Heidelberg, Medieval Cities of the Main Valley & the Romantic Road Tour
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Heidelberg, Medieval Cities of the Main Valley & the Romantic Road Tour
Just returned from this most enjoyable and well organised tour. We would endorse all previous positive comments and would particularly like to compliment our guide Rosey who was knowledgeable and helpful as well as our driver Ingo, who was probably the most helpful driver we have ever had, even doing our online flight bookings for all of us for the return flight. Many thanks, Ingo. Rosey coped admirably under pressure on the last day when two of our party were late returning for the coach to the airport for the return flight.
All destinations were beautiful to visit and the maps given to us for each stop by Rosey were invaluable - many thanks to her for that.
Hotels and food were very satisfactory, although the Mannheim Maritim was looking a little tired, with old style TVs and a lack of safe in the room.
We would recommend this tour without hesitation to anyone wanting to explore the delights of this area.
Review by Stephen Eyers on 10 September 2016
Just a short note of appreciation for the 23rd June trip to the romantische strasse and Heidelberg expertly led by Frank. It had just the right balance of tour guide and free time. There is only one thing I would have changed and that is an earlier flight home on the last day.
Review by Gareth Edwards on 2 September 2016
My husband and I have recently returned from the above holiday and I am writing to say how much we enjoyed the experience.
The whole area was very attractive and very interesting and we greatly appreciated the historical knowledge and enthusiasm of our Tour Manager - Frank Psttinson. The hotels were good and well situated and our Tour Manager and excellent Coach Drive could not have been more helpful.
We were delayed for several hours on the return journey by storms over northern Europe and became separated from our group but appreciated the phone call we received from your office the next day to verify our safe return.
It was an altogether wonderful holiday and we would like to thank you and your staff for all the help given and arrangements made on our behalf. We look forward to travelling with you again.
Review by Chrstine Green (Mrs.) on 25 August 2016
Hi - I would like to compliment you on the structure and organisation of your Romantic Road Tour that I enjoyed last week.
The places visited were all fascinating and the information provided by Frank, our tour manager, was always relevant and interesting.
Everything went smoothly thanks to both Frank and and our driver, ingo who were helpful and very pleasant throughout.
Probably the best testimony I can provide is to say that in the next few days I will be booking another tour with Riviera for later this year.
Many thanks to all involved.
Review by John Ford on 25 August 2016
We would like to express many thanks and gratitude for the quality of the tour to Germany.( medieval cities.)
The mix of locations and history was fascinating, the location of the hotels convenient, Rooms clean, Staff friendly & helpful & food very good & plentiful.
A busy but thoroughly enjoyable few days.
We usually travel independently, First time on an escorted tour. So not to sure what to expect.
So how lovely it was to have someone take care of every detail for you.
The Tour manager Frank and driver Ingo were both excellent, welcoming and professional. Frank’s prepared maps, advice and guidance made everything incredibly easy. His friendly style and other little extra visits were truly a treat!
Once again many thanks to all concerned.
Review by Sheila & Garry Webb on 12 August 2016
Just arrived home having had a wonderful tour of the Medieval Cities of the Main Valley. Meeting new people, who very quickly became new friends and seeing historic Castles and Cathedrals in the luxury of a comfortable, safely driven Coach were lovely experiences. Most memorable of all was our Tour Manager, Frank Pattison. His daily presentation was excellent and he answered every question which I asked, (including the latest Test Match score).Thank you Frank, and the Coach Driver, Ingo for a great time. Jim and Eileen.
Review by James Lawton on 10 August 2016
We have just returned from this holiday and we really enjoyed it. Everything was very well organised and well balanced with free time and trips. The hotels were good and meals mostly quite good. The tour guide Frank Pattison was excellent. Very professional and so helpful. Our coach driver Ingo Thrumen was excellent also and he and Frank make a wonderful team. Thank you both. Rose Gordon
Review by Rose Gordon on 20 July 2016
This was our 3rd tour with Riviera and we loved the experience of visiting the beautiful medieval towns in Germany. The towns visited were excellent and I especially enjoyed Miltenberg. Hotels were good as were the buffet dinners and our tour guide Frank was excellent providing just enough information with humour and an obvious passion for the area we visited. I can’t praise Frank enough. He and our driver Ingo ensured everything ran smoothly and Frank even tracked down something I had lost and personally arranged to send it on to me. A great tour with a wonderful guide.
