Mercedes offers Carl Benz Tour in classic vehicles in 2017

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Vintage SLs in German wine country on the Carl Benz Tour route | Mercedes-Benz photos
Vintage SLs in German wine country on the Carl Benz Tour route | Mercedes-Benz photos

Ready to start planning your European vacation for the summer of 2017? If so, Mercedes-Benz has a suggestion: The Carl Benz Tour.

What’s the Carl Benz Tour? It’s a special three-day drive through the German state of Baden-Württemberg designed to take you to places both scenic and linked to milestones in the history of Mercedes-Benz.

Explore part of Germany in vintage Mercedes SLs
Explore part of Germany in vintage Mercedes SLs

Oh, and you get to do the drive in either a 1963-71 Mercedes 190 SL or 1970s-vintage 280 SL.

The first stop is at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Service and Parts shop in Fellbach, at the edge of Stuttgart ,to pick up your car. Then the drive takes you through the Neckar valley wine region, past vineyards and villages to the Maulbronn Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and on to Heidelberg Castle.

Part of the route follows that taken by Bertha Benz when she did the first journey by motorcar.

The tour visits the historic Carl Benz factory and the Mercedes-Benz museum and includes two nights at the Heitlinger Hof Hotel and Winery.

Overhead view of cars and scenery
Overhead view of cars and scenery

There are four tour dates, all in July 2017.

For details, visit the Classic Car Travel website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.