Dieseling durch Deutschland, Adventure, Discovery, and Driving through the land of the “Four Rings”

 

Elite Rent-a-Car, an Audi Club partner, is offering an unparalleled six days, five night’s German touring experience, affording participants an opportunity to drive a number of different Audi models and engine configurations, none of which are presently available in the US. Contingent on group size, below is the planned fleet of cars to be driven in this grand tour.

  • 313 HP A6 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI

  • 313 HP A6 Allroad 3.0 V6 TDI

  • 340 HP Q7 4.2 V8 TDI

  • 245 HP A5 Sportback 3.0 V6 TDI

  • 245 HP A4 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI

  • 180 HP Q3 2.0 TDI

  • 180 HP A3 quattro Hatchback 2.0 TDI

  • 310 HP RS Q3 TFSI

  • 300 HP S3 Hatchback

  • 333 HP S5 Sportback 3.0 V6 TFSI 
     

Day 1, Thursday June 26

Munich, Germany

(Photo source: www.study-in-munich.com)

Evening welcoming reception and dinner

Upon arrival at the München airport, an easy unstructured day for relaxation is planned in “Athens on the Isar,” München. Participants are responsible for their transportation from the airport, to Hotel La Maison.

About München

After hotel check-in, a possible short rest to recoup from jet lag, and then the opportunities of exploring the Englischer Garten and its river surfers, Viktualienmarkt or many of the Museums and up scale shopping possibilities München has to offer

Evening: Reception and dinner close to the hotel

Overnight: Hotel La Maison (3-star superior)

Description and location: La Maison is conveniently located in the heart of the vibrant Schwabing district, between Leopold Straßer the Englischer Garten. It is here where Audi has also maintained a top-secret design studio and the perfect spot to locate a “designer” hotel, which combines Munich's charm with a modern lifestyle. A trendy ambiance with a very special character should put all in the spirit for the adventure to follow.

 

Day 2, Friday June 27

Audi Museum Mobile Ingolstadt

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Ingolstadt

Early morning minibus transfer to Ingolstadt

  • Audi Forum and Museum visit

  • Luncheon at Audi Forum “AVUS” restaurant

  • Guided tour of the Audi Traditions facility (this building is never open to the general public)

  • Transfer to hotel: check-in

  • Free time to discover Ingolstadt on your own

Audi Museum Mobile Ingostadt

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About Ingolstadt

  • Tour the Bavarian Army Museum where Charles de Gaulle was once interned, the Medical History Museum, site according to Mary Shelley, where the scientist Victor Frankenstein creates his monster or the City Museum (Stadtmuseum Ingolstadt)

  • Relax, grab a Leberkäse sandwich to go or sit down, and enjoy some Cafe und Kuchen (coffee and cake) as you watch the end of day two, Donau Classic (Oldtimer Car Rallye).

  • Stroll through the center of the Old City (Altstadt) amongst some buildings that date from the early middle ages. 

Evening: Traditional group dinner at the Weissbrauhaus zum Herrnbrau

Overnight: Hotel Rappensberger

Description and location: Located in the heart of Ingolstadt, Hotel Rappensberger is a modern Gasthof with the personal touch. One is not far from the Town Hall, and only a couple minutes walk to the Danube and the beautiful Klenzpark. All is very close: shops, the "New Castle" with the Bavarian Army Museum, the Museum of Art, or the Medical Historical Museum.

 

Day 3, Saturday June 28

Gasse in Bad Wimpfen (Photo source: bob@audiclubfl.org)

Ingolstadt to Heidelberg (300 KM, max. 3hrs 30min driving)

In the morning, our Audis will be delivered in front of the Hotel Rappensberger and after a short introduction and vehicle briefing; the group will motor towards Heidelberg via both country roads and autobahns. Today’s driving is primarily about reaching Heidelberg. In addition to enjoying a leisurely grand touring style on the country roads of the regions, on route, all will have the opportunity to experience no speed limit (Ende aller Streckenverbote) on parts of the autobahn between Ansbach and Neckarsulm. Luncheon is planned at the Nuvolari restaurant in the Audi Forum, Neckarsulm. After lunch we will motor to medieval Bad Wimpfen then along the Neckar past Hornberg Castle, Hirschorn Castle, and on into Heidelberg. Upon arrival in the city of the “Student Prince” and hotel check-in, a late afternoon exploration of beautiful Heidelberg’s Old City (Altstadt) awaits.

Heidelberg

Alte Brücke (Photo source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidelberg)

About Heidelberg

  • Walk the famous Philosophers’ way (Philosophenweg) along the Neckar River, which had been frequented by numerous and famous philosophers and poets throughout history. Both Goethe and Mark Twain took up residence in Heidelberg.

  • Visit the Old Town of Heidelberg, which starts from Sofienstraße and brings you to the castle.

  • Explore Heidelberg University, the oldest in Germany.

  • Stroll the main shopping street (Hauptstraße) and then turn north at the Heilig-Geist cathedral to the famous Karl-Theodor Bridge and check out the bronze monkey.

  • Ride the incline up the Königstuhl and at the top, stop for some refreshments and a panoramic view of Heidelberg, Heiligenberg, and the Neckar 

Evening: Traditional dinner downtown Heidelberg at Hotel at the Hackteufel restaurant

Overnight: Hotel zur Alten Brücke (3-star superior)

Description & location: The Hotel zur Alten Brücke is in an historical building that is centrally located in the heart of the old town between the Heiliggeistkirche and the Alta Brücke (Old Bridge).