Review by Moira Douglas on 30 June 2016
We have just returned from Heidelberg and the romantic road. A truly enjoyable tour that more than lived up to its billing. The medieval towns of Miltenberg and Wertheim are absolute gems. What elevated the tour from very good to truly memorable was the tour guide Frank Pattison, not only a superb organiser (everything ran like clockwork ) but the X factor was his depth of knowledge and his love of both the country and its people, undoubtedly the best tour guide we have encountered and a credit to Riviera Travel.
Richard and vivien Goldstone
Review by Richard goldstone on 11 June 2016
We have just returned from this tour and cannot fault it. The choice of venues was excellent with adequate free time in each. The hotels were very good and staff were both polite and efficient. Food was of a good/high standard with a varied choice both at breakfast and dinner. A special mention must be made about our guide, Frank, his knowledge and understanding of the region was outstanding, as was his friendly and professional manner throughout the tour. All in all a superb break which we thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend.
Review by Margaret and Brian Feakes on 10 July 2013
Just to endorse to the hilt all the comments made by Mr and Mrs Feakes earlier. A superb tour in every respect lifted to the highest level by our expert guide Frank. This was our third trip with Riviera and a brilliant experience.
Review by John Delany on 6 September 2013
We returned from out trip to Heidelberg and the Romantic Road last Monday and haven’t stopped talking about it since. We thoroughly enjoyed every day and were thrilled to have seen the beautiful medieval towns and wonderful countryside. Helen, our courier, was brilliantly well informed and gave us so much useful information on each place we visited. Both hotels were great and the food varied and delicious. This wasn’t our first holiday with Riviera, we’ve been to Lake Garda and the Amalfi coast in the past, but it was the first for a few years and we will be going with them again. So well organised with no hitch at all. Highly recommended!
Review by Michael Massey on 14 September 2013
The trip exceeded expectations, in every respect, except for Hotel Maritim in Wurzberg which did not open the bar until 9pm! Frank, our courier and guide, was very informative and went to endless trouble to tell us the background and history of the towns we visited. He prepared us well for our visits, giving out maps and recommending particular sights in each place when he wasn’t personally conducting a guided tour for us. He cannot be praised too highly for his endless helpfulness and efficiency.
Review by Jo Baker on 7 October 2013
At the beginning of September this year we went with Riviera Travel to Bavaria. It is very remiss of me to have taken so long to tell you that we had a really enjoyable 6 days. The hotels were very good. Helen, our Tour Guide, was absolutely marvelous, as were the Guides at the places we visited, and Andreas, our driver. Everything was so well planned and we fitted in a lot without feeling rushed. In all it was a memorable break and we certainly plan to travel again with Riviera. Some time ago we travelled with you to Bruges and that too was a very good break.
Review by Mr. & Mrs. I Glendenning and Mr. G.J. Newsome on 7 November 2013
An excellent tour. We Brits don’t often visit Germany and this tour showed us what we are missing. Beautiful countryside, magnificent historic towns and a never ending supply of superb roads - the wine was pretty good too. The Riviera balance between travel, guided tours and time to explore on our own was just right. But above all we benefited from the detailed knowledge and succinct presentation from our guide Frank Pattinson. We appreciated his encyclopedic knowledge of European and German history, his supply of excellent maps, his talks on the bus and his very friendly help on every matter under the sun. He could not have been more helpful and was the key factor in our enjoyment of our holiday. Many thanks indeed.
Review by Peter & Barbara Storey on 19 June 2014
We would like to express appreciation for the quality of the tour to Germany - Heidelberg and the mediaeval cities. (5-10 June)
The mix of locations and history was fascinating, the location of the hotels were convenient and the relatively short distances between historic sites and places of interest was much appreciation.
Most importantly, the logistics were very well managed. Tour manager Frank and driver Waldemar were both excellent, welcoming and professional. Frank had prepared thoroughly for the tour and we found his maps, advice and guidance made everything incredibly easy. His unfailingly cheerful and friendly style complemented his excellent organisation skills. Hotel check-ins, transfers, movement between venues and sites was all done so smoothly and with no effort. All down to Frank being on top of it and having a nice rapport with Waldemar. We usually travel independently, so having a tour completely managed by someone else is a treat.
Please can you make sure this feedback is shared with the appropriate colleagues - and thanks again for the great trip.
