle garden.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Heidelberg
    • Heidelberg Castle Tour

    You have a day at leisure to explore Bad Dürkeim and the Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt. The festival originates from the traditional walk of the pilgrims up to the Michaelskapelle (St. Michael’s Chapel) every St. Michael’s Day - and you can still walk the same path to the chapel today!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    St Michael's Chapel
    St Michael’s Chapel

    Included Highlights

    • Bad Dürkheim

    We begin the day with a visit to the historic city of Heilbronn. Located on the Neckar River you will have time at leisure to explore the gothic architecture, quaint cafes and spacious parks of one of Germany’s ‘hidden gems’.

    Later we continue to join the famous romantic road as we visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the most beautiful towns in Germany. Known for its medieval old town, Rothenburg’s name means red fortress above the Tauber.

    We continue to our hotel in Wurzburg for a three night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Rothenburg-Ob-Der-Tauber

    We spend the day in 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. On the journey back to our hotel we pass vineyards and idyllic castles.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Würzburg with Guided Walk and Frankenwein

    Included Highlights

    • Würzburg with Guided Walk and Frankenwein

    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. Enjoy our 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 Seehof Castle, 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
    Bamberg with Guided City Tour

    Included Highlights

    • Bamberg with Guided City Tour
    • Seehof Castle with Guided Tour

    We leave our hotel this morning and head to the vibrant city of Cologne, which stands on the banks of the romantic River Rhine. During the Second World War around 90 percent of Cologne’s inner city was reduced to rubble. Today, the Rhine metropolis is the fourth largest city and one of the most outstanding travel destinations in Germany and Europe. Cologne Cathedral, famous around the world, dominates the panorama of the city and is still today the second highest building in Cologne after the telecommunications tower. Maybe take time to visit the famous Gothic Cathedral, with its most celebrated work, the Sarcophagus of the Magi, thought to hold the remains of the three wise men. Enjoy some free time to explore the many shops and boutiques before we continue to our overnight hotel in Belgium.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Cologne

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Bad Dürkheim Wine Festival 12 days from $3,373pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500


    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 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    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.

    You will stay for three nights at the Hotel Ellenzer Goldbaumchen in the wine producing town of Ellenz on the Moselle River; three nights at the Hotel Achat Premium Bad Dürkheim situated in Bad Dürkheim and three nights in the City Partner Hotel Strauss in the heart of the romantic city of Würzburg. Overnight stays in Belgium are in city-style hotels.

    Achat Premium Bad Durkheim

    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Travel Options

    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 $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    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 interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends 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 1300 811 500 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.

    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 vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is 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 should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan