River fireworks spectacular
Imagine a land of rolling hills, fairytale castles and picturesque medieval towns transformed at night by brilliant fireworks. This is the 'Rhine in Flames', a series of summer festivals that culminate in an explosion of colour and fire.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- A scenic Rhine Valley excursion
- A visit to Koblenz
- An evening at the Rhine in Flames
- Three night's bed and continental breakfast accommodation in a three-star standard hotel in the Rhine/Moselle area
- Coach travel throughout
- Return Channel crossings
- The services of a friendly Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
From their 18th-century origins, the Rhine in Flames celebrations have grown into massive festivals, with hundreds of rockets and fireworks, and illuminated river boats floating by in a magical procession of light and colour.
Leaving the local area this morning we'll make our way to Dover or Folkestone for our Channel crossing. We'll continue our onward journey through France and into Germany, arriving at our hotel in the late evening.
After breakfast we'll board the coach for a tour through the vineyards and ancient villages of the Rhine Valley. See idyllic Boppard's Roman fort, the 1000-year-old Schonburg Castle in Oberwesel, and St Goar, which nestles beneath the imposing ruins of Rheinfels Castle.
This afternoon, you'll also have the chance to join our optional river boat cruise. See the region's riverside towns and castles from the water, and pass through the narrow gorge beneath the Lorelei - the legendary rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate - before re-boarding the coach to continue to Koblenz for the Rhine in Flames.
From their 18th-century origins, the 'Rhine in Flames' celebrations have grown into massive festivals, with hundreds of rockets and fireworks, and illuminated river boats floating by in a magical procession of light. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the carnival atmosphere before the evening culminates in a spectacular fireworks display, illuminating the river, town and surrounding area in a riot of colour.
Today you're free to relax or explore at leisure, though many will want to join our optional tour to Rudesheim. After travelling through rolling hills and picturesque villages, we'll stop in Rudesheim to visit a traditional wine-cellar where you'll have the opportunity to taste the delicious local wines.
Today we retrace our steps to Calais, and embark for our return Channel crossing, arriving back in the local area mid to late evening.
Coach seating arrangements
Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Joining your holiday
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Meet at port option
If you have chosen a "meet at port" pick-up, this will either be Stop 24 Folkestone Services or Dover Port, depending on the final coach route. You will be notified of the pick-up point with your Final Travel Details that you will receive approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Where possible, we will cross the Channel by ferry at the beginning and end of your holiday. However, we reserve the right to substitute crossings by Eurotunnel when necessary.