Carl Benz Tour
Join us for a travel back to the origins of Mercedes-Benz, both at Daimler AG’s headquarters in Stuttgart and behind the wheel of a classic Mercedes-Benz SL from the 1960s and 1970s, cruising along the wine route and the winding bends of the river Neckar.
Carl Benz Tour
Carl Benz Tour
Day 1 Swabian Tuscany
Your journey starts among picturesque vineyards at the winery and Hotel Heitlinger Hof****, your home for two nights. Charming vineyards, picturesque timbered houses and romantic villages will be your accompaniment during the first stage of the trip, which takes in the “Württemberger Weinstraße” in the direction of Maulbronn Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the best preserved monastery north of the Alps. The cloistral city, with its elaborate timbered houses and romantic gardens, has retained its charm, which you will experience during your guided visit. A gourmet welcome dinner will await you at your hotel.
Day 2 A vision becomes reality
It is a well-known fact that Dr Carl Benz invented the automobile in Mannheim in 1886. What is less well-known is that he didn’t succeed in selling it to anybody. Success only came in 1888 when his wife, Bertha, took the wheel and embarked on the first long-distance automobile journey in history. Today you will follow a section of this historic route, discovering the areas in which it all took place. In Ladenburg, not only will you be able to experience the atmosphere that Dr Carl Benz liked to surround himself with when he was building his Motorwagen, but you will also be able to marvel at evidence of the past in his historical workshop. The epitome of German romanticism, Heidelberg Palace, a majestic ruined castle that towers over the old town, can be visited during your lunch break. Imposing mountains, deciduous forests, and golden cornfields alternate with the verdant vines being cultivated on the steep slopes of the Neckar Valley as you drive your classic car at a leisurely pace back to your hotel along the country roads that follow the Neckar river. See, taste and understand: In the wine cellar of the Heitlinger Hof, the sommelier will present to you selected premium wines in all their multifaceted glory in the very area in which they are created, before you end the day with a dinner on the terrace.
Day 3: Stuttgart and the Mercedes-Benz Museum
Today, the roadbook will take you across golden corn fields and deep green vineyards towards Stuttgart. The Mercedes-Benz Museum is the only place in the world that covers automotive history from the very beginning. There, you will be privileged to park right in front of the main entrance and start your journey through time. Not only will the guided visit take you through the eventful history of the Mercedes-Benz brand, but also the spectacular architecture of the building lets you speechless. Your final stage back to Tiefenbach will revitalize once again the lovely Neckar Valley by revying up the engines of your Mercedes-Benz Roadster before handing them in, and returning home.
* sharing a double room/ sharing a car
05/07/18 – 08/07/18, 12/07/18 – 15/07/18
- Nostalgic Mercedes-Benz SL (W113 and R107) for you to drive, including fully comprehensive insurance (Euro 500 deductible), fuel
- 2 nights accommodation incl. breakfast at Hotel Heitlinger Hof****, Tiefenbach
- 1 lunch
- 2 gourmet dinners
- 1 wine tasting
- Admissions and guided tours according to tour plan
- English-speaking guide and service team during the entire trip
- Road book
Not included in the arrangement:
meals, unless otherwise indicated; travel to Stuttgart