Review by Martin Thomas on 26 June 2014
I had a very pleasant time on this tour under the guidance of Frank Pattison, Tour Manager. Everything went smoothly with the daily tours and the information provided by Frank on each of the places visited was sufficient enough to make it an enjoyable holiday. From the base hotels in Wurzburg and Mannheim, the daily tours made were timed to arrive back at the hotel by 4pm. This may not be suitable to all travellers as it curtailed times spent in the places visited. However, as we were unable to to do a walkabout tour of the local scenes in Wurzburg and Mannheim, the time before scheduled dinners at 7.30pm was taken advantage of to do this activity on solo trips. Personally, I was quite pleased to have this opportunity to wander around on my own. I would certainly recommend this tour to all prospective travellers in future.
Review by James Marshall on 21 July 2014
This fascinating tour reflects the Spirit of Germany as an emerging nation beautifully; a delight for the eye and the ear too if you are lucky enough to have Frank as your Tour Manager. Conscientious to a fault in looking after 49 of us, he delivered mini-bites of historical knowledge clearly and concisely along the way, which brought alive every spectacular, picture-book destination. I would recommend this holiday to anyone who enjoys superb architecture, scenery, history, myths and legends - and Franconian wines are excellent too.
Review by Marie Craig on 24 July 2014
I really enjoyed this historical and interesting tour in such a beautiful part of Germany. I new nothing about this area and was not disappointed. Our knowledgeable, professional and friendly tour manager, Frank, gave just the right amount of information in a very easy to listen to way. We had plenty of free time to explore each of the towns, returning early enough each day to further explore our two bases of Wurzberg and Mannheim before dinner if we wished - Franconian wine on the old bridge in Wurzburg was most enjoyable. Both hotels were central and comfortable. Breakfasts were second to none with a wide variety of choices, dinners were not quite so good but as a single traveler, not having to go in search of somewhere to eat in the evening is one of my priorities on a holiday. Our excellent coach driver, Johannes, deserves a mention too. He was also professional, knowledgeable and friendly and had a good supply of water, wine and beer in his fridge much cheaper than the hotel and even the local supermarket. This was my second trip with Riviera and my third is already booked. I highly recommend Riviera Travel to you, their attention to detail is outstanding.
Review by Celia Murdoch on 27 July 2014
We had good weather, The Guide was excellent. Harry is a Micheal Portillo figure with an immense knowledge of the area and of the Germans. His diappointment when we spent too much time in the restaurants was palpable! The part of Germany visited is packed full of cultural interest. I felt, however that at each town he should have taken us to where he considered the prime site not to be missed. Churches are easy to find. Time was desperately short. I felt we left generally much too early giving much too much spare time in the home location. I hope Harry is keeping a Log of new descoveries e.g. At Würzburg one can get from the Hotel to the castle using a bus and a train in 15 minutes. At the Opera in Manheim one should be aware that there can be two performances running concurrently and that one should ask to make sure one attends the correct one!. The tour was most informative. I look forward to going with Harry to Berlin! Regards Don Warne
Review by Don Warne on 27 July 2014
Just returned from a very enjoyable holiday. The tour manager (Rosie) was excellent and very knowledgeable of the area we visited. The hotels were good, and we must mention our coach driver Sacha who was an excellent, steady driver. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Cannot fault this holiday at all and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in medieval Germany. We have used Riviera Travel several times in the past and have always found the holidays excellent. Well done.
Review by Barry & Pam Bolam on 14 August 2014
This was a well organised and thoroughly enjoyable holiday. The towns and villages we visited were all, without exception, attractive and oozed history. The countryside was a pleasant mix of woodland, rolling hills and rivers, and, judging by the number of UK car number plates we saw (one!), this is a part of Germany that most Brits won’t know. Hotels were very good quality. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and gave plenty of useful tips about what to see and do, as well as sketching the historical background for us. We covered a lot in a short space of time, and yet nothing ever felt hurried, and the coach travel was comfortable and not over-long. Highly recommended.
Review by Martin Hancox on 17 August 2014
Have just returned from a wonderful holiday led by an excellent Tour Manager in Frank Pattison. Every day was full of interest and we saw many delightful medieval towns amidst lovely scenery in such a short time . The balance between guided tours and free time to explore was just right. The hotels were first class and the food could not be faulted. A mention should also be made of the very good coach driver, Johannes, who did an excellent job. This is a part of Germany I suspect many Brits. do not know and I would highly recommend that they pay it a visit - they will not be disappointed. Even the weather for us was very good, so with such a well planned tour with such delightful locations , good hotels and food, what more could you ask for? Well done Riviera.
