Roman Germany

Porta Nigra, Trier
Porta Nigra, Trier
View from the arena of the Roman Amphitheater, Trier
View from the arena of the Roman Amphitheater, Trier
Houses in Trier
Houses in Trier
Mainz Cathedral
Mainz Cathedral
Reconstructed roman limes and watchtower near former castle Zugmantel
Reconstructed roman limes and watchtower near former castle Zugmantel
Reconstructed roman limes and watchtower near former castle Zugmantel
Reconstructed roman limes and watchtower near former castle Zugmantel
Reconstruction of the roman Villa Borg
Reconstruction of the roman Villa Borg
Klever city gate in the old roman city of Xanten
Klever city gate in the old roman city of Xanten
Cologne
Cologne
Cologne
Cologne
Boppard
Boppard
Aachen
Aachen

In 9 AD, the largest army of the Roman Empire amassed along the Rhine frontier, preparing to march into what the historian Tacitus described as ‘the bristling forests and foul swamps’ of Germany. They suffered a huge and unprecedented defeat. In response, the Limes was constructed - a defence system of bank, ditch, wall, towers and forts built along the Rhine and Danube.

Nestled safely behind this border, the Roman cities of the region prospered. Grand villas and exquisite mosaics were left behind, which can be seen today. This is a delightful tour in a beautiful and accessible part of Europe, often overlooked by tourists.

  • Explore military history in beautiful countryside
  • Follow the story of early Roman pioneers
  • Walk along the longest frontier Europe has ever seen
  • Discover a collection of mosaics at Villa Nennig
  • Visit the reconstructed watchtower of Zugmantel

Themes

  • Romans
  • Medieval
  • Historic Churches
  • Conflict

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Upon arrival in Cologne, we check into our hotel. From the second we arrive, we’re greeted by stunning Gothic architecture in every direction. The skyline is dominated by the twin spires of its magnificent cathedral, and ancient Roman walls to avantgarde structures decorate the banks of the Rhine.

Hotel: Overnight in Cologne
Meals: Snack in hotel room due to late arrival

Day 2

We drive north to Xanten where the Roman town of Colonia Ulpia Traiana has been reconstructed, controversially overlying the archaeological remains.

Hotel: Overnight in Cologne
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

We explore the remarkable and prolific remains of Roman Cologne and the excellent collections of the Römisch- Germanisches Museum. After lunch, we visit the governor’s residence (the Praetorium) and walk along the Roman sewers.

Hotel: Overnight in Cologne
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

Today we pay a visit to the opulent Ahrweiler villa which has been transformed into an excellent museum. On to Boppard, a charming, mostly medieval village. We travel by boat on the Rhine to our next hotel in Braubach.

Hotel: Overnight in Braubach
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

We reach the Limes – a 500km boundary fortified with great banks and ditches overlooked by 900 watchtowers and patrolled from 60 forts. We visit the reconstructed watchtower at Zugmantel and then on to Saalburg, before Feldburg.

Hotel: Overnight in Braubach
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

A drive along the Rhine takes us to Mainz, the capital of Germania Superior. Here, we tour the Museum für Antike Schiffahrt and visit the Roman remains. We have some free time to visit the Gutenberg Museum before we head to Trier.

Hotel: Overnight in Trier
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

Today is our first day in Imperial Roman Trier, one of the Late Roman capital cities of the Western Empire which is now an iconic German Rhineland town. We begin with the Museum am Dom and then visit the galleries of the Rheinisches Landesmuseum. In the afternoon, we view Constantine’s Basilica, which contains the largest extant hall from antiquity. 

Hotel: Overnight in Trier
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

This morning, we visit the famous Porta Nigra in Trier, followed by a visit to remains of Trier’s Amphitheater set into the hillside. On to the funerary monument of Igel, decorated with remarkable detail of wool merchants’ lives. We visit the Villa Nennig, with a collection of mosaics, followed by the enterprising reconstruction of the Villa Borg.

Hotel: Overnight in Trier
Meals: All meals included

Day 9

We drive to Aachen, the capital of Charlemagne’s renewed Roman Empire of the 8th century. We will enjoy a walking tour through the city and then visit the Treasury, the richest in Western Europe with gifts and acquisitions made by Holy Roman Emperors throughout the Middle Ages. Afterwards, we will spend time in the Dom.

Hotel: Overnight in Aachen
Meals: All meals included

Day 10

Our final visit is to the Gothic Rathaus. After, we transfer to the airport for our individual flights home or onward travel.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Trains

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2019 Tour Details

Sun 15th September - Tue 24th September

Available

Guaranteed Departure

$4,013

without flights

sgl supp: $595

GER19A

Led By: Tony Wilmott

Guide Lecturer

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