 

Day 4, Sunday June 29

Black Forest

(Photo source: www.baden-baden.de/en/)

Black Forest (320 KM, 5 hours driving)

Today the group will navigate to and through the Black Forest region, truly a driver’s paradise. We will continue to convoy allowing participants to swap cars. Lunch will be taken in Todtnau, Hotel Rossle traditional restaurant approx. 50 KM prior to Bad Säckingen, our final destination of a day.

Note: This day is mainly about driving through the Natural “Black Forest” Reservation. We will only visit one village, Bad Säckingen, later in the afternoon.

About the Black Forest

Many people think of southern Germany when they talk about the Black Forest. The region is also called the “Hochschwarzwald” – as it reaches a height of 1500m above sea level. There are no steep peaks, only rounded hilltops. The “Feldberg” is the largest hilltop, a massif several kilometers long, covered with forests. It is the highest region of all German low mountain ranges. This natural geography of sweeping valleys and beautiful panoramas make for one of the most concentrated areas of 5 star “driver” roads anywhere in Europe. In the peak of summer, this area is a favorite destination for bikers and motorists alike wanting to immerse themselves in the challenge and exhilaration of the Black Forest.

Following the Black Forest drive, the group will visit Bad Säckingen, a cozy historical village, then on to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Evening: Dinner at the hotel

Overnight: Hotel Landsgasthof Krone (3-star family hotel)

Day 5, Monday June 30

Neuschwanstein

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Black Forest via Neuschwanstein Castle back to München (400 KM, 6hrs)

Departing Bad Säckingen, the drive will be along the north shore of Bodensee towards Neuschwanstein Castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle

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About Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, which is on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in southwest Bavaria. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria, both as a retreat and homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, and not with Bavarian public funds. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his 1886 suicide/murder, no one knows for sure.

After this storybook castle visit and lunch, we will continue along picturesque country roads towards München where we will bid farewell to our cars at the hotel.

Evening: Reservations and farewell dinner at Zum Franziskaner

Overnight: Hotel La Maison (see the first night)

 

Day 6, Tuesday July 1

Early morning shuttle to München Airport for one of the following:

  • Departing flight home

  • Pick up a rental car, preferable an Elite Audi, for additional European Touring

  • Alternatively, the best option of all, boarding the shuttle to Ingolstadt, then a European delivery of your new 2014 Audi and an additional two weeks continuation of adventure, driving and discovery in the land of the “Four Rings”

PRICE:

  • Total package price based on 10 participants EUR 2’850,- / per person

    * Guests are sharing double-occupancy rooms, and two participants per car. Local VAT included.

Price includes:

  • 3 days car rental of Audi fleet (5 or 10 vehicles), the highest insurance coverage (LTDD1 + LTDD2 with deductible approx. EUR 2'000,- per vehicle), gas, cars delivery to Ingolstadt, collection in Munich downtown.

  • 5 nights accommodations (double room) including breakfast.

  • Meals – All meals during the tour (2-course set menu for lunches, 3-course set menu for dinners, both inclusive of water and coffee).

  • Minibus (MB Sprinter) transfer from Munich to Ingolstadt on day 2.

  • Airport transfers (4x MB Viano) from La Maison Hotel to airport on day 6.

  • Admission fees for: Audi Forum, Neuschwanstein castle visit.

  • Organization of the event, support team including lead cars, printed route book for each participant.

Price does not include:

  • Airfare to Munich.

  • Guest transfer from airport to La Maison Hotel on arrival day (Elite can organize Mercedes Viano transfer on request for additional EUR 185,- for up to 6 passengers at approx. 31 EUR per person based on 6-passenger car occupancy).

  • Any alcoholic drinks during lunches and dinners.

  • Personal travel health insurance

  • Other items not specified in “Price includes.”

Conditions:

Payment:

  • 30% to confirm the booking (to be charged on or before March 3, 2014)
  • Balance payment due on April 30th, 2014

Car guarantee:

  • Elite requires security deposit (guarantee) of EUR 2’000.- from each driver.
  • The deposit will be held on client’s credit card before departure and released back after car collection and car check.

Driver requirements:

  • Valid passport and International driving license.
  • Min. age for drivers: 30 years.
  • 2 credit cards, one for payment and second for car deductable guarantee of 2’000 EUR (AMEX, VISA, or MC).

Note: We will ask each participant to fill the ID form. We will also require scans of passport, driving licenses and credit cards in advance from each participant

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancel before April 30th, 2014 - loss of deposit.
  • Cancel between May 1st and May 15th, 2014 - 40% of total price.
  • Cancel between May 16th and May 31st, 2014 - 60% of total price.
  • Cancel between June 1st and June 15th - 80% of total price.
  • Cancel after June 16th, 2014 - 100% of total price.

REGISTRATION

Space is limited! Only 10 cars (20 people). If you are interested in joining this program, please email the following info to audiclubtour@eliterent.com before March 3, 2014:

  • Audi Club membership number
  • Phone number
  • Convenient time slots for us to call you

 

PROGRAM CHANGES MIGHT OCCUR.

Sunset Bad Wimpfen (Photo source Jakub Hanus - Elite Rent-a-Car)