Review by Laurie & Angela Culledge on 10 September 2014
We have just come back from our first holiday with Riviera travel and what a lovely holiday it has been. Our tour guide Frank Patterson was brilliant and very knowledgeable about the whole area we visited and the most helpful and friendly . The coach driver Johannes was very good too and friendly. The hotels had very nice and pleasant staff and the food was of different varieties and very enjoyable. I should think we will be joining you again soon,
Regards John and Ann Fairbrother
Review by Ann Fairbrother on 12 September 2014
I really enjoyed this short holiday to a part of Germany that is probably little known to British tourists. We visited several small interesting towns, all set in lovely scenery, and the balance between guided tours and free time was just right. Frank Pattison, the tour manager, gave us enough information on the history of the area to make the visits more interesting, and he also mentioned the various buildings and places that we could consider visiting in our free time (and those recommendations definitely added to my enjoyment of the time spent in each town). Johannes was an excellent coach driver, both friendly and helpful. I certainly recommend this holiday.
Review by Anne Seaton on 14 September 2014
First, but certainly not our last, touring holiday with Riviera. Fantastic itinerary superbly led by Frank ~ our guide par excellence! Could not fault the planning and thought that must have gone into the visits to a wonderful variety of splendid towns and cities.
Review by barrie schofield on 15 September 2014
It was our first trip with the company that had been recommended and we were not disappointed. It was a busy 6 days but brimming with history and local interest. Each day gave us a good balance of guided and free time and picturesque journeys that were never too long. The hotels were excellent and ideally placed. The whole trip was a success for us and was made complete by the outstanding tour manager Frank Pattison. An observation for anyone considering the tour was that the towns were very busy at what might be considered the quieter end of the holiday. This suited us as we enjoyed the atmosphere generated . We really enjoyed the added extra of Speyer and would have welcomed more time there if that had been possible.
Review by Geoff and Jennifer Hough on 21 September 2014
I and my sister have just returned from this absolutely wonderful 6 day tour. It was our first trip with Riviera Travel and we are already planning the next! The two hotels were wonderful - clean, exceptional staff and unbelievable food on every day. The daily excursions were planned perfectly with exactly the right amount of free time included. But what, in mine and my sisters opinion, made this trip so wonderful was our tour manager Frank Pattison. Frank was an exceptional guide - extremely informative and very knowledge and it was a pleasure to be in his company. Nothing was too much trouble, many times going above and beyond the call of duty. Also our coach driver Johannas was exceptional. Truly a holiday to remember with much pleasure. Thank you Riviera.
Review by Pat Herbert on 24 September 2014
Thanks for an excellent holiday made special by the outstanding work of Frank Pattison and driver Johannes.
Review by G&K Slater on 26 September 2014
I came back yesterday from the Heidelberg/Romantic Road 5 day holiday and wanted to tell you how very good our tour and our guide were. Frank Pattison could not be bettered. He was kind to the less able travellers, efficient in all he arranged, enthusiastic to the extent he enthused all of us and answered any question, no matter how stupid, as if it were the only time it had ever been asked. We saw so many gorgeous places and things and I congratulate you on your choice, of tour and of guide. Please do tell Frank how much we appreciated all he did, though I hope we gave that impression as we said our good-byes.
Review by D I S Dodds (Miss) on 26 September 2014
Four weeks have now passed since we returned from this tour and we haven’t stopped talking about it and our excellent guide Frank Pattison. The places we visited were exceptional and the information Frank gave us was superb, he was our HERO. We can only agree with other fellow travellers’ comments about the Hotels and their locations. It was our first tour with Riviera and we would not hesitate to use the company again and to recommend it to others. Hilda & John Burns
Review by Hilda & John Burns on 20 October 2014
We are just back from the above tour and found it excellent, a little tiring as there is so much to see. The hotels we stayed in, very good and the food really enjoyable. Our tour guide Frank and his driver Inigo deserve special mention for their kindness and patience. Frank not only for his knowledge of German history and language skills but also for his enthusiasm for the job This was our third Riviera tour and they have all been most enjoyable.
Review by Ted corrigan on 10 June 2015
What a well planned, relaxing and informative holiday, made special by Frank Pattison’s knowledge and obvious love of this beautiful part of Germany. Frank and our driver Inge, were both excellent, going above and beyond their call of duty to ensure we were all well looked after. The itinerary is well planned with the right balance of coach travel, tours and free time. The quality of the hotels and the choice given at the included meals, cannot be faulted. If you have seen Berlin and Northern Germany, then take the time to discover this wonderful part of the country. But do it with Riviera. You will not be disappointed. We have no problem highly recommending this tour.
Review by Ron & Julie Carlile on 24 July 2015
This was our first Riviera Trip and I had always been put off going on a coach tour holiday as I am not a good traveller and get motion sickness. I took some tablets and was persuaded by my parents to accompany them and I am so glad I did. The coach journeys were smooth and very scenic. The time spent driving seemed very short even when trips were about one and a half hours. Our guide was Frank who was fantastic. He was there for us all the time offering such helpful advice and we really were his number one priority. He was so knowledgeable and we couldn’t have been looked after any better. He arranged little surprise stops for us, gave us tips and helpful advice, made sure he got the best deals for us at the hotels such as getting us free tap water at dinner and too many other things to mention, even down to printing off all our boarding passes for the return journey home. He did far over and above what he needed to. The places we visited were so interesting and it was all stress free. Riviera really care about their holiday customers and I don’t think you can imagine how good these trips really are until you have been on them. I heard from many people how good Riviera escorted trips are and they really are wonderful, plus we just had the best tour guide ever.
Review by Emma & Brian Major on 11 August 2015
I have just returned from a splendid visit to Franconia - a part of Germany with which I was entirely unfamiliar. Helen, as tour manager, gave the usual flawless service, enabling us to enjoy the lovely towns and cities on our route.
The hotels (especially the Maritim at Mannheim) were excellent, and I would particularly like to refer to the final day. With an afternoon flight, we often have to check out early and deposit cases in a baggage room, but on this occasion we left at 0900, and had the morning in Speyer, effectively extending the holiday.
Review by John Fidler on 8 September 2015
I have just returned from another wonderful Riviera holiday. Good hotels, great itinerary, excellent tour manager(Frank) and driver. My friend was unable to go because of family illness so I went alone for the first time. I was very lucky because there were 7 singles, more than on any of my other holidays and also the first people I saw at the airport were folks who were on my last holiday. However, I would have found it very helpful if some way could be found to introduce singles to each other - maybe a singles table the first night at dinner. I would then have met the very nice people a day earlier than I did. The two ladies I discussed this with felt the same. It may not always be appropriate but I hope it may be a suggestion you could consider. Thank you again for a wonderful time.
Review by Ms Rosemary Emsley on 1 October 2015
Having just returned from my very first Riviera Travel holiday - the Romantic Road and Heidelberg - I felt I must write to you to express my absolute delight with this tour. All of the towns and villages we visited were simply enchanting - it was almost as if our coach, which was extremely comfortable with lots of legroom, had turned into a time machine taking us back to medieval times! The six days flew by; the tour covered so much that it felt much longer.
I would like to pay a very special tribute to our Tour Manager, Frank Pattison. Without Frank’s invaluable and comprehensive knowledge of each town and landmark that we visited, the holiday would not have been as enjoyable as it was. I have been on scores of package holidays in the past where the Tour Manager goes through the motion of reading out the HQ produced notes, but Frank showed real and infectious passion about everywhere that we visited. His encyclopaedic knowledge of German history and politics was truly astounding, and he was extremely fastidious in ensuring that every aspect of his clients’ holiday was as carefree as possible. He is a great ambassador for Riviera Travel and I shall certainly be booking another holiday with you soon.
Review by Peter M. Mould on 1 October 2015
What a truly splendid trip - a very comprehensive coverage in a short time, the cities visited were often breathtakingly beautiful and the cleanliness of most was quite memorable. But the really unforgettable aspect of the trip was the Tour Manager, Frank Pattison. His knowledge of the area visited, and his coverage of German History was excellent, and all this was combined with his kindness, patience and outstanding care and consideration to all. It was superb. Where did you find him? Keep him going and we will look out for another Riviera Tour conducted by him, as one could anticipate great care, with expert knowledge of his subject. In total, we were very satisfied travel customers. Riviera now joins the top of our tour providers!!
Review by colin and mary mitchell on 3 October 2015
I’ve just returned from the ‘Romantic Road’ tour (24 Sept - 29 Sept). I can’t praise our guide, Frank Pattison, highly enough. He has a vast and comprehensive knowledge of German history and the places we visited, providing excellent context and background that enhanced my enjoyment. He was genuinely caring about the group and did everything he could to ensure a positive experience. His manner was polite, courteous and helpful at all times. Instead of lecturing us about the importance of punctuality, he told amusing little anecdotes that made the point without laboring it. Please pass on my sincere thanks and admiration. Our driver, Ingo, was also excellent. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.